The 100th Post – State of the Blog

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Hello and welcome to the 100th post.

 

This blog has come a long way from its humble beginnings.

 

Maybe I should say the lack of beginnings.

 

This blog was born out of my desire to talk about everything that my other blog didn’t cover.

 

Certainly politics was a major topic over the last year or so of this blog.  Anger exists of the stupid politicians and how they seem to want to hurt more than help the people who put them in office in the first place.

 

Love it or hate it, Time Warner Cable has been a constant evolving problem.  Things may get better or worse if the proposed takeover by Comcast takes place.  In fact, one person I know expressed his hatred to merger despite the fact that he not only doesn’t watch TV, he doesn’t have cable or as far as I know don’t even own a TV.  How can anyone be angry at a merger without knowing how bad things currently are?  I guess ignorance is bliss.

 

Ignorance also showed its ugly head with customer service as well.  When companies like Newsweek ignore their customer’s subscriptions like I was ignored, then going out of business would be a blessing.  Sad when a company offers no solution to help a customer.

 

As far as television is concerned, we mourned the death of shows like iCarly and Victorious while criticizing the rotating horrors of Saturday night on Nickelodeon.  The movies on the network fared no better overall.

 

On the Disney side, shows like “Liv & Maddie” are promising and “Teen Beach Movie” was a hit, but other newcomers may have some issues.  Unfortunately, “Shake It Up” and “Good Luck Charlie” are two of the better shows that are both history now.

 

Speaking of history, we kiss goodbye to “The X Factor”.  After 3 painful years, it is finally over.  However, the real question will be the survival of a revamped “American Idol”.  Only time will tell over that one, but at least the drama queens are gone.

 

Speaking of drama queens, there was no shortage of displays of nudity of former Disney queens Lindsay Lohan and Miley Cyrus.  Can’t these girls keep their clothes on at all?  What are they trying to prove by doing all that nudity and what influences are they upon their younger fans?  I consider neither a role model anymore and I hope others feel the same way.

 

Finally, the topic of bullying sparked the biggest comments, mostly from those on Facebook, which ironically is the biggest source of the problem.  Facebook also has seen its ups and downs on the number of friends I have.  Some have tried to be friends while others have left with no explanation.  My thought is its their loss not mine.

So what am I looking forward to discussing in the future.  Here are some of the topics I have in mind for the future:

 

  • Why go blue?
  • What the TWC merger means to us?
  • Disney vs. Nick:  why are the wheels falling off both companies?
  • And finally, possibly coming next a multi-part post:  Why I never intend to attend my high school reunion ever?  I expect that this one will offend a lot of people who still are friends with me from high school.

 

Overall, this has been humbling road since the first post which just had one vote as to whether I should have left my original blog to Blogger.  Thankfully I extended to WordPress because the blog has increased significantly since.  Hopefully, this one will see similar growth when I reach post #200.

 

So until next time…happy reading.

 

 

 

 

The End of American Idol?

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Here we are at the end of another year of American Idol.

Personally I am glad it is over.  This has been a very bad season for the show.  This is especially true if you were a guy.

Week after week, the guys got knocked out of the competition until there was nothing but 5 girls remaining.  Was this a setup or was it just coincidence?  My belief is that people purposely voted all the guys out just because they were just no good at all.  The only exception to this was Curtis who I believed could have won it all.  Surprisingly, he was the first one to go.  However, I found it ironic that Nicki Minaj didn’t hear his performance and didn’t show up until the second person performed.  Coincidence or purposely done—hard to tell what the truth really is.  No matter what it was still strange nonetheless.

After the guys were gone, we saw other better girls like Janelle and Angie exit leaving us with Kree and Candice.  So who will win?  My money is on Kree winning it all, but it will be very close no matter what.

The next big question is who will be next year’s judges.  Randy is already got his bags packed to leave and the others will probably get their walking papers soon (hopefully).

Here is who I think should be considered judges:

  • Kelly Clarkson – Who better than the original idol being a judge?  A perfect fit as far as I am concerned.
  • Pink – Her songs are used regularly on the show so why not put her in a chair?
  • Billy Ray and Miley Cyrus — A daddy/daughter reunion from two different genres would certainly shake things up.
  • Harry Connick Jr. — He has been a mentor several times so it’s time for a chair.
  • Carly Rae Jepsen – She is hot and cute and I wouldn’t mind looking at her every week.  Who cares if she is Canadian?
  • Any Disney female star – It’s worked on “Dancing with the Stars” and “X Factor” so why no this show?

 

And now for those who should never be a judge:

  • Elton John – Too much British.  Too much diva.  Just too much.
  • Ke$ha – Too much glitter everywhere, but I still love her.  Just leave the glitter at home please.
  • Any former judge from Idol – Please no rejects from years past.
  • Anybody NOT in the music business – On the road judges have seen some interesting choices none of whom would know enough about music to be a real judge for the show.

 

I believe wholeheartedly that there should not be an unlucky 13th season to Idol as paranoia would settle in on everyone.  Let’s end it now at an even dozen and call it a wrap.

 

Lastly, I must comment on the season-long building of Carly Rae Jepsen’s song of “Take a Picture”.  It was hard to understand without closed-captioning turned on and overall was a mess.  This should be a lesson:  NEVER LET THE PUBLIC WRITE A SONG EVER!!  My ears and eyes are still bleeding over that song.  Certainly not her best work.

 

Seacrest out and done…

 

TWC Primetime on Demand — Not Quite So

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Time Warner Cable makes a claim that their Primetime on Demand channel are “Your Shows, Your Way”.  However, lately this is just not the case at all.  Since I usually watch the X Factor on this channel, I was rather surprised that one day I saw the 2 recent episodes of  the X Factor on the listing one day and not even 24 hours later, both episodes were gone from the list.  This meant that the shows were only on the channel for less than 48 hours.  Why is that many of the series on this channel can stay on the listings sometimes for weeks or even months and this show is eliminated in less than 48 hours?

The first week the shows remained at least through the weekend whereas week #2 only lasted through mid Saturday afternoon.  TWC should standardize how long the show will be on the channel or else not even bother airing it in the first place.  This should go for all their shows not just X Factor.  Also, isn’t it about time that the CW channel was also added to the on Demand lineup?  They are the last remaining holdout and it bothers me that they don’t offer it for that channel.  Then again, most of the CW lineup is not the greatest anyway.  However, I do have high hopes that “Arrow” works out for them and not be some long, drawn out, going nowhere show like “Smallville” ended up being.

Its time that TWC get on the stick and shoot for the proverbial bulls eye as well.

X Factor and Idol – One Winner and One Big Loser

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Last week’s X Factor started off much stronger than last year’s premiere.  After Rachel Crow’s strong showing at the start of last year, I quickly got bored with the show and actually fell asleep while watching the show.  I blame boring judges and boring acts that made this happen.  After Rachel was dismissed from the show, I completely lost interest in the show.

What a difference a year makes!  Welcome to the Britney and Demi show!  This was all about them and did it ever show!  Between Britney being creeped out not once but twice, I really felt sorry for her.  For Demi, the story was much different.  With Jillian Jensen’s strongly emotional performance (if you didn’t cry, you are NOT HUMAN!), Demi’s showing of her love for her onstage continued a very emotional scene which showed both of their strengths.  Who knew that a Disney girl could get that emotional?  Big Surprise there!

The downside of this show was that Simon acted like a giddy little girl as opposed to his ever hating self and poor L.A. Reid hardly even got any airtime whatsoever.  This show was truly about the girls and it showed.  Maybe the guys will get their chance this week or maybe not.  Only time can tell.  So far, this show is off to a very strong start despite losing in the ratings to “The Voice”.

Speaking of singing competitions, American Idol has finalized their lame judges crew for the new season.  Only Randy Jackson has survived once again for its 12th year.  Joining him this year is over-the-top diva Mariah Carey, Mr. Nicole Kidman (Keith Urban), and fake boobed, fake hair, fake voice of Nicki Minaj.  All I can say is “Seriously, Are you kidding me?”  I think Idol has finally ran out of people and digging to the bottom of the pit.  From one survey I read, 96% of people were not happy with this crew.  Even U.S. Congress gets a better approval rating than this!  I really think Idol is in BIG TROUBLE for next season and should rethink their judges before the series begins next year.  I would recommend it.  Until then, we have plenty of other singing contests out there.