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Old April 24 2013, 08:59 PM   #106
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Re: Have we witnessed the death of intelligent TV?

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I was actually interviewed for a Learning Channel special on vampires years ago, back when it was still The Learning Channel. Alas, I didn't have cable at the time so I never saw the finished program, but I remember spending an afternoon in Trinity Cemetery in lower Manhattan, strolling among the gravestones while trying very hard to look thoughtful and profound . . .
Tell me you at least said,"Hello" to Alexander Hamilton, the first Vampire Hunter.
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Old April 24 2013, 10:26 PM   #107
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Re: Have we witnessed the death of intelligent TV?

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I was actually interviewed for a Learning Channel special on vampires years ago, back when it was still The Learning Channel. Alas, I didn't have cable at the time so I never saw the finished program, but I remember spending an afternoon in Trinity Cemetery in lower Manhattan, strolling among the gravestones while trying very hard to look thoughtful and profound . . .
Tell me you at least said,"Hello" to Alexander Hamilton, the first Vampire Hunter.
Alas, not that I recall.

Although, if you'll allow me a shameless plug, I worked Trinity Cemetery into the plot of my upcoming LEVERAGE novel.

And just to stay OT: Leverage was another example of smart, fun TV that competed successfully with reality shows for a full five seasons.
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Old April 25 2013, 02:41 PM   #108
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Re: Have we witnessed the death of intelligent TV?

OK, so Austin Stevens is "unintelligent" programming? No more or less than any Sir David Attenborough programme, even if Stevens's style was far more up close and personal than Sir David's ever was.

As for ancient aliens, well the theory may seem far-fetched, but it's worthy of a place on a science channel since it's a fact that based on Iron Age/Bronze Age/Neolithic technology, we don't know how some structures were built.
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Old April 26 2013, 02:04 PM   #109
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Re: Have we witnessed the death of intelligent TV?

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As for ancient aliens, well the theory may seem far-fetched, but it's worthy of a place on a science channel since it's a fact that based on Iron Age/Bronze Age/Neolithic technology, we don't know how some structures were built.
It is far fetched.

What it is not is an actual theory with any kind of scientific credibility. It no more belongs on TV than Loose Change or Zeitgeist do. I remember one very funny documentary that was dedicated to debunking this kind of nonsense, but besides that (or I guess a history of the evolution of the idea, van Daaniken and all) I can't think of many good ideas for documentaries around it.
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Old April 26 2013, 02:20 PM   #110
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Re: Have we witnessed the death of intelligent TV?

Lister: What makes you think these aliens exist?

Rimmer: They must do, Lister! There's so many things that are strange and odd. So many things we don't have any explanation for.

Lister: Like, um, why do intelligent people buy cinema hot dogs? Do you mean that sort of weird and mysterious thing?

Rimmer: No, Lister, I mean like the pyramids. How did they move such massive pieces of stone without the aid of modern technology?

Lister: They had massive whips, Rimmer. Massive, massive whips!
In a thousand years, they'll think that Aliens built the US Continental railways.
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Old December 21 2013, 07:45 PM   #111
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Re: Have we witnessed the death of intelligent TV?

Pft. People today think aliens make crop circles, even though the guys that started it came forward and showed us how they did it.
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Old December 21 2013, 10:46 PM   #112
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Oh, no way, "We don't know" is no excuse to put something on the science channel saying aliens did it. Something is not science just because you can't disprove it. The minimum requirement to call something science is that there exists a way for your hypothesis to be either proven or disproven.

This is the blending of information and entertainment for better ratings. Pretty soon the two will be indistinguishable, if they aren't already. (Journalism and propaganda are already indistinguishable)
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