The Slow Death of the TV Programming Guide


Over the summer I had to write a piece imitating the style of the Object Lessons column from The Atlantic. I wrote about the vanishing use of the programming guide. Here’s a modified version for your consideration. Variety reported in August that pay-TV distributors lost 566,000 subscribers during the second quarter of 2015, which is traditionally a strong quarter. The shrinkage has accelerated from 0.1% annually to 0.7%. In 1992, Bruce Springsteen sang “57 Channels (And Nothin’ On)” noting that […]

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Some Ruminations on Television Villainy

After reviewing the DC documentary Necessary Evil, I’ve been giving a lot of thought to villains of all stripes. It’s also been on my mind  given my frustration with overly-long story arcs on some television series. A good hero, we’re constantly told, is defined by the quality of his opponent. Also, we’re told, everyone thinks they’re the star of their own story. It’s when those stories come into conflict do we get an interesting tale. Over at ComicMix, I wrote […]

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Adios, Leverage

After a day of chores around the house, I finally settled down to catch up with the world and was disappointed to see the news at Deadline that Leverage is canceled. The series completes it fun five season run on Christmas evening and thankfully producers John Rogers and Dean Devlin decided to hedge their bets and make the season finale the final episode they always wanted to make…just in case. The ratings have been falling while the budget has tightened […]

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