Thursday, October 04, 2012

Kerger Doesn't Get It

During the presidential debate, Gov. Romney said he would end the subsidy to public television.  While he specifically mentioned PBS, Rooney's plan calls for the elimination of funding for CPB, PBS, and NPR. It is something Romney has said on the campaign trail many times.  It has also been included GOP lead budgets in the House.

Today, PBS CEO Paula Kerger said it was stunning that Romeny would target the eli9mination of funding for PBS and Big Bird.  Kerger an well-known Obama supporter said, ""This is not about the budget. It has to be about politics."  I'm sorry Ms Kerger but your are wrong, dead wrong.

While several conservatives in Congress wanted to defend NPR totally and to prohibit stations from using federal funds to buy NPR programming after the firing of Juan Williams, in the Romney-Ryan budget it is about the budget.

Funding for public broadcasting, no matter how big or small, is the most visible symbol of hundreds of programs that need to bu cut to help lower the annual deficits and, eventually, the $16 trillion debt.  A debt that increased by over fifty percent since Obama took office.

Like the leader of many programs that will be cut, Kerger is only protecting her turf.  A turf that is increasingly liberal and losing audience.  If it were not for programs like Antiques Roadshow and Downton Abbey, the audience for PBS would be much smaller than it is.  It is an audience often forgotten in the search of revenue from sponsors.  Yet, Kerger promoted an entire week of opera.  A week that found an almost non-existent audience outside of a few opera centers.  It failed and Kerger has failed to bring the people and outside the beltway funding to PBS.

Kereger doesn't get that for the best programs to survive they must to begin looking for other sources of revenue.  The Federal government can no longer support.  If commercial interests will no longer support Ken Burns, then his long and boring programs must go.  If the far-left, Obama loving series Frontline cannot find funding in the marketplace, it must go.

Sesame Street may be one of the programs that survive.  It supports itself through merchandising and sponsorships.  It takes little, if any, federal funds.

PBS is not the problem. It is the symbol of hundreds of programs that cannot be sustained in a still weak economy.

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Thursday, September 20, 2012

The Emmy's are COmming . . . The Emmy's Are Coming

Of all the award shows that lull viewers to sleep, the Emmy's seems to attract the most interest and viewers.  On Sept. 23, 2012, the 64thj Annual Emmy Awards will be on ABC with pre-game starting at 7pm Eastern.

Hosting for the first time is ABC's Jimmy Kimmel.  Frankly, I think he will do fine.  He draws a young audience and his comedy is current.  It could be one of the better shows in a long time.

The Emmys are, generally, not a political affair like the Academy Awards or the Golden Globes.  This year may be different.  A California PR firm is working with several series (most on ABC) to promote Obamacare.  While I will not watch those series, I plan to watch the Emmys.  Will the political crap from the Obama campaign hurt the show?  Yes, absolutely.  You can be the judge.

Here is the list of Emmy nominees for the 64th Annual gala.  Pick you favorites.

Somrthing for the Cord Cutters and Others

Do you have a Roku box?  I have three and they make watching tv fun again.  So many channels to choose from a large number of them are free.  Picture quality is, generally, good, but buffering on some of the channels is an issue.

Do you like Vudu?  Vudu is a streaming video services that offers a wide variety of movies and television shows.  Its biggest claim to fame is that it offers new movies before Netflix.

Well, now you can combine both.  Vudu is now available on Roku. When you sign up you will receive a $5.99 credit to your account.  Movies vary in price, but there are, generally specials.  My favorite from browsing the sit is the $2 for 2 night rental. You can use the Roku box to sign up or go to

Don't know much about Roku?  Go here.

For cord cutters another choice for current movies.  For movie lovers another choice.

Monday, September 17, 2012

Primetime Creative Arts Emmy's Awarded

Last Saturday (Sept. 15) the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences held its annual P{rim,etime Creative Arts Awards ceremonies.

The Creative Awards are given to talented professional in behind the scenes roles.  These are make-up artists, technical directors, camera operators, cinemetographers, and the like.

These are, generally, the unsung professional who often make the production and the acting better than it is or should be.

HBO, CBS and PBS garnered the most awards during the ceremonies.  HBO's Game of Thrones won the most with six.  Frozen Planet, Saturday Night Live and Masterpiece - Great Expectations walked away with four awards each.

The 64th Primetime Emmy Awards will be presented on Sunday, September 23, 2012.  ABC's Jimmy Kimmel will be the host.

Full list of creative arts awards here.