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Year In Review: TV in 2017

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Year In Review TV in 2017

2017 was a dynamic year for TV and 2018 doesn’t seem like it will have a unifying TV show for the American populace. We saw shows shaken up by sexual harassment, liberalism, Trumpism, and bad writing. Unfortunately some of 2017’s highlights won’t return in 2018.

News

Bill O’Reilly lost his show and much of what remained of his credibility. Fox News shook things up by doubling down on Hannity. President Trump started a feud with Morning Joe. It was brief and the best thing that happened to that show. The liberal media perpetuated the Trump Russia collusion myth lacking evidence all along the way.

It was a particularly bad year for CNN. President Trump also continued feuding with CNN. The feud climaxed over the summer when Trump tweeted a meme of CNN in one of his most retweeted tweets of all time. A meme war ensued after CNN bragged about blackmailing the creator of the gif used by Trump. CNN also tweeted their banana-apple video which has also been fodder for the continued memewar. Ben Shapiro responded most appropriately.

Late Night

By young people standards, they aren’t that late, especially if you bingewatch on Netflix or the DVR. SNL was cool when you were in middle school and could stay up late enough to watch. But these shows were meant to watch on Youtube. There are too many unfunny parts in these types of comedy shows. This year we saw several tearful monologues from the hosts. It’s strange that these host get so much attention on increasingly irrelevant network channels, but nonetheless we saw a lot of Jimmy Kimmel using his kid to promote Obamacare and gun control despite his factual dishonesty. Seriously, millennials will kill this genre too and hopefully soon.

Disney

ESPN has a terrible PR year. Their viewers are down, their content sucks, and their main hostess is an overbearing liberal. But ESPN being a sports-gossip channel is nothing new. They did however, create LaVar Ball, and for that we hate them. But if you’re a Disney stockholder worry not! They are creating a fourth Star Wars Trilogy, more Marvel TV shows, and now own 20th Century Fox. But if your someone who enjoyed these thing, you’re out of luck.

Sports

We watched the grandest choke in sports history early on as the Atlanta Falcons choked a 25 point lead in the Superbowl. We then watched a predictable NBA Finals and a repeat Stanley Cup champion. But who could forget the excited boxing match between Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor. We wanted Notorious to win even though we knew he wouldn’t. Nonetheless, it was great entertainment. After that the NFL ratings fell with the NFL doing everything it can to not mitigate the circumstances. But at least the World Series was great.

Game of Thrones

The seventh season of Game of Thrones came uniting fans globally. However it was the poorest written season or second to Season 5. HBO was in a tough position. They’ve exceeded the books. This is nothing entirely new. However Season Six was largely rushing through books 4 and 5, because season 4 was still largely book 3 and season 5 was mostly deviation: Dorne, Cercei, Jaime, Sansa, Daenerys. Season six rushed through the Ironborn plot in book four as well as the Siege of Mereen in book 5. Now Season Seven had to wrap through events covering book six presumably and book seven. The seventh season was good but disappointing in many ways. The writing relied way too much on nostalgia, kind of like The Force Awakens because HBO didn’t have source material. The deviations they created such as Dorne, Sansa(Bolton), the Greyjoy children all manifested into some of the show’s worst moments such as the Arya-Sansa plotline, and Theon “manning up”. However positive highlights include the Trail of Fire and the Sam’s achievements of better men. And who can forget ice dragons.

Streaming Gains

We can definitely foresee streaming overtaking networks eventually. We learned that Netflix and Hulu may make that happen. While Hulu made the Handmaid Tale so that feminists can masturbate as freak out about Trump and Pence, Netflix made any idea they had into a TV show. Everyone is raving about Stranger Things which is now the Netflix’s golden boy after the whole Kevin Spacey scandal limited the life of House of Cards. Netflix produced some solid content delving into both cliche and “disputed” territory. Popularity grows for British royalty drama The Crown and colonial Canadian fur-trading drama Frontier. The depths of Netflix are vast and need to be explored, thus we should not grow bored in 2018.

Rick and Morty

Season 3 was well-loved to the pleasure of zero Emmy nominations. “But don’t worry, I’m sure the new Will and Grace is better,” said no millennial ever. Nonetheless, this was the show that led to the McDonald’s Mulan McNugget sauce BS promotion. If you’re below the age of thirty, you might not know what it is. Rick and Morty is like Doctor Who, Futurama, and South Park but better than all those things. Season 3 established Rick and Morty’s place as the top animated comedy. In 2017, we got “Pickle Rick!”, the most iconic line of the year from TV.

(Un)Honorable Mentions

The Walking Dead continued it’s slide. South Park attempts to correct its Trump mistake to mixed reviews. Seth McFarland debuted his new show, The Orville, because we needed another sci-fi show with terrible CGI. Speaking of which there was also a new Star Trek show. A bunch of girls watched The Bachelor but at least singing shows are still dead! And anything “unscripted” reality TV.

What the 2018 holds

We likely won’t see any more Game of Thrones nor Rick and Morty until 2019, but as far as comedies go, look for the emergence of Legends of Chamberlain Heights, Comedy Central’s black animated comedy to become more popular, as well as one of Netflix’s shows. American Idol returns, but this time on ABC. Do future generations a favor and not watch. Look for more Simpsons predictions to come true as well as feminism ruining a perfectly good show. SNL is going to strive to be less funny while CNN becomes a bigger joke. The shows about drug trafficking shows like Narcos will get watched now that Hollywood isn’t saturating the box office with related plots. Here’s an easy prediction, liberalism will try to force transgenderism on mainstream and kids TV shows because representation matters more than quality writing. Although to them, representation is quality, but I digress. Overall, it doesn’t look like TV will be as dynamic in 2018, but the Trump factor remains to keep things a little unpredictable.

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  1. Don McCullen

    December 28, 2017 at 1:04 pm

    Ray, you forgot Doctor Who as the title character is now a Time Lady played by Jodie Whittaker. That is going to be something to watch in 2018.

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The AAF is the NFL’s newest worry

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Two months ago, the NFL’s long-term demise may have been spelled by the revival of the XFL. The XFL was initially a football league in 2001, but now Vince McMahon wants to revive it. While announcements about the XFL have been dormant since January, a new player is emerging and faster. The Alliance of American Football or the AAF has been formed and will play a 2019 season the week after the Superbowl.

The AAF, in contrast, Vince McMahon and the XFL have given more concise answers to the many questions asked. Make no mistake, the AAF is a substantially more potent threat than the XFL. The AAF not only is going to begin a year earlier but also has TV contracts ready with CBS. The AAF will also stream games and incorporate fantasy football.

The biggest reason the AAF is a threat is management. The AAF is founded by Charlie Ebersol, who has worked for the NFL and sports media. He even made a documentary as to why the 2001 XFL failed. The AAF also has a number of credible football players serving as executives and advisers. Among them are Hines Ward, Troy Polamalu, Jared Allen, and Justin Tuck. The AAF also has the legendary team builder and executive Bill Polian. A B-List idea with A-Team management is a recipe for success in business. This is why the AAF has garnered the backing of venture capitalist firms such Founders Fund featuring the country’s top VC, Peter Thiel ad Cherning Group.

The AAF during its announcement stated that it would fill a void where the NFL ends in February. In this void, many sports fans stop watching sports and stop participating in fantasy sports. The AAF also wants to reach the large pool of college football players who don’t wind up in the NFL. Other sports have multiple professional leagues in the NFL.

The AAF will have 8 teams, 10 games, and a two-week playoff. In eliminating injuries and maintaining excitement, the AAF is eliminating the kickoff, and will instead start the 25-yard line. For teams seeking an onside kick, will have 4th and 10 on their 35. The extra point is eliminated; teams have to go for 2. Teams will have two replays a game. To speed the game, the play clock will be 30 seconds, matching the increasing pace of the game. The AAF will also change the way players are compensated with win bonuses, stat bonuses, and fan engagement bonuses. On top of these bonuses, the league will also provide scholarships for their future off the field.

For fans, the tickets and concessions will be cheap. This is in sharp contrast to the NFL where tickets prices are rising even for mediocre teams. TV timeouts will also be done away with. Commercials will only take place during natural breaks. In April the cities will be announced. Note: they’ve already been decided, but they want us talking about it later, something that isn’t happening with the XFL.

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Unlike the XFL, the Alliance of American Football announced its existence with far more questions answered. While the Alliance didn’t touch on the National Anthem or criminal records, they also answered far more questions about their gameplay than Vince McMahon’s vague announcement. While the NFL has a complement in the Alliance of American Football, this alliance may in years to come be a fierce competitor. In the meantime, rather than being disruptive, Charlie Ebersol and his staff are focusing on being useful. This strategy is far more conducive to long-term success.

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Billy Graham and the emergence of Christian media.

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From the start, Billy Graham was a media magnet and he knew how to use the power of media. Even most liberals and progressives (although there were exceptions like William Edelen and the Gaylor family/FFRF) could not shoot down this man who wore his faith on the sleeve and actually respected Graham.

Did you know that without Billy Graham, Christian media as we know it today might not have taken off and flourished? In his time and prime there was a Federal Council of Churches that consisted of mostly mainline churches and basically fought to keep “evangelical voices” off the air on both radio and even TV when it was brand new (follow the attendance and the money). When Graham became president of Northwestern Bible College in 1948, he through the college applied for one of the construction permits that the Federal Communications Commission approved of in the 1940’s. Northwest Bible College got the green light from the FCC and a year later KTIS AM signed on in the Twin Cities. Today Northwestern Media owns 18 radio stations (9 FM, 9 AM) and in honor of what Graham did continues to be the media outreach of what is now called the University of Northwestern. You can read more about Graham and Northwestern Media here.

Soon after Northwestern Media and Graham’s inroads into mainstream media, others quickly followed. Most notably Percy Crawford who began his TV program “Youth on the March” on the fleeting ABC Network who also carried Graham’s “Hour of Decision” on their radio network. In 1958 Crawford started his namesake radio company to buy up radio stations and carry full-time Christian formatted programming. Percy Crawford would pass away in October 1960, but his son Don and later grandson Don Jr. would carry on his legacy to this day. While Moody Bible Institute was in radio since 1925, their respected radio network did not talk off until 1958. The same year that the Crawford Broadcasting Company started.

Another important Christian broadcaster Dick Bott grew up in a Christian home and while no stranger to Christian evangelism choose a different path. After marrying his wife, Bott got involved in her father’s radio station selling ads that would air on the respected station. He would later buy and operate a secular station in Salinas/Monterey, California which Bott would eventually sell off. Bott was compelled to build a radio station on consistent Christian programming but with integrity and accountability. Bott bought a country music station in the Kansas City metropolitan area and quickly changed the format and call letters. The station that was KANS-AM became KCCV 760 AM “Kansas City’s Christian Voice” in 1962. It and its FM simulcast sister with the same call letters are still the flagship stations of the now “Bott Radio Network” which consists of now 118 stations that it owns. In 1966 Warren Bolthouse stated Family Life Broadcasting (aka Family Life Radio or FLR) which today owns 43 stations and is now based on Tucson, Arizona.

In the late 1960’s and early 1970’s Lester Sumrall made his inroads into Christian media stating with WHME-FM in South Bend, Indiana and later into TV with the acquisition of WHMB-TV in Indianapolis and later the sign on of WHME-TV in South Bend. These three stations laid the groundwork for LeSea Broadcasting. Paul and Jan Crouch started their own TV programming with would become known as the Trinity Broadcasting Network (TBN) in 1973. The Bible Broadcasting Network signed on in 1971 with a single station in Norfolk, Virginia growing to 49 full power stations.

An FM rock station in Orange County, California KYMS 106.3 which could not compete with the more powerful rock signals of KMET (now KTWV) and KLOS in the greater Los Angeles area found its niche with the emerging Jesus people in 1975. In addition to Christian teaching and talk programs, KYMS also played the fleeting “Jesus Music” that was popular with that respected audience and while KYMS was not the very first Contemporary Christian Music station (that honor went to a station in Lincoln, Nebraska), it was the first one that was successful. KYMS’s run as a Contemporary Christian station would last for 20 years. WHME-FM would jump on this music and eventually spinning it off on a station of its own in the 1990’s. Northwestern Media’s FM stations and FLR would also adopt a CCM format in due time.

Radio broadcaster Bob Anthony also caught on to this emerging genre and would be one of the founders of Educational Media Foundation which signed on a single FM station in Santa Rosa, California in 1982 playing Contemporary Christian music. Today EMF owns and operates over 245 radio stations with its Christian music services K-Love and Air1. Another radio company devoted to Christian programming also was started up around this time. This for-profit company was founded by Stuart Epperson and Edward G. Atsinger III and they still head up this company we know today as Salem Media Group. In the late 1980’s Bob and Felice Augsburg started up what would become know as WayMedia and it’s Way-Fm brand which originally targeted Christian youth with Christian Music that appealed to that respected audience.

The list is almost endless with so many other Christian broadcasters over the years and many not as big as the ones I listed. For better and for worse the Christian media we take for granted, even in the new media likely would not have happened had it not been for Billy Graham.

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History repeats itself: Once again the National media praises a Socialist Dictatorship.

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Being like-minded is the only reasonable explanation for this behaviour.

The occasion was the Olympic games with the national media falling all over itself to heap praise upon the a leadership of a socialist regime. But instead of a murderous socialist regime in North Korea, it was a murderous socialist regime in Germany just before WWII:

“Foreigners who know Germany only from what they have seen during this pleasant fortnight can carry home only one impression: it is that this is a nation happy and prosperous beyond belief, that Hitler is one of the greatest, if not the greatest, political leaders in the world today, and the Germans themselves are a much-maligned, hospitable, holy, peaceful people who deserve the best the world can give them.” New York Times, editorial August 16, 1936

Presumably this was before the nonsensical ‘Godwin’s law’ made the mentioning of Socialist monsters of the past verboten. Curiously enough, this is primarily used by Leftists in trying to suppress discussions of their blood soaked history. ‘Never forget’ is extremely difficult when one can ‘Never Mention’ the murderous past and present of the collectivist ideology.

Back then the New York Times had a bit more balance in it’s coverage with these headlines:

100,000 Hail Hitler; U.S. Athletes Avoid Nazi Salute To Him;

U.S. Welcome Is Mixed, Whistling Interpreted as ‘Bronx Cheer’ Is Heard as Team Gives Its Own Salute.

So why are we witness to a somewhat similar display from the national media reporting on the representatives from another Socialist nation, one that hails from North Korea instead of Germany?

Could it be they are merely ignorant that they are helping that authoritarian regime and do not understand it’s true nature? A government that starves, tortures imprisons and publicly executes it’s own people?
Was it as some have suggested in these cases, cheering for the rebel or the underdog?
Perhaps it is their way somehow going after the Trump administration?

Or could it just be that they are of the same ideological mindset?

We can dispense with giving them the benefit of the doubt. These are people of allegedly high intelligence, as is most of the Socialist-Left – Just ask them. With few exceptions – namely Buzzfeed of all places – it is hard to believe they do not understand the role they are playing with the woman who heads the ‘Propaganda and Agitation Department of the Workers’ Party of Korea. Nor can they be excused of not knowing the horrors taking place in what is essentially an open air concentration camp. Again, these are people who fashion themselves as the intellectual elite of the nation, the crème de la crème of the Left, standing up for the downtrodden everywhere, except North Korea.

It’s also hard to believe that the National media is really cheering for the underdog, given that description hardly extends a Germany under the iron fist of the Nationalsozialistische deutsche Arbeiter-Partei or the Soyuz Sovetskikh Sotsialisticheskikh Respublik. It should also be clear that the national media has a history of this kind of advocacy that existed long before Trump ascended the public stage.

So, the obvious conclusions is that they are of the same collectivist mindset. No doubt if pressed, they would offer the same excuses for the starvation, oppression and mass murder used for other collectivist nations as ‘not really socialism.’ Or that the Socialism they advocate (were they truly honest about who they are) would be ‘done correctly’ in their case.

No, these were merely people cheering for their ideological brethren, and we’ll just leave it at that.

 

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