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Posted: September 25, 2011 12:30 a.m.

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Rowe: Change that channel

It’s a good thing I don’t watch TV that much. Either I am very persnickety or there just isn’t much on TV worth watching. There are very few prime time shows that don’t contain violence, nudity or profanity. I’m not interested in "Bachelor" or "Bachelorette" shows about somebody trying to find Mr. or Miss Perfect out of 100 or so candidates. Makes you think something must be wrong somewhere if they are willing to take a chance on a total stranger and go on TV to expose their personal life. I’m not interested in seeing who can lose the most weight or do things most normal people would never think of doing, like eating live insects or putting themselves in dangerous situations. I am not a fan of "American Idol" either.

I do like "Dancing With The Stars," although I haven’t tuned in this season yet. In my mind, Chaz will always be Chastity and was much more attractive than Chaz. DWTS has always been fairly good entertainment so I’ll probably give in eventually and see what the buzz is all about.

With cable and satellite offering hundreds of channels, you’d think there’d be plenty of interesting shows to choose from. "Happy Days," "Laverne & Shirley," and "All In The Family" were great shows and then J.R. Ewing came along and stirred things up. If its family shows you like, there’s "Kate plus Eight," the Duggars and their mega sized family or perhaps Hulk Hogan or the Kardashians. If there’s absolutely nothing else on, I guess it will do but they can’t hold a candle to the Waltons, Andy Griffith or the Brady Bunch.

I get up so early during the week even the roosters are still asleep but when I get back from taking Sweet Pea to work, I have time to watch a few episodes of "I Love Lucy" and sometimes I might catch "I Dream of Jeannie" or "Bewitched" in the afternoons. The game shows like "Let’s Make A Deal" and "The Price Is Right" are gone and most of the soap operas have been cancelled as well. 

I watched "All My Children" with my Mom from the very beginning and was quite sad to hear this was their final week. I hadn’t watched regularly in years but occasionally tuned in to see what going on in Pine Valley and not much had changed. A few characters had come and gone and there were new faces I didn’t recognize but the storylines were still the same and I guess that is what led to its demise.

Ever notice the talk shows aren’t they same as they used to be? When Merv Griffith and Phil Donahue came on, the audience interacted with comments and questions. Now Dr. Phil, Dr. Oz and Judge Judy have put a whole new twist on that. Jerry Springer took talk shows to a whole new level but who could even understand the conversations for all the bleeps?

I seldom watch the news except to get weather updates and for my two cents worth, the local news hasn’t been the same since Guy Sharpe retired but luckily we still have Johnny Beckman.

My Grandaddy Parker enjoyed watching informative shows like 20/20, 60 Minutes and the Evening World News with Walter Cronkite. I don’t have my own business like he did, but, it’s good to be informed and up to date on what is going on in the world. 

The world is much different now than it was 30 years ago — even 10 years ago in some respects — but I am still shocked at some things. Earlier this week, a special report revealed excessive spending of taxpayers’ money by the United States Judicial Department for conferences on things such as $12 muffins, $10 cookies and $8.24 cups of coffee. That ought to get your feathers in a ruffle!! I’d be really interested to know what was in those muffins for that price and I bet they weren’t nearly as good as the ones that QT offers. Of course cost wasn’t an issue because we taxpayers paid for it and weren’t even invited! Who knows what’s really in those fancy high dollar muffins and coffees but if it has that effect on their thinking, I don’t want any.

Given the options, I think I’ll find a good book to read — either way I’ll lose interest and drift off, but at least I’ll get a good night’s sleep.



Beth Rowe may be reached at

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