(Television History and Trivia)




Victor Edward Swanson,


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- - - T.H.A.T., Edition No. 113 - - -

    I begin this edition of T.H.A.T. by passing along a plot of a made-for-TV movie (or TV-movie or  television movie), the heyday for which on the broadcast networks began in the fall on 1964 and ran into the 1990s, and to make it clear, I note that such movies are those that are designed to air on a television network first and then end up in movie theaters, such as in Europe, or in syndication.  It is rare when a TV-movie gets aired on the broadcast networks today, and, by the way, the heyday for such movies to be shown on cable networks is in the past, though Hallmark, Syfy, and Lifetime still use them somewhat regularly.  Today, the mostly like type of television movie to show up on a broadcast network is a movie that gets aired as a "Hallmark Hall of Fame" presentation.  Now, in my television movie, there is this machinist, a guy who likes to work with machines and makes things, which is the way he makes money to pay bills and live.  The machinist likes to think and come up truths about the world around him, and he starts focusing on what the U.S. President is doing to him--feeling the U.S. President is, in essence, hurting his future through his political policies and beliefs.  The machinist comes to understand the U.S. President is a supporter of the Muslim Brotherhood, which is a terrorist entity that practices the political ways of Sharia, and the machinist ties together the ideas that the U.S. President gave a big-deal speech in Egypt in 2009 with members of Muslim Brotherhood sitting in prominent spots at the speech location, met and made ties with Muslim Brotherhood members before the fall on the government of Egypt, supported the rulers of Iran, who have the same mindset as those within the Muslim Brotherhood. over those involved in the election protests of Iran, met at the White House with members of the Muslim Brotherhood, disliked it when the Egyptian military disposed the president of Egypt (a high-ranking member of the Muslim Brotherhood), and seemed to be working to give military support to those with ties with the Muslim Brotherhood in the rebellion or civil war in Syria.  In the story, the machinist documents all the ties that he can find between the U.S. President or his associates and the Muslim Brotherhood and writes a story and sends it out to a possible publisher, and soon afterward, his life is treatened--it is a deliberate attempt to run him down in a sports arena parking lot.  Then, while at grocery store he meets a seductive woman with long dark hair and light-brown skin, who seems to take an unusually strong liking to him, and she pushes hard for a romance with him, wearing clearly revealing clothing and making continual sexual advances and even showing up at his workplace one Friday evening, around the time his day that works ends.  He begins to try to find information about the woman, and it is as if she does not exist....

    Okay, that is all that I will pass along in my tail--Sharia Bullets at Midnight.

    Okay, Breaking Pointe has been a weekly program on The CW network this summer, and the realilty-type program focuses on a ballet company in Salt Lake City, Utah.  It is a program that works to present emotions and feelings of the dancers or would-be dancers.  By the way, most of the guys appear to be gay.  On the episode called "Love or Ballet," one of the guys--Zach--said: "Eeew, I'd throw up before I'd ever touch a boob."  That is a line you would never have heard from a real person--a non-fictional character--on a prime-time television show in 1940s, 1950s, 1960s, or 1970s.  Television has surely become heavily cluttered with rotten programs.  Yes, non-gay guys can like to see ballet, but Breaking Pointe is a throw-up program for non-gay guys.

         Advertisement: In March 2009, a book called Liberty and Tyranny: A Conservative Manifesto, which had been written by Mark R. Levin, was published.  Through the book, Mark R. Levin talks about how tyranny has been creeping into the country, and he also talks about how the country has been changing from a representative republic, which has a constitution as a basis, to something, yet to be defined, and although Mark R. Levin says that it is the statist who is causing the change, especially those who are a part of the Democratic Party and in government jobs, I say that it is communists, socialists, would-be dictators, and Marxists, such as Barack Obama, who are making the changes, such as by discarding The U.S. Constitution.  I urge you to see and read Liberty and Tyranny: A Conservative Manifesto, and pass it on to others, especially teenagers and young adults (and consider listening to The Mark Levin Show, the nationally syndicated radio show, on a regular basis).

    Well, television news has really become a rotten thing because rotten people has become commonplace on television news over the years, especially during the last few years, and here is an example.  On Monday, August 12, 2013, I was tuned into Channel 4.1, WDIV-HD, in Detroit, and I caught a new program produced by the station for weekdays called Live in the D.  It was hosted by Guy Gordon and Karen Drew.  During the program, a tuned away to another channel (Channel 7.2) for a few minutes, and I happened to catch a commercial--promotional announcement, really--for the morning news show aired on weekdays by WXYZ-HD, Channel 7.1, and it featured a woman named Alicia Smith.  Such crap the commercial was, since the main theme being pushed was--Watch the morning news show and see me because I care "how you feel" about the news and I am concerned about how you feel when you watch our news program.  Her theme about feelings and emotions was crap.  That crap also describes the new program called Live in the D, which, while I watched, had a main theme of being "fun."  By the way, Karen Drew worked hard to push out her smile and such throughout the program--it was phony.  The first episode of Live in the D was drivel and kiddy stuff; for example, the big story, which was presented by Lauren Podell, was about gas prices in the Detroit area, and during the program, there was a nonsense segment about poetry and there was sort-of useless roundtable discussion, one panelist of whom was a local Detroit-area radio personality, and Jon Jordan (the style editor for the station) was featured in a fashion bit, and the program had some useless "twitter" comments from viewers.  The program was one-hour long, and the program dragged--not necessarily because it was slow but because it was drivel and fluff of the highest degree.

    Here is more about WXYZ-HD, Channel 7.1.  On Saturday, August 17, 2013, WXYZ-HD aired a program called 2013 Woodward Dream Cruise from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., and the program, which was aired live and had pre-recorded portions, covered the famous cruise in old cars on Woodward Avenue between Pontiac, Michigan, and Ferndale, Michigan.  The "Cruise" was the 19th-annual event, and, generally speaking, the program, which was hosted by Stephen Clark and Carolyn Clifford (the head or first-team news anchors for the station), was done well (at one point, JoAnne Purtan ended a segment that she was doing and had to be blank-faced for more seconds than she would have probably have liked to be because the director did not cut away as soon as the director should have), and the segments with staffer riding in a car (which was equipped with cameras) really did not offer much worthwhile (but it is not as if the segments were, for instance, technically bad).
    Note: While I watched the program, which was made to be fun and lighthearted and such, I could not stop remember what a bad man Stephen Clark is, thinking back to the five-part report that Stephen Clark did for the station in October 2009 (which I talked about in T.H.A.T. #67, which can be reached by using this T.H.A.T. #67 link) in which, in essence, he pushed for a government-run health-care system for the United States of America (the report tried to push why the Canadian health-care idea is better than that in the United States of America), and every time that I see Stephen Clark, I understand what a rotten man Stephen Clark is for having passed along rottenness in the health-care report--and now the country has the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 and all the rottenness that it is (which is not surprising since rotten politicians pass rotten laws).

    On Sunday, September 8, 2013, at 10:00 p.m., WMYD-HD, Channel 20.1, aired a locally made program called Because We're Men, which was designed to be a half-hour comedy (a "sitcom").  I did not tune into the program till about 10:15 p.m. (and I began to run a recording machine so that I could get what credits there might be shown).  Based on the roughly fifteen minutes that I saw, I can call the program a bad program.  The setting that I had to see was basically a living-room scene, and, mostly, the characters sat around on a couch and chairs.  The program was not funny, and the program had a laugh track that sounded as if it was made with three persons, and the laugh track was run at times when there was no reason for it.  The performers sounded as if they read their lines; they did not sound as if they were saying their lines.  The performers looked stiff and like mid-level high-school actors.  The sound was bad, since the microphones were not close to or close enough to the performs so that the voices were clear and not sounding as if the microphones were on the other side of the room.  The program is supposed to be a weekly series (but I do not know how long it is supposed to run).  The main performer was Kamal Smith, who, it seems to me, was and is the driving force behind the program, and the program focuses on Kamal Smith's characters and some of friends.  The program needs a better director and a better writer and maybe some to tell Kamal Smith what he is doing is bad when it is bad.  By the way, the setting that I saw was hurt by a big photograph of Barack Obama on the wall, which was the only image presented on any wall (as I remember at the moment), and that made the setting look like an office, such as that in a government building where a photograph of a U.S. President was supposed to be standard decoration.  [Given Barack Obama is a communist, the setting made me think of a office in a communist country.].  The following day (Monday, September 9, 2013), I went looking for information about the episode, such as that which would give me more credits information, and I found little, and one thing that I found was a YouTube clip of the pilot for the series, which ran about ten minutes.  The production quality--covering technical issues--from the pilot to the episode that I saw went down.

   Announcement for the novice again: To get useful television-delivered news or Internet-delivered news, go to Fox News Channel, WorldNetDaily.com, "The Drudge Report," and CNS News (which is on the Internet and which was launched on June 16, 1998), since the entities do not blindly support Barack Obama, as do CNN, MSNBC, NBC-TV, CBS-TV, and ABC-TV (to learn about bad journalism, you might tune in to CNN, MSNBC, NBC-TV, CBS-TV, and ABC-TV from time to time to see how they differ from the Fox News Channel and those mentioned with it in presenting political stories and events, and you should discover CNN, MSNBC, NBC-TV, CBS-TV, and ABC-TV avoid covering things that make Barack Obama look bad or show his true nature, which could harm you).  If you are unclear of my intentions, I say in different words that you should boycott CNN, MSNBC, NBC-TV, CBS-TV, and ABC-TV and hope they lose more ratings and advertising revenues, since they are expendable, and it is time for you to find the guts to be mean and heartless and cancel them--since they are hurting you.

    On Sunday, September 1, 2014, NBC-TV (the communist/socialist supporting entity that broadcasting television programs) aired a program called TV's Funniest of the Funniest (which was a program tied to the Paley Center for Media).  The program ran two hours, and I only watched the first hour, giving up on seeing the last hour based on what I had seen in the first hour.  In the first hour, one of the entries was from The Carol Burnett Show and one was from The Mary Tyler Moore Show, and the reset of the entries were mostly from recent history.  Many of the entries dealt with sex, and the many of the clips were tied to gay characters, gay situations, or gay performers, and much of the material was crude, if not crud, such as the clip about masturbation from Spin City (featuring Michael J. Fox), who has a new series on broadcast network television for the 2013-2014 season.  The show was hosted as a narrator by Betty White, who has been working in prime-time television for most of the history of network television, and she was tied to two of the entries that I saw, and one had sex as the main topic.  The program--during the first half--had little that was funny for funny sake.

    And here is some information about a rotten woman--a Democrat who teaches nonsense.  On Friday, September 6, 2013, Maria Shriver was giving a report about Alzheimer's Disease on Today (a weekday program shown by NBC-TV, the communistic/socialistic-based television network).  When the report from Maria Shriver was about done (around 8:55 a.m. EDT), she was asked what a person can do to get more done about Alzheimer's Disease.  Maria Shriver noted that a person can look over the platform of candidates and vote for those who support, for example, giving more money [taxpayer money taken in by the government] to research.  One, there are many more important reasons to vote for or not vote for person, one of which is to not vote for a perpetual liar, like Barack Obama, who calls himself a "Democrat" and who--I say--is a rotten man.  Two, government is not needed to spur research into Alzheimer's Disease, since doctors and hospitals do research and have been working on it without a push from politicians (who have many other matters to be involved in).  In essence, Maria Shriver pushed and tried to teach the idea that, without government getting involved in things, nothing gets done, and that is the sign of a rotten woman--a communistic thinker.

    Remember: The Prisoner with Patrick McGoohan was a television show that was produced across the pond and shown on CBS-TV in the late 1960s, and I urge you to find The Prisoner on DVD, maybe from a library, and watch it, and you should show it--all the episodes--to teenagers, or buy it as a present for teenagers.

Stay well!


copyright c. 2013
Date published: September 10, 2013

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