(Television History and Trivia)




Victor Edward Swanson,


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- - - T.H.A.T., Edition No. 54 - - -

    Well, around the day that I wanted to post the previous edition of T.H.A.T., an Internet-service provider/Web-hosting company was taking over the company that I had had Web-hosting service with for nearly four years and was switching over accounts from servers of the dead company to its servers.  Because of that, I feel--my Web material on a new server now--I should do something to bring in more customers to my Web site, such as the section of my Web site that has information about television.  Since sex sells, I am going to make a promise to give you "nude gals on TV" in this edition of T.H.A.T., and I am certainly not adverse to seeing my favorite style of nude gals on TV.

    Okay, let me start right out with adult stuff.  (Remember: My purpose is to pull in the ratings.)  I wonder how many real guys are finding it difficult to run across good-looking gals on television (Sex--is that not what television pushes for the imagination?)  For example, I see few gals on television that I would wish to see in person, given that television offers so many model-type gals (those who are thin and have no shape), or so many bitchy-looking-type gals, or so many Miss America-types who look stiff or plastic, or so many gals that have the angry look.  For instance, I say that almost all the gals who play the main characters in Desperate Housewives disinterest me, are not pleasant to look at, are not sexy, or are not erotic--there is something in the faces that is not pleasant (I do have to note that Dana Delany does look cute on the cover of TV Guide for the week of September 29-October 5, 2008 (the verson that I received had her on the outside proper and not on the folded-in page of what is a fold-out-type cover), and, finally, I can say that TV Guide has put a cutie on the cover, but I have to say that I find the gals on pages 14 and 15 are "no thank-yous" and one looks ill, which is bad for her).  In the end, I look for gals with female shape and pleasant (not necessarily "pretty") faces and who have that squeezable look, such as Emma Samms, Mariah Carey, Cheryl Burke (of Dancing with the Stars), Elizabeth Louise Malamalamaokalani Logue (of Hawaii Five-0 theme segment), and Barbi Benton.  I could put others in the list, but that should do for now, and a number of the others that I can invision, I have no names for.  If I had a magic wand and could put a gal from television on a beach with me and have her au natural, I would have a small list of gals from which to choose.  It would be "fun" to have, for example, Emma walking on the beach.  I wonder if she has the spunk....  Hummm!  I can hope, can't I?  (Of course, to make a "change," a person has to take "hope" and act on it or work on it and not simply expect someone to provide the "change" for free.)

    Now that I have covered things that interest me and covered them in a tasteful manner, I offer--for your consideration--this next eight paragraphs of somewhat related material:

    I was able to see much of the first episode of Do Not Disturb, which was shown by Fox TV on Wednesday, September 10, 2008, and it is a good example of the unlikeable stuff offered new on television these days.  One short segment of the episode noted that one of the gals received a promotion of sorts at the workplace a couple months previous after another gal (called "Sarah" or "Sara") was fired--after other workers had seen her penis when she walked up the stairs.  Do Not Disturb is defined as a comedy.

    The previous paragaph shows what producers seem to think is "fun" for viewers today (I note that, the gals of Do Not Disturb I would not disturb.)

    Hold it!  House, M.D. showed up--for a new season--on Fox TV on Tuesday, September 16, 2008, and I have to note a bit of dialogue.  Late in the episode, Dr. House is talking with a patient, and one thought that came out in the dialogue was about licking a woman's face.  That thought was expanded to a piece of dialogue that hinted at licking another part of a female body (I believe the words that Dr. House used were "...lick your face, unless you're that type of feminist...." and I may have the words incorrect, but I know what thought was being presented).

    Hold it again!  On Saturday, September 20, 2008, NBC-TV aired a new episode of Saturday Night Live, which was hosted by James Franco, and during the show, one of the segments was a skit that had incest and the Republican candidate for U.S. Vice President (Sarah Palin) as the theme.  It seems to me the producers and staffers of Saturday Night Live think incest is a fun topic.

    Hold it even more again!  On Wednesday, September 24, 2008, CBS-TV aired the season-premiere episode of The New Adventures of Old Christine, starting at 8:00 p.m., and, on that day and at that time, I was painting steam radiators (they will have gold-leaf paint as the color coat).  The episode had lesbian themes, and, in one scene, a main character attempted to tell a boy about lesbians or the idea of girls liking girls.  It seems there was humor in the story, but I must have missed the fun parts.

    Here is more fun--maybe.  Over at least the two days previous to airing the first episode of the 2008-2009 season premiere of The New Adventures of Old Christine, CBS-TV promoted the upcoming Wednesday evening comedies, one of which was going to be The New Adventures of Old Christine.  In essence, CBS-TV promoted the idea that "Hump day would never be the same."

    Oh, boy, I have this too.  On Thursday, September 25, 2008, the new season of Grey's Anatomy began, and it began at 9:00 p.m. on ABC-TV.  During the show, there was lesbian-themed material, such as dealing with two gals who kissed.

    Let me change the subject slightly--to something more interesting to regular guys.  The Big Bang Theory is a comedy that runs on CBS-TV.  On Monday, September 22, 2008, viewers of the first episode of the season were given a scene in which a camera looked down at the tops of Caley Kuoco's breasts, and it was a long-held somewhat tight shot.

    In T.H.A.T. #52, I talked about the digital television channels that are available today to viewers in the Detroit area, and one of those--Retro Television Network--has made me come up with a piece of speculation, which is also inspired by another forthcoming network.  Retro Television Network provides (through Channel 7-2 in Detroit) television series that originally aired on broadcast television networks in, for instance, the 1960s and 1970s, and some of the series are Get Smart and The Wild, Wild West.  Recently, I saw information about a new network that was being put together that was going to offer, for instance, old series related to MGM, and it was to be called "This TV."  What will network programmers of ABC-TV, CBS-TV, NBC-TV, and cable networks do to fight off the competition that is made up of at least the Retro Television Network and This TV, which run likeable series of the past and are free services, and will families find it more fun to see the subchannel feeds with such networks from television stations than the main channels of the television stations?  In addition, ion television is playing favorite television series of the recent past to add to the probem for the some network programmers.  I have to admit when I was recently testing digital-to-analog converter boxes to make T.H.A.T. #52, I was more interested in seeing the fun stuff on the Retro Television Network than the stuff offered by the broadcast networks, especially those reality shows and reality game shows with so many unlikable contestants.

    Here is a thought related to TV Guide, and the thought is not really about TV Guide.  I looked through the edition of the magazine for September 8-14, 2008, which was the "Fall Preview" issue, to see if there were any intererting gals being presented in any of the new series, and what I found was nothing.  I also looked in the edition for September 15-21, 2008, to see if any gals would catch my eye, and I did see the photograph of Toni Braxton, who is about forty years of age, and Lindsey Price is cute, especially in a summer dress.  Oops!  It seems my mind is drifting.

    In the 1960s and 1970s, most of  the made-for-television movies that were aired by the three commerical broadcast networks were likeable fiction pieces, and since the 1980s, television programmers have rarely offered viewers fiction-based movies, such as detective movies, and most of the made-for-television movies are docudramas or based on real-life events or real-life people.  In the previous edition, my trivia question for you happened to deal with a fiction (or non-real) story.  I wondered if you could come up with the title of a 1993 made-for-TV that dealt with global warming and featured Craig T. Nelson.  I now report that the movie is entitled The Fire Next Time.

    Oh!  Hey!  Let me get to a topic that I have been delaying getting to, since I  have had other topics to cover for the last few months.  Another thing that makes me more likely to choose the old shows on Retro Television Network over the new shows on the broadcast networks is new network shows might promote particular political candidates over other political candidates (fictional shows did not do that in the 1960s and 1970s).  Last season, for instance, the producers of House, M.D. used a segment of one episode to promote a political candidate who endorsed "change," and that was done by showing on the screen in one scene a poster-like placard clearly related to that political candidate, who was running for president.

    As you should know, "change" is coming to the television industry--it is going digital at least for full-power television stations at the end of February 17, 2009, and I now take the time to note I have no new informatioin to pass along about the subject for now, but the subject is still on my mind.

    Ugh!  On Saturday, September 6, 2008, from 8:00 p.m. to  11:00 p.m., PBS carried a My Music presentation, which was entitled My Generation: The '60s Live, which did not get shown in the Detroit area till the following Saturday (getting shown by the PBS affiliate known as WTVS-TV).  I have talked about My Music presentations in the past, and I note that they are usually good, but the recent program was a disappointment--at least the version that I saw.  During the first one hour or more, for instance, there was much more talk than music, the latter of which was supposed to be the reason for viewers to watch.  In addition, the only thing about the program that was "live" was the talk material--the pleas for money; the music clips came from past My Music presentations.  To me, the show was mislabeled and misleading, such as by hinting it was "live."

    By the way, Channel 33--a low-power station called WHPR-TV, Detroit--during the week of Monday, September 8, 2008, promoted that it was going to be involved in a special event called "Burn the Mortgage," which would air on Saturday, September 13, 2008, from 8:00 p.m. to whenever.  The event--which was to be a caberet event--was to be broadcast on WGPR-FM (107.5) and on Channel 33.  I thought I was going to see a video presentation on WGPR-TV, but when I tuned in, there was only audio of the event (the signal of WGPR-FM) and several screens of graphics, which were repeated over and over and over and over and over and over and over.  What a waste of video time it was from Channel 33.

    Okay, let me get back to "sex," which is the underlying theme of this edition of T.H.A.T. and which is a theme of television (one part of which is to get guys to tune in to see gals, maybe in skimpy bikinis).  I have looked in my files and found a number of made-for-TV movies that have "sex" in the title.  Four of the movies listed in my files are Sex and Mrs. X (which featured Linda Hamilton and Jacqueline Bisset and which was first shown in 2000), Sex and the Single Mom (which featured Gail O'Grady and was first shown in 2003), Sex, Lies and Obsession (which featured Lisa Rinna and which was first shown in 2001), and More Sex & The Single Mom (which featured Gail O'Grady and which was first shown in 2005), and the four were shown on Lifetime.  The USA cable network gave viewers Sex, Love and Cold Hard Cash in 1992, and it featured such performers as JoBeth Williams and Anthony John Denison.  CBS-TV gave viewers Sex and the Single Parent (in 1979) and Sex and the Married Woman (in 1977).  In the early 1970s, one of the gals who was considered a sex symbol on television was Connie Stevens.  What was the movie that had "sex" in the title in which Connie Stevens appeared in the early 1970s?

    Editorial comment: And so I continue on and bring in the thought of censorship.  In the United States of America, there is a rating system for television, and many television sets--somewhat recently made television sets and new television sets--have "V chips," the purpose of which is to allow people to block out certain program material.  I think the V-chip idea was and is nonsense (it adds another piece of equipment to pay for in a television set and another piece of equipment that can break down).  I think the rating system is useless and foolish, and it only adds more clutter on the screen, and it has the federal government involved in censorship.  I do not wish the federal goverment to restrict television producers from presenting the dialogue bits and themes that I presented in the paragraphs about, for instance, Do No Disturb, Saturday Night Live, and House, M.D., and although much of the talk presented in the talk shows on Channel 33 is useless, incorrect material, or foolish material, I would not want the federal government to block it from people.  I think it is good that much of the talk presented on Channl 33 and the dialogue presented in the paragarphs about Do No Disturb, Saturday Night Live, and House, M.D. can be seen, because the material can show, for example, children what is defective thought, rotten material, foolish thought, and unsubstantiated material, and it can show people what dumb people are like, and a person's being able to recognize dumb people and dumb thought has to be learned so that the person can readily recognize dumb people and dumb thought in the future.  Not everything shown on television is stuff that I like or something that I find nonoffensive, but I do not like the federal government setting standards of speech (except for setting the standard that English is the official language of the country)--I would rather have foolish people with their foolish thoughts show themselves for what they are.

    I do have to add that the bad thought presented regularly on Channel 33 does keep people in Detroit misinformed and uninformed, but so it goes; at least, sources of good thought that can counter the bad thought can be easily found elsewhere, unlike in a communist country, where the federal government controls the content of television.

    "For the record," at least as I am able to report for now, Channel 33 does have a new show entitled The Show, which is hosted by Eboni Love, but I do not know the air times of the show yet; the show was introduced at some time during the Burn the Mortgage event.

    And here it comes--what I promised you:

Nude gals on

    See, I have done it.  I have given you what I promised to give you.  I try to do what I promise.

    Now, let me go back to my "hoping" to see females who look female and feminine and look like they throw a ball like a girl and who are not like tough guys, emaciated sticks, yuppie nitwits, shallow blondes, Hollywood cliches, and self-centered bores, and you can do what you wish to do.

Stay well!


P.S.: Hey, guys!  Do who have a hard time seeing real lookers on TV?  I am not surprised.  Maybe, I should start presenting a "looker-alert section" in every edition of T.H.A.T. from now on.  But that might be harder to do than paint radiators these days.

P.S.: For the record, I noted in my files that Fox News Network showed a program entitled Barack Obama and His Radical Friends (a special edition of Hannity's America) on Sunday, October 5, 2008, and I noted that the one-hour program ran from 9:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. and was hosted by Sean Hannity, and I say that you should watch television-program listings or whatever for possible repeat broadcasts of the program.

copyright c. 2008
Date published: October 10, 2008

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