This is an odd question but what's everyone's favorite network. NBC has been home to Seinfeld, Friends, Cheers, Law & Order, LA Law, Homicide Life on the Street, ER and so many more of my favorites. I don't really have a favorite right now in an effort to keep bias out of my writing, although my hatred of The CW is well known amongst any of my readers.
Post by Rich Fisher on Mar 4, 2009 23:54:51 GMT -5
The CW is probably the worst thing that I have ever seen happen to broadcast Network TV... The shows are the same level as UPN / The WB, a late teen - early 20's demo, and the network used to deliver that product looks like something out of 1982! That dated logo, the ugly green color to all of the promos, the terrible transitions between the local affiliate commercials and the network spots.... Absolutely horrible. Maybe if the shows were aimed at a much older demo it *might* work, but not at all as-is. /end rant.
Consistently in my opinion NBC has been the best broadcast network over the last decade in both show quality and with the network produced morning and late shows. For cable - News goes to CNN for slightly (and that's not a big compliment) less bias and better on-air talent than Fox and MSNBC. Pay cable, currently it's Showtime with the great shows like Dexter, Brotherhood, Weeds, and so much more. They really stole the crown from HBO and haven't looked back. Starz has now entered the game with it's own shows and they look really good, so the pay-TV war looks to be a big benefit for viewers... Of the basic cable nets, I have to go with Comedy Central. Even though they are low budget and worthless after 1AM (nothing but "Girls Gone Wild" infomercials), the Daily Show, Colbert Report, South Park, Sarah Silverman, and various roasts are great shows and great second tier programming. USA, TBS, F/X, Spike, etc all have their moments, but other than the bright spots ("Rescue Me"), they really are just like the re-run channels that once were UHF stations before Fox and The CW came into being...
I've loved Showtime's rise to glory as much as anyone espically since it pushes HBO to make better shows. As for news I agree that CNN is the closest to the middle in terms of bias thought their a little left. I watch Fox News a lot and Glenn Beck's departure from CNN gave me another reason to watch it. As for cable channels overall I have to go with Sci-fi if you factor in all the programming. As for original series, while FX has produced my two favorite basic cable series of all time (The Shield and Rescue Me) I currently have to go with USA. Burn Notice is fantastic and Psych, Monk, Law & Order: CI, and In Plain Sight round out a great line-up.