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Ch.2 News: Such a Deal

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This is what I’m thinking:

* Nothing says there is no real news than when Channel 2 has trouble filling its Top 3 stories segment in the morning with three newsworthy items.

On Tuesday morning, the No. 3 story concerned Matt Granite’s ability to find viewers a deal to purchase glasses or sunglasses.

Now I love Granite’s enthusiasm and ability to comb the internet to find great deals. Channel 4 obviously loved it, too, because it didn’t take long to copy the idea and have anchor-reporter Melissa Holmes searching for deals in the morning.

But the No.3 story of the day is about getting a deal on glasses?

In the words of tennis great John McEnroe, “you cannot be serious.”

That wasn’t news. It was further evidence of the blurring of the line between news and what used to be considered advertising.

In this case, Channel 2 really was advertising that there wasn’t much news beyond the disaster in Japan and the trial of the accused City Grill shooter.  

*The first episode of MTV’s “Real World: Las Vegas” didn’t feature much of Buffalo State College student Naomi Defensor. It spent much more time on Nany Gonzalez, the Jamestown native who left her boyfriend back home to hang with four guys and two girls in a big apartment.

The opener that introduced the cast was painfully boring at times and made you wonder why this series inspired the reality-show craze that has just about ruined television. I’m guessing it had to be more painful to watch for Nany’s boyfriend, who received a few calls from Nany that didn’t go that well.

Perhaps we’ll see more of Naomi in tonight’s second episode. It has to be more fun than the opener, which divided the males into stereotypical characters. There is the obvious player, the humorous goody goody, the guy looking for a good time and the guy who is carrying a big secret. The girls weren’t as well defined.

* Fox just announced its summer schedule and the only original programming involves reality shows “So You Think You Can Dance” (May 26 premiere), “Masterchef” (June 6 premiere) and “Hell’s Kitchen” (July 19).

The most interesting use of reruns concerns “The Chicago Code,” the intriguing new cop series starring Jennifer Beals and Jason Clarke (see together above) that currently runs after “House” on Mondays.  “Code” repeats will begin airing at 9 p.m. Saturdays on June 25 after episodes of the Fox reality series “Cops.” That should be a good match.

“House” repeats air at 9 p.m. Monday, repeats of “Raising Hope” and “Traffic Light” go back to back starting at 9 p.m. Tuesday, “Glee” repeats air at 9 p.m. Thursday and  repeats of “Bones” and “Lie to Me” air back-to-back on Fridays.


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2 responses to "Ch.2 News: Such a Deal"

  1. I always have to laugh when they post the stuff on WGRZ.com… they allow comments for all other stories, but when they post those big deals with their exclamation points!… “Comments for this article are closed.”

    Can somebody say, shilling?

  2. Pergy's friend says:

    THAT was the No.3 story of the day?? Guess that answers the question – Have they no shame?

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