This is what I’m thinking:
Angus T. Jones – the Half in “Two and a Half Men” — may have overstated it slightly this week by setting off a media storm by calling the CBS series “filth.”
I’d say sophomoric and crude is more like it. The 19-year-old Jones, who apparently has found religion, should realize his peers flock to movie theaters to see comedies that are far worse in content.
“Two and a Half” has been one of the more popular comedies locally and nationally for years, which I suppose says a lot about America’s tolerance for double entendres and belies the idea that the country has conservative values.
The popularity of “Two and a Half” freed comedies that followed it in the past decade to further move the line of what is acceptable in prime time. Now just about anything goes.
I’ve never been a fan of “Two and a Half,” but I’ve never been offended because CBS carried it after 9 p.m. Eastern time until this season, when it moved it to 8:30 p.m. Thursday. I also did some local research at one point and learned the program doesn’t have much of a viewership among children.
However, I do find it unfortunate that reruns of the show air at 11 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 4 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. weekdays on FX, Fox’s cable entertainment channel. The afternoon episodes air when young kids are home from school and can watch it. Of course, basic cable isn’t regulated by the FCC so FX can carry it whenever it wants to.
Searching for an alternative to all the Christmas music playing on radio? I accidentally found that 1230 AM “The Breeze’’ isn’t celebrating Christmas early. “The Breeze” — which also is carried on 102.9 FM – surely is a better alternative than listening to WBEN’s talk shows. I’ve also spent more time listening to 92.9 FM, which isn’t part of the Christmas rush.
I get ideas from strange places. On Thursday, I had my annual checkup with my doctor and we proceeded to talk about TV after my blood pressure was taken. My doc and I both are fans of Showtime’s “Homeland.” But we agreed that we haven’t been able to watch it the same way after “Saturday Night Live” did a dead-on parody a few weeks ago. The parody illustrated all the different ways that Claire Danes cries or gets emotional while playing Carrie, the heroine who knew Brody (Damian Lewis) was a terrorist before everyone else in the CIA. Every time Carrie cries now, it is hard to suppress laughter.
What’s wrong with this picture? While Jodi Johnston got three days to say goodbye on Channel 2’s “Daybreak,” Channel 7 anchor Keith Radford quietly celebrated his 25th anniversary on the station during the November sweeps. If you want to learn more about Radford and his career, pick up a copy of the current edition of Buffalo Spree. My monthly feature is about him and has the headline: “After twenty-five years, WKBW’s Radford remains the king of calm.”
Finally, my blood pressure is really good. Thought you may like to know. However, it does go up a little bit when I read the spin of local TV executives and it isn’t put in perspective by other media outlets.