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BAD TV What? Two shows about catching pigs?

  1. Nov 17, 2011 #1

    Pengwuino

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    BAD TV What?? Two shows about catching pigs?!?!?!

    WTH?!??!?!

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    [PLAIN]http://www.aetv.com/allshows/images/editorspicks/as-lady-hoggers.jpg [Broken]

    WHAT THE HELL IS GOING ON HERE!?!??!!?!

    I don't even know what to say. I couldn't BELIEVE when they showed advertisements for the first one. Then.... this. Congress needs to start doing something useful and ban A&E.
     
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  3. Nov 17, 2011 #2

    wukunlin

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    Re: What?? Two shows about catching pigs?!?!?!

    only in america?
     
  4. Nov 17, 2011 #3
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    There are 6,000,000 wild pigs roaming loose in the U.S. If they don't popularize wild pig hunting, there'll soon be no room left for people here.
     
  5. Nov 17, 2011 #4

    S_Happens

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    You forgot Pig Bomb and Hogs Gone Wild that come on Discovery.
     
  6. Nov 17, 2011 #5

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    Re: What?? Two shows about catching pigs?!?!?!

    Peng,

    Zooby has a point, they are doing us a public service, and entertaining us (or attempting to...) in the process. A&E should be commended for their contribution to the public good.

    Rhody... :wink:
     
  7. Nov 17, 2011 #6

    FlexGunship

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    And there's still no show about how to be a decent human being...
     
  8. Nov 17, 2011 #7

    Dembadon

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    What are you talking about?! Don't you watch The Jerry Springer Show? His exhortations at the end of the each show have been the foundation upon which my moral compass has been calibrated!
     
  9. Nov 17, 2011 #8
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    A&E stands for Arts and Entertainment. I have yet to see either on the channel.

    At least these aren't being aired on Discovery/Science. I would hate to miss an episode of Pumpkin Chunkin' because they wanted to air the pig show.:uhh:
     
  10. Nov 17, 2011 #9

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    Just a few years ago, A&E had like... documentaries.... scientific shows... when the hell did it all of a sudden turn to total garbage?
     
  11. Nov 17, 2011 #10

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    A&E used to show classics. They were an outstanding channel, then BOOM! absolute garbage.
     
  12. Nov 17, 2011 #11
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    better hide yo wimmen and yo kids, it's http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hogzilla" [Broken]!
     
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  13. Nov 17, 2011 #12

    Evo

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    Tonight on National Geographic

    8 CST

    :uhh:
     
  14. Nov 17, 2011 #13

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    Evo, Peng,

    I am guessing A&E now has different management and business model. It is expensive and time consuming to produce high quality well researched documentaries. That's why you don't see weekly or even monthly episodes of FrontLine. If A&E loses too much of its audience it will fold, but IMHO I don't see that happening anytime soon.

    Rhody...
     
  15. Nov 17, 2011 #14

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    Absolutely.

    My last job was working in a USDA lab that tested animal blood for pseudorabies
    and brucellosis in swine.

    http://www.aphis.usda.gov/wildlife_damage/nwdp/feral_swine.shtml" [Broken]

    Here in Kansas, the Animal Health Department have annual wild pig kills where they [STRIKE]blood[/STRIKE] collect their blood for testing. Most have pseudorabies and some have brucellosis. Not good.
     
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  16. Nov 17, 2011 #15
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    Kinda sad but a lot of people apparently are that dumbed down. They are running programming that gets the most viewers. These are essentially cheaply produced reality shows.

    http://www.history.com/shows/swamp-people
     
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  18. Nov 18, 2011 #17
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    They are going for cheap. Cable and satellite are basically monopolies that pay channels like A&E a pittance to survive. Hence even broadcast TV has resorted to "reality" TV shows that cost almost nothing to produce just to compete.
     
  19. Nov 18, 2011 #18

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    Now there is no production value in even broadcast networks. Al Jazeera has better-sourced and better-presented news stories than CBS, NBC, and ABC, IMO, and that is really sad. I don't care about "entertainment value" because I can't stand to watch what's being packaged as entertainment these days (for at least 5-10 years).

    Unfortunately, no independent provider of information on TV has attempted to be "better" - they seem to be intent on driving the quality of content to the bottom as fast as possible.
     
  20. Nov 20, 2011 #19

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    It's better than the "Gold Rush" show on Discovery. I thought the wild hog hunting show was interesting...once. That's the problem right now with those channels. They have shows that are interesting as a single special, but then showing them as a series, and then multiple series is just plain ridiculous, because there's absolutely nothing new to show.

    It's like the Dr. G. Medical Examiner show, where they start off every autopsy with, "Dr. G. starts out by making the standard Y incision." Do they REALLY need to say that in every show? (The rest of that show actually can be pretty interesting, but I just always wonder if ANYONE has EVER made anything OTHER than a Y-incision for an autopsy in the past 100 years.)
     
  21. Nov 21, 2011 #20
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    I never heard of it, this seems to be another dumb shows that people come up with, i don't think it would go anywhere ahead.
     
  22. Nov 21, 2011 #21
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    The sad part is it isn't just the cost of cable and satellite driving down the quality of broadcast news. The public isn't demanding better and neither are the corporations. The other day NYC arrested 26 reporters covering Occupy for not carrying press passes no one was handing out. Not a single major news outlet I could find raised hell. Its all about how much the story is worth and how much the public is willing to pay and principles take a distant back seat.
     
  23. Dec 17, 2011 #22

    Evo

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    I thought instead of starting numerous threads about horrible tv, I'd just add to this one.

    Tonight on SYFY Channel - Earth's Final Hours!!!

    HUH?

    Of course it's a teenager that's hacked into the government's most top secret database that will help the government agents (this is to get the teens watching)

    Buwahahaha http://video.syfy.com/movies_events/syfy_saturday [Broken]
     
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  24. Dec 17, 2011 #23
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    Makes sense. After all, the government agents are a bunch of idiots. Why would the grown-ups know such things. It is obviously only the teenager who is smart enough to hack into a top secret government satellite...

    And the satellites being able to restore the earths rotation makes a lot of sense too...

    Facepalm.
     
  25. Dec 17, 2011 #24

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    Re: BAD TV What?? Two shows about catching pigs?!?!?!

    To be fair I watched 15 minutes of the end of one show and the beginning 15 minutes of another of an episode of Lady Hoggers. Same plot over and over, someone's property is being destroyed by these hogs and of course these two "fine" tongue in cheek lady's show up to save the day. The tracking dogs are wired for video and sound, and they have to put up with alligators, etc... to make the catch. Thirty minutes was enough. I am not going back for more.

    Now, a show like "Man Tracker" is worth watching to me anyway because I learn something new each time and it's locations move around the US and Canada. It may not be for everyone, but it is much preferred to Lady Hoggers. Snort snort...

    Rhody...
     
  26. Dec 17, 2011 #25

    Evo

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    No, no, we've switched to white holes stopping the earth's rotation, look up. Start with post 22
     
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