The Deep End of the Ocean (1999) . . .

Blah! I'm almost done, and you are too. You just don't realize it yet. As if it weren't bad enough that the networks cram reality programming down our collective throats in order to cut costs, they're going to take it to a whole new level in the near future.

Many of the prime shows historically broadcast by the entertainment division of the major networks ended up broadcast in the 10pm Eastern/9pm Central time slot. Things like ER, Lost, CSI, Law and Order, Boston Legal, The Practice, Dynasty, Starsky and Hutch, Dallas, etc. etc. Now the networks are filling this time slot with things like My Own Worst Enemy, Lipstick Jungle, Dirty Sexy Money, Without a Trace, and Eleventh Hour.

Well, NBC has just decided to throw in the towel and to altogether stop competing in the scripted field of entertainment. In a move to cut costs and to eliminate the need for FIVE hour long television shows, NBC has decided that they are going to move Jay Leno to the 10pm/9pm time slot five days a week. This is such a great, grand idea that you know the other networks will not be far behind. It will not be long before your evening lineup will consist of 8pm/7pm Whose Fart Was That Anyway?, 8:30pm/7:30pm Cooking with Power Tools, 9pm/8pm Uninteresting People With Overinflated Egos Standing Around and finishing up with 10pm/9pm Talk Show/Variety Hour Extravaganza.

I hate the networks. This really is the chance for the cable channels to step up and steal away the rest of the network TV audience. FX, SciFi, USA, TLC, and other channels have been siphoning off viewers for years now. This should just give them another boost.

Link to press release: Notice from NBC - WE SURRENDER!!!

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