Wednesday, 5 August 2015

A REEL Ztinker

There's a reason why Music networks don't play music or why tech and gaming networks don't play genre-realated shows, because its too narrow a genre and that shit can be found on internet at any given time. ReezChannel was supposed to be about Hollywood, movies, and celebrities; what E! used to be when it was known as Movietime (not to be confused with the Canadian channel formally known as Lone Star). It's not that they were doing a bad job at first, the problem was, there's was just no point in a channel like that existing.

So now, Reez is in the unique position to air whatever the hell they want as long as it drives viewership. Enter shit-awful reality shows so cheep they make the shit on TruTV look original. I haven't watched any of them (who would?), so I know I'm being unfair, but with names like "The Capones", "Hollywood Hillbillies", and "Beverly Hills Pawn" (One of the last shows to air on MuchMore before becoming M3, by the way), you can tell this was C-list fodder at its worst.

Ironically, re-runs of TruTV's Full Throttle Saloon and Storage Hunters used to air on this channel, and I think that helped them realize that, rather than produce shitty reality shows for their channel, they should air shitty reality shows from other channels. Hence, their current schedule of criminology crap. That's seriously a pet peeve of mine. If wanted to watch those kinds of shows, there are a dozen networks to do so. Unless your name is A&E, I don't need to see that crap here!

At this point, I'd like to remind you that this is supposed to be a network about Hollywood-related shows, none of which we talked about in this post. Of course, you can't blame Reez for trying to make movies work, seeing as how "Race to the Scene" was a thing; nothing they do seems to work. To my knowledge, the only noteworthy programs Reelz aired were The Kennedys, a controversial miniseries that was going to air on History (but was only aired on the Canadian version) and the recent Miss USA pageant, which NBC dropped after Donald Trump pulled a Donald Trump.

The only shows on Reelz worth a damn are Access Hollywood, OK! TV, TMZ Sports, Celebrated, and Dish Nation; since those are the only shows that have anything to do with the channel's original purpose. That being said, I think it's time for Reelz to take a page from E!'s playbook. First, they need to find reruns of shows worth a damn, instead of this docu-drama crap. Then, they need to start producing more bolder, more clever, original programs. If necessary, only if necessary, they'll have to abandon Hollywood and start focusing more on movies and celebrities, because that seems to be the only thing that drives ratings.

Those are just my two cents, I really couldn't give less of a damn for channel dedicated to Hollywood crap. Now, a video game-centric channel, that's I want to see. Too bad Ginx is only available in the U.K.

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