Sunday, September 9, 2007

E! Or should it be Ewwwwwwwwwwww!

It's been announced for months, but over the weekend, quietly, the "CH" channels in Hamilton, Victoria, Montréal, Red Deer, Kelowna and Kamloops quietly turned into E! As in E!-Entertainment, the US cable outlet that set the standard for celebrity -- no, what's the right word here -- b.s. info.

It's not information. It's tripe.

It may be true that Global (which got away with creating a second network without trying) has licenced the E! name; and the US operation will have no say in its running, although it has agreed to run some Canadian shows worldwide. But the station that started independent television in Hamilton was the risk taker -- being the first to air The Godfather I in the 70s, the Tyson-Tucker fight in the 80s, and originated such classic shows as Hillarious House of Frightenstein, Party Game and The Red Green Show (in its early seasons). And yes, it also aired the treachly Tiny Talent Time as well as WWF wrestling and the endearing country music and comedy show Hee Haw.

And if Ken Soble, who helped co-found that channel -- CHCH -- could rise from his grave, he'd gladly wring the neck out of the Asper brothers. This is a complete and utter disgrace.

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1 comment:

Skinny Dipper said...

I miss Tiny Talent Time that used to air on CHCH-TV Hamilton. I think the show got cancelled when the host finally got tired seeing eight year old Madonna wanabes gyrate to Like a Virgin. Those eight year olds are now 38 year old women who now get to see their eight year old daughters watch hot skinny women on E!News.