Thursday, January 24, 2013

Me TV Network Television, speeding up some of its programming? Say it isn't so.

I recently discovered Me TV network and love it. Shows that were a bit before my time have come to life. Shows such as The Rifleman, The Fugitive, Combat, 12 O'Clock High, Hazel, The Flying Nun, Gidget, Petticoat Junction, Emergency, Perry Mason, Naked City and many more remind me how fun television programming can be when actors actually speak dialogue to each other rather than evade or exploit the latest special effect.

What I also find fascinating is how women are treated in these shows. Women are usually portrayed as knowledgable and clever, or fighting for more rights and respect, and sometimes treated as objects to be won or protected.

Yet lately I've noticed a disturbing trend on Me TV Network, it looks like some scenes in at least one show are being sped up even as the dialogue remains normal. The weird thing is the commercial breaks don't seem to be particularly longer. "The  Saint", starring Robert Moore, seems to have some speeded up scenes, especially when there is no music playing and the scene is an action scene of some type.

I seem to recall that television show content back in the 50's, 60's and 70's used to run longer versus the amount of commercials per every half an hour. Sometime in the 80's television program content began to shrink in minutes per half hour, presumably so both more commercials and network television promos of upcoming television shows could be aired.

I don't like the speeded up scenes although I am relieved that the audio somehow remains intact and so far I don't think the speeded up virus has spread to all of their programs. 



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