Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Let's hear what you have to say! (And, thanks for posting, Michael!)

I recently posted an entry on the comedy “Laverne & Shirley.” The post caught the interest of Michael, my faithful poster on my “Big Brother” blog until Dick called Dustin “princess.”

Michael returned to say, “Brad, Brad, Brad...finally a topic I can get excited about, especially with the release of "Laverne & Shirley Season 3" only a week away.”

Well, blog readers, I don’t want you to wait for me to stumble upon a show that interests you. If you’d like to see me cover a certain show, let me know! If it’s a show I’m not familiar with, I can at least give a little background info on it. And, of course, I’ll include your comments, too.

Feel free to contact me by replying to a post, or you can e-mail me a suggestion for the "Totally TV" blog at Or write to me at: Brad Wadlow, "Totally TV" Blog, Courier News, 1201 Route 22 West, PO Box 6600, Bridgewater, NJ 08807. Or call me at (908) 707-3131, or fax your suggestions or comments to (908) 707-3252. Be sure to put my name and "Totally TV" blog on the fax.

So, let’s hear what you’ve got to say!


michael said...

As much as I loved getting a big "Welcome Back!" from you, I need to set the record straight. I didn't walk away from "Big Brother" and CBS because Dick called Dustin "princess". There will be, until the end of time, some ignorant clod in the world who needs to make themselves feel better by calling someone else a name or putting them down.

My objection was that CBS made a very public decision to take the moral high ground when it came to airing slurs made against people of the Jewish faith and Asian Americans, but had an entire episode of Dick calling Dustin "princess" as a dig to Dustin's sexual orientation. So CBS took measures to ensure that Jewish people and Asian Americans weren't offended, but didn't really seem to think it mattered if someone on the show was made fun of for their sexual orientation.

Like I said at the time, I have no delusions that I will single-handedly bring CBS to their knees. Throughout history, very tragic things have happened when people just turned their heads and walked away, and I can't be one of those people. I have to be able to live with myself and take a stand for what I feel is right.

Now, to the question at hand, favorite shows. I was a huge "Alias" fan during its run, scouring the internet looking for other viewers’ theories on Rambaldi and his prophecy. You have already touched on "Murphy Brown", one of the tightest and best written comedies of our generation. I also loved "Designing Women", at least until Delta Burke left.

I think it might be interesting to see what people's favorite episodes of any given show are. For instance, the episode of "Murphy Brown" where she gave birth to her son is one of the most brilliant episodes in television history with amazing writing and incredible acting.

Keep throwing things out there Brad and maybe we'll get someone else to join us!

Brad Wadlow said...

OK, Michael, my bad. (Where the heck did they ever come up with that expression?) I hate it, but it's starting to grow on me like moss. Beat me with a turkey drumstick.

To really set the record straight for all those blog readers, here's Michael's "Big Brother" post in it's entirety:

michael said...

Well Brad, here is where our paths go in different directions.

After last night's episode, I don't think I will be able to continue watching Big Brother, or any other show on CBS.

After Les Moonves, President and CEO of CBS, fired Don Imus for spewing hateful statements about the Rutgers women's basketball team, and refused to air footage of Amber saying horrible things about Jewish people, he allowed last night's episode to repeatedly show Dick calling Dustin "princess", clearly an attack on his sexuality (unless he is a biological female of royal lineage and I missed it).

Apparently CBS feels strongly about protecting African-Americans and people of the Jewish faith from ignorant hateful statements, as they should, but don't feel that the GLBT community deserves the same respect.

There is a fine line between "good TV" and responsible TV, and CBS crossed that line last night.

In 2005, over 1,200 Americans were the victims of a hate crime based solely on their sexual orientation. That may sound like a low number, but it is a little more than three people a day. I can't think of three people I'd like to see harassed, beaten or killed, much less three a day, every day for a year.

I have no delusions that my decision to turn off CBS will bring them to their knees, however if I don't take a stand against what I know to be wrong, then I am no different than the people who witness crimes and don't come forward.

I have enjoyed your coverage of the show very much and appreciate the fact that you acknowledged my participation and comments. I will look forward to you blogging about more reality shows in the future, just not the ones on CBS.
August 15, 2007 12:11 PM