TV Junkie: (Not So) Big Wednesday
The WGA is engaging in talks but that doesn't mean that the Oscars still aren't in danger. For an idea of what the economic impact of a canceled Oscars will be check out the diagram to the right from the 01/28/2008 issue of Business Week. Obviously the entire dollar amount is not exclusive to Los Angeles but a significant portion of it is localized ($26.5 million on limos, security, and gifts??). After reading some comments about the WGA strike here at LAist it's obvious that a lot of people are in pain over this but it's seems silly to me to blame the writers for the situation - this is a chance for all the affected industries to put pressure on the producers, studios, and networks to be a little less greedy.
My issue with The Daily Show and The Colber(t) Repor(t) not listing their guests continues to bug me since I would have given you the heads up to watch Colber(t) last night because author of Blink and The Tipping Point, Malcolm Gladwell was on and brilliant as usual and before that we had economist and subject of American Public Media's Marketplace segment, "The Sloan Sessions", explaining what is or isn't a recession to the confused and concerned Colber(t).
8:00pm Pioneers of Television PBS/KCET - Series Finale. Unfortunately this great series is finishing with the history of game shows but that's been part of TV since the beginning.
9:00pm The Moment of Truth FOX - Series Premiere. Pure garbage. Showing fatal car crashes in slow motion would have more human and artistic value.