What do you think of the practice TV networks have of...

@sbeauty (5870)
United States
January 1, 2007 3:50pm CST
...changing programming on holidays? I hated it as a kid, and I still don't like it. For instance, we enjoy watching Racheal Ray every morning but today they took it off because they decided that everyone would rather watch a football game. We don't have cable right now, and we do have regular shows we like to watch, but the schedule has been changed for two weeks now. Why do they always do this?
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@bricin6 (29)
• United States
2 Jan 07
Actually, I have fond memories of spending family time together watching "The Little Drummer Boy" or "Frosty the Snowman" for the umpteenth time. I think it was a combination of not wanting to watch the adult shows that I had no interest in anyway plus I could stay up later. Now it doesn't bother me either because my kids enjoy the specials so much. I guess it takes me back a little too.
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@sbeauty (5870)
• United States
7 Jan 07
The specials don't bother me as much as the football does. I think the constant football takes me back to my childhood when we only had one set, and my dad monopolized it for sports every time anything was on. As for the specials, I watched some of them as a kid, my children watched the same ones, and now my grandchildren are watching them. Thanks for responding.
@coolcatzz (1587)
• Canada
2 Jan 07
Unfortunately shows are replaced by sports or parades when it is a holiday. With it being New Years Day many shows weren't on. What disappointed me was in my time zone Rachael use to be on at 5 pm and that suited me and my daughter cause we would watch it everyday together. Now they moved it till 9 am and that isn't a good time for either one of us.
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@sbeauty (5870)
• United States
10 Jan 07
I hate that, too. I think the networks feel they can have a fresh audience if they change time slots, but they disappoint a lot of regular viewers that way. The one that I've had problems with over the years is Jeopardy. Every so often they decide to move it so that I can't watch it. Thanks for responding.
@mikaghi (388)
• United States
2 Jan 07
u like racheal ray?? wow!! u are the first person to say so.personaly, i am not her fan and frankly, football is better than listening her scream.
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@sbeauty (5870)
• United States
7 Jan 07
I am an ex-kindergarten teacher, and I can tune out most anything I don't want to listen to, including Rachael screaming. I do like the segments she does and a lot of the recipes. Thanks for your opinion!
@kgwat70 (13395)
• United States
2 Jan 07
I think there should be a better way for the tv networks to handle the programming that they have during holidays. Maybe they can move a show or game to another time that way you can still see it. I have not had the problem yet where my show has been taken off for something else but it could happen and I would be disappointed. They are interested in having the shows on that will bring them the most money and many people love college or pro football and this is the end of the football season or close to it.
@sbeauty (5870)
• United States
7 Jan 07
I know they're doing it for the money, but enough is enough sometimes. Thank goodness in this day in age we can rent movies! Thanks for your repsonse.
@SageMother (2277)
• United States
2 Jan 07
Oh I HATE it. When I have the time to settle down and watch somethings I can't normally watch, I don't want to see 50 special holiday shows instead. I bet alot of folks look forward to taking in those pleasures they cannot when they have to be at a job. I always feel terribly cheated when this happens.
@sbeauty (5870)
• United States
7 Jan 07
Agreed! When I was working, I looked forward to my days off so that I could watch the shows I never got to see. Then when the networks took them off for something else, I was really let down. Thanks for your input!
@nangel78 (1458)
• United States
2 Jan 07
I guess they figure a lot of people are going to be traveling and spending time with family. The networks think people do not watch much television at this time of year so they change the programming. Why football? I guess because there is such a big fan base for it.
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@sbeauty (5870)
• United States
7 Jan 07
Yeah, I agree a lot of people like football. But that leaves a lot of others who don't, don't you think? People like my husband and me. Thanks for answering.
@Asylum (48058)
• Manchester, England
1 Jan 07
A lot of the scheduling gets changed around to make room for the seasonal programming. This usually starts at Christmas with the standard films that are considered seasonal and shown every year, plus the various pantomimes that appear. New Year also brings out standard formats whereby shows look back at the news, pop music and other aspects of the year. Even though a lot of these programs do not appeal to me, I can appreciate the relevance and accept that the television companies have a responsibilty to cater for the majority. When it comes to removing scheduled programs to televise football, I can see no justification in this at all. Football may be very popular, but it has no relevance with Christmas or New Year and should not override normal viewing.
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@sbeauty (5870)
• United States
7 Jan 07
Agreed! People who are home during the daytime regularly get very attached to their shows, too. I know it's really hard on people who watch the soaps. Thanks for responding.
@caribe (2465)
• United States
1 Jan 07
I don't like it either. Fortunately, we have cable so we can find something else to watch but I miss my regular shows. I did enjoy seeing the Parade of Roses this morning. I have never been a fan of taking off regular programming for football. I think they should put it on sports channels and leave the other channels alone, but I am sure there are some serious football fans out there that would totally disagree with me.
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@sbeauty (5870)
• United States
1 Jan 07
Oh, I know there are a lot of people who think it should be on every channel. My mother learned to like the sports because that's all she had, but I'd rather read or write on mylot.
@LovingIt (5398)
• United States
1 Jan 07
I'm not a sports fan, so I don't like having football on non-stop on holidays. I do enjoy holiday related programming though. I enjoy the parades like the Rose Bowl parade on New Years Day and the Macy's Parade on Thanksgiving Day. I also enjoy the Christmas movies that some stations show on Christmas Day! Also, you've got to expect that Racheal Ray and other show hosts are going to want to take the Holiday off. I've just come to expect to not see the regular TV shows on holidays. I normally do a lot of other things on holidays anyway, so it's just not a big deal to me. If I want something to watch and there is nothing on TV, that's a good time to watch a DVD or tape.
@sbeauty (5870)
• United States
1 Jan 07
You're so much more philosophical than I am. Of course, I grew up with this being a pet peeve. I grew up in the '50s and '60s when we had 1 set, and my dad controlled it. So we watched nothing but sports on weekends and holidays with a bunch of westerns in between. Kids today with their own sets and VCRs and stuff haven't a clue what it was like back then. And we've always had cable until this year, so I'd kind of forgotten how upset it made me. Those old feelings are still inside me.
@mkup30 (494)
• United States
2 Jan 07
I agree. it is tough when you're in the habit of having your regular shows and then during the days you have the most time to relax and watch them, they arent on and football is on instead. also i really dont like watching sports on tv, sooo boring for me ugh!
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@apostrofy (661)
• Romania
2 Jan 07
i didn't really think of this until now, but since u mentioned this i relized u'r right. they always canceled what i liked watching and they replaced it with nonsense. this year me and my boyfriend decided to spend new year's eve at home. we didn't had anything to watch so we decided at 2 am to go and have a walk.
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@usman400 (1588)
• Pakistan
2 Jan 07
every one has its rights there might be more ppl interested in football than ur show, democracy wins :P
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• United States
2 Jan 07
Oh I hate it too. One of my shows didn't come on one night because they had a christmas show in its place and it made me so mad. And I don't like football either so that would have made me mad if that came on in place of my show especially if I didn't have cable cause you don't get too many channels without cable or satellite.
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@shellyrios (1215)
• United States
2 Jan 07
Yes, I hate that too, considering I'm not a sports spectator. They really should broadcast a specific channel dedicated to sports for people who enjoy it.
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@borg_queen (2535)
• Philippines
2 Jan 07
I really don't care anymore. I deleted all channels from my TV. I now download shows online. I have more control.
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@trysameer (219)
• India
2 Jan 07
u must not annoy your wife and kids really...and that just bcoz of tv...???
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@ozangel82 (754)
• Australia
2 Jan 07
i hate holiday programming too, especially as here in australia they seem to take the regular shows off earlier and earlier every year and take aaaaaggggeeess to put them back on. for example Lost finished up here in october and wont be back on until late february early march. which means months and months and months of mindless crap or repeat after repeat of shows that have been seen at least three times previously. The only plus is when they actually bring good shows out, but then that just sets you up for disappointment when the regular programmes come back on because the good new shows are either taken off until next holidays or never to be seen again!
2 Jan 07
I hate how every programme around new years has to be about the year the just passed, get onto the new stuff already!
• United States
2 Jan 07
Why more and more football games? Because they clearly draw higher ratings than episodes of syndicated shows like "Friends". So the more we watch the more bowl games there will be.
@sbeauty (5870)
• United States
10 Jan 07
When I was a kid my dad always said that Iowa always played in the Toilet Bowl. I wonder why that one never made it to TV. Thanks for your answer.
• United States
12 Jan 07
They were all reruns over the holidays. Or atleast from what I saw. I agree with you though, I am not a football fan. On those 'football days' we tend to watch movies we have, but haven't watch in a while. I think they do this because most people prefer sports over anything else. I tend to disagree with the majority on that though =)
• United States
7 Jan 07
I hear you! I missed my Rachael over the holidays. I don't understand why they can't tape ones for over the holidays. That always bugged me and still does. I don't watch much tv but I have a few favorites. Mind you I like football, BUT not at the expense of my favorites.