Wednesday, August 11, 2010

The Discovery Channel in High Definition

I appreciate the guest post, Jamie Guy

The best channel to watch in HD is The Discovery Channel. My family loves watching it together on weekends via our DirectTV. Our favorite programs are the nature specials. High definition makes us feel as though we can see every hair on the animals and every leaf on the plant wildlife. We feel as if the animals and plants are right there in our living room.

The Discovery Channel has a new series on sharks. I have set the DVR to record it this week. I can't wait to see the deep blue sea in high definition, as well as the beautiful sharks. I'm afraid the program may frighten my three year old, so I'll have to watch him with special care and see how he responds to it. If he doesn't run away screaming, then he may enjoy it.

My son loves apes, and he loves to watch gorillas and monkeys on The Discover Channel in high definition. My husband thinks that big cats are fascinating. He loves to see tigers and leopards in HD.

Thursday, August 5, 2010

The Golden Globes

Guest written by our friend Mason Abbott

Watching The Golden Globes on DirecTV is always an entertaining time. The Hollywood Foreign Press (whoever they are?) honors both the television and film industry on the same night. It takes place live in the middle of January and is telecast in more than 150 countries. Unlike the Oscars they hand out awards for Best Comedy Film, Actress and Actor. Also, in the television category of supporting acting the nominees are from all the shows and movies on tv. It is a fun environment with dinner and drinking done throughout the broadcast. There is no host and the presenters vary from year to year based on who gets nominated. The best presenters are usually the comedians because you never know if they will stick to the script or not. Also, the nominees might not be in their seats when their name is called like Christine Lahti who was in the bathroom when she won for Best Actress for Chicago Hope. During the commercial breaks the actors get to mingle and congratulate each other. It is a very relaxed evening and they usually honor people that don't normally win. For example, Anna Paquin won Best Actress for True Blood has never even been nominated for an Emmy. It is always fun to watch and see who will win.

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Jerry Springer for the Win!

Guest post written by Joseph Finch

I hate to admit it but the Jerry Springer show is sort of a guilty pleasure of mine. This show is often the same concept repeated over and over again. Generally, on every show there will be a woman that was born a man. There will be 'hot' lesbians. There will also be someone cheating on someone else. This sort of formula would theoretically make the show seem stale and boring considering it is the same stuff with different people day in and out. However, it does not become stale. Each individual or couple that comes on the show is a unique and interesting slice of America. Whether they are white trash supremacists or they are women born as men and somehow having sex without their partner realizing it doesn't matter. The end result is a show that continues to be awesome on a daily basis.

When I sit at home fiddling through my satellite tv channels I got from I always stop and enjoy Jerry Springer when I find him on. Daytime television is generally boring for me, but this show keeps me coming back for more every time. I'm not sure what it says about me as a person that I enjoy watching another person's misery. I get over that minor sense of guilt readily, however. These people didn't have to put themselves on television in the first place.