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Snakes on a road 

I know people are watching the soccer, but the series I really want to see again is Alarm für : die Autobahnpolizei. Since you have to pay to get your in Europe, why not trash them in massive stunt scenes first?
   The has run for over 10 years. Anglo audiences might see parallels with in the highway pile-ups, although the Germans do them with more spectacle. The buddy formula between the two leads seems modelled more on than , but it works with a German accent.
   My question is: why don’t we see these shows on Anglo–American any more? They made them so well, once upon a time. The British always lament the demise of their one-hour cop actioners, and any revival is seized upon by fans who want the new series to be the next Professionals or . Instead, they churn out and , with no need to make self-contained, and trot it all out as “character development”.
   I don’t want character development. I want mindless .
   And then, in America, it’s all . Or sports. As long as no one has to build a set or write a decent script. Goodbye The Pretender, Mr & Mrs Smith, and all the shows I was getting into during the 1990s. No wonder audiences are no longer united as they once were by TV programmes: you can’t blame all of that on .
   Meanwhile, the Germans are listening to their viewers. ’s cop show delivers plot holes, sure—but at least the stunts are astonishingly mad and the production company has made so much money it has built its own 1·1 km for the next season of Cobra 11. The viewers want it.
   The space in which British and —and even television—reside is only comfortable because no one has dubbed some of these European shows into English. I can’t wait for my next trip back to Europe, to get those tired-out days and watch the type of show that the British and Americans once did so well—which are all now oh-so-retro and available on as part of history.
   Where, may I ask, do the production companies and networks expect future custom for such DVDs to come from, if they do not create true, loyal, long-term today? Wouldn’t we just retreat to other media? I wouldn’t buy a DVD of any of today’s shows, but I will order a Cobra 11, even if my German is limited to booking hotel rooms and buying stamps.
   It’s a reminder to look at first principles in any industry, and think about whether what we are doing in and truly fulfils them.
   (Exception to prove the rule: I am sucked into Lost. Some of these Yanks still understand good TV.)
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Lost is good but I can tell you now-if they dont wrap the whole thing up at the end of season three im not downloading torrents of season four.

I spend far more time watching films on dvd then watching television.

Aside from entertaining, programmes on tv have alterior motives - sit through our ads! Tune in next week! Blecch. The very business model of TV networks is whats driving me away. Force fed media is sooooooooooo last decade.

Oops, no offense to you, weekly tv star man :)  
I have a good (or bad) habit of putting in a videotape of a documentary or something I recorded years back and playing it for roughly four minutes during ad breaks. And I am on telly, but I’m no star—don’t think you can be with Good Morning! Bit like those Dancing with the Stars freaks—they ain’t stars!
   But true: the push idea of TV is passé and we will be mastering our own networks on the desktop—YouTube, I think, has begun this. Who knows where Current will end up? And, the same forces are present here in New Zealand.
   They managed to drag The Pretender into five seasons before it got cancelled by cost-cutting at NBC, so I have a feeling Lost will not be resolved quickly. As with The Pretender, with which Lost shares some of its team, and as with Alias, another J. J. Abrams series, there’ll be mystery on top of mystery.  
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