Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Does Television Equal Kmart?

  When I was growing up television was considered the “Kmart” of the entertainment world.  I mean first you have  the theater (Target), then you have the movies (Walmart).  Then television.  No serious actor would be caught dead in television.  Or if you had to do it, everybody else had better be doing it.  Such as a guest spot on the Love Boat.  Check out all the stars that appeared on The Love Boat:  
          As viewers, I assume the feelings and pocketbook matched the sentiment.  Our family could not afford movies, much less serious theater.  So, just as I have memories of my mother putting oodles of clothing through the Kmart Layaway window, television was for me the majority of my entertainment in my growing up years.  Even though we only had four channels and could never afford cable, there was always something to watch on TV.  While I did get a taste of the theater as an actress, (all right, it was high school drama in Wyoming, but it was still on stage.) television has always held a fond place in my heart. 
           I feel like I was raised by Designing Women, Family Ties, Bill Cosby and so much more.  There has always been a resentment in me when people complain about how much television is watched.  Television, like books is another world to live in.  We see a multitude of actual facial expressions and find people to love, laugh and cry with.
          So, beginning the site is a celebration of that part of my life that loves to be entertained by television.  It has been really fun delving into many shows I have never even heard of.  While I am a bit of a prude and dislike some of the shows, (In other words: I wish most of the shows on Adult Swim had never been born.)  I know there is something for everyone on television.
          Also, it makes my heart happy when I see big names taking lowly TV jobs.  Like Gary Sinise on CSI: NY.  Television has slowly been revamped from Kmart to something a bit more up class that serious actors don’t mind taking part in on a regular basis (It may only be up to Walmart standards right now.)  Maybe someday Kmart itself will actually compete with Target. Maybe not.