Saturday, April 22, 2006

Stand back she's about to explode!!!!

I've saved this rant for now because my blog traffic is usually pretty light on Saturdays and I'm almost ashamed to write this. But for me that's why I created this blog, so I could state my opinions and feelings about CNN, 360 and Anderson Cooper. My family got tired of me going on and on about stuff they didn't care about, so this is my outlet. Then an interesting thing happened, people who did care about CNN, 360 and Anderson Cooper responded to what I had to say. Don't get me wrong, I'm didn't say they always agreed with me, but they read, digested, and even emailed their approval or disapproval. Today is one of those days when I know I'm in the minority, so in an effort to offend the fewest number of people I'm writing this on a Saturday and also prefacing it with some great Anderphotos so your trip to ATA isn't a total waste of time.

Seems if you are given a 2 hour time slot you need to do a 2 hour show. If it's to heavy a work load for the 360 staff, then CNN needs to add staffers or trim the show to 1 hour. With the annoying repeated segments and Jon Klein's lame excuses for such, I'm getting the feeling that Anderson doesn't have all the support to present a quality product that he should have.

I'm tired of being jerked around by CNN. Don't keep viewers out of the loop and think we'll keep coming back to watch the same repeated 'specials' over and over. If you're showing a 'special' then have the balls to schedule it, so viewers know what to expect. Thursday night's 360 was the straw that broke the camel's back for me. I was at a dinner, making excuses so I can duck out early and at least get home for the second hour of 360. I made it home just in time to catch the 'special de jour'. No explanation, no apology, no reason, just another repeated 'special'. This just plain pissed me off.
Now that I finished my rant I realize I should have posted this on a heavy traffic day. I'm tired of hiding my displeasure with programming at CNN and I don't care who knows it.


Barbara said...

Phebe you are not the only one.
I thought 2 hours 5 days a week was too much for a busy man to handle. My other fav news show host has a one hour production 4 days a week and even he repeats a segment now and again. It's a lot of time to fill without adding filler. I think they should make 'filler' a regular Friday night feature so we can schedule our (and AC's) time off accordingly.

Gracie said...

I am in agreement here. As you said if 2 hours of shows is too much to program or handle then drop it back to an hour. I'd sooner see 1 hour of quality programming than 1 hour of AC and 1 hour is special programming billed under the 360 title. Also why do they say they are going to present a topic(two nights in a row for this stunt)then not show it. Maybe Anderson and the 360 group need to regroup and prioritize their goals.

I was going to write a comment to the show this weekend, but I wrote one last night about the high gas price story so I'll save my ranting for next week if things don't get better - they just love to hear from me(she says sarcastically)

the book faerie said...

i totally agree. either make it an hour and do a "cnn special" all on its own, or do two full hours (with no repeat segments).

if there's a special, i watch something else--unless it happens to catch my eye. that doesn't happen very often.

either way, they need to make up their minds about what they're doing with the show. and then do it!

Anonymous said...

hi I think the shortened 360 could be a combo of things - 1) Depending on where you live in the NY Area, your kids could be on Spring Break as some kids had this week and some had last week - meaning some of the 360 Staffers could be off with their families - hence less stories this week.

2) It could be a sign of changes coming at CNN - john roberts came over but he doesn't seem to have a role yet.

The special on the book didn' bother me and don't blame them for Friday nights - they have lives they would like to get home to just as we do on Fridays.

The hour show though, I think has been very good - obviously AC did a lot of reading over his vacation

Sheryn said...

Phebe, I'm also in agreement. If you are going to present a 2 hour news program to intelligent viewers, then give us current issues, current news with the quality of programming that we have come to expect from AC360. This "special hour" of 360 is quite honestly a waste of my time given that I've seen these specials over and over again.

I have to say though that I do like a comprimise. 1 hour news, 1 hour news program ala 20/20 for current special interest stuff with call-in segments and such. As long as its not a repeat, Anderson is the one presenting it since its his show and its quality programming. There has to be a solution here.

Good for you and by the way, you should never feel bad about presenting us your views. That's what your blog is for!

Anonymous said...

I totally agree. If you're going to do 2 hours, do 2 hours. I remember Anderson making a comment on the first Regis and Kelly show that two hours was a lot to fill. Then he kind of reconsidered and said 2 hours was just right. Maybe he doesn't really like the 2 hours either if it can't be filled with real "news".

Claire said...

I agree-
He works a lot, I don't think anyone minds when they play a rerun on the last hour of a friday night... as long as they tell us anyway, anyone would want to skip out on friday. But they do need to either add staff to fill the whole show or start cutting back a bit. Theres enough news happening every day all over the world to more than fill two hours. When you consider that CNN is an international network it shouldn't be that hard to fill two hours of news.

Matty said...

You are absolutely right. It has been extremely frustrating watching 360 lately (I will say that the shows this past Monday-Wednesday were very good). Anderson is not even involved in these so-called "special editions" and most of them have been shown a billion times already. The show was able to fill both hours initially, but they have slacked off considerably and it doesn't make sense. I didn't expect to see a "special edition" on Thursday night! They need to get on the ball, they can do so much better than this.

Anonymous said...

I totally agree. I do wonder how responsible Anderson is for the special editions, though.

Robin said...

Well, my thoughts exactly! I was ranting all last week! Not only about the "specials", but the repeated segments as well. During the illegal immagrant debate, I thought I might have to shoot the t.v. if I saw Rick Sanchez interview that guy in Mexico one more time! My sister says she heard scuttlebutt on FOX about Larry King being cancelled. How she heard this and no one else did I do not know. But it does lead one to ponder about 360 being reworked yet again - maybe to go 9 to 11, or 9 to 10. I'd prefer one hour if we have to put up with all this repeating. I like seeing Andy in the tunnel as much as anyone, but after about the fifth time I don't even look up. Tonight however, was back to the original, except for poor Sophia who Andy doesn't seem to really be able to joke with! Keep it this way, or fix it! Can't they tell our anxiety levels are high enough that we could sue CNN for our panic attacks, palpitations, etc.! Oh, and Ellee, keep up the good work on the story - I'm just lovin' it!

ceramicbaby said...

A little late to the party here, I know, but I just found this place yesterday. But I agree so strongly that I figured I'd comment on a six month old post just to say so :-)