For years, TLC has been one of your go-to channels. Although recently, you and your son have nearly finished watching back-to-back seasons of the Office…from a more major network.
Watching a series back-to-back is something that you have never done before. Instead of a once a week imbibing, you entered full-force into the series itself–the fine nuances, the plots, the idiosyncracies of the characters. You are both midway through the marathon and craving more.
Yet, when you mentioned that you wanted to Tivo, “What Not to Wear,” midstream, your son gave off a smirk.
“Oh, the loser channel,” he replied casually, taking a sip of coke. He’s so slowly turning into Jim Halpert. He even kinda sorta looks like Jim.
“WHAT???” you cry. “Where did you hear that?” This struck close to the heart. You so heart TLC; always have, always will. Over the years you’ve gotten a kick out of Randy from the bridal store and the Duggars and Kate’s Eight (not Kate), but when they yanked Cyrus the Pageant King off of their network you were peeved; he taught all of the girls in Columbia how to be pageant queens. Although when you have an extra five minutes you tend to turn on the Food Network or Weather Channel (believe me, there is always plenty of CNN and ESPN going on in da house). And maybe TLC is a lil girly, but so are Lifetime and Oxygen–and you heart those, too. (Sometimes a woman just wants to plonk down and watch Richard Gere and Diane Lane kiss during a hurricane, for cryin’ out loud). Every young female student I have, writes down, “The Notebook,” as their fave film. This completes us. So just let us be. What possible wrong can it do?
And you have to admit that during the summer of blockbuster films, TLC knows how to kick it up a notch. No lamester, their ads too frequently show one-liners that are quite out of context, to get a boost, especially in the case of Toddlers n’ Tiaras…OML. (Oh My Law) And who can resist their show titles? Well, your husband can. He’d been trying to rope you into watching Deadliest Catch, Pawn Stars, Swamp People and Ice Road Truckers. Once he sat through an entire “Say Yes to the Dress Marathon,” over the holidays with you and your daughter, you vowed to give his shows their due. They are gripping and now you are hooked. It’s all about Mars and Venus–not about loser channels.
And no one is more creative than TLC with show titles, you must admit:
And you’d like to add, after being inspired by the blog, “Stuff Southern People Like,” another TLC title should include, photos of “Your Mamas Being Dropped Off at Wal-mart, in Order to Observe those Folks, Close-At-Hand…” https://reelingintheyears.wordpress.com/2011/05/31/homily-for-mama/