Herald and Journal
Herald & Journal, September 7, 1998

Ah, for television of yesteryear

By MYRON HEUER
Well, the new TV season is upon us, for better or worse. It'll be mostly worse, I think, especially for us senior citizens.

Much has been said since last spring when CBS announced the cancellation of "Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman." Howls of protest in the form of mail was sent to the network, but to no avail. The CBS president said the show didn't have enough young viewers. He further stated that the network doesn't get 5 cents return from listeners 55 years of age and older. In other words, seniors don't buy any of the products advertised on TV. I disagree.

I know of many seniors who are driving new cars. Also, many take tours around the country. That's expensive. Many seniors have visited Branson, Mo. They drop a lot of change there and along the way. Seniors eat breakfast food . . . go to the fast food restaurants. I could go on and on about this. It's just that senior citizens spend their money more wisely.

So now, seniors, who do watch a lot of TV, have to put up with situation comedies, featuring jiggling, airhead actors with plots filled with stupid antics and sexual innuendos. Sometimes not much innuendo. Do you long for the good old family shows of yore? I have an answer.

If you don't already have it, get cable or put up a satellite. Many of yesteryear's favorites are back on cable. "The Waltons," "Gunsmoke," "Carol Burnett Show," "Sanford & Sons," "Petticoat Junction," "Green Acres," even "Dr. Quinn" reruns are shown here on my TV set.

Of course, these are old shows, but they are good the second time around. Back when "Gunsmoke" was on Saturday nights, our family rarely missed it. But I don't remember any of the shows specifically. So, as I watch them today, it's all new to me.

In addition to the old shows, many great movies are shown. Some are new productions. So let the kids have network TV. I'll watch some of the old shows on cable.

I don't mean this to sound like a commercial for cable TV. I still think they charge too much for the service. That is the whole drawback to my thoughts on TV entertainment.


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