Uncensored Cable TV Shows Earn Emmys

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Uncensored Cable TV Shows Earn Emmys
By RAY HANANIA
Southwest News-Herald Friday, September 28, 2012

Let me start by saying that the Emmys are meaningless to me as a TV consumer. The Emmy Awards are the TV equivalent of the Academy Awards. And like the Academy Awards, the “best” are chosen not by the public, but by the industry leaders.

So, I would say that’s a pretty big bias. The winners are then touted and showcased in promos that “sell” the shows to the public, the schleppers like you and me.

But the winners of the Emmys do tell us something about our society!

Most striking is the fact that the Cable TV programs always seem to do far better than mainstream network TV shows.

Why? Well, the F-word for starters. Cable TV shows are pretty much uncensored. They use foul language and bad words. Grisly horrors are much more graphically featured on Cable TV while on “regular” network television, the dialogue is lame and censored.

You can’t say half the bad things on regular TV that you can say on cable TV.

Last week, I wrote about how terrible cable TV and its off-shoots of telephone and Internet are. Cable lied to us. They promised that if we paid money to get cable TV we would get it without advertising and we’d get more.

But we don’t get more on cable TV. And we get even more advertising on cable TV than we get on regular “free TV.” And “Free TV” is no longer Free. You can’t get it except through your cable system.

So in the end, we’re screwed. I can say “screwed” on regular TV but on cable, I could be far more graphic, dark and disgusting in describing what we get.

The Emmys gave out 61 awards Sunday night. Only 17 of them went to regular TV channels (ABC, NBC, FOX and CBS). The remaining 44 awards went to cable tv shows.

Oh, regular TV competed well with cable. ABC TV, HBO, Showtime and the History Channel were the big winners. ABC’s Modern Family won 5 Emmys. Showtimes Homeland won 6 Emmys. HBO’s Game Change won 5 Emmys. And the History Channel won 5 for the Hatfields & the McCoys series. Hbo’s Game of Thrones won 6 Emmys, too.

In fact, HBO was the big winner bringing home 18 total Emmys.

Is the problem that the industry believes that the public — you and I — want grisly trash talk shows that push the envelope not only over the edge but into the abyss of completely unrestrained propriety?

Do we as a public want bad language and horrible images, sex and murder on our TV screens more than well-written, creatively developed programming?

Do we want the F-word more than we want quality?

The public doesn’t have a horse in this race. We have no real say. It’s not up to us regular people at all.

We are so controlled in this country by the corporate robber barons and media moguls, I wonder why the industry even gives us a remote control for our TV sets. Why not just take control of our TV sets and tell us what and when to watch programs.

We’re already apathetic anyway, so why would we complain if they did that.

That was a great little animated movie for children (really written for adults) called Wall-E. It was a movie about how the future of mankind had turned into fat and lazy humans who spent all day lying down and letting computers do everything for us.

But one day the human woke up and decided to stand up and exercise and do things themselves. Use their brains.

Maybe that’s why they called the film a children’s fantasy. The idea of human beings doing things for themselves is so old fashioned.

(Ray Hanania is an award winning columnist. Contact him at http://www.TheMediaOasis.com.) — City & Suburban News-Herald

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Ray Hanania

Ray Hanania is an award winning former Chicago City Hall reporter and Columnist who began writing in 1975 when he published The Middle Eastern Voice newspaper in Chicago (1975-1977). He covered Chicago City Hall from 1976 through 1992 (Mayor Daley to Mayor Daley) and has expanded to writing for newspapers around the world focussed on Middle East and American politics.

Hanania loves to write about American Arabs in politics, and focuses on Arab life in America.

Currently, he writes weekly columns on Middle East and American Arab issues for the Arab News in Saudi Arabia at www.ArabNews.com. He writes on American politics for the Des Plaines Valley News, Southwest News-Herald, The Regional News newspaper and the Reporter Newspapers. He also writes for the online websites TheArabDailyNews.com and NewsAmericaNetwork.com (Illinois News Network at IllinoisNewsNetwork.com).

Palestinian, American Arab and Christian, Hanania’s parents originate from Jerusalem and Bethlehem. Hanania began in journalism as an activist publishing Chicago’s first English-language American Arab Newspaper “The Middle Eastern Voice” from 1975 through 1977. In 1976, he was hired by the Chicago community newspaper The Southtown Economist (Daily Southtown) and in 1985 was hired by the Chicago Sun-Times and covered Chicago City Hall for both. In 1993, he launched the “The Villager” Newspapers which covered 12 Southwest Chicagoland suburban regions. In 2004, he published “The National Arab American Times” monthly newspaper which was distributed through 12,500 Middle East ethnic food stores in 48 American States.

Hanania is the recipient of four (4) Chicago Headline Club “Peter Lisagor Awards” for Column writing. In November 2006, he was named “Best Ethnic American Columnist” by the New American Media;In 2009, he received the prestigious Sigma Delta Chi Award for Writing from the Society of Professional Journalists. He is the recipient of the MT Mehdi Courage in Journalism Award. Hanania has also received two (2) Chicago Stick-o-Type awards from the Chicago Newspaper Guild, and in 1990 was nominated by the Chicago Sun-Times for a Pulitzer Prize for his four-part series on the Palestinian Intifada.

Hanania’s writings have been published in newspapers around the world. Formerly syndicated by Creators Syndicate, Hanania also has written news, features and Opinion Columns for Al Jazeera English, the Jerusalem Post, YNetNews.com, Arab News, Saudi Gazette, Newsday in New York, the Orlando Sentinel, the Houston Chronicle, The Daily Star, the News of the World, the Daily Yomimuri in Tokyo, Chicago Magazine, the Arlington Heights Daily Herald, and Aramco Magazine. His political columns are published in the Southwest News-Herald and Des Plaines Valley News, Regional News and Palos Reporter newspapers in Chicagoland. Hanania is the President/CEO of Urban Strategies Group media and public affairs consulting which has clients in Illinois, Florida, Michigan and Washington D.C.

Hanania is Palestinian Christian from prominent Bethlehem and Jerusalem families. His wife and son are Jewish and he performs standup comedy lampooning Arab-Jewish relations, advocating for peace based on non-violence, mutual recognition and Two-States.

His Facebook Page is Facebook.com/rghanania

Email him at: RGHanania@gmail.com