Dear Turner Broadcasting Station,
Congratutulations on your aquisition of Major League Baseball’s Playoff Package. So far, things have been pretty good.Â Ernie Johnson is loveable as ever during the pre and post game show, and Ron Darling is clearly developing into one of the greatÂ analysts on tv.
You’re coverage has not been without incident however.Â The most glaring problem happened at the beginning of ALCS Game 6, whenÂ “technical difficulties” knocked you off the air forÂ the betterÂ part of the first inning.Â Now, I understand that problems like this happen.Â Afterall, you’re dealing withÂ satellites and digital signals and all sorts of things I can’t even fathom. What I can’t excuse, however, isÂ how clearly unprepared you were for thisÂ circumstance.
Your network airs re-runs of a number ofÂ fantastic situation comedies. That list includes classics like Seinfeld, Friends, and Everybody Loves Raymond, as well as current favorites like The Office, My Name is Earl and Family Guy.Â And you combineÂ that with your up and coming rosterÂ ofÂ original programming like My Boys, or evenÂ Frank TV (I’ve seen commercials for this show. Apparently, this fellow does imitations of people who have eaten celebrities and then take on their personalities. HILARIOUS.)Â Any fan of entertaining programming certainly has a home at your “super station.” ( Get it? That used to be your motto.)
That’s why I am so flummoxed that when you ran into those aforementioned “technical difficulties”, the backup programming you provided to a nation of hungry baseball fans was… The Steve Harvey Show. Really? You couldn’t tee up some Jerry and Elaine, or some Ray Barone, or some Jim and Pam?Â We got Steve Harvey, and he wasÂ HAVING A HEART ATTACK!
That is simply unacceptable. Please be more mindful of your viewer’s feelingsÂ when you next plan live coverage ofÂ a sporting event.
Thanks for listening,
PS- At least it wasn’t an episode of House of Payne. I don’t understand how that show is even on the air.