Am I the only one who’s noticed that the morning network talk shows recycle the same health, fitness and nutrition stories every other week?
Whether it’s Ann Curry of The Today Show summarizing an "analysis" of over-the-counter anti-wrinkle creams by asking an expert, "So, I guess the bottom-line here is that we’re paying too much money for some of these creams?" Or one of her peers on the other shows, exclaiming, "So, if you don’t include exercise with dieting, you really won’t see any significant results." And vice versa, and vice versa. The same stuff makes its way from one show to the other and back within a fortnight.
Gimme a break. How can The Today Show announce yet another hour of programming each day when it, and its rivals, recycle such dreck?
Are viewers that forgetful (or that needy) when it comes to the same old, same old, that they’ll continue to view slight variations on the identical subject week-in and week-out?
Segments on good and bad cholesterol have also been recycled at nauseum (Yes, we get it. The "H" in HDL stands for "healthy" and the "L" in LDL stands for "lousy.").
In my opinion, the morning shows have been in a downward image and reputation spiral for quite some time. The first half hour or so contains some newsworthy elements but, after that, it’s pure pablum.
So, who’s watching and re-watching this stuff over and over? Does the fault lie in the programming or the audience that watches?
Regardless of where the fault lies, it seems to me we need another hour of recycled stories from The Today Show and its ilk as much as we need another hour of unbearable reality shows.