History Channel is for history, right?

It used to be that if I was pulling a late night, trying to get some work done, I could count on turning on the History channel and listening to and eventually getting sucked into some program about the russian revolution or the civil war and feeling a little more enlightened at the end of the day.

Lately, their prime time programming has had little to do with history and leaves them looking like a cheap Discovery Channel knock-off.

Here’s what’s on now:

The Universe: The Inner Planets: Mercury & Venus

Scorched by their proximity to the sun, Mercury and Venus are hostile worlds; one gouged with craters from cosmic collisions and the other a vortex of sulfur, carbon dioxide and acid rain. Prime examples of planets gone awry, do they serve as a warning for ominous scenarios that might someday threaten Earth? Cutting-edge computer graphics are used to show what life would be on other planets and to imagine what kind of life forms might evolve in alien atmospheres.

Have you seen”Ice Road Truckers”? It’s a low budget knock-off of Deadliest Catch. Or how about one of the recent Modern Marvels programs, “Truck Stops”? Ya gotta be f#@*e’n kiddin me.

I for one liked the History Channel programming when it was about history. But I guess that was the past, and we’re living in the future. Craptastic.


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  1. well…the universe show is about history of the universe. regardless, i have been enjoying the show a lot. i find astronomy interesting, and they make it easy to understand.

  2. Ok, perhaps it is interesting, but I worry about the influx on reality programming especially on a channel that claims to be about history.

  3. The History Channel is part of the Discovery Network, so, you know…

  4. Actually I think the History Channel is part of A&E. From their site:

    “A&E Television Networks (AETN) a joint venture of The Hearst Corporation, ABC, Inc. and NBC Universal.”

    “AETN is comprised of A&E Network®, The History Channel®, History International™, The Biography Channel®, The History Channel en español™, Military History Channel™, Crime & Investigation Network™, A&E HD™, AETN International, and AETN Consumer Products.”

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