The Royal Bachelor Show

Bachelorette Meghan got the rose. An American actress divorcée (not that there’s anything wrong with that) finds love again with Harry. The exceedingly eligible cute redheaded Bachelor. An English guy. They survive the destination date to Africa. Hot tubs may have been involved. Yet. He is a prince and a Prince.

They eschew the hometown parents visit. Her family may be a little too colorful for the BBC and his dysfunctionally royal clan. But. In the finale he does present her with a ring. She says yes. The engagement is of course a very public affair with lots of rules. And photo shoots.

The wedding production is certainly worthy of weeks-long wall-to-wall media coverage on every outlet. Gaggles of anchors crossing the pond to narrate the anointed nuptials. It’ll be a ratings extravaganza! Life has become a never-ending reality show. This more than fits the bill.

Up Front

This week in NYC the up-fronts come to town. Traditional old television networks present advertisers with their lineup for the new season. Tough times with all of the alternatives for watching shows now. Can hardly name more than a handful that are worth tuning in to NBC, ABC, CBS. Or Fox. Maybe the competition will make them better. So far not so much.

However, there does seem to be a tide turning. ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel and NBC’s SNL are starting to admit that Trump-bashing comedy, low-hanging jokes are falling flat with general audiences. Hope Democrats will take the hint and realize that a positive message and charismatic candidate will gain more voters than a constant TTSD rant.

Sunday Stock

The White House Correspondents’ Dinner. An annual incestuous mixing of media, politics, and irreverent entertainment. The 2011 roast created our current President. This year’s comedian Michelle Wolf affirmed Trump’s decision not to attend. She succeeded in handing Donald the night and seem the bigger person. That’s a tall order. Wolf’s ad hominem attacks on Sarah Sanders’ appearance were what so-called feminists rail against. Plus. Her mean-spirited jokes were not funny. Except the line about congratulating Mika & Joe on their engagement because the #MeToo movement worked so well for them!

Onward to a jam-packed TV night. Killing Eve at the top of any list.

Changing Screens

Ubiquitous host on multiple television screens, Ryan Seacrest is teetering on the brink. American Idol, New Year’s Rockin’ Eve, The Red Carpet, Live With Kelly! employees must be shaking in their boots. Lots of paychecks at stake if he gets yanked.

Screening gun sales. A hot topic at today’s meeting with Trump and lawmakers. Support for a bill that expands background checks to include gun shows aiming to help thwart the wrong hands on firearms. Unfortunately. They also seem to believe that the answer to Americans having too many guns is more guns! Wild Wild West mentality perseverates.

Look for Hope Hicks as the newest Fox Bot on your cable news screens.

More Yellin’

Janet Yellin left the Fed Chair chair and then sent the markets reelin’. She just spoke the truth. From her it was tellin’. Markets are overvalued. But. February 6, 2017 stocks were at 20,000. So.

More yellin’ about pets on airplanes. Broken record alert! Thanks though to David Leonhardt in the NYTimes for makin’ the case so well. ” It is one of the downsides of a modern culture that too often fetishizes individual preference and expression over communal well-being. ”

Poor Gronk was robbed! Insult to injury. Maybe somebody’s tellin’ him to retire. And what was Chris Christie doin’ in the beach audience of Live with Kelly & Ryan at the Atlantis?

Down Treks 2017

Trump
Petulant Adolescent President
TTSD (Traumatic Trump Stress Disorder) worsens

Investigations
Comey’s covert agenda
Media overreach
Russia obsession

Democrats
Shallow bench
Lack of message

Sexual Perps
Reining men
Politicizing harassment

Weather
Snowflakes against free speech
Hurricanes & Fires

Television
Twin Peaks redux sucked

Sports
NFL violence cripples players & loses fans

Covfefe
Pets overrunning public places