1. Prime time cartoons on TV every day of the week, for adults? I was born in 1968, so I only watched those 70s cartoons and the cheezy Sid & Marty Kroft oddity shows on Saturday mornings on one of the 4 channels our 13" B&W TV picked up with the metal coat hanger bent into an uneven square...I wouldn't be caught dead watching cartoons after I hit puberty...and I remember the shock and horror in my house when Bart Simpson first uttered "that sucks" on the air. It never occurred to me that the violence perpetrated by Bugs Bunny or Tom & Jerry was something I might act out on, and I never did, nor did any of my schoolmates. None of us even owned an anvil or a keg of gunpowder.
Ain't nothin' wrong with adults watching cartoons, IMO. While we could object to the vulgarity of The Simpsons
or Family Guy
, they're not the same as watching children's cartoons. Animation does not necessarily equal "childish".
In Asia, many cartoon series (like Japanese anime) are made specifically for adults, or at least young adults, and some of them are quite brilliant; certainly more than many of the live-action primetime shows here in America.
3. Why is it my basic cable line-up includes 7 Protestant religious channels, but EWTN is available only when you buy digital cable at twice the price? I know EWTN is a great channel, but how about some balance here? Why can't we pick the channels we want and just pay for those? I'd probably end up with the same 4 channels that I had when I was a kid. (Oh yeah, on a clear day you could pick up 2 or 3 UHF channels! Bonus!)
I believe that's because there's no demand for EWTN like there is for the Protestant channels. Most Catholics are very nominal/secularized and simply wouldn't spend their time watching it. In the days of Fulton Sheen, this was actually the opposite; Bishop Sheen was very popular on air, while Protestant televangelists flopped.