I’ve often written here how difficult it is to be able to sit down in front of the television with my kids. There’s just so much inappropriate stuff out there on television and the commercials can be even worse. It’s gotten so bad that I can hardly watch football because the ads are so bad.
So any attempt to ameliorate the cesspool of nightly television I’m all for it.
Walmart and P&G are kickstarting “Family Movie Night” on NBC. And they say they’re even making sure that the commercials are appropriate for the entire family.
So I’m game for it. I doubt these movies are great classics or anything but it’s the kind of thing I can watch with my kids. And I want to encourage television networks to air these kinds of things more often so that’s why I’m putting it out there. I figure if I’m going to complain about all the garbage that’s out there I should probably speak up for the good stuff as well.
I did a short interview with one of the stars of the movie Nathan Kress (who is a big star on Nickelodeon) who told me he was glad to be part of “something wholesome.”
Nathan seemed like a decent kid to me if you can guess anything from a few minutes on the phone.
He said, “TV and the internet are so prevalent. That’s what kids spend much of their time on. If there’s content we can generate, for parents and kids today, and make it enteraining with a positive message I think that’s great.”
Friday night, NBC is airing Game of Your Life at 8 p.m. with Lea Thompson (who oddly looks just about exactly the same as she did twenty years ago) and Nathan Kress.
Hopefully, it does well in the ratings and maybe some television execs will pay attention and start putting more stories on the air that aren’t completely offensive. Maybe.