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CBS pulls plug on Boston Pops 4th Fireworks


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#1 OFFLINE   phrelin

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Posted 22 June 2013 - 04:15 PM

Ok, I guess making money is important, but I'm irked about this July 4 fireworks gala loses its national pop:
 

For the first time in more than 20 years, the July 4 Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular will not be televised nationally after the CBS Television Network declined to renew a contract with the show’s producers.

 

Instead, the performance will only appear locally on WBZ-TV, pushed out of the national market, a local organizer says, by a competing fireworks show in New York City.....

 

Ratings have flagged in recent years, he said. The broadcast company believes it will make more money showing reruns of its regular programming, [David Mugar, the show’s executive producer] said.

 

We always watched "A Capitol Fourth" on PBS and then the Boston Pops. Come on CBS, consider it a public service. Do you really make that much more with a rerun of "Elementary"????

 

I've already sent an irate email to KPIX, our local CBS station which is a CBS owned-and-operated.
 


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#2 OFFLINE   ThomasM

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Posted 22 June 2013 - 06:17 PM

Arthur Fiedler would have been very sad....


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Posted 23 June 2013 - 08:46 AM

Boston has been bordering on a second tier show for a while.  It is very hard (and stupid expensive) to go up against the DC music production and Macy's fireworks displays.


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Posted 23 June 2013 - 11:14 AM

At one time, this was aired on A&E, which provided the whole three hour broadcast.  The producers need to go that route again, either with A&E or another cable network.


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Posted 23 June 2013 - 02:45 PM

That's sad.  I always preferred the Boston Pops 4th to the overproduced Macys/NY show



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Posted 23 June 2013 - 10:38 PM

Sad but not surprising..... Things are getting worse and worse!!

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Posted 24 June 2013 - 01:10 AM

Best music, most creative fireworks by far, and most charming environment by a mile. The old realtime A&E coverage was wonderful, and wasn't there extensive realtime PBS coverage before that? The CBS show has been a travesty cramming everything into a commercial-fest non-realtime 42 minutes. And they even kept the show in SD long after HD had taken over. Ridiculous.

 

The only thing I won't miss is the radical turn to the Right the evening took with an almost Fascistic military worship tone and too many generic country pop slingers representing mostly Confederate values. But they did have the occasional quality act.

 

And the Pops themselves were fun and you can not beat those fireworks with a stick. Especially in HD  which they FINALLY got around to providing just a few years ago.

 

Truly, things are getting worse and worse. Little gems of unique quality like the Boston Pops 4th are getting ground into dust by bland, lowest common denominator network corporatism. The Capitol 4th from Washington is nothing but a horrific firestorm of political military/industrial propaganda wrapped in redneck rubbish. Which leaves NY to sell us the military drivel line, but the triple-tier fireworks are okay. It's just so monstrous and corporate-funded that it's sort of like Macy's Santa spending Christmas with you instead of your dad. There's no soul in Soho, the East River gives me a shiver.



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Posted 24 June 2013 - 08:27 AM

I think watching fireworks on TV is about as lame as it gets. I honestly do not understand the appeal.


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Posted 24 June 2013 - 10:35 AM

Ok, I guess making money is important, but I'm irked about this July 4 fireworks gala loses its national pop:
 

 

We always watched "A Capitol Fourth" on PBS and then the Boston Pops. Come on CBS, consider it a public service. Do you really make that much more with a rerun of "Elementary"????

 

I've already sent an irate email to KPIX, our local CBS station which is a CBS owned-and-operated.
 


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Posted 24 June 2013 - 10:40 AM

This is why I don't watch network TV Network now.


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Posted 01 July 2013 - 11:32 PM

Why bother right?

Almost everything they show now is garbage!

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Posted 04 July 2013 - 10:21 AM

Why bother right?

Almost everything they show now is garbage!

Network TV isn't was it was in the 50's and 60's.


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Posted 04 July 2013 - 11:39 AM

Network TV isn't was it was in the 50's and 60's.

Neither am I. :sure:


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