Monday, February 6, 2012

Reality Competitions think we have no attention span.

I watched about 30 minutes of The Voice after the Super Bowl before heading off to bed.  And remembered why I don't watch these reality competition shows.

OK, I really can only judge based on The Biggest Loser and The Voice, but apparently the producers think we have the attention span of a hamster.

We have the competitor.  There is a challenge (singing, fitness, etc).  There is commentary.  A decision must be made.

We cut to commercial.

Now, I know commercial breaks are getting longer, but still they are only about 3 minutes long.

So why, when we come back does the show have to recap what happened prior to the commercial?

Did they think I forgot?  I didn't.

Did they think I just tuned in?  Well, too bad for me.  If I missed what was going on I should Hulu it.

Prime time shows are only about 42 minutes long anyway, with the commercials removed.  So wasting 6 to 9 minutes repeating actions is a waste of a considerable percentage of the viewing time.

I appreciate the "Previously" montages at the beginning of my weekly dramatic series. But I don't need a "Previously" when we get back from commercial.

My attention span is greater than that of a hamster.  At least, so far.

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