There are now so many television channels – and so much programming – that Sturgeon’s Law [‘90% of everything is crap’] may apply, but it’s no longer relevant! Now, with hundreds of channels to choose from, it’s virtually impossible to not find at least thirty or forty really good programs. I know because I watch about that many on a semi-regular to regular basis – and there are many more that I check in on from time to time.
Over the last few months, I’ve been reading about The Cartoon Channel’s new live-action one-hour drama, Tower Prep [Tuesdays, 8/7C]. If people aren’t comparing it to Lost, they’re comparing it to Lost. Seriously. The series is about a student whose worst crime was to stand to a bully to make him leave his friend alone, and who wakes up the next morning in a dorm room with three other guys – all decked out in school uniforms. All he remembers – after being chewed out by a teacher; suspended for a week, and lectured by his parents – is playing an online game and connecting with a character that goes by Whisper 119. Then he turns on some tunes – which mutate into a buzzing noise, putting him to sleep.