static in my attic from channel z

7/29/10

Since we found out a few months ago that you guys are one of the last sustainable subsets of honest people gathered on the internet that is neither too large or too small, let’s take advantage of it again, shall we? I have a pop quiz for all of you.

PLEASE don’t worry if you can’t answer any of these – there’s no such thing as doing poorly. This is merely to test a theory some folks (including me) have been raising in Los Angeles recently, and it’d really help.

In another window on your computer, please cut and paste the following ten television shows. After them, please write what NETWORK or CABLE CHANNEL you think that particular show is on. Do not look up the answers on the web, or else this whole exercise is for naught. Answer off the top of your head.

Here goes:

1. CSI: New York

2. Glee

3. Damages

4. Mad Men

5. Chuck

6. Weeds

7. Big Brother 12

8. Modern Family

9. The Bachelorette

10. Big Love

When you’re done, check your answers here. Then paste or just say your results in the comments section, along with anything else you gotta git off your chest. THANK YOU!

0 thoughts on “static in my attic from channel z

  1. Steve Williams

    My score: 1 (I guessed correctly at one more.)
    Mad Men is the only one I watch, but I can’t name the networks of any other shows I do watch. Why do I know that one? Because I discovered Mad Men in an unusual way that stuck in my brain:
    Right after I first got my first HDTV, Comcast and AMC were testing HD on demand in the S.F. Bay Area. Interesting that AMC was SD, but AMC on demand was HD! Mad Men is a bummer in SD, so I watched the whole first season on demand. I even had some conversations with Comcast folks about the continuing idiocy of “scheduled broadcast.” Especially when on demand offers a higher quality picture!
    Soon, Comcast switched the AMC broadcast to HD, and I got an HD TiVo, which doesn’t support on demand, so I started watching Mad Men on my TiVo, an experience indistinguishable from on demand, except that the TiVo is far more pleasant to use than the Comcast box.
    Before long, I abandoned Comcast and started watching Mad Men from Amazon Video on Demand, $2.99 per episode or $29.99 per season in HD. This was WAY more satisfying than paying Comcast five times as much for 1,000 channels of crap, just to get one or two good shows at inconvenient times.
    Same thing with Chuck, which I watched mostly through Hulu. Hulu works well, even if they haven’t figured out how to pay for it yet. Hulu Plus makes no sense to me. I just want to pay per episode to get rid of the commercials. Is that so hard to grasp?
    I also watch episodic TV on Netflix, either on DVD or streaming. It’s a bummer that things are so fragmented, but that’s a sign of a developing market, so I don’t mind.
    I try very hard to pay for the shows I watch. Only if the network works very hard to refuse my payment will I download a show. (Hint: If I knew which bonehead network is witholding current episodes of Nurse Jackie from Amazon Video on Demand, I might be stirred to tweet them a complaint!) But illegal downloading can never compete with the convenience of paying a fair price for quality goods on reasonable terms.
    The whole idea of “networks” and scheduled broadcast made sense, I guess, back when corporations ruled the earth. But I think it’s obvious now that those artificial structures never were aligned with the natural behavior of viewers. They grew out of the limitations of over-the-air broadcast. Those limitations allowed the enforcement of greedy business models, and viewers were powerless to change it. By the time cable was deployed, viewers had been conditioned by 30 years of manipulation to buy cable as powerless consumers. The wasteland just became vaster.
    Only in the past few years have we early adopters been able to make the choices we were denied for decades. Now, I can pay for only the shows I want. Heck, only the few episodes I want! And that’s a good thing. Who’s the network now?

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  2. scruggs

    9-1, though I only watch two of the ten on the list.
    Speaking of Hulu, I think it is cool that its CEO is a Carolina grad (big article about him in the latest alumni magazine).

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  3. karl

    8.5. Don’t get FX and had never heard of Damages. I gave myself a half point for unfortunately knowing that showtime has a Big Brother “after dark”.

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  4. LFMD

    I did not know any of the shows’ networks. None. I don’t watch any of the shows, either. However, I know most of the shows on MTV, Bravo, TLC, and Animal Planet.
    What does that say about me? What is your theory?

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  5. T.J.

    10. I watch Glee, Mad Men, Chuck, Modern Family, and Big Love. I listen to enough entertainment news/review/opinion podcasts to get the rest.

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  6. Scott

    9. Never heard of Big Love – don’t get HBO. Note that I have never seen any of the following:
    3. Damages
    4. Mad Men
    5. Chuck
    6. Weeds
    7. Big Brother 12
    9. The Bachelorette
    10. Big Love
    but I still knew what network they were on (except Big Love) through advertising.

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  7. Tanya

    4 – I don’t watch any of those shows, although I’m getting hounded by all sorts of folks to watch Mad Men.

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  8. Caroline

    I got a 5.5 — I gave myself a half because I knew Big Love was either HBO or Showtime. I watch Mad Men and Modern Family and mu huband watches Chuck (which I haaaate) but that’s it for the list. I know Weeds is Showtime because I see the ads when I watch Dexter and CSI has been in CBS for years so I just know it’s CBS. I think I know where you are going with your theory. But I want to hear it!

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  9. CM

    Got 3. Heard of all of them, but watch none of them. I was shocked that Chuck wasn’t ABC. It would have fit in with their early 1980s lineup perfectly.

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  10. the other lee

    I haven’t looked up the answers I promise
    1. CSI: New York – ABC
    2. Glee – Fox
    3. Damages – TNT
    4. Mad Men – TWC
    5. Chuck – NBC
    6. Weeds – Showtime
    7. Big Brother 12 – CBS
    8. Modern Family – ABC
    9. The Bachelorette – ABC
    10. Big Love – HBO
    note – I don’t actually have a TV right now and haven’t since March – it’s a long story but I’ll be getting hooked up again in a month or so.
    How’d I do?

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  11. flaco

    1. CSI: New York
    2. Glee
    3. Damages
    4. Mad Men – AMC
    5. Chuck
    6. Weeds – just ended 6 mo free Showtime, thought it on Showtime, but never watched
    7. Big Brother 12
    8. Modern Family
    9. The Bachelorette
    10. Big Love
    I fail, or imo I win.

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  12. Isaac

    1. CSI: New York
    CBS
    2. Glee
    FOX
    3. Damages
    FX
    4. Mad Men
    AMC
    5. Chuck
    NBC
    6. Weeds
    Showtime
    7. Big Brother 12
    ABC?
    8. Modern Family
    NBC
    9. The Bachelorette
    ABC?
    10. Big Love
    HBO

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  13. Isaac

    Those shows that I did get correct are only because of the channel overlap burned into the lower section of the image as I watch my torrented copies

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  14. Sharon

    I got 8 out of 10 probably because we’ve had a free subscription to Entertainment Weekly recently. I’ve never seen 7 of these shows. I only watch Glee and Mad Men, but have seen Modern Family. It’s quite good but just doesn’t make the cut for the DVR. We have such a backlog. Last night we watched a Top Gear (BBC America) episode that I think aired in April.

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  15. Greg T.

    8
    I’ve only ever seen an episode of 4 of these, and haven’t regularly watched any of them since the 2nd season of Big Love. 5 of these make my list of shows I eventually want to catch up on via DVD: Damages, Mad Men, Weeds, Modern Family, Big Love.

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  16. Greg T.

    Sharon – do you get BBC America HD yet? We don’t have it yet, but I am looking forward to seeing Top Gear in HD on the TV.

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  17. michelle

    I got Glee & Mad Men, even though I don’t watch either. In fact, I don’t watch any of these shows.

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  18. Edie W

    I got 8 out of 10 (missed Damages and Chuck), although several of the ones I got right were guesses. The only one that surprised me was Modern Family, which I watch but had to guess on.

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  19. kate

    10 for 10.
    Heard of all of them, watched most of them at least once.
    I’m pretty good with recognizing which shows run on which networks/cable channels. If I had a list of 50, I bet I’d get at least 45 right.

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  20. bridget

    5 – i don’t really pay attention to stations anymore because i’m not the one who manages our recording queue. and we pretty much only watch tv if it’s been DVR’d… But I knew the HBO and Showtime shows and Mad Men. watch some of those and I see lots of print/outdoor ads for them in NYC.

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  21. jje

    Six right – watch five of them. (Just can’t bring myself to the Glee fanclub yet, even though I downloaded the music. And the Clef Hangers and Loreleis still beat Glee tunes for me.)
    Hulu’s Jason Kilar was great pals with one of my roommates at Carolina – used to hang out in our Granville suite all the time. I had a tiny crush on him. ;-)

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  22. Sarah

    I missed Chuck (thought ABC) and Damages (no idea). Got the rest right, even though I only watch Mad Men, Modern Family and Big Love (have to netflix this one…don’t get HBO).

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  23. liz

    5 correct/5 incorrect
    something i’ve noticed about this exercise, its much easier for me to associate shows on cable as having a strong association with their channel (HBO, Showtime, AMC) than those on standard networks. i can definitely credit the quality of SCRIPTED cable programming these days. the networks (ABC, NBC, CBS) jumble together for me but i suppose that’s the nature of the specialized world of cable programming? noooooooot suuuuuuuuure…

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  24. liz

    AAAAND as another note…i would definitely check out a different show on a cable channel based on the merits of its predecessors, where as i wouldn’t do the same for a network. i.e. i started watching Breaking Bad because I loved Mad Men and wanted to see where AMC was going with their hot streak, but I won’t necessarily start watching Bones because I liked Glee….if that makes sense….not a fair comparison but…

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  25. Yasminah

    1. CSI: New York — dunno, CBS?
    2. Glee — Fox?
    3. Damages — never heard of it
    4. Mad Men — AMC (only show on this list that I watch)
    5. Chuck — not sure, NBC?
    6. Weeds — Showtime
    7. Big Brother 12 — CBS?
    8. Modern Family — ABC?
    9. The Bachelorette — I wouldn’t have a clue
    10. Big Love — HBO

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  26. Christina

    Wow, I only watch a few of those and got them all right. I don’t know what that means. Good advertising? Living in LA and you can’t avoid it? I really don’t even watch that much TV, except for sports.

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  27. Sharon

    @Greg T – We do in fact get BBC America in HD. I watch Top Gear because I think Jeremy Clarkson is hilarious – even if he is kind of a Neanderthal in many ways. For my husband it’s more a vicarious way to experience the Ferraris, et al that he’ll never own. So, for him, HD is a step up. For me, it’s whatever channel number I can remember. (TimeWarner just redid all the channel assignments and I can’t find anything.)

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  28. Karin Tracy

    Damages is, as they say, the best show no one is watching. And it just got renewed for 2 more seasons!

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  29. Scott M.

    Haven’t checked the answers or read anyone’s comments yet… some of these are guesses.
    1. CSI: New York – CBS
    2. Glee – Fox
    3. Damages – no idea, never heard of it
    4. Mad Men – AMC (love it!)
    5. Chuck – NBC
    6. Weeds – Showtime (love it!)
    7. Big Brother 12 – CBS
    8. Modern Family – ABC
    9. The Bachelorette – Fox
    10. Big Love – Showtime

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  30. Tater

    I got 5 out of 5. But I am an expat living in Germany, so you might not consider my score if you are compiling marketing research.
    Didnt know Mad Men was AMC. I love Breaking Bad. Written by a Southerner. I a friend tapes it for me. Those are two strong shows for that network.
    Ian, or anyone else in the biz, do you know the reasons behind the laws that restrict me to watch streaming content in Europe? Free conent on Hulu and my Netflix subscription give the following error:
    Netflix: Watching Instantly is Not Available Outside the US. Our systems indicate that the computer you are using is not located within the 50 United States or District of Columbia. Due to studio licensing reasons, movies are available to watch instantly only on computers in those locations.
    Hulu says something similarly lame.
    Would love to know the reason behind this – It must have to do with customs or tarriffs. I would think the studios would love for the world to watch their shows.
    Thanks,
    Tater

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  31. julie

    got 7.5 right – as with some others gave myself a half point since I knew Big Love was either Showtime or HBO. I don’t currently watch any of these shows, although I gave Glee and Modern Family a try. I used to watch The Batchelor but gave up after season 3. Also watched a couple of seasons of Weeds, but it was really unnerving to me.
    Jason from Hulu – he was in my class, and I happen to have had the benefit in being in quite a few group projects with him. Wish some of his charisma and good luck and rubbed off on me ;)

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  32. eric g.

    10 for 10. Not surprising at all. I watch a lot of TV. Scary thing is, since I have been engaged/married, I watch a lot less than I used to…

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  33. littlerattyratratrat

    One. For no particular reason, I did know that Mad Men was on AMC. Don’t watch any of them; I live on a strict diet of cooking shows and BBC Shakespeare DVDs. I did enjoy the soundtrack from Weeds; my son and I are apt to burst into joyous peals of “Satan! Satan! Lend me a dollar!” on inappropriate occasions.

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  34. A. Nonny Nonny

    As someone who works in The Biz – and yet who’s never seen a single complete episode of ANY of those shows (yet who can name the networks they’re on) – I cringe at what this little test portends for the future of my industry. When I read this post I just assumed that everyone would get all of them right. Showed me how insular L.A. really is, where all I hear about are “Damages”, “Big Love”, “Mad Men” and “Glee”. NOBODY here seems to know what the hell “Damages” is, and I would argue that this is the prime audience for it. Wow.
    So… what ‘theory’ are you testing out?

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  35. jp

    1. CSI: New York – CBS
    2. Glee – ABC
    3. Damages – Have never heard of this show
    4. Mad Men – AMC (know this because I missed the first episode last Sunday and had to look it up)
    5. Chuck – uh, NBC?
    6. Weeds – HBO
    7. Big Brother 12 – ABC
    8. Modern Family – ?
    9. The Bachelorette – One of the networks
    10. Big Love – HBO
    Ha, I did terribly. I was confident about three, but only right about two of those. Big Love and Mad Men were easy.
    Of note: I don’t think I’ve watched any of these shows on TV in the past few years. Actually, I’ve only seen Big Love and Weeds, and that was on DVD. Also relevant: I was out of the country for two of the last three years.

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  36. josie

    Mad Men is the only one I watch and the only one I had even an inkling about. I agree with everything Steve said at the top, but I am not an HD snob…maybe on because I don’t have an HD set. What’s your theory?

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  37. Julie

    10 out of 10. Don’t watch all of these shows but I do watch some. Remembered the ones I don’t watch from their promos shown during shows I do watch. I suspect that’s good news for somebody.

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  38. Kevin_In_Philadelphia

    1. CSI: New York – CBS

    2. Glee – Fox

    3. Damages – TNT
    
4. Mad Men – AMC (watching as I type this)
    
5. Chuck – NBC
    
6. Weeds – Showtime
    
7. Big Brother 12 – CBS

    8. Modern Family – ABC

    9. The Bachelorette – ABC

    10. Big Love – HBO

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  39. Martha

    I love a good quiz!
    1. CSI: New York – CBS
    2. Glee – Fox
    3. Damages – no clue
    4. Mad Men – AMC
    5. Chuck – NBC
    6. Weeds – Showtime
    7. Big Brother 12 – CBS
    8. Modern Family – ABC
    9. The Bachelorette – NBC
    10. Big Love – HBO

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  40. Martha

    Missed 2, not surprised. I decided not to guess on Damages but FX would have been my choice. I did guess on Bachelorette and Big Brother. I’ve never watched them but got one right and one wrong.

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  41. Ashley Cooksley

    Hmmm…not too shabby. Seriously, no one pays attention to networks in this age of digital cable DVR land, do they??
    1. CSI: New York – CBS
    2. Glee – Fox
    3. Damages ???
    4. Mad Men AMC
    5. Chuck ???
    6. Weeds Lifetime???
    7. Big Brother 12 NBC
    8. Modern Family ???
    9. The Bachelorette ???
    10. Big Love HBO

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  42. Terri

    I got these right for 80%:
    1. CSI: New York
    2. Glee
    4. Mad Men
    5. Chuck
    6. Weeds
    7. Big Brother 12
    8. Modern Family
    10. Big Love

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