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The issue I have with the program is that it is on the Science Channel. The dilution of "brand" such as wrestling on SyFy and this non science related program on the Science Channel is driving many of us away from satellite and cable.

No it's not. It's just the economy and just lack of good content that is. Bravo hasn't been about high brow movies and stuffy TV shows in a long time. However, they are a ratings bonanza with their reality and competition shows.

Heck Food Network isn't about cooking anymore. MTV isn't about music television anymore. Both are still top rated networks.

My issue with "Top Gear" America on the History channel isn't that it's on the history channel. My issue with it is that it's boring.

That said, I look forwarding to checking out this "Idiot Abroad" show.
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My son's don't even wear wristwatches anymore. Their cell phones keep time for them.

Gee.....here I've been thinking it's because young people today simply don't give a crap about being on time for anything...
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Gee.....here I've been thinking it's because young people today simply don't give a crap about being on time for anything...

I haven't even owned a watch for like 8 years. If I need to be somewhere there are clocks in the house and cars (and now phone) and if I don't need to be somewhere, then what do I care what time it is?
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I haven't even owned a watch for like 8 years. If I need to be somewhere there are clocks in the house and cars (and now phone) and if I don't need to be somewhere, then what do I care what time it is?

Same here...clock on the DVR, VCR, microwave, in the car...even the coffee-maker!
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watched it for the first time this week. not sure what to make of it.
kind of funny. it would be better if they just cut out all the scenes
of ricky gervais cracking himself up.

very annoying.

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The guys laugh cracks me up every time. It's one of the funniest parts to me.

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the show from the middle east was much funnier than the one from china.

had me rolling, especially the part with the camels.

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I can't wait for the Mexico episode. It looks like it's going be awesome.
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Yep - we get the TV, as a population, we deserve at the end of the day... The market decides...

It is interesting how in the 80s and 90s lots of talk was made about narrowcasting and niche channels being the future (and you got channels with very specific genres of output - and these continue with the movie and sport channels) but eventually the channels appear to have broken away from their specific genres in search of mass audiences (not narrow audiences) and become more general broadcasters again.

In the UK - the most watched channel is BBC One (closely followed by ITV) - and this network carries a pretty wide mix (drama, comedy, entertainment, documentary, news, sport, movies)

20 years ago everyone (in the UK anyway - but I think the US as well) was predicting the demise of general interest, mixed-genre, channels - and that we'd all be switching between lots of narrow-interest, genre-specific channels. It hasn't happened yet, and instead of narrow-casting, non-linear VOD access of specific shows, rather than watching via lots of specific channels may be the competition to linear general channels?

Also - 10 or so years ago the massive drop in low-end production costs meant people were predicting cheap TV would create new audiences. It hasn't really happened to a huge degree. Sure production costs have dropped - but the very, very low-cost stuff is not getting great audiences... (I'm not talking about network low-cost, I'm talking about VERY low-cost)

Change or be left behind. With the advent of the internet, they really have no choice IMO. How much narrower can you get then access on demand from your computer chair?

They simply can't compete with it on cable. So they're retreating in the other direction.
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Loved the Mexico and Jordan eps! Can't beat the `worm' gyrations!
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Yeah, those worm gyrations still have me laughing. The Mexico episode was the best yet in my opinion. Everything that happened when he was at the bull riding place was hilarious. And then there was the Mexican wrestling part....
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Re the first episode; I know some native Chinese people (from a diff region) think other regions in China have weird awful food during a stay there. I brought a small group out to a Korean and Japanese restaurant, where they had no problems with the food.
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Funny. Funny. Funny.
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Funny when he was running away from the horses/bulls and ran into some bees!

Also how he was determined to find some mexican jumping beans. I was waiting for someone to get pissed off at him for keeping after them.

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Yeah, those worm gyrations still have me laughing. The Mexico episode was the best yet in my opinion. Everything that happened when he was at the bull riding place was hilarious. And then there was the Mexican wrestling part....

and the tan lines and the mad dashes from the fireworks! 2 much!
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I thought "Brazil" was hilarious! The encounters with the gay and nude beaches was hysterical.

Actually, I'm quite stunned to see just how many hostel-like accommodations there are all around the world. Never having put myself into that kind of a situation, now that I see them I just can't believe people voluntarily chose them.

Not to be snooty, but it seems terribly unhealthy and really unpleasant. I realize it only costs a few dollars and that could be significant, but jeeezzz...

Poor Karl.
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This show is so cruel that many will not watch it. They are missing out. It is Hilarious. What a sick, twisted idea
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To be fair... Ricky & Stephen are sending Karl into poor areas intentionally. They are simultaneously trying to educate and irritate him.

One could send someone to the US, but instead of renting a room at the Hilton... send him to a rent-a-room in a slum downtown area.

Typical travel shows tend to show the best of the rest of the world, because they are trying to attract people to go there... Karl is being sent to the worst places to tick him off... The truth lies somewhere in between.

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After last night's episode I got to thinking the less than stellar accommodations booked for Karl might not actually be where Karl and crew actually spend the night. Perhaps not at all the locations, but the Brazilian hostel was, as Bette Davis would say, a dump.
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still like this show
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I haven't watched the 3rd episode yet, but I've enjoyed the first two. Karl seems to be growing; he still says stupid and funny things (more and more, I'm thinking he's intentionally trying to be a comic), but he seems to have more of an open mind about other cultures than he did during the first season.

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I enjoyed season 2 just as much as season 1. It's too bad there won't be a season 3. One of my favorite episodes is the one in Japan. Since that hasn't aired here in the states yet, I won't spoil it for those who haven't seen it. I didn't want to wait to watch season 2 so I ended up buying the blu-ray from the UK.
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I don't know that anything can top Karl on the phone with Warwick Davis.
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I don't know that anything can top Karl on the phone with Warwick Davis.

That was hilarious. Speaking of Warwick Davis, I was reading earlier today that a special is in the works where Karl rides around on a bike in different places with Warwick Davis sitting in a basket on the bike. I believe it's going to be called An Idiot Abroad 3: The Short Way Round. It's not going to be a season with different episodes, but just a special. Hopefully it happens.
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That was hilarious. Speaking of Warwick Davis, I was reading earlier today that a special is in the works where Karl rides around on a bike in different places with Warwick Davis sitting in a basket on the bike. I believe it's going to be called An Idiot Abroad 3: The Short Way Round. It's not going to be a season with different episodes, but just a special. Hopefully it happens.

Sound like my idea from last year isn't too far off.

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That was close. For a minute I thought it was the other new show "An Idiot & A Broad" on MTV HD.


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I believe I have seen everything after witnessing the cuddle party. It bemuses me as to why people would actually pay for that. Do they say to themselves that they would like to partake in a significantly scaled-down orgy?
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I need to catch up on this show... been DVRing it, but haven't had time to actually watch.

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Karl, it seems, is not a cuddler.

The whale watching episode had some genuinely funny moments, the best episode of the season so far. Route 66 was ok with the cuddling being particularly funny.
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I loved Karl's choices at the end. Either wing walk or the leather-off. It wasn't even necessary to show him pondering the choices.
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