I just turned on VH1 and they are showing Major League. The baseball movie! Can someone explain what is going on here? Are we gonna start seeing music videos on CSPAN next? I have seen Godfather and some other movies I can’t think of right now on this channel.
Who does the programming for this channel? Why don’t they play music videos? WTF is going on?
I can’t guess why VH1 would show The Godfather, but my guess for Major League is that they showed it because it starred Madonna (in one of the very few movies she’s made that doesn’t suck hard). My guess as to why they are showing movies and not music videos is that it’s cheaper to buy the rights to show a 2-hr movie than it is to buy the rights to show two hours worth of music videos.
They’re doing it because the “suits” at MTV and VH-1 are stupid. They’re unhappy that folks only watch their networks part of the time, so they’ve decided that in order to increase viewship (and ad revnues) that they’ll branch out into other areas and begin becoming more “mainstream” in an effort to attract audience members who don’t normally watch music videos. Nevermind that the target demographic of advertisers (males 18-34 or so) have spent most of their lives watching music videos, and that the reason they’ve quit watching MTV and VH-1 is because they’ve quit showing music videos!!!
What MTV and VH-1 should have done is sprouted more channels. Had one aimed at rappers, another aimed at metal heads, one for the alternative crowd, etc., etc. But that’s too easy for 'em.
MTV does have several channels, usually only available on satellite or digital cable. They have MTV, MTV2, Latino MTV, MTV Jams, and they used to or may still have MTV Rock. VH1 has VH1, VH1 Classic, VH1 Country… possbily others.
Isn’t it obvious? The main character is nicknamed “WILD THING” and they play the song “WILD THING” by the Troggs. Therefore it makes it a movie aimed at baby boomers, the (at one time) VH1 target audiance. Oh, and for anyone else interested, there’s a little side story about baseball.
(Best line from this movie: Randy Quaid’s “Wild thing – you make my butt sting!!!” Although it might’ve been from the second one.)