The Law of Cable Media

I think we have enough evidence to generalize now: any genre cable channel will progress until it becomes a parody of its original mission. Whether it’s a Music Television station that plays no music, or an Arts and Entertainment channel with shows like “Duck Dynasty” and “Storage Wars,” any themed cable channel will eventually come to resemble a spoof of its original concept.


(via James McGrath)

Or consider the Science Fiction channel, now SyFy for the same reason that people say Kentucky Fried Chicken became KFC.

Up in the sky. It’s a bird. It’s a plane. No, it’s a…shark! A supersized storm sucks sharks from the ocean and hurls them onto land in the new Syfy Original Movie Sharknado, premiering Thursday, July 11 at 9PM (ET/PT).

In the movie, regulars of a beachside bar including owner Fin (Ian Ziering/Beverly Hills 90210), bartender Nova (Casie Scerbo/Make It Or Break It) and local drunk George (John Heard/Home Alone) team up with Fin’s ex-wife April (Tara Reid/Scrubs) to investigate the ecological nightmare that has sharks swimming through the streets of Los Angeles and falling from the skies. Sharknado is a production of The Asylum.

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  • Lurker111

    “Sharknado is a production of The Asylum.”

    Enough said!

  • TrickQuestion

    But…surely all the quality educational program on the Learning channel redeems all the rest!

  • PsiCop

    I wonder if this Sharknado will force NOAA to have to reassure the (largely idiotic) American public that sharks can’t roam around on land.

    Don’t laugh, it could happen! They had to do that not almost a year ago when a fake documentary on mermaids made people think they’d been discovered.

    • kessy_athena

      I saw the mermaid show, and it was actually pretty well done. It was deliberately made to seem like a real documentary, and incorporated enough real world material to make it seem like a plausible story line. It was not at all clear from watching it if it was pure fiction or one of those documentaries that start with real things and then dives into wild speculation.

  • evodevo

    Takes “Jumped the shark” to a whole new level …

  • Avi Chapman

    Could this become another one of those movies that are so bad they become cult legends with millions of fans?

  • BrightUmbra

    You have identified the primary reason I no longer partake in conventional mass media, although I would like to point out that blogging organizations like Patheos are kind of the same thing, so be careful you don’t accidentally end up as part of the problem. =X

  • The Other Weirdo

    All I got from that is there is a new The Asylum production that I have to get. Help me out here, Netflix.

  • EdwardBrock

    Regardless of the real truth, I actually prefer the History Channel origin–much cooler than the other two.