While I’m more of a fan of Netflix or Amazon Prime due to no commercials I do tune in to regular TV now and then.

And as the new shows are premiering I thought I might check a couple of them out. Here are two that I found that won’t have me as a viewer.

The Purge

The Purge is a ten-week event on USA Network with a very creative premise. One night each year anything is legal. Murder, rape, robbery, assault, are all legal for a few hours sanctioned by the Federal Government.

I spent two hours I’ll never get back watching this horrific waste of time. While the story line is farfetched that’s not the reason.

I’m a red-blooded Montana guy. I love violence in movies. The more the better. Give me Dirty Harry over Sound of Music anytime.

Now this so-called show is like watching an empty screen. The characters are not likable, they’re hollow and wooden in their delivery and while they try to quickly build some character back stories the writers fell flat.

Movie tip. If you want to make something last a long time (10 episodes) make every trip or walk somewhere take four or five minutes.

Two hours was all I could endure.

Magnum P.I.

I’m a purist when it comes to movies and TV. The original Thomas Magnum was 6’4” All-American, Tom Selleck otherwise know as eye candy for the ladies. It was on the air from 1980 to 1988.

Imagine my surprise when I tuned in to find that the new Magnum is a 5’8” Hispanic — Jay Hernandez (Above Left). Since when is Magnum a Spanish name?

I know what you’re thinking — Tom’s a racist. No, I’m not — as I said I’m a purist.

Five-foot eight Tom Cruise as Jack Reacher?? Really?? Have you read Reacher’s description in the books?

The lame story is they couldn’t find an actor in Hollywood that’s 6’5” and 250. How about someone completely unknown? It sure worked out for Sean Connery as Bond.

I didn’t like David Carradine in Kung Fu. Bruce Lee should have got that gig.

Scarlett Johansson has dropped out of Rub & Tug, the movie that would have seen her play a transgender man.

The argument should be to find a transgender actress like Jamie Clayton.

There’s a reason Jackie Chan is not in the running as the next James Bond. Will the next Shaft be white?

I guess the studios have noticed that the Hispanic population has passed blacks as the largest minority. Time to cash in.

Some Final Thoughts

I realize I’m guilty of overthinking these shows. But there are things that are just plain wrong. It really spoils the entertainment experience for me.

George Lazenby as James Bond? I could list endless miscastings of leading men and women. Who makes these decisions when millions of dollars are at stake?

Now that you know my parameters are there any new shows you’d like to recommend?

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