Well with cattle prices through the roof in recent years -- although farmers still claim they’re going broke -- RFD TV has squirreled away enough cash to start a new channel called FamilyNet. Aimed at the more upscale, sophisticated sodbuster, FamilyNet often resembles an agribusiness version of CNBC, with detailed reports on the effects of weather patterns, pork belly contracts and so forth. FamilyNet also features programs about antique tractors, Country Music personalities and a hunting show with a religious theme.
In the science of comedy, Bob Newhart is that rarest of beasts: he’s funniest when he’s the straight man. And to that end, the producers of his TV shows smartly surrounded Newhart with oddball characters to which he could react with his patented befuddled politeness. In The Bob Newhart Show, psychologist Bob Hartley had to deal with an array of eccentrics in his group therapy sessions, and those interactions are like the sacred scrolls of comedic timing. Of course, that was when producers still cared about such things and actors had the chops to pull it off. Today, it’s much easier to just be cool and lackadaisical and ironic (see Silver Linings Playbook) and simply call it comedy.