There needs to be some sort of name for the process where specialty television channels go from intelligent and focused to stupid and crammed full of CSI reruns. While there’s nothing wrong with a little non-genre specific programming to round out your schedule, these channels often throw the baby out with the bathwater the second one of their cheap reality shows has any success. That road leads you down the paths of The ‘Learning’ Channel and ‘Arts’ & Entertainment.
So it is nice to hear that Syfy going back to it’s sci-fi roots with their latest batch of original TV programming. There’s next week’s alien invasion show Defiance, and then shows based off Arthur C Clarke books and Terry Pratchet’s Ringworld series (pimply neckbeards rejoice!). They’ve also added in a new Joe Rogan show called Question Everything:
Joe Rogan Questions Everything (working title) – Premieres Tuesday, July 16 at 9PM (ET/PT) — Life-long unexplained paranormal mystery-addict Joe Rogan ventures into unknown worlds and untapped territories to search for answers to life’s most startling theories. Having explored these questions for years on his podcast, Joe now takes his journey to the next level, traveling the country and knocking on any door necessary to find the truth. In his own unique and inquisitive style, Joe will stop at nothing to quench his curiosity for the unknown. Production company: A. Smith & Co. Executive producers: Arthur Smith, Joe Rogan, Kent Weed, Frank Sinton, Michael Braverman, Tod Mesirow, Barry Bloom, Jeff Sussman and Chandra Keyes.
The problem with Joe Rogan’s specific brand of questioning everything is he often questions things that have long been verified as 100% true – I remember the time he had Neil DeGrasse Tyson on his podcast and they spent an hour and a half going over the moon landing as a hoax theory. Fortunately by the end Rogan seemed to begrudgingly agree that we had in fact landed on the moon, but that was only after 15 rounds with Tyson, the heavyweight champion of scientific discussion. Who will he be bringing on to discuss various other mysteries of the universe?