HOLLYWOOD - Television executives are sweating bullets as they have learned that President Obama acting on the advice of his entertainment media advisor Oprah Winfrey has proposed a bill that the Tinsel Town moguls hate more than even having to put up with the divaesque antics of Charlie "Space Cadet" Sheen.
U.S. TV Bill 770713 decrees that effective November 1, 2011, all television situation comedies will no longer be allowed to use the ridiculously unfair practice of adding laugh tracks or canned laughter to their comedy shows.
Achtung Zumwalt with TV ClickerWorld noted that this practice goes all the way back to the 1950s when shows such as I Love Lucy had laughter put into the soundtrack to tell the viewers where to laugh.
Zumwalt said that the TV executives did not trust the viewing pubic to know what was funny or not so they figured that they would just simply tell the viewers where exactly they were supposed to laugh.
Shows like Leave It To Beaver incorporated this procedure and used it way too much. Zumwalt said that a typical TV conversation would go like this.
BEAVER: Hi Wally. [LAUGHTER].
WALLY: Hi Beaver. [LAUGHTER].
BEAVER: Hey Wally where's mom? [LAUGHTER].
WALLY: Gosh Beave, I don't know. [LOTS OF LAUGHTER].
So in essence what the television executives were doing was insulting the television viewers and basically telling them that they were too stupid to know where to laugh.
But now, after six decades of having to listen to the incessant sounds of canned laughter, President Barack Obama will put an end to this disgraceful practice once and for all.
[EDITOR'S NOTE: The top rated comedy show in America is Modern Family and it does not employ canned laughter. It does not insult its viewers. And this year it received two Emmy Awards for Best Comedy Show and for Best Writing on a Comedy Show.]