Wednesday, August 16, 2006
It feels a little dorky to admit it, but I kind of like the City of New York's municipal TV station, NYC TV. (Like tonight, I ended up watching the end of "Backdrop NYC," which features short films set in the city or made by city residents.) Sure, there is the occasional moment when you're reminded that you're watching a network with direct ties to the local government. But mostly, it's just like any other channel, and doesn't lack for professionalism. Most of the shows could easily be at home on any number of other cable channels, but they all just happen to be New York-specific. This week's news that NBC 4 will be airing some of the municipal station's self-produced programming just confirms that the shows are slick enough for the big time.