George's YAL (NBC)
George, like NBC, has recently found a formula that works, and looks
like it will stick to it. Like Thursday Night Must See TV, the demographic tends to be
younger than the other big three networks, but a little older than some
of other networks. (See
Greek Nights (Fox) and Kosmos (UPN)). A
quick look at the schedule shows the network poised to pick up its
summer hits of Jaleo Nights and its spin-off, Sequoia Nights.
This network has a serious side
as well, with a silent auction fundraiser in November and a Blood Drive
in October. This Blood Drive may prove to be the most
unpredictable event on this network schedule, as it's on the same
day as the DC YAL Weekend Greek Night, leading to the often precarious
results of giving blood and drinking right afterwards. This may be
this network's attempt to emulate another NBC show, ER.
Katherine's YAL (CBS)
CBS in the recent past, St. Katherine's events tend to appeal to a
little older audience, with a heavy line up of Ballroom dance lessons
during the 8:00 family hour on Thursday nights, and a much scaled back
version of their Fall festival, a Greek Taverna on the first weekend of
October. Sandwich making, by no means the equivalent of watching Emeril
Lagasse or Wolfgang Puck go to town on the morning talk shows, is an end
of the month staple at St. Katherine's.
The network's hipper alternative, a variety show of sorts that
has become their Monthly-Get-Together (MGT) is on the third Friday of
every month. Extreme
sports, in the form of Winetasting and Hot-Air Ballooning in the
Shenandoah Valley replaces October's MGT on the schedule.
This network has also not been shy about posting its lineup late
into the fall season with events such as a Washington Capitals Hockey
Outing serving as November's MGT, and a Holiday Party and other things
planned for November and December.
Sophia's YAL (ABC)
first of the major networks to have a Greek Festival, St. Sophia's
Festival is coming up this weekend.
Not many events have been confirmed on their schedule, but there
are rumors of sandwich making and other events on the horizon.
It is unknown the key demographic sought by St. Sophia's
Byzantine Ball, a dance and silent auction on October 27th at
the Wardman Park Marriott, at a pay-per-view price of $125 a ticket.
(Proceeds from this event benefit St. Sophia's new youth
building.) The most intriguing event on St. Sophia's lineup is a rumored
event with Fieri, an Italian-American organization. It sounds like the makings of a show more fit for HBO than
the other major networks started getting more social, there were Greek
Nights serving as the only outlet for Greeks to meet each other in this
area on a regular basis. These promoters take the largest risk of
any of these networks, spending a lot of up-front capital on advertising
and risking cancellation if their ratings aren't high enough.
Appealing to perhaps the youngest demographic with viewers as young as
18, (sometimes younger when a fake-id disables a V-Chip), Greek Nights,
like the Fox network, are loud, a little too hot for TV at times, and
constantly pushing the envelope. Many compare Greek Nights to Fox
shows/specials such as "90210" or "Who Wants to Marry a
Multi-Millionaire?", where its all about what you wear, what you
drive, and who you're with, with people never really actually meeting
people at all. It's voyeuristic television at its best.
But you know there will be viewers there nonetheless.
urban appeal and younger demographic, as well as up-and-coming status
make GW's Kosmos Club a newcomer to watch this Fall.
promise to get more people up outta their chair this fall with Greek Dance
lessons planned for several Wednesdays this season.
Like UPN, which has acquired some shows from other networks
during the off season, Kosmos has always had a goal of diversifying its
demographic. On a serious
note, Kosmos makes sure to highlight several political and humanitarian
issues by hosting various lectures and discussions on the Cyprus
the WB, many viewers don't like to admit that they tune into DCGreeks.com,
and the ratings don't truly state how many viewers are peeking in,
usually when there is nothing better on.
The newest of all the networks, DCGreeks.com
still relies on a great deal of syndicated programming from other
networks. Its original
programming, released on Monday and Thursday mornings, is usually
light-hearted, with the occasional "very special episode" when
the occasion arises. The
producers of The Greekest
Link (TGL) are fascinated by the tight point race between Pappas and
Rina every week. It's still
too early to tell if the games are hard or easy or if these two
contestants are just that good. The
producers are still waiting for a potential new player to emerge to
challenge the supremacy of these two contestants.
Expectations also run high for The
Kafenio, with the hopes that DCGreeks.com
viewers will finally dial in and tell other viewers what's on their mind.
There is plenty of programming going on at other networks, and
plenty of opinionated people out there, so it's surprising that everyone
is so shy, even on an anonymous forum.
on early reviews, Pappas
is a mystery to some. Viewers
often ask, "Is that really his picture? Is he really
a doctor? Is he really that good at The
Greekest Link? Did you guys make him up?"
From the amount of times his profile has been accessed,
again and again and again, it seems to us that Pappas
is a rising star in this fall season.
rising star has yet to emerge on the scene yet on from the women on our
site, as none of them have posted a picture yet.
The following shows, despite
their similarity to real shows on real networks, are not affiliated with
any of the “networks” featured in this preview, but are generally
indicative of certain aspects of the DC Greek Community.
- The ages of the two girls you meet buying
drinks from the bar at Greek Night.
Roadshow - When
men in their 50s show up to Greek Nightclubs.
Big Brother -
Ever get the feeling that there are about 26 cameras
pointed at you in this community?
- When your mere
presence at a Greek Event gets you on someone’s website.
is still considering whether or not to pick up this show for the fall
Crime Scene Investigation
When a bunch
of Greek guys are standing in the lobby of the McLean Hilton after the
Laconian Dance wondering how in the world the hottest Greek girl in the
place, the girl who a member of the group was talking to for most of the
evening while stealing his heart, gave her number to a total
clown. Was it robbery? Hit-and-Run? Tune-in this
November and follow the clues.
Angel - There
are plenty of confident Greek girls in this area who could kick any
Loves The Guys @ DCGreeks.com
- After reading this
preview, this show might get cancelled.
the Nation - Anytime
someone new shows up to church or a Greek event for the first time.
Factor - Ordering gyro at a restaurant when you don’t see a
- A show about a group of guys and girls who, while having ups and downs
in their relationships on a one-on-one level, still seem to remain
friends and hang out. We’re
not sure if this show really exists in some parts of the DC Greek
Amy - We don’t know any Greek girls in this area named Amy,
but if there was one, we’re sure someone would be judging her.
Shoot Me - How
you feel after going to a poorly attended Greek event after telling
yourself, “Hey, maybe I’ll meet someone new at this one.”
Incorrect - Your Greek father.
- No explanation necessary.
City - DC is a very political town and the Greek Community is
- It often seems that people are being voted off in this community every
week, sometimes for a good reason, but often not.
70’s Show - Get a load of what the bands at Greek Festivals
wear, and you think you’re back in the late '70s.
Watch - Fellas, when the first two watches you own don’t
impress the ladies, you buy a third watch.
Guys, a Girl, and a Gyro Stand - Read into this one whatever
you’d like, but really the name just sounded like a good name for a