CBS delivers a high demand show in a low definition format

I’ve seen dozens of reality shows over the past decade. Most of them never really stuck with me, but a few of them caught my fancy. One such reality show that I never miss is the Amazing Race.

I was especially excited when this season’s Amazing Race kicked off because I could finally watch it in high definition. Unfortunately, CBS, apparently didn’t share my enthusiasm.

When I started watching the first episode, I thought something was wrong with my television. “Why are there black bars on the left and right of the screen?” I thought to myself. I fiddled with the aspect ratios and stretch modes on my television but nothing seemed to work.

Then it hit me. I couldn’t believe it. The Amazing Race is broadcast in standard definition (gasp).

Million dollar budget

I simply can not believe that a network would produce a new show for television without it being in high definition. And I don’t want to hear any excuses about the cost of high definition cameras or any other related equipment. For crying out loud, the show gives away a million dollars to the winner.

Since I’m fully aware that the executives at CBS are probably very busy, I’ve taken the liberty of drafting a memo they can use to distribute top-down throughout the company. CBS, if you are listening, please feel free to copy this draft in its entirety.

TO: All employees of CBS and its subsidiaries

FROM: [Insert high-ranking executive’s name here]

SUBJECT: CBS Programming Change

Effective immediately, all new CBS programming will be filmed in high definition. Thank you.