I tuned in tonight to watch the final episode of Survivors (series 2) on BBC America (unfortunately cut short before its time --very cool show...) only to find that it got shunted back an hour because the channel decided to start airing episodes of Star Trek: The Next Generation every weeknight at 7:00 PM CST. I get it. The show had many awards and starred two Brits. But Star Trek: TNG isn't a British program. It's an American program. They couldn't find actual British programming for those five hours per week?
If having a British actor on a show is enough to warrant a spot on BBC America, why stop with TNG? Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (my personal favorite trek show) had Alexander Siddig in it, not to mention Colm Meaney (though he's Irish). Why not DS9? Or House? Or FlashForward? Or maybe we could try American programs that spun-off from British shows like All in the Family or Three's Company or Queer as Folk or Sanford and Son?
It just seems to me that there are tons of original British content that could be aired on BBC America without having to resort to American programming. What about the recent Red Dwarf reunion? Sarah Jane Adventures? Dead Set? Casualty? EastEnders? Jonathan Creek? Heck, even reruns of Are You Being Served? or Chef! would at least be in the spirit of the channel.
My fondest hope is that BBC America will receive a ton of pushback for this programming decision and get back to providing British programming to its American audience very soon.