"That's My Program"

The title of this post is taken from one of the lines from last night's episode of Modern Family, which is one of the two sitcoms I watch. I wanted to give a sort of encapsulation of my current television preferences, if only to situate readers in a way that allows them to relate to me and the kind of person I am.

Here is my current television schedule:

   House (FOX)

   Lost (ABC)
   V (ABC)

   Modern Family (ABC)

   Bones (FOX)
   Flash Forward(ABC)
   30 Rock (NBC)

I don't watch anything on Friday, Saturday or Sunday.

On Mondays, we used to watch 24 but gave up early this season when we realized we just didn't care any more.

I only just started with V at the behest of my husband. He likes it a lot more than I do, I think. I don't mind it, but I find myself playing Bookworm on my iPhone while it's on. A show that doesn't require my full attention is only a time-kill in my way of thinking. That's how it started with 24, too--I ended up messing around on my laptop while it was on and then started wondering why I was even bothering. While my husband's devotion to V may hold, mine doesn't seem likely to.

Thursday is, as you can see, the "big TV day." We'll usually save either Bones or Flash Forward on the DVR for a Friday night viewing. We're too old and have too many children to stay up that late otherwise.

You'll notice a lack of reality television on my list. Once upon a time, we did watch Survivor and American Idol. But they got old fast. I just don't care to give those fame-seeking pissants [reality show contestants] the satisfaction of my time. I'd rather have professionals [script writers] do the job. If I want to watch an idiot attempt to do things he or she clearly has no idea how to do, I'll go stand on the street corner and watch the local drivers. (Especially the ones in Dodge Caravans and Grand Caravans. WTF is wrong with those people?)

I may also be biased in that I have a screenwriting degree and always wanted to be a television writer. Just throwing that out there.

People have said we should look into Justified. It seems promising, but then so did Burn Notice, which we liked but not enough to make it part of our "appointment programming"--and we found we didn't have the time to catch up later, either; it was filling the DVR. We also gave up on The Tudors at some point. We do still pick up Entourage and Mad Men when they come back every summer.

That's the sum of it. We don't watch nearly as much television as we used to, and that's probably a good thing. After all, how much Blind Date or Bridezillas can anyone really ingest? I'm certainly not sorry to have cut the fat from my TV dinners!

1 comment:

Christine said...

I don't watch much reality television, but I'm guilty of tuning into Survivor again this season. It's really horrible, but since I'm sitting there resting on the couch and my brain can't focus on anything else at the moment, it feeds something. I'm losing LOST and Supernatural this season since they're both ending the series. That frees up my Tuesday and Thursday nights unless something new comes on to lure me in. I'm going to give Happy Town a try at the end of the month.