Monday, October 27, 2008

The Death of Television

It's been a long time since I watched regular TV. I'm not a snob about it, but I just never have the chunk of time to watch a show. When I'm finally handed said chunk of time, it's 9:30 p.m., and I'm headed for bed. No TiVo'ing shows to watch in the daytime when the kids are at school. Too decadent sounding, that. [And Pete would likely start whinging about me sitting at home watching TV and eating bon-bons while the house was in disarray.]

Our modus operandi is to get a DVD of a good series and watch season after season after season of the show. So we "discover" shows that others have been raving about for years. Thus House and Bones enter into our psyches. We manage to watch an episode or two, with numerous child breaks and warnings of, "This is really gross, Youngest. Close your eyes." CSI: New York is one we are always shooing the younger kids away from.

Frankly, I think it's been a decade since I watched any real television. It's why I'm always behind on the new! and improved! products out there. And why I only find out about the candidates by reading about them in newspapers or on news web sites. I've been spared the first-hand viewing of outrageous commercials for and against the propositions and the candidates. [How telling is it that Eldest can tell you what each proposition in California is?]

I'd forgotten how TV shows part ways with actors and actresses who want to go onto bigger and better things. [Or want more money. Or a bigger dressing trailer. Or super-sized fries with that burger.]

This weekend, Pete and I watched the killing off of main characters on two different shows. Brutal endings on the original CSI and on House. I'm guessing this is old news to any regular watchers of the shows. [This is a pointless post anyway, so you might as well ditch here.]

Tear-jerkers, both of them. Frankly, for both of them, it was like watching Love Story or Terms of Endearment or Titanic. And I'm not a fan of any of those movies. [I'm still hoping to be the last American standing who was never subjected to Titanic.] Oh, I don't mean I won't or didn't tear up. I'm as much a sap as the next guy. But I'm disappointed by it. If I want to watch sappy deaths, I'll start paying closer attention to South Park.

[Hey, like I said not that long ago, this post had no point.]


Tricia said...

I was also just thinking about how out of the loop I am as it relates to TV. There are two shows I like and try to watch, and I do watch the news, but that's it. When I hear people talking about TV shows, I'm completely lost and they look at me like I'm a moron. It's kind of funny.

Tara R. said...

I still haven't seen Titanic and I don't feel the least bit deprived. I watch mostly cable channels like History, or Discover, Food Network and several of the 100 or so sports channels. Not much network shows.

Anonymous said...

Sweet Baboo & I are PBS watchers (oooh, doesn't that sound snooty?) because we don't have cable (we're probably the last people in our town to still have a roof antenna) but I'm with you on the series DVD's. We just borrowed season 1 of Eureka from a friend, and I've watched all of it already and Ed has seen about half of the episodes. No commercials, no news, no violence or bad language, just entertainment. My kind of tv.

Momisodes said...

I am the SAME way! I never get time for TV until well after 10pm and there's nothing but news or reruns on. I never know movies are out either.

Sometimes, I feel like I get so much more accomplished with the TV off.

nonizamboni said...

I'm with you! That goes ditto for reality shows of any ilk. Just recently we've been pulled into House on the authority of my med school daughter but I haven't gotten too attached--yet--its only a matter of time. And I'm back watching Northern Exposure from the library. Life is good!
Thanks for visiting.

D... said...

I love my dvr even though it has shortened my attention span. I can't watch live tv anymore.

I stopped watching CSI awhile ago (too scary when you are home alone) but keep up with it through previews. I was saddened by the death.

I recently discovered watching shows on dvd through the library. This summer was all about The Office. Of course, I can't watch at my leisure as they are due in a week.

Lori said...

My TV watching is pretty much limited to shows on after 8PM, which is my time to be a couch potato. But I never like any of the shows on network TV, so I watch Project Runway or other reality shows on BRAVO. Or, secretly I watch Deal or no Deal. But don't tell anyone.


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