Pangie Is Bothered By Stuff On TV

by Angie [A Whole Lot of Nothing] on September 8, 2011

in All About Me,Farts and Other Stuff,Hooray for Tee Vee!,Observations,TV

Robert is BotheredI’m addicted to TV.

Thank you, Captain Obvious.

I have no shame in my game of TV-watching. It makes me happy to see new shows start, old shows come back, and all of the hype that goes with everything TV. Coming from a home where the TV was on at all times and was made a priority for family time, I can blame my parents for instilling my respect for television.

If I could afford have multiple HD DVRs set up to my DirecTV dish, I would. Maybe I should start a fund. * notes to self *

Sadly, the one over-priced DirecTV HD DVR is all we have for recording my precious, and that’s capped at 40 season passes and recording two shows at a time, so I have to pick and choose what I’m going to record on any given night during the Fall TV premiere season.

Weep with me, nerds!

I like to think of myself as a professional TV-watcher, where “professional” does not equal “getting paid,” but I watch like it’s my job. I’ve thought about developing a TV-centered blog or website, but then I’d be watching TV for work and not pleasure. That? Would be a travesty.

However, if anyone wants to hire me to live-tweet any live televised event, I’m your girl. I’ll live-tweet the shite out of award shows, sporting events, important Presidential speeches for you. * hand phone ringy dingy * call me *

With all of the TV I love, there are things on the boob tube that irk me. I’m finicky about what I watch, though I’m sure Patrick would argue that recording The World According to Paris (RIP) is the opposite of being finicky. So I’m arguing back with, “IT WAS THE SUMMER AND NOTHING ELSE WAS ON FOR ME TO WATCH WHAT DO YOU EXPECT FROM ME?”

As of today at this moment, I’ve made a short list of what’s bothering me on TV. Think of it as Robert is Bothered, but with a less sexy version of Jimmy Fallon’s Robert Pattinson impersonation.

  • That new show, Whitney, about one of my favorite comedians, Whitney Cummings, has cast an actor to be her boyfriend/husband/ubiquitous level-headed male that, even from just seeing the onslaught of premiere episode commercials, can’t act. Like, he may be a worse actor than Keanu Reeves. As much as I like Whitney Cummings, I don’t think I’ll be able to watch the show with him on it.
  • I admit it: I watch daytime TV. The Talk is CBS’s wannabe version of The View, just with different ladies around a different table in a different studio on a different coast. Same show, different time. I didn’t want to like the show just because of its blatant rip-off of another show, but I started watching it, and I started to like Leah Remini, Holly Robinson Peete, and the other 3 co-hosts and their rapport. I might have actually laughed out loud at Leah and Holly’s antics. But at the last minute, like a week or two before the show returned from summer hiatus, they replaced Leah and Holly. According to both women and their Twitter streams, they were basically “not asked to return.” Of course, with my interest in TV dramas, I tuned in this past Tuesday to see how they were going to explain the replacements of Molly Shannon (love her) and another lady (she was annoying). ONLY THEY DIDN’T. No mention from Julie Chen, Sara Gilbert, or Sharon Osborne as to why the two other co-hosts magically disappeared. Nothing. So, I won’t be watching any longer. Any show that refuses to acknowledge a major change is a show I can’t watch.
  • Craig T Nelson’s hair during the first season of Parenthood still bothers me. I’ve never recovered.
  • Two- and three-hour long reality shows should be against the law. Period. It’s stupid and lazy and it bothers me. Drawing out the fake drama of The Bachelor/-ette/Pad makes me want to mail the producers an envelope of herpes. Cut that crap down, and make your shows actually good enough to watch.
  • The cable networks (TNT, A&E, HBO, USA, etc) have started airing their original series in mini seasons of 10-12 shows rather than the traditional 24+ episode season. I realize they’re doing this to be able to air their shows (which, many times, are so much better than the network’s) during the Big 4’s off-season, but just when I get into watching a season and invested in what’s going on with characters, BOOM!, they end the season. That leaves me with 6-12 months of not having some of my favorite shows to watch, and in the meantime, forgetting what happened on the previous season. Can we all get together and decide on airing whole seasons with weekly shows back-to-back with NO REPEATS during the season (which BTW, is another major irk)?

This list is in no way comprehensive, so of course you have your own ideas of what bothers you on TV. What is it? No detail is too small (see: Craig T Nelson’s hair).

image via Fallon Fans original credit NBC/Universal

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1 Meg September 8, 2011 at 2:17 pm

I, too, come from a family where TV was very important and now I must DVR a whole lot of crap, as my husband says.

I work from home so I enjoyed having the Talk on in the afternoon since Leah and Holly would get all feisty and make me laugh. I was shocked when they weren’t asked to come back and honestly really, irrationally upset since they had us believe that Sarah and Leah were best of friends, hanging out, and the show was Sarah’s idea.

Of course I don’t know all the facts, but if they were really friends why the hell is she replaced with no explanation and with the Kardashian witch of all people? I did not turn it on on Monday and will not in the future. I trust your judgement, and if you’re not watching, I’m not watching.

Sorry for a long comment. Obviously, this has been pissing me off for weeks and you gave me an outlet 🙂 I may move on now to other crap daytime TV.

And yay to Fall TV!!


2 Angie [A Whole Lot of Nothing] September 9, 2011 at 9:52 am

From one TV-phile to another, you should totally trust my judgement, especially when it comes to TV.


3 Hockeymandad September 8, 2011 at 3:51 pm

I would say it doesn’t matter what’s on the screen because you only pay half attention anyway between the lappy and larger glowing box. So therefore you should put on something I would actually like. 🙂

As for the other show that’s nothing but bitchy women talking over each other all the time, Julie Chen had them removed because they were more popular than she was. Being married to the network president has its perks. That’s the rumor I heard anyway.
An Awesome post on Hockeymandad´s blog … hockeymandad: Who’s in their office Wii Bowling Tournament Championship Final for the 3rd consecutive year? This guy! #nintendoenthused


4 Angie [A Whole Lot of Nothing] September 9, 2011 at 10:19 am

I’d believe it about Chen.


5 MommaCakes September 8, 2011 at 7:05 pm

i will have to say that i’m a lucky women. we have 3 DVR boxes, so i can record 6 shows and watch them anywhere in the house! sadly, i have to compete with the 9 year old and his ungodly amount of ESPN recordings, Phineas and Ferb, America’s Funniest Videos, and other random (useless to me) shows you can think of.

you totally need more than one DVR box…the Fall Season is about to start!
An Awesome post on MommaCakes´s blog … it’s a Cake & Ice Cream kind of day…


6 Angie [A Whole Lot of Nothing] September 9, 2011 at 10:20 am





7 Amber September 9, 2011 at 9:45 am

I love to watch The Daily Show and The Colbert Report, but recently noticed that Stephen Colbert has a weird ear. I can’t stop looking at it. It’s so distracting.

(I think I might be going to hell for this comment.)


8 Angie [A Whole Lot of Nothing] September 9, 2011 at 10:21 am

Oh yeah, totally messed up. I *think* he’s joked about it before, but it’s so distracting to watch. I still love him tho.


9 September 9, 2011 at 10:30 am

Sons of Anarchy and Breaking Bad are the only things I watch on TV, but back in my younger years I would’ve protested about the no-repeat rule. I used to HATE occasionally missing shows because they aired on a holiday. I’d rather have a repeat.

Of course now you can DVR or even stream a missed episode online. And somehow, now that it’s easier to watch, I watch a lot less TV. Hmmm.
An Awesome post on´s blog … She Should Have Left A Message


10 Angie [A Whole Lot of Nothing] September 9, 2011 at 11:14 pm

I need to see Breaking Bad. I know. I should be ashamed for not having seen it.


11 September 10, 2011 at 2:14 am

I picked it up between season 3 and 4. Well, I mean, I started watching season 1 in between season 3 and season 4. You cannot just pick it up. (Especially since season 5 is the last.) Full seasons are relatively cheap to buy, and if you have Netflix, they have them (although not streaming). Amazon has them streaming for (I think) $1.99 per episode.

(I swear I don’t work for the show.)
An Awesome post on´s blog … She Should Have Left A Message


12 erin@mommyonthespot September 9, 2011 at 4:44 pm

I feel that there is no one in my real life that gets my deep, deep feelings for My Shows. It appears that I am in good company here.

I am so very sad to see that Rescue Me is ending, but am taking some comfort that Parenthood is starting this coming week. LOVE that show!

I’m also looking forward to checking out Up All Night with Maya Rudloph!

Any chance that you watch REal HOusewives of New Jersey?

I will stop because I feel myself going on and on.

Man, I love TV.


13 Angie [A Whole Lot of Nothing] September 9, 2011 at 11:15 pm

Really? You’re asking if I watch any of the Real Housewives shows? Dude. Only ALL of them.

And I totally can’t wait to see Up All Night.


14 Colleen September 9, 2011 at 6:05 pm

I would like to just thank you for linking to the fall schedule. I am a hopeless tv addict. HOPELESS. I have to also say that the TV Gods seem to have smiled on me slightly. Thursday was my day to pick and choose and watch some shows streaming online. With CSI on Wednesday now and Vampire Diaries moved to 8pm… I may just be in Thursday TV Heaven!

It looks right now that I’ve got 18 hours of evening tv to record…. and add in General Hospital and I’m up to 23 hours. I think I just might have to add another show to make it a nice full 24 hours (minus the fast forwarded commercials).

I think I might need help.
An Awesome post on Colleen´s blog … Summers End


15 Angie [A Whole Lot of Nothing] September 9, 2011 at 11:16 pm

You’re brave for counting up the hours you record. I will never.


16 diana kimmel September 9, 2011 at 7:47 pm

I taped The Talk as well as The View and was sooo disappointed about the replacements for Leah and Holly. I thought I had missed some big announcement, but as I read your blog am now enlightened to the Julie Chen theory. I think you are absolutely right on with this theory and will no longer be watching the show. Although I liked Molly Shannon on SNL and most of her movies, something about her is creepy to me. The other woman ???? Who is that?!


17 Angie [A Whole Lot of Nothing] September 9, 2011 at 11:18 pm

I love me some Molly Shannon, but she’s not always going to be on. Apparently, they’re rotating guest hosts in and out of that seat, and one of the guest hosts will be Kris Jenner. YES. I know. Shameful.


18 Latasha December 15, 2016 at 5:23 pm

A plseniagly rational answer. Good to hear from you.


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