I’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).