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Why I Watched
So I watched that television show for a second time. The fact that it gets rebroadcast at 11pm is a huge reason because, even though I loved the season premiere last week, I know that the likelihood of me actually managing to tape a 9pm show consistently so that I can watch it after the goodnight ritual is slim.

My friend Steven, who inspired me to give this show a go, often wonders why people like us -- my partner and I, that is -- won't give television the respect it deserves, preferring instead to exalt the experience of moviegoing. The more I think about it, the more I think that the problem of time management looms largest. Sure, I'd watch more television if I had HBO. But, in the absence of a Tivo or equivalent, I'm just not going to be able to keep up with any shows where continuity matters unless they are shown repeatedly throughout the week, the way PBS dramas were where I grew up -- we lived within range of two different television markets and thus had more than one option for catching rebroadcasts -- were.

At any rate, the fact that I'm able to see this show twice on the day when it is first aired and twice more the following week without having to program the VCR is the main reason why I'm probably going to keep watching, even more important than the fact that it's excellent television. Indeed, I'm sure I'd be willing to watch a considerably less impressive show if it was always on when I was too tired to read and too awake to sleep. For what it's worth, though, this particular show is one with the potential to reel me in as no drama has since The X-Files and Homicide: Life on the Streets did in the early-to-mid 1990s.

BTW, I forgot to mention that television has been a bigger presence in our house of late since Skylar took a liking to Hannah Montana, an intriguing development given her mother's aversion to the sound of commercials. If you'd told me a year ago that the Billy Ray Cyrus family would become a major part of our domestic life, I would have called the police. I suppose this is just the beginning, though, of what is bound to be a long and sometimes scary ride. Maybe it's time to summon my Flexible Flyer: "Accio sled!"

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kolakoski From: kolakoski Date: October 14th, 2006 08:39 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
We just received a DVR from Directv for free. Well, the equipment is free along with the first three months of service charges--it's six dollars a month after that--but I can't imagine anyone canceling once privy to the miracle of recorded digital television. It resolves most time management issues. Of course, even though I have these shows recorded, ultimately I only have so much time to devote to television. Well, all things in moderation. Just wanted to comment and endorse DVR (or Tivo if you can do it).
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: October 15th, 2006 08:54 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
I can totally see the benefits. I won't be springing for satellite television, since my partner has little interest in watching, but the DVR would be nice. Still, I think a new camera is a higher priority.
kolakoski From: kolakoski Date: October 15th, 2006 10:45 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
schencka From: schencka Date: October 14th, 2006 05:01 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
The DVR that my wife and I have is an essential tool for keeping current on American culture. We did drop HBO, but I record PBS, she the demos-geared content.
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: October 15th, 2006 09:10 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
Some day. . .
frostedfuckhead From: frostedfuckhead Date: October 14th, 2006 06:57 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
TV sucks... especially network TV. I have watched a couple network tv shows since returning from China, on various people's recommendation, and found them to be annoying. Perhaps I'm too bitter for the show, but 'Scrubs' makes me want to drill a nail into my forehead.

And while it's true that if you fish around thru cable you can find some good shows (Colbert Report/Daily Show, Sopranos, Curb Your Enthusiasm) I never seem to time it right and end up watching science documentaries, or the food channel. So I just download the shows and watch them on my computer instead...

frostedfuckhead From: frostedfuckhead Date: October 14th, 2006 06:57 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
-- rumor has it the daily show will have john ashcroft on this monday...
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: October 15th, 2006 09:09 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: October 15th, 2006 09:09 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
I'm with you. I've been watching television like that -- sports aside -- for the better part of a decade. But I've enjoyed watching Battlestar Galactica the past two weeks. Something about relaxing for the 11pm slot appeals to me.
lwveggie From: lwveggie Date: October 15th, 2006 06:30 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
When I lived alone, I had a wood-panelled television from the 1970s that lost reception every time a train went by, which was fairly often as I lived downtown by the Amtrak station. Needless to say, I watched very little television. I painted and read and wrote and was generally a fairly creative individual.
Then I moved in with M, who happened to be quite in tune with his TiVo. Soon, he was recording shows for my benefit (which is oddly romantic, at least in our home). It didn't take long until my days ran along a fairly rigid routine of work, dinner, television, repeat.
Last week our television set was stolen. I can honestly say that I have been more creative in the last seven days than I had been in over a year. We're trying to decide if we should use our insurance money to buy a new television, or just put it towards our honeymoon.
Not to say that there aren't wonderful programs out there, but they seem to be few and far between, and it's pretty easy to mindlessly flow from one program to the next.
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: October 15th, 2006 08:53 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
I was sorry to hear about the break-in. But you may have a point. There's little chance of my following more than one or two shows, if that, given our schedule and lack of TiVo or equivalent. I do recall, though, that in the time when I did watch more, I whiled away a lot of time watching that would have been better spent doing.
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