Saturday, March 27, 2010

My Love/Hate Relationship with TV

I love television - it's like you get to peek into a variety of individual, creative worlds. The best television makes you laugh, cry, think, dream. I often get caught up in my favorite shows and obsess endlessly over them until the next episode is on.

I hate television - I get completely caught up in a new story and wham! It's cancelled. Argh! Unfortunately, my favorite shows often get cancelled before their time because of low ratings: Wonderfalls, Veronica Mars, Deadwood, Life, Dollhouse, to name a few. (There are actually many more on this list.) Even my favorites that stay on air are constantly on the bubble of being cancelled (Chuck, Friday Night Lights, etc.). Supernatural has stayed on the air so long only because it's on the CW.

Then there are the other shows that I watch that are entertaining in the moment but not something I obsess over - 24, House, Castle, Royal Pains, Leverage. I enjoy these shows but if I miss a week I don't have to run immediately to Hulu to make it up. For the most part, though, these shows are successful and don't really rely on my viewership.

Lately I've been enjoying the Renaissance of the sitcom: Modern Family, Community, Cougar Town, are all shows I look forward to. It's a nice change up from the 100 versions of Law & Order or CSI or the latest medical drama.

DON'T EVEN GET ME STARTED ON "REALITY" TV. I refuse to participate in the dumbing down of America and the destruction of an entire industry, all in the pursuit of saving money.

What about you? Have any shows you obsess over? Mourn any shows cancelled too soon? Any shows you despise?


  1. I mourn the early demise of "Journeyman." What a fantastic non-quantum leap time travel show. And I will soon be going through some serious LOST withdrawal. NOt really sure how I'm going to handle that.

    As for the resurrection of the sit-com. Thank the good Lord! I need this trend to continue for sure!

    p.s. finished the first pilot "nathan vs. nurture." It was REALLY funny, fingers crossed on that one. Your boy what's his name was really good. If it gets picked up, you'll have to come out and visit him.

  2. Can't wait to see it (fingers crossed)!

    And you're right, Journeyman was so good. It's one of my long list of shows cancelled to soon. :(

    I know you'll miss LOST, but it has had a full run. Six seasons is a long time in t.v. world. Hopefully they'll be able to tie-up things and answer questions in these last episodes.