Since my husband died TV and I have had an uneasy relationship. I have been trying to think why, and believe I may have the answers.
Okay, I’ll admit with the recent events in my life my concentration is less than in the past, but come on, even as an escape from my reality?
I suppose many of you would admit you have favorite shows, that for some reason or another, speak to you or your funny bone or maybe even your intelligence. I used to be that way...or rather we. How odd to think of we in the past tense. You know, it’s one of those things I guess we tend to take for granted, even when you had no idea that you were.
So last night I thought, I’m going to settle in and watch “Entourage”. I went into the kitchen to eat dinner (which is a whole other story). Once I finished eating I made my next morning coffee to be set on the timer, slipped into bed and grabbed the remote control. You have to remember I am a remote control newbie. It took about five minutes to figure out how to get to the DVR, and our pre-programmed shows. Good grief, they should have onscreen instructions, because my husband never saved the printed instructions. He should have as many times as I remember he cursed the newer remote. I now understand why!
“Entourage” ...well I watched for maybe eight minutes and realized I wasn’t paying any attention. That was one of our favorite shows...or was it? TV played a large part of our life, partially because it was a passive thing my husband could do. But was this something I would watch on my own? Certainly not last night, and I wonder about in the future, do I DVR them or not?
Then tonight I turned on TV while eating my dinner and flipped from the news, which I had seen earlier, to find the new season of “Survivor” was on. I couldn’t believe I was so clueless about the time of year, after all we had watched every season since the beginning of the series. I continued to watch as I ate, when after about ten minutes I grew tired with it. I think they had just been given bikinis. I love a buff body as much as the next person, but it dawned on me I didn’t know these people, didn’t care about them, and they were just...mean. How can I watch a TV show featuring mean or manipulative people for weeks upon weeks? I can’t.
Again, why did I tune in and think I would enjoy it? Because it is what WE did. This has been repeated over and over in the past few weeks. Now I fear there is nothing I can watch on TV.
This may have been proven in a stunning moment when I began to watch “Parks and Recreation”, with Amy Pohler of “Saturday Night Live” fame. As I watched I found myself thinking, this seems so familiar. A few more minutes, and it dawned on me, this was an unabashed rip-off of another successful, quirky show I used to watch; The Office. I turned off the TV in disgust.
This is what is wrong with TV today, in my opinion. First it began with the reality shows, one by one each channel began to add them, predictably they got more “sick” and meaner, all seemingly in an effort to grab audience ratings. From “Real House” to “Bachelor”, to “Real Housewives of Anywhere”... they are all way too predictable. I could understand “CSI Miami”, but does every big city need their own?
Anyway just one of the myriad of things that have changed, one that kinda bugs me and definitely frees me up for other things. Good thing I have music, cartooning...and crickets.