Monday, March 30, 2015

Mundane Monday: Television

Ha! My life is so mundane in general that I can't even think of mundane things to write about!

So you get to read about my TV watching! Lucky, lucky you!

I am always trying to minimize my TV watching. I'm not sure why, really, but I kind of think that when I'm on my death bed I won't be sorry that I didn't watch MORE television. In hindsight, except for its use playing trivia games or answering Jeopardy clues, I don't think watching hours of, say, The Love Boat really added anything to my life!

(Maybe it's because I am always trying to make more time to READ.)

To watch less TV I generally try not to add any new programs to the rotation but there are exceptions. I started watching Gotham and I liked it but I didn't love it. Once 6 episodes were piled up on the DVR and I hadn't watched any of them it was time to let it go.

Here's what I watch now (listed in no particular order):

Community -  I started watching this because of Alison Brie who was playing Trudy on Mad Men. I was curious to see her play a college student so different from Trudy. Then I just ended up loving the show.

The Middle - Started watching sometime during the second season, possibly killing time before Modern Family. I'm not generally a Patricia Heaton fan (never watched Everybody Loves Raymond except a handful of episodes) but love her portrayal of the mom and I already loved Neil Flynn from Scrubs. This show makes me laugh out loud. The actors playing the kids are great.

Modern Family - I'm not sure it is deserving of all those Best Comedy Emmys but it is a funny little show. It also has good actors portraying the children.

Cougar Town - We started watching this because many of the people from Scrubs were involved and we like Couteney Cox. Once the show moved past its "cougar" premise in the first few episodes it was a really funny show about a group of friends who hang out and drink wine amid their various adventures. (On Friends they drank coffee and on Cougar Town they drink wine so Courteney Cox will probably be back eventually in a series where they drink Ensure.)
Its series finale is on tomorrow night.

Survivor - I watched the first 2 seasons and then skipped a bunch. I've been watching regularly since the 8th season. (Survivor runs two "seasons" a year, as does Dancing with the Stars.)

CSI - We have watched this since the beginning. I'm not sure if it's coming back next year.

CSI: Cyber - Just filling the CSI gap but not sure if I will watch it long-term.

Dancing with the Stars - I started watching during Kristi Yamaguchi's season. I didn't watch last season because I didn't know who most of the "stars" were! I am watching this year again. One thing about DWTS, it's a short season, only a couple of months long.

Jeopardy! - Some nights it makes me feel dumb and some nights it makes me feel smart! I especially love when I get Final Jeopardy and the 3 contestants don't. Like this one: The category is Transportation. The clue is: Incorporated in 1948, this company chose its name from the Hebrew prophet Hosea. (Solution at the end of the post.)

The Daily Show with Jon Stewart - I used to watch The Colbert Report religiously but I did get tired of the character. I am glad Stephen Colbert will be moving on to something new by replacing David Letterman. And now Jon Stewart is moving on as well. I won't be watching after he leaves, no offense to replacement host Trevor Noah.

Once Upon a Time - I like Jennifer Morrison (who I knew from House) and Ginnifer Goodwin so I started watching this fairy tale show. It's fun.

Game of Thrones - I read the first book about 15 years ago and loved them. LOVE the series too! (Lots of nudity though; it is HBO after all.)

Veep - This show is great. Very funny and a great cast surrounding Julia Louis-Dreyfus. And this season Hugh Laurie will be on! What's not to love?! (Lots of cursing though; it is HBO after all.)

Girls - It took me a few episodes to "get" this show but I really love it now. (Lots of cursing and nudity though; it is HBO after all.)

Outlander - I read the book this series is based on about 15 or 20 years ago. The series is faithful and well cast. They showed 8 episodes last summer and then ended on a cliffhanger with new episodes starting this weekend, 8 months later!. I, along with many other TV watchers, HATE this methodology. If it's a "season" then run the whole thing closer together. People don't mind (as much) cliffhangers at the end of an ENTIRE SEASON when they need to wait several months to find out what happens. But to do it in the MIDDLE of the season? No excuse. (Once Upon a Time breaks for the season in early December and returns in February or March, which isn't too bad, especially now that they end a storyline in the first half before tackling a new one in the second half.) Which brings us to...

Mad Men - The final 7 episodes of "Season 7" start this weekend even though the first 7 episodes aired almost an entire year ago. In my mind that means we are about to start Season 8. I guess we need to blame AMC; they did it for Breaking Bad so now they'll do it for every show? Guh.

Cutthroat Kitchen - I am not one to watch kitchen competition shows but I watch this one because I love Alton Brown. The chefs are given an item to prepare and then they sabotage each other by bidding on various things. It's amusing.

Downton Abbey - One more season remains which I think makes sense. Lady Edith can only take so much before she goes crazy.

The Last Man on Earth - This is a goofy show with Will Forte and Kristin Schaal, both of whom I like. Not sure if it will make it past this one season though.

The Soup - Joel McHale comments on clips from inane reality shows. This is the only place I get exposure to things like Dance Moms, Real Housewives, Hoarding: Buried Alive, RuPauls's Drag Race, Honey Boo Boo, the Bachelor and the Kardashians.

Wipeout - This is a goofy show that's on in the summer that makes me laugh. People run through an obstacle course, the purpose of which is to make them "wipeout".

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver - Brilliant show that will keep me happy after The Daily Show goes away. LOVE John Oliver!

Ask This Old House - My brother K2 recommended this one and I really enjoy it. I am learning what I can do myself and when I need to call someone else in. (I am the handy one in our house. CPA Boy's gifts are many but they do not include tool use.)

I watch a bunch of stuff on PBS too, depending on the subject of the episodes. American Experience, Great Performances and Nova, among others. Tonight begins a 3-part series on the book "The Emperor of Maladies: A History of Cancer".

HBO has documentaries on every week and I watch some of them. Last night I watched It's Me, Hilary (about the artist who illustrated Kay Thompson's Eloise books) and Going Clear (the Scientology documentary).

I always think I don't watch much TV but I guess I kind of do!


Jeopardy! solution: Okay, you have transportation, 1948 and Hebrew. So it's gotta be related to Israel, right? Doesn't that just spoon-feed you the answer? None of the contestants got it right, naming things like Greyhound and Amtrak. It just seems to be Jeopardy! 101: 1948 almost always means Israel unless it means "Dewey defeats Truman." Or am I smarter than the average bear?

What is El Al? 

1 comment:

  1. It did seem obvious, almost too obvious. I do not know how you fit in "all" that TV, when you read so many books!