I also watch Survivor, American Idol, The Amazing Race, The X Factor, So You Think You Can Dance, Dancing With the Stars, and The Biggest Loser. The fact that some of these shows are semi-scripted and heavily edited doesn’t bother me a bit.
The only thing that does bother me is that I never had the guts to audition for Survivor or Big Brother when I was younger. My arthritic knees would never get me through those competitions without injury today. I’d probably get voted off during the first week anyway, just because my joints creak and that would annoy all those young folks.
Admitting I’m a fan of the vast wasteland of television is like admitting an addiction to computer games…or some forms of social media. It says I’m wasting time when I could be writing or doing one of the other million things I’m always wishing I had more time to do.
I watch cop shows like Longmire and Blue Bloods and Rookie Blue. Dramas like Grey’s Anatomy. The cat shows on Animal Planet. The Broncos football team when things are going well (and we have high hopes for that with Peyton Manning now on the team). Rick Steves’ travel shows when I find one I haven’t seen before. Anthony Bourdain on the Travel Channel. The five o’clock Denver News. A few minutes of Lou Dobbs on the Fox Business Channel on weekdays. And the good series from HBO once they’re available on DVD (The Sopranos, The Tudors, Deadwood).
All this sounds like I do nothing but watch television and DVDs all the time. It’s not that bad. I don’t watch TV in the daytime. I record my evening shows and watch them when I have time. Some shows (like the ones with musical performances and judging where I mainly watch the performance parts) play in the background while I’m blog-hopping. And sometimes I actually delete stuff without ever watching it at all, like some of those cat and travel shows.
But the truth is, I love television. I’d be ecstatic if something I wrote ever made it to the little screen. Anyone else out there like TV?