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A Vast Wasteland

.: Every fall I review the list of new television shows with a nod towards adding one or two to the list the ones I watch on a weekly basis. Well, not this year. The shows I will watch are ones already established: Rome, The Wire, Law & Order, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, Law & Order: Criminal Intent, Lost, 24, Saturday Night Live, MAD-TV, Battlestar Galactica, The Daily Show, The Colbert Report, and the occasional MLB, NFL, and/or NHL game. I think I’ve reached a point where I can’t absorb anything more. Shows with completed seasons already viewed in 2006 include Deadwood, The Sopranos, and Brotherhood.

Yes, it’s an addiction, the idiot box, or as Newton Minnow once noted, “a vast wasteland“, but I continue to watch. One reason is that in recent years, some episodic television, especially on cable, has improved to the point where its quality now matches or surpasses most movies. Additionally, most of the shows on cable have much smaller “seasons” than network television, most often clocking in at 10-12 episodes. Keith offers another view with Your New Mean TV (22 September 2006 entry).

5 Responses to “A Vast Wasteland”

  1. Linda Says:

    I have to say, I like episode one of Studio 60….It is the only new show I’m adding…

  2. Robert Says:

    I have to agree with Linda; Studio 60 is the best new show on our list.

    But the truth is, most of the TV I get to see is a choice between “Dora the Explorer” (for the 2 and under crowd) and “Kim Possible” for the 8 year olds in the room. I soooo envy you your control over the remote…. We get at most 2 hours of TV from 9-11 when the kids are in bed, but that is also the only time I have to do chores, read a book, or be with my wife. Even when we sit down to watch TV, most of what my wife chooses is stuff she’s taping to use in class the next day, i.e., stuff her students watch and not necessarily our tastes. Indeed, a catch phrase we find ourselves using a lot is “Not my demographic” (if Mary had a blog, this would be its title) because we mostly end up shaking our heads thinking, “who is this for” Not use, obviously. Though, to be fair, there are some good episodes of Kim Possible and SpongeBob…but Big Brother? Dance with the Stars? My brain hurts.

  3. Derryl Says:

    Studio 60 for sure. I’m also enjoying Smith, and we quite like Kidnapped. I taped Heroes to see how it is, and tested a few other new shows, but as older shows fall into place decisions will have to be made. Indeed, House may be jettisoned.


  4. Donna Dempster Says:

    So…it would appear that 3 years without a TV and I’m not really missing anything but the daily news. I admit to watching a few shows on DVD: The Wire, Corner Gas, Cold Feet. Other than that, I’ve got a well-worn library card!

  5. Sea of Flowers Says:

    Reading List…

    Randy’s point about the fall TV lineup is good. There is so much material, so little time. The days of 3 channels are long gone. I have the same problems with reading materia. I have picked up several mystery or thriller titles, primarily serials, out…

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