Why the passion for TV, you ask? First of all, TV is very good and interesting right now. Plots are complex, the narrative structures are innovative, and the acting is great. Also, it gives me something to talk about with people. What else would I talk about? The population in Provo? Not interested. It is cheap and easy entertainment that you can enjoy in bed. Seriously, don't make any bedroom entertainment jokes here. I won't laugh. I've got four kids, two cats, a dog, no energy, no hobbies, no money, and my husband is out of town half the time.
Carly, it was I who wrote "I Love TV" on that chalkboard. I do. TV is awesome. Is cable expensive? Yes. Is there crap on TV? Yes. Would I be interested in TV if I didn't have Tivo? No. I never watch live TV. I can't abide it or commercials--so there's your common ground, people who don't have or watch TV. Other than that--we have nothing to say to each other. Just kidding. I also read, go to movies, and listen to music. I'm kind of uninformed about politics--if you can believe it! So that's not my favorite topic. Did you eat sugar cereal in the 80s? OK then. We'll always have that.
For the rest of you TV lovers, my heart laid bare:
Here's what I currently record on my Tivo:
House--I love House and I think it's a good show.
Modern Family--It's good. I hate it when they get all serious and corny though.
30 Rock--Of course.
Parks and Recreation--This is, actually, my favorite show.
The Office--Let's see what they do without Michael Scott.
What Not to Wear--Great for folding clothes.
Hoarders: Buried Alive--Fascinating.
Hoarders--The other one. I am deleting this from Tivo. It's too hardcore with the mental illness. BUZZKILL!
Project Runway--The best reality show. I love it.
Home By Novogratz--Love the Novogratz. They have 7 kids.
Gordon Ramsey's Kitchen Nightmares--I never watched Top Chef or any of those but I stumbled onto this and it is wonderful.
Suits--Christian loves this show. It seems good, but I usually read while he watches it.
The Hour--An awesome period drama from BBC. Love. This is my favorite non-funny show right now.
Law and Order UK--Christian watches this and all manner of L&O but I only like Criminal Intent. I hate SVU.
Dr. Who--I love the new Doctor! I missed the last few seasons but I'm here now.
This American Life--I've seen all of these but I still record them and watch them. I'm devoted.
So You Think You Can Dance--It's so much better than you think it will be.
The Voice--This was pretty good and interesting last year. Much better than Idol. I think I'll give X Factor a try as well. Simon Cowell knows what he's doing.
Alert: I don't watch Community. It's super funny, but also equally dumb. I am offended that the person who writes the super funny stuff tolerates or even also writes the really dumb parts (Chevy Chase, Chang). I can't get over this. I've tried. I get it--love the genre episodes--but it's not for me. I accept that I am in the wrong here because the taste makers seem to adore it. Also, I don't watch Glee.
In the Fall I plan to add some new shows to my Tivo schedule. Christian is in charge of setting the upstairs and downstairs Tivos to insure that we get all the shows we want. Here's what I plan to try this fall, fingers crossed for greatness:
Ringer--Buffy is twins.
Awake--After a crash a man finds that his wife is dead in one reality and his son is dead in another.
Person of Interest--Benjamin Linus.
The New Girl--Cute overload? We'll see.
Up All Night--For the love of Gob, let this be great.
Grimm--Law and Order with fairy tales. Or something.
Once Upon a Time--Something something fairy tales.
Alcatraz (JJ Abrams)--Robert Kennedy signed the death certificate? Come to mama! Guys, we have a few years of enjoying this until it doesn't know how to end!
The Secret Circle--Adolescent witches, a proven formula.
Homeland--Claire Danes and that redheaded guy from Life. I really like that redheaded guy.
I am also looking forward (excitedly) to new installments of Downton Abbey and Sherlock from PBS.
And here is my ottoman before I covered it in new fabric: