Ciao, Bellas, and thanks for letting me join the party! Michelle tells me that in addition to loving your romance novels, some you love TV as well, which is certainly something I can relate to.
I am an avid and an equal opportunity reader -- I enjoy all genres, including a sprinkling of romance, which I find is good for the soul, no? But when I’m not reading, I am watching TV, which is my personal, not-so-secret guilty pleasure. Now, I know lots of women who say, “I NEVER watch TV!”, or “How do you find the TIME to watch SO MUCH TV (Hello?!? Ever hear of a little thing called TiVo?!?)?”
And while I think those people sound sort of sophisticated and so above it all, and while it might be nice to be able to contribute to a conversation about President Bush’s press conference the other night instead of the why Ari didn’t hug it out with Vince on Entourage, the truth is, WHO CARES?
TV is cool! TV is hip! TV is real-time pop culture, it is fashion and music and cutting edge trends and hot celebrities all wrapped up in plot lines that, when they’re really good, keep us thinking, guessing, fantasizing, and looking forward to the next episode with bated breath.
Hmmm...could it be that good TV is a little bit like...good sex? I’ll let the experts (you all!) hash that one out, and reserve my own comments...after all, my big brother might be reading this! I’ll just say the following: Keep your economic policies, Pres. Bush, I’ll take Dr. McDreamy any day!
Which is not to say, mind you, that I treat my TV watching like nothing more than a big, fat, Fall issue of InStyle magazine, something to glance at mindlessly, then throw away.
Not at all! I take my role as a TV watcher seriously. I try to make intelligent, thoughtful choices about what I watch and I don’t tolerate any shows that insult me with either indulgent programming decisions (Sorry, Tony Soprano, I know that when you woke up this morning you got yourself a gun, but I WON’T tune back in after your 2-year hiatus...I mean REALLY!) or gratuitous stupidity (Sorry, Desperate Housewives, your antics weren’t titillating enough to get me to tune back in after Lynette ate a pound of raw bacon...I mean YUCK!).
And sorry...I don’t watch any (that is ZERO) reality TV. Why should I watch real people when there are paid actors, directors and writers for me to love/hate, ogle/criticize and idolize/revile? Sometimes all at once?!
I guess I try to watch shows which feature really great acting, really smart writing and really engaging plot lines. Sometimes I succeed, and sometimes I fail. Here are some of my successes, my top priority TiVo Season Passes for returning shows this Fall:
Veronica Mars (formerly UPN, now CW): This critically acclaimed sleeper hit never got the following it deserved, maybe because viewers were either skeptical of a show with main characters who are still in high school, or skeptical that a really quality show could actually exist on UPN. If you haven’t checked it out, you should. If it’s anywhere near as good as it was the first two seasons, you’ll be hooked.
Lost (ABC): With it’s weird, supernatural, mythological, God-knows-what’s-next twists and turns, this show never ceased to give me a little shiver down my spine when I least expect it. Add all those hot shirtless men and you’ve got yourself some great TV.
Grey’s Anatomy (ABC): I could almost hear millions of women all across America exclaim in disbelief during the season finale last May, “Did... McDreamy just...take off Meredith’s...panties?!?” I don’t know if she chose him or McVet, but I’ll be tuning in to find out.
Prison Break (Fox): Two words: Wentworth. Miller. ‘Nuff said. I’ll admit I’m a bit skeptical about how this season will pan out given that the Break is now Broke, but the addition of the always great Willliam Fichtner to the cast could be just the boost they need.
Other great shows I could talk about but will save for another day: Gilmore Girls, Nip/Tuck, House, Boston Legal, 24, Weeds...
And shows I had a great summer watching: The Closer, Rescue Me, Saved, Entourage, Brotherhood...also good topics anytime we’re ready...
And finally, here are some new shows getting lots of buzz I’ll be setting my TiVo to record:
Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip (NBC): With the stellar writing team from The West Wing, and all kinds of familiar faces (Matthew Perry, Bradley Whitford), this show has all the makings of a big hit.
The Nine (ABC): Nine strangers are caught in a bank robbery gone bad. Using creative timelines and flashbacks, we’ll relive the 52-hour hostage standoff that ensues. Critics say this has enormous potential. It also has Tim Daly (remember him from Wings?) and Scott Wolf (Party of Five’s Bailey).
Six Degrees (ABC): TV hit maker J.J. Abrams (Alias and Lost are also his babies) executive produces this New York relationship drama, and anything J.J. puts on the box, I’ve got to watch. Campbell Scott and Hope Davis star.
Justice (Fox): Jerry Bruckheimer’s got his prints on this legal/crime drama, which focuses on how high profile cases are now won or lost in the media. It’s slick and pretty, and the last scene each week actually shows you how the crime went down and if the defendant, win or loose, actually did the deed.
Other shows I’m interested in: Heroes, Vanished, Standoff, Brothers and Sisters, hmmm...thank God for TiVo...
So, there we have some food for thought.
Let’s hear it, Bellas: What are you watching these days? What’s the next big show? Who did Meredith choose? What did you think of Tommy Gavin’s relationship with Janet on Rescue Me?
I’ve got all the time in the world...my TiVo’s on...
Encore! The TiVo DiVa will visit monthly to talk Tube. You can write to Linda c/o me at firstname.lastname@example.org.