Saturday, January 21, 2012

Welcome to Feeding My TV Addiction

I've got a blog about books I'm reading over at thewriteaspirations.com, but I decided that I wanted a separate place where I could talk about what I'm watching on TV.  And so here we are.

By way of introduction, let me tell you a little bit about myself and my television watching habits.  I'm 29 from Long Island, NY.  I had all but stopped watching television when I was in college.  I had had a couple of shows I'd gotten into after I graduated in 2006, but it wasn't the end of the world if I missed an episode.  Then, when I got laid off from my job in 2008, I passed the time by watching a lot of television via Netflix.

I started with Bones and Chuck, eventually added 30 Rock and a zillion other shows.  I've cut back a bit since the height of my television watching, as I'm currently trying to read more.  Still, as an aspiring writer, I don't want to close off avenues of opportunity that might be available to me.  And, although I'm not exactly begging to pick up and move to Los Angeles, I might enjoy writing a spec script now and again, or at least learning to do so.

I work nights for a small web-hosting firm in Manhattan, and so 99% of my viewing is time-shifted, which is to say, after it has aired on television.  While this will mean I'm chiming in with thoughts long after paid television critics (who may have gotten a preview of the episode before it aired) published their thoughts, I've decided the hell with it and I'll chime in with mine.

I'm going to attempt to post regularly with at least one weekly roundup post about what I've watched (or neglected to watch) in the past week.  This will likely be published on Friday or Saturday, as those are the days I have off from work.

Here's a look at shows I might cover based on what's currently sitting on my DVR waiting to be watched:

Doctor Who:  If I'm recalling correctly, I caught on to this show just as the sixth series began on BBC America this past year.  I breezed through the six series like a madman and, though it wasn't love at first sight, I've fallen hard for this show.  You can be certain that when Doctor Who returns this autumn, I will be covering it regularly.

Archer:  This fun half hour comedy on FX is always good for a respite from anything you've got going on.  I'm glad that it's back and may have something to say about it now and again, but probably not every week.

Justified: Another fantastic show from the folks at FX.  I'll admit I'm at least two seasons behind.  I caught the first season on Netflix via disc, but between Netflix's separation of discs from instant watch and the inconvenience of having to watch a tv show while waiting for discs to come in the mail, I kind of fell off with it.  I've committed myself to catching up one way or another; I'll likely pick up the show on iTunes or DVD.  I set a season pass on my TiVo for the current season so that I won't fall behind.

White Collar:  Another great show from USA Network.  I've fallen behind on this one, though I'm not sure how much.  Being a native New Yorker, I love that this show is shot in and around NYC.  Add in a great cast and story lines and you've got a winning combination.

Downton Abbey:  I've caught the bug and fallen in love with the characters over at Downton Abbey.  I recently devoured all seven episodes of series one and eagerly await each episode in the current series airing on Masterpiece Classic on PBS each week.

Eureka: SyFy Network's charming show about a town full of geniuses and a former Everyman U.S. Marshall who becomes the town sheriff has become one of my all-time favorite shows.  I both look forward to and dread the final season which will air this summer on SyFy.

A Game of Thrones: The HBO drama based on George R. R. Martin's epic series, A Song of Ice and Fire.  I've seen one or two of the episodes of the first season, and it's fantastic.  I would have kept up with it were it not for the fact that every time I considered sitting down and watching an episode, I would feel a twinge of guilt that I hadn't finished reading the books.  Well, it's taken months but I'm all caught up and ready to dig into this series.

That's just a sample of the television I enjoy watching.   There are more shows I haven't mentioned, and I'm sure as new series are introduced and others either end or are cancelled, there will be a rotating cast of characters for me to muse on each week.

Stay tuned.