Television Confessions

I’m hoping someone can come up with something I might find more interesting than professional football.
by Jim Fair | Source:

There are a great many television programs I have not seen and never will.

Looking at Monday’s evening “national grid” I find the following programs that I have never seen and don’t intend to see:

• The Bachelor
• How I Met Your Mother
• The Big Bang Theory
• Two and a Half Men
• Rules of Engagement
• Prison Break
• K-Ville
• Aliens in America
• Chuck
• Journeyman

I know that these programs exist, because I enjoy watching sports on television and they are all advertised – frequently. But the advertisements have not convinced me to watch any of these programs. In fact, they have convinced me the programs are virtually without merit.

We have a rule in our home. You don’t watch television; you turn on the television to watch a particular program. And you need to have a reason for wanting to watch the program that goes beyond, “I think it would be a fun way to waste an hour.”

I’m sure there are readers who would argue that an episode of “How I Met Your Mother” is more entertaining than the Bears versus the Packers. Not me. I would rather watch a sporting event between two hard-working teams, with the outcome undetermined, than a lame sitcom in which every line of writing is tired and predictable. (I’m assuming the actual program is no more interesting than the “highlights” selected for the commercials.)

Watching the prime-time lineup on network television is the video equivalent of going into the library and asking for the comic book section. It is the video equivalent of visiting a fine Mexican restaurant and ordering stale nachos with mild cheese sauce. It is the video equivalent of attending the symphony and requesting an encore on spoons and washboard.

Apparently, I’m not the only person who is less than thrilled by the current crop of prime-time offerings. There appear to be no “breakout hits” this season. And with the writers on strike we can assume there won’t be.

Of course, I don’t like anyone being out of work – especially writers. So I hope the strike gets settled soon. Then, I hope that between the studio heads, writers, directors, actors and wealth of talent in Hollywood, I’m hoping someone can come up with something I might find more interesting than professional football.

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