Monday, August 12, 2013

For Your Viewing Pleasure

By Evelyn David

When I was a teenager, I was a television addict. If there had been a 12-step program, my mother would have sent me to daily meetings. She staged an intervention the day she left the house at 7 in the morning, returned at 10 at night, and it was apparent that I hadn't left my spot on the couch in front of the TV the entire day.

She quietly took in the scene, walked over to the television, and turned it off. Mom was from South Carolina and when under stress, her accent re-emerged in full force.

"I believe you've had enough." Picture one of the women from Steel Magnolias uttering the phrase.

I couldn't imagine what she was talking about. Too much TV? Despite the fact that cable hadn't yet entered the scene, I still had an endless array of choices for viewing pleasure. Soap operas, game shows, dramas, comedies, and of course, reruns, lots and lots of reruns.

I bring up my sordid past because a few days ago the Southern half of this writing duo urged me to watch her very favorite show, Major Crimes. She was pretty sure I'd be interested because it featured actors from Classic TV shows of yesteryear.

I quietly informed her that I didn't currently have a working television in the house (since corrected).

If only Mom, the original Evelyn, could see me now.

The truth is, since The West Wing went off the air, I haven't had any "Must See TV." With the exception of the news, I watch almost nothing in "real time." The DVR, included in my cable package, has made recording shows a snap, even for a non-techie like myself.  Even if I'm available to catch a show when it first airs, I prefer to watch the DVR version. Skipping commercials is worth the wait. Dancing with the Stars is more fun when I can fast-forward through the contestants I can't stand, and focus on what brilliant choreography Derek Hough and Mark Ballas have created. Netflix and Amazon Prime have added to the ease of skipping entire seasons of a show, then binge-ing on episodes over a weekend.

Am I looking forward to the Fall season? A couple of shows have caught my eye. Robin Williams and Sarah Michelle Gellar in The Crazy Ones might be worth a look; I'm hooked on Scandal, and I love a British series, Doc Martin. Any show you suggest I add to my DVR schedule?

Marian, the Northern half of Evelyn David

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1 comment:

  1. Actually, Marian, I also don't have a working TV. Ours will play DVDs, but when they wanted everyone to get the black box to receive HD (or whatever it was), we decided, since we never watched anything but videos, we wouldn't bother.

    When I teach creative writing and students lament having no time to write, even to the point of talking about divorcing spouses, I point out that I gave up TV decades ago so I'd have time to write. I feel as if they all make that sign of the cross that people use against vampires. Then they go back to discussing whether they should divorce so they'll have more time to write.