Writer’s Workshop: TV? Enh…

So, this week’s prompt is “Write about the fall lineup you’re most interested in watching.”

More interesting than most of what’s on these days.

You know what? I look at what’s being offered by the networks (CBS, ABC, NBC, Fox, MyTV, UPN, etc.) and none of it is especially interesting. A lot of shoot ’em up, gritty TV dramas, insipid comedies, reality shows (including all the “you too can be a star!” programs), news magazines, and I say “forget it.” There isn’t anything on any of the pay services (e.g. Netflix, Hulu etc.) that we want to watch, either.

So, we’re content to watch 60 year old reruns of The Andy Griffith Show, Perry Mason, and The Flintstones, 55 year old reruns of Hogan’s Heroes, 50 year old reruns of Columbo and The Monkees, 40 year old reruns of Wonder Woman and The A Team, and 20 year old reruns of Frasier. It’s become painfully apparent that we are well beyond the demographic the programming people (who decide what does and doesn’t get on TV) care about. I’m just repaying them in kind.

I keep meaning to post this: it explains what everything on the old “Indian Head” test pattern is meant to measure.

None of this is a surprise to anyone who’s read this blog for a few years, of course. It’s like Daylight Saving Time: I complain when it starts and ends, but there’s really nothing I can do about it. So I deal with it. TV still signs off on YouTube, if you want it to…

TV’s over for tonight. Go to bed.

16 thoughts on “Writer’s Workshop: TV? Enh…

  1. I chose this prompt as well….but I’m the opposite of you. There’s so much I want to watch, and I probably won’t get around to watching it all.

    Linky hates me again this week, so I’m still trying to figure my issues out. My post is here, if you get a chance to check it out.

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  2. I’m kind of like you with the reruns. I also watch a lot of films on TCM. I just record anything I want to watch so that I can look at it at my convenience. It’s great that I can also fast forward through commercials if the show has them.

    Arlee Bird
    Tossing It Out

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  3. Yep, I can do without TV, but my hubby can’t. With that said, I did watch the recent NCIS episode with the return of Ziva. I was disappointed because it was just another shoot-em-up show with not much depth. I lost interest in the show since Abby (Polly Paulette) left.

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    1. The show jumped the shark when Cote de Pablo, Michael Weatherly, and Pauley Perrette left and when David McCallum was no longer a regular. The new crowd is nowhere near as good as the old one, and Mark Harmon appears to be losing interest. We lost interest in it early this year. I’d rather watch Andy Griffith.

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  4. I agree. There’s little on the networks I’m interested in with one exception: CBS ran a mini-series called, “Blood and Treasure” that was sort of Indiana Jones.. That was pretty enjoyable. If they do another season, I may watch again. Otherwise I watch the channels showing reruns, like Murder She Wrote.

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    1. It seems like quality was important in the pre-cable days. Now, it’s a matter of filling 168 hours a week as cheaply as possible. If that’s the approach they’re going to take, I’ll watch a channel that is running something I’ll actually enjoy, regardless of when the show was made.

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  5. We canceled our cable this year because no one here watches TV either. I do like watching Netflix on my phone when I think of it, but YouTube is probably where most of my viewing minutes land as well.

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    1. “Cutting the cord” is quite the trend now, where people will cancel cable and get all their TV over the air and/or from a Roku device or Fire stick. We’ve been without cable for a couple of years now, and while it’d be nice to see a Braves game, I really don’t need to: I can listen on the radio old-school style or through the MLB app ($20 a year gets me all 2,430 games, plus spring training and the postseason). There’s more good stuff on YouTube than I’ll ever watch, plus there’s Dailymotion and the Internet Archive, and I have pretty much all the free services on my phone (Roku, Pluto, Xumo etc.) that I keep meaning to watch. Mary occasionally subscribes to Netflix or Britbox, and I have a Hulu subscription that ties in with my Spotify account. We have more TV than we know what to do with, and don’t pay a thing for it.

      If you want to try and get TV over the air, indoor antennas are $20 and up. We got one from Amazon that brings in almost all the stations in the area. And the $100 a month comes in handy…

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      1. Yeah, we cut the cord so that I could step back from my online work to watch Harper a little closer. We were hardly watching any TV so I canceled it and saved us about $150 a month! Pat pays the bills around here, I didn’t even realize we were paying that much for it! No thank you!

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  6. I don’t watch much TV, but I am right now into watching reruns of Designing Women. That being said, I was ready to see Ziva return to NCIS on Tuesday and I’m looking forward to seeing The Good Place tonight. Love that show. Smart and funny— making philosophy mainstream for the first time in memory.

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    1. If they’re bringing Cote de Pablo back to NCIS, they must be in some serious ratings decline. She and Michael Weatherly were fantastic together, but there’s not much chance he’ll come back, too. Maybe for a guest appearance, with the daughter Tony and Ziva had together… I think the show jumped the shark when both of them left.

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  7. I like watching the same channels especially since I don’t pay for HBO, Amazon and all the rest. There seems to be a rise in making evil “fun” as there is a show called Evil and another show about a father who is a serial killer, jailed, and his son trying not to be him…I can do without this. I am goi g to watch the show called, I think, Perfect Harmony, which is on this eve. It looks funny so I will try it.

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