Too Much of a Good Thing

My grams used to tell me my eyes would bug out of my head if I kept watching TV and reading constantly, and that she wouldn’t be responsible for taking me to the hospital when I went blind.

Well, many years of eyeglasses later, I haven’t had any bugging out episodes yet, but given the way the television landscape has transformed over the last decade or so, I’m starting to think that will happen any day now.

I’m supposed to be editing all the time, but sometimes it’s just so hard to keep going when you know something good is on the tube. And there’s ALWAYS something good on the tube. And no, I don’t mean the mainstream stuff like CSI or NCIS or The Good Wife–though there’s nothing wrong with those shows. I just like things that are a bit more gritty and adult, or I want specfic, so of course, I’m a freak for my cable.

Yes, I can afford cable. I live on a Caribbean island where excellent cable is surprisingly affordable. Go figure.

But I digress.

What I was saying is that recently I feel almost manic in my attempts to keep up with the series I absolutely must watch. It doesn’t help that all the networks have done away with the whole summer break thing and now have excellent summer fare like Longmire and Suits to tempt me with.

I think I consume too much pop culture for my own good. This is what my week looks currently like:

Monday: Ray Donovan, Breaking Pointe, Under the Dome and Longmire. (I love dance because I used to dance, hence Breaking Pointe. I’m starting to reconsider Under the Dome–it’s just dragging along like I feared it would–but you’ll take Longmire from my cold dead hands!)

Tuesday: So You Think You Can Dance, Suits. (If you’re not watching Suits, you must not love witty banter, clever, flawed characters, and legal shennanigans that put LA Law to shame.) I usually mark off Syfy’s Face Off for later in the week.

Wednesday: MasterChef, Law and Order UK, Broadchurch (What can I say? I love food competitions. Sue me.) I mark off Necessary Roughness for weekends.

Thursday: I usually have to find a way around Project Runway and Double Divas, then catch up with Covert Affairs.

Friday:  I’m ashamed to admit I usually catch America’s Next Top Model. What? I like critiquing posing. Anyway, after that, it’s Continuum on Syfy and then I go over to one of the dozens of movie DVDs I haven’t had time to catch up with yet. And don’t get me started on THAT backlog. However, it’s cricket season, so I’m probably catching a match in between shows and at the end of Continuum.

Yes. I love cricket. Deride me if you wish then move along because it has no effect on me whatsoever.

Saturday: This is catch up day. I take in Covert Affairs if I missed it, and Suits, if I missed it, and Food Network Star and Life Below Zero (this show about what it takes to live in Alaska is hugely interesting to me–Sue scares me, but I want that bitch on my island if my ship ever sinks). I will also do random catch ups on shows that I watch online. Currently that means Falling Skies (I haven’t even had time to get around to it this season though), the BBC’s Sherlock Holmes and Torchwood, and I have yet to catch the season finale of Revenge, which I keep forgetting about. At night, I watch the BBC’s Supernatural Saturday line-up, which is currently the final season of Being Human, the British version. I’m sorry but the American version just feels terribly acted and melodramatic to me.

Sunday: Movie day (I watch movies in the afternoon and try to make headway on my DVD collection), and bane of my existence! Why, oh, why does every network schedule everything for Thursday or Sunday when Tuesday and Friday are just begging for shows? In any case, I have to catch Tru Blood, Game of Thrones when it’s on, and Copper.

And that’s just my scheduled viewing. The stuff I watch on DVD or online includes Sons of Anarchy, Breaking Bad, The Walking Dead, Grimm, Justified and I have quite a few seasons of House and Dexter to catch up on on DVD. The stuff that’s on hiatus right now includes Game of Thrones, Hannibal, Revenge, Once Upon a Time, Arrow, Dr. Who etc.

Yes. There is actually an et cetera. *Bows head in shame*

I think I feel my eyes bugging and my grams spinning her grave.

I somehow manage to write and read between this nonsense, albeit much slower than in years past, but I’m focusing right now on editing. My sister laughs at my reading speed, which has gone from 2 to 3 books a week to 2 to 3 books a year, if you discount my historical romance guilty pleasures which I consume ravenously within a couple of days, regardless of when started. But really, I think some of these shows are just too good to waste. I get hooked as soon as I see them and it’s all over.

And don’t get me started on what’s coming, *looks sideways at Joss Whedon’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D)*

It’s definitely great that TV has become this good. But freaks like me are paying the price every day. All the same, I never feel uninspired anymore, so I guess all that pop culture is good for something. Even if it IS too much of a good thing. I’ll just have to divide my time better and have reading and writing as my priority, right?

Sure. I can do that. I can totally do that. It’s not like I’m an addict or anything.

*Bites fingers nervously*

So, please tell me I’m not alone in this. Are you finding television frustratingly good too? Or are you, like one of my friends, convinced the golden age of television and movies is behind us. What are you watching? I know I shouldn’t ask, ’cause I’ll just go look it up and start watching that too, but I really want to know.

Sound off below!

2 comments

  1. Oh lady, I am addicted to televsion and that is why we don’t have one! When we moved to Aussie I was adamant we would not be getting a goggle box, because I cannot stop myself watching it. That doesn’t mean we don’t watch a crapload of stuff though – we download/stream & watch via laptops. The good thing about this is that you watch when you have the time to watch, which might mean several weeks of episodes consumed eagerly in one mammoth session, and I don’t find myself sitting in front of the TV watching just whatever the hell is on (Because that’s what I do. It doesn’t matter what show it is. I’ll consume it because it’s there).

    Breaking Pointe, eh, very interesting *makes note* I like dance shows.

    I watch on a regular basis How I Met Your Mother, Criminal Minds, Mad Men, The Killing, Walking Dead, and Greys Anatomy. Almost all of which are currently on summer break, which has been good for my productivity. Also just started watching The Great Australia Bake Off (who doesn’t love cake disasters and snarky judges?!) and have seen a couple of episodes of what seems like an utterly ridic reality show called Capture, which owes much of its genesis to The Hunger Games, and shows promise. Am like you am eagerly awaiting Agents of SHIELD!

    1. I am EXACTLY the same. I can find something interesting to watch on the TV once it is on, no problem. My evenings are planned out to a T, and I usually get my writing done before my viewing, or it doesn’t get done.

      I can’t tell you how many times I’ve done the marathon thing. My sister and I once woke up at 5:30am on a Saturday to watch every episode of the BBC’s Being Human up till the start of the new season that night at nine. We prepared our meals from the day before, and come 6am, till 10 that night, we watched the entire series run to that point.

      I will never do that again. I was exhausted when we were done lol. But it was the only way to make sure we saw it all before we jumped in.

      Thank god for my DVD collection now. At least I can put it off until I have time. I have the first 5 seasons of Mad Men to put in eventually, and I’ve been wondering if to try The Killing. I got a bit turned off by the reviews for the first season.

      I saw the ads for Capture and decided to pass on it’s obvious copycatness. But I LOVE MasterChef Junior from Australia. My other great love in reality shows is competitive cooking shows, so I’d probably be watching the Bake Off if it was available here lol.

      When it comes to dance shows, I watch them all, but none comes close to So You Think You Can Dance. I never miss that!

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