Train Crash TV

I am still managing to stick to my New Year Resolution of only watching worthwhile TV. I fall off the bandwagon occasionally, but try to stick to the resolution, because I feel it is worth it. Anyway, the result of whatching these different TV shows, often back to back is that you see the differences between the watching experience:

Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip
Is a glorious, life affirming experience that wants to make me a better, smarter person. And was the cause of the post I want to live in TV land
What About Brian
Reminds me of a shambles of a group of friends that I know called the Strollers
Heroes
Is kind of cool and I can’t help but watch it even though it doesn’t give a warm buzz I keep watching it.
Dirt
Is an apt name for the show. Courtney Cox is completely unlikeable as the lead actress (and she blew guest star Jennifer Aniston off the screen), the show is completely unsuitable to watch with your parents (or your kids) and it focuses almost entirely on the seamy underbelly of Hollwood.And yet I have been entirely unable to switch it off. Part of this is due to an outstanding performance from Ian Hart but beyond that I have no idea why I have been able to turn it off.

Which is the reason for the title. I have never witnessed a train crash, but apparently we can’t look away. Which is what I found with Dirt. I don’t really want to watch it, but I can’t not. At least the first season is done now and I can find something else to watch. Any suggestions? Anyone?

I want to live in TV Land

Yes we are a long way behind, but UK terrestrial TV is just getting around to showing some of the ‘better’ US TV shows from the last season: Heroes, Dirt and my personal favourite: Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip.

I just wish that I could be that smart when I talk and my problems could be captured in a neat little 48 minute episode

Simplification of Evil

Truly amazing the junk one can watch on hotel TV. Especially if in a foreign country and with limited channels. So last night I finished up watching ‘Charmed’ which was a show about 3 witches. Anyway, they ‘chose’ to be good until put under a spell at which point they ‘chose’ to be evil.

Which made for great TV but got me to thinking: No-one decides to be evil. They simply pursue a course of action that to others appears to others to have negative consequences for many people (often those consequences include death, but only in a nice, funny, turn into ice and the melt way. At least that is how it appears on TV).

So setting people up to choose to be evil just seemed facile. Making them decide to do things and damn the consequences for everyone else- that is much more fun. And true to life.

 But then it was a show about witches, so maybe I am reading too much into it.

New Year Resolutions

Many people make New Year Resolutions: Give up smoking, Get Fit, Go on a diet. Most times these resolutions last for a few hours, days or sometimes even weeks. This year I made a resolution that I have pretty much been able to keep: Only watch worthwhile TV. To aid me in this endeavour I have a PVR (TiVO) that I program and then only watch the recorded TV. This saves time (skip the adverts) and means that I can compare some different, high (IMHO) quality shows. So the recorded shows include

  • Weeds
  • Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip
  • Heroes
  • Dirt
  • What About Brian
  • Life on Mars
  • Sensitive Skin

And you know what, it is working. Live is good. And if I don’t stick to it, I feel bad.