Brace yourselves guys, here comes a bombshell:
I am thinking about quitting television.
Because if there is good stuff I’m missing, I will reconsider this whole restructuring of my life thing. Otherwise, it’s lights out once all those shows are off the air. (Which I assume will be in 2026, when Gracie Bell Taylor graduates from East Dillon High in 2026).
Calm down calm down calm down calm down let’s not get all CRAZY! First of all, that's not entirely true. I don’t so much want to quit TV as substantially cut back. Secondly, while I know that about 85 percent of this blog is devoted to television, Red is the unquestioned TV maven around here. My life choice won’t have much affect on GitW.
I also plan to continue watching some sports, and major events like the Oscars. I will not be casting my television into the street and living a barren existence completely devoid of its warming glow.
The thing is, there are lots of things I want to do – books I want to read, movies I want to see, songs I want to learn to play, stories I want to write, and a few other things that involve actually getting off my butt – and I never seem to have the time for. I’m never sure where the hours in my day go. I suspect more of them are spent zonked in front of Office and Seinfeld reruns than I realize.
I have about ten shows that I consider “my shows:” Mad Men, Lost, Breaking Bad, Big Love, True Blood, Friday Night Lights, and the four Thursday night comedies on NBC. One of those is ending soon, and the others are all on at different times of the year. I could conceivably only have one or two designated TV nights a week. Then, as those shows are all eventually cancelled, I’ll try to avoid finding new ones to replace them.
OK, here is why I am bothering you guys with this glimpse into my shamefully dull personal life. (I do, as usual, have a (lame) reason). I need to be told if there is anything I am missing. Aside from that list of “my stories,” are there things on TV that I simply MUST be watching and come to think of it, why AREN’T I watching them, and you’ve kind of just lost respect for me upon finding out I’m NOT watching them?