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Television is Getting my On-Demand Attention Again

August 24, 2011 Leave a comment

I guess you could say I lost faith in television.  I didn’t trust it.  When it came to sitcoms, I didn’t get it anymore and for a guy who’s easily amused, it has to be really bad for me to feel that way.  When it came to action or drama, I was rarely interested.  So often we see the same kinds of dramatic characters every year maybe with a different police unit, hospital or courtroom.

To be fair, I wasn’t much of a courtroom, hospital or police unit kind of guy anyway.  However, the reoccurrence of these kinds of shows year after year resembled something that many entertainment viewers say today…Hollywood is out of ideas.

And when you’re not a fan of the genres I just mentioned…where do you go?

Fortunately after running away from TV for many years, good shows I didn’t know about have found me in other ways.  They’ve made it fun to be an episodic viewer of SOMETHING again.  Here’s how it happened:

WORD OF MOUTH.  My brother and sister- and-law hounded my wife and I to see a show called The Big Bang Theory for weeks.  My brother especially knew that I would love these characters because I too love Star Wars, superheroes and geeky-themed stuff.

However, I also love the writing, the humor, the actors and the quality of each and every one of them.  Needless to say, my wife and I have seen every episode and are anxiously awaiting the new season.  I actually interviewed Mayim Bialik (Amy Farrah Fowler) for my September 15 podcast and it was an interview I couldn’t wait to do.

AT THE MOVIE THEATER.  I’m sure many of you have those days where you just get out and want to just go see a movie…even if it means getting to the theater and just randomly pick something.  That was me when Ichose to see a movie called Serenity.

What can I say?  I LOVED it!  Then I found out this was an extension of the cancelled Fox TV series, Firefly.  I couldn’t wait to go get the complete set and enjoy these characters again.  This is a show that should have never been cancelled.  It’s brilliant.  It’s sci-fi done right in so many ways.  Nathan  Fillion talks about the fun of getting into that browncoat and holster and you can’t doubt his sincerity.  Captain Mal is as good as they get when it comes to sci-fi coolness and he’s got a great cast and creator to back him up.

ON DEMAND.  To be honest, I was a little late to indulging in on-demand.  After all, I had little faith in TV.  What was I going to watch?  However, I genuinely want to have something to watch.  So, I started searching.  Have I found some really bad shows?  Yes.  More often than not that has been the case in fact.  However, I’ve also found gems like Legend of the Seeker.   No pun intended, but I don’t actively SEEK out dragons, wizards and swords…but I love this show.  The cast is solid.

I absolutely love Bruce Spence’s character, Zedd.  Nobody else could have played that part like him.  I also can’t take my eyes of the beautiful and talented Bridget Regan.

I like my share of Britcoms and I was very pleased to have Netflix introduce me to a cute and quirky little show called The IT Crowd.  Not every show is hilarious, but the characters are fun.  This is especially true of the character named Moss.  I will say there is one episode that was the funniest of the entire run and that was when they go to the theater to see a play called GAY.

Whether it’s on demand, catching it in real time or seeing it on the web, I find myself looking for ways to have faith in television again.  It’s nice to have shows to love and look forward to.  There have been hits and misses along the way, but I’ve really enjoyed the hits.

As a result, I plan on taking my newly renewed interest in TV and see if there are any shows in the 2011 fall season that can make me a fan from day one.

I have to admit, it’s better than avoiding it all together.