My TV viewing habits have had to radically change since having kids. Time is precious and I can’t follow as many shows as I’d like. So for me, every new TV season is like playing Russian Roulette (but with a slight less probability of gruesome death). Tivo only compounds this problem by allowing you to collect new shows like baseball cards. The hard drive soon becomes like a giant “to-do” list, providing more hours of programming than I can cram into a week. (These blogs don’t write themselves, you know.) My OCD acts up and I get all stressed out about having to watch everything I’ve recorded.
So at the beginning of each new TV season, I need to pick and choose my shows very carefully. It’s like eating at a good restaurant. I don’t want to fill up on bread and not have room for the main course. Making a commitment to watch “Knight Rider”* means I won’t be able to enjoy “Mad Men.” By the way, I got tired of the gasps and disappointed nodding everyone gives me when I say I’m not watching “Mad Men” so I tuned in to an episode. Turns out, unless you’ve watched it from the very beginning, you’re not going to think it’s the best show on television. Considering it took me the better part of a year to catch up on “Battlestar Galactica” on DVD, and that was when I had one kid, I don’t foresee being able to devote enough time to dive into another show now that I have two.
It’s with a sigh of relief when I hear about shows being canceled that I have chosen not to watch. “My Own Worst Enemy”, “Pushing Daises” and “Dirty Sexy Money”, we hardly knew ye. I’m sorry if you’re a fan of these shows. But to me, their cancellations means that I’ve chosen wisely.
Now if I could only add another few hours to the day, I might be able to watch “The Shield.”
*For the record, I am not watching "Knight Rider."