I had written a note to myself to talk about Sunday night television and then Chris Hayes on All In (MSNBC) beat me to it, but I decided I would still get my own whine in.
This is what TV does and we know it; once a few shows prove to be popular on a given night of the week (for a long time it was Thursday) every station piles on and tries to create a show that will tempt viewers away from what they have been watching. It is counter-intuitive, isn’t it, since ratings are so important, for show producers to all create new shows which attempt to compete for the biggest share of already divided ratings which will then be spread out even thinner? I just don’t get it.
Well this is what is happening on Sundays right now. I don’t have a DVR. I have sworn not to subscribe to HBO because I am trying to keep costs down. I watch The Good Wife on Sundays, a frustrating prospect in its own right because The Good Wife is not on at a predictable time. Since it airs after football and/or basketball I have to keep switching channels to find out when the show will actually start. Ridiculous! Would a DVR even be helpful in such a situation?
Now I am placed in a new quandary – Game of Thrones is on Sunday nights at the same time that The Good Wife is supposed to be aired, but it is on at a consistent time, so I would be able to do away with all that annoying channel switching. Of course, it is on HBO; a station I do not have. I sort of enjoy not seeing Game of Thrones because I have read all the books and so I find that when I listen to people’s reaction to Game of Thrones the next day, it’s sort of interesting to see what part of this lengthy saga people are watching. When I read I visualize the people and the events I am reading about. Books are somewhat like movies to me. So I’m torn about Game of Thrones and about HBO.
My only other consideration here is that I love political shows, especially shows featuring comedians who also love politics (especially liberal politics). HBO has Bill Maher and now will have John Oliver. John Oliver took John Stewart’s place on The Daily Show last summer and I learned to enjoy his political commentary. He is nutty, acerbic, and insightful (and funny).
Doesn’t matter, I still can’t bring myself to order HBO. Every time I have done so I have lived to regret it. As soon as you catch up with the original programming (which is only original because you haven’t been watching) HBO becomes like the rest of TV – a great wasteland with a few roadside attractions.
Then why am I conflicted enough to write an article about this. It is about being “with it”, it is about not missing out on a popular phenomenon. It is not necessarily as satisfying to buck the trend as it is to go with the flow. No hating, please, if I should happen to change my mind and place that HBO order.
By Nancy Brisson
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