I've been mulling this post over in my head for quite some time now, and today I'm finally ready to put the words down.
Let me start by saying that my favorite night of television is Wednesdays on ABC. I love The Middle, The Goldbergs, Modern Family, and black•ish. Especially the first two shows. It seems like each week, when those shows end, I say--out loud--"Oh! I love this show so much!" A couple of weeks ago, The Goldbergs had a "behind-the-scenes" episode and they mentioned how the first two acts are funny and then the third act will have a tender moment that gets you emotional. It's a formula, but it works for me. The Middle follows this same pattern, so really, when I'm saying, "Oh! I love this show so much!' there are usually tears in my eyes as I say it.
There are other great shows on that I just love every time I watch them--these currently include Veep, The Good Wife (which, sadly just ended), Brooklyn Nine-Nine, and The Grinder.
Watching TV consumes my time, and I know I watch WAY too much TV. And lately, I've been taking note of the fact that there are plenty of shows I watch out of habit or loyalty, that I really don't enjoy that much. I don't end each show saying, "Wow! That was great." And often, I'm moaning and groaning about what's going on. These shows build up on the Tivo, which is a sign to me that I'm not all that anxious to watch. The shows I love, I watch immediately.
With all this in mind, I'm starting to eliminate shows that I'm just not enjoying that much. I already deleted Gotham. I think after Jada Pinkett left, it just wasn't as interesting. When it was gone for winter break, I didn't miss it, and when I saw that it was on again, I let 2-3 episodes build up on the Tivo and I realized, you know what? I really don't need to watch that, and I deleted the season pass. The same exact thing happened with Empire. I really enjoyed the first season, but then it just started to get too soap-opera-y, and I realized I was no longer interested.
Things came to a head today (and this is what prompted this post) when I was watching this week's episode of The Blacklist. It was on for about 20 minutes, and I realized, I couldn't care less about what was happening. It was dull and I miss Red and Liz's interactions. I'm not convinced that she's really dead, but I'm not going to spend one more moment waiting to find out. I stopped the show, and said, "That's it. I'm done." Deleted.
I've got some other shows that need to up their game, or they're going to be dropped too. Nashville comes to mind. Oh god--the drama is so bad and repetitive, and again, too much soap opera stuff. Then there's Gray's Anatomy, although this week got interesting, so we'll see what happens. I'm going to drop Madame Secretary now that The Good Wife is gone. I really only watched it because it came on between 60 Minutes and The Good Wife.
Meanwhile, this summer I'm looking forward to So You Think You Can Dance, though I'm not sure about the twist with young kids. We'll see.
Speaking of young kids--Little Big Shots has been a joy to watch. It's a nice way to end the weekend and head off the Monday blues. (Even though I don't really suffer from Monday blues anymore now that I'm in a new job I like, but still.)
It feels good to clear this clutter off of my Tivo. It's freeing up time so I can work on the clutter in the rest of the house!
UPDATE: Just saw that I'm not the only one ready to drop Nashville. ABC is dropping them too--now I don't have to make that decision. I'll go ahead and finish out the last three episodes and then it'll be done.
UPDATE 2 (5/16/16): Now I just heard that Jada Pinkett is coming back to Gotham tonight. Sorry Gotham. You're too late. I won't be back.
UPDATE 3 (5/24/16): AND, I was right about Blacklist! I'm still not going to keep watching though. Too little, too late! Oh and The Grinder was cancelled. That one upsets me.