Usually whenever the topic of television comes up, I’m quick to guffaw and go into a ” I don’t even watch tv anymore” rant. I roll my eyes at the mention of the Hills, and I might actually de-friend someone on Facebook if they mention one of the Real Housewife series in their updates. I have never watched an episode of anything on MTV or VH1, and being a former “almost contestant” on The Biggest Loser- I don’t watch any reality shows about fat people.
In fact I will go ahead and add reality shows about midget families, celebrity families, and families with more than 5 kids to the list of shows that I vow never to set my eyes on.
That being said, this morning on my way to work I decided to take a break from listening to angry Republicans whining about Obamacare, and switched over to Kid Kraddick, which is a rarity for me. I tuned in just in time to hear the introduction of one of their interns, who surprised everyone when he admitted that he keeps up with over 25 television shows. My brain automatically went into defense mode.”25 tv shows? There aren’t even 5 tv shows on right now that deserve my precious attention. Even if the Nielson family offered to pay for grad-school I wouldn’t spend 5 hours a day viewing television.”
They then went on to discuss the Emmy nominations that were announced this morning, starting with the nominations for best comedy series…
30 Rock. The Office…
Cue in my excuses.
“Well what improviser doesn’t watch Tina Fey and Steve Carrel for comedy research?”
“I wouldn’t have started watching them if my old roommate hadn’t rented the dvds”
Flight of the Conchords.
“It shouldn’t count if it’s singing!!”
How I met your Mother.
“Only on tivo!!”
Then onto the nominees for best dramatic series.
Big Love…House… Lost…
As the announcer continued through the various categories I went into a slight panic when I realized that most of the actors nominated for roles were not only familiar to me, but played characters were more like family to me than fictional people in tv land.
It was at this moment that I realized I really do have a problem (well I have way more than one but more about that later.) Now that it’s later in the day, I have been able to gain a little perspective. The first step is admitting you have a problem right? Now I can go on pretending I don’t- and continue coddling this addiction- just like I have all of my others.
And with that I would like to offer my best wishes to the following shows (in addition to the ones previously mentioned) and their various nominations:
United States of Tara, The New Adventures of Old Christine, Sara Silverman, Pushing Daisies, Boston Legal, SNL, American Idol, Intervention, Kathy Griffin: My life on the D list.
And to: East Bound and Down, Summer Heights High, Scrubs, Parks and Recreation, The Tonight Show with Conan O’ Brien, Important things with Demetri Martin, Chelsea Lately, Psych, and Chuck- I will also continue to be loyal to you as long as you continue to be renewed.