Wednesday, November 19, 2008

simply character

i watch a lot of television, and i love it. i generally prefer tv over movies. i like the ongoing story of television, when i love a character, i love them. i want to know them. and you can do that with a tv show, you can get to know the characters in depth. i get overly involved with tv shows, in fact i've divorced shows when i've felt that they were being untrue to their characters and sacrificing character development over plot ["dawson's creek" i'm looking at you!]. i'll explain the mechanics of divorcing a show in another post.

anyway, the point of this ramble is that lately i've not been interested in keeping up with my television shows. it seems like there is a dearth of creativity on network tv these days. the shows i genuinely look forward to, those are few and far between, and because they tend to not be mainstream there is the constant threat of cancellation that looms. so it's hard to get invested.

i watch a lot of crap half-heartedly. i even watch some of the critical favorites half-heartedly--i mean i like "pushing daisies" and all, but sometimes it is a little too too much and i can't stand the character of chuck. i keep hoping that ned will just touch her again and put us all out of our misery. but i love the supporting cast, which is why i keep watching. there are so many shows that are like that for me.

i have seven or eight episodes of "heroes" stored on the dvr. at least two episodes of "fringe," and i want to watch them because of my deep and abiding love of the two jj's, but it's hard to get excited about the show. i watch "private practice," "desperate housewives," "brothers & sisters," and, embarrassingly, "90210" in the same uninterested manner.

with the exception of "90210" where i don't really have any excuse or explanation as to why i am still dvr-ing, i mostly watch out of loyalty to a certain cast member or executive producer. but the stories are boring, and the characters, well most of them aren't really that compelling. even "grey's anatomy"--a show i loved, whose characters i loved--has me viewing while multi-tasking because i have lost interest in all of it.

i have lost interest in the characters. that's such a sad truth. when i love a show, when i love its characters, i can't wait for the next episode to air. i want to know more about them. i think about what they are doing when they're off camera, that's how crazy and intense about television characters i can be. but lately, i find myself with better things to do than sitting down for an hour and catching up with network tv.

the characters are boring me. the stories are boring me. and that's the worst thing that could possibly happen. [incidentally, the best thing about the dvr is it's fast forward function, not only can you fast forward ads, you can fast forward through the boring boringness.]

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