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My Journey to a Better Place

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Before I explain, let me give you a little background on the situation at hand. I joined this site coming on three years ago, back in 2008. At the time, I watched only two TV shows: House and Bones. A year later, in August, 2009, I watched five: House, Bones, Fringe, Lie to Me, and 24. By August, 2010, I was watching seven shows, having added Psych, Criminal Minds, and NCIS to my repertoire (24 had since ended). This time two weeks ago, I was watching twenty-one TV shows, having picked up fourteen shows in just the past six months. When I had to type up a list on MS Word of all the shows I watched, because I couldn't even remember them all off the top of my head, I realized the situation was probably getting a little unhealthy. Given that, while I was home for spring break this past week, I got together with a friend who has the same problem I do: the tendency to start watching, and usually get hooked on, new TV shows when bored. We sat down with a list of all the shows we watched, and we started crossing shows off the list. I managed to get my list whittled down to thirteen shows on the spot (this is still a big number, but it sounds a lot better when I realized that I used to watch almost twice that), and I'm expecting to drop at least two more shows during summer hiatus, and two shows that may or may not be renewed. Here's what I have so far:

All the shows that I am currently watching:
House
Bones
Fringe
Lie to Me
Human Target
The Chicago Code
Criminal Minds
NCIS
The Good Wife
Castle
Psych
Covert Affairs
Rizzoli and Isles

Of that list, Psych, Covert Affairs, and Rizzoli and Isles air all or the majority of their episodes during the summer, so not when all the other shows are on. Shows that may or may not be back next year include Lie to Me, Human Target, and The Chicago Code. Of those three, The Chicago Code tends to pulling in the highest rating, followed by Lie to Me, and then Human Target (which sucks for me, because I'd like them to be renewed in reverse that order).

Shows that I may or may not watch next year include The Chicago Code, Covert Affairs, and Criminal Minds. Whether I watch The Chicago Code next year depends on how the season ends and how many of my endangered shows get renewed. For instance, if both LTM and Human Target both come back (I'd lay money that this won't happen), I'm not watching it. If only one of them comes back (the most likely scenario, if you ask me), I'll have to decided based on the end of the season.
Covert Affairs depends almost exclusively on how they do this summer. I'll make my decision once the summer season has ended. Criminal Minds depends on which cast members come back. As of now, whether Paget Brewster comes back depends on whether her pilot gets picked up and, correct me if I'm wrong, but I don't believe that Thomas Gibson or Shemar Moore have signed for next season yet. Last I heard, they were still in contract negotiations and not close to signing anything. One cast member loss, I can probably handle, but if we lose any two of those cast members, I'll. more likely than not, drop that show.

That being said, there are two pilots I have my eye on (if I wasn't restraining myself, there would be at least five), though I won't know if either of them are getting picked up until Fox and ABC release their fall 2011 schedules, and one series premier (on Tuesday, actually), that I plan to watch, but I've come up with a new strategy that if I'm not into a show in the first three episodes, I'll drop it on the spot. I'm optimistic that I can keep my TV show count low, relative to what it was. My goal is to get down to ten, but baby steps when it comes to dropping shows I really like.

Anyway, I thought I'd share that with you all, because it's kind of a big development for me, and pertinent to most of my fanpop activity. Kudos if you got all the way though it. Any support would be appreciated. It was all I could do to stop myself from watching the newest episode of Being Human, and it's all I'll be able to do to not watch Eureka when it comes back next season.


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Hi there! I have the same problem that you do. From the time i was 14 until almost 18 i only watched 1 show (24). Then the summer before college started i picked up House and watched that for a year. And just since May of 2010, i have picked up 4 more shows. This of course does not include the sitcoms that i watch (which totals to close to 30. no joke. luckily they are all on re-runs and i dont have to "keep up.")

Soooo....I understand what you feel and how hard it is to drop shows. I have to be careful about it when i see one im interested in because if i like im addicted.

P.S. I also follow LTM religiously and have been praying that it gets picked up again for a season 4. My heart would break as i am a die hearted Callian and couldnt bear them not ending up together....anyways, to get back to the point, don't despair you shall figure it all out and get through it!
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housefrk said:
I loved 24! I miss it. I don't counted it in the shows that I watch though, because it's over an all. Same deal with the short-lived Firefly and New Amsterdam, and CSI:NY, which I stopped watching after season six.

Luckily for me, I've found that I don't get hooked on comedies the way I get hooked on dramas. I think it's because dramas are very character-driven, and the characters are really what keeps me coming back, whereas comedies are really all about the comedy. For instance, I've seen assorted episodes of How I Met Your Mother, Modern Family, and a few others, and while I enjoy them and I'll watched them if I'm bored, I really don't feel a compulsion to ever watch them again.
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I miss 24 a lot too :( And yeah i guess it doesn't count because its not on anymore. There are also shows that i tend to watch like "Criminal Minds" and "The First 48" when they are on television but i dont try and stick with.

I've loved sitcoms since i was really little. However, all the ones that i love are the classics like I Love Lucy, The Addams Family, The Nanny, Cheers, etc. I don't much like any of the modern sitcoms i don't really think they are very funny. I think in those i am more drawn to the silliness where as (like you) i get drawn to the character developments in the dramas. However, i also get really hooked to "couples" in sitcoms as well as dramas.
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housefrk said:
I do enjoy Cheers. I'm a fan of those eighties and nineties sitcoms. I used to love Fresh Prince of Bel-Air and Roseanne, and I was absolutely obsessed with Full House and The Cosby Show for a long time when I was younger. I Love Lucy is good. My favorite is, of course, Seinfeld.
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I love the 80's and 90's ones too :) I like nearly all of them from I Love Lucy up through 1999. I've never actually gotten into Seinfeld tho...but i do kinda like Frasier!
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WARNING! The following comment contains explicit language, and is a long rant about a certain show and network. Please DO NOT read if offended by vulgarity or do not wish to read the angry thoughts of a bitter fan.


I cannot even begin to express my complete and utter rage with Criminal Minds. It seems like CBS picked a show out of the hat to just completely fuck up! Criminal Minds was the poor bastard who got picked. First they fired A.J. Cook, a wonderful but extremely underrated actress. Secondly they reduced Paget Brewster's airtime to only half of what she was used to. She didn't like that very much and decided to leave the show. I don't blame her in the slightest. Then they changed their minds(realized what dumbfucks they were) and told her she could stay on the show for a few more episodes but the damage had already been done. She has been cast in a pilot which depending on if it is picked up by NBC will determine if she comes back to Criminal Minds. Which you already stated. I for one hope the show is a huge success so she can tell CBS to go fuck themselves but then I also know there is a lot of competition for sitcoms which is what the show is going to be. Honestly I'll be happy either way if she stays off of CM good for her if she decides to come back... cool! I do have to give CM props for her exit though it was the best CM episode I think I have ever seen of course I'm a little biased because Prentiss is my favorite character, Brewster is my favorite cast member, and Matthew Gray Gubler, my second favorite cast member directed it. It really was a great episode though with crime, drama, humor, and just so many emotions many of which Paget did an excellent job portraying as Emily Prentiss so for that the show has my applause. On to Shemar Moore and Thomas Gibson, I too will not blame them at all for leaving the show which if that happens... so long Criminal Minds! Supposedly this whole travesty began because of budgeting problems but then they bring on another actress, Rachel Nichols as Ashley Seaver who is a good actress but was not needed on Criminal Minds. I could sit here and write a whole book on the fuck ups that CBS has made in the past year and a half but no one wants to hear that. If I were you I would definitely stick with House, Rizzoli and Isles, Bones, and NCIS because those are the only ones I watch and of course the ones you refuse to give up. So to end this rant I will continue watching Criminal Minds through this season and it really depends on cast changes and whatnot for next season. However to get back on topic congratulations for getting your show count down if that's what you wanted and just think once each has ran it's course you can always catch up thanks to Netflix. If you ever to need to vent about one of the shows we both watch I'm here and will get back to you sooner or later. Happy Viewing!
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housefrk said:
I agree. First off, Paget Brewster had one of the best send offs I've seen. I was sobbing by the end of that episode. It was very, very good. And while I hope she comes back, I really wouldn't blame her if he she didn't. Right now, it's really looking like Criminal Minds might do a repeat of last year's super-stressful NCIS Contract Renegotion Saga (for those of you that don't follow NCIS, last year the contracts for five of the seven series regulars expired and renegotions for three of them ran into June), where everything is just really up in the air. Freaking CBS. I don't want to go through that again. Anyway, we'll see, I guess.

Of the other shows you mentioned, Bones and NCIS are definitely safe, because they're like, in my top five favorite shows. Rizzoli and Isles is safe because I love it (even if it isn't in my top five) and it comes on during the summer. House, I'm mostly keeping for sentimental reasons. I'm not as enthusiastic about it as I was two and three years ago, but it was still my first real show, and honestly, I don't see it lasting more that two more seasons, so I want to be there until the end. Not that I don't still love it, I just don't love it as much as I did in seasons one through five.
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<<<I don't see it lasting more that two more seasons, so I want to be there until the end.>>>

I give House 2 more seasons at the most. I wouldn't be surprised if it ended after next season.
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If I Could Count The Sitcoms I Watch, I Would Never End...
I Really Suggest That You Remove Few Shows, 'cause That Much Shows to Keep up with Could be very Addictive...
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