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What Do YOU Watch Anyway?
by Jay Scott
This week is a little bit off the normal nonsense I write up here. This week I wanted to talk about what I watch and TV weekly and why, and find out what other people like.
Yeah, sounds like a wild time don’t it? So let's put away the ol Hookers and Blow chit chat and talk about some of the things we watch.
I seem to find my taste in television viewing hasn’t really changed in 20 years. I’m not one of those people who droned on over “Friends” or “ C.S.I.” In fact, I have never seen a single episode of C.S.I. Whatever, not for me.
Up until it was canceled, I was pretty religious about “Deadwood.” "Deadwood" is one of those shows where the people and places are dirty, not Disney clean, where it carries and air of subtle misery mixed with the hard reality of the times. It was damn fine TV and I liked every moment of it.
Yeah, I like “The Sopranos” like the rest of the universe, but you can't deny a show that great.
What about the other stuff? Well, I was a HUGE fan of “The West Wing,” not because it was slanted toward my politics, no, because it was smart and clever. That’s why I watch “Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip.” Aaron Sorkin knows his craft, knows how to create engaging shows, and knowing the industry from the inside. That show is A LOT closer to reality than its non-funny or not so clever counterpart, "30 Rock." In fact, I was annoyed the only time I watched "30 Rock." What gives? It's just lame, for lack of a better term.
I you haven’t seen “Shark” with James Woods, you're missing out. James Woods is cool. No matter what he does, he's cool. So yeah, if you wanna watch James Woods be cool and do cool shit, watch "Shark." Woods as a former high end defense lawyer, now working high profile cases as an assistant D.A in Los Angeles is cool. Legal TV isn’t my thing, as I normally stay away from legal shows. This is an exception.
Duhn Dunn. (yeah you gotta say that part out-loud).
Charlie Rose. If your tired of all the fluffy rainbows and unicorn type interviews you see on Leno and the like, this is the show to watch. Charlie Rose really knows what he’s doing and how you do a real interview. Worth it.
"Entourage" is another good show I like. In fact, it makes me want to smack a friend of mine in the head whenever I watch it. Cause if he would have focused, well then I’d be E to his Vince, but the dumbass got distracted. Oh well. I still like the show.
"Friday Night Lights" is another one I like. I am not a football guy either, but I dig this show. I liked the film, and I like the show. It's pretty down and dirty and plays well. It's not some glitzy nonsense, in fact, its pretty much on par with the film. It’s a football show that’s not about football as much as its about the people. Character driven. What can I say, I like it.
"House" is the reigning favorite. I love this show. It's, well, you either like it or you don’t. I can only say that it's great storytelling, it's compelling and well written and the fact that the show is about an asshole that people only tolerate because he's the best at what he does makes it even better. "House" is by far one of my all time favorite programs to watch. I look forward to it each week. So don’t bug me while I watch it, cause it’s the only show I make plans around. If you watch the show you know what I mean. If not, well, you're missing out. Funny thing is I found it by accident after it's third episode. Hooked like a crack addict every since.
So that’s what I watch weekly, for one reason or another. Other than the occasional Nick at Nite re-runs of "Sanford and Son" or "All in the Family," this about covers it. I always wonder what other people like and why. So this is what I like. I wonder if there is a theme in these I am missing.
“Nonconformity; right... I can't remember the last time saw a twenty something kid with a tattoo of an Asian letter on his wrist. You are one wicked free thinker! You want to be a rebel; stop being cool. Wear a pocket protector like he does, and get a hair cut. Like the Asian kids that don't leave the library for a twenty hours stretch. They're the ones that don't care what you think.” -Dr. House.