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  •  Except for DWS, does anyone watch ABC (2+ / 0-)
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    •  I don't even watch DWS (2+ / 0-)
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      That show's producers love them some Palin.

      I do watch "Modern Family".

      ...being a bully was normal, average, status quo behavior for him. And no one remembers an average day.--kos

      by dwayne on Sat Oct 06, 2012 at 01:19:06 PM PDT

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    •  I have the TV shows mapped out... (0+ / 0-)

      Then I signed up for Hulu and put them on the Favorites so they'd end up in my Queue when new shows come on.  Hulu has ads, but not for nearly as long as conventional TV during commercial breaks, and I mute the damned things.  I watch all of them on my laptop, with earphones so there's no uneven volume from stupid ads to annoy any neighbors who might be awake in the middle of the night.

      I watched Rookie Blue on Thursday evenings on ABC over the summer.  One hour of TV per week, plus sometimes weather/news if skies looked glowery and gloomy and like a storm was headed this way.  The rest of the lineup was reality crap.  I hated the ads for those shows as an insult to my intelligence; why on earth would I actually waste my time watching a reality show?

      My Hulu Queue has:

      The Daily Show with Jon Stewart
      The Colbert Report
      Royal Pains
      Law & Order: SVU
      Animal Hospital
      The New Normal

      My Favorites on Hulu also includes Vikings: Journey to New Worlds since it's still part of their lineup, and while I'm not sure if Body of Proof is coming back again or not, it's still marked in the Favorites file and will show up in the Queue to watch if it comes back on the air again.  Ditto Endgame, which was a Hulu exclusive and only made for one season; I've watched the whole series and hope more shows are made.  I've also watched BBC series that come online all at once like Doc Martin, Kingdom, The Chamomile Lawn, and a few other things still in the Favorites lineup in case shows are added.  Downton Abbey is on Hulu in the paid section.  If it comes to the unpaid section, I'll watch it.

      One day I went through Hulu's movies menu and found some "Moldie Oldie" movies and added them to my queue, so if/when I decide to take time away from genealogy research I can watch an old movie or two.  (Most of the movie titles are really bad and things I've never heard of from foreign countries, but there are occasional gems.)  I have occasionally watched movies on Hulu that had deadlines for being free to watch (like Frida, for instance), so I've caught a couple of good things.  [Altho I must admit, I liked Hulu's old home page design much better than the current one.]

      My other alternative TV/Movie channel is, oddly enough, YouTube, and they don't break for stupid ads like Hulu does.  They've started presenting shows in their entirety with no breaks, so I've caught some nifty things like PBS series 'Secrets of the Dead' and some Nature shows, etc., as well as a few movies and full shows of Eurovision from many years (they're like two hours+ each for certain shows, altho the individual acts are also on YouTube for about three minutes each since each one has a time limit).  I've also watched various educational things from the BBC series of shows on Vikings, Anglo-Saxons, Celts, and the like.  I'm a huge fan of history, anthropology, archaeology.  YouTube is getting much better, in other words.

      IF/When the talent-less non-dancer daughter of the Tundra Tramp is ever kicked off DWTS, I may watch - online if not on TV - at least if someone tones down the flashing background lights that hides the dancers (I want to see whether or not Gilles Marini gets anywhere this time; the virginal gymnast with the spoiled brat attitude and unpleasant personality beat him last time, but I don't know why because she's not a good dancer).  Bringing Daughter of Tundra Tramp back was a HUGE mistake of astronomical proportions.  She is neither a dancer nor a "star." Name one thing that makes her a "star" of anything; poor girl is a prop in her mother's soap-opera life.  Like her talentless mother, she's a media-created creature the teahadists hope will magically transform into some kind of personality or develop some kind of talent..., meanwhile, she has zero charisma, zero talent for anything, and does not qualify to be on DWTS if one goes by dance ability alone, not to mention the fact that she totally lacks the other quality in the title of the show: "star;" genuine "stars" for other reasons, but who have no dance ability, get kicked off right away, so the only reason Daughter of Tundra Tramp stays on is the Teahadist votes.  [I utterly refuse to call them by their names; I want their names forgotten to history and wish media were as silent with their names as they are with the names of people who actually deserve to be mentioned for far more valid other reasons.]

      I don't know if Hulu's paid section has ads or not..., but I have an unbreakable rule:  If I have to pay to receive ads, then I don't subscribe to cable and I don't pay web sites to get entertainment I can technically do without; my secondary unbreakable rule is no package deals with 400 sports channels and five channels with shows I might actually watch.  I loathe ads that much, yes.  I loathe sports even worse than ads.  [Anyway, how many channels can ONE person watch?]

      If cable wants my money, the only acceptable selling points are: I get to pick and choose the channels.  No Ads (especially those that blast me with a volume that nearly breaks my ear drums), No Sports.

      Otherwise, I was born in an era before TV, I find silence to be soothing and contemplative, and it's great for meditating or for reading, so I'm not one of those people who can't live without TV noise in the background.  In fact, after holidays started including football on TV, I quit attending family gatherings.  I remembered the great gatherings when I was a kid and our parents told stories of childhood antics that made us laugh so hard we had sore stomach muscles for a week afterward because of that family laughter, and having three men who were losing their hearing needing the TV volume up so loud it covered normal conversation, especially when ads came on, gave me a horrible headache with stress levels that peaked at high, so it wasn't worth attending family gatherings and putting myself through all that.  I relax at home and enjoy solitude by reading or doing genealogy research or even napping, and my stress level doesn't spike my blood pressure.  The noisiest I get is sometimes listening to music at an acceptable level on ear phones.  Very relaxing.

      In other words, I can live without television.  I like a good drama (Revenge is quite good; I fell in love with the show and the plots right away), or a good comedy (Animal Hospital is a new show and very funny), but there are multiple forms of entertainment that I enjoy, so TV is not necessary.  Out of an hour show, only some 40-41-42 minutes are show; the rest is ad time...!  Ugh.  SO much could go on during that ad time if that 20+/- minutes had more programming and zero ads....

      I'm sick of attempts to steer this nation from principles evolved in The Age of Reason to hallucinations derived from illiterate herdsmen. ~ Crashing Vor

      by NonnyO on Sat Oct 06, 2012 at 11:35:29 PM PDT

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