Squeezed in Some “Secret Life” Today

Secret Life Cast

I tried to keep the TV off today (so I could get my bonus/huge sense of accomplishment), but my monkey brain wanted something to entertain itself in the background while I was paying bills & reading emails and I was curious to know what the kids on the “Secret Life of the American Teenager” were up to.   It’s such a strange little show on AMC Family.  The general themes are teenage pregnancy, teenage sex,  relationships of teenagers with each other and with their parents.  It is all wrapped up in a”Disney” type,  politically correct/liberal family show with some very corny comedy mixed in.  Everyone (teenagers and adults) are wiser and more open than anyone on planet earth.   They do stupid stuff , but they also seem to know why they are doing it and how to fix it and then they all analyze it and talk about it excessively.  I think the point is to show parents and kids talking about sex and their relationships like it is no big deal so real life people will start talking more and stop making stupid mistakes….but those girls do keep getting pregnant.  The characters really are more endearing than I have suggested, which is why they are in my TV family, but it has been relegated to a Tier 2 show.  So I don’t get my bonus this week but I did get to “half watch” Amy and her friends go to some bar in NYC called Pajamas (in their Pajamas and it looked more like a Disney set than a bar), Ricky sleep with some random teenager (we don’t see the sex, just a little bit of kissing in bed.  The rest is implied) and then text a picture of his baby to his baby mother who was at the bar called Pajamas, and Grace’s new guy try to get in to her pants by suggesting a “dance your pants off party”.  (Side note, Grace’s mom – not shown above – always looks quite stylish).

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Rubicon: I want to like it but…

I really want to like Rubicon, but so far I am mostly bored or confused.  Maybe it is all over my head…

My thoughts after episode 3:  If you were going to leave a bunch of clues for someone to find because you thought you might be killed,  would you really be so elusive?  You are already dead.  “They Hide Out in Plain Sight”?  What is that?  A code that includes stuff that is totally irrelevant so you know you decoded it?  Is that a common code tactic?  I would have no idea but seemed like a stretch to me.   And who would take apart and entire motorcycle before noticing the seat is ripped and has a piece of tape over it?  Not someone who knows that bear recycle their waste when they hibernate!  Very confused by the odd relationship between the short creepy boss guy and the  wimpy office spy lady.  It seemed like she might hate him, but then she picked him to talk to about her scary ex-husband…that was just weird. I could go on..

My thoughts after Episode 4:   It is touted at the best episode yet, but I was mostly bored.  Is the point that espionage is boring and not that glamorous? That decisions about life & death are made over doughnuts with incomplete information (how many times did they say that?).   The briefcase thing seemed like it was trying to be funny, but it wasn’t.  Same with the MILF joke.   The Acela to DC does not leave from Grand Central.  I know Penn Station is ugly, but that was just wrong.

Some positive notes…The show is visually appealing.  This James Badge Dale guy (aka Will) is adorable.  Digging the FiDi location near the Seaport.  Still can’t figure out where Will lives…he appears to  walk home from work.  Must be Brooklyn somewhere.   Seems like the characters are starting to develop it is just so SLOW!!!!

I love the idea of it all..so I will hang in there but I my excitement is waning…

The 10 Hours of TV/Week Plan

I must admit, I am starting my “10 hours of TV a week plan” on an easy week.  SYTYCD and the Bachelorette just ended.  (Guilty pleasures that suck up a lot of TV time.)  The fall TV season has not started yet so things are pretty quiet on the TV front for my kick-off.  Here are the rules:

  1. I am allotted 10 hours of dedicated TV watching time per week. This is 10 hours in actual time which means about 13 hours of scheduled programming.  (fast forwarding through commercials of course)  Dedicated TV time is time when I am mostly focused on the TV and it is not just on in the background while I am doing something else.
  2. DVD TV shows  DO count towards the 10 hour budget. Shoes on Hulu (which I rarely use) would also count towards the budget.
  3. Weeks start on Sunday. Unlike my childhood (Love Boat, Fantasy Island, BJ and the Bear, etc) there is nothing worth watch on Saturday.  So in my world, the TV week starts on Sunday.
  4. I get bonus points for ONLY turning the TV on for my dedicated TV watching time. I did it this weekend and it really helps quiet the mind (I suck at meditating so this was as close as I have gotten..silence).  Right now the bonus is just a HUGE sense of accomplishment and a quieter mind.  Perhaps I should come up with a real reward for myself…..
  5. TV watching at the gym or in a bar does not count. These are clearly social and health related activities where TV is totally allowed.

Until I get bored of it, I will post my selected “13 hours of scheduled programming”  in the cool text widget on the sidebar.  Notice that this week I am catching up on some stuff I am behind on AND I am going to try to squeeze in Dexter Season 4 (just released on DVD) before the Fall TV season starts.  I should qualify that I don’t have Showtime (in an attempt to minimize my TV watching..hah!)  so I am behind on Dexter, Weeds, and Californication.  All great shows that I hope to catch up on eventually.

Tales of a Recovering TVaholic

I love television and I watch a lot of it. Why is this a problem, you ask? Because I am not living up to my potential as a human being and as long as I am planted on the couch watching Big Brother and Mad Men, I won’t. It would be nice to have a relationship like Tami and Coach Taylor’s instead of just watching theirs. And what am I left with when my friends on the Island flash sideways and leave me? I have a lot to give the world. The Real Housewives of New Jersey do not need my Nielsen vote.

Now don’t get me wrong, I don’t plan on completely cutting television out of my life. That would be crazy.  I love it too much.  My goal is to cut back to 10 hours a week and spend more time on other things like interacting with other human beings, learning cool new stuff, and giving back to the universe. This may still seem like a lot of TV for some, but when you have watched every episode of every season of as many shows as I have, this is quite a feat. I need to keep tabs on Sookie Stackhouse and am quite curious to see how Rubicon unfolds, but I also really want to read the “Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” and save the world.

Why am I blogging about all of this? I am hoping that if I share my television reduction plan with all of you, it might help me stick to it.  And I have this theory that if I am committed to blogging about my life, maybe it will inspire me to make my life more interesting.  I would also love to share my thoughts on the shows that stay in the rotation (because let’s not forget, I do love television), and on life in general. And of course, it wouldn’t be a blog if I was not curious to hear your thoughts on my thoughts, so bring it on….

PS: I have already achieved my goal of not turning the TV on at all today by spending my Saturday night learning how to blog. The momentum is building.  Can you feel it?