Random is Order

"Creativity is the ability to introduce order into the randomness of nature." ~ Eric Hoffer

TV Time!

on June 20, 2013

I’m seriously addicted to what I can only refer to as fluffy TV. I spend so much of my life working, studying, networking and trying to have a normal home life while still finding time to sleep occasionally that I have very little time for letting my hair down. One of my biggest guilty pleasures is watching nothing but fluff on my rare bits of downtime.

I pretty much DVR everything I watch because: a) I am rarely home, and available to watch TV when something I want to watch is on, and b) I totally do not want to spend my rare TV time on commercials. Roger DVRs a lot of what he watches as well, but his stuff includes things like documentaries and random shows about fishing on the Discovery Channel. While the fishing shows he watches are basically a bunch of guys with foul mouths screaming at each other, the stuff I watch is infinitely worse in it’s own, silly way.

Basically, right now, my portion of the DVR is filled with Pretty Little Liars, Twisted, The Fosters, and copies of multiple Disney Channel half hour comedies. To see this in list form would probably make you think I was a pre-teen or a young adult at the most, but I obviously am not. I watch this stuff because it’s fluffy and I don’t have to think much about it. Plus, it makes me laugh and/or removes me from reality for a short time which is a nice break.

Not everything I watch is teen tv. I do have some high-brow fluff in the form of Downton Abbey, Season 3 to get through. Plus, I love some good reality TV in the form of So You Think You Can Dance, Project Runway and Top Chef. Basically, my requirement for reality TV is that the participants must be able to DO something, or have a skill. Otherwise, I try to avoid the genre. Well, if I’m being honest, I avoid MOST of the genre except for Dance Moms. I justify watching this by saying that I love watching the girls perform, which I do because I think they are all incredibly talented, and so young to be so good at what they do. Having said that, I truly watch it because it’s like a train wreck that I just can’t look away from. I honestly can’t figure out how much of it is staged for the show, and if it’s not staged, why on earth those mothers would expose their children to that type of environment. I understand wanting a talented teacher, but there are plenty out there who are really good at what they do, and who don’t scream at, belittle and play favorites with their students.

Anyway, that’s another topic for another post. In the meantime, I am SO happy that I took some time tonight to de-stress and watch TV after finishing my big group project and finals. On this week’s So You Think You Can Dance, the top 20 was revealed, and I was excited to see that the 6 I pegged for the show at their initial audition made it in. SYTYCD is my favorite summer series, and I both watch and vote religiously. I hate that they are keeping the one-day per week format that they introduced last season, but grateful it’s still around.

My other summer/winter obsession is Pretty Little Liars. I got sucked into this crazy mystery last summer when I watched Seasons 1 & 2 on Netflix, then caught up with 3 as it was being aired. I’ve read the books and know how they end, but the show is an entirely different animal. I just love everything about PLL, and can literally debate it endlessly with friends and co-workers. I have to admit that I’m dying to know who did it all, and I’m loving some of the reveal that occurred at the end of last season/beginning of this one. While I super want to solve the mystery, I don’t want the show to end so I’m mostly OK with the pace. I’m trying to figure out what they are going to do with the Aria/Ezra storyline though, because that whole situation broke my heart. I know it could never happen in real life, but the actor who plays Ezra is just TOO CUTE, and can’t go anywhere so they’ll just HAVE to get back together. 😉

So there you have it. My current summer TV obsessions which I’m sure are going to be quickly joined by The Fosters and Twisted on ABC Family. I’m already enjoying those shows and they are brand new, so it will be interesting to see what happens with them. I’m also super hoping ABC Family renews Bunheads because I love Amy Sherman-Palladino, and thought the show was too cute. I have a whole other set of Fall shows that I love as well, but that post can wait until the season gets a bit closer.

Do you watch fluffy TV? What are YOUR TV Time guilty pleasures? Leave me a comment in the box below, and let me know if you enjoy any of my silly and addictive shows. Blog at you later!

Cheers, Shauna


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