It’s been awhile since I’ve done a really shallow entry, hasn’t it? No? Oh, well. Here I go anyway.
Well, we’re offically in the summer TV doldrums right now, but I’m still managing to find stuff to clog up my Tivo. In the new-to-me category, there are House reruns (which we started watching late), as well as various Dr. Phils and Oprahs. And of course there’s Dancing with the Stars, the only show I am truly embarrassed to admit I watch (which, if you read this space reguarly, you know is really saying something). Reno 911! is back, which is fab, but only a half hour a week, as is Entourage, which I am LOVING in its second season. Lisa Kudrow’s The Comeback, also on HBO, is interesting but so far so cringeworthy I have difficulty even watching it. Is it supposed to be funny to feel overwhelming sorry and ashamed for someone? Maybe in L.A. Here, it just makes me sad. I don’t think that’s their intention, though. So I’ll keep watching awhile longer.
Also repulsive but riveting is Blow Out, on Bravo. I watched the first season of it last year, and I have to say this time around Jonathan (the stylist who is the show’s center) is just really hard to watch sometimes. He’s like that friend you have who drives you nuts to the point that you wonder why you’re even in contact with them, and yet you still answer their phone calls. I keep watching, even as I’m rolling my eyes and annoyed. Which I think says more about me than him. So sad, right? Oh, don’t answer that.
There’s also Intervention, which I love but is often too depressing to watch right before going to sleep, although the endings are more happy than not. Last night, we watched the new show 30 Days, which sounds gimmicky but was actually really thought provoking. It’s by the guy who did Super Size Me (which I still haven’t seen…I know! I know!). The idea is that people spend 30 days doing something completely unlike their normal life. The first one was this guy, Morgan Spurlock, and his girlfriend, moving to Ohio to work minimum wage jobs and try to support themselves. It was really interesting, and also just infuriating, to see how much they struggled. The hardest part? Health care. Shocking, right? Watching it, I kept thinking that this show as really the best use of the current reality TV trend: take a hard topic (the working class poor, lack of affordable health care) and present it in a way that people can really quickly understand and empathize. So I recommend it if you’re looking for something new to watch. Since it’s on FX, I bet they’re re-running it pretty often.
Finally, I am working my way through Gilmore Girls season two, and I have to say…I don’t like this Jess person. Am I supposed to? Will I? So far, the whole plotline is bugging me. But I’ll stick with it if you tell me to.
I just read over this entry and I have to say, if I had any doubt, I don’t now: I watch a lot of TV. Even more proof: last night, my husband and I were at Whole Foods standing in the checkout line, and I was having trouble organizing my vegetables. I said something about how I was a mess and he said, “You’ve got to pull yourself up by your bootstraps!” in his best Dr. Phil voice. To which I replied, “What are you thinking?”, and he said, “How’s that working out for you?” I said, “Your family is on fire here!” We were just cracking ourselves up, as we do whenever we get into the Dr. Phil thing, and then I noticed the girl behind the register, who was looking at us like we were completely insane. (Which, if you hang out at Whole Foods at all, is really saying something.) But that’s the thing about watching a lot of a certain show. It’s not just something on the TV: it’s a whole vernacular. Whether you like it…or not.