Friday, October 7, 2011

Pushing the Envelope

With so much to do, writing, revising, brainstorming, swimming in the social media pool (blogging, visiting the blogs of others, tweeting), learning about promotion techniques now so I’m prepared later, exercising to keep the heart healthy, paying government dues, taking care of the mundane things that must be done, and preparing for a transcontinental move, I’m particular about how I spend my free time.

I don’t have cable with 140 channels. I do have iTunes and access to most shows. Some I’m still waiting on like Game of Thrones and the last season of Big Love. As my husband and I cull from the plethora of shows available, we go for variety: sci-fi, drama, comedy. I’ll give a show one to two episodes before making a decision. If I’m really on the fence, then I’ll give it a third chance to hook and win me as a viewer.

The shows that win are smart, fast-paced, sometimes sexy, sometimes funny, but always entertaining.

The shows that are my favorite leave me hungry for the next episode. Throughout the season the writers don’t hold back, they don’t wring every drop from a plot line as if they’re worried their imaginations can’t come up with something new to keep viewers hooked. More importantly, they force the characters to make tough choices and aren’t afraid to kill someone if it makes sense.

My top two favorites for now are:


The Vampire Diaries














and




Sons of Anarchy










One show that had so much potential, but failed miserably: V.


First, they dragged the story out, making us wait too long for the good stuff. TV shows can’t get away with this anymore and neither can a book. There’s simply too much to choose from.

Then V, the little remake that could but didn’t, had the kiss of death--the four to six month hiatus where they expect viewers to patiently wait instead of forgetting about the show and moving on to the next one.

Pushing the envelope is not easy to do, but if done well the rewards speak for themselves with hit TV shows and novels we recommend to our friends because we can’t stop talking about them.



What are you watching that you’d recommend? I’d love to know your favorites.

33 comments:

  1. I can't say that I look forward to anything particular each week. I'll only watch tv if I have absolutely nothing else to do.

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  2. I love that little stamp at the end! LOL I'm watching RINGER on CW and liking it a lot. My favorite "twins switching lives" cliche, but executed very well. I started watching Daybreaker (Taye Diggs - oh baby!) on Netflix. It got cancelled, but I'm liking it.

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  3. Miranda ~ I so admire your discipline :)!

    Jennifer ~ Haven't heard of Ringer. Then again, I haven't heard of a lot. I'll have to check it out.

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  4. Most of my favorite shows are on cable during the summer so I'm actually in my "off-season", but I do have one guilty pleasure that came back this fall...Castle. Love it.

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  6. I don't have cable either, so I'm STILL waiting to watch Game of Thrones too. I think we're the last two people on the planet who haven't seen it.

    You'll laugh, but I'm so hooked on the British series MI-5 (spooks). I've been catching up on Netflix download. I think I'm up to the 2007 season. :D

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  7. LD, I haven't watched Castle, but I've heard good things. I'll have to check it out.

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  8. Prasetyo, thanks! Happy you like it.

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  9. L.G., I think you are right. Everyone has seen Game of Thrones, except for us.

    No laughter. MI-5 is definitely the type of show my husband and I would order on Netflix. It just takes so long to receive in the mail over here, we tend to stick to movies on Netflix :).

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  10. You have to check out Ringer. It's a thriller with lots of twists and I am hooked. Just Google it if you haven't heard anything about it. I watch Vampire Diaries too...the commercials are too long. There's a show on after that called the Circle of Friends?...about witches...it's cute. I am also hooked on Supernatura. Great plot and Sam and Dean are hotties. :)

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  11. Being an officer is tough work at times. But I'm glad you're enjoying it!

    Honestly, I'm not a big TV watcher, Isis. My husband is glued to Sons of Anarchy and I've watched a few episodes. Interesting premise and new secrets being aired--He killed who? And is planning on offing...well, the wife isn't about to let that happen. lolol!

    I like Harry's Law.

    @Laila--I'll have to check out Ringer and hubs loves Supernatural. :-)

    Sia McKye's Thoughts...OVER COFFEE

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  12. V was awful. Made the original series look good. (And it was bad as well, even though I always watched it.)
    Excited for the new season of Psych coming out soon. Started on Person of Interest and like it. Leverage, Burn Notice, and Big Bang Theory are also favorites.

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  13. Ya know, I have cable, but somehow the only thing I seem to watch is CSI, Law & Order and all the others in the series and some documentaries. I'd try for some variety but I need time to write. :)

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  14. I love The Good Wife, but it changed to a different day and time this year so I have missed some episodes. I hate when they do that.

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  15. Laila ~ I have watched Supernatural, but not faithfully. It is a good show with hot actors :). Will definitely check out Ringer.

    Sia ~ Lol! SoA is great show.

    Alex ~ I didn't hate V, I was just disappointed in it. Growing up, I liked the original, but I was X yrs old. Yes, a single digit, but I'm not dating myself more than that.

    Joy ~ I started watching Prime Suspect with Maria Bello. It looks pretty good. Then again, I really like Bello.

    Starting Over ~ Yes, The Good Wife is one of my faves. Hubs and I watched an episode the other night. Strong writing and acting.

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  16. I like a lot of your TV shows, except Sons of Anarchy ... the premise, bikers, puts me off. I didn't like The Sopranos, either.

    I agree with you about the long hiatus between seasons. But it's more than six months! When did the networks decide that 12 episodes constitutes a season? And now, I have to wait a year and a half between seasons of Mad Men? The next Game of Thrones only starts in, what January?

    Did the bankers who caused the subprime crisis get jobs as network programmers now?

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  17. Scott, haha! I refuse to wait that long. For some shows, like Mad Men, I'm just going to wait until the series ends, then watch the entire thing. I know it sounds crazy, but I'm not waiting a year and a half.

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  19. Love Vampire Diaries because Damien always cheers me up. I do not have a current show. I allow myself one show addiction at a time to allow more time for writing and exercise. True Blood has been my summer addition since its beginning.

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  20. Brinda, for some reason I haven't been able to get into True Blood. I know most people love it. Maybe I'll try again. You are wise to limit your TV crack :).

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  21. I agree about V. I enjoy Big Love. If you're into British things at all, I found Downton Abbey very good. Can't wait for the next season.

    I hear you on the little free time thing.

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  22. Love, love, love Sons of Anarchy. My favorite show right now, although I watched the pilot of American Horror Story and was pleasantly intrigued. Poor V, I actually really dug the first series, cheese and all. But I could not get into the new one at all.

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  23. Breaking Bad, Fringe and patiently waiting for The Walking Dead :-)

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  24. Hahaha I like that little quote at the end.

    In our house, we tend to favor comedies and speculative (fantasy/sci-fi/paranormal) type shows. We like Parks & Rec, Community, and Psych for comedy. We also watch Supernatural, Fringe, and other similar shows.

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  25. And Doctor Who, of course. Although this last season left me feeling a little iffy.

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  26. The whole envelope thing cracked me up. I love House, starting to get into X Factor. But you're right about V having the potential. Too bad cause I would have been a faithful watcher.

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  27. I look forward to the show 'Ancient Aliens.' It's on the History Channel every Monday at 9pm--that's in Canada though. Not sure what channel it's on in the US. I find the show really inspiring since I like to write YA stuff with paranormal/sci-fi plots. Cheers.

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  28. M Pax ~ Lot British things. Heard about Downtown Abbey. Will have to get on Netflix.

    Julie ~ The new one was missing something the original had. Totally agree about SoA.

    Sarah ~ My husband watches Breaking Bad. I heard it's good. I need to try it.

    Steph ~ I tried the first season of Parks & Rec and couldn't really get into. We started watching Fringe, but haven't really gotten back into it.

    Donna ~ It did have potential. Could have been good. Too bad.

    Siobhan ~ I haven't heard of Ancient Aliens.

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  29. Haha! That graphic at the end is awesome. I agree on the two episode thing. There just isn't time to waste! I can't say I know anything that is on tv. I'm boring like that. But I did watch the first two episodes of Ringer, and loved it. If I can talk myself into spending more time again soon, I'll watch that.

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  30. Game of Thrones is my FAVORITE. I also like person of interest. My husband watches Son's of Anarchy but told me I wouldn't like it. Maybe I should try it. V was a huge disappointment. I liked the show in the 80's, not sure why.

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  31. I am a HUGE tv junkie - for sitcoms, love love LOVE Modern Family...but then I love reality tv show contests like Work of Art Next Great Artist...these are probably bad suggestions...hahaha but I hope your TV watching is fulfilling! Live long and prosper!

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  32. Let's see, what TV have I been loving lately - Doctor Who definitely, Castle, Ringer, Lost Girl, Covert Affairs, Supernatural, and Revenge.

    Nice to meet you, fellow Campaigner!

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