Wednesday, September 4, 2013

DanielleTBD's Incredibly Small Television Schedule (aka When Watching "For Work" No Longer Exists)...

Over the weekend a friend of mine was asking me for my fall preview recommendations, and because I was justifying why a lot of shows "weren't that bad," he said, "Put it this way: tell me the shows you would watch if you didn't write about television but could just enjoy the medium as a fan." It shouldn't have stopped me mid-speech, but it did. See, when I first started blogging, I decided I didn't want to write about shows I didn't think had value or added something to the landscape. So if I didn't like a show or thought it was really poorly done or outdated, I would just ignore it. But as the years have gone on, and I went from contributing to sites "on the side" to freelancing full-time, what I covered changed just as much as how I covered TV did. Some shows I personally loved would do terribly (traffic-wise) when I wrote about them, so I wouldn't spend that much time on writing about them after awhile. Other shows I could take or leave would explode any time I touched them, so I found myself lingering more there than I originally intended to. But I'm in a position now where I'm only really writing for one outlet these days, and what I do there is part-time at best. After having canceled my Time Warner Cable earlier this summer anyway, I am watching television differently as it is. I have given in to what is fun and only what is fun. The second a show annoys or bores me, I am willing to cut it off, with no remorse. I don't have to see things through just out of loyalty. There are not enough hours in the day, and honestly, I'd rather spend my free time with friends or my dog or out in the sun or reading (oh glorious reading!) than something that makes me roll my eyes and/or cringe.

So posed with the "What shows would you watch even if you never had to watch anything "for work" ever again" challenge, I have created my 2013-2014 television schedule. The results may surprise you.

(Anything with an asterisk means a show I was not completely sold on by the pilot but will give until episode three to stay on the schedule. So this may shrink down even more in a few weeks.)
  • 8 p.m. - Once Upon A Time (ABC, returning September 29); The Amazing Race (CBS, returning September 29)
  • 9 p.m. - The Good Wife (CBS, returning September 29); Homeland (SHO, returning September 29)
  • 10 p.m. - Resurrection (ABC, starting March 9 2014); Crisis (NBC, starting 2014)
  • 10:30 p.m. - Hello Ladies* (HBO, starting September 29)

  • 8 p.m. - Hart of Dixie (The CW, starting October 7)
  • 9 p.m. - The Following (FOX, returning January 2014)
  • 10 p.m. - Hostages (CBS, starting September 23); Teen Wolf (MTV, returning January 6 2014)

  • 8 p.m. - The Biggest Loser (NBC, returning October 8)
  • 8:30 p.m. - Brooklyn Nine-Nine (FOX, starting September 17)
  • 9 p.m. - The Goldbergs* (ABC, starting September 24); Supernatural (The CW, returning October 8); About A Boy (NBC, starting January 2014)
  • 9:30 p.m. - Trophy Wife (ABC, starting September 24); The Mindy Project (FOX, returning September 17)
  • 10 p.m. - Lucky 7 (ABC, starting September 24); Awkward (MTV, returning October 22)

  • 8 p.m. - Arrow (The CW, returning October 9)
  • 9 p.m. - Modern Family (ABC, returning September 25); The Tomorrow People* (The CW, starting October 9)
  • 10 p.m. - Top Chef (Bravo, returning October 2); It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia (FXX, returning September 4); American Horror Story: Coven (FX, starting October 9)

  • 8 p.m. - The Vampire Diaries (The CW, returning October 3); Parks and Recreation (NBC, returning September 26)
  • 9 p.m. - The Crazy Ones* (CBS, starting September 26)
  • 9:30 p.m. - The Michael J. Fox Show (NBC, returning September 26)
  • 10 p.m. - Scandal (ABC, returning October 3); Elementary (CBS, returning September 26); Parenthood (NBC, returning September 26)

  • 8 p.m. - Masterchef Junior (FOX, starting September 27); The Carrie Diaries (The CW, returning October 25)
  • 9 p.m. - Raising Hope (FOX, returning November 8)
  • 9:30 p.m. - Enlisted* (FOX, starting January 10 2014)
  • 10 p.m. - Haven (Syfy, returning September 13)

Shows without definitive premiere/return dates: Suburgatory (ABC), Community (NBC), The 100 (The CW), Gang Related (FOX), Nikita (The CW), Us & Them (FOX).

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