Tuesday, October 03, 2006

Help! I'm addicted to my TiVo

I hesitate to write even the first seven words of this post... because I am not a huge fan of network television shows. I have one that I really like (Lost), and one that I used to like a lot (The West Wing), but I haven't planned my entire evening around a TV set since I could not miss The Hulk, followed by the Duke's of Hazard and topped off with Dallas.

When my oldest son was just four or five years old I found him watching TV in the middle of the night and I turned off cable the next day. Since then, I've had an on again, off again affair with television. Cable, Satellite - you name it, we've had it, and gotton rid of it, multiple times.

Then came TiVo.

Now I am previewing all the new fall shows and picking the ones that I like the best. CSI, CSI Miami, CSI New York, CSI Salt Lake City... It's all possible thanks to TiVo or similar DVR devices. It's sick.

Some of my favorite shows to record...

The Colbert Report - Comedy Central - Liberal slam on the O'Reilly Factor - hilarious
Charlie Rose - PBS - Throw back to the old days of television interviews - some of the guests are fantastic
Lost - ABC - CANNOT WAIT for Season 3 - this is the best show on television
Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip - NBC - Took the place of The West Wing - I like it so far but they take A LOT of shots at Christians... what's up with that?
Arthur - PBS - I don't have to put on a DVD for Amanda - queuing a show up is faster than a DVD
60 Minutes - CBS - I can fast forward through all the crappy stories (usually 2 of the 3)
Decorating Sense - HGTV - Keeps me up on all the trends in decorating so I stay sharp... NOT - This is Katie's show

That's a pretty accurate list.

I watch these shows at various times, preferebly not during the hours they are actually ON which is what makes TiVo the cool technology that it is. You see when these shows are actually on, I should be playing catch, helping with homework or something else more important.

But back to TV... I'm not going to add any new programs until 24 comes back for it's new season. I hope Jack goes to Iraq and cleans up that mess up. That would be an awesome 24 episodes!


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