Friday Fun is a group post from the writers of the NHWN blog. Each week, we’ll pose and answer a different, writing-related question. We hope you’ll join in by providing your answer in the comments.
QUESTION: I know we’re all a bunch of literary types around here, and we never (well, hardly ever) watch TV (that beastly creation that sucks out your brain), BUT … I’m sure you may once in a while (completely by accident, of course) catch a show or two. Let’s all ‘fess up and share our favorite guilty TV pleasures.
Jamie Wallace: I don’t watch much, but I do have a few favorites that I must confess: American Idol, Dancing with the Stars, Bones, Castle, and lately something called Burn Notice. I watch a few things on the actual television (via DVR – I hate commercials!), but the bulk of my viewing is done in bed on my iPhone via Netflix.
Julie Hennrikus: I do watch TV. I don’t feel guilty about my Castle, or Masterpiece Mystery addictions. I watch Matlock and Murder She Wrote if I catch them. And I watch a few shows on USA and TNT. Guilty pleasures? Cupcake Wars and Chopped. A little guilty about watching (actually DVRing for a continuous viewing party) Dallas. And I love that Project Runway is back, with my beloved Tim Gunn.
Lisa Jackson: I have a few guilty pleasures, and am thankful that most are on Hulu so the commercials are kept to a minimum and I can watch them any time. I am addicted to (in no particular order): Supernatural, Vampire Diaries, Nikita, Grimm, Rookie Blue, Master Chef, Destination Truth, Bones, Private Practice, Once Upon a Time, Longmire (in its 1st season), Eureka (apparently this is the last season), and Castle (but mostly because of Lee Lofland’s review of police procedure after each episode; and Nathan Fillion is easy on the eyes).
I’m hoping Arrow and Elementary will be interesting (they are new shows this fall).
I enjoyed Happy Endings, Alcatraz, In Plain Sight, Prime Suspect, and The Finder, too – but don’t think any of them are coming back.
I really enjoyed Awake last season, right up until the last minute of the last episode of (what I think is) the one and only season.
Susan Nye: I’m a fan of hottie buddy shows – hottie detectives, hottie CIA agents, hottie FBI agents and hottie lawyers. Put a couple of good looking crime fighters in Brioni suits on the air and there is a good chance I’ll get hooked. I probably miss more often than I watch but Bones, Psych, White Collar, Burn Notice and Suits are all on my list right now.
Deborah Lee Luskin: I don’t own a television, but that hasn’t stopped me from watching TV via netflix on the computer. For a while, I was hooked on Lie to Me: I watched two and a half seasons in about three (sleepless) nights. Ditto the first season of Downton Abbey. More recently, I watched the Masterpiece Sherlock. I fantasize that if I had a TV, I’d not only watch it in moderation, but fold the laundry as well.
Wendy Thomas: Last year for budgetary reasons we cut our cable down to basic. Add that to the fact that we don’t allow the TV to be on during the school week and what you end up getting is a very illiterate television viewer. I do try to watch some shows after the kids have gone to bed (my choices are very limited, it’s usually Cold Case or Criminal Minds) and as much as I’d LOVE to set sucked into some of these shows, (Walking Dead, Revenge) I just can’t commit to being there at the same time each week (I know, Neanderthal household here, we don’t record TV.) I tend to wait and watch the entire series on DVD years after it has been released.
Having said all that, I have found myself since the start of the Olympics parked in front of the TV watching NBC’s horrendous coverage every single night. I figure being a true couch potato for a few weeks every four years is definitely worth it.