Did My DVD Watching Break My TV Watching?
This week saw my regular TV broadcast viewing get a little bit smaller. After a pretty disappointing episode, I threw in the towel with Heroes, a show that I’ve been an avid supporter of since Peter jumped off a building in season one. I also didn’t even bother watching the week’s episode of Fringe after I’ve been pretty mediocre about the series since the beginning. I just don’t care anymore. I’ll spend that hour watching a DVD, maybe even a TV show on DVD.
All is not lost though. I still plan on tuning in to catch Pushing Daisies and Life each week, the only two shows that have managed to cross the line between online viewing and actual initial broadcast viewing. I’ll also be checking in for my regular fix of The Office as well as 30 Rock which premieres this week.
So what happened? I’ve only really started watching first run programming on Television recently when I got back into a few things. Up until then it was purely DVD. But after last year’s Writer’s Strike and a looong summer of great DVDs, maybe I’m just a little jaded. My tolerance for Television shows has definitely gotten a lot shorter. I want entertainment and I want it now. It’s bad enough that I have to sit through the commercials when I watch TV, but now I have to wait around as you eventually get to your point (Fringe, I’m looking at you). I just don’t have the patience anymore.
My best guess is that after watching so many complete seasons (and series) on DVD alone has spoiled my viewing of first run shows on Television. Why bother watching an episode a week when I can plow through the entire season in a weekend once I get the DVD? Plus, no commercials or annoying pop ups telling me about some other show I’m not interested in. DVD has replaced my TV shows.
Now, I know that one could argue that with the invention of the DVR, I could probably have a similar experience. I just recently acquired a DVR and I’ll be honest and say that it’s still set to record Heroes and Fringe for the entire season. Will I return to watch them though is the question. I think another would be if I’d be more comfortable watching a show like Fringe if I hadn’t seen any of the episodes before and just picked it up as a blind buy next year.
My TV is not dead though. As I mentioned, there are still a handful of shows that I’m watching on a regular basis and come January, I’ll be ready to check out the return of Lost as well as the premiere of Joss Whedon’s Dollhouse. But will those last? Or do I have such high standards for TV now that I won’t be able to hold on to them?