It is Friday night and I have two shows I DVR on Friday nights. During the week I have more than a dozen shows I regularly DVR. As you can tell, I love watching TV. My range of interest goes from NCIS to The Bachelor. The first is a great show about Naval Criminal Investigative Services. The second is about some good looking dude who is looking for a wife on TV. It sounds corny but 9 million people and I watch it every week. More watch NCIS so I guess that is something good to say about American viewing habits.
The reason I bring all this up is I find myself talking to the TV during shows. I am single and usually watch TV alone. So there is no one to ask me to shut up. The characters on the screen never talk back to me so I can say anything I want to them. And belief me, I have been known to say some very bad things to them. You ever notice how characters on TV shows do some of the stupidest things? Even the cops do stupid things. Example, in the new show, The Following (great show by the way with Kevin Bacon) the main character often “goes in” without waiting for backup. As the last episode ended… SPOILER ALERT IF YOU HAVE DVR’D IT BUT HAVE NOT WATCHED YET…Kevin Bacon goes in alone and now has a gun up against the back of his head. He is toast? No, he is the star so he will get out of it next week. By the way, I yelled at him for this dumb move.
I thought of this post while having a great conversation with Johnny D. today. You see, he too talks to the TV. He is happily married (46 years) so I now know married husbands do the same thing I do. We were discussing the show called Person of Interest. Johnny D. has been luke-warm on this show but is still hanging in there watching. However, he loves to tell the TV how stupid some situations are in this show. His wife, Kathy, has to tell him to be quiet because he interrupts her ability to hear the dialogue.
Do you talk back to the TV? I bet women do not have this particular idiosyncrasy. Maybe it is a man thing. You should hear me during an USC football game. There were USC games in my younger days when I spent the entire football game standing in front of the TV talking back the entire time. I have matured some and the Trojans are currently not so damn good, so I don’t have the same urges I used to while watching their games.
So it is off the the living room to watch CSI New York and Blue Bloods. I don’t usually talk to them much….