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TV Ennui

TV I’ll admit. In years past, I couldn’t understand the folks who said they didn’t own a television. I read a lot, more than most people I know, but I still couldn’t imagine life without one. Lately, though, I’ve been getting there.

I don’t watch much TV, but I’ve always had 1 or 2 shows that I follow constantly. In college or law school, it was pretty much a social thing. We’d watch Friends, Ally McBeal or Felicity and catch up on all of our gossip. Even more fun, we’d put on Lifetime movies and keep up a running commentary a la Mystery Science Theater 3000.

And after school, I always had something that I liked to follow. The ritual of unwinding in front of the TV and knitting has long been a favorite part of the day. Lately, though, something is missing. I still watch a few shows, but there’s nothing that gives me that , “Oh, I have to know what is happening this week!” feeling. I still like CSI, but I don’t feel compelled to watch the way I used to. House used to reel me in, but it’s got a sameness and formulaic feeling to it now and has lost its luster. The Closer is wonderful, but in reruns until this summer, and I stopped following How I Met Your Mother ages ago. I still love The Soup, and it never fails to crack me up.

For whatever reason, most of TV-land feels bland to me now and I’m just having trouble getting into anything. For the first time in years, I don’t have a show that really excites me.

I miss having a good show to knit to. I never really got into Lost and I don’t have HBO so I’ll be getting my True Blood on DVD. I know we have some TV mavens out there. Help me out here. What’s really good on TV now?

-Lynn Spencer

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