Over the summer we did something radical at my house. We turned off our cable. I have to say, this may not be the first time in my life I’ve lived without cable, but if it isn’t, I have blocked it out so thoroughly that I really don’t remember ever not having cable before. Instead, we bought a roku and an antenna and went cable (actually, satellite) free for three whole months.
Surprisingly, it did not suck. We never really watched a lot of shows regularly over the summer so it seemed like a good idea. The only thing I really had to watch was the Closer, and thank god it’s available online. Otherwise we watched a few shows and movie from Netflix* and caught our daily news off the antenna and it all worked out pretty well.
Of course, as soon as the first college football game aired we called and reinstated our service.
So that brings me to the news shows out this year and how I actually was interested in watching several of them! First we watched Up All Night. Or tried to. I loved the commercials for this show, but I thought the show itself was kind of awkward and uncomfortable and we didn’t make it through the whole thing. Next I watched about five minutes of Free Agents and decided it was probably not going to happen either. Now, it wasn’t all bad. I watched Prime Suspect and thought it had potential, and I didn’t love Whitney, but I didn’t hate it either so it gets another shot.
I also watched both Hart of Dixie and Secret Circle off the CW. Which I almost called the WB which probably just means I’m too old to watch shows on that channel, but whatever. In the beginning of Hart of Dixie I decided it was probably not going to work for me, but by the end I decided to give it another shot. I mean I know she’s the New York girl moving to Alabama and blah blah stereotypical fish out of water awkwardness mixed with snotty attitudes, but it sort of grew on me. So we’ll see! And that leaves the Secret Circle which I totally never intended to watch except they replayed it on a Friday night when I was bored and nothing else was on and I watched it and didn’t hate it and now I’m stuck with it.
That, of course, is just the new shows I’ve seen so far. It does not include the shows that I’ve carried over from last year plus I think there are a couple of additional new ones coming out in October that I’ll have to wait and see about. Part of me hopes that some of them suck so I can ditch them, but part of me also hopes that they don’t suck so that when the baby is born in March I’ll have a backlog of shows on the DVR to catch up with during those middle of the night feedings.
* We have since scrapped Netflix DVDs because who has time to watch movies when there’s so much TV/football on! Also we got HuluPlus for a while but I found the selection of shows to be pretty disappointing so we didn’t keep it long.