I wonder if there are any other people left, like myself, who do not watch any of the currently popular TV shows. We continually hear
that this is the new Golden Age of TV, with massive audiences for The Walking Dead, Mad Men, Game Of Thrones....(not to mention many other shows over the past decade). The idea is that actual dramatic quality has shifted more in favor of cable TV shows. And it makes some sense. Movies have become so unwieldy, so expensive to make and market that little can be left to chance, hence the lack of creativity.
All those things you couldn't risk putting into a movie are now happening on TV, hence much of the appeal of the quality TV shows.
I get it.
But...I can't get into it.
In my case I think it mostly boils down to I'm just a "movie guy." I've built a projection based home theater, have well over 500 movies on Blu-Ray. I watch something on my home theater every night and still it's daunting to even try and get through my own movie collection, let alone fit in a TV show...let alone follow a whole season...let alone follow MULTIPLE TV shows as so many people do.
Even if you don't watch any movies at all I'm amazed how anyone finds the time to watch all this TV. I always encounter other couples who list off all these TV shows they follow enthusiastically, watching live, downloading, renting seasons on DVD. I think it's actually an amazing thing as getting into a TV show can be thrilling, especially sharing that ritual with a spouse, family or friends.
But I still can't see fitting it into my schedule given all the movies I've never seen, with new ones coming out all the time.
The other odd thing for me is, even when I switch on one of these shows, be it Mad Men, Dexter...or any other raved about show...I just can't get into it. It still feels like A TV Show. Even low budget movies have, for me, some more sense of the "cinema" or artistic depth than I get from these shows, which seem to have this formula, this quality bar that makes me feel I'm watching the cheaper cousin of the Movies.
Am I alone here?
Someone hold me...I'm feeling cold...