When I was a kid, I lived in front of the TV. Nightly TV was a ritual not to be trifled with. There was a schedule to be maintained. Six Million Dollar Man, The Invisible Man, Happy Days, Welcome Back Kotter, Little House on the Prairie, The Waltons, M*A*S*H, Emergency!… and that was just 1975. Every year there was great care and planning put into the shows to be watched in the upcoming season.
I got better. Somehow.
In fact, it had been years since I regularly watched a television show. Sure, I’d catch Monk or Mythbusters when I thought about it. I’d sometimes watch ER or House or Simpsons, Family Guy or South Park. I remember watching a season of the X-Files off and on. But I wouldn’t go out of my way to clear time for any of them on a regular basis. The last show that I scheduled my life around was Babylon 5 (and can you believe it’s been almost 8 years since the last episode?).
With the SciFi Channel’s re-broadcasting of the new series of Doctor Who last year, the habit crept back in. I only missed one episode of that. But it was just one show, right? No worse than B5. And that hadn’t turned into anything serious? Right???
Well, I just finished watching the second episode of Heroes. And it is aaaaawesome. I’m hooked.
On top of that, I watched the Battlestar Galactica “The Story So Far”… and I think I’m hooked on that now, too!
And… and…I watched the season premiere of Smallville and was blown away. So, I think I’m going to have to watch that regularly, as well.