"Get With the Program" #1 - Breaking Up is Hard to Do

Ready for editorial column #3 of the week? (Say what?! If you're out of the loop, each member of SideReel's editorial team will now be bringing you a weekly column.) Hope you checked out Kendra's TV Hotspots of the Week on Monday and Alex's Reality Rant on Wednesday.



Friday's column will be courtesy of yours truly, RachelL, where I'll dwell on my earth-shattering TV experiences and revelations of the last week (more or less - I might just ramble on about whatever I am so inclined to do so at the moment...) Get the program?


TV Confessional

In this section, I will admit to some TV viewing habit/opinion that I find embarrassing in the hopes that if you share said habit/opinion, you will know that you are not alone. Or, you can laugh at me. But, since seeing a priest is not a part of my religion, I figured where better than here to confess my sins, so here goes:



I have watched every episode of every season of America's Next Top Model. Some of them twice (damn you, MTV rerun marathons...).


'Have a TV confession that you want to get off your chest? Comment!


Rachel Subscribes

I know that everyone on SideReel (or mostly everyone) is tuning into shows like The Big Bang Theory and Gossip Girl.


I thought it would be fun to share with you guys some of the shows to which I subscribe on SideReel that I think you might enjoy too, if you gave them a chance!


Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution - If you like food/cooking shows and/or are at all into nutrition - or if you're looking for something that's a little different from your normal TV fare that is both entertaining and informative, then definitely give this show a shot! British celebrity chef Jamie Oliver visits West Virginia - recently identified as the least healthy state in the US - and shows us the horrifying state of its current school meal system. To give you an idea: the children often eat pizza for breakfast and chicken nuggets for lunch! In a classroom of young students, most are unable to identify even the most basic fruits and vegetables, yet every student can scream with delight upon seeing a plate of french fries. Yes, the show is undoubtedly a bit sensationalized. In 8 episodes, I highly doubt Oliver will accomplish the revolution he promises, but even if he incites small changes for just a few children and families that are willing to learn about nutrition and make changes in their eating habits and lifestyles, it gives the show the feel-good element of Extreme Makeover: Home Edition - and it makes for quite entertaining TV.


How to Make It in America - I've also called it out as a "Show You're Not Watching" in a recent episode of This Week in TV, but I figured I may as well give this still-improving HBO comedy a shout-out here too. It's first season finale is already this coming Sunday, but that makes for only an 8 episode first season, so it's super easy to catch up if you're interested! I'm generally finding the main characters of Ben and Cam - the aspiring fashion designer and entrepreneur in NYC - though more frequently, they are co-conspiring screw-ups - to be engaging and humorous. Definitely some parallels can be drawn between this series and fellow HBO comedy Entourage, but this show is slightly less buddy-comedy-ish than Entourage - a lot of it actually is about the process of trying to make it in the fashion business.


Have a show that you subscribe to that you think I - or anyone else for that matter - should check out? Tell us in comments!


Time For a Break-Up



I took a really big step this week. I have decided - pause to emphasize the magnitude of this decision - to break up with not one, but two TV shows. To FlashForward and V (Reimagined Series), it has been nice knowing you, but I've decided to say goodbye. (And I've even removed the shows from my subscriptions - you can verify on my profile - so you know I'm serious)


In some ways, I demonstrate addictive tendencies. Once I commit to watching a show, no matter how bad it becomes, I have difficulties stopping mid-season, or even midseries, even when I'm well aware that the show has morphed into a shell of its former self. I've had this problem since high school. That's why I watched all 6 seasons of Dawson's Creek (the show stopped being both good and cool to be watching sometime around season 3), all 8 seasons of The Practice, all 12 seasons of ER and most recently, all 7 seasons of Nip/Tuck. I'm also still holding on to both Desperate Housewives and Grey's Anatomy. Once I commit to a show, I have extreme difficulties ever letting go. I'm a show-lifer (with rare exceptions).


That's why this event is such a big deal. I've realized that if I don't stop watching FlashForward and V now, I probably never will. Then again, it's looking more and more like neither show will survive past a first season anyway, so I couuuuld just stick it out.


But NO! I have made my decision. While both shows had strong premises and promising pilots, I have been enjoying both shows less and less with each successive episode, so much so, that watching has become a chore for me. Seriously, when choosing what next to watch from my backlogged playlist, I chose Cougar Town and The Real Housewives of New York City first. That should give you a hint how excited I am about these 2 series.


So...here's to recovering 90ish minutes of my life each week (since I watch via DVR with no commercials).


Any shows that you guys have recently decided to break up with because you realized you just were no longer enjoying them?


Come back next Friday for another dose of "Get with the Picture". Have a great weekend, all!

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Apr 3, 2010 12:13AM EDT

that's funny, i broke up with both v & flashforward as well. v kind of sucked from the start but i thought flashforward had an interesting concept . . . which it did . . . and then it went exactly nowhere.

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Apr 3, 2010 2:08AM EDT

Oh man, I hear you on ANTM. I managed to give it up two seasons back, but now that I saw they just did a vampire shoot...there may be a regression in order.
I unofficially broke up with V after the pilot, but I keep thinking I should go back and watch what I've missed. For no better reason than to represent as a part of the science fiction television fan community.

Congrats on the editorials!

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Apr 3, 2010 2:57AM EDT

Okay "V" I never watched and now I know not to even bother.
I also get addicted, to and stick with shows (whether they stay really good, like Monk, or not like DH). I'm still a CSI fan and proud dammit lol!
I have taken a sabbatical from all my many shows for a while so I don't know how bad FF has been getting. What I do know is that if it gets cancelled after season 1 then you, Miss RackelL, will just catch all the episodes you missed right here since there will be nothing to get addicted to lol. J/K - it's good to let go early on - I heard it's less painful that way :-P

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Apr 4, 2010 7:14PM EDT

I'm breaking up with How To Make It In America. Most overrated show on tv. Everyone makes out like it is brilliant and draws parallels to Entourage, but in reality How To Make It is 5000x less funny and captivating than Entourage. I have given it a whole season of chance and it fails to deliver

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Apr 5, 2010 12:55PM EDT

I was SO CLOSE to breaking up with Nip/Tuck... but I didn't have the heart to do it so close to the end after watching nearly every episode. I mean, it was on its deathbed and all...Totally not worth dragging it out, though.

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Apr 7, 2010 7:21PM EDT

I couldn't agree more ;) LOVE ANTM - have seen every single episode. And did realize pretty fast that flashforward never was what I've hoped ;)

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