When I was 8 years old, I was in the hospital for a few weeks, and early on, I had a major fit, because my nurse, Janet, insisted that I should go to sleep at 8 pm. I was not going to miss the final new episode of Battlestar Galactca!!!
OK, I know this is the newer series, but I really liked both versions!
|My TV viewing is what I remember from my hospital stay.|
It wasn't like I could watch it the next day on nbc.com, or when I got home, on my TiVo, or catch up using OnDemand, or get it on a DVD from Netflix, or pick up a VHS copy from my my local video rental store. You see this was 1979, and if you missed an episode of something, you had to wait months before a rerun, and good luck catching the exact episode that you missed.
Then on May 4, 1980, I was at Waveland Bowl, as my mom bowled in a weekly league. That particular night, I will never forget, as that was the night I snuck into the bar.
Most kids would have a story like this, involving the quest for a beer, but not me, I was there to watch Galactica 1980 on the TV. It was playing on the TV. So, I went into the poorly lit room and sat under a table. I was ecstatic to be able to watch Starbuck return. Sadly, this also became the final new episode of the series.
A few years later I discovered reruns of Soap, a sitcom mocking the kind of stories seen on daytime soap operas. I liked the show so much, that I taped each episode, entirely on audio cassettes. This was before I had a VCR.
|Me watching TV over the years. (l to r: 1970's, 1980's)|
Back then, one of my classmate once refer to the girl who played Tony Danza's daughter on the show as Melissa Malone. I am not sure whatever happened to that girl, I just know that I have never been married to her.
|For awhile, I had a wall of televisions in my place so that I can watch even more TV!|
Then there is the The Big Bang Theory. I have been catching up on this series, by DVR-ing it everyday & night. It is on CBS, TBS, and MY 50. The episodes are all out of order, but I am semi-bingeing on this one whenever I can.
Not only have I been a viewer, but for over 15 years, I even produced my own TV show!
|Look at what we were up against! I missed 30 minutes of my own show because of this!|
Below is one of my favorite moments on TV. From Sports Night, William H. Macy, without any shame, schools a couple network executives on who was Philo Farnsworth, the man who invented TV!
So is the idea of "event TV watching" over for appointment watching programming? For most shows, perhaps, however, I can tell you when the promo for the reboot of Hereos Reborn aired during the Olympics, my twitter account went nuts. I know that I am cautiously excited. I loved the original run, back in 2006, before it totally imploded on itself.
I am ready to give it another chance.