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Question of the week: what do you think of TV at the moment?

Posted on March 16, 2011 | Post a comment | Bookmark and Share

So I'm going to assume that you all watch TV still, this being completely the wrong blog to come to you if you're not. But how are you finding TV at the moment?

I'm finding it harder and harder to summon up enthusiasm for current TV programmes. This isn't nostalgia for the "good old days", since the vast majority of old TV shows were rubbish – that's why I try to give you the cream of the crop. It's just I'm not enjoying TV as much as I did a few years ago, and I'm not sure why.

Now US cable TV is largely getting better and better all the time, even while mainstream US TV is getting worse and worse – this year's season has been packed with some indescribably bad turkeys, with no real break-out show on any network. The mid-season replacements haven't done anything to improve the situation either, with just Shameless, Portlandia and the US version of Being Human catching my interest this season (all cable shows). A few have distinctly come off the boil (Royal Pains, 30 Rock, Burn Notice, Southland, House, Stargate Universe and Chuck, to name but a few, the latter of which is starting to resemble old episodes of Relic Hunter in quality). That just leaves the likes of Community, Archer and Modern Family to really maintain my interest at the moment.

British TV is proving similarly unappealing. While there's no doubt some great stuff out there, it lasts for all of three episodes before disappearing and every time I tune in to watch something new, it turns out to suck. Being Human (no spoilers please, I'm two episodes behind) has been dreadful this season, Outcasts was painful. I haven't managed to get through Mad Dogs or Bedlam. I'm still stuck on episode two of The Killing, which is actually really good TV, and they're up to episode 16 at the moment.

It's reached the point where reading The Age of Innocence and watching movies is proving more interesting than TV. Now this might be a temporary blip, since there are some appealing pilots on the horizon. But am I getting old or are you finding TV similarly unappealing at the moment?

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