During my last entry I mentioned I had a third topic to discuss, but since the post was running a bit long I postponed it. Well, postponement is over. Actually, let me postpone it for just one more moment. Since this 3rd topic has nothing to do with Hopkins nor college admissions, I thought I should at least start the post with some important reminders related to those areas. So here's a little calendar of important dates:
October 15: Our off-campus, alumni interview program for Class of 2012 applicants has launched. Click here for the online request form. Get your requests in early, as every year we face a high volume of requests.
October 20: Engineering and Natural Sciences Open House.
October 21 - 25: My Group Travel events throughout New England. Further details can be found on the Group Travel web site.
October 27: Humanities and Social Sciences Open House. Check out the Open House web page for details on our two fall open houses.
November 1: EARLY DECISION DEADLINE. To help prepare you for the deadline I suggest reading both our ED FAQ page and my To ED or not to ED... blog post from last year. Also, feel free to use our Early Decision Questions discuss thread on the Johns Hopkins Forums.
Ok, so here is what I have been really wanting to discuss...
It's been about a month since the start of the Fall Television Season and I haven't really spoken much about my TV preferences. It is not because I am not watching ... OH, I definitely am.
This season has been much more enjoyable than past seasons, not because of the abundance of choice or great new series, but rather I am not missing any shows. Oh yeah, and I am enjoying most of my shows in HD. See not only do I have two working TiVos on my televisions in my bedroom and office, I also now have an HD Comcast box with DVR service on dual tuners in my living room. Basically that means I can record and save 5 different shows at the exact same time. And with my addiction to television, as frequent blogger readers have read about in the past, I am pretty much in entertainment heaven.
What all this has provided me with is FREEDOM of entertainment choice. I am no longer bound to the way the Networks and Cable want me to watch my television. I don't have to watch the shows when they come on at 8, 9 , 10:30. I don't have to watch commercials. I can make my own choices ... and I want a hot, juicy burger. (Sorry those Wendy's commercials are everywhere.) No, what I meant to say is that I want TV my way. (Thank you TiVo Gods!!!). So you ask what is TV the Admissions_Daniel way ... good question. Well, let me introduce you to the way I categorize my television watching and recording:
Mondays: Prison Break at 8pm on Fox, Heroes at 9pm on NBC
Tuesdays: House at 9pm on Fox, Law and Order: SVU at 10pm on NBC
Wednesdays: Pushing Daisies at 8pm, Dirty Sexy Money at 10pm on ABC (note that these are both brand new shows and already are favorites of mine)
Sundays: Dexter at 9pm on Showtime
Also on this list are LOST and 24 ... but those shows don't return until the new year. How sad!
Shows I must watch each week (but on my own schedule):
Chuck: which airs Mondays at 8pm on NBC but I usually watch on Tuesdays. Fun new show with a great cast and an interesting premise.
Journeyman: airs Mondays at 10pm on NBC and I usually watch after Chuck on Tuesdays. (I watch a lot of TV on Tuesdays.) Not the greatest show but I like the lead characters and feel there is a lot they can do with this show.
Bionic Woman: airs Wednesdays at 9pm on NBC and if I don't watch it on Wednesday, I'll catch up on the weekend. This show may be axed by me, but I am giving it a shot because NBC is really pushing it.
Life: airs Wednesdays at 10pm on NBC and I watch it at 11pm on Wednesdays. This is my third favorite new show of the season and it would be in the previous category if not that Dirty Sexy Money airs at the same time.
Woman's Murder Club: airs Fridays at 9pm on ABC. It just started last Friday and the episode was just O.K. I am going to stick to the show because I like most of the cast and the show is based on a series of James Patterson books that I mostly enjoy.
Numb3rs: airs Fridays at 10pm on CBS. I love this show so if I don't watch it on a lonely Friday night, it is one of the first things I do on Saturday morning.
Comedies that I record and watch throughout the week:
It is not that I don't like comedies, but I don't feel they need to be scheduled throughout the week. I often will use a lazy Saturday or Sunday morning to catch up on comedies, or watch one of two during the week if I need a pick-me-up. So here is the list of comedies I record in order of my preference:
- The Simpsons (Sundays at 8pm on Fox)
- My Name is Earl (Thursdays at 8pm on NBC)
- 30 Rock (Thursdays at 8:30pm on NBC)
- Family Guy (Sundays at 9pm on Fox)
- The Office (Thursdays at 9pm on NBC)
- Scrubs (Thursdays at 9:30pm on NBC - when it returns)
- Big Bang Theory (Mondays at 8:30pm on CBS)
- Carpoolers (Tuesdays at 8:30pm on ABC)
Cable Shows I must watch:
One of the greatest advancements in the TV industry over the last ten years has been original television shows coming from cable networks. The Sopranos is the perfect example of this, but there are so many great shows to choose from. Here are the list of cable shows I follow, once again in order of preference:
- Dexter (Showtime) - a serial killer who only kills people who deserve it. I watched Season 1 in a day, and I am now totally addicted.
- Rescue Me (FX) - Dennis Leary is a genius, and this show gets better episode after episode.
- Extras (HBO) - The funniest show on television that almost no one knows about. Ricky Gervais is also a genius ... rent the first season and you will laugh until it hurts.
- Entourage (HBO) - Just pure campy fun. All men are jealous of these guys.
- Flight of the Conchords (HBO) - A very unsual, strange, and completely hilarious show.
- The 4400 (USA) - I missed this past season, but will catch up soon.
There are some cable TV shows I record daily/weekly just because they are some of the funniest shows ever created. The list includes:
- The Daily Show with John Stewart -- The Soup -- Best Week Ever -- and of course The Colbert Report.
There are some shows that I miss out the first go-round, and then try to use DVDs, iTunes, or online stations to catch up on previous seasons. I will be doing that for Friday Night Lights and also probably Ugly Betty. I am also considering Sleeper Cell, Gossip Girl, The Unit, Brothers and Sisters, and of course The Wire.
New Shows I tried and just loathed:
No real comments here ... just don't bother watching: K-Ville, Cane, Cavemen, nor Big Shots. How do these shows get green-lighted???
Finally, SHOWS I WILL NEVER WATCH
1. Grey's Anatomy (and Private Practice since it is related). I can not stand this type of television.
2. CSI: Anything. How are these shows so popular. Can you spell F-O-R-M-U-L-A-I-C.
3. Reality Television. I am done ... these shows are horrible. The lone exceptions are competition shows like American Idol and So You Think You Can Dance.
OK, so what do you think??? Add your thoughts, criticisms, and suggestions in the comments section. (Yes, I a comment pandering again ... but you all never respond!) And if you see me at an up-coming Open House or my Group Travel events, let me know what your favorite TV show is and also maybe ask a question or two about Hopkins.