You know how TV Nerds everywhere have that excitement after the summer season is over and realizes that the “New Fall TV Season” is upon us once again? New shows, returning shows!!!! Oh the joy!!! The joy that only a nerd who loves the TV can feel. Especially when the only thing to help make it to next summer again is the distraction only TV can help with until those days of swimming in those summer afternoon hours are a thing again. Oh swimming the days away for an hour every day, I miss ya…. Sorry, I need a minute, just a nerd crying cause she’s misses the days of summer and swimming….
Okay, sorry about that….. Now on to the topic of TV again! Before every start to a new Fall TV Season, every nerd that loves that of the TV feels that excitement, that joy, that big smile that fills the “TV Air” again with all the prospects of every new show, every returning show, and just that plain happiness again that there are like hundreds of shows once again to fill that DVR on the daily yet again. Unlike with Streaming Services or Cable, that of the Network TV are shows that are on a majority of the year with about a 3 month hiatus during those late spring to summer months. So when I’m talking “Fall TV Season” for this article, I’m including the Network TV also well as Cable and Streaming Services.
As much as I adore that of TV, I actually by the end of spring am a little somewhat okay with the season finales rolling on down and a little happy, perhaps to get that break for a bit. Shocked, that a TV Nerd could say such a thing! I know, I know. I say this because there are simply too many awesome gems these days to keep up with so when that break rolls around for at least the Network Shows it is very much like a, “Ah! No more new episodes for a minute now I can try and catch up on these gems!”. That’s all, don’t worry still very much a Nerd that loves her TV.
Usually every summer there are still shows to be seen, but not nearly the amount that is in the fall to spring season. I have to say after this past “Summer TV Season”, I relied mostly on returning gems for my TV watching… Alone Together, The Bold Type, Younger!!!!! (WHAT A SEASON, AM I RIGHT!!!!), GLOW, Trial & Error.
Although, I thought this summer season lacked any great new gems to add to my many list of favorite shows. There was though, one new show that premiered this past summer that was indeed spectacular! That one standout series that was just above and beyond perfection and possibly my favorite new show of not only this summer but maybe the whole year was that of POSE on FX. If Ryan Murphy is involved in a series, I will be watching that series. And this series was one to watch. It was perfection. It was a series where everything just came together and was told simply perfectly from start to end. From the story it told, to the performances, to the music, to the costumes. It was rich with depth and a series that should be remembered come Golden Globe nomination time as its 1st season was one to be remembered and should be recognized with many nominations. And it got renewed for a 2nd season and yes to that!
I think it was maybe swimming and rather being outdoors that made me not as interested in watching soo much TV over the summer. I mean I watched a plenty and all, but not my usual “Nerd” amount. Case in point, I still have half the seasons of Animal Kingdom and Claws on my DVR from the summer still. As well as still not finishing last season’s Blindspot, Empire, Star, Fear the Walking Dead, and Lucifer among last season’s shows. I’ll get to those shows at some point. I did though finally managed to just recently watch the last season of Preacher, which aired over this past “Summer TV Season”! That finale was WHAT! #TVNERDFAIL/ #TVNERDWIN!
So to say the least, I was super pumped for the start of the “New Fall TV Season”! Like “Rebecca Flying Through The Air On A Soft Pretzel” on Crazy Ex-Girlfriend Pumped! All the returning gems that I absolutely adore returning…. too many to list but I can’t help myself, so I’ll name a few: This Is Us, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, The Goldbergs…… Like I said there’s too many to list, I watch like everything. Then there were new shows such as: A Million Little Things, Single Parents, Happy Together….to name just a few of the new shows that grabbed my attention based on commercials. Because let’s face it, I’m going to watch it if it’s new so this list would once again be too long to list all the new gems I was looking forward to seeing for the first time. My TV Nerd Brain was like,” I am pumped for this new season of new shows/returning shows! Pumped! AHHHHHH!!!!! So excited!!!!!!”.
Then a few weeks into the “Fall TV Season” with the Network shows returning or starting mixed with the Cable shows and Streaming Service shows that overwhelming nerd feeling of “Oh boy! DVR at 98%! AHHHHHH!!!! Ugh!” starts to settle in as it does at some point sooner or later into the start of the “New Fall TV Season” every single year. That excitement slowly goes from a “Yeah!” to “Soooo many shows, uh-oh! Too Many Shows!”. Every year I feel the same way, overly excited to see all my fictional TV peeps return or new fictional peeps to see for the first time to overwhelmed that I simply can not keep up with every one of their stories. And that excitement starts to not be so exciting anymore. I TV Nerd Shut Down. And feel like, “Well, if I can’t watch them all….. I’m just gonna take a pause on this TV thing for a moment”. #TVNERDFAIL!
I love to see that new TV schedule and DVR the heck out of it, you know? You don’t see that kind of TV schedule in the summer and then rolls around September and there’s now soooo many programs to record it’s like “TV Nerd Heaven”. Then a few weeks into September and October, that fondness of recording every show imaginable becomes less realistic cause the DVR is always so very close to 100%. With On-Demand and Hulu, I’m aware I don’t have to record every show and can watch them that way but I love to record a show on the night it’s actually. Although after this year…….
I am over it! I found myself racing to watch shows and finding myself still at 98% or close to that and then the next day the cycle continued and I have found myself….Over it! I finally got Hulu a few summers ago and most of the programs on these days at least on the Network ones go on Hulu the next day, so why I am recording a show that’s on Hulu the next day taking up space for a program that isn’t?!?! When I found myself while watching a show thinking about how I have so little space on my DVR to record more programs, I had to recognize I had to change the way I watch shows from now on. TV Shows are my release from the real world, the world that can sometimes tear my down. This is suppose to be an enjoyable time for me away from reality and not be frustrated at the % on the DVR.
So I “TV Nerd” decided I’m only going to record programs on the CW and CBS and the many reality shows (sometimes I just like to watch reality shows, sometimes my mind needs a break from scripted gems to watch “reality” gems, okay!) that always have commercials On Demand (Ugh…. Commercials!) because not every show is on a Streaming Service, and let everything else go to the amazingness that is Hulu or On Demand, if need be. I was overjoyed when the % on the DVR went from the high 90s to only the high 70s. Ah! So much better!I found myself watching the show in front of me and actually enjoying it again and being less focused on the DVR %.
After some time of watching “my shows” like this I decided this thing on not recording everything on the night it’s on is sometimes the way to go if you actually want to be able to appreciate and enjoy the very programs you are trying to enjoy. My mind can get easily distracted and “TV Time” for this Nerd is a time when the only thing I want to be thinking about is that awesome show I am watching and nothing else. Can let’s be real…. Sometimes we can all use that distraction and a shift of focus on to a story from a TV Show and let the real world wash away behind us for a bit of time here and there. So let’s not let any silliness get it that way of enjoying something that’s meant to be enjoy. If that means not watching some shows on the night they are on and watching them at some other point and trying to avoid those spoilers cause you’re late to the viewing party of that said episode on that said show than…. SO BE IT!