Which shows do you not watch but whose news you follow anyway?

I can’t be the only one who does this. Or at least, I want to validate that this isn’t such a strange thing to do. I watch a lot of television, granted; but it’s not as if I watch everything on TV. That’s just ridiculous! However, I feel like I follow news from several shows that I actually do not watch — spoilers, casting news, upcoming storylines, even renewal status!

Please tell me I’m not the only one?

Here are the following shows that I do this for, and in the comments please tell me I’m not alone and tell me which shows you follow.

90210

I watched the pilot episode of 90210 and a few episodes thereafter but gave up on it (for whatever reason, I don’t even remember what the storylines where to be honest). Since then, I’ve always maintained clued in on what’s going down in the ever so infamous zip code. It appears: a lot. One of the original cast members was fired for being boring, the show has gone through about seventeen different show runners, everyone has hooked up with everyone, someone came out of the closet, and the parents are gone (which I personally thought was weird).

And even though I don’t watch the show, and never once having watched a scene between the two, I became an Annie and Liam ‘shipper.

This weekend, however, my 13 year old cousins (who should not be watching 90210 but discovered the show through Netflix) got my entire house hooked on it. So much so that I’m pretty sure I just finished watching the entire second season. Oh, and that ‘shipping I did without having watched a scene between the two: completely validated.

American Idol

I’ve watched one full season of American Idol: the Jordan Sparks season where Melinda Dolittle was robbed — robbed, I say! But ever since then: zilch. From time to time, I’ll catch a minute or two in passing but the only way I truly know what’s going on with Idol is online.

Specifically, I watch TVLine’s Idology recap weekly and feel like I’m watching the show — just without all the unnecessary crap, y’know? But it’s also weird that I’m watching recaps of a show I don’t ever watch. Especially one without a plot, so there’s nothing to truly follow. Eh, whatever!

Bones

For years — years!!! — I had never watched a single second of Bones. The promos did not attract me at all. “Don’t call me bones! Don’t call me bones! BLAH BLAH BLAH!” God, how annoying. Just get a room and do it already. Then, a year or so ago, a friend of mine told me that I was truly missing out since he had found this “gem” on Netflix (too) and was burning through it. That’s when I tried to persuade him to watch Chuck.

So since he told me to watch, people on Twitter told me to watch, and Netflix gave it a 4.5 star rating for me: I pressed play on the pilot episode. And boy… was it not one of the worst episodes of something I have ever watched! It was atrocious. Just truthfully bad. I felt like my former self vindicated. Bones was not a good show — at least judging by the pilot. And I never watched another episode.

But for all these years (since the beginning of the series and still now), I’ve been following everything that happens on the show. For example, using Emily Deschanel’s pregnancy to force sex between Booth and Brennan with a scene that wasn’t even shown on screen? L. A. M. E. Whatever.

Glee

I watched the first two seasons and about three episodes of the third of Glee. You probably know this. In fact, it was listed in my post of shows I quit this season. I just had to; Glee was just… not enjoyable for me anymore. But even though we broke up, that doesn’t mean I don’t check in on (and hook up with) it from time to time.

If you’re on the Internet, how can you not read something Glee related daily? Jesus. Headlines about Glee are all over the place! I know what songs they’re singing, what storylines are coming up, weddings, gay dads, a Yale-bound Quinn who was texting and driving. Someone once told me that Glee is basically a PSA with singing now, and I don’t disagree with them.

House

I’ve watched a handful of episodes of House to know that it’s not the show for me. It’s beyond formulaic and for some reason I’m not into bitchy lead male characters. (But give me a bitchy female lead and I go crazy; Veronica Mars, please!) Also, it’s just a really boring show and I couldn’t care less about anything that happens.

But that doesn’t stop me from reading all the news. When House and Huddy were getting together, I was in a frenzy. That photo of them on the beach? I could hardly believe it! And when Lisa Edelstein wasn’t returning, I was incredulous. Um, what!? And when I found out the show was ending, I was overcome with thoughts of how we’d live in a world of television without House.

But I haven’t watched a full episode of House in years. And I’ve only watch a couple of episodes in the first place.

So is it just me? Or do you do this too? I’m sure there are other series that I have yet to truly mention.

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Michael Collado
Mike's a television junkie located in Miami, where he spends all of his time watching TV with his best friends couch and cable access.

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  • http://twitter.com/AdeliciaBass Addy

    I don’t watch Gossip Girl anymore, but I’m still obsessed with knowing every single tiny little detail about it. Granted, I did only stop watching 4 episodes ago. lol

    I also don’t watch The Voice, I tried once and I just ended up playing on my phone the whole time, but I like to keep up with who’s on who’s team and such. I also keep up on Game of Thrones news, I plan on watching one day though, but I want to finish reading the books first. So I’m enjoying it from afar.

    • http://nowhitenoise.com Michael Collado

      What? The Voice is pretty good! I think it’s the best singing competition on TV; you’re missing out! And also, only 4 episodes!?!?! Just start watching again and bask in the ridiculousness!

  • Ana Muller

    I watched 90210 until Annie and Liam got together, then I stopped. The only character I liked was Naomi and I honest to God hated Annie’s guts… she is just so “nice” and annoying. And I have to disagree with you when it comes to Bones, you really should watch! I mean you’ve been doing recaps for Gossip Girl’s most terrible season, which means you have high tolerance when it comes to bad TV, and I promise it really gets better past the pilot, I honestly watched 6 seasons in 3 weeks, when you get to the third season you’ll be like “why haven’t I been watching this again?” trust me (:

    • http://nowhitenoise.com Michael Collado

      You make a pretty good case for Bones, there, actually. But IDK if I’ll watch it. Shows I end up loving, I can usually guess by the pilot episode. And I gotta watch two whole seasons to finally make it worth it!? Too much! XD

  • http://twitter.com/Hallichester N. Hallichester

    At the beginning of the current season, I watched the first two episodes of The Secret Circle, being a fan of the book and all. However I had to give it up: it just ticked me off, especially Cassie and her whiny self (Boo ho! Poor Cassie!) 
    But still I check out latest news (storylines, casting news and stuff) in the hope that one day I might return to see the show being totally awesome (which I absolutely didn’t find it, apart for Faye who totally rocks). The episode ‘Fire and Ice’ seemed good and I tuned in to watch but even the substantial amount of Faye couldn’t hook me up to tune in the following week. 

    • http://nowhitenoise.com Michael Collado

      OMG I LOVE The Secret Circle. Every episode is the same, but I really like it. And I especially like Dark Magic Cassie. IDK why everyone and their mother LOVES Faye so much! XD

      • Twanz

        because faye is hot.. and makes the most sense..she behaves like her age.. snarky,rebellious,she wants to use magic!!.. and she isnt talkin thngs that dont make sense.. she just does.. and she also has a little mystery behind her eyes.. some of the characters are missing that other element of someting to lure u in.. except diana she is soo nice i am prayin for the day she goes bad.. lol i love faye and diana tho..

        • http://nowhitenoise.com Michael Collado

          Okay I agree with everything you said.

  • Hannah

    I don’t watch Pretty Little Liars but my sister does and she tells me everything after every episode. I only watched like 6 episodes of Vampire Diaries before quitting the show, however I still check out what is going on and I read your recaps for it.

    • http://nowhitenoise.com Michael Collado

      I’m still at a loss at how people can read the recaps and NOT watch the show (and then I realized that I do this for American Idol).

  • Beni

    I don’t watch GG but I always read your recaps

    • Beni

      Your photo recaps*

    • http://nowhitenoise.com Michael Collado

      But then how do you get the jokes!?

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Guinevere-De-Raymaeker/1152497905 Guinevere De Raymaeker

    I don’t watch Gossip Girl and Glee anymore. Gossip Girl is really horrendous nowadays. But I do check the gossip girl tag to see what has happened and so forth… This is the same with Glee , although I don’t check that tag anymore. (On tumblr)

    • http://nowhitenoise.com Michael Collado

      Glee just got really… ugh. I don’t even check the tag; I just read the headlines.

      • Twanz

        also. i love naomi and liam.. as soon as annie came into the picture he became dead.. lacked confidence..lost his bad boy image..he just became a shell of himself.. annie and liam are boring.. no fire no nothin..if u watched the couples clips u wud c

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Guinevere-De-Raymaeker/1152497905 Guinevere De Raymaeker

        Glee isn’t even a comedy anymore. The first half of the first season was so great , and then it went downhill. 

  • xrnzaaas

    I gave up on The Secret Circle after 4-5 episodes, but thanks to your photo recaps I’m up to date. :)