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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.