Friday, December 07, 2007

Writers Strike

Thank goodness for the writers strike. Premier week was tough as I found the programming I was interested spike tremendously relative to previous years. I was really spending more time with the family as the quality of sitcoms dropped and Law & Order cut back to only one night per week. Unfortunately I was still embroiled in House, CSI: and CSI: NY. Then on top of that I get roped into Criminal Minds, Cane and Numb3rs. Before you know it I was dedicated to 7 hours of television a week not including my wife’s game shows (“I am not smarter than a 5th grader!”) and Family Guy re-runs.

Fortunately with the writers strike, I have been able to catch up on the last two weeks that have been faithfully captured by Comcast on demand. At least 4 hours of programming can be compressed to 3 hours and can be watched on Saturday morning while the family is still asleep. I am within a week of the latest new episode on CSI:, CSI: NY, CSI: Miami and Numb3ers. Now if I could just bring myself to utilize the Tivo, I could capture the other 3 hours of weekly programming and possibly save myself another 45 minutes per week with House, Cane, and Criminal Minds in case they start airing new episodes.

The irony is that a key dispute is content rebroadcast over the internet. The very means that I could use to stay in touch with a season considering a hectic schedule has caused a strike which has brought the industry to a standstill.

If there were more movies I wanted to catch up on it would be an even larger blessing. Currently the only flicks on my catch up list are:

We Own the Night
American Gangster

Superbad is the only one on video and none of the movies are family films.

I guess I would be upset if I watched the late shows, but then again, I get my news and comment from AM radio and the internet.

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