Thursday, January 24, 2008

How I'm Coping with the Writer's Strike

Okay, so I'm all for the writer's getting more money. And I think the studios should break down and settle it already. Mel is traveling, so I'm on my own in the quiet house most evenings. I write the new issue of the magazine a bit. I have a new trash novel. But my favorite diversions, Fox's House with the scrumptious Hugh Laurie and My Name is Earl have not been new since God was a boy. So, I've decided to branch out.

I'm one of those people that usually Tivos three or four shows for myself and about 42 shows for my children. How horrible would it be if they requested Wow Wow Wubzy and I couldn't deliver! But now, I'm recording a whole mess of shows and trying to get into them. Luckily, I've found a winner.

I'm embarrassed to admit it, but I'm an OC junkie now. Because it's on SoapNet twice a day, I've already caught up on one whole season in a little more than a week. There's Marissa, the earnest albeit slightly melodramatic protagonist. Ryan, the troubled teen from the hood taken in be wealthy benefactors. Seth, the adorable, funny one that I totally would have fallen for in high school. Summer, the endearingly vapid and shallow one. It's just yummy. Campy, indulgent, with all the plot twists you'd expect from a night time high school soap.

I blame Ira Glass for my new found addiction. If you don't know who Ira is, then you're not a terrifically geeky NPR junkie like I am. My love of NPR has been life long (I was the only seven year old I knew who counted Mara Liason and Nina Totenberg among her heroines). On one episode of This American Life, he shared his passion for the OC and how sad he was that is was being canceled. That was it, if it was good enough for Ira, it was good enough for me. All I needed was the impetus of a disastrously long writers strike.

So Hollywood execs listen up. We're not turning to new reality TV. But we are willing to get turned on to new dramas and scripted shows that we haven't made time for in the past. Hurry up, pay the writers more already, before we all decide to take up crochet.

1 comment:

Carmen said...

Well CBW I absolutely agree! I love my Fox favs... House, Prison Break and 24! Now that Keifer is out of jail, it still hurts to know that I won't be able to see him on Mondays nights following the delicious Wentowrth Miller and Dominic Purcell! The only thing that has saved me (besides football, which as come to it's usual screeching hault- no fault of the writers) are my guilty pleasure reality shows! I'm a tad ashamed to admit it but I LOVE (and DVR) America's Next Top Model (ANTM), Project Runway (PR) and Real Housewives of Orange County (RHOC-truly an indulgence).

If you like the OC, check out the housewives! They're a bunch of crazy, wealthy women, that experience a lot of the same problems as the rest of us (they just solve them by getting together for Bunco parties). So, although ANTM and RHOC are over for the season, you can catch them marathon style. MTV shows ANTM on the weekends and Bravo loves to run their shows in marathon format. For now, I'll be watching PR as it comes to an end and waiting to decide if I'll tune in to Real Housewives of New York, perhaps just another way of easing the writer's strike pain!!