Yeah, so, I’m breaking up with “The Voice.” I’m not watching it this season. It’s over between us.
Any TV show that airs three nights a week, totaling four hours, is fuckin’ ridiculous. It’s an insult. It suggests that I don’t have other interests (or at least other TV shows I like to watch). It kinda pisses me off. “The Voice” is not “Game of Thrones” or “Mad Men” or “Breaking Bad.” It’s a stupid singing competition show, which does not warrant four hours of my time.
Back in the day, I actually got paid to watch TV and write about it for a daily newspaper. True story. I watched a lot of TV. After I moved on from that job, I still tried to watch everything. It took me a while to figure out that I didn’t need to watch everything anymore.
In last couple of years, I’ve really cut back on my TV watching. I have! And now, due to the Spawn, my TV time is super limited. I have to pick and choose what to watch. I used to watch TV shows until the bitter end, but recently I’ve started calling it quits with shows. If I’m interested in adding a new show to my rotation, I have to cut something or the DVR fills up, and I start having anxiety attacks.
Earlier this year, I stopped watching “Glee” and “Project Runway,” both filled with people to annoying to spend time with. Surprisingly, I didn’t even bother with “The Newsroom.” Now I’ve decided not to turn my chair around for “The Voice.”
Honestly, I would have kept watching “The Voice,” but I’m not going to invest three nights a week. That’s just stupid. You know, one of the reasons I don’t watch “American Idol” anymore was the fact that the show just asked too much. It was on like four nights a week. That’s bullshit. I don’t just half-ass watch TV shows. Either I watch it all season long or I don’t. Four nights a week? No thanks.
One of the things I liked about “The Voice” originally was it was on one night a week. It was a pleasant little diversion. Last season, they expanded to two nights a week. I made it work by skipping the results show. And now it’s on three nights a week. Oh hell no! Not to mention, “The Voice” was just on this past May. You ask too much, NBC. You took a perfectly enjoyable show and overexposed it, and now I’m not going to watch it anymore. Well played, NBC. If it wasn’t for “Community,” “30 Rock” and “Parks & Recreation” I wouldn’t watch you at all.
Another show that I was going to watch but recently deleted from my DVR was “Major Crimes” on TNT. Don’t laugh. I really enjoyed “The Closer.” It was a guilty pleasure. I was fully prepared to watch this spinoff. Are you watching it? They added a teenager … to a cop show. He’s basically the Scrappy Doo of the show. It’s something called “The Cousin Oliver Factor,” which I wrote about for The San Francisco Examiner back in 2002, and I would totally link to it except their archives are gone. Sad.
So anyway, instead of wasting my time on these shows I’ve ordered “Homeland” on Netflix. I think it’s a better use of my TV viewing time. Also, the San Francisco Giants are going to the playoffs (fingers crossed), so I have a lot of baseball to watch. And, on top of that, “The Walking Dead” and “Treme” are going to start back up, so I will have no time to listen to prime time karaoke.
I feel confident I’m making the right choice. I’m going to go out on a limb and say that “Homeland” is better than “The Voice.” Oh, and it’s Lauren Bacall month on Turner Classic Movies.