Which TV-Watching Personality Are You?

Which TV-Watching Personality Are You?

Okay, now that we have covered some deep material here, it is time to have a little fun. We all watch TV. Well, for some of us, that means we watch the Super Bowl and maybe the Grammy Awards. MAYBE. For many of us, however, we dabble in many different types of television. Most importantly, we are proud of it. So, which one are YOU? 😉

  1. The Bashful Binge-er

    Binge watch doryOkay, so maybe you aren’t bashful about it, but I just love alliterations. If this is you, you are an extroverted introvert. You decide when you would like to save the entire weekend to watch the ENTIRE Gilmore Girls revival. You like being social…SOMETIMES. You also LOVE to wait for the entire season to be put on Netflix in June. And you watch them all very quickly. You might occasionally watch one live if a friend invites you, but you truly love your bed, your laptop, and a glass of wine. Binge-away!

  2. Reality Rachel

    Reality rachel memeAlright, time to fess up, Rachel. You don’t care how many people poke fun at you, you LOVE The Bachelor. Who needs scripted character development? Oh, wait. The Bachelor is scripted. SPOILER ALERT! Anyway, you also love J-Lo’s World of Dance and Dancing With The Stars. You might even consider dabbling in ABC’s American Idol reboot. MAYBE. So, Reality Rachel, am I right?

  3. Catch-Up Carly

    Far behind memeWell, Carly, you try. We give you credit. You really do try. But, if there is a work function this Thursday, you go for the open bar. If your Tinder date asks if you are free, you say YES. And lastly, if your friend’s cover band is playing down the street, you go. You miss the episode. Hell, you might miss 2 weeks in a row. Now, you are tempted to just join in with the second half of How To Get Away With Murder because your friend just ruined the cliffhanger for you. Goodness, Carly, catch up already!

  4. Cathy Cable

    HBO memeOkay, so Cathy Cable has a point. Cable shows rock, not to mention they often fill most of the nominations during Emmy and Golden Globe season. The Walking Dead, Girls, Game of Thrones, Big Little Lies…..the list goes on. Graphic, intense, gruesome, brutal, honest, and passionate. Cathy Cable knows what’s up. You aren’t messing with primetime precautions or catastrophic commercial breaks. Did I mention I enjoy alliterations? You go, Cathy!

  5. Primetime Ponderers

    LIve tv memeLive, live, live! Your twitter is out. You’ve already tweeted your fellow fans. Your wine is poured, and you don’t make ANY plans. THE NEW EPISODE IS YOUR PLAN. No one can call. No one can text, well, until a commercial. You’ve thought about the episode at least twice at work today. Also, you have watched ALL of the previews that were released on the Facebook page. You might even follow a Tumblr fan account and secretly look for spoilers. You love live TV. And better yet, you make a blog about the power of live television and the impact it has on audiences worldwide. 😉

Well, which one are you? Sound off in the comments below by clicking on the title of the article!

Escapism or comfort? Maybe both.

Escapism or comfort? Maybe both.

On December 17th, 2015, my first year of teaching, I was spat on by a middle school student. Yes, human spit. I tell you this only so that you understand the exact moment that I needed to find another passion. A focus, a goal, an additional aspiration that had zero ties to my career. You know, a dream.

Storytelling through screenwriting became that dream when I decided to sit down that night and “escape” from all the things that had happened to me at work. Teaching is, well, just ask a teacher. But make sure you have some time and a bottle or two. Anyway. I turned on episode 1 of Grey’s Anatomy. Now, we all know that this show has been on for years. 13 seasons, to be exact. Nevertheless, I was told it would help me ESCAPE. “You can watch to take your mind off of the kids,” a colleague said. Hmm, that’s how it started, I suppose. I gave it a try.

ESCAPISM, to me, is a passive approach to television. Television that passes the time, provides a laugh or two, or maybe even a tear. A distraction, a form of relaxation. You might be working on something, but it is on in the background. But don’t you ever have a book that you simply cannot put down? A movie that you can hardly breathe normally through? An episode you’ve been waiting all week for? That, my friends, is comfort. You have become so actively invested in a character, a storyline, or a chapter that you MUST tune in. You MUST. And we are comforted by this journey with these characters. It is inspiration and motivation from a completely fictional realm. It is no longer a distraction or something that you may or may not see that week, it is a NECESSITY. It satisfies your hope for something greater, your need to witness failure, and better yet, your enjoyment in a fictional triumph. It is comforting to have that to look forward to.

So, I’ll leave you with this. What show or movie gives you comfort? Clarity? Motivation? There are characters created by screenwriters worldwide that come from a paper, a pen, and a post-it. But for me, these characters become flawed, wildly imperfect beings trying to figure out what it means to be human. And to love every minute of it. Live television gives us that week-to-week suspense, that necessity in our life to believe that one day we can fight, fail, battle, cry, laugh, and love as tenaciously as these fictional beings do. That hope for a good outcome. The best part? We get even more excited when the outcome is the opposite of what we expected. Like everything in life, right?

Storytelling. Hope. Companionship.

Storytelling. Hope. Companionship.

Well, hello. My name is Jake. I like to call myself a storyteller. In other words, I’m a kindergarten teacher who sings, writes television on his laptop, tells jokes at parties, and learns choreography by pop groups like Fifth Harmony. Oh, and apparently now I am a blogger. This blog is about the power of live, scripted television. The concept that a single human can sit down and concoct a fictional realm that millions emotionally invest in. Not only do they invest, but they do so in the moment, at the scheduled time, with wine or whiskey and friends. One day, one day, my story will join the ranks of Michael Crichton (ER), Shonda Rhimes (Grey’s Anatomy and Scandal) , Aaron Sorkin (The West Wing) and so many more. Because live television celebrates how a story can create a family – a family of humans that want to know they are not alone.

“The age of Netflix. I’d rather binge.” Hmm, more power to you. But it is my goal to find those that prefer to see it FIRST, to see it LIVE, and to pour more red wine on the second commercial. Sometimes, let’s face it, you refill EVERY commercial. Live, scripted television is necessary. We are family of humans celebrating fictional human that supposedly portray our own problems. It is the thrill of watching them fail, succeed, and fail again that keeps us coming back. The HOPE we feel when a character overcomes something seemingly impossible. The ADRENALINE we feel when a near-disastrous situation keeps our hearts racing so we wait through the commercial with anxiety. We are in this together, right?

So, I want to open the door. The door that celebrates, critiques, and debates the power of a pilot. Of a midseason finale. Of a premiere. Or a miniseries. Who’s with me?