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December 31, 2007

Current TV Obsessions

Like Greg Garcia, I had a TiVo that was bubbling over with shows to watch, around the first week of November.

Now, my beloved TiVo is empty. :(

(Luckily, there is no end to the number of hours of 90210 and The People's Court that I will happily consume.)

But with no Heroes, no Pushing Daisies, no Big Bang Theory to delight my nights (seriously, when I went to "select programs to record" last night--as I do every Sunday night on my TiVo--I wept. These huge bars of "To Be Announced" dominated the program grid--peppered only with Who Wants To Contract Hep-C, I Can Recall Fewer Lyrics Than You Can, and Watch People Squirm While They Lie About Their Opinions... each causing me to long, more and more, for The Donny and Marie Show), I have developed an affinity for the following excellent programming.

What It Takes (Reelz)

Absolutely lovely half-hour portraits of actors who have "made it" and how it is they have done exactly that. If there were a Self-Management for Actors TV series, this would be pretty dang close to it.

The Directors (Reelz)

I often talk about the importance of thinking like a producer. This show helps me understand the madness that is the creative and business-savvy successful Hollywood director. Wonderful.

Biography (A&E)

The classics never die. Now, I loves me some juicy E! True Hollywood Story as much as the next spectator, but there is something so classy, so cool, so educational about Biography. For instance, I am now officially obsessed with Carole Lombard. So much so that I may just update my HEROES section at my MySpace page. At the very least, I will be renting My Man Godfrey this week. That's for dayum sure.

Iconoclasts (Sundance)

Oh, my lordy! I have loved this show since it launched. It's inspiring and it teaches me things about people I find fascinating at levels I didn't know existed in their worlds, based on the coverage mainstream media provides. My latest favorite--to such an extent that I saved it on the TiVo to watch again (and honestly, I would've done that even if space were at a premium on that sucker)--is the one between Mike Myers and Deepak Chopra. I KNOW! But trust me... it is pure greatness (and you really don't get a sense of that from watching the clips at the site. Not at all).

So, that's where I've been finding my inspiration lately. How 'bout you?

Posted by bonnie at December 31, 2007 5:08 PM


Yeah... I'm glad I didn't erase things from the DVR. It gives me something to watch.

Posted by: Beth at January 1, 2008 8:11 AM

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