As much as this self proclaimed TV Addict endeavours to watch as much television as possible, the reality is that there are only so many hours in the day one can physically plant themselves comfortably on a couch and revel in the beauty that is one’s 42″ illuminated flatscreen. No really, watching this much television — particularly when networks insist on scheduling everything on the same night — is a heck of a lot easier said than done. And just a small part of the reason why — as the television season heads into its second month — it has become increasingly clear that we need to drop a show (or four!) from our schedule.
But how does one decide what shows get the axe, especially when it comes to those new Fall shows you continue to watch (or record) out of habit (or guilt!)? Well, after much thought and thorough testing, we’ve concocted a surefire method! Find out for yourself after the jump.
Presenting: theTVaddict.com Litmus Test (Patent Pending!)
Step #1: In your mind, formulate the name of a show that you’re still watching, but have on more than one occasion asked yourself, “Why?”
Step #2: Got the show? Good. Now, ask yourself the following question: Off the top of your head, can you name two or more characters on the show? (Note: If the show is called NIKITA and/or MIKE & MOLLY you’re going to have to be able to name characters that aren’t in the title!)
The Result: Suffice to say, if you can’t muster more than a name or two of a character on a show that you’ve supposedly been “watching” for the better part of the past month, it’s time to let go!
Still not convinced? For argument sake, here are three shows that we’ve just recently removed from our “Season’s Pass” list”
HAWAII FIVE-0: Despite the beautiful eye candy that is the island we hope to soon be vacationing on and our affection for the cast as a whole — gun to our head — book us, because we can’t name anyone on the show outside of Danno!
THE WHOLE TRUTH: While the recent cancelation of show makes this somewhat of a moot point, unless the lead character’s names were actually Maura Tierney and Rob Morrow, all evidence points to the fact that the ABC legal procedural that followed COUGAR TOWN was guilty of being a snoozefest.
UNDERCOVERS: Putting aside the serious points the J.J. Abrams series gets for importing two of the sexiest things to come out of
Britain Europe since Michelle Ryan and Jamie Bamber, when the most notable thing about the show four episodes in remains the welcome amount of cultural diversity the series brings to the the primetime television landscape, you know you’ve got problems.