Oct 1, 2010

Pilot Episode

Call it what you want—the idiot box, the boob tube, the small screen, the telly, opiate of the masses, the electronic babysitter—but I love TV. The only reason I pay my electric bill on time is to be sure the TV works and I would give up my car before my DVR. If I could have my dream job, I’d either take over for Ken Tucker or join the writing staff of a sit-com. I’m starting Adams on Television for a couple of reasons. For starters, it is a creative outlet that I hope will improve my writing abilities for personal and professional reasons. But more importantly, I want to celebrate the medium of television, often criticized and blamed for all sorts of social ills, but one that has great power and potential to entertain and educate and to create a shared psyche across a culture. I won’t contend that all TV is of value, and obviously too much of anything is a bad thing, but I have little tolerance for TV Snobs, those who arrogantly proclaim, “Oh, I don’t have time for TV,” or “I have more important things to do than watch TV.” Your loss, folks, make time. I feel sad for these people; they miss out on great moments of humor, drama, pathos and education and they are missing a huge chunk of cultural literacy.

For some who have stumbled upon this, your first thought may be, “Who the hell is Adams and why do I care what he thinks about Television?” Fair question. I’m Wm. Adams, a middle-aged man in San Antonio, Texas who likes TV. I have thoughts and opinions about TV and can often express them in insightful and humorous ways. Take it or leave it.

Adams on Television will initially be all over the board. I will tell you what I like (and why) and what I don’t like (and why). I’ll attempt to be funny and engaging. I’ll try to be analytical and critical. I’ll report on current favorites and classics as well. When in a pinch for topics, I’ll resort the staple of lazy bloggers, the Top 10 (or so) List, as filler. I may even try live blogging SNL if I can stand it (a topic for later, for sure). I plan to shy away from politics and news, saving that for another endeavor.

I encourage your comments, opinions and suggestions. You might see ads in the margins, click on them if you want, maybe I’ll earn 2¢ a year. If you like what you read, let your friends know. Follow me on Twitter, @AdamsOnTVision, if you want to be updated on new posts. If you don’t like what you read, just like TV, you don’t have to tune in.

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