52 Shows, 52 Weeks

In order to keep my writing skills at the ready—available to me whenever I need them—I need to exercise my writing muscles on a consistent basis. The truth is that I’d rather be watching TV, though.  Therefore, for the next year, I will write about a different TV show each week. That’s 52 TV shows. At first, it seemed like a daunting task, but soon I had a list of over 60 shows. I narrowed it to 52 by removing shows I just didn’t want to think about (Skins, Phyllis) and non-scripted shows (The Rachel Maddow Show, The Daily Show, House Hunters International). That means that what I’ve got is a list of 52 shows that I like, shows I’d recommend that other TV junkies watch. Some are quality shows that everyone recognizes as excellent; some are General Hospital.

There is no method to my madness.  There are no categories or themes, and no predetermined schedule.  That means that I will pick shows at random based on my mood and the posts will appear in that arbitrary order.  I will note, however, when I am writing about a Gold Star show.  Gold Star shows are those I’ve seen every single episode of.  This is a rather arbitrary distinction. Consider that GH has been on more or less every weekday since 1963. That I have missed some episodes doesn’t diminish my passion for that show. And Studio 60 was only on for 22 episodes. I didn’t even get a chance to miss one. If a show is still on the air, it can’t qualify for Gold Star status.

The logistics will be simple.  Like I said, the shows will appear on the blog in no particular order, a different one each Saturday. There will be 53 Saturdays in 2011 so that gives me some wiggle room in case I need to take a week off. So that we can easily track how many shows I’ve done and how many are left, the posts will be labeled with sequential numbers but the numbers mean nothing meritorious because I am not ranking the shows. Each post will be around 500 words so as not to alienate my audience. Whenever possible and appropriate, there will be a visual aid.

Remember these aren’t the only shows I like and/or watch.  There are, after all, only 52 weeks in a year. I will keep track of the shows here so that each blog entry can be easily located in case of an emergency.