In order to keep my writing skills at the readyâ€”available to me whenever I need themâ€”I need to exercise my writing muscles on a consistent basis. The truth is that Iâ€™d rather be watching TV, though.Â Therefore, for the next year, I will write about a different TV show each week. Thatâ€™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 didnâ€™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 Iâ€™ve got is a list of 52 shows that I like, shows Iâ€™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.Â There are no categories or themes, and no predetermined schedule.Â That means that I will pick shows at random based on my mood and the posts will appear in that arbitrary order. Â I will note, however, when I am writing about a Gold Star show. Â Gold Star shows are those Iâ€™ve seen every single episode of.Â 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 doesnâ€™t diminish my passion for that show. And Studio 60 was only on for 22 episodes. I didnâ€™t even get a chance to miss one. If a show is still on the air, it canâ€™t qualify for Gold Star status.
The logistics will be simple.Â 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 Iâ€™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 arenâ€™t the only shows I like and/or watch.Â 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.