Only one week to go and we’ll have gone a year without television. Well, not a very strict year: we still caught a few movies on DVD, and I did sneak a few World Cup games at my in-laws in the summer. And then there’s our Sunday afternoon dinners at my parents, where the NFL is always on…
But all in all, we pretty much went without it. Apparently, if I’m an average television watcher, that means:
1) I saved approximately 11oo hours of my life. But I know I spent about 200 extra hours on the internet, and another 250 or so blogging. And another 100 reading blogs, something I didn’t do before giving up television. So the net gain was about 550 hours.
2) I lived a safer life. Falling flatscreens kill, you know.
3) I should have lost some weight. Obesity has been proven to be directly proportional to the hours of television someone watches. In fact, I am hovering at approximately the same weight as at the end of 2009.
4) I missed out on the Lost finale, fifteen Survivor finales, 727 Italian dives during the World Cup, and a host of other reality shows too ridiculous to mention.
5) I have no idea what ended up happening to poor Conan, or whether or not Paula Abdul still hosts American Idol.
Lots of folks have been asking, What now? Are you going to watch television in 2011?
Maile’s not convinced. But I’m definitely roping her into my trek through all 17 seasons of Lost, starting the night of January 1st. That is, if Bryan is still willing to let me borrow them.
So help me ease my way back into the world of the boob tube: what television events or programs will you be sure not to miss in 2011?