Sunday, March 31, 2013

I watch..............

 Tonight marks the start of the 3rd season of Game Of Thrones.  I don't know if you've ever seen it, but I absolutely love the show.
It's rather imaginative and well written; with fascinating characters and interesting plot twists.  Those of us that watch the show have waited a very long time for this 3rd season to start.
I realized something today....Game of Thrones is the only series on television that I actually watch on a regular basis. I don't watch anything on network television and I don't watch any other series on cable that isn't news related or some kind of political show.  Not with consistency anyway. I don't like the idea of watching reality television shows and I haven't seen anything else that moves me enough to watch it constantly.
I can't wait to see how this season of Game of Thrones unfolds.  Of course, if I really wanted to know, I could just read the books by George R. R. Martin. But the simple truth is that I'd prefer to just watch the series.
I do watch television everyday.  But I tend to watch a lot of news shows and The Military History Channel, ESPN, The Discovery Channel, The Food Network, Animal Planet and The History Channel.  What I do watch occasionally are Real Time with Bill Maher and Morning Joe with Joe Scarborough.
I like Bill Maher, I think he's funny as hell!!!  While I don't always agree with him, I find his wit hilarious.  I like how he doesn't always take himself too seriously and I like his passion for some topics....even though some of those topics are of things I couldn't possibly care less about.
 
As a matter of fact, I've been watching Bill Maher's "politically incorrect" shows for more than 20 years now.
Often I will watch Morning Joe before and as I get ready to go to work in the mornings.  I like his show because it does a pretty good job of presenting both political sides fairly evenly.
I don't always agree with Joe Scarborough, but I don't always disagree with his political views either.  To me, he acts like an adult.  He doesn't always just spit out the party line, he forms his own opinions based on his personal experience and what he considers to be logical.  He has no problem calling out members of any political party....including his own for their stupidity.
 
No, I don't always agree with him, but I do respect the man.
 Tell me, what do you watch on television?!?

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  1. Getting ready for work I'll watch BBC Breakfast. It's a enjoyable mix of news and other things. I enjoy Everybody loves Raymond, King of Queens and Frasier. I also enjoy the history channel, Aljazeera for the world news, talks and documentaries. There's a new series that began yesterday called the Village ( set in an English Village just before the war) that I thought was brilliant - I haven't sat in front the TV to enjoy a series like that in a long time so it was a nice surprise. I watch the Andrew Marr show for politics, and sometimes Question Time ( a politics panel show where the audience asks questions, and the panel often disagree.)Oh, I nearly forgot - Eastenders. Yes, if I'm watching television at all, it will probably be one of these.

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    1. I see you watch a hodge podge of television shows Dawna. The Village does sound interesting.

      A couple of weeks back I watched a movie on YouTube about life in England after a nuclear attack. It was made in the 80s and it was rather disturbing.

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  2. I enjoy watching Diners, Drive In's and Dives an American programme with pesenter "Guy Fieri". Guy visits some of Americas most unique restaurants, tastes their popular dishes. Gotta hand it to them the Americans know how to dish large portions of tasty looking food.

    "Klear TV" on sky 232 keeps me up to date with some local news from Africa, the latest African trends in ladies fashion and some good old Afro Beats.

    Lately I've become accustomed to watching the cartoon network with my daughter, kid in me I love a programme called Oggy and the cocroach cracks me up...

    CNN is my channel for world news and current affairs...

    We get a programme over here in London called Mastermind (4 contestants battle it out to answer questions on general knowledge and specialist subject areas) my daughter enjoys the knowledge output so am encouraged to watch with her.

    Another programme I watch and find rather inspiring is called University Challenge (2 teams of UK University students battle it out answering a range of questions on different subject areas). Its quite nice because I can only imagine it would boost the academic profile of each uni.

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    1. I've actually watched Diners, Drive Ins and Dives many times too BareFoot Countessa. I just don't watch it often enough to even know when exactly the show comes on. I've been seeing it off and on for years.

      Years ago I decided that I could go a month without eating meat.....it was hard, very hard. Halfway through that month, I saw Guy in Memphis doing a show about barbecue. Two and a half weeks later I was driving to Memphis and I ended up eating at a few of the places that he highlighted on his show.

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  3. I LOVE Game of Thrones and was hooked from the moment My Love introduced me to it; naturally, he was stoked that I enjoyed it so much. Yes, it is truly well written, is captivating, and has some intense characters. ML Has read the books to date and tells me about some of the deviations between the book and the show; however, it hasn't swayed me from the series. Between Game of Thrones and The Wire, I'd say those are/were the BEST series HBO has presented.

    I watch a few of the series' on SHO; however, they still do not rate as well as Game of Thrones. I DVR most everything I watch so I can watch at my convenience without the commercials; well, save for Scandal, which has be fiend out to the umpth degree!

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    1. I loved The Wire and The Sopranos BluJewel. I saw every single episode of both through the years.

      I used to watch Oz religiously, but then one of the inmates named Adebisi raped this Italian guy......never watched it again.

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  4. Reggie I'm a Game of Thrones fanatic. I love the show and love the books (well most of them) even more. The show creators say they were influenced in part by The Wire and The Sopranos and you can tell.
    http://www.theurbanpolitico.com/2013/04/hbo-game-of-thrones-recap-valar-dohaeris.html

    As far as news shows I generally watch C-Span in the morning. Every now and again I'll heck out Morning Joe but he tends to start every sentence with "Well back in 1994 when I was in Congress..."

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    1. Yes Shady_Grady and he also likes to say "when I was running for my congressional seat"..........

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  5. There is a show on a PBS channel here called The Aviators. I watch that without fail. It's about airplanes and piloting planes. I watch a show called Chicago Fire on NBC. It's pretty good when they stick to the firefighting but, they often go off the rails with a bunch of romantic nonsense that isn't even really romance, just annoying.

    Otherwise, I watch docs on PBS and that's about hit other than occasionally catching a good film on Bounce.

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    1. Val I see you're still in love with Bounce. I ain't mad at cha.

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  6. I watch almost zero TV apart from soccer and the odd documentary. Been hitting Youtube quite a bit ever since I discovered the PS3 had an app for it, very nice and crisp streaming. will check Game of Thrones, seen an ad for it in the past

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    1. Yeah Chrome, with most cable companies having video on demand it's easy to catch up with a series like this.

      Interestingly enough, lately I've been checking out old movies on YouTube. This past weekend I watched Glengarry Glen Ross on YouTube and I hadn't seen that in years.

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  7. I watch a little of everything. Reality TV, I watch Red Widow, Scandal & Grey's Anatomy on ABC. I watch Client's List on Lifetime, I watch SOAPnet at night, Food Network/Cooking Channel, HGTV, DIY, WE...I don't currently have any premium movie channels, but I will be watching True Blood when it comes back on. I'll catch it online. A lot of TV gets by me. I am more inclined to watch movies.

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    1. I've gotta do better Kween, I've got HBO, Showtime, Cinemax, The Movie Channel and Encore......and I rarely watch anything on them.

      A lot of TV gets by me too.

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  8. I only have "peasant vision" ... meaning 2 local channels via rabbit ears ... 10 minutes of watching and I'm asleep ... so I never find out about the rest of the story ...

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    1. Just reading your comment I can only imagine how much time I waste watching television; be it a news show or a football, basketball or baseball game.

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  9. I enjoy watching television. I like General Hospital, reality tv, comedies, and dramas.

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    1. What specifically do you watch besides General Hospital Mlvlatina?!?

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    2. I like "How I Met Your Mother", "Modern Family", "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit", and "Breaking Bad".

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    3. I like the original Law & Order, it's amazing how long thats been on television.

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  10. Love and Hip Hop, any Real Housewives, Tyler Perry sitcoms, Bad Girls, Braxton Family Values....



    (OK, OK... Vikings and The Real Househusbands are about it as far as must watch television for me.)

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    1. John it would seem you're watching a lot of chick flicks....what gives brother?!?

      Now The Vikings, I've caught that a few times, it's pretty tight.

      The Real Househusbands?!? Is there such a thing?!?

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  12. Oh, I was just kidding about those. I hate those. I even broke up with a woman because those were her shows of choice.

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    1. Of course I've never seen an episode of any of these "wives" shows, but everything that I have seen doesn't exactly put them in positive lights.

      Some of this stuff that is passed off as black comedy and black reality television seems to come off as sheer "coonery".

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  13. True Blood
    The Walking Dead
    Game of Thrones
    Okay too many to list, I don't do reality shows though

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    1. I've never watched The Walking Dead, but I've heard a lot of good things about it.

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  14. Reggie, John is lying! I'm telling you he loves the Real Housewives! Don't believe him when he says he doesn't, LOL!

    I watch Real Housewives, I know they're not real because these women go to a hotel or a spa and you see them going ga-ga and ooohing and aaahing like they've never ever been anyplace before! You know? and I watch some documentary's like Lisa Liu'.

    I love, love, looooove, watching real live trials! Oh my God I could watch all day!!! The lawyers,the prosecutors I love the whole thing. I'm currently hooked on the Jodi Arias trial.

    I watch all of HLN, Jane Velez- Mitchell, Nancy Grace, Dr. Drew, Anderson, Piers, but only if they have something I'm interested in. I'll watch any crafting show, (not many on though).

    At HGTV I may watch some of the decorating programs. Some cooking programs if they're cooking something I want to learn about.

    And I loooove the murder stories like Snapped. Behind Mansion Walls, City Confidential, all of them. But I have to know they're true. That they actually happened.

    But anyway, the thing is I just can't stand, and I don't know why, fiction stuff. Where I know someone just made it up to manipulate my senses, I just can't.

    But, since I believe one should always be open to new things, I'm going to try and check the Game of Thrones out :) who knows I may like it ;p

    Please Reggie, without judging me, tell me,am I crazy??? :)))

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    1. Yes, it is true....you are crazy DesertFlower.

      I'm convinced that Nancy Grace has horns under that hair and is sitting on a pointed tail. She's gotta be the devil incarnate.

      Some of those "murder, death, kill" shows you're watching are flat out evil. In half those shows the husband did it and the other half the wife did it. That stuff is way past depressing.

      Nah.....you're not crazy.....not really.

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    2. Oh lord that woman Nancy Grace...notice she is wearing a barrette thing I guess for a softer human look. And I agree those murder mysteries do seem evil. I stopped watching them because of the negative energy I feel...very depressing.

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    3. If there is one thing Nancy Grace has plenty of its negative energy.

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  15. LOVE Bill Maher. I'm trying to ween myself off of Tv, only because I try to write 1000 words a day before I go to sleep and I have to actually sit down and watch tv and not have it as background noise. Don't judge- I've been watching Young & The Restless for 30 yrs now. I have Eyeopener on in the background as I get ready for work. I watch Good Times, and Martin everyday, and The Steve Harvey show. And Cnn runs while on the treadmill at the gym. I did watch the last season of The Bachelor only because there were 5 black women on there and I wanted to see howlong they would last- they ended up lasting a while, however the blonde with one arm lasted longer. That was when I stopped watching. I do watch modern family.
    I watch alot of netflix- mainly the tv show Medium , while on the train ride home from work. And lots of French and Spanish movies.

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    1. The Young and The Restless Daij?!? Really......

      Man I'm gonna need your man card right now. I'm gonna need you to mail it to me with a self address stamped envelope and..........

      Seriously though, when I was in college I distinctly remember this group of football players that would gather in the student union everyday to watch their soap operas. They were straight serious about General Hospital and they wouldn't be moved for nothing.

      I watch a lot of movies on YouTube these days.

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  16. REGGIE!!! Stop talking that way about Nancy!:))) She's right on point! She get's everything and nobody can pull a fast one on her!!!

    It's depressing Reg, but TRUE! These things happen!

    I know, I'm not "really" crazy. Just, 'somewhat' Hehehehehe, But I'm happy like this.

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    1. Nancy has gotta be the devil's spawn. That woman has got evil written into her DNA. No one should be that pissed off all the time.

      Wouldn't it be nice just once to hear happy stuff on television?!?

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  17. Noooooo Regggie, wouldn't you like to have her as your attorney should you ( heaven forbid) ever need one?

    Anyway I did forget to add comedy to the lust. I will also watch my favorite comedians/ienes that's happy stuff right?

    Lets face it, life is a cesspool of bacteria! Life is a constant struggle from the moment one wakes up til the moment you go to bed and sometimes even that's a problem!

    So the way I see it these shows remind me things could be worse. One could be or have been in that situation,. So I feel better about my life! :))

    I know, I know, crazy logic but hey, what the heck, it could be worse...

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    1. DesertFlower lets hope that I never need an attorney and leave it at that.

      I love good standup. I actually enjoy good spoken word as well.

      Let me see if I can get this straight....if someone else's life sucks worse than mine somehow I'm better off?!?

      I do agree about the cesspool of bacteria stuff though.

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  18. I meant to say 'list' not lust lol! Add porno to the lust, er, I mean list. Gotta keep it real here...

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    1. Spelling doesn't count on my page and neither do Freudian slips DesertFlower.

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  19. I watch a lil bit of everything, but my favorites are Frasier,Scandal and The Borgias. Oh, I forgot NOOKIE...Boardwalk Empire! Any other time our television is on either the History Channel, Military Channel or whatever channel the NRA comes on....I wonder why. LOL
    Also, I watch a lot of stuff on the internet like Unsung.

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    1. I used to love to watch Frasier back in the day BayouCreole and I even watched Boardwalk Empire for a quick minute. I think the thing about cable shows is that sometimes they stretch out the time in between seasons entirely too long. People tend to lose interest because of that.

      I like The History Channel and the Military History Channel too.

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  20. I don't watch a lot of television. I tried the Reality shows but I couldn't take too much of that crazy drama.
    My husband and I watch series like Scandal, Arrow (just catching up on that one) but we will usually wait a few a weeks then watch them so that we will have at least have three episodes to watch in a night...I can't stand weekly cliff hangers. He likes Walking Dead...I pass lol. I watch old school television shows, the only new sitcom I watch that I can think of is Big Bang Theory. And I was once a Disney Channel fan...no shame lol but the television is usually on History, Travel (Man vs Food) or Nick.

    I've heard Game of Thrones is good, I may have to check it out. Right now I'm waiting for Mad Men to start, after that True Blood.

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    1. Linda how is Arrow?!? I will sometimes wait and catch up with video on demand as well.

      I can't get into the zombie thing.....or the effeminate looking vampire thing either. I don't get all the interest in those types of shows and movies. I have always been a big SciFi fan, but I just can't get into those kinds of shows or movies.

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  21. Arrow is pretty good...it's something to watch. I wasn't into True Blood either at first, it's ok sometimes...As for Walking Dead' can't do it.

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    1. Whats up with the whole zombie thing?!? Whose idea was it for dead people to eat brains and whatnot?!?

      WTH?!?

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  22. my daughter's best friend's mom RAVES about Game of Thrones. I tried watching it during our cable company's watchathon but was too distracted. it is currently on my list of series to watch.

    right now I'm watching Scandal and shows like Oprah's life class. in the morning the kid and I watch the local news.

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    1. If you're gonna watch it Tarsha, you have to watch it from the very beginning to truly appreciate it. I hope you enjoy it.

      The great thing about video on demand is that it allows you to catch up on a year's programming in a single day.

      I keep hearing about all this love for Scandal, it must be awesome.

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  26. Wow and lmao at your responses to the spammers...anyway yea zombies are gross, they've become the new vampires though. Setting up to check out season 1 of GOT. Hope it's good!

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    1. ....and to think that I used to just delete their comments. Now.....I have fun with them.

      Enjoy Linda.

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    2. Just finished off season 2 of GOT. That very 1st episode in season one freaked me out so bad...I guess I didn't realize the show was abt sorcery...but obviously it drew out my curiosity as me and my husband would be up very late watching episode after episode. The end of season 2 was so good...I'm mad we're on season 3 already.

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    3. It's awesome isn't it Linda?!? The show just keeps getting better and better too.

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  27. blessings....
    hope all is well with you and you are enjoying life.
    i haven't been watching much television so am not up to date on whats on. Been doing a lot of reading.Read 31 thus far.

    peace, have a blessed week
    rhapsody

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    1. Reading is definitely something that I do everyday Rhapsody. I take my Nook everywhere with me. I'm currently reading Damascus Countdown by Joel Rosenberg.

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  28. I caught the tail end of Game Of Thrones last night.

    I must say that it is good. I enjoyed the lush landscapes. It's filmed in beautiful country! The sets are very well done as well as the period costumes. Which all combine to give a very pleasant, sensual experience.

    I may just watch again. Thanks for turning me on to this!

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    1. DesertFlower you should go to your cable station's video on demand and start from season 1, trust me you won't be disappointed.

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  29. I don't have cable now, I have Dish and don't know if they have that but maybe I can find it on YouTube?

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  30. My husband watches G.O.T and Bill Maher. Our favorite lately is Shameless. The season just ended on Sunday.

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    1. I've heard a lot of good stuff about Shameless, though I've never seen a single episode myself.

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  31. You and I have similar tastes in television, I see. I am a big fan of Bill Maher. I watched him even when he was doing Politically Incorrect. I look at Morning Joe from time to time.

    I am a big fan of True Blood and Boardwalk Empire. I've heard great things about Game of Thrones; I may just end up playing catch up and checking out the first two seasons.

    I was slow but am on the Scandal bandwagon. Not sure why they have to talk so fast or why there are times where there are big breaks between one episode and the next, but it intrigues me.

    I find myself looking at a lot of the You Tube shows as well. I love Between Women, Anacosta, Brothers With No Game, The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl (Issa Rae), and The Unwritten Rules. Only downside is that sometimes, they have to rely on donations and outside funding to ensure there is an additional season to their shows.

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    1. I think Bill Maher is awesome.....just awesome. I could laugh at him every single day.

      Like I said, I've heard so many good things about Scandal, but I still haven't seen it.

      Check out NatesVlogs on YouTube, he's hilarious!!!

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