Unless you have cable in the middle east, you have to put up with regular free to air satellite channels that either air Arab crap, or a few English channels which all air the same movies and shows over and over and over.
Even newer seasons of shows air a few years after they were shown in the USA (CSI is up to it’s 12th season in the USA but here they’ve only aired up to 9). Hell there are even shows that have never aired on any Arab channel and never will (Wilfred & Game of Thrones are good examples of shows that will never see the light of day on free to air channels). And even the shows that make it end up getting censored. Grey’s Anatomy has all the Calizona scenes censored out, so unless you’ve watched the uncut episode, sometimes you stare at the TV and wonder WTF because you didn’t understand what just happened when the scene was cut half way through, why, because Callie smiled at Arizona, or hugged her, or held her hand.
This is why I download all my shows, I like to watch the latest episode right away and that episode being uncensored is a huge bonus.
I have a bunch of summer shows, so I don’t get bored during the big hiatus and long wait until it’s Fall and all my shows are back, but what does one do during winter hiatus where there are no shows at all to watch? Well I for one get addicted to new shows (like I don’t have enough to watch already).
This year I decided to give a few new shows a try, and a few old ones, which I downloaded while I was in Dubai last November. The first show I watched was Unforgettable (all 11 episodes), it’s still in its first season, and the reason I wanted to give it a try was because Poppy Montgomery was in it (if you remember she was Sam in Without a Trace). I can honestly say that the show is awesome and I really really hope CBS renew it for another season.
The second show I watched was Ringer (all 10 episodes), I’ve never liked Sara Michelle Gellar much, I really hated her in Buffy, but I’d seen part of the Ringer pilot on TV and I got hooked.
What really caught my attention was that this show was different and the suspense does keep you on the edge of your seat. It’s about Identical twin sisters Bridget & Siobhan, estranged for the last six years find that their lives are both unraveling at the same time. Bridget, a recovering addict, is on the run from the mob after witnessing a murder. She flees to her sister’s home & they seem to be repairing relationship until Siobhan mysteriously disappears during a boat trip the sisters take together.
Then I had to choose between The Big Bang Theory (all 5 seasons) and Doctor Who (all 6 seasons and the specials). Since I wasn’t that optimistic that I’d like Doctor Who even though I’d promised a friend I’d give it a try (I hate science fiction, I hate aliens, I do like time travel though, and I hate it when shows keep changing main actors every few seasons) so I decided to go with The Big Bang Theory. I’d watched a few episodes on TV and I loved it. I started to watch on a weekend and I couldn’t stop, I think I ended up watching one season a day. I finished it in less than a week.
I’m so glad I left the best till last, I’m totally hooked, I honestly can’t stop watching, I spent the last 2 weekends in bed watching one season a day. I stay up till 2am on weekdays after I get home from work watching, every time I finish an episode I promise myself the next one will be the last for the night…it never is.
And yes, I’m writing this blog post while I watch episode 5 of Doctor Who’s season 6, it’s actually the first kinda boring episode so it doesn’t need my full attention…yet.
I may review Doctor Who in a future post, if I ever get around to it…it really is that awesome and deserves one.
Hiatus is now over, actually has been over for a week now and I have a bunch of new episodes of my shows to watch (over 18 hours worth) but I can’t until I’m done with The Doctor.