My television viewing habits have changed a lot this past year. Used to be that I was totally hooked on the Law and Order franchise and a few other shows on the major networks. Now it’s a whole different story, most of my TV viewing is done on cable channels and not on the 3 major networks. The reason is simple – the shows on cable networks is getting better. What I’m finding a little surprising is how my tastes are changing along the way – they are getting a little sexually bipolar.
The first Cable hook to set was 24 on Fox. From the first episode, I knew that I was going to watch every episode and I have. Since then I’m now an avid viewer of The Shield and Nip/Tuck on FX, but more recently, the Discovery Channel has nailed me with a series of hyper-hetero shows, Monster Garage, American Chopper, and Monster House. If that’s not enough, there’s a new show starting on Sunday called American HotRod that could easily be added to my list of faves. So where is the bipolar part come in? I’m glad you asked. 😀
I’ve rarely watched anything on Bravo. About the only thing I’ve ever tuned into from time to time has been Inside The Actors Studio. That changed in the last few months with a couple of their new shows. First was Queer Eye For The Straight Guy. The premise is that 5 gay guys give a straight guy and his living space a makeover. At first I thought it was going to be stupid, but I have to say that the show is very funny and Thom Filicia has done some incredible room remodeling.
The other show that caught me completely off guard is Boy Meets Boy. I’ve never been a big fan of “reality” television, but for some reason, I like this show. I think it’s because James, the leading man, is so genuine. I really like this guy. He seems nice and honest and what you see is what you get. With so many of the other leads in similarly based programs, such as For Love Or Money, or Joe Millionaire, you just don’t care about the leading characters. For some reason, this show feels different. Sure there’s a twist – some people are straight – but James is the glue that makes this whole show work.
So there you have it, a complete run down of my TV viewing habits. Looking over it all, it would appear that I’ve found a harmonic Zen state. American Chopper is balanced out by Queer Eye For The Straight Guy and the end result is a great mix of good shows that keep my testosterone from going overboard. 😉