Who’s In Charge?
August 21, 2006 5:15 PM
Well, tonight, I am. At least in terms of the remote control, because my husband is on a business trip. And I’m going to watch “Dog The Bounty Hunter,” A&E’s 2-year-old reality series that reached 4.5 million viewers for an episode that aired Aug. 8. It was the net’s highest-rated series event in its history.
Of course I missed that episode because Bob thinks the series is moronic. And it’s true that lately I have won the battle of the remote, making him watch a bunch of cable’s new summer debuts. That evening I decided my own marital bliss was more important than watching Dog and Beth’s wedding.
Yes, it’s nice to do things as a couple, but if he were home tonight he would be flipping through all of the cable news nets, C-SPAN and the History Channel, hitting the remote every time a commercial pod appears. Last night I actually saw Lifetime’s new documentary “The Fantasia Barrino Story: Life Is Not a Fairy Tale,” in real time and in its entirety.
But home alone, even I was torn. I also wanted to see HGTV’s “Designed to Sell” and several other shows. And I don’t pre-record anything anymore because I never watch any of it later.
And that’s the boon and bane of watching cable during the summer: There are so, so many good things to sample, all vying for the same eyeballs in the same time period, truly making a cable programming scheduler’s job a nightmare.