aka Why I got nothing done this week.
Many of the shows I used to follow aren't on anymore. Gilmore Girls
and Veronica Mars
ended last season; The West Wing
ended the year before that, and Bravo stopped showing reruns all the time. ER
is still on, but I stopped caring after the cast changed yet again. So this week I decided to find some new shows to watch because that just seemed like a lot more fun than reading about cataloging.
Watching TV here is a challenging experience. More of the channels are in French than in English, and I haven't completely figured out which ones are which yet. Since I don't understand French, those are usually out, unless there's nothing else on. I have caught the tail end of a few episodes of Doctor Who
(which I've been told is addictive) in French, and the other day I watched some Alias
en française while I ate my lunch. Neither of those made any sense.
When the channels are in English, it's still difficult to figure out what's on. We have
4.5 American stations: ABC, CBS, and NBC, as well as a channel that is something FOX and sometimes the CW. Then there are two Canadian networks, Global and CTV, which show many of the popular American prime time shows, but not always on the same night or same time. That means that sometimes, the same show is on two channels at once, and sometimes the same show is on two different channels at different times (for instance, ER
is on at 7pm and
at 10pm). In the case of CSI: Miami
, it's on three stations at the same time: twice in English, and once in French. Horatio and his sunglasses are just as strange dubbed in French. And some of the shows we just can't find (when do we have FOX? when do we have CW? who knows!) Comedy Central doesn't exist, but The Daily Show
and The Colbert Report
are on CTV at midnight. Unfortunately, that's not so compatible with my morning classes.
Here's the rundown of what I did manage to see this week:
Also, we have a DVD player now! I've really been wanting to watch some West Wing episodes, but the DVD drive on my laptop is broken. Hooray for the DVD player!