Apparently I've missed having TV in my life, especially HBO and Showtime.
By Jen Littlefield (Librettist/Choreographer)
A few weeks ago, I moved to the Upper East Side to live with my best friend, whom I've known since junior high school, and whom I lived with in Brooklyn for six years. One amazing and time-consuming part of our relationship was watching fantastic TV series together. He has a huge collection of DVDs, and we would systematically watch shows that had long been cancelled, in addition to the new ones we DVRed and became obsessed with together. Some of my favorites included Gilmore Girls, Felicity (Team Ben or Team Noel, screw Edward and Jacob), Six Feet Under, Arrested Development, and Weeds. I mean come on, awkward Alexis Bledel, confused and searching Kerri Russel, the tragic Fishers and the ridiculous Bluthes, and Nancy f*cking Botwin.
What a better way to bond? These were our stories and we watched them together religiously.
Cut to last week in our new apartment for two, and an added subscription to Showtime complete with OnDemand. Let's talk about this for a second - are you guys as obsessed with the shows on this network as we are? I've been out of the TV loop for a while, but I circled right back in as my roomie caught up on the last seasons of SO MANY AMAZING SHOWS. Seriously - Nurse Jackie, Californication, Shameless, Homeland, and I haven't even started the Borgias, which I hear is pretty great too.
And then I got to thinking, if you could only have one premium channel EVER, which one would you choose? We chose Showtime because we both have friends' subscriptions to HBO Go. BUT WHAT IF YOU COULD ONLY HAVE ONE? Which one is better? Showtime? HBO? (Sorry Skinemax, you don't factor into this discussion) And how do you compare current shows against past shows? Do you pick greatness now, or go for the promise of potential based on past brilliance? Let's break it down:
(for length, I'm only dealing in scripted shows on a weekly basis, no movies or mini-series)