Wednesday, September 3, 2008

American TV

Now I haven´t been much of a TV watcher since I was a kid. When I was younger I spent many hours per day in front of the tube. Then I got to college, then graduated, and over these years I kind of just stopped watching it, preferring to spend my time on other more intellectually stimulating persuits (HA!). But seriously, I have not been much of a TV watcher for some time. Until now.

Call it homesickness or saudades (Poruguese for "longing" and a great example of how ideas can´t be translated) for the US of A, but I am addicted to a lovely site by the name of www.surfthechannel.com. This site has a plethora of TV shows and movies that you can watch with streaming video. And I just can´t get enough of it.

I find myself doing stupid things that I would never do in the US, like watching the entire first season of Gossip Girl, and waiting anxiously for the second season to start (it started on Monday night and I watched the first episode last night...it was great!). I have caught up on shows I heard about but never had the time or the TV to watch in the US: Biggest Loser, Weeds, The Wire, Arrested Development, The L Word, and the list goes on.

Now my focus seems to be on Gossip Girl, the new 90210, and Weeds. I think I am going to limit myself to these for now and hopefully this will decrease my internet time per day by a little bit at least!

One thing I do miss though, is the gossip sessions about these shows. Even though I did not watch much TV after I finished high school, I did still find myself addicted to Melrose Place and the old 90210. I used to love watching these and then going to my old restaurant job to gossip with my co-workers about what happened and what was going to happen the following week.

So if you are a closet GG addict like I have become (OK, maybe I am not so closeted about it since I am writing about this on my blog), then feel free to leave a comment or send me an email so that I can get some online gossip sessions going about who wore what, what will happen next week, and what characters will make it to the end of the season and which will get killed off in what kind of creative way.

"You know you love me...XOXO, Gossip Girl"

3 comments:

Ali la Loca said...

I've gone through a similar experience with American TV shows! Here in Moz, we get our sitcoms through a Portuguese channel, FoxLife. I'm currently watching Brothers and Sisters, Ugly Betty and The Closer. I wish we had the ones you referred to...and I wish our internet were a bit more robust, b/c I can't download or stream big video files!

A.L.R. said...

I used to do a lot of tv watching on the internet back in the states. I got hooked on lost and my social life was all but over.

You must have a fast internet connection or something, because there is no way I can stream on my connection.

What are you working off of?

Pedra said...

Well, my connection is not very fast. What I do is go onto the site I want to watch streaming, start to stream it, put it on pause and then wait for like an hour while the stream downloads and then watch it. It kind of sucks but I have internet at my house so I just leave the computer, do other stuff then come back to watch the program.