What do you watch on television?
Do you watch the first show of a series based on the hype that precedes it?
Are you more influenced by the premise of a show or the actors on it?
As a rule, I don’t watch the first show in a series unless it plays at a time when there is nothing else on that I want to watch or I LOVE the actors or actresses on the show. Since I tutor kids on a regular basis I try not to become addicted to a series, knowing I will miss episodes to earn money. (No, I can’t record them)
I didn’t watch Scandal for a long time. I was turned off by the idea it would be about a U.S. president and his affair in the White House. I admit I don’t admire people who commit adultery. (YEP, I used the word. I am the daughter of a former preacher and I tend to take it personally when people cheat on their marriage partners.) I picked up on the series because the reruns play at times when I need something to watch, and Olivia Pope (Kerry Washington) is an interesting character without the president. Am I into passion and sex? Of course I am. I write about romance and love and steamy sex. I just don’t let married folks cheat when they are my heroes or heroines or protagonists. I do find the intrigues on most episodes a tad over the top, but I am watching fiction, so who cares? Some of the secondary characters are interesting. Some are bat-shit crazy and will surely meet a terrible end.
People who love Julianna Margulis (Alicia Florrick) probably watched The Good Wife from the beginning. I wasn’t a fan. Christine Barabski (Diane Lockhart) is an interesting actress, but… Chris Noth (Peter Florrick) was fine on Sex in the City as a secondary character. He has played other big roles, but I didn’t watch those shows, and I wouldn’t have watched the show for him or any of the other actors. Actually, Archie Panjabi, (Kalinda Sharma) plays an interesting character, but I wouldn’t watch the series because of her. The whole presentation of politics and law practice didn’t grab my interest at first, but I now enjoy the show. Again, I watch the reruns.