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I’m not that big on tv. It’s not only a matter of time (or lack thereof), but mostly because 1. I’d rather read, and 2. There’s rarely anything I’d want to watch.

In the midst of so many reality shows (should they even be called tv?), some of them good (Top Chef), most of them abominations (Real Housewives of ___, The Kardashians, The Bachelor/ette, take your pick) that prey on people who like seeing other people mistreated, or who enjoy watching how other people live their lives, only a few shows are worth watching. I mean, that Gordon Ramsey is the meanest guy I’ve ever seen, and I believe his tv shows are quite successful, but how many of his restaurants are thriving in real life? Or at least compared to Tom Colicchio’s, who is tough but is always polite to the contestants and by contrast is an extremely succesful restauranteur.

However, there are a handful of shows that will make me leave the book aside or at least try to stay awake for a while. 

It took me a while to get hooked on Game of Thrones. I recorded the first 3 seasons and started watching them at a leisurely pace earlier this year. While we watched the first episodes of the first season, my husband and I started wondering why people were addicted to this show. As we reached the fifth episode, it all started to make some sense. By the time the 4th season started, we would be glued to our tv a good 30 minutes before the start of each episode.

I think anyone who’s ever seen Game of Thrones can’t easily drop it, no matter how gory or explicit it gets. And it does get quite gory and explicit. I mean, that scene with Oberyn was awful – and I only heard it because I had my eyes closed, but dear husband felt the need to describe in detail what I had chosen to miss -. I don’t think such graphic violence has ever been allowed before. And the nudity? Well, sometimes I think that all the actresses (let’s face it, the guys don’t get much exposure) that are of legal age up to those that are premenopausal must have signed a nudity clause. The only thing that would make me stop watching would be if Arya or Sansa Stark showed more skin than they should.  Or if Tyrion, the best character by far, gets killed.

I’m truly faithful to Person of Interest. I think it’s well written, the characters are well defined and portrayed, and the twists that we’ve been presented with are believable. I hated that Carter was killed, but I understood that it needed to happen, and that, I think, is what makes shows great: the fact that even though the characters may come and go, the story stands on its own. The story is constantly shifting and you have to pay attention if you don’t want to get lost. And it doesn’t hurt that Jim Caviezel is in it.

Downton Abbey is just great tv in every sense. As each season goes by, I try to find fault with it, but I just can’t. Nothing is left to chance, and even though I know that Sybill’s and Matthew’s characters were written out because the actors asked to leave, their departure looked as if they had been planned from the beginning. It makes me laugh, especially Maggie Smith’s character, but it also makes me cry just as hard sometimes. It also makes me feel nostalgic, as this was the one tv show my mother and I enjoyed and it was one of the few points in common we had. Now that she’s gone, I have no one to share it with, since no one I know watches it. Sigh.

I’ll put up with Scandal as well, but mostly because I enjoy seeing how each character keeps trying to prove that they are the baddest of them all. I understand that Kerry Washington is “it” right now, but I can’t tolerate her acting. In general, I’ll give Shonda Rimes’ shows some leeway, but I know I’ll get tired of them at some point. Just too much drama for me.

I’m a little behind on The Good Wife (OMG Will was just killed!!!) but I really enjoy it, even if I haven’t been able to follow the whole thing. I like Resurrection and its weird plot, but mostly I like Omar Epps, who I think is a great actor. The Last Ship is showing some promise, but I don’t know how much longer I’ll stick with it – the plot is going all sorts of places and I’m losing interest. As long as Falling Skies stays on, I’ll be watching. There’s something about a dystopian future that attracts me. Homeland is good, but I don’t know how much more I can stand watching Claire Danes cry. I was a fierce fan of Revenge until last season. I don’t think I’ll be watching the next one.

Regarding comedy, there’s much more to choose from, but my absolute favorites are Mike & Molly, The Big Bang Theory and The Middle. Maybe Mom. All of them make me laugh out loud, and that’s not easy. Two and a Half Men used to be on my list, but that was when Charlie Sheen was still on it. Ashton Kutcher is no match for him and they should have just cancelled the show while they were ahead. And I still don’t get why most people think he’s cute…

As for the ones that no longer exist, I was a huge fan of Almost Human (THAT was great TV, and yet for some reason the network thought that The Following was a safer bet. I mean, this was Karl Urban in a show that had great special effects and nothing about it had been done before), Revolution, and a show that has been long cancelled but still stings each time I remember it: Flash Forward. That show was huge everywhere except in the US, so after weighing it against “V”, the network chose “V”. Of course, it was the best decision, seeing that “V” lasted a whopping 2 half seasons (about 12 episodes each). I guess networks should change the way they measure ratings, because nowadays with DVRs, Hulu, and the multiple internet sites that allow streaming tv shows, people continue to watch tv but through other media, and that is seriously affecting advertising, which – let’s be honest – ultimately sustains a show.

I know there are many other shows worth mentioning, but I’ve probably never had the chance to watch them. Anyway, it’s a good thing there’s much to choose from, or I’d never watch tv at all.

Busy as I’ve been, I only just saw that People magazine declared Channing Tatum as the Sexiest man Alive for 2012.

PLOP!

THAT guy is the sexiest man alive?

OK, I know that looks are a matter of personal taste but really, HE IS IT?

I also know that George Clooney and Brad Pitt can’t be on the cover every other year and should be named Honorary Members or something like that (Denzel Washington and Bradley Cooper could also be part of the club), but seriously, I think PEOPLE could’ve chosen better.  And I’m not saying that Tatum doesn’t have the looks, I’m just saying he’s not all that. Maybe he was also chosen because he’s become so popular and well-known. If that were the case, other guys could have made the list as well, although I must confess that I haven’t seen the full list so I don’t really know if the guys I’m going to mention were already included.

 Where is Jim Caviezel? He may not be IT, but he looks pretty darn sexy in Person of Interest. I guess he would have been one of my picks for the cover, because frankly, I think the guy is just perfect.

Was Johnny Depp in there? Don’t know, but he definitely should be.

I think Chris Hemsworth (Thor) was included, but I rather prefer his brother Liam (The Hunger Games).

Jay Ryan (Beauty & The Beast) could’ve also made the list. I mean, a tv show that has to thank the looks of their main characters for its ratings and not really the plot says a lot. 

Italian soccer player Paolo Maldini could’ve been a model. Luckily, he chose soccer, so tv exposure was greater and I got to see him quite often. The fact that he was an excellent player and completely devoted to his family always made him irresistible to me. He’s retired now, but he could’ve made the cover of any fashion magazine had he wanted to. Check him out, you’ll see what I mean.

Ian Somerhalder, Patrick Dempsey, Matt Bomer, Ben Affleck, Matt Damon, Matthew McConaughey, Ryan Gosling, Eion Bailey, Hugh Jackman, Hugh Grant, Matthew Goode, Stephen Amell, Richard Armitage, Colin Firth, Gerard Butler, Jude Law, Christian Bale, Gary Oldman,Ewan McGregor, Dominic Purcell, Rob Lowe, Edward Burns, Chris Zylka, Mathew Lewis (Neville Longbottom – all grown and gorgeous), Oded Fehr, Sendil Ramamurthy, Hayden Christensen, Paul Walker, Colin Farrell,  Sean Faris, Eric Bana all look pretty good to me as well.

Leonardo DiCaprio is definitely one of my favorite. He brushed past me in Paris in the spring of ’97. I was leaving a bar called Barfly while he was trying to get in. Titanic had not been released yet and he was in France shooting The Man with the Iron Mask. And even though I don’t particularly like blondes, I can tell you that the guy is flawless, and what’s worse: he looks hotter with each passing day. I’d definitely say he looks better now than he did then, as it seems that the whole maturing process only makes him look more interesting. That, and the fact that he has proven to be a first-class actor should’ve made him a strong candidate for sexiest man for 2012. Maybe People magazine took a leaf out of the Academy’s book and decided to ignore him despite him having proven over and over that he truly is all that.

There are guys like Damian Lewis who I don’t particularly like, but I can see why others would.

And there are guys who are so popular and make people swoon all over the place and yet I can’t see what it is everyone else is seeing. That would be the case of Ashton Kutcher, Usher, Justin Timberlake, Robert Downey Jr. and Jon Hamm. And Channing Tatum. Seriously, I don’t get it.

People magazine need to do better this year, because there are so many good candidates out there it’s a shame they’re left out and leave us wondering when the hell the definition of sexy changed.



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