I used to watch a lot more television than I do now, mainly because all my favorite shows keep being retired or cancelled. Today I learned that "Angel" will be ending this season* (you can vote here for an unlikely reprieve). Along with, of course, "Sex and the City" and "Friends" (a mercy killing, but still...), added to last year's loss of "Buffy the Vampire Slayer," it means that even with a TiVo at my disposal, I'm still watching less and less TV with every passing season.
Even if I do end up with only a couple of favorite shows, I swear I'll never turn into the sort of person who responds to every mention of a TV show with, "Oh, I don't watch TV." Ugh, get over yourself. I watch television to entertain myself. If I want to learn something, I'll...well, I may watch television for that, too. Cable certainly does present a wide range of learning options. If it weren't for "Trading Spaces," I might never have redecorated my kitchen a couple of years ago. If not for "Unwrapped," I wouldn't have the comprehensive knowledge of junk food manufacturing technology I now enjoy. I'm also a big fan of the history/nature/animal/oops, don't drop your baby in the crocodile's mouth variety of programming.
The good news is that I now have more time for reading and Web surfing. It would be even better news if I took the extra time and did something constructive, but that's just a bit too much to ask.
*Update: While doing my daily net surfing, I ran across a comment at E! Online that suggests the uproar may be premature. Maybe Angel isn't cancelled after all. I'll keep my fingers crossed.