Do you know how many tv series I’m following right now? Ninteen. Actually Twenty-to-be, if we count AMC’s Hell on Wheels, which is opening next month. You know, there are some addictions that just overwhelm you, that completely turn your life upside down. But not this one, if you know how to handle it. And I think I finally got to master this art. Grown up the young Padawan is, and now she knows that not only it takes a lot of spare time, but also a great deal of constancy and organization.
The secret is all about making your own schedule. You think you’re lucky to have both Cable and Cable Premium? You’re not. Think about Sunday nights… You have Dexter+Homeland on Showtime, Desperate housewives + Pan Am on ABC, The Walking Dead on AMC, Boardwalk Empire on HBO and Family Guy + The Simpsons on FOX. Time Slots? Mostly all the same. So the only solution is to set your DVRs or to surf the web. Actually, if you live on the West Coast, you can even see the episode in advance: ET is 3 hours ahead PT. If you use those 3 hrs to look for your episodes on line, you could find some nice surprises. Trust me, I know.So, what I’d suggest is to write down all the series you’re watching, list them in a chart and then create your own weekly TV schedule according to your own needs.
Next step (If you’re using the Web solution): keeping track of the episodes. I use the post-it widget on my MacBook. But I guess you all have some kind of post-it app somewhere… Or even real Post-it. So, write down all the series you wants to watch, followed by season+episode#. You’ll have something like this: Modern Family 3×6. Now, once you find Modern Family 3×6, just erase/delete the 6 and type or write a 7. In this way, you’re all set already for the following week.
It takes some commitment at first, but once you really get into the system, it’ll work perfectly and come naturally. I promise. Just remember to eat and drink, work or study, and to keep you Friday and Saturday nights free in order to a have a social life.
Goodnight, and Good Luck.