One more Olympic post…

After a long break, I am back, and I promise to start posting with a vengeance, so watch out! I’ve finished up some things and now have time and a television. Whee.As the new fall TV season is just getting started in the U.S. I don’t have too much to say on American television. Yet. But, I have a list of shows I want to give a chance, and a color coded schedule will be coming soon. But, I have been watching some stuff here in Great Britain–namely the Olympics. I know this post is a little outdated since the Michael Phelps Games (ahem, the 2008 Summer Olympics) finished about three weeks ago or so, but I hope you will indulge me for just one more Olympic post.

My first Olympics away from home

Before I get going, I must say in the interest of full disclosure, I LOVE THE OLYMPICS.  I love everything about them: the sports, the athletes, the outfits, the cheesy commentary, the tear-at-your-heartstrings features, the commercials…literally everything.  But, for the interest of a blog about TV, I am going to focus (as much as possible) on the television aspects of the Olympics and the overall viewing experience.

To Love TV from Afar

Of all the complaints I may or may not have about the United States, one thing is for sure: we make great television. From writing, acting, execution, location, down to the general look we have definitely set the standard of TV. Don’t misunderstand (or is that ‘misunderestimate?’) me. I like television from other countries, BBC America for one, has shown some of the best of British TV (Life on Mars, Dr. Who, Coupling, etc). I certainly don’t like American TV at the expense of other TV…I am an equal opportunity television watcher.

But, what’s difficult, is trying to watch that great, well-made American television when you are in a foreign land, without actually owning a TV. Yes, my friends, a (new) television blogger without a TV. I swear it is not because I’m one of those people (you know the kind) who say, “I don’t watch TV” or “I have no need for a television.” No, it is because I am a poor graduate student living in London, who can’t afford that TV.