A Fast Post to Tell You What I Don't Plan to Care About in 2010
Once again in transcription hell, up against holiday deadlines, but just so my loyal Cuppers don't think I've forgotten them, here's my version of an end-of-the-year list (no, it won't be the last post of the year, so any of you out there cheering, pipe down).
There are a lot of things in the world right now to get all worked up about, not the least of which are war, healthcare reform and whether Carlos Bernard will appear in the upcoming season of "24" (I have several opinions but few answers and precious little insider knowledge on all of these three topics).
But there are also things that I absolutely plan to not get worked up about in 2010, and here are my Top Five.
5: What the networks are doing to keep their lights on.
I'm a dedicated free-marketeer, and the TV networks are privately owned businesses, answerable primarily to their customers and their stockholders. In all likelihood, 95-plus percent of everything they do is to address the concerns of one of these two groups, and that's how it should be. If they're maintaining sufficient audience share and generating enough profit to keep the stock price up, then good on 'em. I may get excited about individual shows, and be mildly interested in the horse race of it all, but as far as internal network politics, until I buy some stock, just not going to get into a lather about it (but I may gossip about it at parties. I am only human, of course).
4: The contract provisions of TV producers and actors.
Insofar as it affects whether these folks stay or go on a show or whether a show itself will continue, fine, but beyond that, until the day I get moved to the business pages of the show-business press, I don't see myself applying a lot of brainpower to this stuff.
3: Whom actors are dating, marrying, divorcing, etc.
I may report on this from time to time, as a matter of public record, but for the record, I really don't care -- unless I actually know the person and am personally sad or happy for them, as I would be with anyone else I actually know. Besides, with so many actors, who can keep up?
2: Lady Gaga.
Wha? Who? Wha? I see this person's picture way more than I need to already. I think she sings, but don't even tell me any more than that. I'm not even going to hyperlink her name. Google if you must.
And finally, the top thing that I don't plan to care about in 2010 ...
1: The entire movie industry.
I have spent far too much time in the last few years plowing through cable movie channels and On Demand offerings without finding even one movie -- unless you count my umpteenth viewings of "Speed," "Independence Day," "Die Hard" or "Twister," if they're available -- that sparked my interest.
I recently saw J.J. Abrams' "Star Trek" on DVD, and after I see "Up" on DVD, I think that'll do it for 2009 thus far. The only upcoming flicks that vaguely interest me are "Sherlock Holmes" (because someone else is taking me) and "Iron Man 2," which means I really only care about Robert Downey Jr.
And you can throw the Oscars into this category, too, unless "Star Trek" or "Up" are nominated for best picture.
(UPDATE: OK, to be fair, I am sorta interested in Tim Burton's "Alice in Wonderland," with Johnny Depp, but probably not enough to see it before it comes to DVD.)
TV is way, way, WAAAYYY better than the movies these days, and no, "Avatar" doesn't change my mind. As I've said on Twitter, I've already seen "Dances With Wolves," and 3-D movies make me nauseous, so this one interests me less than the final flicker of "Dollhouse."
Happy belated Hanukkah and Winter Solstice, and Merry Christmas!