A couch potato's introduction

Last updated 05:00 22/12/2013

Who the bloody hell am I and what did I do with Chris Philpott, the previous television blogger?

As you may have read Chris has moved on to pastures new, but little will be changing around here, at least in the short-term.

That's because Chris and I have similar tastes and ideas when it comes to television - so much so that we worked together on a pretty successful podcast - The Lesser Gods - about one of our favourite shows, The Almighty Johnsons.

And you may have already read a couple of my posts - one on the shoddy way in which New Zealand drama is treated and one on the worst talent show on television so have already formed an opinion on me.

However before you jump to criticising my poor taste in television shows and my shoddy facial hair, I thought I should let you know a little bit more about myself and what you can expect from this blog.

I grew up in Scotland but have lived in New Zealand for almost nine years. Over that time I've followed television in New Zealand, the United Kingdom and the United States pretty closely.

So much so, in fact, that I happily pay for ways to watch content online, rather than downloading via not-so-legitimate ways. Usually.

But we'll get to Netflix and how they're revolutionising television in my next blog...

Call me a television snob if you like (I've been called a lot worse, it won't hurt) but the constant diet of reality television, repeats and lowest-common-denominator humour means, in my opinion, we're given a pretty shoddy menu of treats to select from.

But rather than seek out the interesting dish with the exotic components, we tend to vegetate in front of programmes that lack credabilty and nuance - the take-away hamburger with limp lettuce of the television world.

And we're becoming so used to the poor offerings that we're turning the box off and missing out on the good stuff.

I'd rather have a testicle forcibly removed by a rabid dog than spend a second watching such dross as Two And a Half Men or Two Broke Girls.

And don't get me started on the offensive, horrible show that is Dads.

But apparently I'm in the minority because these programmes attract massive audiences while genuinely great television shows, such as the aforementioned Almighty Johnsons, get ignored in favour of mass appeal scrapings of the television barrel.

So snobby, sure. I am also a little bit eclectic in my tastes, but I tend to like witty, clever comedies above action shows.

I count Arrested Development as my all-time favourite, with both the British and US versions of The Office close behind.

Other favourite comedies include Spaced, Peep Show, House of Lies, Parks and Recreation, Better off Ted, Auckland Daze, The IT Crowd, The League and Hello Ladies.

But drama fans shouldn't worry - I love classics such as The Sopranos (sniff... RIP Jim), Breaking Bad, Firefly, Buffy The Vampire Slayer and Sherlock too, so you won't be ignored.

I also tend to have the odd 'guilty pleasure' too - shows which aren't going to win any awards but there's something about them that lets me lose myself in the story.

Scandal is my current unhealthy viewing of choice, although Castle, Girls, Californication and Elementary all get regular viewings too.

I will get very upset, however, if I'm forced to watch talent shows, UK soap operas or anything featuring Paul Henry.

So there you have it. I'll be updating the blog at least twice a week with the latest news, reviews, musings and rantings from the world of television.

Until then, join the Facebook group to try and save under-rated show Nothing Trivial from being axed and stay away from any shows with Charlie Sheen or Jon Cryer.

You'll thank me for it later!

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