Tuesday, April 7, 2020

Tuning Out

If you’re not watching the news, what are you watching, if anything?

I found the HBO series “The Newsroom” and watched the first three episodes.  Originally aired in 2012 and starring Jeff Daniels and a supporting cast that included Alison Pill, Emily Mortimer, Thomas Sadoski, John Gallagher, Jr. and Sam Waterston, it holds up very well for this time.  If you can find it, it’s binge-worthy.

Netflix is a treasure-trove of movies and series, including some made exclusively for the channel.  But I found solace in reruns of “Cheers,” which holds up very well.  Netflix costs me $14 a month.  There are plenty of other channels you can add such as Hulu, Apple+, Disney Plus, and plenty of others that can divert your attention from the live news.

Some aspects of life move on.  I received a jury summons from the Miami-Dade County Clerk of Courts.  I followed the instructions to fill it out on line, but I’m pretty sure I won’t be going in on May 4.  I prepared for my guest-lecture on playwriting today that will be conducted over Zoom, and I look forward to seeing how the students respond to writing and perform online.

I also took a nice walk last evening.  Some of my neighbors were out for a stroll as well, and we traded nods and waves from a distance.  And over on Facebook I’ve taken to posting landscape pictures of peaceful places that I’ve visited, giving me and my friends a moment of reflection and remembrance of quiet times.

3 barks and woofs on “Tuning Out

  1. The clock on the cable news coverage of the pandemic struck half past stupid so long ago that I’m having trouble watching it. Guy’s Grocery Games and Cake Boss can actually be entertaining in small doses.

  2. I don’t normally watch cable anyway. I picked up the first seven series of Midsomer Murders and watch an episode every evening, then switch to Netflix for whatever looks appealing. The last few evenings it’s been Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., or occasionally The Universe, which is pretty informative, if a little sensationalistic (“The Death of the Sun!!”).

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