7pm: My boyfriend and I watch Amy Schumer’s comedy special on HBO. He turns into an instant Amy Schumer fan, and I’m super-psyched to have easy access to HBO to facilitate this relationship milestone.
9pm: I swear I’ve watched everything I possibly can. I start trying all the new fall shows I saw advertised but resisted. I mean, they certainly look expertly made. These are all shows that ten years ago would have blown our minds; now that we’re at Peak Quality TV, Blindspot just looks like an Alias/Prison Break hybrid/knockoff. I try a few minutes of it, and though it’s cool that the opening features shots of an improbably empty Times Square, I can’t get into it.
Limitless? I love the lead actor, Jake McDorman, who starred on one of my favorite shows, Greek. But I can’t deal with the whole false premise that we “don’t use 100-percent of our brains,” and therefore make movies and TV shows about fictional people who figure out ways to use ALL THE PERCENTS.
Scream Queens? Just too much screaming, seriously. Quantico? Somehow this feels like Blindspot meets Limitless meets Alias meets Scandal meets that show FlashForward from a few years ago that I loved but was one of about five people watching. Not feeling it.
Perhaps it’s simply that I’ve reached my TV threshold the past two days?
9:30pm: Nope! It turns out there was something left to watch, and I could still fall in love with a new TV show. I come across The CW’s Crazy Ex-Girlfriend and remember that I saw reviews claiming it was great and fresh, the star was the breakout of the season, etc. I was skeptical, but it’s paired with Jane the Virgin on Monday nights, and that’s probably my favorite show right now. I figure maybe there could be something to Crazy Ex-Girlfriend.
As soon as it starts, I’m hooked: A harried New York lawyer, at a moment of professional and personal crisis, runs into a guy on the street. It feels magical, like the stuff rom-coms are made of: improbably whimsical doings!
Plus, there's a musical numbers and a moment which features a rapper so appalled to learn what women go through to get ready every day that he starts making amends to all the ladies out there he has objectified in his videos. I am in. Stream TV rules.