Fall television premiers draw students’ focus from their studies
Published: Sunday, September 23, 2012
Updated: Sunday, September 23, 2012 16:09
It’s a month that brings the promise of new beginnings. New classes, new teachers, new roommates perhaps and, of course, new television shows.
This September is no different.
From the second season of “New Girl” to the return of “The Walking Dead,” this fall’s lineup of season premieres promises us lots of big surprises that we won’t want to miss.
Not only are these great shows returning, but the success of network television’s most popular programming has led to duplication.
For example, “The New Normal” seems to be awfully close to an NBC remake of the ABC hit “Modern Family.”
Don’t get me wrong; I love my television shows as much as the next person. On Thursday nights you can find me curling up to two hours of NBC comedy, cheering on Mindy Kaling every Tuesday on Fox and patiently awaiting the return of “Game of Thrones.”
However, this year I find myself drowning under the weight of must-see television to keep up with, and it does not seem to be getting lighter anytime soon.
So what does this mean for us college students who work, study and barely find time to see friends?
It’s apparent by the late night airtimes and the comedic or action-packed element that these shows are generally marketed towards young adults or students.
As the young adults studying at a four year university or attending grad school, we barely have enough time for our own lives, let alone watching fake ones on television. Yet, they still manage to reel us in.
It seems to me that I get a more work done in the first few weeks of school before the hoards of fall premiers start to flood in.
I read all my textbooks, I don’t procrastinate and my life and school seem to flow smoothly.
Of course, this could be due to the fact that I always promise myself I’m going to work harder this semester.
I actually believe this until that familiar laziness and disinterest sets in. It is probably because by the end of September, I have an infinite amount of TV to watch. This is opposed to the summer, when I have “So You Think You Can Dance.”
Either way, I have to give major networks and marketing executives a touché, because no matter how much I would love to crack open a book rather than watch Hulu every weekend, my favorite television shows win me over every time.
Maybe in the future humanity will decide to balance itself better. Maybe it will premiere the season’s most popular television shows during a different part of the year, when school hasn’t started.
Either way, I guess we’ll all keep watching.
Felicity Landa is senior double major studying creative writing and Italian and a contributing writer for the Daily 49er.