Category Archives: What We Watched

Yesterday, I found the weirdest thing on my DVR

Yesterday, after a long day of class I plopped down on the couch to catch up on television that I recorded. However, when I pulled up the DVR application I saw something I had never dreamed would appear in the cache of shows. It’s called Extreme Couponing and it’s on TLC. I’m not sure how it got there and I can’t imagine it was on purpose. I was actually pretty familiar with the show because of its recent series order and high ratings as a special. Being the TV aficionado that I am, I couldn’t pass up the desire to check it out (I will watch anything once). So I watched: one monkey, one show, 30 minutes.

My conclusion: This show is amazing. Non-fiction television at its finest and it is actually quite educational. In my opinion, the purpose of television is to take a viewer to a place that they couldn’t normally access and allow a passive interaction within that space. Although I have used coupons before, I had no idea the craze that existed as well as how much someone can save by using coupons. Check out this clip in which a woman’s groceries comes to $250 and she only pays $7!

I remember my mom sitting at the kitchen table on Sunday morning cutting coupons and preparing for the week’s groceries but this takes it to another level:

Check out Extreme Couponing Wednesday nights at 9PM on TLC.


Starz: Camelot 4/1/11

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It’s rare to find a group of Monkeys staying in on a Friday night so there must have been a new show coming on or intense hangovers from the night before. In this case, it was a combination of both. Clinging to the success of Spartacus: Gods of the Arena, Starz premiered its new period piece Camelot. Camelot is a re-hashing of the Arthurian legend that has been done, re-done and done again. In our opinion, this is one legend that should have stayed in the past. The acting was weak, the plot was boring and we would have traded out the numerous sex scenes for more sword play and action (coming from this demographic that is saying a lot). The hour and a half premiere was almost unbearable to sit through and several of the monkeys actually left mid-show to do something else. This may seem trivial to a bystander but true television nerds understand that if a show can’t keep someone in their seat then it does not have a bright future. By the end of the episode there were only two monkeys in attendance:

 

 

Something new that I’m going to add to these posts is nielsen ratings. As usual, I will gauge the monkey’s reaction to a show and how many monkeys watched. When the nielsen ratings go up I will then compare the results between the two (ratings are usually posted 2-3 days after the show airs). In this way, we’ll be able to see if our attendance is a match with the demographic. This would validate our reactions and bring a whole new meaning and purpose to the blog. As an industry insider, I’ve seen that there is a need to see who watched but there are few ways to uncover  why people watched. With this information, we may be able to determine the reason behind a show’s failure or success.