Today’s cuppa: Mystic Monk coffee, medium roast

When interviewing celebrities, I and my fellow Tribune Media Services features writers often ask them what’s on their DVRs. This has led to some interesting observations, including:

  • Many celebs say they don’t have DVRs.
  • A few say they don’t have televisions (mostly, I don’t believe them).
  • More say they have televisions but don’t watch anything except news, sports, The History Channel, Discovery Channel, HBO, "Mad Men," "Battlestar Galactica," "Top Chef," "Top Design" and "Project Runway." (Dan Whitney, a k a Larry the Cable Guy, loves the C-SPAN.)
  • Among those that do admit to watching primetime network TV, I recall that "The Office" and "30 Rock" come up a lot.
  • A tiny minority love the TV and watch lots of primetime TV. Tiny. Minority.

Honestly, I can’t blame them. For an actor, watching TV must be like a busman’s holiday — or torture watching other people play roles you tried out for and didn’t get, or never got called for in the first place
(which goes a long way to explaining why they like non-fiction TV).

But I am an entertainment journalist, and I get paid to watch the TV, so I do.

In the interests of full disclosure, here are the current series recordings on my DVR (In my defense, some of these shows aren’t currently airing and some get recorded then whacked because I don’t have time or aren’t all that interested. Also, I watch almost nothing live, except news, and sometimes I DVR news shows, too, so I can skip the annoying bits):

  1. "CSI: Miami"
  2. "Bones"
  3. "Friday Night Lights" (currently only on DirecTV; series returns to NBC in early 2009)
  4. "House"
  5. "Boston Legal"
  6. "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation"
  7. "Numb3rs"
  8. "Prison Break"
  9. "NCIS"
  10. "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition"
  11. "24" (two-hour movie, "24: Redemption" on Nov. 23; series returns Jan. 11 & 12))
  12. "Criminal Minds"
  13. "Heroes"
  14. "Ice Road Truckers"
  15. "Ghost Hunters"
  16. "Dirty Sexy Money"
  17. "Supernatural"
  18. "Pushing Daisies"
  19. "Chuck"
  20. "Kitchen Nightmares"
  21. "Doctor Who"
  22. "Dirty Jobs"
  23. "Ghost Hunters International"
  24. "Top Gear"
  25. "Lost" (series returns Jan. 21)
  26. "Reaper" (series returns in early 2009)
  27. "Dancing With the Stars" (and the results show)
  28. "Eli Stone"
  29. "Ax Men"
  30. "RedEye w/Greg Gutfeld"
  31. "Battlestar Galactica" (the final run of episodes starts Jan. 16, 2009, on Sci Fi Channel)
  32. "Deadliest Catch" (and "After the Catch")
  33. "Flipping Out"
  34. "Burn Notice"
  35. "Eureka"
  36. "Sons of Anarchy"
  37. "Fringe"
  38. "Survivor: Gabon"
  39. "Life on Mars" (the ABC one)
  40. "Life"
  41. "Dogs 101"
  42. "Huckabee"
  43. "Iditarod: Toughest Race on Earth"
  44. "Eleventh Hour"
  45. "Knight Rider"
  46. "Don’t Sweat It"
  47. "My Own Worst Enemy"
  48. "Celebrity Rehab With Dr. Drew"
  49. "Crusoe"
  50. "Sanctuary"

Yeah, I know. Shut up. What’s on yours? (And if you’re wondering where "The Shield" is — I’ve seen the whole last season now, either on DVD or at a screening, so I pulled it off the list.)

Posted by:Kate O'Hare