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5 Shows After Dark: On The Other Hand, It Is Great If You're Having Sleep Problems

By Genevieve Burgess | Miscellaneous | October 15, 2013 | Comments ()


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The Biggest Loser on NBC at 8:00pm ET. 15th season premiere. I hate that these shows exist even as I understand that watching someone dramatically shed weight over the course of a few weeks is more viscerally satisfying than watching someone lose a few pounds a week for months or even years while making gradual changes and adjusting to a new lifestyle. But that doesn’t stop me from enjoying the hell out of that fat dachshund who has lost about 50lbs in the last year, so I guess I don’t have much room to talk.

New Girl on Fox at 9:00pm ET.

Catfish on MTV at 10:00pm ET. Second season finale.

ESPN Special: 2013 WSOP Main Event on ESPN at 10:00pm ET. I do not understand watching the World Series of Poker on television. Not even a little bit. I have, because certain people I know/am related to enjoy this, and I genuinely think watching someone read the phonebook would be more interesting than watching what appear to be dead-eyed automatons wearing as many stimulus reducing devices as they can get away with stare blankly into the middle distance while tossing chips around. I understand that there’s strategy involved but there’s strategy involved in fishing too and it doesn’t stop most of that from looking like people competing to see who can go the longest without showing any clear signs of life.

Sons of Anarchy on FX at 10:00pm ET.

Genevieve Burgess probably watches things other people would consider horrendously boring.


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  • Samantha Klein

    Superheroes on PBS? Methinks you missed something.

  • e jerry powell

    I admit it, I watch poker when there's fuck-all on the rest of TV. The thing about it is that it's one of those seriously tape-delayed things until November. The World Series of Poker was concluded except for the final table by the end of July, and the final table standings have been online since they played down to nine hands. ESPN may or may not air the final table live, but day one will go until they've played down to heads up (which could take fourteen hours), and day two will be until someone finally wins (which could take another fourteen hours).

    People who play in these tournaments can get bored sitting at the table for twenty-eight hours. Televising all that is pretty ridiculous, which is why they mostly don't broadcast it live. Last year or year before ESPN2 didn't really have much else of interest to do, so they did run WSOP live for several days. It's a radically different broadcast, because the network has to tape delay to keep the players from checking Twitter on each other's hands while they're in the middle of things.

    I have an interesting online strategy: I get into a 90-seat tournament at 11PM. By the time it's down to nine-handed, it's already half past midnight, and at that point I don't actually have to outplay anyone so much as outlast them; they get so tired of playing that they just hand me the wins.

  • CDH_Vegas

    I tried watching it live at the Rio a few years back; I left after 10 minutes. It turns out that without the commentary on ESPN, it's just a bunch of guys staring at each other.

  • e jerry powell

    Pretty much. It takes the TV modifications (the cameras in the table) to make poker at all interesting for people who aren't actively involved.

  • PDamian

    Hey, now ... I love that fat dachshund.

  • Blake

    Brooklyn Nine-Nine @ 8:30 on FOX!

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