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    My TV Viewing is Changing

    As I've told you before, there are many new shows on this season that I'm really enjoying. In addition to that, I have like a gazillion new cable stations (to me anyway) since our upgrade of cable TV stations. As a result, I've had zero interest in watching my long standing soap opera, "All My Children" I've been watching for the past 20 years. In addition my long standing game shows of “Jeopardy!” and “Wheel of Fortune” have taken a back burner.

    Even on Fridays when something actually does happen on “All My,” I have found on recent Fridays that it seems too lame to me now. Herman and Terry have had those thoughts about that show for many years. In fact, Herman has even gone as far as saying having to watch the show is like torture, and I'm starting to agree.

    I’m not sure exactly why I’ve stopped watching some shows and started watching others. I'd like to think I've grown as a person and my viewing habits have matured as well.

    There are so many good TV shows on with the many network and cable stations I get now that I'm finding it difficult to find enough hours in the day to watch them.

    For example, one such show that Herman and I just got done viewing as I am writing this to you Monday evening Sept. 29 is "Two And A Half Men" which we agree is such a funny, innovative show.

    Charlie Sheen and Jon Cryer play brothers Charlie and Alan Harper, respectively. Alan's young son Jake makes up the “third half,” brilliantly played by Angus T. Jones and veteran actress Holland Taylor is Charlie and Alan's controlling mother.

    The premise of the show reminds me of the many years I lived in New York City when I lived with my dear friend Jacques Lorenzo who was also pursuing an acting career. I remember us arguing about which restaurant to go to or what to wear. Whereas with the Harper brothers, one (Sheen) is a television jingle writer and the other (Cryer) is a chiropractor, some of the funniest moments come when the two brothers clash in a modern day "Odd Couple" fashion.

    Jones is a delightful child actor and with reaching puberty in this season it sets up a whole bunch of new situations for humor. Sheen's character is basically a womanizing, partying type while his brother is a more responsible but twice divorced dad with neuroses. This is one of the few shows Herman and I enjoy equally together. Because I only started watching the show late last year I have had the fun of catching up on reruns of shows I haven't seen.

    I can't imagine having premium TV stations when there is so much on the other cable and network station that I like. There just wouldn't be time for it all.

    So I dropped a few shows I watched for many years and have added a few new ones. I hope TV keeps getting more interesting and I'll try to grow along with it.

    Kathryn Spira, a native of Cleveland who pursued an acting career in NYC and Los Angeles, now pursues free lance writing from Caroga Lake in Fulton County. Previous columns may be accessed at her web site www.kathrynskorner.com