Before we get started with this week’s What’cha Watchin’, I have to ask: have you done last night’s homework yet? Are you watching Season One of Constantine on NBC.com or Hulu? It’s vitally important that you watch, particularly this weekend, since show runners are having a pitch meeting with NBC on Monday. NBC has to know that there is interest in the series so that they’ll be receptive to renewing the show. I’ve said it more times than I can count: Constantine was one of my favorite shows of the season, one of the most interesting in terms of character development, plot lines, and effects. If they managed that with a short run of thirteen episodes, just think about what they could do with a full order for a second season. If you haven’t watched before now, it’s a great time to tune in. If you’re Hellblazer faithful, tune in again. I don’t care if you watched them all, saved them on your DVR, and bought the first season on Amazon Prime (like me), watch again on Hulu and NBC.com. That’s where the execs are looking this weekend. I’ve got “Non Est Asylum” on in the background as I type this—you can do the same while you’re on Facebook or Twitter or whatever. Save Our Show (and sign this petition)!
Now that I’ve got that special announcement out of the way, let’s get on with a very special edition of What’cha Watchin’: the Guilty Pleasures Edition. This theme was suggested on Facebook by Paula, and it turns out a lot of people have a lot of shows they consider guilty pleasures, and that not all of our definitions of “guilty pleasure” match. Some of us further delineated into “embarrassing” vs. “guilty pleasure” TV, but even those lists didn’t match. So, for the record, I automatically removed any show from the list that I didn’t think fit into either of those categories. This includes Outlander, Orange is the New Black, Blacklist, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and FX’s super hero day because these are all quality programs that I watch or that have been regularly featured on What’cha Watchin’ (and thus speak highly of your taste, Pandora, Bebe, Sandy, Whitni, and Julie D.).
So, what were we left with? Some good ones and some groaners, and far too many (21!) for me to include in a single post. We’ll definitely be doing this theme again soon, and I will get the rest of them in that way. This week, I bring you the guilty pleasure TV that had the most votes or the most vocal explanations for why they’re entertaining.
Guy’s Grocery Games (Sundays at 8/7c on Food Network) has a recommendation from Kelly, and some tips for watching: “It’s a guilty pleasure. I don’t like Fieri…but I like the silliness that is the running through the store to find stuff to cook. I also love when they limit their budgets or say make a meatloaf without ground beef. (But here’s a protip: record it and then fast forward when they introduce the judges–BECAUSE WHO CARES?–and after you’ve seen one or two of the 2 minutes of the winning chef running around trying to win 20,000 dollars, you can eliminate that part of the show too.)”
Teen Mom OG (Mondays at 10/9c on MTV) was suggested by Laurie because “I feel like I know them . I’ve watched them since they were on 16 & pregnant.” Same, Laurie, same. Teen Mom and 16 & Pregnant have been on my guilty pleasures list for years.
Dance Moms (Tuesdays at 9/8c on Lifetime) is a favorite of Bebe, Kim, and mine. Kim specifically said “Don’t judge,” because it’s so, so easy to judge people who watch this. My entire family judges me for having this on the DVR, and Rick has likened Abby Lee Miller’s teaching style to child abuse. I don’t know what it is, if it’s the Pittsburgh setting (my hometown, represent!), the cutthroat nature of the competition between the dancers, or what, but I can’t stop watching—on demand, in real time, I’m there.
Real Housewives of New York (Tuesdays at 9/8c on Bravo) was on Paula’s list because of Bethanny Frankel’s return, and Bebe admits that after losing interest in the show for a while, she caught the first episode of the new season of NYC, and it might be going back into her embarrassing TV rotation.
Married At First Sight (Tuesdays at 9/8c on FYI) has a strong recommendation from Colleen: “It’s hilarious and cringe-worthy but I like seeing how and why the experts have matched these people, and how they work out differences and conflict, especially when the experts are talking them through things and giving them exercises to help their relationships. I would really like to get a copy of the initial questionnaire that everyone fills out, I bet it would provide some insight into myself.”
Shin-Chan (available on FUNimation) has both Pandora and Melissa as fans. Pandora says “My anime comfort food is Shin-chan (aka Crayon Shin-chan). Think South Park but a Japanese kid is so hard to deal with no Japanese school will take him, so he goes to American school. So tacky (Season 3 takes the cake!), so so funny!”
Good Witch (available via hallmarkchannel.com) is one of Nan’s favorite guilty pleasures. “Cheesy, saccharine, the witch who fixes everything but I can’t get enough of it. The series isn’t as good as the first few movies but I don’t care. I still watch.”
That’s the end of our first Guilty Pleasures Edition of What’cha Watchin’. If you favorite guilty pleasure wasn’t included, fear not—leave it in the comments or let me know on Twitter or Facebook, and we will include it in a future edition of What’cha Watchin’!