The DVR is one nifty gizmo. It's hard to believe how much it has changed my viewing habits. Before, I'd make time for Alias, and that'd be about it. Now, I have what I call staples and samples.
Staples are series recordings. These tend to be shows that I don't want to miss or that are a regular part of my viewing diet. Samples tend to be one-time recordings to see if I want to continue with the program or not. If I do, they get moved to the Staples list.
Simply Wine with Andrea Immer
A Cook's Tour (just started watching this and it became an instant favorite)
America's Test Kitchen
Wine, Food and Friends
Wolfgang Puck Classroom
Tried but didn't keep:
Easy Entertaining with Michael Chiarello (Although he has some useful information, I don't much care for his dishes or his personality.)
Quiet Places (Ironically, I'm often in too much of a hurry to watch it.)
Follow That Food (Love the concept, but the host has too much faux gregariousness for my taste.)
Plan to try:
I've learned so much already: Alton's given me great tips on washing leeks, Michael Chiarello provided pointers like preheating a baking sheet before making something like croutons so the bottom will cook at the same rate as the top, Ina Garten suggested mixing flowers of different types but the same color for a lovely bouquet, and someone suggested lightly greasing a measuring cup prior to using honey in a recipe so that the honey would slide out cleanly instead of having to wait for it.
It's no surprise that the vast majority of my viewing involves food preparation and technique. There's not a lot of sci-fi programming these days that's engaging my interest, and for the most part I prefer to use my couch potato time for educational programming that focuses on my hobbies. I actually don't watch that much television: shows cycle in and out, depending on what else I have to do. Only the top three staples count as "must-see TV" for me, though Battlestar Galactica is rapidly becoming a fourth.
I feel sure I'll scale back as I develop a routine, but right now, it's like a smorgasbord with all these options and I have to sample each one. :)
Any great suggestions on stuff to tune in for? What are your favorites?