Hometown Girl An autumn TV guide
by Elizabette Guecamburu
Dec 01, 2011 | 2462 views | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend | print

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Autumn means different things to different people, depending upon whom you ask. Some fondly think of Thanksgiving feasts and Halloween candy filled with high fructose corn syrup. Others think of football, tailgate parties and Velveeta cheese dip. But, for me, autumn means TV.

With all the TV networks vying for our attention in the fall, they throw new shows at us like wet noodles — hoping at least one or two will stick. I must admit that I’m an easy score for them — after all, if I go 12 hours without watching TV, my right eyeball begins to twitch. So they don’t have to work terribly hard to earn my attention.

This fall, I’ve been in TV heaven, and my DVR is filling up faster than the Hoover Dam. Between comedies, dramas and reality shows, I really don’t know what to watch first. To be frank, my left thumb is getting sore from clicking the buttons on the TV remote too much. I sure hope I don’t get arthritis in that joint — because that would be unfortunate and inconvenient.

Anyway, I’ve also discovered a new, fun reality show this fall. It took me a while to get into it, but it was definitely worth it. It’s called “The Republican Presidential Primary Race.” At least I think it’s a reality show. After all, the contestants seem to have these cameras following them wherever they go. And while they pretend to get along, I think they secretly hate each other. Sort of like the “The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” — minus the diamonds and tiny, yapping dogs.

My favorite episodes are when the contestants dress up in gray suits (with red or blue ties) and argue with each other for an hour or two while the host tries to get them to answer questions about taxes, Medicare and something called the “gross domestic product.” Sometimes they stand behind lecterns, other times they sit around a giant table, but they are always talking about how much better they are than the other contestants. It’s very entertaining — especially when the contestant from Texas starts to speak.

I’ve heard the “show” is going to continue until next year — which is a long time. Enough time for Kim Kardashian to get married at least three or four more times. While I’m looking forward to finding out who gets voted off the show, I’m not sure my DVR is up to the challenge.

Or my thumbs.

• Elizabette Guecamburu, a volunteer columnist for the Irrigator, is a writer and a native Patterson resident. She can be reached at elizabette@hotmail.com.

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