Liberal or Conservative: Treme or CSI: Miami?
A survey done by Experian-Simmons a few weeks back caught my eye as I was looking through the headlines. There in the entertainment section was something about Treme and CSI: Miami. Huh?
I will confess that here at this house, on occasion we watch CSI: Miami. Contrary to the producers’ aims, we usually crack a beer and watch it as a comedy. I mean, please, how funny is David Caruso and his sunglasses. Nevermind what had been dubbed the crime lab’s “woot woot” machine. You know. The super shiny insta-fingerprint-dna-mugshot-photo enhancement-perpetrator finder? C’mon. With all that orange and blue gelled chrome, they push a button and voila, there’s the guy who did it, prompting Caruso to utter an inane but hysterically funny line, while standing sideways, putting his sunglasses on, looking fierce and walking out.. (Hmm, he has orange hair and blue eyes. Did he choose the gels for the lights?) As H acts as a combination SWAT team, first responder, social worker, righteous homicide detective, gun expert AND crime scene honcho, one can’t do anything but laugh uproariously.
But I digress.
According to the survey, a person’s television viewing habits can hint at their political leanings. I don’t think I’d disagree, but nevertheless found the lists of shows they mentioned loads of fun. They broke it down into Favorite Shows: Liberal or Conservative and Least Favorite Shows: Liberal or Conservative. Perhaps these are new Emmy categories.
Here are the lists:
Favorite Shows/Liberal Democrats
Parks and Recreation
The View (huh?)
It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia
The Late Show with David Letterman
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson
Only in America with Larry the Cable Guy
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno
Least Favorite/Conservative Republicans
General Hospital (really?)
Jersey Shore (well, who doesn’t hate that?)
The Walking Dead (don’t get me started on the writing this season)
Least Favorite/Liberal Democrats
Dog the Bounty Hunter
COPS (now shooting in New Orleans, how lovely)
The Ultimate Fighter
The Price is Right
Secret Life of the American Teenager
I found several articles about all this but my favorite was Matthew Cochrane over at Conservative21 who summed it up thus: “If you’re a liberal, you most likely enjoy half-hour sitcoms and comedy talk shows. Meanwhile, conservatives tend to enjoy reality-based competitions, crime dramas and reality shows that feature work and jobs.”
Well, clearly liberals have a short attention span, what with the half hour sitcoms and the comedy talks shows, so I’m not sure how Treme got on this list at all. Oh yeah and apparently liberals aren’t much into watching cops arrest people or watching one guy beat the living tar out of another inside a cage. Go figure.
So, depending on your political bent, you can watch the entire Treme Season 2 on HBO Signature New Year’s Day (if your attention will hold) or you can find a PPV Cage Match somewhere and start your New Year off with a little good old fashioned blood lust.
If all that is overwhelming, you can always find a CSI:Miami re-run and practice sideways walking through doorways over that Bloody Mary that’ll be curing your hangover. It’s always good for a laugh.