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January 13, 2013

VINCENT DAVIS: The lesson of cancelled TV shows

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Niagara Gazette — Last night I watched two episodes of “Life.” What’s that, you don’t know about “Life?” The short-lived NBC cop drama starred Damian Lewis (currently starring on “Homeland”) and Sarah Shahi (of “Fairly Legal” fame). You’re missing out on the first benefit of watching cancelled TV shows: feeling superior to others via having obscure tastes. This feeling of superiority is similar to saying you like a popular band, but “only their old stuff” or even better liking the band they were in before they got famous.

There’s the added benefit of not being a slave to network programming. “American Horror Story” comes on Wednesdays at 10, “Life” comes on whenever I feel like it (assuming Netflix/Time Warner isn’t having issues). I’ve become the master of my own schedule; it only plays the shows I want, when I want, with no commercial interruption.

Much like the uncle that bought you mildly dangerous gifts (fireworks, BB guns) when you were a child and only listens to vinyl, I have found a new kind of freedom in appreciating things that the modern world has cast off. Every time I stream an episode of “The Real World/Road Rules Challenge” whose winner was decided years ago I am reminded that people worked hard to produce that drama even if many of us have forgotten about it. Everything and everyone has value, that’s something we should all remember.

Vincent Davis II is a Cornell graduate, DJ, and market development specialist in the IT industry. He can be contacted at vincedavis06@gmail.com

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