Is there anyone else out there plagued by the Can’t Possibly Keep Up syndrome?
The 14 Emmy nominations that Netflix has received for online television shows is getting a lot of press – and, like so many others, I did binge on House of Cards and contributed to its popularity even if I remain ambivalent about the series – but what leaves me feeling overwhelmed is how much good and potentially great content there is out there that I can’t possibly find time to watch.
And, I’m not even putting into the mix films playing in local cinemas. (There are seven currently showing that I feel I should see. Who has time?)
Yesterday, I watched my first episode of the new Netflix series Orange is the New Black. I will probably watch the rest. I have not yet taken time to check out Gasland II on HBO, and I feel guilty about that because I should see it and weigh in on the conversation. I have unwatched documentaries from PBS series clogging my DVR. I have episodes of Breaking Bad to catch up on, and a friend has been trying to get me on the Justified bandwagon for years. I have not yet seen any of the Amazon shows. And on and on and on and on and on…
The downside is that I feel overloaded and almost pushed to inertia because I recognize that keeping up is literally impossible.
The upside is that I never have license to say “There is nothing to watch on TV” so long as I include all of the different delivery systems within that broad definition.
The nominations for the Netflix series are significant as a turning point for broadening our perspective on what is laudatory and, even, what is television. This is the biggest industry game-changer since original cable series began accumulating Emmy nominations and awards in the 1990s.
That is something to celebrate, but I simply can’t partake of all the riches.