TV Time

Our resident hound asked, “If you were approached to write one or more episodes for a TV show (past or present), which show would it be… and why?”

Although our television is ON approximately 18 hours each day, I’m not usually the one watching it. The resident male in this house tends to stick to news shows, talk shows, talent shows, and sports. I’m usually at my desk (in another room) or at the kitchen table with headphones if I’m writing or reading, or not paying attention if I’m crafting. My knowledge of most shows is limited to commercials that take place when I happen to be watching, or snippets of scenes I see when he’s dozing off and doesn’t change the channel. I’ll catch a glimpse of other shows while he’s channel surfing, and I saw a few that, at first glance, I might have an interest in, simply because I have something in common with some of the characters:

Fresh Off the Boat: a sitcom about an Asian American Family
Mixed-ish: a sitcom about a biracial family
Head of the Class: a show set in a classroom of gifted students
Glee: a drama about a members of a high school glee club

There are other shows that I think I could contribute to, if only to fix bad characterizations such as exaggerated stereotypes (ethnicity, gender, social classes, etc), or showing people as either good or bad. However, I realize that the things I don’t like about certain shows are what make them popular.

I finally realized that I’d be a poor fit as a writer for any of these sitcoms or tv dramas. I just don’t have the time nor inclination to get acquainted with any of the storylines or characters. And then it finally hit me – I would love to write for the ONE show I watch regularly. Hubby knows that for half an hour every weekday when I’m home, the TV remote is MINE, because Jeopardy! is on. I get so engrossed in it that I turn on Closed Captioning so that I don’t miss any of the answers when Whatshisname putzes in the kitchen. It’s amazing how much noise the Keurig, the microwave, the garbage disposal, the ice maker, and the toilet make, and of course all of them need to be in use during that 30 minutes! I also silence and ignore my phone during this time, so my close friends know that I’m not available for Zoom meetings or Facebook chats. 

I’ve always loved watching this game show to see how many questions I can answer. I often wonder how I would fare answering all those questions (I could do really well if they’d give us five or ten minutes to remember stuff I learned a long time ago), but I realized it would be so much fun to write the questions and see if I could stump these brainiacs. I’d LOVE to try and stump the Big Three – Ken Jennings, Brad Rutter, and James Holtzhour – in a Greatest of All Time rematch!


About Patricia Kiyono

During her first career, Patricia Kiyono taught elementary music, computer classes, elementary classrooms, and junior high social studies. She now teaches music education at the university level. She lives in southwest Michigan with her husband, not far from her five children, nine grandchildren (so far), and great-granddaughters. Current interests, aside from writing, include sewing, crocheting, scrapbooking, and music. A love of travel and an interest in faraway people inspires her to create stories about different cultures. Check out her sweet historical contemporary romances at her Amazon author page:
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6 Responses to TV Time

  1. I love Jeopardy. 30-30-ish years ago,it was a ritual: First, “Wheel of Fortune “, (which The Husband paid little attention to, but I know that Our Sons learned their letters early that way), then Jeopardy.Too much pop culture in the catagories turned The Husband off after a while, and so it fell away. I would watch off and on and did not long ago. I really should square-off that time for myself.
    This is a tough topic!


    • Patricia Kiyono says:

      The 7 to 8 time period during the week is my TV time. I don’t mind the pop culture questions – I enjoy keeping current so I have an idea what my older grandkids are into. And yes, it certainly was a tough topic for me! I normally start writing my post on Wednesday or Thursday of the previous week, and I think my document was blank for a few days.


  2. Jeff Salter says:

    I bet you’d do well on a game show — of the Jeopardy type (which deals with the brain and organization of facts)… as opposed to the “spin the wheel” or “choose Door # 3” type.
    As far as WRITING for that show, I can’t quite picture what a writer would do other than research the categories to find challenging questions.
    Loved this quote: “the things I don’t like about certain shows are what make them popular”. That’s exactly how I feel.
    And speaking of the male in the house — back when I worked full time, I’d park in front of the TV for nearly 5 hours each night… just to let my brain veg out, I guess.
    After I retired, I went cold turkey on TV… realizing that if I turned it on, I’d never turn it off and would be drawn to watch SOMETHING (even if it was garbage). So, in these past 14 years, my TV watching has gone from maybe 35 hrs a week, to one or two hours per week… and those are mainly British detective shows.
    During CoVid, I’ve watched more TV, however, since Denise and watch a Murdoch Mysteries episode with almost every supper meal.


    • Patricia Kiyono says:

      If you’re talking about “Wheel of Fortune,” I enjoy that one. I try to guess what the phrase is before the contestants. Hubby is getting pretty good at it, too. I’ve actually watched less TV these last several months. But these two game shows and the Detroit Tigers are must-sees.

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      • Jeff Salter says:

        no, I meant the shows like “Price is right” wherein you spin a wheel of CHANCE and then have to guess values, and then have to choose prize packages from closed doors. More blind luck than knowledge, unless you’re a compulsive shopper on all products/services
        from A – Z.


  3. Elaine Cantrell says:

    The Price is Right or Wheel of Fortune is more up my alley thanl jeopardy, but I can see how you’d love it..


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