Tivo / DVR question on writing and acting
How has television-viewing changed for you with the advent of DVRs? I don't mean the old saw, "I can watch Letterman in the morning" because I was doing that on a betamax in 1984. What I mean is...
Yes, I had netflix since 2002 and yes, I purchased about 200 DVDs, but once I got Tivo I set up film genre searches that literally caught me up on every single science fiction film easily available that was made between 1950 and 1980. Solaris from Russia, Planet of the Vampires from Italy, Alphaville from France, Day of the Triffids from the UK, Goke the Bodysnatcher from Japan, Mexican wrestling films, and everything Hollywood put out with a monster or a robot from WW2 to 1980. Not just the best ofs, but literally "Mars Needs Women."
I watched every rock and roll movie made in the US and UK in the 1960s. Every one. Had some good reference books and made some checklists and three years later they're complete. Had one of those lists of 100 best Film Noir movies and I've seen them all now. Saw 90% of the Academy Award winning films, skipping, you know The Greatest Show on Earth. So all the historic movies that I, as a movie buff, had in my to-do list are to-done.
So in the last week since I cleared off the very last films in my checklists and I have no more forgotten, unheralded films from these critic-approved lists. My appetite for really well-written material in large volumes hasn't gone away.
Luckily Lost, BSG, Sopranos, Deadwood, Rome, Arrested Development, 30 Rock, The Office, Mad Men and other shows have ushered in a WORLD of complex TV writing that was unheard of during the Hawaii 5-0 and Kojak era. And I watched a bunch of old cop shows, Banacek, Baretta, McMillain and Wife. They are ok, but they were ok in comparison to, you know, the Sonny and Cher Show, not in comparison to The Wire.
Have you had this DVR viewing experience, do you think it's universal, and what do you think it means for expectations put on an actor?