PBS and Bloomberg TV

Desperate Housewives, one of my former favorite TV shows

Over the years, I found my steadily decreasing TV watching consolidating to a few channels. Gone are the days of Desperate Housewives, the Sunday primetime soap, and in are passive sentences of TV disillusionment.

In fact, even though I rarely watch TV now, I found the pattern for the only channels capturing the majority of my attention to be a duopoly of PBS and Bloomberg TV, sort of like Verizon and Comcast and with the latter financial channel much more critical. This doesn't mean that I don't watch Law & Order: SVU, Cold Case reruns, or the local news occasionally on the syndication channels.

PBS holds a dear place in my heart as a go-to source from a childhood of shows like Sesame Street, Arthur, Zoom!, Clifford, and Dragon Tales. However, as I grew older, I was glad to be introduced to various touching documentaries, films, and educational shows like Nova and Nature. PBS Newshour and Nightly Business Report used to be daily staples. In addition to the lifestyle shows shared with the Create TV spinoff, PBS introduced me to elegant and suspenseful British mysteries like Miss Marple, Poirot, DCI Banks, and Inspector Lewis as well as uproarious situational Britcoms like The Vicar of Dibley and Keeping Up Appearance.

Create TV, the Ginnie if PBS Were Fannie Mae

Create TV is a colorful extension of public television. It features a variety of lifestyle shows from crafting to quilting. In particular, the primetime focus for this channel seems to be the cooking and travel shows. There are also gardening shows hosted by men, painting shows, and, as a soft spot for a budding real estate agent, home improvement shows like the MA-centric This Old House (many old houses here require a lead disclosure) and For Your Home. I would leave Create TV on as pleasant white noise if I had the convenience of distraction.

Bloomberg TV

Trader's eyes are glued to the telly when Draghi speaks, interwoven with the TV hosts' timely analyses that makes this speedy professional channel of debates, fast talking, and Fed watching one of my favorite. With a parade of analysts and CEOs interviewed by long-running hosts and with a different version for Asian and European sessions, Bloomberg TV is my favorite for weekday markets coverage even if the day is slow. 

This channel is often compared to CNBC, but I strongly prefer Bloomberg TV since it is much more professional, and Jim Cramer with his (no offense) hit-or-miss short-term picks isn't helping CNBC's credibility. Even if CNBC has more viewers, Bloomberg is the company behind the terminal. I also had an awkward crush on one of the former TV hosts, so I used to tune in for that.


So far, I have spent several weeks with no television, but these channels are my baseline!