• Gina Rullo

Fall television this fall has left me disinterested


I think there is something wrong with me.


OK. OK. I think there is something new wrong with me.


I cannot generate any excitement for the fall television lineup.


Our DVR has been filling up with new episodes of shows that I normally cannot wait to watch.

This year, this fall, I have no interest.


I had to force myself to watch “Shark Tank.” And for the first time in years, I felt blah watching it.


All of my CBS favorites are just sitting there.


“NCIS,” “NCIS: Hawaii,” all the “FBI”s, “Blue Bloods” and let’s not forget NBC’s “Law & Order” franchise.


And my feeling of the blahs is not just limited to network TV.


I didn’t even know that “The Great British Bake Off” was back on Netflix.


Three episodes have been released and I had no idea until October 2.


In years past, I would be anxiously awaiting the new season and to see if any bakers would receive a “Hollywood Handshake” from judge Paul Hollywood.


So what’s wrong with me?


I have barely watched any television in the past three months.


I watch “Jeopardy” nightly with my husband, we watch one episode of “Yellowstone” per week with my friend in New York and a few minutes of news in the morning. Other than that, I have not watched any television of note.


I missed the entire season of “Making the Cut” on Amazon this summer.


No clue it was on.


I must be in some sort of weird fog of disinterest.


I don’t think it is maturity.


Help!


I used to love fall for the new shows premiering.


This does not feel like me at all.


What have I been doing instead of watching TV?


Reading. Lots and lots of reading.


It has become so detrimental to my health. I often stay up late reading and fall asleep with my Kindle on my face.


It’s not good.


Reading this much cannot be healthy? Can it?


I am at a loss as to why television shows have suddenly lost their appeal after more than four decades.


Did I outgrow TV and the escapism it provides? I don’t think so. Isn’t that why I read as much as I do?


Should I change what I watch? Most of my DVR is filled with crime procedure shows. There are only two comedies. There are no news magazines or reality shows like “Survivor” or “Big Brother.”


Even David Venable from QVC cannot hold my attention and he has been a mainstay in my life for more than 15 years. This is all new to me.


Please send me your suggestions on how to overcome my television apathy. I want to waste time watching the screen. Email me at grullo@hammontongazette.com.


Hopefully, we can start making space on my DVR.


Gina Rullo is the editor-in-chief of The Hammonton Gazette. In 2022, she was named an “Editor Extraordinaire” by Editor & Publisher Magazine and in 2021 won two awards for investigative journalism.