Joys and Sorrows of Writing TV Recaps

It’s a tough job, watching everything on TV. But writing about all of it afterward may be even tougher. (What? You think watching all those crazy shows would be fun? Whoa!

by Andrew P Street

I write a lot.

It’s a good thing that I do, because my ability to feed and clothe myself is largely dependent on my being able to write, and subsequently invoice for having written, at a fairly healthy lick. And believe me: society is the richer for my clothing myself. The alternative is… let’s just say “unnerving”.

One of the more recent things I’ve been writing has been television recaps, specifically for The Voice. It’s been a surprising gig since much of what I laughingly refer to as my career has been spent writing about “proper” music (read: pale, nervous-looking men with guitars) and I’ve had a less than passing interest in pop music, reality shows, talent quests, or reality show talent quests about pop music.

Yet after a few weeks spending my Monday evenings closely watching a programme that would normally never grace my screen, I’ve discovered a few things that surprised me. Most of them take the form of questions like “how does Darren McMullen explain his job to people, given that he’s on screen for about 40 seconds per show?”, but others are more philosophical in nature – such as:

The pleasures

1. It’s 100% involving

A lot of writing is spent desperately wishing that you were doing pretty much anything else, and I say that as someone who loves writing disproportionately much. It’s just not a particularly fun thing to physically do, as things to do go, and it’s done on computers which are generally hooked up to the much more interesting internet. It’s not hard to get momentarily distracted and lose a day down  a Wikipedia hole.

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