I think you're perhaps just a bit too cynical.
We've never had cable and never will. If they would allow me to pick which channels I want, I would possibly be interested. But the only channels I would want would be ESPN and EWTN. I would never be willing to pay for a package of channels that I have problems with.
We're not huge TV fanatics, but we find plenty to watch on network TV. We both love watching football (my favorite is the Fox commentators)--our whole family loves football. Also, we watch any figure skating competitions, but I'll admit that I prefer watching these on icenetwork.com because they show the entire competition, all competitors, not just a few that the journalists pick out. And the Olympics--every two years, we become utter Olympics devotees, spending hours at a stretch watching Americans win medals!
We started watching The Biggest Loser last season for the first time (it's been on 9 years already--wow). I found it very inspiring, and I hooked up with a registered dietician and have lost 50 pounds since last year. I hope to lose another 50 this year, and I think *Biggest Loser *will continue to inspire me. I have a friend who actually bought all nine seasons of this show because she finds it so uplifting. Yes, the female trainer uses the "a" word way too much for my liking, but she makes up for it by her caring attitude towards her clients. Whenever I'm working out, I actually imagine her yelling at me to make me keep moving and not give up! And yes, I know that the diet and exercise program that the contestants use is not realistic for people who don't live on the Biggest Loser ranch. I can figure that out. The show is still inspiring to me.
My husband was a huge Lost fan, and also loves Heroes and Flash Forward. I never watched any of these shows, but I understand that they tell great stories.
We both loved the show The Unit--this was an amazing show about the Special Forces. It was very pro-American and conservative and also managed to give a very fair viewpoint of religion, and from what I understand, military bases all over the world tuned in to watch this great show. Too bad it only lasted four seasons, but they were great seasons.
And of course, there's the local news. I like to know what's going on in my city. Yes, I suppose you could say that the news reporters are liberally biased, but it's easy enough in my city to check out the real facts. Also, political bias doesn't really make a difference when they're reporting on a local murder, a car accident, fire, death of a soldier, opening of a new business, closing of an old business, unemployment figures (16.9% in our city!), special event in the city (concert, festival, etc.) etc.
This year, the only show that has caught our attention is Outsourced. My husband is an systems administrator, so he has plenty of traffic with India. We think this show will be hilarious. We also think it will be off the air in two weeks once the Indians realize how insulting the show is to them!
I think the show starring Jimmy Smits looks interesting, but I probably won't watch it--too much effort. But I like Jimmy Smits.
We both like watching Jay Leno's "Headlines." That's about the only thing we watch from the Tonight Show, but we watch it faithfully. I like Jay Leno and always have. I think he's been married longer than me and my husband (31 years for us)--that's a good thing in Hollywood.
Finally, we have watched Saturday Night Live since the beginning and will probably continue to watch it. Right now, the cast is shaping up to be another great cast. I don't agree that the original cast was the best cast--back then, so many skits glorified recreational drug use and drunkenness--not funny, IMO. Now there are a lot of great parodies of politicians, including Pres. Obama. Yes, the show has its bad seasons and skits, but there's enough laughs that we still watch it.