Serial watchers

By Lillian Bowe
lbowe@cnjonline.com
Julio Ortiz, a 20-year-old cook at a Clovis restaurant, is so addicted to the TV show “Breaking Bad” he’ll stay up all hours of the night to get his fix.
Ortiz said he tells himself, “just one more episode and then I can go to sleep,” but he said he has to know what happens in the next episode.
“It’s the thrill it gives you,” Ortiz said. “It keeps you in the edge of your seat. When an episode is over you’re anxious to find out what’s gonna happen next.”
Ortiz finds the drama about a former chemistry teacher who turns to a life of selling and making drugs to secure financial stability for his family, to be addicting because it shows perspective of a “life to the extreme.”

MCT photo: Jay L. Clendenin Show creator Vince Gilligan, center, directs actors Bryan Cranston, left, in green and Aaron Paul, right, while on location in Albuquerque for the fourth season of AMC's “Breaking Bad” in 2011. The show, entering its sixth season this summer, is a draw for area television fans not only for its character and story development, but for its occasional references to New Mexico culture.

MCT photo: Jay L. Clendenin
Show creator Vince Gilligan, center, directs actors Bryan Cranston, left, in green and Aaron Paul, right, while on location in Albuquerque for the fourth season of AMC’s “Breaking Bad” in 2011. The show, entering its sixth season this summer, is a draw for area television fans not only for its character and story development, but for its occasional references to New Mexico culture.

Becoming addicted to TV shows has become easier than ever with streaming video available on computers, televisions and mobile devices to make almost any place a good one to catch an episode. Netflix, Hulu Plus and other streaming services enable subscribers to binge watch a whole season in a day if they wanted to, and even marathons on regular live TV let viewers binge watch.
According to the Newsweek article, “Why You’re Addicted to TV,” on average Americans watch more than five hours of television a day. A report in Scientific American said that in survey about 10 percent of adults call themselves TV addicts.
Here are a few more area “addicts” and the shows they watch on a regular basis:
• Clovis police officer Harold Edwards said the show he never misses is “NCIS.” The show follows a team of special agents in the Naval Criminal Investigative Service. Edwards said he likes the show because he enjoys the storyline and it’s a show that his daughter enjoys as well.
• Kristi Sparks, an instructional coach from Clovis, is addicted to watching “Breaking Bad,” “Sons of Anarchy” and “The Sopranos.”
“I binged watched all four seasons on Netflix,” Sparks said of “Breaking Bad,” which is partially filmed in Albuquerque. “I probably watched all four seasons in a little over a week.”
With only four seasons on Netflix, Sparks found eight episodes of the fifth season on YouTube and watched them all in one night.
Triana White from Portales, 17, says she records MTV’s “Awkward,” a show about life in high school, so that she doesn’t miss an episode.
“It’s just interesting and I guess I watch it because of the cute boys on the show,” White said.
The recent high school graduate said the show wasn’t anything like her high school life, but she said the topics featured on the show, such as dating and peer pressure, are things her friends talk about.
• Les Maupin, a Clovis ranchhand, watches old western shows such as “Bonanza” and “Gunsmoke.”
“I don’t like the new stuff,” Maupin said.
The other TV program Maupin watches is RFDTV, a television channel that has programming specifically for farmers and ranchers.
Wendy Green Swain of Clovis, 36, who works in sales, said she is addicted to “True Blood” and “Justified.” Swain said she got hooked on “True Blood” after just half an episode, and needed to watch a whole episode of “Justified” to get the same desire.
“Shows with good storylines, hot actors and drama are way more pleasant for me to watch than some scripted ‘reality’ TV,” Swain said.
• Anissia Lucero from Portales, 17, enjoys watching TV about high school students, but her favorite show is “Degrassi,” which is based in Canada.
Lucero said she’s faithfully glued to the TV each week to watch a new episode.
“It’s high school, it’s interesting drama, it relates to real life,” Lucero said. “I don’t relate to one character but with the things they go through.”
• Kristy Trujillo from Clovis, who worked at Clovis Community College, said she is addicted to “Haven,” “Supernatural” and “Castle.”

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