Magazine article Variety

The Truth about Us: I Want a TV Divorce

Magazine article Variety

The Truth about Us: I Want a TV Divorce

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This week's cover story on "This Is Us" has prompted me to take the unusual step of devoting this space to address a personal issue.

My wife wanted to sample the NBC drama; ever the dutiful husband, I said I would join her on the couch. But after the first few episodes, I came to a sad realization: I couldn't watch a show for no reason other than giving us something to watch together.

Which is why it pains me to write the following words to my blessed wife: I want a TV divorce.

Let's be clear: I fully intend to spend the rest of my life together with you in the holiest of matrimony. But going forward, for the portion of the marriage spent with the television on, we shall be apart, watching separate TVs in separate rooms.

This isn't easy for me. But for the sake of protecting our sacred union, we must confront the fact that our tastes in programming have diverged to the point where we are better off seeing other programs.

It's not like we never compromised. You bravely sampled HBO's brilliant "Westworld" but fell asleep before the premiere ended. …

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