I have come to utterly and completely HATE TV. I can't get my kids to read if the idiot box is on; I can't focus on my work, and it just makes too much noise.
So I moved my office into the living room, across from the TV, and I've LOCKED the remotes in my filing cabinet. Now the kids can't waste time mindlessly watching cartoons.
TV is fine for news and educational programs, but the kids tend to leave it on all the time. I'm trying to teach them to watch TV occasionally and not constantly. Let books be their first choice for entertainment!