The Five: What Rich is thankful for
Here we are again! That time of year where we argue with our families, eat too much turkey, and limber up for the 3 am mall openings on Black Friday. I'm talking, of course, about Thanksgiving. Or, as we call it these days, pre-Christmas. However, before this holiday of pumpkin pies and parades became the warm-up for the Christmas season, it was a time for friends and family to get together and give thanks for the blessings of their life. So, in honor of that tradition, I present the five things I'm thankful for . . . in television, that is.
The return of Jim to the Scranton branch on The Office: I'll admit that I was beginning to lose my love for the NBC comedy at the beginning of the season. With Jim over in Stamford the show just didn't have the same feel to it. Add to that my growing interest in Ugly Betty on ABC, which aired at the same time. However, after Jim's return to Scranton last week I will be setting the DVR for The Office once again. It will be interesting to see how the Jim-Karen-Pam relationship pans out in the next few episodes.
The early return of Scrubs: No waiting until January for new episodes of my favorite comedy series. It returns on November 30th in a revamped Thursday night schedule. Last season was probably the funniest one of them all, mostly due to the fact that the producers of the show thought it would be their last one. Luckily, saner heads prevailed over at NBC and the show was picked up once again. Oh, also a side thank-you to Comedy Central for airing an hour's worth of Scrubs during the week. It's interesting to watch how the show has changed from its first season until now (it actually hasn't changed that much).
Doctor Who (both series) on the SciFi Channel: I was never a huge fan of the original Doctor Who ; mostly due to the horrendous special effects that I felt distracted from the story. But I have now become a regular viewer, thanks to the performances of both Christopher Eccleston and David Tennant as The Doctor (and Billie Piper as Rose Tyler, as well). As Chris was the first Doctor I watched I have an affection for him and was sad when he left the series. I had a hard time when I first saw David in the role, but he is beginning to grow on me.
DVR: God bless the digital video recorder! I'm not a big technology freak, but I would be lost without my little DVR friend. Where else can you simultaneously record two shows that air at the same time. Oh, you could set up two VCRs to do that, but you'd have to program them in separate rooms, and that would require walking around and perhaps, gasp, reading directions on how to program said VCRs. You can setup your DVR recordings with one or two clicks of your remote. Now, if they could only perfect the flying car, then we would really be in business.
Dustin Diamond: Not because he's a great actor or anything. Frankly, he's a bit of a git. But, when it's a slow television news day we can always find something on Dustin that we can post up on the site. Thanks, Dustin. Here's to more amateur porn!
Finally . . .
While I am thankful about all of those items, what I am really thankful for is my wife and my children. They are my support staff, and I say a 'thank you' every day that I am blessed with them. And, in the end, that's all that matters, doesn't it?