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The Five: What Joel is thankful for

by Joel Keller, posted Nov 23rd 2006 2:09PM
ScrubsHappy Thanksgiving, folks! Before I shuffle off to my parents' house and partake in some restaruant turkey and stuffing (how many of you go out instead of stay in? I bet there's more of us than people think), let me tell you what I'm thankful for, at least as far as TV is concerned:

1. The return of Scrubs: T-minus one week and counting! I am just so, so happy that NBC has decided to bring back Scrubs early this year. I've been watching and laughing at the reruns of the show since September, and that's only whetted my appetite for new episodes even more than usual. It's my favorite current show, and even a bad episode gives me at least one big belly laugh. Because this might be the show's last year, Bill Lawrence and company might go even wackier than they did last year. Yes, even wackier than "Dr. Acula" and "Floating Head Doctor." The musical episode promises to be especially good. Can't wait.

2. The fact that there is still good comedy writing on TV: It's interesting how, despite the fact that there are very few sitcoms on the networks' schedules this year, most of the ones that are around are pretty funny. The entire Thursday comedy block on NBC is chock full of good comedy, with Scrubs and my second-favorite show, The Office, only being slightly better than Earl and 30 Rock. How I Met Your Mother on CBS is coming into its own (I'm still laughing at the "Slap Bet" episode from Monday), and Two and a Half Men and Old Christine are solid. And, of course, every weeknight you can go to bed laughing with The Daily Show, The Colbert Report, Letterman, Craig Ferguson's monologue, and Conan O'Brien's everything else. And I haven't even scratched the surface, considering all the funny stuff you can find on cable. Nope, comedy on TV isn't dead; in fact, it's in a golden era. You just need to know where to look.

3. That I get paid to watch television: Not to rub it in too much, but writing about TV has always been a dream job of mine, even more than writing for TV. Why? Because I get to sit home, do what I love, and get paid for it. Granted, it's not much, but how cool is it that I can tell people that I have to go home and watch How I Met Your Mother "for work?" I can't even pretend to look stressed and annoyed over that.

4. NFL football: Jesus Jones, autumn Sundays are boring. Boooorrring. After you've eaten your pancakes and read the paper, there's not much to do, at least nothing that doesn't involve a rake or the word "picking" in it. And TV doesn't help, especially if you're not keen on seeing This Old House reruns. Thank goodness for football. From September to February, I know I can settle down and watch football if I've got nothing else to do. Even if my team, the Giants, aren't playing, it doesn't matter; any game is better than none. And as much as I bitch about the late hour, the Sunday and Monday night games are fun to watch, too. The Super Bowl is a very bittersweet game for me, because I know that there will be no good sports on -- maybe the Final Four, but that's about it -- until baseball starts back up in April. Talk about depressing...

5. Lauren Graham, Sarah Chalke, Campbell Brown, Maura Tierney, Jean Chatzky, Rachael Ray, Tina Fey, Kristen Wiig, Jenna Fischer, Mindy Kaling, Nadine Velasquez, and America Ferrera: God, I need to get a girlfriend.

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Scott Weinberg

I wholeheartedly agree on all five. (Only I write about movies, not TV.) ;)

November 28 2006 at 6:00 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I agree with you on #5, but you're missing one major babe on television: Kristen Bell.

November 24 2006 at 12:06 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Scrubs must not be cancelled.

November 23 2006 at 11:27 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I'm super Jealous of your #3, it's a dream job of mine as well.

November 23 2006 at 6:47 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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