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All Joel wants for Festivus

by Joel Keller, posted Dec 21st 2006 11:02AM
America FerreraWell, looking back at my list from last year, Festivus Frank didn't give me anything I asked for, did he? He especially dropped the ball on the whole Sarah Chalke phone number thing, considering she got engaged a few weeks ago. But, undaunted, I'm going to give him my list for 2006, because I'm always a glass-half-full kind of guy during this time of the year:

An Emmy nomination for How I Met Your Mother: It would be great if both the show and its actors got nominated, but I don't care if it only gets a nomination in one category; it deserves the recognition. After being shut out of the Golden Globes, I realized that no one seems to be noticing that the show is rapidly becoming one of the best comedies on television. This is similar to what happened with Scrubs during its first three seasons, and I'd like to see the Academy catch up to HIMYM sooner than that. Neil Patrick Harris, Jason Segel, Alyson Hannigan, and the show itself all deserve nominations. Hopefully, Craig and Carter will sumbit "Slap Bet" to the Academy voters; that should get their attention...

A moratorium on serialized shows - I think the networks found out what will happen if they cram too many serialized shows down our throats at one time. Let's hope they back off and just give us well-plotted shows with strong characters. The only exception to that rule is that I hope...

The Knights of Prosperity becomes a hit - When I saw the revised pilot of Knights at the NY Television Festival, I realized that ABC had a pretty funny and unique show on its hands. But I'm afraid that the network doesn't really know what to do with the show, and it's going to get killed when it finally premieres in January. I'm still afraid of that, but there's nothing I can do about it now than to wish Rob Burnett and Donal Logue good luck.

The NBC Thursday comedy block stays intact - Yes, I've complained many times about all the great shows being crammed in on Thursday, but the more I've been watching the current block of comedies on NBC Thursdays, the more I think that they really fit together well. Earl, The Office, Scrubs and 30 Rock are a more solid set of comedies than NBC ever came up with during its "double-decker shit sandwich" days when crap like The Single Guy and Suddenly Susan was inserted in-between Friends, Seinfeld, and ER. I just hope that the block doesn't get squashed by the competition and broken up before the season's out.

Gilmore Girls goes out on a high note - Of course, this wish also contains the hope that my favorite CW show ends this year. I mean, it's time, don't you think? This season's been so uneven, from the plotting to the acting to the writing to the directing, that it's been painful to watch at times. It's just not the fun show it used to be, and I don't think they'll ever get back to that level. Let's just hope David Rosenthal and company come to their senses and have Luke and Lorelai get married during the finale, right as Rory graduates Yale and starts working at The New York Times.

America Ferrera's phone number - Too bad, Sarah... you had your chance.

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Hell yes, America Ferrera. You may like your women skinny as a toothpick Stigmata, but Joel knows that curvy Latina America is all but "Ugly"

December 24 2006 at 12:18 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

America Ferrera? Really?

December 22 2006 at 4:25 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

...and Lane has to be rushed out of the wedding/graduation ceremony to give birth.

Actually, all that wackiness going on at once sorta sounds like an episode of Frasier, especially if this could all be happening at a dinner party.

December 21 2006 at 2:18 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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