What Annie is thankful for
Have a lovely Thanksgiving Day, you wonderful people, and don't forget your stretchy pants.
1. Comic conventions: No, seriously, hear me out. Put the creepy costumed weirdos and heavy stench of B.O. aside, okay? Comic conventions are the greatest places to meet the creators of your favorite geeky movies and programs and, well, comics. Just a few months ago, I went to a convention and got to spend several spectacular minutes with Hellboy creator Mike Mignola, complaining about Sci-Fi Channel's treatment of The Amazing Screw-On Head. Come on. I complained about TV with Mike Mignola, you guys. I don't think you understand how fangirly I was. And a few months before that, I went to another comic convention and got to chat with a couple of the guys from The Venture Bros. and watch their spotlight panel from the front row. People like that are pretty much rock stars in my world, so I always love it when they open up to their fanbase and let in the crazies.
2. Fans online: I have a great deal of affection for my TV-obsessed friends online. Not only do they make up a wonderful community of fans that share a lot of the same views that I have, but these folks online also introduce new shows and, sometimes, new favorites. This also includes my blogging buddies from all across teh interwebz and all their bloggity-blogging ways. Thank you for providing a forum for people to get together and share their love of television. Extra kudos are given for putting up with some of the more annoying or scary readers.
3. My darling little Slingbox: First and foremost, I am thankful for my cheap little Slingbox. For some bizarre reason, my current living situation doesn't allow for cable. I know, moving into a place with no cable is a major downgrade for a TV blogger. However, my second home has cable and Slingbox makes sure that house shares some of its cable-y love with my computer. Of course, my laptop screen is no match for a big and shiny high-def television, but it's better than nothing.
4. Ugly Betty: I moved in with a couple of strangers this year and, for a while, we struggled to find things in common. After a few weeks of slightly uncomfortable polite nods to each other while passing in the hallway, we became much better friends. It was all because of the power of Ugly Betty. Oh yes. We discovered that we were all infatuated with the storyline and loved the campiness and sappiness that the show had to offer. So, we've made it part of our bonding weekends. On Saturday nights, we get together, order an obscene amount of Indian food and a big tub of ice cream, pull up ABC's online player and watch that week's episode of Ugly Betty. There's an incredible sense of friendship that can build just from a small group of people collectively shouting at one particular character. Plus, we're all very fond of Henry's sweaters.
5. New York: Thank you, New York of VH1's Flavor of Love (I and II) and I Love New York (I and II). I must admit, you are pretty fabulous, but that's not why I'm thankful for all you've done on television. You give me some much needed self-esteem. Whenever I'm feeling blue or am looking for a little pick-me-up, I just turn on your show and my confidence grows exponentially. "Wow! At least I'm not her!" I often say to myself as I watch you (and the two basketballs barely concealed under your halter top) act like a fool. Plus, you're super-fun to mock and everyone likes to complain about you.
6. 30 Rock: I used to loathe Tina Fey when she was on Saturday Night Live. She seemed a bit full of herself, but I felt her writing and performance didn't back up her attitude. And then came 30 Rock. I wanted to hate it. I really did. Something drew me in, though, and now I'm madly in love with it. I even find myself watching it before The Office on NBC's website. I don't dislike Fey anymore and, I don't know, maybe I even sort of tolerate her now. Anyway, thanks to 30 Rock for being so consistently funny and releasing a full MP3 version of "Werewolf Bar Mitzvah".
7. Michael Cera: Thank you for reminding the world that young actors don't have to only do shows like The OC or sell their souls to the Disney Channel. Thank you. Thank you, thank you, thank you.
8. TV Squad: Oh, TV Squad, how I love you so. You give me money for being snarky and fawning over my favorite actors. Thank you.