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What Rich is thankful for

by Richard Keller, posted Nov 21st 2007 10:27AM

Charlie Brown is thankful for Thanksgiving, and so am ILet me be honest here...I got thanks coming out of the wazoo. I have a wonderful family, a good job, food on the table, clothes on my back, and a roof over my head. Plus, I am dashingly handsome, which allowed me to obtain the wonderful family, the good job, etc. But, since this isn't Slashfood or ParentDish I'm really not going to list why I am thankful for the items I listed.

No, this is a list describing why I am thankful for the most important piece of my life: television (Uh, don't tell my wonderful family about that). I mean, without television I would probably be an incredibly literate scholar of 17th century mathematics who is a hit at social gatherings. And, that would pretty much suck, wouldn't it? Television is where it's at, baby, and here are some reasons why I'm thankful for it.

Bones -- This would definitely be one of my 'must see' shows even if I didn't review it on a weekly basis. It's not just due to the crimes they investigate, and the horribly disfigured (or liquidated) corpses they find, that makes the show. It's actually the characters that make up the ensemble. Each is extremely unique and colorful and there is not a weak one in the bunch (not even Cam). Add to that a good mix of humor and drama and you have one of the better shows on television today.

30 Rock -- One of the best and funniest comedies on television today, and that's coming from someone who thought the show wouldn't make it past the first month. With all of the growing pains out of the way for the first season the second season has really exploded in terms of insane humor. Yet, there's still a bit of heart to the program, especially in the relationship between Liz and Jack. Oh, there's also the fact that Tina Fey is just cute as a button.

Calliou -- God bless this little bald-headed boy! If not for him my 19-month-old twins wouldn't have anything to watch. For some reason this show, which features the adventures of a 4-year-old boy who explores the world around him, just mesmerizes them for 28 minutes. My only problem with the show: it seems that Calliou, his family, and his friends are the only ones who live in his world. Oh sure, there are emergency services reps, cooks, pilots and such but they seem to just be there to do Calliou's bidding.

The Digital Video Recorder -- Forget alternate fuel sources, cities on the moon and sex robots, the DVR is the future of our universe. With a press of a button you can setup a whole night's (or week's) programming. Of course, that doesn't mean you'll be able to watch that whole night's (or week's) programming any time soon. Most likely you'll have those shows on your DVR until you kids graduate college or until a power surge erases all of the programming off of the chip. You know, maybe being thankful for sex robots would be a better idea.

YouTube -- Where else can you find clips of The Monkees on Laugh-In or spend countless hours watching old Superfriends episodes. Not on the somewhat bland landscape of television. It may have spawned numerous imitators, but YouTube is still the place to find current and classic television.

Commercials -- You may scoff at them, but commercials are incredibly useful to the television viewer. Here are some things you can do during commercial breaks: Put you children to bed, get a snack, go to the bathroom, see what else is on, and make mad, passionate love with your significant other (or yourself). The last is probably better to do on cable shows that have longer commercial breaks.

The Writers' Strike -- While this seems like a bad thing right now I am thankful for it for two reasons. One, it really shows the greed the networks have when it comes to giving the writers more money. I mean, come on, the Internet is the way television is going anyway. Two, it gives me a bit of a breather from reviewing shows.

TV Squad -- Why wouldn't I be thankful? Where else can I take my love for everything television and translate it into prose for all of you to read? I guess I could write reviews and read them aloud from my front porch. But then I'd just be considered crazy and thrown into a padded cell. Which, thinking about it, would be kind of relaxing.

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