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What Isabelle is thankful for

by Isabelle Carreau, posted Nov 22nd 2007 12:07PM
ThanksgivingI may not celebrate Thanksgiving today (as Robin from How I Met Your Mother would say, "The real Thanksgiving was in October!") but that doesn't mean I cannot take part of TV Squad thankful post series.

Television is a big part of my life. I've grown with it. I spend hours with it every day. So it's about time, I give thanks for having television in my life!

The writers' strike

Yes, your eyes are not playing tricks on you. I'm thankful for the writers' strike for one reason: new shows got a chance to prove themselves and build an audience. If networks hadn't feared a writers' strike, I'm pretty sure half of the new shows would have been canceled by mid-October.


I'm not the type of person who takes a peek at the final page of a book to know the ending. However, I must read spoilers for TV series. I want to know what's in store for them, who will get pregnant, who might die, etc. I don't want to know everything (yes, there is something called "too much spoilers") so that I can still be surprised by the episode. To me spoilers are a safety blanket.

Summer reruns

This past summer was the first since 1992 that I've spent home and had easy access to TV. I was really thankful for summer reruns as they allowed me to discover TV series that I had put on the side before because I didn't have time to watch them. Thanks to summer reruns, I started watching ABC's Brothers & Sisters just to name one!

Having access to both Canadian and US TV stations

Because I live in Canada, I have the chance to not only get feeds from US-based CBS, ABC, FOX and NBC stations but also to have access to Canadian TV stations like CTV and Global TV. The perk you ask? Canadian stations don't always air the US shows at the same time they air in the US. For an avid TV fan like I am, this has a lot of advantages. For example, I can watch Pushing Daisies a day before it airs on ABC, I watch Bones two hours later (allowing me to watch/tape something else at its normal FOX timeslot) and Private Practice an hour earlier (meaning that I can finish my reviews sooner), etc. I'm also thankful for having access to French TV stations. People who know me know that I rarely watch TV in French but those stations do allow me to catch past seasons of series I've missed either because I didn't have time to watch them or they aired on networks I didn't have access to (for example: I was able to watch the Buffy episodes that aired on UPN, watch Season 1 of Eureka). It's always best to watch a TV series (and movie) in its original language but watching the French version of series is better than nothing.

TV Squad

Yes, I'm going to suck up to the boss! I'm thankful for TV Squad because it not only allows me to blog about one of my passions (TV) but it also introduced me to new TV series and new people (both bloggers and readers). Without TV Squad, I would have never stumble on Jackie's blog, which became my summer addiction thanks to her delightful daily updates on the happenings in the Big Brother house.


I'm thankful for television because it allows me to dream, escape from reality for a while, learn new things, etc. The world today would be quite different without television. I would not be the same person without it and since I'm happy with whom I am, I'm thankful for television for existing!

Happy Thanksgiving to all!

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Speaking of Canadian TV. I am in the US, but have just found "Corner Gas", a Canadian program that runs here on the CW network@ midnight weekdays. It's a quiet, quirky comedy that has charmed me.

November 22 2007 at 6:19 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Well being Canadian and Living in the states is just a good reason for my family to have Thanksgiving twice a year... When I was a kid we would have huge Thanksgivings in both Oct and November and I have carried that over to My own children.. and I hope they do the same... Happy Thanksgiving from one Canadian to another.

November 22 2007 at 12:53 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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