Six shows I didn't realize were still on
A lot of people don't understand this, but even though we write for a television web site and watch tons of television every single day, we can't keep track of everything or watch everything. There are many shows that I realize are on my television but simply don't watch (Grey's Anatomy, CSI, The Bachelor, Maury), and there are a few that I don't watch because I had no idea they were still on. Below are five such shows that I recently found out were still going strong (OK, five are still going strong, one is an old show that I didn't realize was being shown nowadays).
The People's Court: I used to watch this every single day when I was younger (the show's legal expert, Harvey Levin, now runs TMZ.com). That was when a real-life courtroom show was unique, before there were 27 of them on TV every single day. I knew that Judge Judy was still on, and shows with other various judges (Judge Hackett, Divorce Court, Judge Mathis, Judge Maria Lopez, Judge David Young, Christina's Court), but I didn't know this one was still on. It can't be the same without Judge Wapner and baliff Rusty though.
Temptation: This is a remake of the classic 80s game show Sale of the Century, which I used to love. Three contestants square off with each other answering pop culture questions, and along the way they are tempted with offers to get prizes for only a small fee, which will be deducted from their score. I was channel surfing last week and came across this and was shocked to see it's still on (if under a different name).
Soul Train: Yup, it's been on every week since 1971. New episodes aren't airing right now (the last new episodes were in 2006) but it hasn't been officially canceled yet and could still come back.
The Daily Buzz: This syndicated morning show, broadcast from Florida, ran in my area for just a short time a couple of years ago, and I was sorry to see it go. It wasn't great by any means, but it was fun and goofy and did something the other morning shows didn't do. I thought it was canceled, but it's actually still going. I guess they just decided to take it off my local station so they could add another damn hour of local news.
Sunday Morning Shootout: This AMC movie show, hosted by Variety's Peter Bart and producer Peter Gruber, was something I watched every Sunday morning, then it seemed to be pre-empted (or they'd show repeats) for several weeks, so I thought it was one of those cable shows that slipped away quietly into the sunset. But it's still going strong.
Lou Grant: OK, this isn't "still on" as if they're making new episodes, but I thought it was one of those shows from the 70s and 80s that got lost and wasn't run in syndication any longer. Not so. You can see it on American Life every Wednesday at 9 and 11pm. It's celebrating its 30th anniversary this year. I never understood why Lou didn't hire Mary and Murray from WJM.