What Rich is thankful for
It's that time of year again, isn't it? That brief period between the humongous holidays of Halloween and Christmas that television and retail outlets have forgotten about. I talk about Thanksgiving, of course. The holiday of football games, unbuttoned pants, family arguments, and giant Snoopy balloons. It is also the time to give thanks.
Thanks for what? Well, we aren't trading chickens for a gallon of gas yet, so that's something. And, we still have television, which we can eventually trade in for chickens in order to get a gallon of gas. But, since our television shows are more important than driving in many cases, we may just start riding our bikes and eat peanut butter sandwiches instead.
With those happy thoughts, here is what I am thankful for when it comes to the flat screen idiot box.
No Strike (at least not yet): I know, I know...SAG wants to strike and put a damper on another TV season. At least they waited to ask for approval at the end of the first half of the season. Should the strike actually take place the season may actually be saved. Plus, with the other actor unions like AFTRA having already signed agreements with the studios, any impact from the strike may be minimal.
Giving Life some life: NBC is a mess right now when it comes to programming. I mean, they cancel My Own Worst Enemy after only 9 episodes yet they give Knight Rider a full season. Go figure. However, there seems to be at least one network executive who's thinking properly and decided to not only move Life from Friday to Wednesdays but also give it a full season run. The pickup is rightly deserved as the criminal procedural is unique amongst a crowded field.
The CBS sitcoms: For the rest of the television universe the traditional sitcom that we watched for decades has been dead for quite some time. On CBS, though, it is doing just fine and even thriving. Their popularity is deserved because the shows, particularly on Monday night, are funny. Yes, I'm including Worst Week in that list. My personal favorites are Big Bang Theory, which is having a very successful second season, and Two and a Half Men.
Life on Mars: Man, what a great show! From the first minute of the first episode I was hooked to this program. This is coming from someone who never, ever saw the original British version. The combination of fantasy, comedy, drama and Harvey Keitel just make the show so interesting to watch from beginning to end. Here's to a semi-long life for this program.
King of the Hill on Adult Swim: Thank the gods for Adult Swim! Since their introduction they have been nothing but gracious to the FOX Sunday night animated fare, both current and canceled. They are continuing this tradition by taking in King of the Hill, which is being taken off of the FOX schedule at the end of this season. King of the Hill does not deserve to be one of those animated programs that fades away. While not as crazy as Simpsons or Family Guy, Hill has always had that underlying humor that has kept it going for so long.
ComicCon: The lines were long, the rooms were huge, and the food was expensive, but I am extremely grateful that I had an opportunity to attend this year's ComicCon. True, I had to sit through four hours of panels I was uninterested in just to see the cast of Stargate Atlantis, but I got to see the cast of Stargate Atlantis in person. Will I go in 2009? Well, if TV Squad is interested then so am I.
Cartoon Network remaining animated: I was worried about Cartoon Network for a time there. It seemed like they were moving away from their schedule of animated fare for something that resembled what you would see on Disney Channel or Nickelodeon. Luckily, they realized that they still had 'Cartoon' in their name and have refocused their attentions on giving us some original animated fare like Star Wars:The Clone Wars and The Secret Saturdays.
TV Squad: It's been almost three years since I posted my first item on TV Squad. Since then, I have spent many a minute expressing my opinions on what goes on in and around television. Even when my opinions haven't agreed with your own, which has been often, I have always enjoyed writing about one of my passions. I want to thank you, and TV Squad, for giving me those past and future opportunities.