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What Bob is thankful for

by Bob Sassone, posted Nov 25th 2008 2:40PM
turkey dinnerWow, it's Thanksgiving already?

It seems like only yesterday that we were writing about the upfronts and the new shows, and here we are at the end of November. That means end of year reflection, best and worst lists, and this, what I'm thankful for right now, TV-wise.

1. Mad Men and 30 Rock. How blessed are we that two of the great shows of the past 25 years, one a comedy and one a drama, are on at the same time and we can look forward to them every week? Both are brilliant and addictive in their own special ways, and TV wouldn't be the same without them. And if reports are true, their worlds are about to collide in a truly must-see event. (And a thankful-within-a-thankful for Tina Fey in general.)

2. Complete series DVD sets. Who would have thought years ago that someday we'd be able to walk over to a shelf in our living room and take shiny discs out of a box that had all of the episodes of our favorite shows and watch them anytime that we wanted? It's so great that I'm able to watch any episode of The Dick Van Dyke Show or The West Wing or NewsRadio that I want, even if it's 1am. Thank you technology!

3. Hulu and AOL Video. If discs in a box were unfathomable, how about watching old TV shows on a little box on your desk? Right now I can go to AOL Video and watch an episode of Bewitched, or head on over to Hulu and watch It Takes A Thief, a show we'll probably never see on TV again (unless we get that "any show, any time" future we've been promised).

4. Stephen Colbert and Jon Stewart. There's something I find comforting that these two guys are on every night. Sure, they're funny, that goes without saying. But both guys (especially Colbert) have raised that humor to a kind of art.

5. Food Network. So let's see: I like watching TV and I like to eat. Can there possibly be a network that can combine both of those things? YES WE CAN! The web site is even better.

6. Chuck is still really good. Come on, admit it, you thought this show was going to tank too. A light-hearted spy romp on NBC? Oh, it just seemed like it was either going to be terrible or one of those shows that you love and a network cancels anyway. Luckily, the show is not only good it seems to be getting even better. This isn't a "one trick" genre show, this has some meat and emotion to it. Fun cast too, from the leads to the odd supporting players. Ratings aren't spectacular, but unlike My Own Worst Enemy, this looks like a show NBC might stick with.

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I LOVE tv on dvd. And I own lots of complete series sets. Some I haven't even gotten around to starting yet.

November 26 2008 at 10:29 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

What Im thankful for? Their are other websites that review television shows because TVS has absolutely gone in the crapper. Less show reviews which means missing out on discussing the following- Sons of Anarchy, Entourage, or True Blood...Last year at this time a great site....now not so much.

November 25 2008 at 6:55 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Hell Yes you can!

And don't forget that Sports Night 10th Anniversary DVD

November 25 2008 at 6:01 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Rex from Ars

And you can watch "Studio 60" on those DVD sets, Bob!

November 25 2008 at 3:53 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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