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What Kona is thankful for

by Kona Gallagher, posted Nov 27th 2008 1:01PM
friday night lightsIt's Thanksgiving morning right now and I'm sitting in my dad's kitchen watching people cook. I'm thankful for so many things this year, but since this is a TV site, let's talk about the things in TV that I'm thankful for--things besides the murder that the poor Detroit Lions are going to face at the hands of the Tennessee Titans today.

1. Netflix Watch Instantly
I've had Netflix basically since its inception, but with all of the TV that I watch, my Netflix movies have had a bad habit of collecting dust for months (I finally sent No Country for Old Men back after about six months on top of my DVD player). Even though I've known about the Watch Instantly feature for a while, I've never actually tried it out. I just watched Friday Night Lights Season 2, and let me tell you. it's so nice to just hit "Next" and have all of the episodes right there without having to change disks. Does that make me ridiculously lazy? Probably. I don't care.

2. Friday Night Lights Season 2

Watching it on Netflix was cool, but let's not overlook the basic fact that Friday Nigh Lights is a great show. I had watched the first season on DVD, but it's probably been a year since I've seen it. The second season got mixed reviews--people said it became too soap opera-y, but I disagree.
Warning: If you haven't watched Season 2, stop reading now.
Sure, the whole murder storyline was a little weird. I understand that they would choose not to press charges because the murder was self-defense, but come on. I understand that Landry is a Panther in Dillon Texas, but can you really just dump a body in the river and not be charged with anything? Abusing a corpse? Littering? Anything? Regardless, I'm thankful that NBC dug deep and found a creative way to give it a third season.

3. Pushing Daisies
Who says fairy tales are only for kids? Maybe I need a little magic in my life too. From the painted sets to Jim Dale's narration, the world of Cours de Cours is a lovely, soothing place. Granted, their murder rate seems a little high, but everyone seems to die in such interesting ways, that it kind of makes up for the apparent danger. Pushing Daisies is a fairytale with an edge and for my money, one of the best shows on television right now. Frankly, I was surprised when ABC greenlit it for a second season, but that doesn't make me any less pissed off about what's happening to it now. However, I am thankful for the episodes we have left.

4. Bridezillas
I'm not married yet, but I have a tendency to work myself into a tizzy whenever I try to plan an event. That's why Bridezillas is so great. I can lay in bed on a Sunday afternoon and know that no matter how crazy and stressed I get, I'm not going to tell my husband-to-be that the wedding is the last time he's going to be able to see his friends, or berate my sister for not paying attention to me when her son goes missing at the reception hall. Bridezillas makes me feel better about myself, and for that I am thankful.

5. The Mentalist and Life on Mars
You guys, I love me some police procedurals. It's kind of a sickness actually, but whatever. In my book the only thing better than a good police procedural, is a police procedural with a twist. I'm fascinated with Simon Baker's powers of observation on The Mentalist, and I love trying to figure out what the hell is going on on Life on Mars. Is he dreaming? Is he time traveling? I don't know! Now, the two shows aren't without their problems. I would prefer The Mentalist to focus a little more on Red John and for Simon Baker to focus a little more on his American accent, and I would like it if Life on Mars would cut down on the grating, "In the future, we'll all be Moonwalking and loving the gays!" type dialogue. In the end though, I'm thankful for this new breed of procedural.

5 1/2. My stepmother's homemade toffee
Okay, that has nothing to do with television, but damn-- that's some good toffee. Since I'm stuffing it into my face while writing this, I think it merits a mention. Also, HAPPY THANKSGIVING!

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Leona909

I love life on mars, but i agree, im always like, well is he dreaming? in a coma? is he really in the 70's? and why the heck didnt he like write himself a letter when he was protecting his mom to his younger self saying DO NOT OPEN TILL THIS DATE IN 2008, (like 1 day before his gf gets killed) and then poof, he can save her, AND not get hit by the car... but ehhh, its a tv show, and that would take all the fun outta it, lol

November 28 2008 at 6:26 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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