Monday, November 27, 2006

A very TV Thanksgiving


(Note: This post was supposed to go up Thursday night. I forgot all about it, and haven't gotten around to it until now. Enjoy the late holiday!)

Here are 20 things I'm thankful for about TV as we leave November sweeps and head into the dead zone that is December and January.

--I'm thankful for the weird sexual chemistry between Dustin and Kandace (pictured) on The Amazing Race. Nearly every all-male team on the Race has had homoerotic undertones (especially the ones featuring models, including this season's Tyler and James), but it was hard to imagine that when, say, the Bowling Moms got to the pit stop, there was a little more going on, if you know what I mean. With D&K, their constant praising of the other's appearance and ability makes it difficult to imagine there's NOT something more going on at the end of every leg.

--I'm thankful Dexter, serious issues with the premise and the complete lack of interesting supporting characters aside, has made it safe to love serial killers again.

--I'm thankful that if there were a nuclear attack on the United States, the great people of the state of Kansas would soldier on by organizing their own militia, celebrating Halloween, reminiscing about weddings that never were and getting involved of lots of soap opera-esque hijinks.

--I'm thankful for Elizabeth Mitchell's performance on Lost. I know a lot of people don't like the Others, but Michael Emerson and Mitchell are consistently turning in the strongest performances on that show week in and week out (well, when it's actually on). Mitchell is the show's best female character in. . .ever?

--I'm thankful we're going to get a proper final season of King on the Hill, which has always been a little underrated and a little misunderstood by its network.

--I'm thankful that NBC's comedy bloc (starting on my birthday, of all nights) is going to be the best pure comedy bloc in almost 20 years, even if the ratings are going to be abysmal. For that matter, I'm thankful Scrubs is going to be back, and I hope it takes this chance to go out in style.

--I'm thankful that Jack Bauer has finally gone whole hog and embraced his inner Christ figure.

--I'm thankful that Desperate Housewives doesn't completely suck anymore and has decided to abandon being a "satire" and just embrace its inner soapiness. I don't like it any more than I used to, but at least I don't feel mad at America for making it a huge hit.

--I'm thankful for that fifth season of The Wire. If they can make it as good as the fourth season, we could be talking best OF ALL TIME, not just best of the year.

--I'm thankful that David Milch's new show sounds absolutely, 100% nuts.

--I'm thankful that Karen, on The Office, is a believable foil for the Jim/Pam relationship and that it's not obvious that Jim and Pam WILL get together thanks to her presence.

--I'm thankful that Friday Night Lights will get a full year. It's, hands-down, the best show you're not watching. When will you start listening to me?

--I'm thankful that between The Office, My Name Is Earl, Everybody Hates Chris, Entourage, How I Met Your Mother, the rapidly improving New Adventures of Old Christine, Scrubs, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Weeds, It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, 30 Rock, The Loop and the upcoming Knights of Prosperity that comedy is back, even if none of you are watching any of it. Heck, even the mostly moribund The Class is a better time-slot filler than 90% of the crap NBC threw between Friends and Seinfeld in the 90s.

--I'm thankful for the sassy Veronica Mars and thankful that the long exile of Mac will soon be at an end.

--I'm thankful for Battlestar Galactica's general excellence and recapability.

--I'm thankful that I wasn't the only person to be generally suspicious of Studio 60, and that the show is so easily made fun of. My Mondays wouldn't be the same without it!

--I'm thankful they saved the cheerleader. Because, honestly, that was a catchphrase I didn't ever need to hear again. Here's hoping they save the world.

--I'm thankful for "Let's Go to the Mall."

--I'm thankful for pumpkin pie. Mmmmmmmmm. . .

--I'm thankful for how all of you come here, day after day, even when we don't have stuff to read. You've made this place more successful than I ever would have possibly imagined, and I hope you continue to enjoy what we post here.

As you've noticed, posting's been light over the Thanksgiving weekend. We'll be back this week, though, for more SDD excitement.

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