In one of the many highlights of Star Trek: The Next Generation's third season, Picard busts out his rendition of "The Borg in Me."
The doctor is in... on DVD.
While many shows try to do very special Thanksgiving episodes, most of them degenerate into a muddle of typical family feuding and melodrama. And if we wanted to see disastrous family meals, we would just tune in to Brothers & Sisters on any given week. But every few seasons, at least one great show gives a holiday episode we can be truly thankful for. Here our favorites from the recent and far past:
Today's news is heavy on the guilty pleasures!
Yesterday I did my fair share of bitching about the recent slew of stuntcasting news for 30 Rock's upcoming season, saying as a longtime fan I personally don't care to see an episode where Jennifer Aniston or Oprah Winfrey eats up significant screen time, but that I understand 30 Rock is in desperate need of ratings so I'll just suck it up for now. It's fair to say I owe them at least that much for all the hilarity they've given me. My resolve to give the show a break is wearing a little thin, however, with today's news that Gossip Girl's Leighton Meester and Blake Lively will be appearing in a November sweeps episode. Really? Now I have to endure those two as well? And more importantly, why those two over Chuck Bass?! He's hilarious! This begs the question -- how much worse is this going to get?
Evangeline Lilly had the nerve recently to ask for more money per episode on her Lost contract, even though she makes more than anyone else on the show (except Matthew Fox) and even though her character Kate is by far the most irritating character on that show by a landslide. This prompted me to think back over my years of TV-watching to compile the list of most unduly annoying characters to ever exist on the small screen.
The producers responsible for The Baby Borrowers will be airing a reunion special on August 6th in order to defend their show and prove that it's "more than just entertainment." Apparently, in light of all the recent (lousy) press, executives feel they need to prove that the show is really teaching teenage couples -- and, by proxy, America -- an important life lesson about parenting. With this in mind, I came up with my own list of the ten invaluable life lessons TV has afforded me. I don't mean to brag, but think I've got the world pretty well figured out. And I didn't even have to leave my couch!
Hey, remember "The One Where a Bunch of People Were Spreading the Rumor That There Was Going to Be a Friends Movie"? Yeah, well, apparently there isn't actually going to be one. It was all a clever ruse. Stupid rumor mill!
Being the cosmopolitan social butterflies that we are, Joe R and I decided, of course, to spend our Saturday evening with a rousing game of Scene It, the DVD/board game hybrid that now comes in editions for everything from James Bond to Harry Potter. We were playing Scene It: Friends.
One of the few remaining cable nets with a unique brand identity is kicking that narrowcasting ish to the curb, son! TV Land told the Wall Street Journal that by the end of 2009, 50% of their programming will be original series. It's so hard to say goodbye to my Sunday afternoon hungover viewings of Bonanza, but the good news is that they'll be focusing on creating trashy reality shows. Because we need more of those. The article highlights one such gem, Cougar, which is exactly what it sounds like: a Bachelorette for older ladies looking for younger gents. They'll also be looking to air reruns of more recent series, like Friends. Because we need more of those.