And we’re back! As Tanis mentioned, she and I had to go to NYC to take care of some top-secret business. They’ll never find THAT body!
We’ve got multiple updates coming, including at least two concerning True Blood (whose season ends next week omg omg what will I do) but first: the news!
- AOL’s TV poll is traveling across the wire with headlines concerning CSI fans’ disappointment over William Peterson leaving, which is dumb for two reasons:
1) 37% said they wouldn’t watch when Peterson left, but 41% said it depended on how they liked Lawrence Fishburne. 41% is more than 37%.
2) Concentrating on the CSI data ignores the far more disturbing fact that 28% of those who responded to the poll had not heard about the writers’ strike. Like, at all. You know how in News of the Weird, they have that category “People Different From Us”? Yeeeeah.
- In more questionable studies news, a mammoth study undertaken by the University of Maryland reveals that unhappy people watch more TV while happy people socialize more. In response, the world said, “Durrrrrr.” “TV is not judgmental nor difficult, so people with few social skills or resources for other activities can engage in it,” says the study. We much prefer BT patron saint Marshall McLuhan’s version: “TV will not work as background. It engages you. You have to be with it.” Or, the version by that other noted pundit, Homer J. Simpson: “Television! Teacher, mother, secret lover.” The drug of the nation, y’all.
- The other drug of the nation, President-elect Barack Obama, was on 60 Minutes Sunday night, which I’m sure you know because the interview shattered ratings records for the program, gathering the highest ratings since 1999. And the upcoming POTUS and FLOTUS were totes adorable!
- Forrest Whitaker and the Sundance Channel are working on a documentary-type series examining problems in Newark, NJ and the work to overcome them. The show, titled “Brick City,” will take place over a year, to track the progress the city leaders make. I don’t have anything funny to say about this–it sounds interesting and I’ll probably watch it. If I remember–it doesn’t debut until the third quarter of next year.
- Pushing Daisies have finished shooting for the season, but it is still unknown as to whether it will get a pickup for a third season. We recommend that you send us cup pies to help the network decide.
- After ten years, the lights have gone out permanently for TRL. We assume this is the last time anyone will mention music on MTV. Play us out!