I'll admit it, I'm not a huge fan of Christmas. It wasn't a part of my life growing up and by the age of 7 I was glad for it. I never liked Christmas songs, Christmas decorations or even most Christmas food. When you don't care about something but it's ubiquitous anyway, it can really start to grate. All the same, I'm not a total Grinch when it comes to the yuletide holiday, even if I have no idea what a yuletide is and must be kind of a jerk to point out that all bells jingle year-round.
Last night was the first night of Chanukah 2008. For seven more days, people around the world will be celebrating this most visible of Jewish holidays. While most seasonal programming concerns Christmas and to a lesser extent the New Year, there's always a little dab of Chanukah on the tube when the weather gets cold.
It's hard to believe it's been nearly six years since the unjust gassing of Firefly. Now, possibly out of some kind of penance (or corporate ratings calculation), Fox has given genre master Joss Whedon another shot at major network exposure.
Once, in the far-off land of 2006, an exciting television program brimming with promise and a gigantic budget exploded into the consciousness of an entire culture. Slick visuals and palpable dramatic tension made an overworked people appreciate Monday. But then, weighed down by their immense hubris, the writers of this show squandered the loads of goodwill their original enterprise garnered them.
We're fast approaching what I've been told is the most wonderful time of the year. Frankly, I don't buy it. When the holiday season comes around we have to deal with the world we know, plus a series of other annoyances. The same five songs play on a loop in all public places, people get trampled trying to buy toys, and entire nations once again pretend that egg nog is even mildly palatable.
This being the first installment of the TV World blog, I thought it would be appropriate to talk about a little bit of television that has crept onto the world wide web. NBC's The Office is undoubtedly one of the most popular shows on tv right now, and with good reason. It has bar-none one of the strongest writing teams in the business and a uniquely talented cast, not to mention a slew of guest directors that reads like a who's who of small-screen excellence.
Television. It's been a part of our lives for more than half a century. It entertains us, it teaches us, it informs us... on its good days. My name is Michael Sarko and I'll be subjecting myself to a variety of televised programming with the intent of processing it for you, right here in this blog. Sometimes it's going to be wonderful, sometimes it's going to be painful and sometimes it's going to be too bizarre to fit in either catagory. Regardless, I'm here, three times a week in perpetuity. Your TiVo is going to wish it was never born.