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2008: The Year in Television


Somehow or other got inspired to write about what I’ve been watching on TV recently. And in some cases, how I’ve been watching. It can be summarized thusly:

  • Catching up with television on DVD: Battlestar Galactica
  • Catching up with television on the Internet: Viral videos (Fey as Palin on SNL, Letterman on McCain, Prop 8 musical, etc.)
  • Keeping up with late-night television by PVR: The Daily Show with Jon Stewart
  • Canadian political satire: 22 Minutes, Rick Mercer, Air Farce
  • Canadian dramas you don’t have to grade on a curve: Flashpoint and JPod
  • Best low-rated US program that didn’t make it: Pushing Daisies
  • Best low-rated US program that did make it: Mad Men
  • Funniest US program: How I Met Your Mother
  • Giving reality a good name: SYTYCD and The Amazing Race
  • And a word about a few that aren’t working: Weeds, Bones, Grey’s Anatomy, and Dirty Sexy Money.

More words, pictures, videos, and links on this subject are posted here.

2 thoughts on “2008: The Year in Television

  1. One show that you should check out is the US remake of the British series Life on Mars. I liked the British one (which aired or airs still maybe) on Showcase – when i remembered to watch it because it was on at some weirdish day/time, but i actually like the US one more. It’s not done great in the ratings, but one of the higher-ups at ABC really likes the show so it will be back, starting up Jan 28.

    • Thanks for the tip! I think I saw one episode of the British series, and thought was interesting, but didn’t keep up. So maybe I’ll try the US one.

      Speaking of time traveling, I checked out Being Erica last night on CBC. It wasn’t bad — I’ll probably watch again.

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