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Monday, April 27, 2009

Finale and a Footlong

As many people know, one of my favorite things is primetime television. Sadly, there hasn't been any good new series in a long while. And this is coming from a guy who watched Armed and Famous.

My list of shows killed in the past couple years (off the top of my head):
Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip - Aaron Sorkin is a God. I even paid $22 dollars for a Studio 60 shirt from the NBC store to try to support this show. Cancelled after one season.
Shark - James Woods can do little wrong in my eyes, especially when acting like a smug ass. Cancelled after two seasons.
Life on Mars - The first 16.8 episodes were good. I'm acting like the ending didn't happen because even though it appears that the writers did leave hints about the end throughout the entire series, I still feel like I got kicked in the balls after watching it. Cancelled after one season of ~17 episodes
Standoff - A serial drama about FBI negotiators starring Ron Livingston of Office Space fame. Granted, you can only negotiate a crisis so many ways and that became clear in the second half of the season, but still sad that it was... Cancelled after one season.
The Knights of Prosperity - One of the funniest shows I have ever watched. Originally based off of stealing from Mick Jagger, which turned into Kelly Ripa, and was going to eventually be Ray Romano but ABC axed the series right when the Romano arc was starting. I still have it saved on my DVR hoping one random Saturday night in the summer ABC will play the last 6 episodes. Cancelled after one ~13 episode season. 6 episodes remain unaired.
Andy Barker, P.I. - Another 6 episode sitcom that didn't get renewed. Brought to you by Conaco (Conan O' Brien's production company) and starring Andy Richter as a unwilling Private Eye. Cancelled after one 6 episode season.

I can go on and on. Especially if I want to include alternative programming like It Takes a Thief, Thank God You're Here, 1 vs. 100, Duel (Mike Greenberg saying, "Screen up" is one of the best things ever), Kid Nation (granted even I stopped watching that), Power of 10 (still have episodes on my DVR), The Singing Bee (Joey Fatone from *NSYNC as a game show host? Count me in)

But anyway, pretty much the only Primetime shows left on my DVR Series Manager right now are Surviving Suburbia (Bob Saget's new sitcom), Rules of Engagement (David Spade is awesome), Scrubs (two episodes left), and Family Guy. All of these are 30 minute sitcoms.

There is only one hour long show left... and that is Chuck. Originally I was hesitant to watch it because I thought it would be cancelled after one season, but since it made it to a second season, I binged through the first 20 episodes in three nights during Christmas. A great show about a guy that works at a Buy More [Best Buy] for the Nerd Herd [Geek Squad], who gets all of the US Govt's secrets in his head and is forced to go on spy missions with his CIA/NSA handlers. Here's a great 3 minute clip where he has to listen to Tom Sawyer to get the highest score in Missile Command... to disarm actual missiles. And how anyone can be against a show that uses Rush in a plotline is beyond me.

Anyways, the finale is tonight, and the fans/actors have created the 'Finale and a Footlong' campaign to help convince NBC to renew Chuck. Here it is from lead actor Zachary Levi's blog:

5. On April 27th be sure to BUY A $5 FOOTLONG from Subway and if possible, drop a note in the comment box at the franchise letting them know you’re participating in the Finale and Footlong campaign to save NBC’s Chuck, of which Subway is a product placement sponsor.

So go to Subway today, and get a delicious footlong. Support good television programming. Because like Big Mike says when you bite into a Chicken Teryaki sub, "A little taste of the Orient, right here in Burbank."


  • At 7:34 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Hey big guy, welcome back, I missed you.
    I always like the funny stuff you write, I like anything you write.
    I never watched any of the TV shows you are talking about, sorry they took them off.
    Good luck, keep up the good work.


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