Thursday, January 17, 2008

Writer's Strike Benefits

I'm trying to be a little controversial to get more comments. I'll see how it works. I know that most of my readers are attending a wedding and probably already on their way out of town, or else packing and don't have time to check blogs, so I guess I can't expect too much action.

I'm pretty sad that the Writer's Strike has halted some of my favorite shows like "The Office" and "30 Rock." While "The Daily Show" and "Colbert Report" are up and running, after viewing the first couple of episodes and feeling like I was staring at a minor auto wreck on the side of the road, I decided to look away and wait until the funny stuff came back.

With that said, I do think there are some benefits to the Writer's Strike. I think I actually have enough perceived benefits to make a list, so I will. And here it is:

1. No People's Choice, Golden Globes and (fingers crossed) Oscars. Sorry, but I think earning millions of dollars for 3 months of work is "praise" enough. The only practical reason I can see for these awards shows is for Joan Rivers to show off her latest "surge." By the way, have you seen her lately? Disturbing.

2. More time to read books. That is, unless you are actually tuning into drivel like "Wife Swap" and "Celebrity Apprentice." (Come on! I'm going for controversy.)

3. Opportunity to learn about new shows that were always great like PBS's Masterpiece Classic, and just about anything on Discovery Channel.

4. Time to truly reflect on the need for the premium cable or dish channel package. Cancel these services and buy yourself a pair of swanky boots with the savings.

Well, that's all I have. Really, the main reason I'm happy is because those self-indulgent awards shows have been canceled. It makes up for not getting any new episodes of "The Office."

10 comments:

J said...

I'm glad I'm not the only one feeling "the office" void in my life. and I will only miss the "award" shows because of the outfits the famous show up in. it's comical to me-plus it's the best people magazine issue.

SRA said...

I'll comment Afton! What I miss as a result of the writers strike are the one liner barbs that the political candidates are no longer capable of coming up with on their own.

Afton said...

Wow! Two first time comment posters! I'm going to try and be controversial more often.

Betty Grace said...

Way to be controversial! I'm so offended. The Oscars, etc are an important part of our lives! How else are we going to see the latest fashions. Seriously, we don't need writers for the red carpet. All I want is the pretty sparkling people in all their glory. Oh, and Ellen whatever-her-name-is to win for Juno. :) Other than that, I love not having new shows to watch. Although Medium is new and there seems to be plenty of reruns of Law and Order that I've never seen. So really, i guess it hasn't changed my tv watching much at all.

Angela Hunter said...

Did you see 30 rock last week. It was hilarious! I was watching it while running and I couldn't stop laughing! I loved it! Midnight train to Georgia....

Afton said...

Yes! Midnight Train to Georgia on 30 Rock was great. Because Kenneth isn't even from Georgia in the first place.

Catherine said...

I agree with you 100%. Those award shows are dumb. I think all of Hollywood needs to get over itself. I saw the tv news at the hotel and was surprised at what a "story" this whole thing is. Gimme a break.

I hope this is the start of a revolution where all americans get unglued from their tvs and start doing something useful like surfing the internet.

Afton said...

Good point Catherine! I totally forgot about spending more time on line. That is a serious benefit and one that I'm fully taking advantage of. Everyone who doesn't have a blog should use this time of lame TV to start one.

claire said...

Totally agree. Hate the award shows and I'm glad they're gone. No TV is good for me because I need to study and I just can't stand another Biggest Loser.

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