"Sometimes, there’s a man, I won’t say a hero, cause what’s a hero, but sometimes there’s a man, and I’m talkin’ about the Dude here, sometimes there’s a man who, well, he’s the man, for his particular time and place, he fits right in there."

That’s pretty much how I felt about this weekend’s assignment. Sometimes, there’s an assignment that just fits right in there.

As an avid television watcher, go ahead ask around, I watch more TV than anyone who’s not being paid to do so, the WGA strike is hitting me pretty hard, or I should say will hit me pretty hard, once I finally catch up on the almost 30 hours of shows on my Tivo. So, short term the strike has been a blessing, as now I have the chance to get caught up on everything. I still have 3 episodes of Heros, 3 of Reaper, 2 of Gossip Girls, 3 of the Unit, 4 of 30 Rock, 3 of My Name is Earl, Battlestar Gallactica Razor, 1 of Chuck, 2 of Boston Legal, 3 or 4 Robot Chickens, 5 of Journeyman, 2 of the Simpsons, and 3 of Pushing Daisies. All this after working very hard to clear the Family Guys that were there and getting that Chuck number down to 1.

So, clearly, in the short term, I am not yet suffering through the dearth of scripted programming that will soon land upon me, forcing me to send my two children out into the cold woods looking for new programming with only a pocket full of bread crumbs to get the home. Right now, I’m doing just fine, say thankyou.

What I will miss most, or what will likely be the biggest pain in my ass, will be the unintended clifhangers. Not having gotten to the end of my shows yet, I can’t say which those will be, but being left in the middle of a story will likely irk me something considerable.

To fill the time, I’m watching much more college basketball, which is great (ask my wife and the word great may be replaced with less flattering word, or colorful phrase). It also gives us the time to continue working on series of seasons past. We’ve been working through Buffy, Angel, and The West Wing, so we’ve got those lined up. I’m also going to try to hook her on Battlestar Gallactica. I’ve also had an itch to go back and revisit Sipowic, so NYPD Blue may make an appearance in my Netflix cue.

I’m also going to be avoiding most of the filler reality programming the networks will be putting out there, with two notable exceptions. First, I will continue to watch Survivor, and second, I will be enjoying the hell out of the new Hulk Hogan hosted American Gladiators, because strike or no strike, I’ve been calling for a return of the gladiators for a while now. Plus, getting to watch the Hulkster cut a promo on some poor civilian should be worth the price of admission.

So many social engagement, so little time.

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