In the case of some shows, the writer’s strike may be a blessing in disguise. (I, for one, think that the Heroes writers need a time-out to think about what they have done and how they are going to fix it.) However, there are many shows we will miss dearly. Some of them are still airing new episodes, but will be disrupted by the strike eventually if it continues. Others were in reruns as of last Monday.
Although I hope the strike is over soon so our shows aren’t affected further, I do have to get on my soapbox for a minute and say that I really don’t think the writers' demands are unfair. Within the past few years, the way television is viewed has changed dramatically, and the writer’s are only asking to have their salaries adjusted to account for those changes.
5.) Desperate Housewives
After two humdrum seasons, Desperate Housewives was finally starting to get really great again. The improvement is mostly due to new additions to the neighborhood: the rivalry between Dana Delaney’s Katherine and Bree is so much fun to watch. I’m hoping Nathan Fillion gets more to do soon, too. The addition of a gay couple to Wisteria Lane could have been truly groan-worthy, but Kevin Rahm’s Lee is quickly becoming one of my favorite characters. I love his open contempt for suburbia. With the interruption of the strike, how much longer is it going to be before we find out how that gouge got in the floor of Katherine’s guest room? Because I have a feeling it wasn’t from an Ikea furniture assembly accident.
4.) Pushing Daisies
Pushing Daisies was the show most often singled out as the “new show to watch” before the fall season started. It has been living up to early praise. I’m happy all day on Wednesdays because I know I’m going to get to watch it. You wouldn’t think a show that features several corpses every week would be the feel-good hit of the fall, but it is. Plus, it’s already changed my vocabulary (come on, you know you’ve been calling your refrigerator a “cheese box” too). Besides, now that the seventh Harry Potter audio book has come out, Jim Dale needs stuff to do.
3.) Dirty Sexy Money
As I’ve said before, this is my favorite show of the new season. The later episodes have really built on the early promise of the pilot. Dirty Sexy Money strikes the right balance of weekly stories in addition to the bigger mystery of figuring out what happened to Nick’s dad. It could so easily have gone down a predictable path of Nick investigating behind Tripp’s back, but instead he is working with Tripp, while still not trusting him completely, which keeps things fresh and interesting.
2.) The Office
Okay, this is kind of cheating: I’m not actually watching The Office regularly this season because I’m committed to Survivor and Grey’s Anatomy. But I felt that it needed a high ranking on this list because some of the cast members are also writers, most notably B.J. Novack (Ryan) and Mindy Kaling (Kelly).
1.) The Daily Show
I’m feeling the absence of The Daily Show intensely already. I didn’t realize how much I would miss Jon Stewart. Without The Daily Show there to deliver a mocking account of major news events each evening, I am forced to resort to watching the actual news, picking out the events that are worthy of mockery, and mocking them myself. Frankly, I don't have the necessary time (or the graphics department).
So there are the top five shows I will miss or am already missing. Which show will you miss most?
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Amy Kane spends as much quality time with her television as possible, when she's not busy at her day job as a cube dweller.