Thank you for the telly

With no turkey or pump­kin pie around, the Spud­niks ob­serve the amer­i­can Thanks­giv­ing hol­i­day by tak­ing stock of what they’re most grate­ful for on tele­vi­sion.

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - TV -

By S. IN­DRA­MALAR and ANN MARIE CHANDY

en­ter­tain­ment@thes­tar.com.my

O NE of our favourite Thanks­giv­ing TV spe­cials was an episode of called Will, Grace and Karen are shocked to learn that Jack’s mother has no clue that he is ho­mo­sex­ual. Grace even says to to Jack, “On some level, your mother has to know you’re gay. I mean, she has met you right?”

With the en­cour­age­ment of his friends, Jack de­cides to come out of the closet to his mother at Thanks­giv­ing din­ner, but as it turns out, his mother had a big­ger sur­prise for him – she doesn’t quite know who his real fa­ther is!

We don’t cel­e­brate Thanks­giv­ing in Malaysia, but in sol­i­dar­ity with all of our Amer­i­can (TV) friends, we’ve de­cided to com­mem­o­rate the day by list­ing down five things we’re most thank­ful for where TV is con­cerned.

Will & Grace Homo For The Hol­i­days.

1. Man’s best friend

Firstly, I am thank­ful for TV it­self. I don’t know what my life would be without it. Ok, I prob­a­bly would get out of the house more and in­ter­act with ac­tual peo­ple in­stead of char­ac­ters on a show. And I’d prob­a­bly end up spend­ing more money on things I don’t need. Oh my God, TV re­ally is my saviour!

For as long as I can re­mem­ber tele­vi­sion has been a dear, dear friend. Thank you John Lo­gie Baird. When there’s noth­ing else to do, there’s al­ways TV. And today, with my me­dia player, I can watch what I want, when I want. I feel so grate­ful. And to think that one of the lead­ing re­searchers into tele­vi­sion in the 1930s, Is­sac

In­dra:

Ann Marie: Shoen­berg, told his re­search team (who had in­vented the world’s first prac­ti­cal TV cam­era) that they “had in­vented the world’s big­gest time­waster of all time”!

2. Part­ners in crime

Let’s face it, some days (like the past week­end, for ex­am­ple) there is sim­ply noth­ing worth watch­ing on TV. But even in these dark times, we can be com­forted in know­ing that on at least one chan­nel, an episode of (be it

In­dra:

Law & Or­der Spe­cial Vic­tims Unit, Crim­i­nal In­tent,

Los An­ge­les) or is air­ing. And for this, I thank Dick Wolf. De­spite run­ning for years (the orig­i­nal se­ries holds the record for long­est run­ning dramatic show on TV) the show still has great sto­ries to tell and com­pelling in­ves­ti­ga­tions and court drama.

Ann Marie:

In­dra is right, of course. Many times I’ve switched from chan­nel to chan­nel only to fi­nally set­tle for Thanks to Dick Wolf, in the past I had and to keep me glued to the TV. But let’s not stop there. Any crime se­ries re­ally can whet my ap­petite – sort of opened the flood­gates for me at one point be­cause I even got to choose which city (Las Ve­gas, Mi­ami, New York) and en­sem­ble I pre­ferred.

Mi­ami Vice

Law & Or­der

Law & Or­der.

Hill Street Blues

CSI

Even back in the day, there was so much to choose from –

Po­lice Woman, Char­lie’s An­gels, CHiPS, Hunter.

There’s some­thing about crime dra­mas, and the fact that they wrap up in an hour, that is strangely sooth­ing. Maybe it is a way of ac­knowl­edg­ing that crime ex­ists, but we’re do­ing some­thing about it. That there are there are a few good men and women out there work­ing their butts off to keep us safe and sane.

3. Bang up job

Shel­don Cooper, Amy Far­rah Fowler, Howard Wolowitz, Ra­jesh Koothrap­pali, Penny and Ber­nadette Rostenkowski. Oh, okay maybe even Leonard Hof­s­tadter. I am so thank­ful for know­ing this bunch. Not since has an en­sem­ble en­deared them­selves to me as much and I can al­ways count on one or all of them to crack me up.

In­dra:

Ann Marie:

The­ory

Friends

Yeah, so, does any­one know Penny’s sur­name? What’s with that? I love watch­ing

but I am so be­hind. Which is a good thing and I am thank­ful for it be­cause there will be so much happy catch­ing up to do. I am also grate­ful be­cause it is one of those se­ries that brings peo­ple to­gether.

Big Bang You can be a geek, a hip­ster, an In­dian, Jew, in­tel­lec­tual or not, and you’ll love it none­the­less. Some­how it has a universal ap­peal, and what’s more, it caters to the dis­cern­ing laugh-hunter (okay, I stole that phrase from thetvre­viewguy. blogspot.com). Thank you, thetvre­viewguy, I am thank­ful for you too. 4. Pease pud­ding and saveloys

Thank good­ness for mod­ern-day cook­ing shows (that in­cludes re­al­ity cook­ing com­pe­ti­tions) that are not only en­ter­tain­ing but make cook­ing and bak­ing look ex­cit­ing, fun and most of all, pos­si­ble to do.

In­dra: But since cook­ing has be­come so ac­ces­si­ble and in­for­ma­tive and en­ter­tain­ing, I have been so en­thu­si­as­tic about be­ing in my kitchen. I re­mem­ber my son and I try­ing out a chicken schnitzel recipe af­ter watch­ing MasterChef Ju­nior par­tic­i­pants try it out on TV. And the likes of Anna Ol­son and Michael Smith just make ev­ery­thing seem so darn ef­fort­less. Re­ally, I am ex­ceed­ingly grate­ful for cook­ing shows. They have changed my life. I’m no chef, but I no longer have a fear of try­ing some­thing out and work­ing at it to get it right. They have also, I think, made me a lit­tle more ad­ven­tur­ous when it comes to tast­ing food. Thank you An­thony Bour­dain for tak­ing me around the world and in­tro­duc­ing me to fresh and ex­cit­ing cuisines. 5. Candy

In­dra:

Eye candy that is. Where do I even be­gin? Stephen Amell ( Ar­row), Gabriel Macht ( Suits), Idris Elba ( Luther), Jensen Ack­les ( Su­per­nat­u­ral), Si­mon Baker ( The Mentalist), Alexan­der Skars­gård ( True Blood), Matt Bomer ( White Col­lar), Sam Pal­la­dio ( Nashville), Jim Caviezel ( Per­son Of In­ter­est) ... the list goes on and on and on.

Oooohhh you had me at Idris Elba. Once you go black ... you un­der­stand why you need to be thank­ful. I’ll have that hot cho­co­late now, thanks.

Ann Marie:

What bet­ter rea­son to be thank­ful for TV than Alexan­der Skars­gård?

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