1) It was the first day of classes. After almost two months of intense preparation, we kicked off our school year program at work today. The students arrived with that air of nervous excitement that kids only get on the first day of school, and I realized just how much fun this year is going to be.
2) It was the kick off day of premiere week, when all the major broadcast networks air season premieres of returning shows and pilots of purchased new ones that they hope will keep viewers' DVRs full to bursting with their company logo. As part of this momentous day, NBC, ABC and FOX kicked it off with two hour blasts of their front runners in "illiterate programming." I'm sorry, I mean "alternative" or "reality" programming. (For those of you who got the Studio 60 reference that I just made, you are the core of my audience, thank you.) CBS, though, did it right and kicked off their week of new shows with an hour long premiere of their half-hour comedy, How I Met Your Mother. The "hour long" premiere was really just two episodes aired back to back, but they were nicely tied together with continuous story, callback jokes, and a self-mockery of the show's style that I found highly amusing. Not to mention that the twist ending of the second episode nearly had me crying with excitement. My own love life all too often mirrors Ted's. Not in the sweeping general sense that all hopeless romantics follow a similar track of love and loss, but in the much more specific "I just lived that plot line point for point 3 days ago" kind of way. The chance for Ted to get a second chance on his 2am disaster is almost too exciting for words.
CBS then followed up their most beloved comedy with their most controversial one, airing Ashton Kutcher's return to television on the heels of Charlie Sheen's (character's) death - I really hope somebody finds this blog post after google searching "Charlie Sheen Death." I'll be checking the Stats section of this blog religiously for the next few days - and I have to admit, today marked the first day I've watched an entire episode of Two and a Half Men. Even though I know Nielsen wasn't counting my screen, I was happy to contribute to that look-in-audience tonight. I probably won't tune in next week, but it did manage to make me laugh a little more than I thought it would.
Then it was onto the first new pilot of the week, 2 Broke Girls. After hearing good things about the actresses in the title roles, and the multi-camera approach with an actual live studio audience, I was eager to give this show a try. As a storyteller who chose theatre as his medium because of the live audience interaction, I was intrigued by the network risk taken in returning to true laughs from the canned hysterics affectionately called "the laugh track." The show didn't knock me off of my feet, but I'm happy to say I'll probably be tuning in for that one again next week, especially since it's airing right after How I Met Your Mother, so I won't have to carefully dodge Two and a Half Men in the middle to keep from being part of that statistic again.
CBS followed 2 Broke Girls with Hawaii 5-0, and I followed by changing the channel over to ABC for the very dark premiere of Castle. I'd go into the writing brilliance that went into the opening episode, but it's 1am, and I would like to do it justice if I do it at all. That's what she said. We'll see if it makes it into tomorrow's post. Which brings me to my third and final reason why it was a good day.
3) It marked the return of my daily blog. I'm excited to challenge myself this year. I want to see if I can do the daily "article," and do it well enough to justify the return of my meager but loyal following, on top of a full time job. I considered making this a five day a week thing, as I don't plan to watch much on the weekends, and I'd like to have a chance to relax every so often, but I know if I give myself that inch, I'll surely take the mile. So instead I'll set the bar as high as I can set it and I'll see you back here every day for the next few months.
As a good friend of mine once said in response to a complaint of, "you raised the bar a little high."
"Did I? I raised the bar high? Sorry. Clear it." [elevator doors shut]