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Television Shows

I really rarely watch television. Honestly. I don't have cable TV. And other than the occassional NFL game, my televsion set is "off" most of the year (and when federal regulations dictate that all broadcast signals go digital sometime in the next few years, you can be sure I'll just keep my TV off for good).

Anyway, there are a couple of exceptions right now... with the new "fall season" of shows premiering, I have taken the time to sample a bit. The two shows I am actually trying to watch right now are, conveniently, back-to-back on the same network and night: Heroes and Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip (not owning a functioning VCR or a TiVo, I'm one of those people who still has to schedule my evening around a show if I want to view it).

What does this all have to do with LOGOLOG? Well, I'm not just making some pitch for NBC today. Rather, this is all to explain why I started notice the following: is it just me, or does there seem to be a preponderance of TV shows on right now that have numbers in their titles?

I mean, this is not something new. Two and a Half Men has been on for a while now, 8 Simple Rules... was on a few seasons ago, and Eight is Enough a few decades ago.

But this year... look at this:

  • Nanny 911 (FOX)
  • 1 vs. 100 (NBC)
  • Studio 60... (NBC)
  • 30 Rock (NBC)
  • 24 (FOX)
  • Twenty Good Years (NBC)
  • The Nine (ABC)
  • 7th Heaven (CW)
  • Six Degrees (ABC)
  • Two and a Half Men (CBS)
  • and the venerable 20/20 (ABC) is still kicking around
Have I missed any? Oh wait. Appropriately enough we also have the CBS show: Numb3rs...

Maybe this is all just my imagination.

And I've already made more of a big deal out of it than any televsion show deserves.

-- Eric

[14 October 2006]
   
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