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Date: January 25, 2006

NBC Chickens out… Book of Daniel cancelled…

So, I’m reading the Chicago Tribune and I see that NBC cancelled it’s new series, “The Book of Daniel”. I watched the premier, managed to miss the second one and planned on watching my DVR’d version of the third. Now, I see that NBC falling to both pressure and low ratings — how high could they be it is on Fridays — cancelled the series.

First, I’d like to say that EVERY network is cancelling new shows way too quick. “All in the Family” had low ratings and if it had been cancelled, we would’ve missed the one of the best TV shows ever. Most TV shows don’t hit the big time right out of the gate like, say, “Desparate Houswives.” Last comment, NBC has cancelled EVERY SINGLE NEW SHOW that I liked. So, I rarely watch NBC (except for the Law & Order Shows & Las Vegas).

Second, NBC, get some balls — yes, I said balls. Stand up to the religious right and tell them that you don’t care if they don’t watch. What did you have to lose? Nothing. But, you would’ve gained some pride and some respect for standing by a contraversal show. Plus, this show wasn’t that raunchy as “Desperate Housewives”.

Third, CHICAGO TRIBUNE, why did you close the comments on the article in less than 24 hours? I had something to say!!!!! And, you prevented me from saying it on your site. Did you not want to hear contrary opinions?!?

Of course, it’s their site, so don’t bother commenting on their right to choose what goes on it, okay?

Now, if CBS cancels “Ghost Whisper” (like they cancelled “Joan of Arcadia”), I might just give up on TV and go back to reading more books.

God Bless.

The Right Can’t take a Joke…

Apparently, they can dish it out, but they can’t take a joke… I didn’t watch the Golden Globe awards, so I didn’t see George Clooney’s acceptance speech where he make a joke about Lobbyist (and criminal) Jack Abramoff. I am not going to repeat the joke here, because it isn’t one that should be repeated in mixed company. Well, the joke made his Mr. Abramoff’s twelve year old daughter cry. Now, Mr. Abramoff’s father has complained. The senior Mr. Abramoff stated in his letter, “We have had to endure two years of unmitigated, outrageous falsehood directed at my son and his record of achievement on behalf of his clients and friends.”

Let me repeat part of that, “unmitigated, outrageous falsehood directed at my son.” Is he kidding? His son pled guilty, as it he did it, as in GUILTY.

But, here’s the kicker, while President Clinton was in office, I heard joke after joke about his sex life and womanizing. I don’t recall (although I’m sure some right-winger will correct me if I’m wrong) anyone worrying if Chelsea cried about the horrible things said about her father. But, the right-wing blogs are down on Clooney like you wouldn’t believe! (I’ve always said the right has no sense of humor and I guess I’m, well, right.)

You can read Mr. Abramoff’s letter here, along with Mr. Clooney’s joke. Yes, it was in bad taste, but I’ve heard worse ones about other people. What happened to the defense of free speech? I guess it’s only free if it is a joke about a liberal.

God Bless

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