Site ColumnsBy Caillan
December 16, 2002 - 3:56 PM
Summer. The time of year when we all want spend hours lazing by the pool doing absolutely nothing. In a way, that's great - because there's certainly nothing to be seen on TV at this time of year.
During the summer, Australian TV networks air the shows they don't think will rate highly enough to be shown in the ratings period. A few, such as The West Wing and Gilmore Girls, do well enough (and are good enough) to survive into the ratings period, but usually the offerings at this time of year are things like 'When Pilots Eject' and US sitcoms which have already been axed.
This year is particularly bad, but there are two series that stand-out amongst the blooper specials and Friends re-runs - The Dead Zone and Scrubs. The Dead Zone (as I'm sure everyone is aware) comes from Michael Piller, and although I don't think it will become my favourite show of all time, it's quality entertainment. Scrubs is wonderful because a) it's funnier than the other 99% of "comedies" b) it doesn't have a laugh track and c) it's quite touching at times.
In contrast to the TV situation, the cinema has plenty on offer. I went to see Die Another Day recently, and although the theme song is especially dreadful, I thought the film was entertaining. Bad puns seemed to reach all-new heights this time round, though I'm not really sure I should be criticising other people for using bad puns.
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Today's Television Listings
- TNN will be showing TNG's 'Remember Me' at 6:00pm Eastern Time and TNG's 'Ethics' at 8:00pm.
- Space! will be showing the Original Series's 'That Which Survives' at 10:00am Eastern Time, 'The Paradise Syndrome' at 2:00pm, TNG's 'Man of the People' at 3:00pm, DS9's 'The Way of the Warrior, Part I' at 4:00pm and Voyager's 'Living Witness' at 5:00pm.
- In the United Kingdom, Sky One will be showing TNG's 'Realm of Fear' at 17:00 GMT and Voyager's 'Flesh and Blood, Parts I and 2' at 20:00.
- In Australia, TV1 will be showing TNG's 'The Defector' at 23:30.
Tomorrow's Television Listings
- TNN will be showing TNG's 'Legacy' at 6:00pm Eastern Time, TNG's 'The Outcast' at 8:00pm and TNG's 'Heart of Glory' at 11:30pm.
- In Canada, Space! will be showing the Original Series's 'The Lights of Zetar' at 10:00am Eastern Time, 'And The Children Shall Lead' at 2:00pm, TNG's 'Relics' at 3:00pm, DS9's 'The Way of the Warrior, Part 2' at 4:00pm and Voyager's 'Demon' at 5:00pm.
- In the United Kingdom, Sky One will be showing DS9's 'Rules of Enagement' at 06:00 GMT and TNG's 'Man of the People' at 17:00. Thanks go out to the Great Link for this!
- In Australia, Channel 9 will be showing Voyager's 'Fair Haven' at 22:30, WinTV will be showing Voyager's 'Pathfinder' at 22:30 and TV1 will be showing TNG's 'The Hunted' at 23:30. Thanks go out to Sci-Fi TV Schedules International!