I have to admit that my first thought for doing a geek girl post was to do one on Sloan Sabbith. She’s a secondary character on The Newsroom. She is a fabulous character who should definitely get more airtime. Sloan is the senior financial reporter, but often is seen only as a pretty face. She has to fight almost weekly to be heard. She knows what she’s talking about and she can explain herself and her stance to almost anyone.
With so many things to like about Sloan, you might think that she’s too perfect and want to hate her, but the writers make her human. She’s not perfect. She doesn’t have many friends, especially female friends. She tends to be blunt, almost tackless, but this is one of the reasons I really like her. (Maybe I see my own lack of social skills in her? )
She does have a social life. She dates. And as we saw in this last season, sometimes she makes mistakes. She sent some naked photos to the guy she was dating. When they broke up, he splashed them all over the Internet. She had to deal with the fallout from that. Even geniuses make mistakes.
Sloan knows she socially inept. She comments on it to let us know. But she’s not shy and intimidated. She accepts who she is. She works at getting better, but she doesn’t let it hold her back.
She has a thing for one of her co-workers, Don, who’s involved with another co-worker. At the end of season 1, she’s talking to Don, saying what she thinks will be her parting words because she thinks she’s not coming back: (quotes taken from IMDB)
Sloan Sabbith: I don’t know who told you you’re a bad guy, but somebody did. Somebody along the way. Somebody or something convinced you of it, because you think you’re a bad guy… and you’re just not. I’m socially inept, but even I know that. So because you’re a bad guy you try to do things you think a good guy would do. Like committing to somebody you like, but maybe don’t love. A sweet, smart, wholesome midwestern girl. Don Keefer: [Stares at her, amazed] Sloan Sabbith: I could be wrong. I almost always am. Don Keefer: Why are you single? Sloan Sabbith: A lot of men are intimidated by my intelligence. Don Keefer: No, seriously. Sloan Sabbith: Because you never asked me out.
Season 2 ends even better when she finally realizes that Don feels the same. But I won’t spoil it here. You’ll just have to watch for yourself.
I know I’ve been totally slacking on blogging this Fall, but that’s because I’ve been writing books. Lots of books. But I’ve had some thoughts for a couple of posts about characters that I love. At first, I thought I’d do one post, but ultimately decided that each of these characters deserves a post of her own.
The first character that I want to share my love for is Felicity Smoak. She is the tech geek girl in Arrow. There are many, many reasons to love Arrow. When we first meet Felicity, she works in the IT department of Queen Consolidated. Oliver Queen is Arrow’s true identity. When Arrow gets his hands on a computer that suffered an accident with bullets, he has no idea how to recover the information on the hard drive.
Enter Felicity Smoak.
He takes the computer to her and spins some elaborate lie and she of course breaks into it and finds all the information he needs. Felicity is brilliant and knows her shit. She often talks over Oliver’s head and then has to “dumb it down.” I love that she does that. And she even tries to do it sweetly so he doesn’t feel dumb. She doesn’t buy into Oliver’s lies about the computer, but since he’s technically her boss, she doesn’t push it.
As season 1 progresses, Oliver returns to Felicity multiple times for help. Eventually, she’s brought in to the inner circle and learns his secret identity. Her relationship with Oliver (and his friend, Diggle) grows and they become a team. Felicity starts taking on a bigger role in crime fighting. She’s still the ultimate hacker-tech geek who gives Arrow lots of cool toys. But she stays real. Whenever she’s outside her tech cave, she’s nervous. She’s not stupid when she goes undercover. She does it out of necessity, but she’s scared (as she should be). And she does it with snark
The other thing that I absolutely adore about Felicity is her verbal glitches. When she gets nervous, which is pretty much any social situation, she says things that come out all wrong, and often come across as rude. And sometimes she has unintentional double entendres, and then has to back pedal. It’s cute.
For example, while undercover, she has an earpiece so Oliver can communicate with her. She says, “It feels really good having you inside me. And by inside me I mean your voice, and by me I mean my ear.”
Another time, again to Oliver, she says, “The last time the vigilante paid your mom a visit, you got shot, and I got to play doctor with you. Ahh! My brain thinks the worst way to say things.”
In season 2, Oliver wants to pull Felicity out of IT at Queen Consolidated and bring upstairs to work as his secretary. this is her response:
“Did you know I went to MIT? Guess what I majored in? Hint – not the secretarial arts.”
Oliver responds – “Felicity! We all need to have secret identities now. If I’m going to be Oliver Queen CEO, then I can’t very well travel down 18 floors every time you and I need to discuss how we spend our nights.”
Felicity – “And I love spending the night with you. 3, 2, 1. I worked very hard to get where I am, and it wasn’t so I can fetch you coffee.”
There’s nothing to not like about this woman. She’s smart. She’s strong. And she isn’t afraid to stand her ground. (Although she does play secretary – but, again, with quite a bit of snark.)
She has a crush on Oliver and I know many viewers want to see them together. I’m not sure where this season is heading, but it’ll be a lot of fun to watch.
A few months ago, I wrote a post comparing Copper to Ripper Street. Of the two, I prefer Copper because I found the characters more engaging (read that as more fucked up). I’m a couple of episodes behind on the new season, but one thing that I’ve noticed is that the characters have cleaned up some. One of the things that I noted about both Copper and Ripper Street was the gritty and real feel to them. People were dirty and had bad teeth. While I enjoyed that because it lent itself to reality, I tend to avoid that kind of reality in books (again, which is why I don’t read historicals).
But this new season of Copper feels like the producers (or whoever calls the shots) realized that they had real star potential on the show. That the characters would be more attractive if they cleaned them up. I won’t argue that there is a certain appeal of seeing Corky all clean shaven with his hair combed, but it’s like they want us to believe that if the outside is clean and pretty, the inside is no longer fucked up. Corky was a hot mess last season. He was searching for his daughter’s murderer and his missing wife. He was always a bit scruffy because he had a lot going on and it was all more important than looking pretty.
At the end of the season, Corky got all of his answers. Things were not resolved nicely, but he had answers. He’s tried to put his life back together with his wife in this season (which hasn’t really worked out – there’s only so much love and forgiveness). But having those answers should not have cured all of his issues. And that is my biggest problem. It feels like all of a sudden Corky is really supposed to be HERO material, whereas last season maybe he was a little too screwed up for that.
And it’s not just Corky. Francis Maguire, who was a former cop and Corky’s friend, was arrested for murder at the end of the first season. Some things happen at the beginning of season 2, and he’s released. In my opinion, he was nothing special to look at last season. He had much of his own baggage to get over, too. This season, after being released from jail, he’s all clean up and prettified. He’s still sleazy, but he’s trying not to look the part.
My question is, why? Why do the TV people want to change the characters like that? I’m going to keep watching because part of me is hoping for a reversal and the characters will once again show how screwed up they are, but I don’t know.
Here are photos from season 1 — Corky and Francis:
And here they are in season 2 –
Do you think a character’s outward appearance has a direct link to their personality?
Although I’ve been horrible at blogging here over the last few months, my love for TV never fades. A few months ago, I was folding sheets and towels on a Friday night (exciting life I lead – I know you’re jealous). None of my regular shows were on and I was caught up on my DVR, which almost never happens, so I channel-surfed.
I saw a premier for a show called Banshee. Now, I watch Lost Girl and Being Human on SyFy, so I thought this was going to be a supernatural kind of show. Boy, was I wrong. I had missed the first ten or fifteen minutes, but it looked entertaining enough to pass the time.
The hero of the show is a master thief who just got out of prison after doing a fifteen year stint for stealing $10 million in diamonds. He’s in Banshee, PA looking for his old girlfriend who got away with the diamonds. He allowed himself to get caught so that she could get away. He’s enjoying a drink at a bar. The new sheriff, who hasn’t even started his job yet, and was brought in from out of town to fight corruption in this small town, is having a meal at the bar. Two thugs walk in, all hell breaks loose, and our hero has killed the bad guys, but unfortunately, they killed the sheriff first. The bartender tells our hero to leave and that he’ll get rid of everything so no one goes to prison (the bartender/owner is also an ex-con).
The hero finds his ex, Ana (who now goes by Carrie). She’s moved on with her life. She’s married and has two kids. She tells him the diamonds are gone and she has no money. She tried to fence the diamonds while he was in prison, but they were stolen from her. She tells him to leave, go start a new life.
He leaves her knowing he has nothing, no money, no diamonds, and no girl that he loves. He returns to the bar to help the owner dispose of bodies. While they are burying them, the sheriff’s phone rings. The hero answers it and pretends to be Lucas Hood, new sheriff. From that moment on, our hero has a name, but it’s not his.
I have a small confession to make. Months before I saw this pilot, I canceled our subscription to Cinemax. We just didn’t watch it enough to warrant paying for it. They suckered me in with a free weekend. I saw this one episode and added the network back to my package. Sad isn’t it? Like I don’t have enough to watch?
Anyway, there’s so much to love about this show. Lucas is not a true hero. He is a thief. He doesn’t even want to change because he loves the adrenaline rush. He’s assumed the identity of a dead man and he knows nothing about being a sheriff. As the series goes on, we see him make some shady deals for his own benefit. It’s all understandable, which makes you like him that much more, but he’s not heroic. Lucas is a good guy, and I think that’s why he makes such a good anti-hero. He’s not always upright and decent.
The show itself offers a fabulous array of characters. Banshee PA is home to an Amish community and the Banshee’s crime lord (for lack of a better term) is an ex-communicated Amish guy. I’m not sure if ex-communicated is the right word — he’s was thrown out of the Amish community, or he left and isn’t allowed return, but he still has strong ties there. There’s also a Native American component, where the tribe is trying to build a casino. The tag line for the show is “Small Town. Big Secrets.” And it’s so true.
Cinemax is replaying the entire season right now, and it’s hard for me not to pull up a chair and watch (I already have too many shows on the DVR and a book to write).
And here’s Antony Starr who plays Lucas Hood:
What was the last show that hooked you by surprise?
I said on Tuesday that I’d be scarce for the next couple of weeks because I’m on deadline, but I had a really, really productive day yesterday. I got my page proofs for More Than This in the mail back to Kensington and I got through the first 100 pages of revisions for book 2. Surprisingly, I still like the story. Anyway, by the time 9 o’clock rolled around last night, I was pretty spent so I went to my DVR. I had the first 2 episodes of Arrow recorded because I’m a sucker for a good superhero story, but also because my son said he wanted to watch. I was going to wait to watch it with him, I really was, but then my Twitter pal Kiersten Krum had live-Tweeted some of it and I had to watch.
I was amazed at how quickly the story sucked me in. The backstory is woven in neatly as flashbacks so you don’t get overwhelmed, but you have enough to understand what’s going on. Basically, Oliver Queen was on a boat with his dad and they crashed. Oliver was the sole survivor, who lived on an island for 5 years before being rescued. Now he’s back, and using the information his father gave him, he’s cleaning up his city, and righting his father’s wrongs.
Oliver comes from a rich family, and before the crash, he was a spoiled, irresponsible socialite. His money gives him the means to go after the bad guys and his old reputation helps keep him a seemingly unproductive member of society.
What draws me in most, as usual, is the characterization. I loved the first episode so much that I went straight into the second one. I loved watching Oliver try to balance who he was with who he is without giving anything away. He struggles with making up for his past and wanting to be someone new but he can’t afford to let anyone see because he is literally surrounded by enemies. It seems like every relationship is twisted, making Oliver the ultimate in wounded heroes.
There are a lot of fun, light moments too, as you can imagine with someone who’s been away from civilization for 5 years. Sly comments — Oliver asks, “What’s Twilight?” and his best friend answers, “You’re better off not knowing.” I laughed quite a few times in the 2 episodes. Plus, Oliver is so damn sexy. He moves like a gymnast while fighting the bad guys. His body is all muscles and scars.
I can’t wait to watch more of Oliver as Arrow. He’s complex and intriguing and so very yummy to watch.
I’ve been busy trying to think about my new WIP, so I’ve been collaging and creating a playlist so that I can get into writing my new shiny idea, so blogging has fallen to the wayside for a bit. But this is the time for all the new shows to hit the air and you know how I love my DVR. While I won’t try out every show, there are a lot I am willing to give a chance, especially since a bunch of shows I watched last year were canceled.
First up, The Mob Doctor. This show comes on right after one of my all-time favorites, Bones, so I had to check it out. It’s another Chicago-based show. Basically, a woman is a doctor and in order to get her brother bailed out from a problem with the mob, she agrees to indentured servitude. They call, she jumps. I’ve watched the first 2 episodes and there’s a lot to like. The feel for Chicago is right. I’m okay with the mob angle because I believe the mob is very much alive in the city. One thing that bugs me is that in those first 2 episodes, Grace leaves the hospital to “run some errands” and drives all over the city to take care of mob stuff. I’ve lived in the city. It doesn’t matter what time of day you’re driving (unless it’s 3 a.m.), there’s traffic. She zooms around and no one really questions how long she’s gone. I’m going ot keep watching because there is so much good stuff, though, like William Forsythe as the quintessential Chicago mob boss.
Next, I watched the first episode of Revolution. The second is on my DVR, but I’m saving it so my husband can watch with me. I heard nothing about this show until I heard a radio spot right before the premier. I recorded it because it seemed like something my husband would like (he’s a fan of things like Fallen Skies). The promo was something like, “What if there was no more electricity?” Basically, that’s the premise. Something happens and everything shuts down. I thought the show was going to be about the immediate aftermath, but it’s not. After the shutdown, the show skips ahead 15 years to see what life is like. It’s very dystopian, and things like that depress me, but I’ll probably continue watching because the show is good. It has a Lost kind of vibe.
I have the first episode of Vegas recorded, but I haven’t watched yet. One of my favorite actors, Jason O’Mara, is in it, but a friend told me that the pilot didn’t have nearly enough of him. So, I guess we’ll see.
Some other shows that haven’t aired that I’m looking forward to are: Arrow, Chicago Fire, Last Resort, and Made in Jersey.
But the show I’m most looking forward to is Elementary. I love a modern day Sherlock Holmes. I am absolutely in love with the new BBC series. Unfortunately, a season of that Holmes consists of 3 episodes a year (yes, they are 90-minute episodes, but still not enough). And I just saw on Twitter yesterday that new episodes aren’t going to air until the end of 2013. So while people are complaining about Elementary because it’s set in New York and Lucy Liu plays Watson, I’m going to give it a shot. While I never imagined Watson as a woman, I think Liu can be the perfect straight man to Holmes’ craziness.
What new show are you most looking forward to this season?
Summer is officially over and Fall TV has started. I figured now would be a good time to take a look at my DVR and decide which shows were worth spending my time with this summer.
These 4 shows are ones that I can’t wait for. They caught me every week. These are shows that are unlikely to sit on my DVR waiting to be watched.
Longmire: The setting is beautiful and the characters have some great drama. Longmire lost his wife a year ago and has been out of it most of the time. His deputy has decided to run against him in the upcoming election. That deputy was also sleeping with Longmire’s daughter. Talk about a sticky situation. I like the episodes where we get to see how Longmire interacts with the Indians on the reservation. It adds an unusual flavor to the story. The only thing that seemed a little implausible is the number of murders that have occurred in Wyoming. Not that I’m complaining, really, because I love cop shows and everything that goes along with them, but in one short season, Longmire faced a number of homicides.
Dallas: I love this show. I watched growing up and this new version is every bit as twisted and soap-opera-y as the original. Plus, the actors are quite yummy to look at. The season will pick up in January and I can’t wait. The next generation of Ewings are as messed up as the original and so much fun to watch.
image from http://www.fanpop.com/spots/dallas-tv-show/images/24034744/title/dallas-new-promotional-photo-photo
The Newsroom: I have to admit that I was a little slow to pick this up. I set the DVR to record and I watched the first episode. I liked it, especially the dialogue, but I wasn’t totally sure. The episodes continued to record, but I didn’t watch them weekly. Then, one night, when nothing else was on, I watched. And watched. And I was hooked. If you’re a fan of Aaron Sorkin, you’ll like this show. I know it’s not totally realistic in its portrayal of a newsroom, but I’m not watching TV for reality. The dialogue and banter alone are worth tuning in for, but besides that, the characters are real and f*cked up, and believable.
Common Law: This show is about 2 cops who are forced into couples counseling because one drew a gun on the other. All season, we watched these two grow as characters, but they never said what was behind the whole gun incident. Until the last episode. It was a very satisfying ending for the season because I would’ve been pissed if they left us hanging. But now I wonder how they’ll keep us engaged for a new season.
These are shows I watched, and continue to watch, but I don’t get excited about them. Multiple episodes will sit on my DVR until there’s nothing better on TV.
Sullivan & Son: I’m not big into comedies, but I thought this one might be interesting. A lawyer son returns home and takes over the family’s bar. Since my books are set in a family-run Irish pub, I wanted to check this out. With the exception of a few good one-liners, this show was meh.
Perception: I’ve said lots of times how I love cop shows and the FBI. This one was a no brainer for me to tune into. Chicago FBI agent seeks help from her former professor on cases. The professor’s hallucinations help him solve cases. Although it’s set in Chicago, it doesn’t feel like it. There’s an occasional mention of streets or a neighborhood, but this isn’t a true Chicago show. Every case has something to do with the brain. It makes me wonder how many brain disorders there can be that would be part of a crime. I would think they’d run out of brain issues. Really, though, this show lost me when in the first episode, the FBI agent (who looks to be about 15) was chasing a suspect and jumped off a second story fire escape. Not only did she land on the suspect, but then she promptly got up and was fine. I can only suspend so much disbelief.
Major Crimes: I watch this show because it’s comfortable. I always watched The Closer and this show has all of the same characters (minus Brenda). Sometimes I even get to see Fritz, and he was my favorite part of The Closer. I’m not sure exactly what keeps me from being a total fan of the show. It’s not bad. It has the same kinds of crimes. I think maybe part of my problem is that the division is now more focused on making deals with criminals to get them into jail instead of getting a full confession (Brenda’s specialty). Maybe I’m just done with this show and the characters and it’s time to move on. I’m not sure. Like I said, it still records, but I don’t rush to watch.
I think I might’ve mentioned before that might kids (especially the girls) have a fondness for old TV shows. I’m too lazy to actually look through blog posts, but Shorty fell in love with Full House a few years ago and I bought her the entire series on DVD for her birthday that year. They gobbled up every episode of The Cosby Show on Netflix. Recently, the discovered The Brady Bunch on TV and have the DVR set to record every episode.
image from imdb.com
Recently our DVD player died, and while at Best Buy, I checked out the TV shows on DVD. I was looking for I Dream of Jeannie because Trouble really likes it, but it hasn’t been playing on TV for a long time now. Unfortunately, I had no luck in finding it, but I did find Happy Days. I bought the first season, because hey, for ten bucks, my kids get some wholesome entertainment and I’m not stuck watching some of the really stupid shows they make for kids these days. (How I long for shows like Wizards of Waverly Place.)
Anyway, I got home and let the girls have the DVDs. About ten minutes into the first episode, I started to question whether this was a good idea. The episode was all about Potsie fixing Richie up with a girl who had “a reputation.” Then they proceeded to discuss the best way to remove a bra (complete with demonstration – it was on a radiator). My girls didn’t question the whole “reputation” thing, but they certainly understood what was up with the bra. They laughed and thought it was funny, but all I could think was: I thought Happy Days was supposed to be a clean, sanitized show?
I was younger than Shorty when I watched Happy Days. I grew up watching it, but I don’t remember this. In another show, Richie and Potsie are going to a Marine’s bachelor party because they’re sure there’s going to be a stripper there. They get drunk on beer (they’re both still in high school) and there is a dancer who pops out of a cake, but she doesn’t strip. In yet another episode, they get fake IDs so they can sneak into a strip club to see a woman who supposedly “takes it all off.” Again, nothing actually happens, but the idea is there.
I went to search reviews of Happy Days and everything says the same: it’s a feel-good, clean show. I haven’t stopped the kids from watching because even with these instances (and there were more), it still is cleaner than some shows out there. I do pay attention to what my kids watch and there are a lot that aren’t allowed on our TV, but I have mixed emotions about this. I only bought the first season, and I’m not sure if I’d buy other seasons. Maybe I’ll wait and see what happens in other episodes.
What are your favorite classic TV shows? Have they held up to your memories of them?
I’m going to start off by saying that I’ve never been much of a news watcher. In fact, I pretty much avoided watching the news altogether. The news is depressing. Plus, when you’re watching the local 10 o’clock news, so many times you wonder how something can qualify as news (Katie and Tom, anyone?)
Anyway, that all changed a few years ago when I started looking for a work-from-home job. I was hired by an education company as a writer, and the position evolved into an editorial one. My current job is to read the news, choose headlines and assign them to my writers. My writers then create on-line assignments for students based on the article I’ve sent. My job requires that I read the news everyday Sunday through Thursday. I have to look at how different sources handle the same material and choose the one I think will work best for students.
When commercials for summer TV shows started airing, I saw something for The Newsroom, but I hadn’t given it much thought. As I said, I have to read the news most days, did I really want to watch how the news was broadcast? But then I started hearing the buzz about Newsroom and the fact that Aaron Sorkin, who did The West Wing, was behind it. I decided to set my DVR and check it out.
I’ve watched the first 3 episodes and let me tell you, I knew after the first one that this would be a must-see show. The premier opened with a cable news anchor lashing out and telling an audience why America isn’t the best country in the world (low test scores, starving kids, unemployment, lack of health care, etc). He didn’t say anything we don’t know, but it was some pretty refreshing honesty. It’s the trademark lack of real honesty that keeps me from all things politics. Anyway, Will, the anchor, takes a break and when he returns, he finds that most of his staff is leaving his show and his boss has hired Will’s ex-girlfriend to be the executive producer.
So, immediately we have some personal drama of the romance kind, and Mac (the ex) wants to push the show to be real and honest. The first episode they covered the BP oil spill (it takes place in spring 2010). This drew me in because I remember covering that for my day job and its interesting to see how they made it unfold. The second episode covered Arizona’s immigration law, which I’ve been covering for the day job from then straight through until now.
Besides my own personal connection to the headlines they choose (and I’m sure there will be so much more), the show itself offers some great characters and they’re all smart. You heard that right, even the pretty young girl who was promoted from nobody to assistant producer simply because she didn’t quit is smart. They’re not perfect and they fuck up, but it is a cast of characters who are truly intelligent. What’s not to love there?
And finally, of course, since this is Aaron Sorkin, the dialogue is phenomenal. If you’re a fan of The West Wing, you’ll be a fan of The Newsroom as well.
When looking for clips for the show, I’ve come across a lot of criticism of it. Many have said that it’s a disappointment and Sorkin has flopped. Maybe it’s because I didn’t really expect it to be true-to-life. It is HBO after all. I think most days in the newsroom are probably pretty boring, so they’ve livened it up. Sure, part of why the characters seem so smart is that Sorkin knows how the stories will play out. He’s using news from 2 years ago. Part of my hesitation to watch in the first place was that I thought it would be boring. Who wants to watch a bunch of people staring at a computer screen and scribbling notes for the anchor? That would be about as exciting as watching stock trades on the floor of the Mercantile Exchange.
Instead, we get this (not really safe for work):
I prefer the made up version. Have you tried The Newsroom? What do you think?
I’ve been hearing for the last week or so about shows that are being canceled and those that are being renewed for next season, and I’m a little depressed. A bunch of shows that I decided to try (many of which I like) are being canceled.
Some of the cancellations are not surprising, like NYC 22. I’m also not that surprised that Breaking In and Bent are being canceled, although I really liked them. GCB was one of my guilty pleasures. I didn’t look forward to it every week, but when I had some extra time, I’d catch up. Some shows I won’t miss, even though I watched regularly. Unforgettable tops that list. I liked the premise of the show, but something about the main character bugs me. Maybe it’s the actress, but there have been too many times that she’s come across as an airhead. Awake is a show that I’ve watched, but I have a bunch of episodes on my DVR to catch up on. Now I’m questioning if I should bother.
There are three shows that are chopped that I will miss. Missing doesn’t surprise me. I mean, really, how long could you draw out a single kidnapping? But I watched it every week. The Finder is another show that’s a little on the weird side, but since it aired on Fridays, it gave me something to watch over the weekend. The one show that’s being canceled that I think I’ll miss the most is Alcatraz. I like everything about that show. It had unique characters with some baggage, small conflicts in the search for the weekly criminal, and the overall plot arc of how and why the 63s were in 2012.
image from http://15strawberrylane.com/my-stories
Image taken from Amazon
I will say that I’m happy that my truly favorite shows have been renewed — Revenge, Castle, Blue Bloods, Mentalist, Criminal Minds, and Bones. I have all of the episodes of Scandal on the DVR but haven’t watched them yet. Since it too is being renewed, I think I’ll catch up. Body of Proof has also been renewed, and I’ve watched pretty regularly, but if I could trade this for Alcatraz, I would.
The list I used to double check things I heard on Twitter is here. With all of these cancellations, I certainly hope there are good shows in the works for next year, otherwise, how will I fill all of my free time?