From Ridley (in Shanghai)
To pass the time here in the empty rooms of our Shanghai lane house, that we'll be leaving in just a few days, my wife and I started watching Firefly, the space-western-adventure-comedy by the brilliant Joss Whedon. Extremely entertaining, and possibly served as a jumping off point for JJ Abrams' Alias (Paul would know this stuff!).
It led to me think about people's favorite non-mainstream TV series that may have been passed-over by most of us. Anybody want to chime in?
It also got me thinking about hearing my wife crying each morning. I work on the third floor of the lane house, and each morning around 8:30AM I hear crying downstairs. It scared the hell of me the first few times! It turns out it's my wife working out in front of "Ellen." So what about talk shows, favorites and otherwise? Suggestions? I can't bring myself to watch Conan; I still see Johnny Carson up there and Conan's a tough fit for me. Spare me the combative daytime shows where white trash battles on stage. But "Ellen" seems smart and funny -- what little I've seen of it. Are there others?
Maybe, with some suggestions, we can download something from iTunes for the long flight home...
By next week, I should be able to post photos again. This post comes to you, once again, by sneaking around the firewall imposed by those where I live...
POST SCRIPT: This just in from the New York Times [you may need to cut and paste into browser: http://www.nytimes.com/2009/06/17/world/middleeast/17media.html?hp] A fascinating look at what all of us in the blogosphere are engaged in, and the stakes it represents. Sorry for the cut and paste, but I'm somewhere they haven't yet turned back on the very networks mentioned in this piece.