One of the big questions I have about the Hitchhiker's ride is exactly what kind of auditorium it should be, how the whole thing should work. I very much like the idea of a small one, maybe slightly bigger than the Star Tours shuttle, but I would love to be able to incorporate a live actor or two as well. That could prove difficult in a small size thing.
Sunday, June 21:
8:00 - 9:00PM
Nature – "Animals Behaving Worse." Ooh… a sequel! Using the format developed in the 2000 episode, "Animals Behaving Badly." As it turns out, animals and people don't so much always get along. Those pesky squirrels in birdfeeders…
9:00 – 10:30PM
Masterpiece Mystery! – "Poirot – Cat Among Pigeons." He's back! David Suchet is back! These are all-new (as of 2009) Hercule Poirot mysteries, and that is awesome. I kid you not, I am excited by the notion of David Suchet returning to the character created by Agatha Christie.
10:30 – 11:00PM
Garden Insects. This thirty minute show features close-up photography and an original score as well as facts about insects, their habitat, and their life cycle. I can’t even imagine spending the hours necessary to get the footage, can you imagine the tedium? Can you imagine scoring the tedium of getting the footage? Or facts about getting the footage? Now that I’d like to see
Monday, June 22:
8:00 - 9:00PM
Antiques Roadshow – "Tampa (Hour Two)." I wonder if the things that appear at the Roadshow in Tampa are imported by snowbirds from New York. Either that or they recall the moments back in the day when the Buccaneers were a good team.
9:00 – 10:00PM
History Detectives. They’re back again! Those History Detectives are going to be puzzling out clues, working the scene of the crime, and hoping against hope to solve that greatest mystery of them all: how did Fred Flintstone manage to run fast enough that his big, heavy car started to move? Seriously now, that’s a question about history and one I feel ought to be answered sooner rather than later.
10:00 – 11:00PM
Make 'em Laugh: The Funny Business of America – "Nerds, Jerks & Oddballs: Would Ya Hit a Guy with Glasses?" Herein lies an episode of a six-part PBS miniseries hosted by Billy Crystal and narrated by Amy Sedaris. Tonight, as the tile indicates, the show will explore oddballs and outcasts.
Tuesday, June 23:
8:00 – 9:00PM
Nova – "Ape Genius." I hope they mean Grape Ape. He's certainly an ape, and, in my mind, a genius. Seriously. He goes around telling everyone exactly who he is, and consequently is terribly well known. It's just genius. I think it's a far better strategy than the ape named Ape. He can go around talking about how he's Ape and people will just think he's an ape. Poor planning, Ape, poor planning.