Seems to me as we get further and further into the new year (yes, I now deem us “far” into the new year), the world has failed to be terribly different than it was in the old year. Am I naïve thinking things will change? What’s so new about this year, anyway? It’s just the number, isn’t it? Other than that, it’s the same old thing, again, and again, and again. For instance, just like towards the end of the old year, here’s a week of PBS’s primetime programming. Sure, maybe some of the particular shows or episodes are different, but I’m listing the programs again. And that’s not new - it just isn’t.
Sunday, January 7:
8:00 - 9:00PM
Nature - “Chasing Big Cats”. I never thought big cats needed to be chased. Doesn’t Garfield pretty much lie there doing nothing, and he’s a pretty big cat. Maybe they mean the Cat in the Hat. He’s big and seems far more mobile than Garfield. Ah, reading my sheet here it appears we’re looking at five different cats from Africa, not Garfield or the Cat in the Hat at all (or Heathcliff for that matter).
9:00PM - 11:00PM
Masterpiece Theatre - “The Virgin Queen”. This is part 1 of 2 in a mini-series exploring the 40-year reign of Elizabeth I. I know, you were thinking it was Elizabeth II and kind of a raunchy exposé on her wedding night. Shame on you.
Monday, January 8:
8:00 - 9:00PM
Antiques Roadshow - “Honolulu (Hour Two)”. Here in hour two we get to witness the police storming the Antiques Roadshow in order to catch a serial killer. Sure, it’s a new twist for Antiques Roadshow, but it allows for the episode to end with those famous words, “book’em, Dano,” and if that’s not worth it, I don’t know what is.
9:00 - 10:00PM
American Experience - “The Alaska Pipeline”. Is Alaska still a part of this country? Isn’t it odd to go from a Hawaiin show to an Alaskan one? I’m American and don’t have any Alaskan pipeline experience, so maybe this whole thing isn’t quite as universal as they thought. Chew on that, PBS.