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PBS Primetime Programming for the Week of March 8

As I know you recall, I've been pitching the idea that Disney come out with a set of golf clubs. I think that there could definitely be a market for them. The real question, as I noted, is how to Disney-ify golf clubs without losing the cutting edge technology required by golfers. I think that part of the answer, might lie in the grooves.

Sunday, March 8:

8:00 – 9:30PM

3 Mo' Divas.  I find it interesting that PBS is promoting these classically trained "divas" by using an abbreviation of the word "more." You see, one doesn't tend to associate classically trained folks with the word "mo.'" I figure that PBS is trying to send a message with this. You agree? Good.

9:30 – 11:00PM

Finding Your Own True Love with Dr. Diana Kirschner. Meh. I already found my true love. I don't need some doctor telling me how to go about it. This particular doc is going to explain how to "deepen intimacy." Funny, I get e-mails about that sort of thing all the time.

Monday, March 9:

8:00 – 11:00PM

Rock Rhythm and Doo Wop. Hosted by Franki Valli, Jerry Butler, and Lloyd Price, this bad boy of a three-hour long program has a whole bunch of people singing a whole bunch of oldish songs. Please note, that there is no comma between "rock" and "rhythm." I find that interesting, I hope you do (wop) too.

Tuesday, March 10:

8:00 – 9:30PM

Achieving your Dreams with Ken Blanchard. That would be awesome. Can you imagine it, achieving your dreams? I can't even fathom it. This doctor can help me fly through the air, build a beach house on the moon, and reunite all four Beatles for a private concert. I can't wait to watch.

9:30 – 10:30PM

Cantors: A Faith in Song. Three Jewish cantors sing their hearts out… or perhaps their souls, I guess it all depends on how you look at it. Now, I don't know the names of these three folks at all, but perhaps you do. They're – Naftali Hershtik, Benzion Miller, and Alberto Mizrahi.

Wednesday, March 11:

8:00 – 9:30PM

Love Train: The Sounds of Philadelphia (Part 1). The music of Philadelphia, at least at one point in time, was something truly special and different. I always have tended to believe that it's for this reason that Dick Clark became famous. This particular night features a repeat of the first part of this examination of Philly's music.

9:30 – 11:00PM

Discovering Secrets of the Vatican. I have to assume that this being shown means that Angels & Demons is being released in pretty short order. Personally, I really enjoyed the book. I wasn't so much into the sequel or the filmic version of the sequel, but I really enjoyed Angels & Demons. Perhaps I'll like this too then, who can say?

Thursday, March 12:

8:00 – 9:30PM

Richard Abel Elegancia. That's quite the name, quite the name. "Elegancia." This guy didn't have too many career choices, did he? I think he may have hit on the right one, pianist. What? What's that you say? Elegancia isn't part of his name, just part of the title? Oh, sorry.

9:30 – 11:00PM

Daniel O'Donnell: Hope and Praise. I don't mind hope and praise at all. In fact, I kind of like it when people hope for and praise me. I figure that as the years continue I'll be hoped for and praised even more. Maybe Daniel o'Donnell can help with that. Maybe he'll just sing.

Friday, March 13:

8:00 – 8:30PM

Washington Week with Gwen Ifill and National Journal #4836. Another whole week has gone by and good old Gwen Ifill and National Journal are here to fill us in. For the record, I like to pretend the National Journal is a sidekick, like Robin to Batman, Starsky to Hutch, or chocolate sauce to chocolate ice cream.

8:30 – 9:00PM

NOW on PBS #511. It’s the Emmy award-winning weekly newsmagazine. It looks at issues facing our democracy. The show is hosted by David Brancaccio. And, even better, they still send me e-mails (I think that makes me cool and them nice). Thanks, Now, you guys are awesome!

9:00 – 10:00PM

Bill Moyers Journal #1248. It’s Bill Moyers. It’s his 1,248th journal (not really, but I’m not going to explain to you the way in which TV shows are numbered at this point in time; maybe later if you’re nice). He’s a good journalist so I assume this will be good journalism (at least the odds are it will be).

Saturday, March 14:

8:00 – 10:00PM

Great Performances at the Met "The Metropolitan Opera Opening Night Gala Starring Renee Fleming." I like that Renee Fleming, nice lady. Also, she's quite the singer. It's probably due to her singing ability that she gets to do the opening night gala. It's the sort of thing reserved for great singers.

What I want to know is this – and the only way to figure it out is to actually run some tests on pretty serious equipment. Can one take a set of irons, and change the grooves on the face of the clubs into various designs, and still retain the clubs' ability to allow golfers to control the ball? Outside of putting a design on shafts and grips, I think the answer for Disney clubs (the non-synthesized sound creating kind) is to put Disney characters/logos/symbols on the grooves. It would be fun, and I don't think too many people would take the idea of having Mickey's silhouette hit golf balls over and over again the wrong way.

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Josh has deftly segued from a life of being pre-med to film school to television production to writing about the media in general. And by 'deftly' he means with agonizing second thoughts and the formation of an ulcer.

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