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Channel Surfing – May 6

All the tube news that’s fit to surf …

– I love me some Chuck Bass (Ed Westwick), but New York magazine is crediting Monday night’s episode of Gossip Girl with coining the phrase “fauxialite,” and it’s simply not true. I interviewed The Real Housewives of New York City star Bethenny Frankel back in February, and she used the phrase back then.

– HBO is officially moving forward with Treme, the post-Katrina New Orleans drama from The Wire‘s David Simon and Eric Overmyer, and starring The Wire‘s fantastic Wendell Pierce. The show will begin filming in the fall in New Orleans, after hurricane season.

– Meanwhile, Peter Dinklage will star in another HBO series, Game of Thrones, a fantasy series based on author George R.R. Martin‘s Songs of Fire and Ice novels. And another alum of The Wire, Tom McCarthy, will direct the pilot. McCarthy, an actor/writer who penned The Station Agent, starred in the final season of The Wire as Stephen Glass-ish newspaper reporter Scott Templeton.

The Office star/writer Mindy Kaling has signed a deal to create her own series for NBC. She’s incredibly talented, but can’t say I’m sad about the prospect of there eventually being a Kelly Kapoor departure from Dunder Mifflin Scranton.

Seth MacFarlane says a big-screen Family Guy movie will happen … someday.

Leonard Nimoy – as Spock – will deliver the top 10 list on Letterman Thursday night (May 7).

Elizabeth Edwards‘ interview with Oprah airs tomorrow, giving us all the final bit of proof we need that John Edwards is officially one of the bigger douchebags in history.

– CBS is considering remakes of Let’s Make a Deal and The Dating Game to replace The Guiding Light. Still can’t believe that show’s being canceled. Sniffle, sniffle.

Farrah’s Story, a two-hour documentary chronicling Farrah Fawcett‘s battle with cancer, will air on NBC on May 15.

Jay Leno‘s promising to be funny in a promo for his new 10PM timeslot next season. I so doubt that will happen, and hope this experiment, which really only means there’s even less room for quality scripted shows now, is a short-lived one at NBC.

50 Things I Love About TV – 1-10

Since it’s the official launch day of TV Screener, and hopefully I’ll get to know what you love and don’t love about TV, it seems like the perfect time to share what I love most about the tube. So here’s the first 10 of 50 things I love … parts 2-5, i.e. numbers 11-50, will unspool throughout the rest of the week.

1. Jack Bauer
It may not be politically correct in this Gitmo-closing political climate to say so, but if loving Jack Bauer is wrong, I don’t wanna be right.

2. 24
The sole reason Monday is one of my favorite days of the week. Like its central hero, Jack Bauer, the show has taken a lot of knocks throughout its run for its portrayal of government agents using torture tactics to get info out of bad guys. It may be a fair point. But, as the show’s producers have suggested, if you’re going to hold 24 culpable for suggesting the use of torture is justified, you’ve also gotta give the show credit for the pre-Obama first black (TV) President of the United States, David Palmer (Dennis Haybert), R.I.P.

3. Seinfeld
It just keeps getting funnier, even after the 87th viewing. And if you don’t think it’s the single funniest show ever to grace primetime, you may just be a doodiehead.

4. Gossip Girl
Chuck Bass, my current pick for Best TV Bad Boy.

5. The Real World
Some seasons, obviously, are better than others, and by the time Real World 43 is set in Youngstown, Ohio, maybe I won’t watch. But for now, yep, still watching.

6. Neil Patrick Harris
The celeb whose career and ‘tude all former child stars should aspire to emulate. He’s consistently funny, is a self-professed huge TV fan himself, has handled all the hubbub about his personal life gracefully and has both poked fun and paid homage to his Doogie past. What’s not to love about NPH?

7. Chuck
It’s funny, it’s clever, it’s got heart and it’s got a deep bench of great characters and great actors and actresses playing them. The show’s also rife with pop culture references that make it clear it’s a labor of love for those making it, as well as a perfectly cast line-up of guest stars, with fanboy (and girl!) favorites like Scott Bakula, Bruce Boxleitner, Chevy Chase, Morgan Fairchild and the always awesome Gary Cole. Here’s hoping an announcement that the show will return for a third season comes soon.

8. TV on DVD
Any time you feel like there’s nothing current worth watching on TV, 1) You’re wrong … there’s always something good on somewhere, and 2) There’s always some good TV DVDs worth buying or dropping in your Netflix queue. Like 24, Seinfeld, The Wire, The Sopranos, Arrested Development, Chappelle’s Show, Freaks and Geeks, The Job, Mad Men, Lost, Dexter, The Office (U.S. and U.K. versions), Gilmore Girls, M*A*S*H, Star Trek, Maude, Reno 911!, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, Saturday Night Live, Little House on the Prairie

9. TiVo/DVRs
Remember life before them? All that matters is, it sucked.

10. One Tree Hill
Doesn’t get enough love. And P.S. – the show actually employed that jumping-five-years-ahead device a whole season before Desperate Housewives did it. Plus, the show features the adorable, scene-stealing kid actor Jackson Brundage, one of the few TV child stars who doesn’t make you cringe when he hits the screen.

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