What we're thankful for in the TV universe
* "Pushing Daisies" introducing the world to Kristin Chenoweth, who seems more like a huggable cartoon character than potential love interest for Ned as pie-making ball of sunshine, Olive Snook.
* The writers' strike not affecting "The Wire's" fifth and final season set for January. With no other new shows to watch, fans of compelling cop dramas might start digging into DVD sets of HBO's grittiest show not named "The Sopranos."
* Comedy Central's "Daily Show with Jon Stewart" archive at www.thedailyshow.com. Every "Even Ste(v)phen" with Carell and Colbert matching wits? Merry Christmas to all.
-- Thomas Rozwadowski, firstname.lastname@example.org
* News that, according to Patrick Dempsey, Meredith and "McDreamy" may end their three-year hot-and-cold romance on "Grey's Anatomy," which means I may actually start watching again ... seriously.
* The fourth helping of Bravo's "Project Runway." The first challenge was sub-par, but the drama was superb.
* Eight episodes of Texas-sized drama "Friday Night Lights" left to be aired this winter, enough time for newcomers to catch up on Season 1 on DVD and start loving the good folks of Dillon.
-- Malavika Jagannathan, email@example.com
* Freddy Rodriguez joining "Ugly Betty'' as Gio the sandwich guy. Love him. Love the feathered hair. And we bet Betty learns to, too.
* Helio Castroneves and Mel B. deservedly making it to the "Dancing with the Stars'' finals. (Notice the non-mention of Marie Osmond. It's a dance competition, people, not an Osmond family popularity contest!)
* Fox using the words "postponed indefinitely'' instead of "canceled'' for the questionable fate of next season's "24.'' Canceled would've been crushing, postponed is just torturous, and "24'' fans know torture.
-- Kendra Meinert, firstname.lastname@example.org
* Kristen Bell on "Heroes." A lackluster second season (and that's being kind) has been goosed considerably by the addition of the former "Veronica Mars" star, playing a vivacious, voltaic superbaddie.
* The quick turnaround for "The Sarah Silverman Program's" second season. It's hard to believe this sassy, sacrilegious series only debuted in February, and came up with a second set of episodes so soon after the first ended.
* Every. Single. Thing. About "Pushing Daisies."
-- Adam Reinhard, email@example.com