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Monday, June 2, 2008

Join the Channel Surfing Summer DVD Club!

If you're anything like us, aimlessly flipping past channel after channel before resigning yourself to yet another viewing of "The Fugitive" on cable TV isn't the answer this summer.

Yes, depression is already sinking in. And no ABC, those catchy little "Pushing Daisies" promos you've been airing aren't providing comfort. No new episodes until fall? What about now, ABC? WHAT ABOUT NOW?

To avoid any future TV-related outbursts, Channel Surfing has come up with a plan.

Yes, we know summer is awesome. It's a time for pasty Midwesterners to douse themselves in aloe, climb trees, grill brats and drunkenly attempt cannonballs in backyard kiddie pools. But summer is also universally thought of as "catch-up" time for TV addicts. So by no means are we encouraging just loafing on the couch during Wisconsin's brief window of summer splendor, but hey, you have to watch something, right?

So we're starting a club -- with a secret handshake, maybe a "nanoo-nanoo"-like greeting, you know, all that cool stuff. As much as Adam wants it to be like Super Summer Readers, no, you won't get a colorful ribbon, a Pizza Hut coupon ... or whatever those lil' brainiacs get for maxing out their library card. Instead, you'll just be part of our exclusive club and share with readers your TV discoveries this summer.

The rules are simple: Pick a TV show on DVD you haven't watched -- but always wanted to -- and keep tabs on it throughout the summer. You know how we do things around here, so follow a similar mentality. Feel free to file reports by e-mailing us, and that's it, you're in the club. You can write stray observations every three episodes. You can wait to finish an entire season. We haven't really fleshed out the requirements. We're just looking for submissions and to expose readers (and our Channel Surfing staff) to more shows.

As the weeks go by, we'll post your observations as well as ours. For instance, I'm making a summer commitment to two shows: "Six Feet Under" and "Undeclared." Adam might take on a first-time viewing of "The Sopranos." Anything other than "Boy Meets World' makes MJ's brain hurt.

E-mail us with any questions. Woo-hoo! We're gonna be TV buddies this summer!

-- The Channel Surfing staff

Thomas Rozwadowski,
Adam Reinhard,
Sara Boyd,
Malavika Jagannathan,
Kendra Meinert, (technically Kendra is on summer hiatus so she can dish out gardening tips here, but we'll try to coerce her into taking on one new show)

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I've got the Tudors coming on Netflix, and I'm almost through season one of Angel. Count me in!

By Blogger Ms. Quarter, At June 3, 2008 at 8:45 AM  

Haha, you're hilarious. I call dibs on "Weeds" and "Mad Men." But I may do the occasional "Boy Meets World" post.


By Blogger Press-Gazette blogger, At June 3, 2008 at 5:06 PM  

That "you're" was meant for Tom. Clearly.


By Blogger Press-Gazette blogger, At June 3, 2008 at 5:07 PM  

Totally interested and am deciding between the following for my summer TV DVD viewing: The Wire, The OC, Deadwood, One Tree Hill, Dinosaurs or Battlestar Galactica.

By Blogger LTodd, At June 3, 2008 at 5:16 PM  

Excellent. A few have contacted me directly through e-mail at, so feel free to shoot me a message when your ideas come together. No pressure. No deadlines. When you want to write something, write it, and we'll get it up (hopefully with minor editing of your potty mouths.) A little background about yourself, viewing habits, etc. would be a great intro. Thanks, folks.

-- Tom

By Blogger Press-Gazette blogger, At June 4, 2008 at 3:41 PM  

Did anybody claim Cop Rock yet? If not, it's mine.

By Anonymous eric, At June 5, 2008 at 1:05 PM  

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