Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Turn it up!

Here comes another confession. I’m not a TV fanatic.

But I certainly used to be. I’m not sure what’s happened. I’m the girl who planned her college courses around General Hospital and All My Children. My sorority sisters and I would hold up in the TV lounge, all hours of the night, watching black and white movie reruns. And – I’m dating myself here – back in the 80’s another group of us would hold Knott’s Landing Parties. As I type those words I realize most of my lovely Novel Girl pals were not even born when that show aired so the names, Valeene, Gary and Abby mean absolutely nothing to them. But way back when, it was the show to watch.

Fast forward to the new millennium. There is one show, well two, that I plan my evenings around and they are both on the same night! And at the same time. How unfortunate. Grey’s Anatomy and The Office. My next-door neighbor and dear friend, Kathy, and I have a standing every Thursday evening. I bring over my dinner, she’s usually already had hers, (I don’t get my act together until late) and we turn up the tube. She has TEVO, thank God, so we get to go back through every missed or misinterpreted word of dialogue. We look forward to Meredith’s passionate words of wisdom, or the defining life lessons she offers up at the end of each show. I never fail to relate. What does that say about my life? It’s either tragic or crazy, one.

The Office is sheer comic brilliance. Not sure this year’s season opener did it for me though, but when the Dwight character opens his mouth or makes a facial expression, with his dated glasses and side-burns, I can’t help but wish I’d created him, along with all the rest. When Michael said, “Have a seat Phyllis, you must be exhausted from standing on those gams.” I almost spit my Vitamin Water across the room. I realize not everyone shares the same sense of humor, but that show really does it for me.

Oh! I almost forgot. What about the Saturday Night Live season opener? Tina, Tina, Tina. You have put the hee back in my haw!!!

7 comments:

Maureen Lipinski said...

How could I forget! SNL! Tina Fey as Sarah Palin = brilliant.

I think the best line from this week's The Office was from Dwight: "Phyllis, I'm sorry I created a ruse that forced you to exercise."

Jillian Cantor said...

I used to watch All My Children in college, too, and maybe, um, a few years after that . . .

I'm going to have to give The Office one more chance after listening to the two of you!

lisapatton said...

Maureen, I LOVED that one, too. And the new girl that likes Michael, can't remember her name. I can't wait to see what happens with that.

Lisa Patton said...

Jill,
Give it a few weeks. You've got to really get to know the characters on the Office. I swear they are so outrageously quirky.

Tracy Madison said...

LOL, okay, I'm going to have to take the time to watch more of The Office. Sigh, like I have time for any more TV shows!

Lesley Livingston said...

You guys are totally making me want to go rent DVDs of all the shows I've never seen!

E said...

You should also check out "Lipstick Jungle" on NBC on Wednesday nights. SUCH a great show. Very Sex and the City'ish. I'm still at Carnton... sigh ... but it's given me a chance to catch up on your blogs! You are doing a fab job Lisa! I can hear your voice in each blog .. is that how your book is too? Can't wait to read it!! :)