Every morning we address the important topic of something big, significant, funny, weird, etc. that happened while we were lying on the couch in front of the TV last night. Today we sing the praises of some typically unsung heroes.
In the daily deluge of urgent morning TV coverage -- "Are Meredith and Mayor McCheesy going to make it?" "WTF was that on Fringe last night?? Oh, it was Joshua Jackson!" "Has Glee jumped the shark and then done an emotional episode about how the shark has feelings too?" -- it's all too easy to forget the unheralded staples of our nightly television diet. So, following a particularly unremarkable TV evening last night, let's take a moment to honor those right now
Chopped: Perhaps the Food Network's most entertaining show, Chopped has both the benefit of being a single contained episode each time, it's like a whole season of Top Chef in 46 minutes, and always being on. There is a limitless supply of Chopped episodes! Who cares if they're new that night, chances are you haven't seen it and, new or not, watching someone try to make a meal with elk steak and bubble gum is going to be good TV.
House Hunters: Finally a show that indulges our voyeurism. Isn't it nice to see where people live? Or, more specifically, where they might live? Like Chopped, there is a seemingly bottomless well of House Hunters episodes, especially when you include the international addition, which takes us to thrillingly far-flung places like Ulan Bator and rural Slovenia. You might not always agree with everyone's taste (Ugh, that kitchen! Ew, that "great room" -- let's stop using the term "great room," please), but that's kind of what makes it fun.