As promised ad nauseam practically since the strike began, it's time to start being proactive about this strike thing, which means rejecting a lot of the awful replacement programming in favor of a look back at great, underappreciated series from seasons past. (For those of you relatively new to the blog, I did something similar over the summer, when I blogged about every episode of "Freaks and Geeks.")
And our first candidate, for reasons I explain at length in today's column, is "Cupid," Rob Thomas' little gem from the '98-'99 TV season. It's not out on DVD, but almost every minute of every episode is up on YouTube. Click here for all the links to the first episode, plus an excerpt from Thomas' script that covers the handful of scenes at the beginning that for some reason aren't up on YouTube.
I'll have a more proper blog post about the pilot up tomorrow morning, and intend to do two episodes a week on Tuesdays and Fridays. Depending on how the strike's looking, "Sports Night" is next in the queue, possibly running concurrently with the "Cupid" reviews. I'm going to save "The Wire" season one until the final season is over, and am hoping against hope that the strike ends soon enough that I won't need to pick any shows beyond these three. (I have some in mind just in case. Sigh...)
So go get with the Piven and Marshall, and we'll talk more tomorrow morning.