THE PACIFIC [HBO]
From Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks comes a historically accurate, spectacularly shot and gut-wrenchingly horrific look at the sacrifices the greatest generation made so that we now have the freedom to sit comfortably on our couch and watch time slot competitor DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES in our boxers. We are so sorry.
BREAKING BAD [AMC]
Having originally been turned off by the show’s comedically dark conceit that saw high school chemistry teacher Walt White descend into a life of crime after finding himself on the wrong end of a cancer diagnosis, rest assured, it’s us who now feel bad as — three seasons and one Best Actor Emmy for Bryan Cranston later — we have yet to jump on board with this critically acclaimed series.
And not just because we’re tired of seeing people’s exasperated expression of disbelief when we fess up to still not having caught up with THE WIRE. See, you’re doing it right now!
NURSE JACKIE [SHO]
Another critically acclaimed pay cabler gem that we know we should be watching — yet aren’t — having recently overdosed on television shows featuring strong female protagonists whose personal lives aren’t nearly as well organized as their professional ones. Thank-you-very-much TNT, Showtime and FX.
THE NIGHTLY NEWS
Are we embarrassed that we fall into the clichéd demographic of 18-34 year-olds who get the majority of their news from the likes of Comedy Central’s THE DAILY SHOW and THE COLBERT REPORT? We wouldn’t have to be if Katie Couric would — to borrow a line from Homer Simpson — be more funny!