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July 9, 2014

The Couch Potato: Some quick hits through the summer TV season

NEW CASTLE — The “dog” (fans of the blog will get that joke) days of summer are upon us, so you know what that means.

It’s time for “Quick Hits!”

•Fans of the show “Lost” have reason to rejoice as HBO may have finally found the next great frustrating show that strings fans along for years while only doling out satisfaction in small doses. “The Leftovers” debuted two Sundays ago and is based on the novel of the same name. The first episode centered on the three-year fallout of a worldwide phenomenon where thousands of people simply vanished off the earth on the same day, at the same time. The series focuses primarily on a small town, Mapleton, which lost around 100 people in the unexplained event. Created by “Lost” show runner Damon Lindelof, and set up in the same way with way more questions than answers, this has all the makings of a mythologically frustrating TV journey.

•“Bachelorette” star Andi Dorfman was recently in the news for having quit her assistant district attorney job in Atlanta. That could signify that she did indeed meet the man of her dreams during this season of “The Bachelorette” and is planning a move to start a life with him. There are only a few previously recorded episodes remaining and so far Andi has narrowed it down to the final four men. However, if I were a betting man, my guess is she quit her job because of the exposure she’s received by being on the show and is hoping to parlay that fame into something more. I’m not cynical, I swear.

•Sometimes life just has a way of working out. And I don’t mean with anything that is a big deal, because those things basically never work out. What I’m talking about is the little things, the random things, that keep us chugging along. I wrote before about my affinity for the canceled show, “Community,” that did its best by squeezing out five seasons and 98 episodes on NBC. Now word has come out that Yahoo has purchased a sixth season of “Community” from Sony Pictures and is also planning a movie version of the show to follow this newest season. This a remarkable turn of events for a show that was literally dead, and a cause for celebration for all of us fans. The biggest reason for this rebirth is undoubtedly due to the millions of fans who campaigned for #sixseasonsandamovie on Twitter and other social media. Hopefully, this newest incarnation of the show doesn’t disappoint.

•The old Couch Potato caught a similarly good break, also involving “Community,” but on an even smaller scale. My buddy at work had added the show to his Netflix account and kept on relaying jokes and plot points to me each day after he watched early season episodes. I couldn’t remember what he was talking about, so I decided to catch up on the first and second seasons, so as to refresh my memory. The day I added the discs, I happened to be guide-surfing at home and saw that “Community” reruns had been added to the early evening schedule on some random channel. Amazingly, as I hit the series record button, I noticed that the pilot episode was airing that night. So over the last 30-some days, I have been able to record and get caught up on the first and second season, in order, without having to waste time receiving and sending discs with Netflix. Again, the small things in life are the best.

•One final recommendation: “Wipeout” is back on ABC each Sunday during the summer and is pretty good entertainment, especially if you have some French Fries running around the house. We all watched it on Sunday night together and laughed at the spills and general goofiness of the show. My 6-year-old French Fry insists that she could complete the obstacle courses, while my 3-year old imitates the show by falling off the couch and climbing over and through our legs while we watch. The best is when he makes ridiculous sound-effects as he is tumbling to the floor, and really, he’s just about as entertaining as the show itself.

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