Summertime TV

Jul 1, 2011

Back in the days of three, maybe four, networks, summer television was an odd wasteland, mostly re-runs with occasionally odd oases. Ray Stevens hosted a summer replacement series which offered the first full exposure to the dadaist comedy of a young unknown named Steve Martin. 

Summer was a place where, occasionally, the networks took a few chances with little to lose.Mostly, though, it was horrible, and as you watched television in the summer, there was something wrong with you, some deficit in your waking life.  Cable has changed all that. The old agrarian cycle of  shows has collapsed. You're just as likely to see something really interesting and even valuable start up on on July17 as on Sept. 17. But all of us still have a finite amount of waking life. We should spend some of it at outdoor concerts. Some of it just watching fireflies.Should we spend some of it watching "Firefly?"  Leave your comments below, e-mail colin@wnpr.org or Tweet us @wnprcolin.