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TV Shows I Miss

The way we watch TV has certainly changed since Netflix began streaming and creating its own content. We now have many others just like it, also creating content, acting as TV show suppliers and TV studios.

There are a few shows that I wouldn’t mind seeing again*, but most will not only never make it to DVD but will fall far, far under the radar of Netflix-like broadcasters. Let me know what show you miss, too.

*Firefly is not on this list only because the entire season is on DVD and on Netflix. This isn’t a list of shows I’d like to see remade or continued –most of these shows were terrible– but it would be fun to see them again.

Hope Island (1999-2000)

Hope Island was my “comfort show.” Centers around Daniel, a troubled minister who is forced to live on Hope Island where he is the new minister of the local Protestant church. The characters were quirky, the town idyllic, and often the one who saved the day was the one you’d never expect.

 

Catwalk (1992-1994)

Catwalk starred Neve Campbell, who became more well-known for her Party of Five and Scream roles. This show took place in Toronto, and followed the careers of a struggling 20-something band. It was aired on YTV and was surprisingly gritty for that network.

 

Live Through This (2000)

A little like Catwalk, Live Through This was a show about a rock band. The Jackson Decker band, big in the 80s, decide on a revival tour that’s run by their twenty-something kids.

 

Opposite Sex (2000)

You might recognize more than a few faces in this show: Milo Ventimiglia (Gilmore Girls and Heroes), Chris Evans (Captain America), Allison Mack (Smallville). Three boys wind up being a test group of males who are integrated into an all-girl school. Ridiculous premise, yet the actors made the show hilarious and watchable.

Raven (1992-1993)

Jonathan Raven, a former ninja in the Black Dragons, has killed his clan and is now living in Hawaii helping those in need. Also starred Lee Majors of Six Million Dollar Man and Fall Guy fame.

 

Werewolf (1987-1988)

Eric was bitten by a werewolf, and now must find the origin of the bloodline to kill him and end the curse. He’s being hunted by a werewolf hunter (of course) and in each episode (much like the Incredible Hulk) Eric finds himself in trouble where he conveniently turns and the werewolf saves the day.

 

The Crow: Stairway to Heaven  (1998-1999)

Based on the Comic book series by J. O’Barr (which I love) and on the original movie starring Brandon Lee (also love), this series followed Eric Draven who has risen from the dead when a Crow brings him back to right an incredible wrong.

Joss Whedon – Too Cool

I remember back in the mid-90s when I was looking at what movie to rent, and I saw one with the title, “Buffy the Vampire Slayer.” I shook my head and thought, “You gotta be kidding me.”

I figured it was a new low in cinematic slop. Valley Girl Meets Fright Night? Yeesh. Then I saw that Rutger Hauer had a role in it, as the vampire no less. As a fan of Rutger (after seeing Ladyhawke, how could you not be?) I plucked it off the shelf and forgave its evident disappointment.

What I discovered was one of the funniest movies I had ever seen. I watched it alone, as I was too embarrassed to invite (and thus have to admit to renting it) any friends over. In a conversation with another friend a couple years later, I suggested that he watch it too. It turned out that this other friend of mine was a Rutger Hauer fan, and so I convinced him to watch. He did. He loved it. The two of us repeated lines of dialogue for months after.

Then the TV series came on. Again, this was a show that I watched in secret as I was too embarrassed to admit to anyone that I was a fan. Well, anyone except the aforementioned pal. He and I, even after I moved several provinces away, kept in touch and reminisced over episodes of Buffy. He was convinced that Oz was modelled after me in high school.

It was soon after that I put a name to the show. As a writer myself, I’m always interested in what else someone has done – and this was no exception. What I discovered was a long list of Whedon shows, and every one of them was brilliant.

This fall Whedon returns to the small screen, with a show that looks just as brilliant. It has some familiar faces, and a familiar theme. (Strong female lead with crazy powers.) I can’t wait to see how this one turns out!

Joss Whedon and Bookselling

I have this customer that shows up every three or so months from, as she puts it, “The Evil Empire.” (I’d put some explanation into that, but I have a feeling that the statement by itself is far more interesting than the reason.)

Today when she came in we got to talking about what we’ve been reading, and (if you can imagine) we got on the topic of Joss Whedon. For those of you tuning in for the first time, I’m something of a Whedonite. I belong to Whedonesque, I own several DVDs of Buffy, I watch Firefly episodes ritually on Sunday mornings, I own graphic novels written by Whedon and I recently paid a small fortune for a book titled, “The Existential Joss Whedon.” (The latter compares Whedon to Dostoevsky and Kierkegaard.)

Anyway, in this conversation several other authors cropped up. Darren Shan (we are not worthy!) and Mari Mancusi to name but two. Funny that Richard Mattheson didn’t get mentioned … he is, of course, even King’s king. During this conversation P. (I won’t use her full name – lest the Evil Empire learn of her fraternizing with the enemy), held up a bag she had with the name “COMIC SHOP” on it. She had the first issue of Buffy the Vampire Slayer’s 8th episode!
So, no real point to this post except that I am consumed with wanting my own edition of the new Buffy graphic novel. (A customer dared tell me today that I read “comics.”) Perhaps that will be my Sunday afternoon indulgence!