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If your child stays home sick from school nowadays, they have countless TV options. We talk a lot about the 24-hour news cycle, but what of the 24-hour kiddie entertainment cycle? Not only can you stream almost any episodes of the massive canon of children’s entertainment, many TV providers see to it that you can get annoyed on-demand. It’s so hard for us to grasp, I think—those of us who were born before 1990. I was born in 1977, and the most that the greatest TV minds of my generation could expect was 19 hours of Pinwheel.
But that was only if your little sickly self defaulted to that fancy new cable contraption your parents brought home. I mean, there was always The Price Is Right. And, more importantly, there was PBS.
I’m far too emotionally attached to fictional characters. I admit it, and I really make no apologies for it. Relationships, weddings, divorces, births, near-death experiences. They all affect me—deeply.
And don’t even get me started on the deaths because I have even, in the past, gone so far as to quit a show for killing off a beloved character (I’m looking at you, ER and your stupid Israel Kamakawiwo’ole version of “Over the Rainbow/Wonderful World.”) And then, you know, there was the very first character death I can remember—Mr. Hooper on Sesame Street. (May he rest in peace.)
I’ve been watching The Tudors a lot (amazing; if you like period dramas, do not miss this series from 2007-2009), and after glancing through the celebrity parent weekend news I have never so fiercely coveted the power to issue a royal proclamation.
Hear ye, Hear ye: It is ridiculous that in ten minutes I scanned five post-baby body headlines.
First, it was Maggie Gyllenhaal’s slim! post-baby! body! just six weeks after the birth of her second child Gloria Ray. She looks gorgeous, if a little bit appropriately tired. Yay! Why then, WHY, does it matter how many seconds it’s been since her baby was born?
Jerry Supiran–who spent four seasons playing Jamie Lawson on Small Wonder, a show that never should have lasted four seasons–is apparently living under a bridge in California these days, after a series of unfortunate events that began when his stripper girlfriend stole his trust fund cash 21 years ago. You know, THAT OLD CHESTNUT.
With True Blood‘s season 5 premiering this Sunday, I’m in full-on vampire mode. TV’s heartthrobbiest vampires always seem to be lurking around scooping up the prettiest available teenage girls. What’s with these guys!? Can’t they find any nice girls their (our) age?! Like we parents don’t already have enough trouble with regular teenagers and their rivers of raging hormones, let’s add some blood and gore to an already messy process. Here’s who you need to keep an eye out for when your daughter’s prom date comes a-knocking.