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Summer TV (or lack thereof)

June 3, 2008

The summer is a virtual wasteland for good television. Gone for the summer are The Office, Lost, Scrubs, American Idol and pretty much anything else worth tuning in for on a daily basis. Even shows that I enjoyed for a short time (NFL Network was re-airing HBO’s Hard Knocks from last year and PBS’ Carrier) are over and done with and left me wondering what to do.

Well, thankfully tonight, one of the most underrated shows on television returns to the air. I talk, of

course, of Morgan Spurlock’s documentary series 30 Days, in which someone lives a month in the shoes of someone else with a completely different, and sometimes conflicting, lifestyle. The show, each episode, is hard-hitting, moving and memorable. I admire Spurlock for using television as a medium, maybe not to inflict widespread social change, but to make people think about what life is like for the millions of other people that inhabit this big

country we live in.

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