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Television Without Pityhttp://www.televisionwithoutpity.com

For some, the beginning of the holiday season is marked by more than endless turkey leftovers and even more endless lines at the mall. For miserable TV slaves like me, it's the glorious time known as "post-sweeps rerun hell." No terribly disappointing new episodes of shows we wish we didn't feel the unexplained need to watch. I wish I could break the steel chains of addiction binding me to the "idiot box" three out of five weekday nights, especially after I rise from my perpetually flattened sofa cushions late Thursday evening. (I know six thirtysomething Manhattanites who should be poster children for a national sterilization project, not subjecting viewers to their fictional offspring — the highlight of "must sleep" TV.) Just think — if I didn't watch TV, I'd have my evenings free to — um, read contemporary poetry, learn Sanskrit or join a Yahtzee league. Rerun hell is my chance to go cold turkey while I'm eating cold turkey. I can taste true freedom. I can start on the path to recovery. And if I ever start to suspect that I'm missing something important, I can always get the truth about the crapola to be found on prime time from Television Without Pity (formerly known as Mighty Big TV). TWP devotes itself to merciless "recaps" of all your favorite television shows — from Buffy to The Bachelor, from Six Feet Under to C.S.I.. If, for some reason, you weren't around for the last episode of Dawson's Creek and you need to be reassured that it doesn't matter a bit, surf over to Television Without Pity. Each recapper brings his or her own delightfully sarcastic opinions and rapier wit to shows that, let's face it, deserve all the criticism they get. The way I see it, these hilarious and underpaid writers sit through all the drivel so you don't have to. Tireless, dedicated, brilliant ... the people behind TWP sift through media mud to bring you only the very best (or very worst) to admire or ridicule as they see fit.

Doesn't that remind you of someone?


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