Just like spring, TV has returned again after a long, gray winter.
Next week, most of your favorite scripted shows will begin returning in earnest with new episodes after the bleak winter of the writers strike. Fresh, hot, piping new TV? Yay, right?
So, why don't I feel more excited?
Sure, I'm excited about a few shows coming back. I can't wait until April 10 to see how "30 Rock" brings "MILF Island" to fruition. Oh, Tina Fey, I think I've missed you most of all.
But aside from that, I'm not sure. "Pushing Daisies" won't return until fall. I'm still behind on "Ugly Betty." And I'm afraid "CSI" isn't the same without Sara Sidle.
Quite frankly, as dull as television has been the last few months, it's also been a bit of a relief not to schedule my life around my idiot box.
OK, that just sounded a lot more pathetic than I wanted it to. But it's also true.
I've been a TV addict since my parents turned on the flickering cheeriness of "Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood." Yes, please, Mr. Rogers, I'd love to be your neighbor!
Since then I've used TV to entertain, relax and, heck, every now and then even to educate me.
But during the strike, I found I was watching less and less scripted fare and instead retreating to the comfort of simple staples. Things like the Food Network (a.k.a. the elevator music of my house) and "Law & Order" reruns (for when I was too tired to focus past the show's oddly soothing chung-chung sound).
Now that the shows are coming back, I'm torn. Should I get sucked into the weekly drama/comedy/dramedy of my fictional friends or just let them do their own thing? Would our reintroduction be awkward? Would we have to go through a getting-to-know-you period again?
Hard to say. I just know that I feel strangely less excited about the rest of the TV season (except for "30 Rock," did I mention I can't wait for "30 Rock"?).
Of course, as I say this now, I fully expect to be sprawled out on my couch next week mainlining all the new programming while my brain slowly returns to mush.
Fire bad, TV good.
Elsewhere around the Scene:
Feel PRIDE all year long.
Building on the successes of Stanislaus PRIDE events the last two years, the Stanislaus PRIDE Center plans several month's worth of festivities to celebrate starting in April.
The gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender support center has four events planned.
The celebration begins April 5 with a Spring Fling Dance at Eagle's Hall followed May 17 by a comedy night at the State Theatre, then in June a traveling historic GLBT Photo Exhibit comes to the Modesto art museum and ends Sept. 27 with this Stanislaus PRIDE Day 2008 at Graceada Park.
For more information visit www.spcpride.org. ...
Get ready to move at Groovefest April 12 in downtown Modesto.
The DJ festival will feature a wide range of dance genres and dozens of DJs from across California and the country. The indoor-outdoor festival will have two stages, one on 11th street and one in the Fat Cat Music House & Lounge. Headliners so far include MTV host DJ Skribble and San Francisco DJ Dimitrius Mykonos.
Tickets go on sale today through Tickets.com and are $20. For more call 524-1400. ...
This weekend hear all manners of live music.
Firday, rock out with the mega-all-local bill of DAM, the Dave Hanley Band, Jason Davis and Shaylin Nichole on Saturday at the Fat Cat. Show starts at 7 p.m. Tickets are $10. ...
Then catch the return of The Medusas on Saturday at Modesto's Deva Cafe. The Modesto indie group was on hiatus. Also performing are Fat Skeleton, Arcane Empire and Hope Lost Romantics. The all-ages show is at 7:30 p.m. $5 cover. ...
Hop over to Merced to hear Portland-based electronic folk-rock outfit Musee Mecanique on Saturday. Also performing will be Rademacher and Camp Bravo. Show at 8 p.m. at The Partisan. Tickets are $5. ...
Metal heads can get their rock on when Southern California band Thirty Round Clip plays Sunday at the Fat Cat. The band's drummer Rick "Boom" Steel is from Stockton.
The N.A.W. Party will include a viewing of Wrestlemania. Also performing will be Victorian Elm, Nothing But Losers and DJ Txt. Tickets are $5. Show at 4 p.m. ...
And finally, on Monday enjoy the Acoustic Showcase at the Fat Cat featuring Mike Allsup, Shawn Farris, Jillian Hickory, Kevin Nicholas, Shaylin Nichole and Heidi Toikka. Show at 7 p.m. Tickets are $5.