Where the hell are normal television shows? It used to be a novelty to see something "real" on TV, like COPS. I'm sitting here as bored as Booey in Vegas trying to find a goddamned show worth watching. As a kid I watched entirely too much television and loved every minute of it. I was a walking TV guide. My father literally cancelled out TV guide subscription because I had a photographic-like memory and read the TV listings in the Sunday paper. I grew up with Remington Steele, Miami Vice, Manimal, The Equalizer, Magnum P.I., Crime Story (one of the all time best), Hill Street Blues, and I could go on and on. Now I have the names "Snookie" and "Situation" stuck in my fucking head. I know I sound like an old man groaning about how much better it was in my day, but I just finished watching "Castle" on DVR and found out Stephen Cannell passed away late last month. He was the creator of "Castle" (which if you are not watching, you should be. It has easily claimed a spot on my personal top 10 of all time.) as well as MANY others, including: The Commish Cobra 21 Jump Street The Great Pretender Wiseguy Booker Stingray The A-Team Riptide Hardcastle and McCormick The New Mike Hammer Hunter The Greatest American Hero Tenspeed and Brown Shoe The Rockford Files The Duke The Night Rider Baretta Black Sheep Squadron Columbo Chase Adam-12 The D.A Ironside If these don't ring a bell, you will certainly remember the production logo clip that played at the end of many of his shows: Here is the subtle tribute that followed Thursdays Castle episode: Realizing what a tremendous body of work this man had has me wondering of there are anybody coming down the pike to fill in his shoes. I know the money is in the cheap and easy reality shows, but my brain is going numb. I miss good writing, trying to figure out the ending, following a story line, or guessing what will happen next. I would just love to see a return of good shows, shitty shows, stupid shows, or just anything with a goddamned plot that wasn't filmed by a douchebag with a Sony Handycam. Thank God for Netflix and downloads. I gotta go watch Three's Company now so I can view some quality programming for once. It's the one where Larry gets in trouble at the Regal Beagle and then Jack falls over the couch. A classic.