September 11, 2003  
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How Shuk spent his summer vacation: watchin' the tube
Reality shows, the Iraqi war and more!

What the Shuk?
Mark Polishuk

Opinions Editor

When I did my "How I Spent My Summer Vacation" presentations back in grade school, teachers were pretty unimpressed with the answer "I watched TV."

Here at Western however, no such boundaries exist. In a vacation largely constricted by summer school, work and crappy movies (I started watching Bad Boys II three weeks ago and I think it just ended), TV proved to be an oasis. Not the paradise kind of oasis, of course, but an Oasis in the manner of Noel and Liam Gallagher's band; sometimes good, sometimes bad, always derivative.

Virtually the only options for new programming over the summer were the new darlings of the networks, reality shows. This summer saw the launch of such quality fare as For Love or Money, Canadian Idol, Paradise Hotel and the hilariously-titled Who Wants to Marry My Dad?

I'm not one of those anti-reality snobs (I haven't missed a Survivor episode in three years), but these shows are further signs humanity will die not via an asteroid or an ice age, but instead from the total mental shutdown that will inevitably come from watching Sass Jordan critique someone's singing.

But I kid. Canadian Idol is actually my second favourite show ever.

Bud Abbott: What's number one?

Every other show is tied for first. Ba dum bum.

Aside from reality shows, the only other ongoing saga was the Middle East conflict on CNN, which is pretty much the same thing. Maybe that's what George W. Bush was doing; he was voting Saddam Hussein off the island. It's the geopolitical equivalent of the second season of Survivor, when Kel was voted off for allegedly smuggling beef jerky onto the show, though no evidence was ever found.

The coveted Shukvision "Show of the Summer" goes to Late Night With Conan O'Brien.. Conan is not only hilarious, but also ideally suited for everyone's crazy summer sleeping hours; you can either watch it just as you get home or just as you're heading out. I'd be remiss if I didn't mention the must-watch Conan's 10th anniversary special this Sunday night on NBC.

But now with the summer wasteland behind us, we can look forward to the "exciting" new fall season. Some of you might ask why I subject myself to so much of this network-sponsored garbage, but it's for the sake of you, the reader. If I had spent all my time working out, for example, I'd have to change the column name to Shukrobics and then use this space to discuss my delts.



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