Thursday, August 16, 2012

M*A*S*H, Cheers and Survivor

My past two or three blogs have been of the editorial variety. Most of the time my blogs aren’t overly opinionated, but every once in a while I feel the need to spout off about something. That is not the case with this blog. Tonight as I switch back and forth between Packer touchdowns and Brewer home runs, I have decided to write about one of my favorite things – TV. The title probably gave it away, didn’t it? M*A*S*H and Cheers will be featured in a series of five poll questions and I will give a brief preview for Survivor: Philippines.

M*A*S*H premiered on September 17, 1972 and ended February 28, 1983. At the time, the finale was the most watched television episode in U.S. television history.

The show centered on the key personnel in a U. S. Army Mobile Army Surgical (MASH) during the Korea War. The unique ensemble of characters included: “Hawkeye”, “Hot Lips”, Klinger, Father Mulcahy, “Trapper”, Colonel Blake, Frank Burns, “Radar”, B.J., Colonel Potter and Charles Winchester.

The poll questions are quite simple:

#1 – Which Colonel did you like better, Blake or Potter?
#2 – Who did you like better, “Trapper” or B.J.?
#3 – Who did you like better, Frank Burns or Charles Winchester?

Cheers was a sitcom that ran for 11 seasons from 1982 to 1993. The show was set in Boston, Massachusetts, where a group of locals meet to drink, relax, enjoy each other’s company and have fun.

Like M*A*S*H, Cheers had an eccentric troupe of individuals that would entertain us each week. The main characters were: Sam, Diane, Rebecca, “Coach”, Carla, Cliff, “Woody”, Fraiser, Lilith and Norm.

The poll questions have the same theme as the earlier ones:

#1 – Who did you like better, “Coach” or “Woody”?
#2 – Who did you like better, Diane or Rebecca?

Please take a minute to vote on all five of the poll questions. They are located just to the right of this blog. Don’t cost nuthin’…

CBS will premiere “Survivor: Philippines” on Wednesday, September 19 with a special 90-minute episode. This marks the 25th season of the award-winning reality show. I was able to scrounge up the following information from a site called Survivor Fever.

The Kalabaw (Water Buffalo) Tribe looks like this:

Jonathan Penner is a 50 year old actor who was previously on Survivor: Cook Islands and Survivor: Micronesia.

Dana Lambert is a 32-year-old hairstylist.

Jeff Kent is a 44-year-old former Major League Baseball player who played with the Mets, Blue Jays, Indians, Giants, Astros and Dodgers.

Katie Hanson is a 20-year-old student at University of Delaware. She was Miss Delaware USA 2011.

Carter Williams is a 21-year-old student who is very religious.

Sarah Naomi “Dawson” has no other info available yet other than that she was born in Philadelphia.

Here is the Matsing (Monkey) Tribe:

Russell Swan is a 45-year-old attorney that was previously on Survivor: Samoa.

Angela Layton is a 20-year-old model that was the third runner up Miss Teen USA 2010.

Malcolm Freberg is a 26-year-old student at Dartmouth. The economics major sports flowing locks and six-pack abs.

Zane Knight is a 28-year-old tattoo artist that smokes heavily.

Denise Marie Stapely is a 41-year-old counselor that specializes in mental health.

Roxanne Ronelle Sara is a 27-year-old 2nd Lieutenant Chaplain Candidate for the U.S. Army.

This is the Tandang (Rooster) Tribe:

Mike Skupin is a 50-year-old self-employed father of seven. He was on Survivor: Australia Outback until he fell into the campfire.

Lisa Whelchel is a 49 year old actress best known as Blair in the 80s sitcom “The Facts of Life”.

Abi Maria Gomes is a 32-year-old Brazilian who is the owner and co-founder of Xi Acai.

Peter Yurkowski is a 23-year-old engineering management student who models at Wilhelmina Models.

Roberta Saint-Amour is a 27-year-old investment banker from New York City.

Artis Sylvester Lewis is a 53-year-old government employee who bears a striking resemblance to Philip Shepard. Sheppard was best known as “Special Agent” and for his pink undergarments.

It’s not a whole lot, but it gives you something to look forward to. I will post more details as they become available. That’s it for now. The Packers haven’t scored another touchdown and the Brewers are homerless since the first inning. Oh well.

Until next time…from the booth.

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