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By Jeremy Schiffres, Daily and Sunday Freeman, Kingston, N.Y.

Saturday, June 2, 2007

Forget Paris

Some observations from watching too much TV:
* I heard this morning that Paris Hilton won't be allowed to give TV interviews during her upcoming 45-day jail sentence. Now if we can just get TV news shows to impose their own 45-day moratorium on Paris stories.
* ESPN Classic has started showing reruns of "American Gladiators." It's as bad as it was the first time around, yet strangely addicting.
* Did you ever notice the YES Network's "Yankee Classics" broadcasts never feature a game the Yankees lost? C'mon, guys -- just ONCE, show Game 7 of the 2001 World Series against the Diamondbacks or any of the last four games of the 2004 ALCS against the Red Sox. Classic games, every one of them.
* Tropical Storm Barrry has formed in the Gulf of Mexico and is headed for Florida. It isn't packing much of a punch, but you can be sure The Weather Channel will spend every free minute talking about it -- and overexaggerating its potential for damage -- until the last raindrop falls.
* Does Comedy Central have any movies in its library other than "Dogma," "Joe Dirt" and "Ferris Bueller's Day Off"?
* "Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip" is a great show. It's a shame that no one watches it and it's probably headed for cancellation.
* A poll in my son's middle school yearbook found that "Full House" is one of the three most popular shows among the student body. What does it say about the state of current TV when kids are less interested in new shows than they are in reruns of a show that went off the air 12 years ago? (It says TV shows were better 12 years ago -- which is true.)
* I love watching live camera shots of the weekday morning traffic backups at the bridges and tunnels in New York City. Then I get in my car and make the three-minute drive from my house to the Freeman office.
* I watched those Allstate commercials for something like two years before realizing the pitchman, Dennis Haysbert, is the same guy who played Pedro Serrano in the movie "Major League." I didn't recognize him without his Cuban accent and voodoo dolls.



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