Past the Picket Line

Author Archives

By Shireen Korkzan ([email protected]) and Renny Logan ([email protected])

“The Simpsons”
No writers strike can stop this hilarious family from completing its 19th season, especially after coming out with their first movie on the big screen.
See it: FOX on Sundays at 8 p.m.

“Jericho” returns with a full seven-episode season with Kansas residents coming to terms with a new reality in the aftermath of a nuclear disaster caused by several terrorist attacks.
See it: CBS, premieres this Tuesday at 10 p.m.

“South Park”
Fortunately for “South Park” fans, the creators of these four foul-mouthed fourth-graders from South Park, CO, are not affiliated with the Writers Guild of America (WGA) so all episodes this season will air.
See it: Comedy Central on Wednesdays at 10 p.m.

It’s a good thing the entire fourth season was filmed before the writers strike. Oceanic Air Flight 815 crashes on a Pacific island and its survivors try to find their way home, discovering the many secrets the island possesses. After this year, “Lost” will complete two more seasons before coming to a close in May 2010.
See it: ABC on Thursdays at 9 p.m.

“One Tree Hill”
Season four ended with everyone graduating from high school. Unlike most teen dramas, “One Tree Hill” fast-forwards four years later, skipping the college years.
See it: CW on Tuesdays at 9 p.m.

“Law and Order” and “Law and Order: Criminal Intent”
Fans of “CSI” should consider getting hooked on the “Law and Order” series. It’s not as polished or fast-paced as the “CSI” shows, but the cases are just as interesting. However, production for “Law and Order: Special Victims Unit” has been shut down.
See it: NBC on Wednesdays at 9 p.m. (“Law and Order”) and at 10 p.m. (“Law and Order: Criminal Intent”)

“It Takes A Thief”
Yes, this is a reality show, but wait, it gets better. A Discovery Channel special, this show stars two ex-burglars who help homeowners to better secure their property. Homeowners watch as one of the ex-thieves breaks into their houses and takes precious item after precious item. For their trouble, the victims receive a security renovation. Weeks later and without notice, the ex-thieves return to test the house once again.
See it: Discovery Channel on Mondays through Fridays at 4 p.m.

EDITOR’S NOTE: As of Tuesday, leaders of the WGA have made progress in negotiations with studio executives, and many in Hollywood are optimistic that the writers strike will end before the Academy Awards on Feb. 24.

AP / Source