Sunday, July 08, 2018

The 2000's begin tonight

CNN kicks off another decades documentary tonight with the 2000's.   Happy to say that like with the '70's, '80s, and '90s I'm included in the chapter on television.  Who knows how often?  Maybe ten seconds, but I'm told I made the cut. 

And hey, I'm just thrilled I was actually in television that long.

The previous decade documentaries have been fantastic so I'm really looking forward to this installment. 

Proud to be a part of Fake News.

20 comments :

Nancy said...

Guess who else loved Roseanne's self destruction?

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A Friday question Ken.

I am binge watching "Entourage". Is this anywhere near the real Hollywood? The abusive agent, over the top lifestyle, the girls throwing themselves at the stars and other excesses showcased in the series.

James Van Hise said...

Here's a brain twister. Some claimed that 2001 was the first year of the 21st century, but what does that make 2000? Nineteen ninety ten? The 90s had ten years, 1990-1999. So 2000 was clearly the beginning of the next century, not 2001.

Barry Gilpin said...

There was no year zero, so technically new decades/centuries start on the one, but no one uses that if everyday conversation.

Janet Ybarra said...

Will look for you, Ken. What did they have you talking about during your interview?

As for the 2000s, I never thought I would ever be nostalgic for George W. Bush, but Voldemort has done it.

Ray Barrington said...

Don't know if you're in the show but you're in the ads.

Boomska316 said...

That moment when you realize that the 2000s are far enough in the past to warrant a retrospective. I feel old.

Gary said...

Way off topic, but...might be interesting if you and your 2 star-quality classmates from high school get together for a podcast.

Keith Nichols said...

I note that the uncertainty in identifying the first year of a new century has cropped up again. As I recall, the first year of the years labeled "AD" was the year 1 AD. Thus, the last year of the first century AD was 100 AD. And so it went, making 2000 the last year of the 20th century AD. Thus, the big celebration was a year early, perhaps owing to our excitement at the prospect of writing a 2 instead of a 1 when dating a check or other communication. A few year-numbering schemes include a year zero, but I believe they are not widely used.

JR said...

Very much looking forward to your ten seconds!
Margo Guryan

cd1515 said...

Friday question Ken:
Would a modern-day MASH series work, set in one our many recent/current wars?
Or has this been done already and I missed it?

Peter said...

Ken, you'll be pleased to hear that Won't You Be My Neighbor is climbing up the top ten and has now grossed over $12 million.

Mike Barer said...

That's great, Ken!

Eric J said...

Would a modern-day MASH series work, set in one our many recent/current wars? [CD1515]

Probably not. The doctors on MASH were mostly draftees as were many of the enlisted. They were there against their will. Dedicated as doctors, but not dedicated as military. That conflict influenced if not drove many MASH stories. Much of the humor came from their situation.

Today's Army is all-volunteer. Doctors serve because they want to serve. Maybe a show about Army doctors in a current war zone would be interesting, but it would not bear any relationship to M*A*S*H as we know it.

Janet Ybarra said...

I agree with everything Eric said, and would add I don't think the mood of the nation would be conducive to any kind of military comedy.

Cheryl Marks said...

So say we all

VP81955 said...

Probably all sorts of stuff on the Bosox breaking an 86-year-old "curse" in 2004, but nary a word on the Chisox breaking an 88-year-old "curse" a year later. Of course, none of those elites who control the corporate media would dare be caught on the South Side...

Steve Lanzi (formerly known as qdpsteve) said...

I imagine this has already been said here, but I'll go ahead and add:

The update and/or new version of M*A*S*H has already been done, on ABC in the late 1980s. It's called China Beach, and is about the doctors and nurses at a mobile army surgical hospital unit in Vietnam from 1967 on. Dana Delany is the lead actress/'star.'

And, it's a great series; one of the few I own, in its entirety, on DVD. I recommend people here look for it. The pilot episode is especially great.

Janet Ybarra said...

The only way I could see any kind of military comedy/dramedy taking off is--like MASH originally itself--is it would have to come from a military doctor him/herself or a production team made up of military doctors. Otherwise I just don't see it being widely accepted.

Janet Ybarra said...

Too bad CHINA BEACH isn't run on METV, Cozi or other such rerun channel.

Also, to do a contemporary series right, it would have to grasp both what made the Iraq or Afghanistan wars unique while also capturing universal themes.

Kaleberg said...

If people are going to use the old fashioned notation and argue that 2001 was the first year of the new millennium, they should refer to it as AD 2001, anno domini, the year of our lord, not 2001 AD. BC was used as a suffix. AD was used as a prefix.

Interestingly, the astronomers use something called the Julian date system that has nothing to do with the Julian calendar. They have a year zero, but require conversion to any civil or religious calendar. The advantage is that it makes it easier to do astronomical calculations which can then be used to calibrate ancient calendars.

Of course, the modern civil calendar is a mess. They've been adding leap seconds to keep the sun at the same place in the sky at noon. This depends on the earth's rotation, so it is impossible to predict how many seconds it is until the end of the year. Amazingly, high speed traders have to account for the 61 second minutes we get now and then. Bloomberg had a whole article on it.