By BRAD KELLAR
Just sitting here wondering whatever happened to fall ...
— It has been a while since there were any “appointment” television programs which my wife Vida and I both could not miss. I am not referring to a show which we are sure to record and watch later. I am talking about a program where we lock the doors, turn off the phones and — unless there is an explosion, fire or other significant emergency — don’t worry about what the kids are doing for an hour.
Probably the last one was “Lost.” Seriously, we had been known to abandon dinner guests and head to the den when that show came on.
Now, “The Walking Dead” comes pretty close. Its season premier is tonight and, yes, we will likely be glued in front of the tube and gripping the sofa seat cushions the whole way through. I will even forgo watching a portion of tonight’s Cowboys-Redskins game so that we don’t miss it.
But it is also an extremely violent program, one which we don’t want our son Jason, virtually 7, getting a glance at whenever he rushes in to give us the latest breathless update about which toys he wants for his upcoming birthday and/or Christmas. So, we often will tape it (yes, we still use VCRs) and watch it in private after Jason goes to bed.
But it would appear we have found a new show which has assumed the role of taking over our combined lives for 60 minutes — not counting commercials — each week and I have Vida to thank for this. I am referring to “Scandal”, which is scheduled at 9 p.m. Thursdays on ABC.
Up until recently, I was vaguely aware of the show. I had heard it had a very devoted following and it starred Kerry Washington, an extremely talented actress who was in some movies which Vida and I had seen. But I also knew it was from the producer of “Grey’s Anatomy” and “Private Practice”, two programs which a lot of people loved, but which were not really my cup of tea. So, I hadn’t seen any episodes during Scandal’s first two seasons.
But one of Vida’s friends clued her in about “Scandal” during the summer and she began to religiously watch the repeats. Vida talked me into recording a marathon of the show, which we ended up watching together one summer weekend when there was nothing else on television.
Needless to say, I was impressed. I was expecting some sort of soap opera set in Washington D.C. and, while those elements are there, the show is also about healthy doses of political intrigue, espionage, power plays and backstabbing on a Shakespearean level.
It has some of the sharpest dialogue and acting I have ever seen on any show and at least once each episode the writers are able to pull off a surprise which leaves either Vida, me or both of us screaming at the big screen. In short, it is a really fun hour of television.
Now, my duty on Thursdays is to make sure to have the kids in bed before 9 p.m. and to make sure Vida is notified in a timely manner of when “Scandal” is about to start. Vida is responsible for locking the doors, turning off the lights and issuing Facebook and text notifications to all of our friends that we are not to be bothered until after the previews for the following week’s episode are over.
So you know where I’ll be Thursday night, getting involved in another “Scandal” with my wife and loving every minute of it.
Just a thought ...
Kellar is a Herald-Banner staff writer