The last 2 episodes (number 5 & 6 ) of Drive will air on July 4 at 8/7c.

After a lull of a year or so, I’ve started watching Foster’s Home for Imaginary Friends again. (If you don’t know about it… a strangely sweet cartoon by the creator of The Powerpuff Girls about an orphanage for imaginary friends whose creators/kids have grown up on the Cartoon Network. It’s not an adult cartoon, but a really well done instant-classic children’s cartoon for the offspring of generation x.) This show remains lovely, hilarious, and really a perfect children’s cartoon that won’t make adults was to kill themselves. — The humor is alot like the “storylines” on Sesame Street, but without the obvious educational element. The last few episodes have been surprisingly original, while remaining true to the individual personalities of the main characters. (For a while the episodes were of the monster/imaginary-friend-of-the-week variety, while the new ones have explored ideas based on the major characters, in really funny ways.)

So… it was more than a month ago… and I will post a full article on keeping up with May Sweeps Month in Sweden even though Lost runs 3 weeks behind there. BUT… I do have to mention the joy of the Eurovision Song Contest. (One of the few shows with Swedish commentary.) It’s bigger than any version of … Idol (there are 30 some odd versions of Pop Idol/ American Idol, worldwide.) Most bars were advertising viewing parties for it. For the week we were in Stockholm… articles on the Eurovision Song Contest were on the front page every day. (Usually accompanied by “… wouldn’t know talent if it bit them in the …” owing to Sweden’s loss.) The Eurovision Song Contest is the craziest, most insane, contest type thing I’ve ever seen. Imagine all the weird costumes and dancing of the Olympic opening ceremony, then cross it with Dancing with the Stars, the MTV music awards, and maybe a Gay pride parade and you’ll have a good impression of only one country’s performance. Then… multiply it by the 24 competing countries and add commercials in another language — or even better — commercials that use both English and Swedish. During my first trip to Europe… I got to experience only a little of the World Cup (no TV in my hotel rooms). Maybe not as big as watching the World Cup… but definitely as big as the Superbowl or American Idol finale. One of those great unplanned, European experiences.

Oh… and the rest of non-cable Swedish TV was mostly familiar. CSI, Lost, My Name is Earl, Law and Order, Dr. Who… and a few shows already canceled (like Blind Justice?… I just looked it up only 12 episodes in 2005.) Another of my favorite TV moments was getting to watch “D.O.C.” an episode of Lost (all the flashbacks are in Korean) with Thor’s aunt and uncle after the cousins had gone to bed. The entire episode was subtitled in Swedish, including the Korean. Since I had seen it a few weeks before, it didn’t keep me from understanding the story, but it was just such a nice normal family thing to do. Familiar, but with unfamiliar… yet fewer commercials! I’ve been very vocal about how good American TV is right now… but I didn’t realize how much other countries agreed! (I know, I know… Dr. Who is British…. but I already knew that the Swedish showed a lot of British TV.)

I’ll be writing soon about how much the world of TV watching has changed very soon. And I may even start reviewing summer shows (since they’re finally starting after 2-3 strange weeks with nothing to watch.)

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