I am currently in an airport somewhere in Illinois that is so flat that I can almost see my house out of the terminal window. Regardless, I just had lunch with a group of preteen ministers in the area about SuperStart. After a successful meeting, I am dead tired and can't wait to take Exit 6 into Joplin. To add to my physical state, I was surfing the world wide web moments ago when I noticed that Studio 60, the best new show on TV this fall is nearing cancellation. Obviously, this hurts my heart to think about this great show being sent off to TV Purgatory with Arrested Develpment and Northern Exposure. Both of these were funny shows that were cut too soon. Of course, this should not surprise anyone. Who needs smart, socially aware comedy when you can cheer on a housewife and her Iraq-veteran husband on Deal or No Deal? And why watch a show that challenges right-wing "Crazy Christians" to re-think the way the public views them, when we can watch a sitcom about a blue collar fat guy slowly screwing up his marriage? It is a shame that we do not recognize the value of Studio 60 and realize that no other show on TV has captured the idea that comedy can be used for social change. Comedy should be used to open dialogs, stimulate ideas, and promote change. Comedy can do things that politics can not and can go places that music can't go. But we don't seem to get it. I am being completely honest when I say that the first 5 minutes of the pilot episode of Studio 60 inspired me more than any 5 minutes on a certain deserted island. And soon, Studio 60 will be gone, and we'll be too busy watching X-Men... I mean Heroes.
America has lost the ability to laugh at anything other than fart jokes and crotch shots, and no one is taking that seriously.