Brittany's Blog: What's Your TV 'Comfort Food'?
Brittany's Blog: What's Your TV 'Comfort Food'?
This is my viewpoint, from the far end of the couch...reminiscing about old favorites and other things I miss in the world of TV.

When I was writing this article about ABC's The Unusuals, I only intended to watch an episode or two, but I ended up going through the entire series. That show has just always made me feel like I'm spending time with old friends. It's TV "comfort food," if you will, the kind of series that doesn't have to be your favorite, but somehow always makes you feel right with the world.
That made me wonder: how many other shows have given me that warm, fuzzy feeling? And what shows make you feel the same way?

One of the reasons Sports Night is my all-time favorite TV series is because it felt like coming back home every time I watched it. My friends and I used to talk about how Anthony's seemed like a real bar and the characters were so real that we felt like we could go in there and run into any of them (or, by extension, Clark Gregg as enigmatic super-rich guy Calvin Traeger). I got through more than a few rough days by watching an episode or two of Sports Night.

Another one I find myself watching a lot is Human Target. This is purely a personal choice: I was a fan of the character of Christopher Chance when he was in the pages of DC Comics, have been a fan of Mark Valley since Keen Eddie, and to see those two things meet was a dream come true for my inner fangirl. The show wasn't the same in its second season, but the first was pretty fantastic, and always a good time. Now, I'll be hoping that Valley gets back on TV, and on a show that can use his multiple talents (sorry, Harry's Law, but he was a bit wasted there).

My last pick is an old one, but a good one: I dare anyone to get through an episode of Police Squad! without laughing hysterically. And if you're too young to remember Police Squad!, get to watching the DVDs already.

Congratulations, Law & Order: SVU

NUP_145860_0062.JPGThere were some people who predicted doom for Law & Order: Special Victims Unit this season. I wasn't one of them. While I absolutely respect everything Christopher Meloni brought to the show for a very long time, I've seen series go through cast changes and survive, even improve. (Spooks, I'm looking at you.)

Since SVU hired on one of my favorite TV cops, Danny Pino from the really underrated Cold Case, it got me to check back into the show after a several year absence, and I'm glad that I did. There were some legitimately great episodes this season, like "Father's Shadow," which featured a truly unnerving appearance by Shameless star Cameron Monaghan. I was treated to guest spots by a Law & Order great, Linus Roache (reprising his role from the original series as EADA Michael Cutter) and Andre Braugher.

And to address the elephant in the room: while Pino is not Meloni, he shouldn't have to be. He did good work for a long time on Cold Case, and he did the same thing this season. Now that he's settled into the skin of Nick Amaro, I want to see how Nick will evolve and how the new cast dynamic will continue to grow next season. Congrats, SVU, on staying strong.

Now, could we get ITV to renew Law & Order: UK so that I can watch more of that awesome show?

The Great Singing Competition Carousel

Having just spent some time working on American Idol, being a loyal supporter of The Voice, and also having worked on The Sing-Off previously, I've come to one conclusion: comparing every singing show to every other singing show doesn't really work, at least for me, anyway.

Yes, they're all about music, but they all have things about them that are distinct and different. For example, we obviously can't compare Duets to X Factor or Idol, because Duets is about performing with the celebrity judges. In that same vein, The Sing-Off was about a cappella groups. Those two shows are/were tackling different formats than the traditional singing competition (although, admittedly, having seen last night's Duets premiere, I'm not really sold on that yet), so I don't want to compare them to something like Idol.

It's easier to compare X Factor and Idol, perhaps, since they come from the same pedigree and are on the same network. I'm not that familiar with X Factor, so this is a comparison I'll respectfully avoid.

The big battle seems to be Idol versus Voice, and while I love my show, I'm not even sure that's a valid comparison. Jessica Sanchez said at Idol that "every interaction we get [with the judges] is on stage," where as on The Voice, the coaches are hands-on with their talent. Idol is also about amateur singers; Voice skewers toward people who have established themselves and are looking for that next step in their careers.

Is one singing show better than any other? All I know is that I have my favorite for various reasons, and I'm sticking by that show. I have friends that are Idol fans, though, and I'm not about to disown them over it.

Here's the question that bugs me: does anyone else think that FOX's new dating show The Choice is an amusing copycat of The Voice, except without the singing and plus one person from Jersey Shore?

For more from Brittany Frederick, visit my BuddyTV writer page, and follow me on Twitter at @tvbrittanyf.


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