Some people say whatever youre doing on New Years Day is what youll be doing all year. Its no secret that I hate sports, so just in case that theory proves true, the last thing Ill be doing is watching football Jan. 1.
Most years, I try to squeeze in some practical things, such as purging my file cabinets of outdated press releases, organizing closets or writing. (After all, every free-lancer wants to ensure a year full of work!)
Its also a day I love to spend in the kitchen cooking complicated dishes. For me, a cold afternoon in a warm kitchen is a great way to avoid watching anything with bowl in the title. Being a Tube Talker, though, I have a TV in the kitchenits just never tuned to sports.
I know, Im not the only one who equates a day of football to reading an entire algebra textbook the day before a big exam. So heres some non-football New Years Day programming you might consider.
WTTWs Cooking Under Fire marathon runs from noon to 6 p.m. Cooking Under Fire is a reality series where celebrity chefs Ming Tsai, Michael Ruhlman and Todd English judge 12 contestants competing for a chef position at one of Englishs New York restaurants.
USA has a Monk marathon of 14 back-to-back episodes hand-picked by the cast. The marathon kicks off at 5 a.m. Central. Up until 11:59 p.m. Eastern Jan. 1, viewers can go online to (http://www.usanetwork.com/series/monk/) and vote for their five favorite episodes of Monk. The top 14 vote-getters will air in a second Monk marathon Jan. 14.
TVLand brings M*A*S*H to their lineup starting with a week-long Major Major M*A*S*H Marathon. New Years Day, you can catch Before They Were M*A*S*H Starsepisodes of other classic TV shows featuring future M*A*S*H stars in guest roles. Four back-to-back M*A*S*H episodes run from 7 to 9 p.m. Central, followed by the original M*A*S*H motion picture. Then, throughout the week, primetime hours will showcase major episodes, reunion specials and the series finale. The schedule might sound complicated, but its a safe bet it you can get a M*A*S*H fix almost any time during the week at TVLand.
If warm and sunny is what you crave, you might want to check out A&Es CSI: Miami marathon, which runs from 7 a.m. Central until midnight.
For those of you yet to discover the wonder of Heroes, NBC is having a mini-marathon starting at 7 p.m. Central. Its one of my favorite new shows of the season, and certainly worth a look.
SCI FI is having a 24-hour Twilight Zone New Years Day marathon, beginning at 5 a.m. Central. Twenty-four hours. Now thats what I call a marathon!
Just because the rest of the world seems to be watching football doesnt mean everyone is. These are just a sampling of what a few networks are doing to entice those of us with no interest in sports.
Whatever you watchor dont watchI hope 2007 is a happy, healthy and wonderful year for you all.
From the Dec. 27 2006-Jan. 2, 2007, issue