Uh Oh … the Last Links Blog Post?

I’ve put this off as long as I could, but just so everyone knows, this is my last week at the Pocono Record. I’ve been asked to write a farewell column as my final Sunday PopRox column in the paper, so that’s where I’ll save all the mushy stuff for. I’ll post it here tomorrow, and try to do a Fun Guide for Friday. But as you can imagine, it’s a little crazy around here right now, so i might not get to the Fun Guide on Friday.

it's ok, james. i know you're sad. it will all be ok. just sign the petition and who knows, maybe i'll stick around.

But just so everyone knows, PopRox, on this site at least, looks like it’s going away. And if it’s not going away, it won’t be me writing it. That’s good news or bad news, depending on your perspective. I am contemplating continuing it on another platform, but I’m not sure if it’s worth the time and energy it will take to do it the right way, the way I’ve tried to do it over the last five years. (FIVE YEARS!?!?!?)

At the same time, I don’t necessarily want to end the blog. There are dozens of pop culture items a day I want to comment on, and there is no one around for me to complain to. That’s where you guys have come in. You’re my sounding board. My wife, co-workers, kids and friends thank you. Otherwise, they would be the ones having to listen to me piss and moan about how Will Smith is a fraud, about how AMC is incredibly stupid for letting Breaking Bad go when it’s still got gas left in the tank or about how I’ll never understand why more people didn’t watch Friday Night Lights.

So I’m at a crossroads of what to do.

Tell you what — I’ll leave it up to you. I just set up an online petition that you can sign if you want to see me keep this blog going somehow, somewhere. If online petitions are sooooo 2008 for you, hit the comments down yonder or head to the Facebook page and unleash your pain and misery on me, since I know you’ll be sad to see PopRox go. Or you could just be old fashioned about the whole thing and send me an email giving me one good reason why you want me to keep the blog going.

Fair enough? Cool. You have until Friday to do it.

Some quick links:

my nevernudes! i've been looking for those.

Holy crap I forgot to post the start date for Arrested Development last week. It’s May 26!!! Set your Netflix for “crash” at 12:01 a.m. On that note, does anyone know how long it is before you can get another free month of Netflix? Like, you cancel your free month, then you want to start again? I canceled my free month in mid-January, so I’m hoping I can get another free month by the time AD starts. My wife canceled her free month in February 2012, so maybe she’d be eligible for a free month on her account. Lemme know if you know the answer. It’s, umm, pretty important. Although here’s an interesting question — what if the new Arrested Development sucks?

I didn’t like the original Psycho, thought it was whored out by sequels in the 80s and didn’t like the remake. Sooooo I’m not exactly the target audience for Bates Motel, the new show on A&E. But if you are one of the 4.5 million that do consider it your thing, then you’re in luck because A&E already has picked up a second season. I know I’ve had a couple people ask if I was watching, but there is NO WAY I’d be able to get into this show just on sheer numbers. Thanks to the NCAA Tournament, my impending move and the Phillies coming back, I’m so far behind on TV that I feel almost like a normal person, only watch like 6 or 7 shows at a time. I’m four episodes back on Glee and The Following, three on Happy Endings and Once Upon a Time, a couple on Modern Family, one on New Girl, and don’t even ask me where I left off with Arrow. The Middle, Vampire Diaries, Raising Hope and a couple others have fallen off my radar almost completely. The only shows in the last month I’ve kept up on are Walking Dead, Justified, The Americans, Community, Parks and Rec, The Office, Suburgatory, The Good Wife, now Mad Men and, surprisingly, Hannibal (which I really liked). All that, and I’m about to get free HBO and Starz for two years. If I had to rank where Bates Motel would rank in current shows I’d like to catch up on, it would probably be in the triple digits.

getting sick of this picture yet? i kinda am.

While it seems like some strictly niche, critically loved cable shows like Sons of Anarchy, Breaking Bad and Walking Dead gain viewers between seasons because of Netflix or Amazon, Mad Men is stagnant. So it seems like it’s time to face facts — Mad Men will never be a ratings winner any more than it is right now. If you’re not into it by now, after six years of your pompous, rich, white friends telling you how much you NEED to watch it as if your life depended on it (sorry, me included, except for the rich part), then you’re not going to be into it. Which is fine, we’ll take our conversation to Twitter and be pretty happy about it. But we’ll stop telling you to watch it. Promise. We know now that you don’t want to.

Stay classy, MTV. After pulling the plug on the teen-rednecks-gone-wild-show Buckwild because it would be “inappropriate” to continue after the death of Shain Gandee, and earning ethical praise for pulling it, the channel has decided to air a special finale episode this week following a full-day season 1 marathon. Because that’s appropriate? They’re kidding right? What’s the difference in “appropriate” to air a whole season of a dead guy whose death may or may not have been indirectly caused by the show, or just one hour of him? Every network on TV is there to make money, we all know this. But it just seems like MTV is there to pander to the absolute lowest common denominator more than any other channel. The balls on MTV to try and pass this along to us and make us think they’re being all ethical when they’re just trying to cash in one last time.

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