The Boys Are Back in Town

The Dixon Boys
Guess who just got back today?
Them wild-eyed boys that had been away
Haven't changed, haven't much to say
But man, I still think them cats are crazy

Several weeks ago I was resigned to a nearly TV-less life. All of my favorite shows were on hiatus and so was my TV-fueled happiness. My DVR never had anything to show for itself when I got home from work. I spent most of my newly freed-up time eating junk food and thinking about places I’d rather live. Without recorded shows for company life was just kind of “eh.” I felt like the lone kid who had to go to summer school while all my friends were off on exotic vacations. “I wonder what ‘Psych’ and ‘Covert Affairs’ are up to. Is ‘Grimm’ having fun in Europe? Did ‘Survivor’ ever decide where she was doing Study Abroad? Does ‘Amazing Race’ really get to travel the whole globe again? Can ‘The Walking Dead’ please hurry up and come back home already?’” Lucky for me three of my besties (“Face/Off,” “Switched at Birth” and “Modern Family”) trickled in during the month of January. Although it was great to have them back I couldn’t help but daydream of the mid-season premiere of “The Walking Dead” and the season 26 premiere of “Survivor.”

On Sunday night my dearly departed zombies and their precocious people prey waltzed, walked and walloped their way back onto my flat screen. And oh, the joy. The pure, pure joy. A few of my friends (human friends, not TV show friends) accompanied me as I gasped, winced and flinched through the episode. Counting down to our previously agreed-upon start time of 11 pm was like counting down to Christmas. How sick is that? It doesn’t matter. These things – strange, fictional, crazy, simple things – make me happy. To be more precise they fill a very specific bucket of happiness and dump it into my happiness well. The fuller, the better. When the well is on the verge of running dry it is most likely due to a months-long break between seasons of “Survivor.” Luckily a big ole rainstorm is brewing tonight!

“This is the DAWNing of the age of Aquarius! Age of Aquarius! Aquarius! Aquarius!” Okay, sorry, it actually isn’t. This is Dawn Meehan. I got carried away with all of that water talk. Dawn will be returning to play “Survivor” on tonight’s premiere of Fans vs. Favorites. I have not seen every episode of “Survivor” – I missed a previous season of Fans vs. Favorites – but I did see Dawn’s original season and I’m excited to see her back again. There are plenty of loonies on the Favorites team that I never wanted to see again but Jeff Probst is pumped about this season and it’s never wise to disagree with a guy who looks like this. If Sunday night was Christmas Eve then it looks like New Year’s Eve has come a few days early! Party!!!

Best of luck to Dawn Meehan, the Rick Grimes Gang and all of my friends (TV show friends, not human friends) who are still making their way back from vacation. At least the sorrow of the impending summer TV slow-down will be assuaged by actual summer weather.

That jukebox in the corner blasting out my favorite song
The nights are getting warmer, it won't be long
Won't be long till summer comes
Now that the boys are here again

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