Another week, another batch of updates to the old A to Z Media lists. This time, I’m going to avoid any changes to the music list as last week’s shake up was pretty significant. Instead, I’ll be focusing on the other lists and we’ll see where it takes us. For the sake of a reminder, this isn’t intended to be a thorough examination or evaluation of the items on this list, just a high level overview of why I’m drawn to it at this particular point in time. It is, for all intents and purposes just me being a captive of the moment and picking one piece of pop culture for each letter in each general category. And since there’s no reason to beat around the bush any longer, we’ll just dive right in with changes to the TV list. (NOTE: Sorry for the delay on this. I had another couple projects jump in my way yesterday. NFL picks are still on track for later today.)


A is for Arrow (replacing: Alcatraz). Sorry, Hurley. I thought your show had a shot, but I guess not. Arrow, however, offers vindictive revenge, highly choreographed action sequences, and intrigue by the buckets. That’s all based on the pilot, of course. I’ll be catching up completely on the show, which is about 7 episodes in, shortly, but I’m expecting good to greatness. Just have to ignore all the shirtlessness.

E is for ESPN’s 30 for 30 (replacing: ESPN’s First Take). This is going to extend to a number of sports-related documentaries, including the NFL Network’s A Football Life and other ESPN productions. (I just finished re-watching “The Bronx Is Burning” and enjoyed it thoroughly.) I really appreciate the ability to put better context around some of the definitive moments in sports and history.

F is for Fringe (replacing: Friday Night Lights). This may be merely a prisoner of the moment situation where, because I’m finishing up the final season of the series, it’s elevated higher than it should be, but this show has remained worth watching throughout its duration and I’m confident it will finish strong.

N is for Nashville (replacing: New Girl). Replacing one guilty pleasure for another. Nashville is one of my favorite cities and this show brings music and drama together nicely. It doesn’t hurt that Mrs. Taylor (Connie Britton from Friday Night Lights) stars.

S is for 666 Park Avenue (replacing: Sherlock). Supernatural twists and turns that beckons the ingenuity and suspense of Hitchcock and the curiosity and storytelling of J.J. Abrams. There’s a tinge of horror in this one as well as leanings towards some soapy relationship webs, but mostly, it’s a charming, puzzling tale of intrigue unfolding each week.

T is for 3-2-1 Penguins (replacing: Twilight Zone). Recently released to DVD is season one of 3-2-1 Penguins, from the makers of VeggieTales and, it’s been fun re-living some of these episodes (not that they’re old) and relishing in the clever humor and innocence of it all. With NO commercials!


K is for Don Knotts (replacing: Kicking and Screaming). I’ve been rediscovering the physical humor of Don Knotts and seeing it through the eyes of the Littles makes it all the funnier. He’s funny flying solo as in The Incredible Mr. Limpet or The Ghost and Mr. Chicken. He’s hilarious playing off of others (like Tim Conway) in The Apple Dumpling Gang movies. And he’s even funny in smaller roles like in Herbie Goes to Monte Carlo.

W is for Wreck-It Ralph (replacing: Walk the Line). Funny. Video game nostalgia. Action. Drama. Tenderness. Breathtaking animation. Solid story. Yep. It’s pretty much got it all.


F is for First Take (replacing: Freakanomics). The simple fact of the matter is that I’m not home when First Take is on anymore. And, related to that, I have a rather lengthy commute each day. A little over an hour to be exact. Which just happens to be about the length of a First Take podcast. That works out pretty well.

L is for LEGO (replacing: LinkedIn). LEGO has done a remarkable job with turning a number of franchises into epic video games and buildable worlds. Be it Star Wars, Batman, Indiana Jones, or Lord of the Rings, the games are enjoyable as well as instrumental to a fuller appreciation of the characters and mythology of each fictitious world.

M is for Mental Floss (replacing: Michael Hyatt). If ever you need a diversion, you can find it at Intriguing facts, odd histories, and detailed accounts describing questions you never knew you had. Beware, however, because it will steal away your entire day before you know what hit you. (And then it might even explain why.)

O is for OverDrive (replacing: Olympic Coverage). So, I had to replace the Olympics… And apparently I’m not the only one who enjoys borrowing ebooks from the local library since most of the new releases are on hold as soon as they’re released. But OverDrive is the system that makes all that possible. I mean, if you have to have a DRM ebook system, at least it makes sense for libraries.

R is for Readability Plug-in (replacing: reading). I use this for reading articles on the web (or printing them from the web). Basically, it strips out the ads and unnecessary images and leaves the meat of the article behind, formatted nicely for your reading pleasure. Some browsers have this function built in, but apparently not my version of Firefox.

X is for Xtra Factor (replacing: Xfinity app). I don’t have too much to say about this companion to the X-Factor, because I don’t use it all that much, but I got rid of Xfinity and that includes the app.


J is for J.R.R. Tolkien (replacing: Jesus, My Father, the CIA, and Me). Tolkien is just being relocated to J to make room in the R section.

R is for Ridley Pearson (replacing: J.R.R. Tolkien). As I’m sure you know by now, the Littles have made certain that I read Ridley Pearson books for the rest of the year (at least). Currently reading through the Kingdom Keeper series (book 4) and the Starcatcher series (book 3). Fun.

And that does it for now. I’m not sure how often I’ll be doing these updates, maybe once a month or once a quarter. I suppose it depends how fast the world moves.

peace… love… bdg…