Every spring, I'm forced to say good-bye to welcome visitors who've graced my home week after week. Yup, I'm talking about my favorite TV series that somehow find themselves on the chopping block even though millions of viewers enjoy them.
As the host of the PBS series America Revealed, which focuses next Wednesday night on our nation's travel infrastructure and how it works, I've had the opportunity to get an up-close look at our roads, rails, buses, air travel systems -- even ferries.
When I saw last week that Ryan Seacrest Productions had an upcoming reality show based on the lives of wealthy LA-based Iranian-Americans called the Shahs of Sunset, I did what any self-respecting, tech-friendly Iranian-American would do.
Is all TV good? Of course not! A lot of TV is crap. But denigrating ALL TV as evil is like burning all books because Snooki is now a best-selling author. That doesn't ruin my opinion of the written word or compel me to post comments like "STOP READING AND START KNITTING."
I know, I know, it's disappointing to be just getting into something you really like and then learn how it comes out. It's as if all the excitement you have put into watching the show of your life has fizzled, and you can barely muster the energy you need to slog through the rest of the episodes.
The five-day, five-destination travel extravaganza that is the Today show's Where in the World is Matt Lauer concluded this morning in Barbados after jaunts to Namibia, Spain, Switzerland and Malaysia. Kate Maxwell caught up with Matt half an hour after he went off air.