Big Block of Cheese Day!

In case you missed it, as I apparently did last year, The White House is having a virtual Big Block of Cheese Day. Not sure what a Big Block of Cheese Day is? Let the cast of The West Wing reunite and explain it to you:

And just because a Big Block of Cheese post is not a Big Block of Cheese post without its original TWW inspirations:

The first speech:

– The West Wing, “The Crackpots and These Women”

And the second:

– The West Wing, “Somebody’s Going to Emergency, Somebody’s Going to Jail”

Both of those episodes are great, and if you haven’t seen them, you should watch them. But first, take a moment and think of a question you might like to ask your White House. Then ask it Jan. 21 on Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr and Instagram with the hashtag #AskTheWH. And if you’re still not sure what’s going on,  you can read all about it here and see what times specific people will be answering questions. For instance, if you really want to know about climate, energy and conservation, you might ask your question from 1-2 p.m. (ET).



2012 Media in Review: TV

Before I get into all the old TV I watched last year, here’s a reminder that 1600 Penn, the sitcom set at the White House, premieres tonight at 8:30 (central time) on NBC. I am crazy excited for it, and I hope I don’t end up feeling stupid about that. But anyway, on with the post:

I watched so much TV in 2012, and am looking forward to more in 2013. This isn’t a list of current-season things I watched, but rather a list of mostly older shows on DVD or streaming. And just to be straightforward an honest about it, I’m going to say right now that I crammed 20 seasons worth of TV into a 12-month period. But before you start giving me the side-eye, let me explain! They weren’t ALL full, 20+ episode seasons. Okay, 18 of them were, but still: if you factor out commercials, each episode runs about 44 minutes. If you watch three episodes, you’re looking at not quite 2.5 hours of time. So it’s about the length of one long movie. So, even if you only watch one long movie a week, that still sets you up to finish a season of TV in about a month and a half. If you watch two — one on each day of the weekend — you’re looking at a month per season. Less if you sprinkle an extra episode here and there throughout the week.  Oh, who am I kidding? I’m a couch potato, and this should come as no surprise to anybody who knows me.

This is also the last list of the bunch, so let’s get to it.

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TV: If ever there was a reason to OMG all over the Internet, a West Wing reunion ad would be it.

Politics is anything but leisurely, so I don’t intend to write about it…unless it relates to The West Wing, of course! And this does.

A huge portion of the cast of The West  Wing met in Michigan to film an ad for Michigan Supreme Court Candidate Bridget Mary McCormack (sister to castmember Mary McCormack). It captures the feel of the series to a T, and the beautiful part of it is that 90 percent of it is just about voting on the non-partisan part of the ballot, which isn’t covered by the straight-party voting box in some states.

I’m going to try to embed it below, but if for some reason it doesn’t work, or if you want to read more about it, the above link goes to a story on