It’s a great day in America! Why? Because Craig Ferguson is bringing crossover television back for your viewing pleasure.
At the top of his show last week, Craig appeared in a mini-episode of “The Big Bang Theory” — in true crossover style — and then had the cast take over his show for the rest of the night in a collection of sketches and interviews.
Thanks, Craig. We used to depend on television sitcoms and their associated spin-offs for crossover nights. You know, when Doug from “King of Queens” would appear on “Everybody Loves Raymond” — the show that birthed his series — and vicey versey.
Or remember the night that Paul Reiser’s character on “Mad About You” caused a blackout that affected everyone on “Friends”? Even though those two series weren’t spin-offs, they did share a common setting — New York City — and the character of Phoebe’s sister, Ursula Buffay, who waited tables at their favorite restaurant.
I guess it makes sense that it would take a show outside of the TV sitcom realm to remind us that crossover television works. Sitcoms have only recently regained their stronghold on the prime time schedule — thank you, “Modern Family” — and the only spin-offs of late have been the ever redundant “CSI’ and “Law and Order.”
Take a lesson from the Craigy Ferg, programmers everywhere. Crossover TV is fun.
And it’s great for America!