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The Late Late Bang

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.

Hilarity ensued.

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!

Battle of the network stars

Premiere week for the fall television season is still a month away, but people are already talking trash on Twitter and Facebook about some of the shows going head-to-head for the first time on the schedule.

One match-up of particular interest to me is Thursday nights at 8:00pm — NBC’s “Community” vs CBS’s “The Big Bang Theory,” which is making the move from its previous home on Monday nights.

When I first heard this announcement, I got kinda stressed.  It’s not like I’ll miss either show; I have a DVR, so I’m covered either way.

The real question is — which sitcom will I watch LIVE?  Which show do I want to get the bigger slice of the ratings pie?

“Community” was one of my favorite new programs last year.  It was strong right out of the gate, and the characters and story lines just got more laugh-out-loud funny as the year went on.  I mean, seriously — did you see the paintball episode?  And Abed’s impressions alone are worth a look-see.

“The Big Bang Theory,” on the other hand, has been around since 2007 and is grossly underrated.  Jim Parsons, who so brilliantly portrays Dr. Sheldon Cooper, has received his second Emmy nomination for Best Actor in a Comedy this year, and I think he just might snatch it away from Alec Baldwin.  The show deserves a nod as well.  It’s one of the few comedies that is still filmed old-school (with three cameras) and is  frickin’ hilarious.  They love their geeks, and it shows.

So, who’s my choice to win?  Old friends vs new?  Cool dudes vs geeks?  Live vs Memorex?

I’m glad I still have a month to decide.