I guess I am just irked by one more American taking the opportunity to slag the U.S. while overseas. This time it was
No, he wouldn‚Äôt do that?
But back to the Brits. There really is a lot to appreciate when it comes to their contributions to American society. Music, Monty Python and Elizabeth Hurley, being a few, and most recently, television programming. Sure, it hasn‚Äôt all been spectacular, depending where you sit on the fan fence of Brit-created shows like Who Wants to be a Millionaire?, Survivor, Big Brother, Trading Spaces, What Not to Wear, et al. but there‚Äôs been plenty to like, including a favorite of the Wicked Chops crew, The Office. The not-as-good-but-funny-enough version of the cult fave British series got off to a so-so start in the U.S. but we‚Äôre pleased to report NBC has agreed to keep The Office doors open another season.
And here‚Äôs another reason, perhaps the best reason for all of us, to like British television: poker. Today in England marks the launch of POKERZONE, a 24 hour poker and casino channel boasting ‚Äúan unrivalled selection of modern and exciting poker and casino entertainment.‚Äù
As commentator Greg ‘the Axxeman’ Winters notes, “British poker is going crazy. The poker boom is massive and television is the next step in this phenomenon. Poker programming already attracts more than 1.3 million viewers a night – and pokerzone is set to be that audience’s primary destination.”
We can only hope a channel destination such as this is on its way here. Sure there‚Äôs plenty of programming already available here in the U.S., and more in the works, but trying to remember what’s airing when and what channel as well as the complete poker void on many nights makes the nightly surfing for good poker TV like it was surfing in Florida as kids: you can go days without a good wave, and when one finally comes, there’s a good chance you’ll be at the wrong beach.
So until that day comes when we can call the cable company and say “I want my Poker TV!.,” we’ll be checking the poker “surf” report regularly.