Bookworm alerts me to a UK show I have never heard of: Spaced, written by and starring the fantastic Simon Pegg (and Jessica Stevenson, who I don't know, but if Simon likes her...).
It's from 1999-2001 but turns out the DVD is due to be released in the US on July 22, as in 5 days from now! (And Fox made a US version, but I guess it flopped?)
In the meantime, you can watch the first episode on youTube here:
Spaced, episode 1.
(I haven't even watched it yet. It's not sci-fi, it's about two strangers sharing a flat. Here's the description on Wikipedia.)
A couple funny coincidences:
Bookworm mentioned Spaced because she had never heard anyone speak the phrase I put in Uhura's mouth in my 3rd vid--"What am I, chopped liver?"--except on that show.*
Then, did you all know Simon Pegg (of the gloriously funny Shaun of the Dead and the not-quite-as-good-but-still-very-good Hot Fuzz) is playing Scotty in the forthcoming new Star Trek movie?
Which is genius casting.
The movie, which will be Star Trek XI, is due out May 9, 2009, and I gather it's about the young Kirk, Spock, and friends...maybe at Starfleet Academy? (Shades of Harry Potter at Hogwarts?)
It's all guarded like Vulcan secrets, but that's the buzz.
*I didn't know anything about the phrase, so I googled it. "Ask the Rabbi" says:
As far as I know, the origins of the phrase are not Yiddish; I believe the phrase was originally coined in America. Being that chopped liver was always considered a side dish and not a main course, the phrase is used to express hurt and amazement when a person feels he has been overlooked and treated just like a "side dish."