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Opening Arguments

Spare me the reruns

Apparently, a lot of people have been so obsessed with politics that they're suffering from post-election blues:

“This year more than in a very long time, come the day after the election, it's going to feel like the entire nation has woken up in a collective political equivalent of Dec. 26,” predicts Robert Thompson, founding director of the Bleier Center for Television and Popular Culture at Syracuse University. “The presents look more promising before they're opened. The tree is starting to look a little funky. Reality sets in.”

Not me -- I can't begin to tell how relieved I am that the whole thing is over. I treated myself to a day without TV news yesterday, just to celebrate the overness of it. Watched a 30-year-old "Family Feud" on the Game Show Network (they're all so serious about having fun, but they're all older than me or dead now!). Caught "Myths and Legends" on TVLand (Jayne Mansfield was not decapitated, and Ricky Nelson's plane did not go down because everybody was freebasing, so there!).

The one exception was "Inside Edition," which is probably where all TV news shows are headed -- lots of froth with a nugget or two of news thrown in. Tom Brokaw was shown saying he wished the election could have gone on and on forever. Sorry, Tom, only game shows do that.

Come to think of it, though, this has been the most intense game show in history. Maybe TVLand will start showing the reruns.