While I have never faked my own death, I can relate…a little. A character on a new show (Dr. Lola Spratt of Childrens Hospital) faked her own death after she became fed up from receiving too many emails. Boy, can I relate to that?? By the way, if you’re waiting for an email from me…I’m not dead…
But, I have been known to feign sleep. Why? Well, in the days of toddlers and preschoolers who were too big for a crib, invariably one or both kids would wander in to our bedroom first thing in the morning. If it was a weekday morning, I would have no choice but to wake as my husband left for work super early. Now, weekend mornings were another story. On weekend mornings it was all about “Survival of the Sleepiest.” My husband and I in our groggy, sleep deprived state would wait as first one child and then the other would ask us in a loud stage whisper “MOMMY, ARE YOU AWAKE?”, “DADDY, ARE YOU AWAKE?”, “MOMMY…”, and so on until both girls would give up and crawl in to bed with us. Of course once the 2- and 4-year-olds climbed in to our queensize bed any hope of sleeping went out the window. We moved on to “Survival of the Person Who Could Avoid the Little, Footy-Pajama-ed Foot Jammed in to the Back.” Ouch and Ouch and Ouch and Ouch. Yes, I would be jabbed by four little footy-pajama-ed feet.
You see my husband and I vie for the title of person most likely to sleep through an earthquake. I DID sleep through the earthquake that hit Maryland this past winter. It was no contest. No amount of rumbling was likely to wake me up. My husband — also a heavy sleeper — woke up and was obsessed with finding out the cause of the rumbling. He was probably looking for me as well. He thought a car had driven in to the side of our home. Me? Well, I was fast asleep on the couch downstairs. I have a bad habit of falling asleep on the couch while watching my beloved reality TV shows.
Do you watch reality shows set in a hospital? You know the ones about the soon-to-be new parents? Or the kid on the eve of surgery? These shows portray hospital staff and patients in the best possible light. I suppose the hospital wouldn’t want to be sued, right? But, what about a show that throws caution and legal ethics to the wind. A show about a hospital so irreverent in tone and so outrageous that you can’t help but laugh??
Childrens Hospital is one such show. It is based on the Webby Award–winning digital series that debuted on TheWB.com in 2008. It became a Web hit with its twisted take on network medical dramas like Grey’s Anatomy and House. Childrens Hospital explores the emotional struggles and sexual politics of a group of doctors whose dedication to their “personal lives is relentless, interrupted only by the occasional need to treat sick children.”
Don’t forget to tune in to “Childrens Hospital” on the Cartoon Network. You won’t regret it!
Season 1 & 2 is out on DVD…buy on amazon.
I have been hired by Warner Bros WBWord division to raise awareness for Childrens Hospital.