Professional wit Bruce Vilanch was undeniably one of TV's best assets in 2001 or any year, for that matter! So what more perfect pundit could we consult to sum up last year's best and worst highlights in entertainment? His sassy but unusually serious answer to our question may surprise you...
"I stopped picking favorites years ago," he tells TV Guide Online. "After I got friendly with people, I realized I would offend all my friends if I chose one over the other. So I've actually stopped thinking that way. We're in our fourth year at Hollywood Squares and that's fabulous.
"But it just seems that after Sept. 11, everything was a blur anyway," Vilanch adds. "I'm just amazed at how startlingly little 2001 was like the movie [2001: A Space Odyssey]. I remember sitting there in 1968, stoned out of my mind, watching the Pan Am spaceship and people using picture phones and sneaky Russians from the Cold War all of that's gone. Pan Am's gone, you can't take a spaceship anywhere and nobody uses picture phones, still, to this day."
Worse yet, the comic writer quips: "If we find this slab in the earth, Osama bin Laden
's probably hiding under it. So nothing is the way [director] Stanley Kubrick
said it was going to be, and that's what I've been marveling about for the last few months... Life ain't like the movies."