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Those viewers who didn’t turn off the televisions directly after the Best Picture acceptance speech last night were treated to a bit of tasteless self-promotion by ABC. Pumping the return of its regularly scheduled Sunday night lineup–“Extreme Makeover: Home Edition,” “Desperate Houswives,” and “Grey’s Anatomy”–the voice-over states: “Thank God for a new Sunday.”

Is it really appropriate to thank the Lord for a new episode of “Desperate Housewives”–which many viewers say may be “jumping the shark” with the stunt casting of Carol Burnett? Many “Desperate” devotees would, indeed, thank God for a new episode, Carol Burnett and all, but I am not so sure. And while I definitely look forward every week to “Grey’s Anatomy,” I still feel that that tagline thanking God is tacky, somehow going beyond simple irreverence.

However, the greater sin may be ABC using such unoriginal, cliche-filled copy.

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