January 2009 Archives
With Obama's landmark inauguration happening Tuesday, we're hoping that after he gets around to fixing all of America's problems, he'll be able to inspire some much needed changes on the TV landscape. We've taken a page from his list of campaign promises and come up with our own changes that we could really get behind.
We're going to admit it, as much as we dread the hours that American Idol sucks out of our otherwise somewhat productive lives as couch potatoes, we can't help ourselves from watching it. No matter how much we hated the season that preceded it and are wary of the lies about how this season will be so much better. It's like going back to a bad boyfriend, or continuing to tune in to Heroes. However, somehow, it seems like Season 8 could actually be better. Maybe we've just been beaten down, or maybe we're just really irrationally thrilled they are actually making some of the promised changes, but we're feeling pretty positive about the new season so far. Here's why.
I have a confession to make, one that could potentially threaten my standing as an editor at Television Without Pity. Before last night's season premiere, I had never seen an episode of American Idol. I know, I know, how could I be a TV writer and not watch the most popular TV show in America? Well, there are three perfectly good reasons: 1) I hate most modern mainstream music, especially ballads, R&B and country. 2) As a former singer myself, I hate bad singing, and the show seems to showcase a lot of it during the auditions. 3) Until last year, I worked at a magazine about action figures, and watching a show like AI could have threatened my geek status. (If there had been American Idol action figures, though, I would have been all over it. ...Hey, why aren't there American Idol action figures?) But I put aside my prejudices for one night last night, and was pleasantly surprised to see all of my preconceived notions of the show blown out of the water, making me a convert. Possibly for life.
Personally I've been over here humming the tune of "Ding, Dong, The Witch Is Dead" in my head since I read the news that pseudo-lesbian Sadie was checking out of Seattle Grace after a very short stint on the show. That Ausiello knows how to make a girl happy. OK, well Melissa George probably isn't particularly happy about it (even if it was her choice), but I sure as heck am. I realize I've been biased against her character, long before Hahn's unceremonious ouster and long before she ever showed up looking for her pal "death," because I really don't like Melissa George as an actress. I've held a grudge against her ever since she and her annoying character basically ruined Alias for me. With that in mind, here are the four reasons we're glad that Ms. George chose (if you choose to believe that) to get the hell out of dodge.
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