June 2009 Archives
Sadly, former Tonight Show fixture Ed McMahon, who played second fiddle to Johnny Carson for 30 years, passed away earlier this week. We weren't sure we could pay tribute to such an icon of television, but luckily, Conan O'Brien did it for us, with a selection of his funniest Tonight Show moments, which you can see below.
Widely known fact: "The College Years" is essentially the kiss of death for any teen dramedy. One character heads off to some prestigious university (cough Jessie Spano cough) and relinquishes her rights on hot male lead to a less interesting substitute (cough Alex Taber cough) and it all goes downhill from there.
Widely held opinion: A Web series is not a real show, for if it were worth watching, it would be on television. Case in point: Rockville, CA. (Josh Schwartz, I expect better of you.)
And so, out of these two sad, disrespected genres comes Dorm Life, a lesser-known gem from the good folks over at AttentionSpan.TV.
Last Thursday, we saw the elimination of two different cast members from I'm a Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here!: original supermodel Janice Dickinson and Hills star Holly Montag. Of course, the celebrities later voted to bring Holly back for one more day -- just long enough to get her into her underwear, of course -- but she was quickly sent packing again. Before Holly's one-day return, we got to sit in on a conference call with Holly and Janice, so while we weren't able to ask them about the one getting chosen over the other, we were able to ask Holly about Sanjolly, Heidi and Playboy and Janice about the granola bar incident, Jon Lovitz, her vagina and Jon Lovitz. You can't wait, can you?
In the second week of So You Think You Can Dance Max and his partner Kayla danced a funky pop-jazz routine and Ashley and Kupono danced a hip hop routine, or at least tried to. Both teams ended up in the bottom and it caused the judges to make a tough (not unanimous) decision to send Max Kapitannikov and Ashley Valerio home. The duo chatted with reporters in a conference call about how their partners will fare together, how hard the 30 second solos actually are and the challenges of understanding Lil' C.
Today's news may confirm the official takeover of reality TV, which is sad, but not as sad as Ed McMahon dying. It would be awkward to try to make any sort of joke now, so we'll just get straight to the news.
Surprise. Jon and Kate Gosselin are getting a divorce. What? This isn't a surprise to you because you've seen the war between them unfolding in the tabloids over the last few months? Yeah. Their much-hyped "big announcement" where they said they were officially separated wasn't really a big surprise. Personally, I would have been more surprised if they announced that they were ending the show to save their marriage, but after watching them bicker through this season, that probably wouldn't have worked anyway. Some people just aren't meant to be together forever, and these two have seemed to have some issues for a long time. But now the big question is what will happen with the TLC series Jon & Kate Plus 8, and what will happen with the kids?
Aside from Greek, I haven't really been hooked on any ABC Family shows (I'm probably just still bitter because they canceled State of Grace like 100 years ago) since Wildfire ended. But I do love gymnastics and anything remotely Olympic related, so I had pretty high (though realistic) hopes for their new offering Make It Or Break It. And it's fine. It's not horrifically bad like that Secret Life of the American Teenager show with the pregnant girl, but it isn't exactly as addictive or clever as Greek.
Reality shows, drama shows and remakes galore! (OK, there's only one remake mentioned in today's news.) Two TV stars (one reality, one drama) are starring in an 1984 remake, and one possible reality TV show is in the talks, to be hosted by an unlikely couple. Confused yet? Keep reading.
First, if you don't want to know who lived/died on that annoyingly sappy show Grey's Anatomy at the end of last season, stop reading this post now. If you couldn't care less and are bloodthirsty, like me, and were hoping that there'd be a mass explosion and only Cristina, Hunt and Bailey somehow survived... well, read on. The death toll isn't nearly that exciting, but I'll take what I can get.
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