October 2009 Archives
TV shows are being made into video games at an alarming rate, and the unique wand and balance-board controllers of the Nintendo Wii have opened the doors for some innovative new gameplay. For instance, the Wii remote can be used to cut and mix ingredients in the game version Iron Chef America and the balance board brings the Wii's fitness angle to The Biggest Loser. Now we're hearing that the board will be used to let you walk down the runway in the game version of Project Runway, and we can only imagine that the wand will be used to sew, drape or hurl things at the other designers. Here are some Wii games we'd like to see based on our favorite shows -- some of which are already in the works.
Good news today, as good television is coming back sooner and lasting longer. On the down side, Rick Springfield is going to show us his ass.
Holy jeebus! New shows canceled, old shows revived, fathers and mothers cast, animated characters stripping for money, dogs and cats living together... mass hysteria! Or just mass media. It's hard to tell the difference sometimes.
As we wrote earlier, Jim and Pam both have jerky tendencies, but together, they somehow work. Last night's big wedding episode really illustrated that. At the outset, still in Scranton, Pam forced her husband-to-be to stand beside her as she berates all of her coworkers for wearing perfume and eating pungent smelling foods as they make her nauseous in her delicate state. Whatever. That was a total dick move. I speak as someone who has been pregnant and had to cope with the fact that the smell of chocolate made me want to vomit. However, I had the tact and wherewithal to dismiss myself to the ladies room, instead of puking in a wastebucket, sending off a vomit chain around the office that was reminiscent of that gross scene in Stand By Me.
Some days, it seems like they're running out of ideas for reality shows, since there are multiple fashion, cooking and weight-loss competitions clogging the airwaves. But Survivor and Apprentice creator Mark Burnett just opened up a whole new can of reality show idea-beans with the news that he's developing a reality series based on the 1970s TV show Fantasy Island. This sort of re-jiggering has been tried once before, with the Survivor clone The Real Gilligan's Island, but it certainly seems like old, familiar TV shows are about to become the new hunting grounds for new, familiar and above all cheap reality programming. Here are some classic '60s and '70s TV shows we think would make great '10s reality.
There's more news happening about David Letterman, but frankly, unless he talks about it on his show or someone gets fired and/or goes to jail, I'm tired of writing about it. In other news, someone decided that Juno should be a writer and Donald Trump has decided his true skills lie in matchmaking. At least it isn't hairstyling.
Last night on Glee, Mr. Schue decided to motivate the slacking-off New Directions kids by splitting them into two groups and tasking them to create a mash-up. No one is into it, but a bit of pseudoephedrine helps inspire them to perform two of the most entertaining numbers the show has done so far.
Casting! Re-casting! Lack of casting! Parody casting! The casting of aspersions! Yes, it's all about the casting here in Today's TWoP News, where we gather up all of the pressing info from the world of television. Shall we?
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