Save for Breaking Bad's sorely disappointing hiatus from our screens, Adventures in Reality Television is the pervading theme of today's news roundup -- most notably the planning of a convention for reality show fans to congregate and obsess in all things fame-whorish and brain-damaging. I'm totally reserving tickets.
Nigel Lythgoe, former executive producer of American Idol, is stepping back in to clean up the debris that the show's epic judge switch-up left behind. He thinks that the spotlight should be re-focused on the performing talent and not who's sitting on the panel, but promises more of one of the only things that makes this never-ending circus still watchable: embarrassing auditions.
Breaking Bad, AMC's other critical darling and arguably the best show on television (or so I hear -- it's on my Netflix queue, I promise!), will not be returning in the fall. The fourth season will resume in July 2011, giving wannabe fans such as yours truly enough time to catch up on the first three (though I'll most likely just put my life on hold and finish the series in a weekend DVD marathon).
Just when you thought things couldn't get any more ridiculous in reality television -- but really, what would the genre be if not successful in consistently exceeding those expectations? -- you were wrong. So, so wretchedly wrong. The very first Reality Rocks Expo will be coming to Los Angeles next April, an entire event and convention center dedicated to celebrating the lowest common denominator of entertainment and our culture as a whole. Oh, and Randy Jackson's on the advisory committee. May have to retract my previous ticket-purchasing claim and begin weeping for my generation instead.
Tragic loss of the day: NBC has pulled the plug on inspirational speaker Tony Robbins' eponymous program Breakthrough With Tony Robbins where he "helped couples overcome tough challenges" after it only aired twice. With a promising and refreshingly original premise like that, we really can't fathom why.
Actual tragic loss of the day: Mary Hart will be leaving her 29-year stint at Entertainment Tonight after the show's upcoming 30th season. After all, even if she doesn't work another day in her life, she'll still have those (supposedly) $2 million-insured legs to fall back on, right? As good a retirement plan as any.
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