September 2010 Archives
The League's second season begins tonight, and although it's on a popular cable network (FX) and is by far one of the funniest shows on television, I keep having a hard time finding people who've seen it. Maybe it wasn't advertised enough, maybe it looks too sports-nerdy or something, but whatever the reason, many people aren't watching this show even though they should. Here are the main reasons why it's worth your time. Other than the fact that it's, you know, hilarious.
Aww... bye, My Boys. I promise someday you'll be glad you lost all one thousand of your jobs because of TBS's bungling.
Last season, I was charmed by the sweet tale of a 16-year-old who sought out her birth parents so she could get emancipated and ended up finding a family. Well, charmed for one episode, before Life Unexpected turned into a ridiculous love triangle between Cate and Baze and Ryan that just went around and around until I felt like I was going to puke from the whole tilt-a-whirl of it all. And Lux (the initially adorable teen) ended up being a totally selfish and unrealistic ass who dated a guy named Bug and was mainly good at turning people against each other. By the time Cate and Ryan's wedding rolled around at the end of the season, which Baze tried to crash and Lux tried to manipulate, I was completely over this show. But, being the masochist that I am, I decided to give the Season 2 premiere a look. The result: I only wanted to punch the screen some of the time, which is a marked improvement. Here are what I hope are the signs of good things to come this year:
It's a slow news day, meaning there's no big news, but there are a bunch of interesting little tidbits. We'll spare you further J. Lo updates.
There are reports that in order to get her to judge American Idol next season, Jennifer Lopez had a laundry list of demands that went far beyond a hefty sum of cash. The latest news is that she may be getting $12 million -- a tidy chunk of change for sitting on her butt and telling people that they are pitchy for a few months -- but not the deal to do more Fox shows and movies that she supposedly wanted. Nor, we're guessing, does her contract include any of the below provisions that she may have been tempted to ask for:
BOOM! It's a veritable explosion of TV on DVD this week, as even more of my favorite shows hit the home market. And while I understand the timing is fully intentional, I still wish they'd release these sets earlier, because now I can't possibly re-watch them all before the new seasons start up. Damn you, cross-promotional marketing! You too, new Golden Age of Television!
Wherein I continue to feel guilty about how much I can't stand Lindsay Lohan, and James Cameron gives us another spy show. Yes, yet another spy show. Another one. I know.
The insanely popular young adult novel series The Hunger Games is not surprisingly being buzzed about for a movie adaptation (for the record, the books are way better than the Twilight series), which is pretty exciting for fans like me. But what I'd really like to see is today's reality TV producers draw some inspiration from Suzanne Collins' highly addictive tales about a dystopian future in which districts must annually choose two teenagers by random (one male, one female) and send them off to fight to the death - all televised for the nation's entertainment and/or disgust. (I'm simplifying the plot quite a bit, but think of it as like Kid Nation with weapons.) No, I don't want to actually see real people die for my amusement, but there are some intriguing ideas in these books that could definitely help spice up some currently stale TV shows. [Spoilers ahead for those who haven't read the books and plan to.]
While we're of course interested in what happens to Chuck Bass, what the fallout is from the Grey's Anatomy shooter and what Mama Bartowski's story is on Chuck, what we're really looking forward to this fall is what reality TV has in store for us -- or at least what we hope it does. Here are the moments that we wish will come true in the coming months:
What's better than Jersey Shore? More Jersey Shore. Plus: some awesome Fringe casting news.
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