One of the few remaining cable nets with a unique brand identity is kicking that narrowcasting ish to the curb, son! TV Land told the Wall Street Journal that by the end of 2009, 50% of their programming will be original series. It's so hard to say goodbye to my Sunday afternoon hungover viewings of Bonanza, but the good news is that they'll be focusing on creating trashy reality shows. Because we need more of those. The article highlights one such gem, Cougar, which is exactly what it sounds like: a Bachelorette for older ladies looking for younger gents. They'll also be looking to air reruns of more recent series, like Friends. Because we need more of those.
Last night was the finale of Legally Blonde: The Musical: The Search for the Next Elle Woods: In Which We Find Some Girl Who Can Sort of Sing and Sort of Dance But is Definitely Blonde (or at Least She Can Be With Dye and A Wig) and the second half of the debut of High School Musical: Get in the Picture: At Least As An Extra In the Background Somewhere, But Nowhere Near Our Actual Precious Stars and while I realize that I kind of bashed Legally Blonde, it was infinitely better than High School Musical. This is surprising to me because I sort of love High School Musical (the movies) in that I'm still obsessed with teen programming even though I'm in my mid-30's [Ed's note: Early thirties! -- LG], but really didn't care much when I saw Legally Blonde on Broadway.
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