So it looks like pro-wrestling fans will finally have a 24/7 network all to themselves next year when WWE can gets its own channel. But why stop there? Let's take narrow-casting to the extreme with even more insanely niche networks like these:
The world is still reeling from the news that that the queen of daytime television will be abandoning her current talk show at the end of next season. Well, maybe it's just the world of stay-at-home moms and the unemployed that's reeling, but regardless, the question on everyone's minds is: what will Ms. Winfrey do next? While many consider it a given that she'll simply star on a new series on OWN (Oprah Winfrey Network, natch), we think that she should set her sights a little higher. Primetime high. Here's our unsolicited job advice for her:
I hate to start off on a rant, but I just can't wait until after the jump. Seriously, why is 90210 2.0 going to get rid of Dustin Milligan, who plays Ethan? He's one of the few characters on that show I can even tolerate. The pentapus? Kinda cute. The fact that they think he's run his course is stupid. Really? Just hook him up with a new girl. I always thought he was supposed to be the Dylan in this scenario. Which means he's got a couple more seasons of life in him yet. Instead, the powers that be are trying to find ways to make watching this show an even more painful experience than it already is (it is my job to watch it... I would have stopped long ago if I could have). Since this apparently means more screen time for the dude playing Liam, and not a promotion for the awesomely underrated Navid, I'm not happy. Okay, now on to the rest of your regularly scheduled, and less rant-filled, news.
You know when you are watching a show and a song that you adore comes on and you get all excited? Or when a song is just so perfectly suited to a scene that you can't help but cheer giddily to yourself? Both those things happened to me last night while watching The Big Bang Theory. The show (which has a theme song penned by the Barenaked Ladies) had Sheldon (a brilliant nerd) being stalked/fawned over by an eager grad student who wanted nothing more than to see him achieve greatness (and hopefully take her along for the ride). During a montage of her putting the kibosh on him having any kind of fun with her maniacal monitoring of all his daily habits, they started playing the Barenaked Ladies "Be My Yoko Ono." It was a perfect fit for this scene (and for this show) and made me laugh out loud. Plus, I just love that song, so to hear it on a primetime show was kind of a treat. (Watch it over at CBS.)
There have always been two kinds of supernatural shows on TV: those that were trying to be funny, like I Dream of Jeannie and Big Wolf on Campus, and those that were trying to be scary, like The Twilight Zone and Friday the 13th: The Series. Some straddled the line, managing both with equal skill, like Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Supernatural manages to be pretty scary most of the time, but many shows have aimed for scary and fallen horribly short. Here are a few of the most egregious examples.
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