30 Rock is far from the first modern series to pull off a live episode, but we do hope that it restarts the trend. And while it might be hard for some shows to handle this format, we can think of a bunch from the current season that we'd like to see try. At the very least, most of them would have a good shot at being funnier than Saturday Night Live has been in recent years. Here's our wish list:
Ugly Betty seems to be taking over today, but a few gems managed to shine through, like an awesomely new graphic-novel-turned-series about zombies as well as the greenlight for lots of scripted shows from an unexpected network.
I'm trying to figure out if watching three hours of The Biggest Loser is the best or worst diet plan in the world. On the one hand, it is inspiring to see people shed these pounds. On the other hand, it sort of sucks that someone who won as many challenges and lost as much weight as Tara (or even Mike) did, has their accomplishments immediately dismissed as not good enough because they didn't lose the most insane amount of weight ever. The whole thing kind of makes me want to eat a cookie. Anyway, there's some other news out there happening, while I sit and ponder this weighty issue.
Today we've got Bret Michaels, Grey's, Glee, Jake & Vienna, Top Model, and Lost news. Big stuff! Why are you wasting your time reading this intro paragraph?!
For a welcome change this fall, the villains of weren't the main focus of our reality TV attention. Instead, there's been a pleasantly surprising number of genuinely nice people on unscripted series that we've really adored - or at the very least that have kept us amused without resorting to scheming or screaming. While we don't usually watch reality shows for sweet folks that we'd actually like to be friends with (or in some cases, adopt and give a loving home to -- we're looking at you, Shambo), these personalities recently wormed their way into our jaded little hearts:
Greg the Bunny Redux. Sookie-Mon: The Game. "When bloodshot eyes are smizing." Dane Cook FTW. But first: Casting, casting, casting!
The news that the producers of The Real Housewives are creating a spin-off with an all-male cast has shaken us to the core. The traditionally woman-centric franchise, changed to be all about men? Everything we know and believe has been turned on its ear! What's next, Mad Women starring Dawn Draper? Actually, that's not a bad idea. Here are some other shows that should get remade with their characters' genders reversed, either because they're already pretty great and we want more, or because they can't possibly get any worse. You be the judge!
So the much buzzed-about America's Next Top Model season of the shorties is almost upon us, but after seeing the press release with the bios and photos of these vertically challenged girls, we think that "short" might be a bit of an overstatement. Sure, they aren't traditional runway height, but the smallest girl measures up at 5'3", which is at the taller end of the petite spectrum in most retail stores. And that's not the only thing that has me worried about Cycle 13: between the absence of judge Paulina Porizkova, a revolving door of guest judges and Tyra's ever-expanding ego, this season could be the biggest letdown yet.
Jon Gosselin is making the most of his onscreen fame with a new girlfriend and a new career -- designing an Ed Hardy clothing line for children. It makes sense; after all, who knows more about kids clothing than the guy who has eight rugrats of his own? But it got us thinking about other reality stars who should develop their own product lines, based on their areas of expertise, and we've compiled a list of stars who should revel in and exploit their own short-lived fame while they still can.