While TV is supposed to be escapism, some shows completely escape reality on a regular basis. We expect craziness on Heroes, Fringe and Lost since they're fantasy shows, but with series that pretend to take place in our world, we hope for a modicum of plausibility -- if only for the sake of internal logic. It's not that we don't like most of these shows, but it is hard to buy into some of the plots that they've been selling lately.
Nooooooo! Say it ain't so! An Emmy-winner announces his inevitable departure from TV even as three more actor-types join the casts of established shows. One show is renewed as another drifts towards cancellation! And a man is forgiven, even as he is condemned. It's the circle of life!
If The City gets cancelled along with The Hills, we hope MTV will launch a new, similarly titled series to replace it. Our suggestions: The Marsh, The Desert, The Village, The Rock and The Airtight Bank Vault.
It's Thursday, also known as American Idol results show day (wait, isn't that usually Wednesday?... hush, fool, just be glad it's only on two days a week), also known as the first day in the reign of our new Top Chef (which luckily does not involve any actual responsibilities other than shilling Diet Dr. Pepper during commercial breaks with previous competitors while your eyes scream a quiet "help"), also known as Friday Eve. Hold off on your desire to race headlong into the nearest bar and quell your Thursday thirst just a little longer with these refreshing drops of news.
So, it's finally happened. MTV's consecutively-aired bubbles of a world far-removed from the way we sane, working-class, flat-footed (the extent to which these girls totter along in spiky weapons for shoes on an hourly basis really just makes you want to throw a pair of slippers at them and yell, "They're worth a try!") members of society live, have finished - for now. The Hills has long been past its prime, kind of like the expired milk you keep in your fridge just in case it hasn't actually gone bad yet and may or may not cause agonizing indigestion and immediate regret upon consumption. (It does.)
Some good TV comes out today, all of which would make great gifts for the holiday season. And you know who appreciates your gifts the most, don't you? That's right, yourself. So give yourself a little Cake Boss -- you deserve it.
So Whitney has left the sunny shores of California and moved to the glitzy Gotham that is New York City. Things are about to get real, right? Or, at least, a lot more fake-real than they were before? Uh, no. The City is a pale shadow of the car-wreck glory that is The Hills, and we've got a breakdown of what exactly is it that The City lacks and The Hills has got. We never thought we'd say this, but we miss the hell out of LC.
Check out our Hills vs. City Gallery!
It's not even surprising that there is a lot of news about reality shows. Networks are picking up new reality shows and even (gasp!) one scripted drama series, a model is joining the cast of Fringe, and a character may or may not be resurrected.
Say goodbye to Michael Scott!
When news broke yesterday that The Hills/The City supporting character Kelly Cutrone would be getting her own Bravo series, we basically lost our collective minds in the TWoP offices. Kelly Cutrone is an unsung badass of "reality" television, and we all need an hour of her awesomeness in our lives each week. Which got me thinking about a few other supporting reality cast members I'd like to see get their own shows. Drumroll!