You didn't really believe Don Draper would ever actually leave you, did you?
As a native of New Jersey and a witness to the increasing population of guidos in my predominantly Italian town way before MTV's cash cow Jersey Shore aired last year, I decided to re-explore the very location that I once vacationed at as a child, which has now become the epicenter of a cultural phenomenon. So, prepared to see sights that I could never forget (try as I might), I voyaged to where MTV has started filming the third season of the show: the Seaside Heights boardwalk. Or, as my peers and I have always called it, Sleazeside Heights.
There is life after Lost (on other dead-end series) for Henry Ian Cusick, a comeback for deranged duo Beavis and Butthead (do we really want them back, Mike Judge??), and an Oscar winner takes a hit at Showtime's Weeds. Not a bong hit as far as we know yet...
After watching the pilot, we were inclined to write off Teen Wolf as another failed attempt by MTV at capturing teen life. And we were put off by the fact that it lacked the humor and charm of the movie that it was supposed to be loosely based on. But we decided to watch another episode, and then another, and week by week the show steadily got better and more intriguing. By the time the kids were all locked in at school while being chased by the Alpha werewolf, we were completely hooked. And then last night's season finale had the decency to actually deliver. What a wonderful surprise from this summer show. Here's why the finale rocked:
For the past 30 years, MTV has been a major part of my life. And on its 30th birthday (which probably puts it soundly out of its own demographic), it seems important to acknowledge that while the show was originally a haven for music video, the network switched gears in the '90s when it more or less invented something entirely new: reality TV. Ever since Julie from Alabama met Eric the male model back in 1992, the network has been in the forefront of innovation of the genre, creating the candid reality show, the competition reality show, celebreality and a multitude of other subgenres that have transformed the television industry for good and for ill. So while there's a part of me that still misses Downtown Julie Brown, those antiquated things called videos and Remote Control, I can't help but be impressed by how MTV has changed the way TV gets real.
Gaga mentoring the American Idol kids... will this include meat dresses?
Now, imagine this was a bloody railroad! Sounds amazing, right?!
Idol is promising big changes... back to the changes we've already seen before. It's less complicated than it sounds.
R.I.P. short-lived TBS sitcom Glory Daze. Not enough viewers knew thee well.
Even if I hadn't watched the far superior British version of Skins, I still think I'd be underwhelmed by the MTV version of the series based solely on the premiere. The cast is filled with unlikeable stars who only say salacious things in an attempt to get a reaction from the viewing public. On a network that glamorizes teen pregnancy and random beach hookups, they're going to have to try a lot harder.