Lost is over, but there's still plenty of TV news to read. Optimism!
Yesterday I did my fair share of bitching about the recent slew of stuntcasting news for 30 Rock's upcoming season, saying as a longtime fan I personally don't care to see an episode where Jennifer Aniston or Oprah Winfrey eats up significant screen time, but that I understand 30 Rock is in desperate need of ratings so I'll just suck it up for now. It's fair to say I owe them at least that much for all the hilarity they've given me. My resolve to give the show a break is wearing a little thin, however, with today's news that Gossip Girl's Leighton Meester and Blake Lively will be appearing in a November sweeps episode. Really? Now I have to endure those two as well? And more importantly, why those two over Chuck Bass?! He's hilarious! This begs the question -- how much worse is this going to get?
How merrily we read theeeeeeee. Critics all around the internet have compiled their bests and worsts for 2007, including Alan Sepinwall's Festivus dishonor roll; Poniewozik's worst of '07 and Top 10 shows that didn't crack the Top 10 (at least, I think that's the deal here...the presence of Dexter would seem to indicate that); and Maureen Ryan's low points of '07 (you can get to her best and worst lists from that entry).
No matter whose list you're reading, you'll start to see some themes emerge in the dubious-distinction end of things: the WGA strike; the decline of Entourage; the fact that Viva Laughlin was so bad that it was too obvious to list. The theme that always emerges for me as I peruse these lists is how much TV I've forgotten even happened in the calendar year in question -- wasn't Sanjaya from Idol '05? Didn't Top Chef 2 air two summers ago?
And aren't Tila's boobs going to pop if she keeps mooshing them together that hard?
Tila Tequila apparently wasn't joking around with that MySpace post about how A Shot At Love is ruining her everything, because she's turned down MTV's offer for a third season. Not to be dissuaded by a little thing like not having a bachelorette for their bachelorette show, MTV is planning to go ahead with a third season with a yet-to-be-decided bi-sexual famous lady. Yet-to-be-decided? That's a cry for TWoP casting suggestions if I've ever heard one. MTV, I got two words for you: Anne Heche.