Apparently the recession means more sitcoms! According to a pretty boring Variety article, networks and TV peeps everywhere have been drastically cutting down on the number of pilots they're greenlighting and scrounging around for cost-cutting strategies across the board. Says the article, "Cost concerns also have fueled a resurgence of multicamera comedies. Multicam, which had fallen so out of favor as the epitome of the well-worn sitcom format, is far less expensive than single-camera fare." It goes on to name-check Big Bang Theory and Two and a Half Men as sterling examples of the format at its most successful. Shows that spotlight previously rich people who've lost everything and blue-collar families are also gaining steam. Take from that what you will.
In case you were under the impression that some things are sacred, a musical stage production based on Little House on the Prairie called (ingeniously, I might add) Little House will be going on the road after a sold-out run at Minneapolis' Guthrie Theater. Melissa Gilbert, whom you all know played Laura on the original TV series, will step into the role of Ma Ingalls. You've been warned.
Expanding on the "nothing's sacred" motif comes news that the nightmare Melrose Place reboot is really, truly happening. You know Kimberly is turning over in her grave right now.
I don't know about you, but I haven't watched Who Wants to Be a Millionaire since 1974, and I wasn't even born yet! Well, a confluence of factors has made the show relevant again, including the ubiquitous critical behemoth that is Slumdog Millionaire. Word is that former Jeopardy prodigy Roger Storm is about to hit the big money, effectively becoming Fairview Park, Ohio Millionaire. Are you ready for a Millionaire resurgence?
Speaking of the Oscars, apparently the ratings are up this year, but not by much. Of the ten Oscar telecasts that have aired in the last decade, this baby came in eighth. All that tap-dancing for nothing! Another interesting tidbit: more ladies watched the Superbowl than the Oscars this year. What they didn't mention is that they tuned in exclusively for an excuse to eat cheese balls and wings.
Future generations of TV viewers will be able to watch Simon Cowell snark in perpetuity! He announced to a gathering of Important British People that he plans to freeze himself cryogenically, a la Walt Disney so that he can insult the masses for all time. We can only hope he's joking.
And now for your daily dose of crazy, Radar is airing exclusive video of an exhausting and insane showdown betwixt lunatic übermom Nadya Suleman and her disdainful mom. Brace yourselves for the shitshow.
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