Our blog series Don’t Miss This Episode takes you in to the standout episodes of your favorite shows.
Who in their right mind would set about trying to pinpoint the most unmissable Saturday Night Live? What deranged mind could possibly sift through thirty-seven seasons’ worth of episodes, searching for the best of the best? Internet, meet moi. I am said crazy individual–well, me and these guys. And maybe these ones, too. Whatever. They are my brethren and this is my quest. Continue reading →
This year’s Superbowl was all about the thigh workout. Certainly there was football, there were lots and lots of multimillion dollar commercials (GoDaddy.com still claims the title of Creepiest Marketing Campaign of All Time), but the real highlight for many people was seeing 53-year-old Madonna perform roughly 250 squat thrusts during her 13 minute set at halftime. Continue reading →
In continuing their recent tradition of hiring acts with whom I have only a fleeting familiarity and vague interest to perform at one of the most-watched televised events of the year, the producers of the Superbowl have (as I’m sure you know by this point) hired Madonna to do the honors at the halftime show. Pretty certain by now they’re just going through the list of whomever has had a Glee tribute episode. Continue reading →
The X-Factor had a successful premiere season under normal circumstances—but since this is Simon Cowell we’re talking about, the expectations were set a little too high. Fox expected lightning to strike twice, with X-Factor poised to become the next American Idol-sized hit. Unfortunately, since that didn’t happen, the powers-that-be have demanded a sacrifice—host Steve Jones.
It’s easy to put the blame on Steve Jones, who kept the show running but never quite caught on in popularity the way American Idol host Ryan Seacrest has. You don’t have to be an American Idol fan to know who Ryan Seacrest is—he’s practically a national treasure at this point. However, if you didn’t watch The X-Factor, would you be able to pick Steve Jones out of a crowd?
That may be the problem that Simon Cowell is trying to rectify by letting go of Jones—however it could be a case of curing the symptoms, not the disease. The relative obscurity of Steve Jones is more a telltale sign of the show’s lack of promotion and relevance to pop culture. Kelly Clarkson was a household name when she won the first American Idol because the show was closely followed by the media and news outlets. X-Factor winner Melanie Amaro is as much of an unknown to the general public as Steve Jones, but since Cowell can’t fire her it’s Jones who must be cut loose.
The downfall of Jones is also a bit of history repeating as American Idol also lost one of its hosts after the first season. Brian Dunkleman was originally a co-host alongside Ryan Seacrest, but left the show after one year. Dunkleman’s departure from Idol is often considered one of the all-time infamous career killing moves, although some sources speculate that Dunkleman was on his way to getting the axe anyway. Hopefully things will work out better for Steve Jones than it did for Dunkleman and that his career can survive.
X-Factor judges Nicole Scherzinger and Paula Abdul will also be joining Jones in line at the unemployement office as Cowell has admitted that the show will undergo some heavy retooling for season two. It’s anybody’s guess as to who will be the one to replace Steve Jones and which new faces we’ll see behind the judge’s table, but it’s obvious that Cowell wants us to sit up and take notice.
Our new blog series Don’t Miss This Episode takes you in to the standout episodes of your favorite shows.
Musical episodes of otherwise non-musical shows can be a tricky thing. Too easily they can fall into gimmickry, or the music itself can be lacking, or the actors look intensely out of their depth for the full length of the episode. But when they work, boy do they work. Continue reading →
Since my daughter was born, I have a limited amount of my time to indulge in my passion for watching television. I used to watch every new show that remotely interested me, and even if the first episode didn’t grab me (or the second, or third) I would stick with it until it went off the air (or until something better showed up in the same time slot). Nowadays, a show has one chance to grab me or else it’s curtains. As networks start to roll out their midseason replacement shows, I’ll be making snap judgments.
Sunday’s AFC Championship got off to a rocky start as its trademark gravitas and dignity was sapped by Aerosmith frontman, American Idol judge and “singer” Steven Tyler. Resplendent in a red, white and blue sequined Patriots scarf, he performed our country’s venerable National Anthem before a crowd of thousands, Continue reading →
When you’ve got an entire nation at your back, a hit daily comedy show, a pint of your namesake Ben and Jerry’s flavor lying half-eaten in the freezer and the South Carolina primaries looming up in front of you, life can seem a little hectic. Continue reading →
Ah, Friday. A time when all things seem new and possible. Unless you’re me, in which case you live in Portland so it’s raining and you have to get up at five-thirty in the morning and immediately interact with six-year-olds, which is a fate I would wish upon very few people. But though my socks might be dampened, my spirit is not–plus, it was quite the week for television. Continue reading →
It seems as far as massively popular television shows go (and we’re looking at you, Jersey Shore), 2012′s ratings are turning into the equivalent of a slow eyebrow raise. Though it’s still the most popular television show in America by a wide margin, Continue reading →