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Ah, it’s almost sweeps month. Wonderful sweeps, when television throws caution and common sense to the wind, intent only on grabbing viewers anyway they can. Get ready for a month full of wild plot lines and ratings stunts.
What better way to hook viewers than by convincing them they’re going to die? ABC will launch one of the first sweeps efforts on Tuesday, May 9. The thrillingly titled thriller Fatal Contact: Bird Flu in America will examine what would happen if a major outbreak were to hit America.
Although experts have proven that this would be extremely unlikely, when has logic and common sense ever stood in the way of good TV? Nip Tuck’s Joely Richardson will play a beautiful epidemiologist who travels to China to study an avian flu outbreak that has mutated into a form that can easily infect humans. Eek!
Guaranteed to make hypochondriacs of us all, Fatal Contact: Bird Flu in America may be worth a look.
Read More | Zap2it
With a name that intriguing, how can you resist tuning in? VH1 and the indie Sundance Channel have teamed together to produce a four-part documentary entitled Drug Years that examines the use of illegal drugs, and what that has meant for society.
The documentary reaches back to ancient times—all the way to the 1950s—to find stories and real life footage of the drug scene and its inhabitants. What do you want to bet some musicians and television stars are included along the way? The documentary will include interviews with notable celebrities and law enforcement officials including Ice-T, John Mellencamp, and Tommy Chong (he of the marijuana-loving Cheech and Chong fame.)
The documentary begins June 12 on VH1, with repeats airing on the Sundance Channel. Go here for complete details and episode listings.
Education and entertainment all in one - this definitely looks like a documentary worth your time.
ABC is searching the country for the newest star of its popular reality series The Bachelor. The ‘Bachelor’ in question has the difficult but enviable task of seeking his perfect mate among 25 lovely ladies. Are you up to the challenge?
If so, be sure to go here for complete casting call information. But be wary: the show’s demands for the perfect Bachelor are quite demanding. In order to even be considered, you must be: an attractive, single 28-35 year-old accomplished CEO, architect, lawyer, entrepreneur or businessman and think you can handle twenty-five beautiful women.
Wow, and you thought women had a hard time pleasing society!
Lifetime, Lifetime, how do I love thee? Let me count the ways. Women in peril, cold-hearted villains, stalkers and hauntings and crime…not to mention addictions, kinky fetishes, and hospital mix-ups resulting in getting the wrong baby. Does television get any better than this?
Lifetime has made my—and many fans’—day with its announcement that the women-targeted channel will air a brand-new movie every day in May.
The line-up boasts popular stars including Grey’s Anatomy’s Ellen Pompeo, the ever popular Jennifer Love Hewitt, and Charmed hottie Rose McGowan. Upcoming titles including such gems as Cradle of Lies and Murder On Pleasant Drive. May can’t get here soon enough!
Scorn the channel all you want, but Lifetime offers many valuable skills, such as: how to fake your own death, the best way to murder a cheating spouse and get away with it, and how to seek revenge on anyone who has ever wronged you. And without Lifetime, how would Tracey Gold and Tori Spelling ever get steady employment? (Because trust us, So NoTORIus is not going to last long.)
Read More | Yahoo! Biz
Great news for fans of the long-running spy gal show - you can now purchase Alias episodes at the iTunes music store. Each episode (all episodes from seasons 4 and 5 are available) costs $1.99. Producers and the ABC network are hoping this decision will boost awareness—and excitement—regarding the long-awaited return of Alias tonight. This episode is a two-hour special event beginning at 8pm. Alias will then remain in this time slot in its usual hour-long format for the rest of the season.
Though crushed that this is the final season of the series, fans will no doubt rejoice at its return. Perhaps there will even be a spin-off…it is television, after all.
Read More | The Futon Critic
If ya think he’s sexy, and ya want his body… then don’t miss American Idol this week! Grammy Award winner, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member, and all-around musical sensation Rod Stewart will be the guest musician on the popular reality show this week, continuing the show’s tradition of including stars their demographic has never heard of (Just ask your mom, kids! She’ll explain.)
Rod Stewart has produced so many great hits, perhaps it will impossible for the American Idol contestants to give lackluster performances this time around. We hope. This season has had rather blah performances so far, but maybe this musical deity, armed with his Great American Songbook collection, will change that. Here’s hoping!
(You can find all the American Idol 5 posts here.)
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Zap2it has confirmed some shocking news today; the late eighties/early nineties cheesefest Saved By the Bell will join the Adult Swim line-up, known for its wild and eclectic programming. We’re all for originality, but…Saved By the Bell?
Seems like the show is being added simply because many Adult Swim staffers carry fond memories of Zack Morris and the gang. In case you were in a coma during the show’s heyday, it follows the adventures of a group of very well-scrubbed, over-acting teens trying to get through high school with as much silliness as possible. But it wasn’t all bad: it did launch stars Elizabeth Berkly and Mark-Paul Gosselaar into fame with Showgirls and NYPD Blue, respectively.
Even longer-time fans will remember that Saved By the Bell was a spin-off of Good Morning, Miss Bliss, which starred Hayley Mills and followed several of the characters through middle school. How sad is it that I knew that without having to look it up?
Fans of Adult Swim aren’t impressed, though, judging by the flaming comments on message boards, so it’s in doubt whether Saved By the Bell will survive its two-week trial.
Sure, TV is filled with ghosts and aliens and even scrupulous lawyers, but this has got to be the strangest thing we’ve heard in a long, long, time.
Elvira, Mistress of the Dark for the past 25(!) years, has always been known for her quirky sense of humor and ample assets. No doubt long-time television viewers remember her from her stints on USA: Up All Night and scores of Halloween specials.
Truly scary news has emerged: Elvira is retiring. Seems like Cassandra Peterson is weary of her alter ego, but there is a bit of bright news, as Elvira will live on. She’ll just look a little different. This is the idea behind a new, yet untitled, reality show in the works - contestants will compete in a series of strange, horror-ible elimination rounds, all vying to fill the Dark Mistress’s shoes.
Word is, the contestants will be required to sleep in coffins (yikes!) and inhabit scary sets. Although the spooky elements are there, producers promise the show will boast Elvira’s trademark humor, too. And it doesn’t end there - producers hope to parlay the show’s potential success into an Elvira-themed movie and cartoon. Well, why not? Elvira is hard to resist!
Read More | ABC News
Fans decried the sudden cancellation of the CBS ‘dramedy’ Love Monkey, starring the delightfully talented (and may we say, extremely adorable) Tom Cavanagh. Cavnagh’s character, a record producer in his thirties, faced the perils of the business, life in the city, and the quest for true love, head-on.
With its unique blend of touching emotion and outlandish views of societal quirks, Love Monkey quickly became a favorite of television addicts everywhere. CBS pulled the show after only three episodes. The network claimed they made the decision due to low ratings, but three episodes? The show never even got the chance to succeed!
But take heart: VH1 is picking up the series, and will air the complete first season beginning Tuesday, April 18th.
Whether you already love it or missed it the first time, here’s your chance to enjoy a great show. Let’s just say…you’d have to be bananas to miss out on Love Monkey!
Read More | VH1
The highlight of this week’s American Idol was the apparent friction between teen heartthrob Ace Young and Queen member Brian May. The friction appeared so confrontational, in fact, that many viewers let Brian May know of their displeasure. And now Brian May is letting the world know that he’s not gonna take it any more.
Brian wrote in his personal blog that the apparent Ace-hatred never happened the way it was shown - it was a result of ‘creative editing.’ He criticizes the way American Idol producers seize anything the least bit negative and blow it out of proportion…while apparently enjoying their evil deeds. Brian also stressed that he and Ace got along great, and that Ace did an excellent job with the song.
Gee, who would have ever guessed that reality TV isn’t…real?
(You can find all the American Idol 5 posts here.)
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