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Is the sky falling? Did hell just freeze over? No doubt some stuffy television viewers think so. An illustrious Peabody award, long respected for recognizing the best in television writing, has been given to South Park.
That’s right; one of the raunchiest, naughtiest shows on TV has received the award long known for choosing the most dignified, uplifting, respectable television writing. And now that includes…South Park? We only have one question: what took so long to give this show an award like this?
Raunchy it may be, but South Park has long featured some of the wittiest, most enjoyable, socially aware writing on television. Featured in everything from documentaries to college classroom lectures, the adventures of Cartman and the gang can always be counted on to engage thought and conversation. In fact, it is often (dare we say?) downright brilliant. Certainly, this signals a delightful new trend in television: ignoring naysayers and prejudices in the quest to recognize true quality. Congratulations, South Park!
Read More | E! Online
Ah, those The More You Know public service announcements on NBC, featuring television stars speaking earnestly to the camera. They are so annoyingly straight-laced and slightly intrusive, with their entreaties to avoid drugs, eat dinner as a family, and bond with your children that we’re sometimes tempted to do the evil opposite, just to spite them.
Apparently, even NBC can take a joke. The network recently produced a series of online advertisements spoofing their own public service announcements. The faux-earnest ads educate viewers about everything from “short people” to “jellybeans.” With NBC appearing so good-natured, we can almost forgive them for canceling the brilliant Freaks and Geeks. No, we can’t. We’ll never forgive them for that. But check out the ads anyhow; they’re a hoot.
Time to get bed early kids—a a new school year at Degrassi starts again this Friday, April 7th. In case you were forgot what your fellow classmates were up to before the long winter break, here’s a quick reminder:
- Spinner was still trying to redeem himself after Jimmy Brooks was shot. He recently started dating a new girl, Darcy, who has very strong religious beliefs.
- JT and Liberty were struggling with her unplanned pregnancy
- Manny was trying to keep her head high after her nude video was leaked on the internet by Peter
- Emma started having a flirtatious relationship with Peter behind Manny’s back
- Ellie and Manny were fighting for Craig’s attention. Manny appeared to have won it in the end.
- the kids of Degrassi just finished participating in a movie directed by Kevin Smith
BUT THERE IS A SO MUCH MORE!!! If you visit the Degrassi website, you will discover that a lot more has transpired during the break. There you can find nine Degrassi minis. These minis (about 2 minutes long each) are basically like snippets of a regular episode. What is unclear is whether or not you will have needed to watch these minis before the new season begins. Will those without access to a computer be missing a huge chunk of the characters’ storylines?? In case you don’t have the time to watch the minis for yourselves, study up on the following notes to make sure you’re ready for your return to school.
Earlier today, I was surprised to learn that America’s Number One television export is not about recording star wannabes, suburban housewives, or misfits stranded on a mysterious island. Nor does the Number One American show in the world address deals, or the lack thereof, hot medical practitioners, or things lawful and orderly.
According to CNN, outside of the United States, CSI Miami is the most popular American television series in the world. In this country, the series is 12th ranked in prime time for the season so far. But from Berlin to Bogota, and in Paris and Pretoria, the David Caruso series is America’s most popular television export.
Many David Caruso fans remember that the actor walked away from his first sizzling series, NYPD Blue, after one season, to pursue motion picture stardom that never materialized. Today, Caruso claims that he’s no longer chasing the big screen career rainbow. He intends to stay with CSI Miami for the duration.
Read More | CNN
It’s the hottest trend in television: blogs produced by the ‘characters’ of shows. These blogs provide supplemental information and insights for the amusement and delight of television viewers.
Whether it’s Medium’s Joe Dubois’s journal detailing his psychic wife’s dreams, case notes from the lawyers of Boston Legal, or delightfully gruesome entries from several forensic dramas, these blogs are guaranteed to at least curb the hunger of salivating fans wanting more details about their favorite shows and characters.
Which blog would we most like to see launch? It’s no contest: the world needs one from the Grey’s Anatomy cast. Oh, the wonder that would be! Perhaps we should lobby for one. Which are your favorite television blogs, and which show would you like to see get one?
Read More | USA Today
According the recent issue of US Weekly, there will be soon be another coupling in the halls of of Seattle Grace—this one being of the same-sex kind. Actress Kate Walsh (Addison) told the magazine that this relationship ‘affects all’ of them and that she would be ‘involved in some way’. Interesting… so does this mean that it will be Dr. McDreamy? Maybe he’ll hook up with George as well!
Read More | US Weekly
Alrighty then. Kyle MacLachlan, most recently on the failed drama In Justice, will be making his debut on another ABC show very soon. The former Twin Peaks star is probably best known to the Housewives’ female audience as Dr. Trey McDougal on Sex and The City, so starring with another gaggle of women should come as no problem to him. Let’s just hope that he doesn’t have another impotency problem when he tries to woo Susan. As if she didn’t have enough man problems. MacLachlan’s first air date is scheduled for April 16. He is scheduled to appear in several episodes and may even be seen again this fall.
Dynasty’s top divas Linda Evans (Krystle) and Joan Collins (Alexis) are together again for a 25th Anniversary Special, Dynasty Reunion: Catfights and Caviar, set to air on CBS prime time during the May Sweeps period. The legendary prime time soap premiered on ABC 25 years ago, and it’s been 17 years since the final new episode was broadcast.
Producer Michael Levitt says the Special will be anecdotal, and not a dramatic continuation of the Carrington Family saga. Nonetheless, he’s trying to convince Evans and Collins to reenact their infamous swimming pool catfight. Having them recreate the caviar part of the Special’s title shouldn’t take much arm twisting. The show is in production right now at California’s Filoli Mansion. The manse doubled for the Carrington home in the series’ opening credits.
The Huff: Season 2 Premiere, guest starring Sharon Stone, Sunday night on Showtime, was less than a lusty success with viewers. According to the AC Nielsen Company, the initial airing of the episode was watched by a scanty 372,000 viewers, losing 36% of Huff‘s lead in show, the Oscar-winning Crash.
It was a difficult weekend for the 48-year-old sex star elsewhere, too. Movie-goers didn’t exactly roll out the Welcome mat, much less the red carpet, for Stone at the nation’s box offices, either. Despite a media blitz of advertising and publicity, the opening weekend of Stone’s Basic Instinct 2, a sequel to her early ‘90s’ mega-hit, grossed a dismal $3.2 million, placing 10th on the list of last weekend’s top-grossing motion pictures.
It’s official! Television’s most widespread, high-stakes rumor of the year is now television history. At 7:30 this morning, Pacific Daylight Time, from the Today show desk she shares with co-anchor Matt Lauer, Katie Couric, the longest-serving (15 years) anchor in Today‘s 54-year history, told America, “After listening to my heart and my gut, two things that have served me pretty well in the past, I’ve decided that I’ll be leaving Today at the end of May. It was really a very difficult decision for a lot of different reasons.”
Couric went on to acknowledge and thank the show’s loyal and massive audience, “I can’t tell you how grateful I am for the support you all have given me.”
She explained, “Another reason this decision is difficult is my relationships with the people on this wonderful show….The notion that we’re a family is not just some cheesy promotional device. I really care about everyone here.”
Of her co-host Matt Lauer, Katie proclaimed, “I could not have asked for a more talented partner or a better friend. Just as Dorothy said to the Scarecrow, ‘I think I’m going to miss him most of all.’”
Beyond the departure announcement, the 49-year-old Couric confirmed that she would be working on CBS Evening News and 60 Minutes.
Read More | MSNBC
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