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Now that the worst is over, we move on to the best. We take a look at the various events and situations that made us turn our heads this year.
And be sure to stay tuned for our Golden Globes picks! Full article after the jump.
In perhaps a first in television history, the WB network has hired actors to portray the real-life beauties and geeks from its hit show, The Beauty and the Geek.Conceived as a “walking billboard,” the show’s producers are hoping the stunt will increase ratings for both the show, and for the struggling WB network overall.
The WB Network, which has had a dismal season so far, is taking to the streets to promote the upcoming second season of its reality hit “Beauty and the Geek.”
It has hired teams of eight actors and eight actresses in Los Angeles, New York and Chicago to portray “over-the-top” babes and nerds in some of those cities’ hottest night spots.
Read More | ABC Entertainment
The pervasive power of television never fails to amaze me. Where is the absolute last place you might expect to find a new version of American Idol? How about Ethiopia?
“Ethiopian Idols” is a far cry from the glamour and glitz of its U.S. and British inspirations.
Yellowed satin sheets and signs taped to the walls provide the backdrop for a set hastily constructed each week in a shabby hotel restaurant while waiters peer in. Performers have to contend with frequent power cuts, feedback from poor sound equipment and ringing cell phones.
But “Ethiopian Idols” has its own answer to Simon Cowell the acerbic judge on the American and British versions. Feleke Hailu disses contestants by telling them they “sing like donkeys.”
The show has fast won the highest ratings on otherwise dull state-run TV.
While “Ethiopian Idols” cannot promise the riches or fame enjoyed by American and British winners, it does offer hope in an impoverished country where most of the 77 million people cannot afford a TV set.
The show also has broken new cultural ground in the Horn of Africa nation.
Feleke’s catch phrase “alta fakedem,” or “you didn’t make it” in Amharic may seem positively meek compared to Cowell’s biting reviews. But it has caused a sensation in this tradition-bound culture.
Read More | Yahoo! TV News
The groundbreaking, thrilling series boasting uber-talent Jennifer Garner and uber-hottie Michael Vartan will soon depart, with its series finale scheduled for this season. How would you end the show? TV.com has some ideas:
Let’s hope that ABC gives the Alias folks the budget and freedom to send the show off in style. TV.com has done a lot of thinking about this, so we’ve decided to help out the writers and give them some ideas about what they could do in the finale.
For one, TV.com thinks that Vaughan should definitely come back and prove to everyone that he wasn’t a turncoat. Sydney and Vaughan should live happily ever after in Sydney’s cool modern design house.
Sloan should tell those blackmailers to stuff it, even though that means risking the life of his daughter Nadie, but then Nadia should wake up anyway, perfectly fine and ready to kick bad guys in the face. At that point, Nadia, Sydney, the French chick, and that new girl should get together and run down various alleyways shooting people and doing a lot of kicks and stuff.
As a personal favor, we’d like to see more of the fake Sloan, in the form of Joel Gray. Something about that whole thing just made TV.com laugh. It was hilarious!
Whatever you do, don’t kill Sydney’s dad.
How would you direct the series’ finale? Leave your suggestions in the comments.
Read More | TV.com
This time of the year is the perfect time for ‘Best and Worst’ lists, so we present our Best and Worst of TV 2005. Worst first, because we all know that’s the most fun. We take a look at the various events and situations that made us turn our heads this year. Full article after the jump.
Did you know the word “television” was first used in 1900? And that the planning stages for the medium began in the 1880s? Or that “Godfrey’s Talent Scouts” was the number one show in 1951? You’ll learn all this and more when you take a fascinating tour through Television History - The First 75 Years.
The site is a blend of everything television: the development of technology, information about favorite shows and many you’ve never heard of, even a list of people who possess the world’s largest collections of television sets! Go check it out and become the foremost expert on television. That’ll give your friends TV Envy.
Read More | TV History
Five wealthy, beautiful housewives get together to gossip among million-dollar homes and picture-perfect lawns. Does this sound familiar? It’s not Desperate Housewives; it’s ‘The Real Housewives,’ which will debut on Bravo this March. Reality TV fans have been anxiously awaiting its arrival since Bravo first announced plans for the show in May 2005.
Bravo has announced a new reality TV series called the “The Real Housewives” that is planned for first quarter of 2006. Bravo says “The Real Housewives” is a wildly entertaining, larger-than-life look within one of the most affluent gated communities in America. All aspects of the “richer than thou” OC life that prevails among the families of the community will be exposed.
The Real Housewives” will follow a mix of families and personalities within this extraordinary, picture perfect contained “set.”
With its mix of Desperate Housewives and The O.C.—both extremely successful television shows—The Real Housewives seem like a sure thing. I wonder if there are any cute gardeners around for the wives to get cozy with?
Read More | Reality TV Magazine
It’s January, which means a TV fan’s heaven of all new episodes and mid-season replacements to check out. It also means the most vicious television battle of the year is about to start. In a fight that makes the Olympics pale in comparison, the major TV networks are desperately tossing new shows, and old returning favorites, into the ring. Who will emerge the victor?
NBC has the advantage of the popular comedy Scrubs returning, along with ratings powerhouses such as My Name is Earl and The Office. ABC’s bringing back the beloved Dancing With the Stars, and has the guarantee of massive Super Bowl ratings. CBS has the advantage of the mega-rated CSI franchise. And Fox, of course, might have the best weapon of all in American Idol.
My predictions? Scrubs will sink in the ratings due to its unfortunate move to Tuesday nights, in direct competition with critical darling and fan favorite House, M.D. CSI will continue to be CBS’s reigning show. American Idol will rule its time slot, beating all competition except on the overdrawn ‘results shows,’ where many viewers will wait until the last 10 minutes to tune in.
Which network or show would you bet on? Share your predictions with us!
That’s the word on the street, anyway. It seems as though the witty The Daily Show host would be a natural choice to front Hollywood’s biggest night. The official announcement is expected on Thursday. Jon Stewart would be a great pick.
Read More | LA Times
In Heroes, Whores and Handmaidens: 3rd Annual Golden Lamp Awards Rank Best and Worst Media Portrayals of Nursing in 2005, nurses set the record straight. Seems they aren’t oversexed ditzes after all. And here I thought everything on television was true. The list covers the (episode-specific) best and worst portrayals of television nurses. The absolute worst? Grey’s Anatomy, with a whopping six nominations. Ouch.
Read More | Nursing Advocacy
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