Sure it’s entertaining, sometimes shocking, and often educational. But did you know television also provides a social service? Families, friends, and strangers often gather together to catch episodes of their favorite television shows, an experience which often leads to discussions and bonding. Beautiful, no? Do you have a tradition like this for your favorite show?
Some are small gatherings—an intimate pocket of three, occasionally four, on a sofa sharing an evening and the latest episode of “The Bachelor” or “Lost.”
Some are unwieldy crowds—a packed lounge in Chicago, where viewers crane to follow “Desperate Housewives,” when they’re not taking in the female impersonators who mimic the women of Wisteria Lane during commercial breaks.
Those who study TV and pop culture say these gatherings over a favorite show come out of two things: the desire for more shared experiences and the types of programs being produced today.
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The NBC series Conviction, which follows a band of idealistic, young, and photogenic attorneys, will premiere March 3rd - unless you’re an iTunes user - in which case, you can watch it right now.
NBC says it will offer the premiere episode of “Conviction” as a free download on the Apple music-and-video service, beginning Tuesday (Feb. 21) and running until the show’s debut. After the show premieres, episodes will be available for the standard iTunes price of $1.99 each.
“We believe we have a youthful and energetic cast that should appeal to a new audience that is increasingly comfortable with this downloadable format as a viewing option,” NBC CEO Jeff Zucker says. “The multi-platform efforts are a buzz-generator for certain shows such as ‘Conviction,’ and we want to proactively reach out to these viewers.”
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Talented film actor Ving Rhames, who catapulted to stardom as Marsellus Wallace in the cult hit Pulp Fiction, will soon grace the small screen. Rhames will play McCaffery, mentor to superhero Aquaman, in the new drama based on the comic book hero. With this kind of talent, along with viewers’ penchant for superheroes, the show seems to be a likely hit.
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Encouraged by the success of the series Monk, featuring a delightfully weird OCD detective, the USA network will soon premier a new ‘dramedy’ with a similar style. Psych will follow the adventures of a detective who, desperate for work, cons law enforcement into believing he has psychic powers. Sounds like a winner to us!
Like “Monk,” “Psych” features an unlikely detective. The series centers on Shawn Spencer (James Roday), an amateur sleuth who cons the police into believing he has psychic powers that help him solve crimes. With the reluctant assistance of his best friend (Dule Hill, of “The West Wing”), he has no choice but to get to work on complicated cases. Corbin Bernsen co-stars as Shawn’s police officer father.
“Psych,” written by Steve Franks, is tentatively slated to premiere July 7 in “Monk’s” 10 p.m. Friday slot.
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Tonight, the airways will glitter will sequins, salchows, and slippery spills. Ladies Figure Skating, the mega ratings blockbuster of the Winter Olympics, will debut tonight. Ever since the Tonya Harding/Nancy Kerrigan showdown of 1994, this event has no equal. Just to give you an idea how enormous the impact was, the 1994 long program segment of the ladies competition remains the sixth-highest rated television show ever. That’s not the sixth highest rated sporting event. That’s number six on the list of every single television episode or event ever.
Tonight, drama reigns supreme as fans and press still buzz about the absence of Michelle Kwan, her replacement Emily Hughes, and whether Sasha Cohen will blow it yet again. Frankly, we’re a bit tired of this, because of one competitor - Kimmie Meissner. Poor Kimmie. She beat Emily in the Olympic trials, but nobody ever mentions her. Just try to find a single story about Kimmie anywhere. Anywhere. It’s nothing but Emily Emily Emily, Michelle, Michelle, Michelle, and Sasha, Sasha, Sasha.
In fact, a poll showed that many people didn’t even know Kimmie was on the Olympic team.
An extraordinarily talented skater, Kimmie has every chance of making the medal stand. In fact, we’re predicting she’ll grab the bronze, while Sasha, armed with superior training and a far better attitude than she previously held, will finally get the gold. Emily just isn’t experienced or talented enough to medal yet, although she does have a winning personality and the cutest smile on the ice.
Tune in tonight, but first - who are your picks for the medal stand?
Do you have a good idea who will shine next in the pop music spotlight? Professional gamblers and statisticians do.
With “American Idol” moving into its public-voting phase next week, online bookies have begun laying odds on the 24 semifinalists. If the oddsmakers are right, we could be headed for an Ace Young-Katharine McPhee showdown sometime in late May.
Online gaming site PinnacleSports.com has the 25-year-old Young as the early favorite, with odds of 7 to 2 to become “Idol’s” first male champion since 2003. McPhee is right behind at 4/1, and another early favorite, 17-year-old Paris Bennett, is a 5/1 chance to take home the title.
Place your bets and let us know: who have you picked as the winner?
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Actress Kristen Bell (and the character she plays on the hit show Veronica Mars) is known for her intelligence, talent, and sweetness. Kristen will shed these qualities and don some risqué panties when she appears in the man-friendly magazine, Maxim.
Kristen Bell, star of UPN cult hit Veronica Mars, appears in the latest issue of men’s magazine Maxim. The racy photo shoot is timed to promote her new horror film, Pulse.
Bell plays an 18-year-old high school detective in her TV series, and the 25-year-old actress is attempting to shed her good-girl image with the photos and the R-rated horror film.
Kristen joins a long long line of television actresses who have appeared scantily clad in the magazine that many people describe as being a half-step up from Playboy. Is this a good personal and career move for Kristen, or will she regret her decision?
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Though ratings for the Winter Olympics have waned, the memories of past glories never will. Filled with drama, tears, and laughter, the Olympics have served up more moments of entertainment and heartbreak than could ever be completely documented. Lucky for us, television was there to catch them all. TV Guide has announced its picks for TV’s 10 Most Memorable Winter Olympics Moments. Be sure to find out if your favorite made the list.
Will Tuesday night add more to this mix? Ladies Figure Skating—the gala event of the winter Olympics—will be covered by NBC from 8 to 11:30 pm. Experts are predicting that the skating competition, full of drama before it even hits the ice, will be the highest-rated television event in the history of the Winter Olympics. It’s doubtful that anything could ever top the Nancy-Tonya showdown, but you never know.
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It should come as no surprise that Nick Lachey, the less successful half of MTV’s Newlyweds, is seeking further money and property from his estranged wife, pop sensation Jessica Simpson. After years of using Jessica as a meal ticket, can’t Nick step away with some dignity? Take some advice, Nick: get some pride. And a job.
The former 98 Degrees singer is seeking spousal support and various bling from his wife of three years, Jessica Simpson, report news sources. They’ve been living separately since December.
Lachey, 32, and Simpson, 25, met when she was promoting her debut album while touring with Lachey’s boy band 98 Degrees. Although the two had their niche fans, they both shot to unforeseen fame after wedding in October 2002 when MTV released the hit reality show “Newlyweds.”
Simpson’s career quickly eclipsed Lachey’s thanks to her pricelessly air-headed comments on “Newlyweds,” her golf swing-inhibiting assets and her Daisy Dukes-wearing figure in “The Dukes of Hazzard” movie. Their three-year relationship has been marked by frequent estrangement, public bickering and rumors of infidelity. The day before Thanksgiving 2005, they announced they were splitting.
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Television series often, inexplicably, switch nights or showcase ‘special’ episodes on evenings other than when they are scheduled to air. Normally, this wouldn’t merit a mention. But normally, it’s not one of the best shows on TV doing it.
House M.D. will air tonight at 8pm, rather than in its usual time slot of Tuesday at 9pm. The show features some of the best writing and acting on television, successfully walking the tightrope each week between humor and heartbreak. Tonight’s episode features a teen supermodel whose heroin addiction may or may not be her biggest health problem. The case parallels House’s own downward spiral into drug addiction, brilliantly explored last week when the good doc’s actions suggested he was moving beyond pain medication into something far more sinister. Such a special show deserves a special mention. Be sure to tune in.
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