2008 IN REVIEW: TELEVISION
Wednesday, January 07, 2009
BEST OF TV
"ROOKIES" - The A&E documentary-style show followed rookie cops during their first days on the beat. The reality of being a police officer hit home in one episode, when viewers found out a young officer was killed shortly after the taping.
"CELEBRITY REHAB" - Dr. Drew Pinsky puts a punch of drug and alcohol-addicted D-listers into a rehab in California. The result: a show that was every bit as addicting as the pain pills that Jeff Conaway couldn't get off of. Two seasons of the show aired in 2008. It was so successful, that a spin-off called "Sober House" is being planned for Vh1 later this month.
"STRINGERS L.A." - While you're sleeping, stringers are out there, shooting the latest breaking news for TV stations around the country. This Tru TV followed stringers as they raced against the clock, to be the first on scene at some of the biggest stories in Los Angeles.
"OPERATION REPO" - Ride along as street-smart repo men and women do what it takes to repossess cars, jet skis and even ice cream trucks! The confrontations with angry debtors were great television.
WORST OF TV
"HOLE IN THE WALL" - This silly show on FOX featured people in tight suits dodging odd-shaped holes in walls. Unwatchable and dumb.
"PARIS HILTON'S MY NEW BFF" - This MTV "reality" show proved that Paris Hilton was so 2007. A group of worthless woman (and two ultra-feminine gay guys) competed against each other for the socialite's friendship.
"THE HILLS" - This MTV show makes are "worst list" every year. Pointless people doing pointless things. With shows like this, it's no wonder that MTV's ratings were down 25% in the fourth quarter.
"THE OPRAH WINFREY SHOW" - It's officially time for the queen of talk to hand over her thrown to someone else. After more than two decades on the air, her show has become a repetitive yawn. The shows deal with Skype means that many guests now appear via the Internet. This looks very lazy. Just fly your guests to Chicago.
"TRIVIAL PURSUIT: AMERICA PLAYS" - This show proves the popular board game should have stayed in the box. The pre-taped questions from viewers bring the pacing of the show to a screeching halt.
The Montel Williams Show (SYN) - 17 years on the air
Judge Hatchett (SYN) - 8 years
Judge Maria Lopez (SYN) - 2 years
MadTV - (Fox) 14 years
King of the Hill (Fox) - 11 years
posted by jc @ 1:21 PM,
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DESTINATION AMERICA, Sundays 10pm/ET
If you listen to the Howard Stern show, the you already know that Jon Hein is the biggest fan of fast food around. Join Jon as he checks out the best places to chow down for cheap on this new show on the new network, Destination America. If you're not craving something greasing after watch this show, then something is wrong with you.
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