2009 IN REVIEW: TELEVISION
Thursday, December 31, 2009
TELEVISION NEWS OF 2009
> American Idol runner-up put on a lewd performance on the American Music Awards. ABC got about 2,000 complaints. His appearance on Good Morning America was canceled as a result.
>Paula Abdul left American Idol and is being replaced by Ellen Degeneres.
> In November, Oprah Winfrey announced that she will be ending her talk show in 2011, after 25 years on the air.
> CBS canceled two of its longest running soap operas, The Guiding Light and As The World Turns.
Like "Intervention," this A&E documentary-style show is one of those shows that you just can't stop watching. "Hoarders" follows people who suffer from extreme compulsive hoarding. Some people may lose their kids if they don't clean up. One woman had a fridge full of decaying and rotten food. She said it was still good. The show brings in experts to help them regain control on their lives. Sometimes it works, but sadly, sometimes it does not.
"MY BEAUTIFUL FACE"
Katie Piper was an up-and-coming model with amazing looks, until she was attacked. Surveillance cameras caught a man walking up to her and throwing acid in her face. This amazing documentary from the U.K. follows Katie on her road to recovery. Cameras follow her for surgery and as she bravely goes out in public for the first time. If you haven't seen this documentary, be sure to check it out on YouTube.
"LATE NIGHT WITH JIMMY FALLON"
While NBC screwed things up with Jay Leno and Conan O'Brien, they did make one smart decision in late night. They gave Jimmy Fallon his own show. The show knows it's audience - college students and 20-somethings - and smartly caters to them every night. Fallon's house band, The Roots, are the perfect compliment to the show. They are amazing live. Go see a taping of his show just to see The Roots perform in the breaks.
"THE JAY LENO SHOW"
One of the biggest mistakes in television history. Jay Leno was performing just fine at 11:35, yet the network gave Conan O'Brien the coveted time slot and moved Leno to prime time. And, what a mistake it was. The Jay Leno show is a boring, unwatchable mess. The guests are C-list at best. There is rarely a music act to close the show. The jokes are boring and predictable. Leno brings on up-and-coming comics for segments, which always fall flat. No surprise, "The Jay Leno Show" is getting awful ratings. Affiliates are complaining, saying his show is dragging down their late news ratings. Leno has a two-year deal with NBC. If he survives the beginning of 2010, it will be a miracle. The guy should have just stepped down from "The Tonight Show" and called it a career. Instead, he'll be remembered as a failure for his failed new endeavor.
"IT'S ON WITH ALEXA CHUNG"
After TRL was canned, MTV was left without a live, afternoon show for all the just-getting-home-from-school teenie boppers. So, they imported Alexa Chung from the U.K. "It's On with Alexa Chung" gets all of the big guests, but only because it's on MTV. The show makes sense, but only to people with extreme ADD. One minute, Chung will be interviewing Rihanna. The next, she will interrupt the singer, to play a viral video, that has nothing to do with anything. This show is all over the place. It needs a focus. A heavy dose of Ritalin wouldn't hurt either.
TruTv's slogan is "Not Reality, Actuality." Yet, "Operation Repo"
is a fake. The show follows some jacked up repo men as they repossess cars. They yell. They get into fights. Except, the whole show is scripted and the acting is bad.
Ozzy Osbourne and family tried to bring the variety genre back to life with this awful Fox show. It featured horrible taped segments with the family and a woman who threatened to end her relationship if her longtime boyfriend didn't marry her on the show. Many Fox affiliates refused to air the show. Some critics called it the worst show ever. "Osbournes: Reloaded" was canceled after only one episode.
CANCELLED: King of the Hill, Jon & Kate Plus 8, Monk, The Tyra Banks Show, As The World Turns, The Guiding Light, The Bonnie Hunt Show, Prison Break
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2009 IN REVIEW: DEATHS
Wednesday, December 30, 2009
2009 was one of the most devastating years for celebrity deaths. During the summer alone, pop icon Michael Jackson, actress Farrah Fawcett, newsman Walter Cronkite, Senator Ted Kennedy and TV producer Don Hewitt died.
Jett Travolta, 16 ,1/2/09
John Travolta's only son passed away at a young age after collapsing at the family's vacation home in the Bahamas.
John Updike, 76, 1/27/09
The Pulitzer Prize-winning author died of cancer.
Paul Harvey, 90, 2/28/09
Legendary radio man who began his long career in 1933.
Natasha Richardson, 45, 3/18/09
The death of this actress shocked the world. She died of a head injury she suffered while skiing.
Bea Arthur, 86, 4/25/09
Beloved actress known for her roles on "Maude" and "The Golden Girls."
Dom DeLuise, 75, 5/5/09
Actor who appeared in many movies including "Blazing Saddles."
David Carradine, 72, 6/4/09
Actor who was found dead in a hotel room in Thailand. It's believe he hanged himself possibly as part of some sort of bizarre sex act.
Ed McMahon, 86, 6/25/09
Johnny Carson's loyal sidekick on "The Tonight Show" for 20 years. He was also well known as the host of the popular talent show, Star Search.
Farrah Fawcett, 62, 6/25/09
Actress best known for her role in Charlie's Angels. She bravely battled cancer in front of the camera.
Michael Jackson, 50, 6/25/09
Hours after Farrah Fawcett passed away, the whole world was shocked to find out that pop legend Michael Jackson had also died. He suffered a cardiac arrest likely due to a combination of medicines he was taking. Jackson was supposed to take part in a comeback tour in 2009, instead a documentary featuring his rehearsals was released. In the days after Jackson's death, fans gathered outside his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and at the Apolllo Theatre in New York. A nationally televised farewall to the singer aired in July. It featured performances from Stevie Wonder, Mariah Carey, Jennifer Hudson, Usher, the Jackson brothers and a tearful goodbye from his daughter. His music filled the top spots on iTunes in the weeks after his death. Of course, there was also plenty of controversy. Everyone speculated if his kids were really his kids. Many said he was a drug addict or that he was gay. His amazing career of number one's and record sales stands for itself. There will never be another artist as influential as Michael Jackson.
Billy Mays, 50, 6/28/09
You couldn't turn the TV without seeing pitchman Billy Mays. He was known for his booming voice and black beard. At the time of his death, he was also the star of a reality show, "Pitchmen," that followed him as he pitched household product. Mays' infomercials continued to air in the months following his sudden death.
Steve McNair, 36, 7/4/09
Quarterback for the Titans and the Ravens. Found dead in Nashville from a gunshot wound to the head.
Walter Cronkite, 92, 7/17/09
Legendary news anchor passed away after a long illness. His family was by his side. Cronkite was the face of CBS news from 1962 to 1981. His voice can still be heard introducing Katie Couric every night.
Eunice Kennedy Shriver, 88, 8/11/09
Shriver was the sister of John F. Kennedy and the founder of the Special Olympics. Her entire family, including daughter Maria Shriver, flew to Massachusetts for her funeral.
Les Paul, 94, 8/13/09
Les Paul changed the course of music with the electric guitar and his many innovations including multitrack recording.
Robert Novak, 78, 8/18/09
The longtime Chicago Sun-Times columnist died from brain cancer.
Don Hewitt, 86, 8/19/09
The creator of longtime news magazine "60 minutes." Hewitt was also the producer of the first televised presidential debate in 1960.
Ted Kennedy, 8/25/2009
Longtime senior senator from Massachusetts and the brother of John F. Kennedy. Kennedy was the fourth longest serving senator in U.S. history who became known as "The Lion of the Senate." He worked all his life to get universal health care for everyone and months after he died, it happened.
Patrick Swayze, 57, 9/14/09
The actor died after a long and public battle with pancreatic cancer. He was known for his work in several movies including, "Ghost" and "Dirty Dancing." Before he died, Swayze starred in the A&E series, "The Beast."
Mary Travers, 72, 9/16/09
Part of the legendary folk group Peter, Paul and Mary. She died after years of battling leukemia.
Soupy Sales, 83, 10/22/09
Comedian, actor and radio host
Brittany Murphy, 32, 12/20/09
The death of this young actress came as a surprise to many. She reporedly died of a heart attack. Murphy was known for her roles in "Girl Interuprted," "8 Mile" and "Clueless." She was also the voice of Luanne on "King of the Hill."
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2009 IN REVIEW: MUSIC
Sunday, December 27, 2009
Black Eyed Peas - "Boom Boom Pow"
Cascada - "Evacuate The Dancefloor"
Drake - "Best I Ever Had"
Jamie Foxx - "Blame It"
Jason Derulo - "Whatcha Say"
Shakira - "She Wolf"
Adam Lambert - "Whatya Want From Me"
Black Eyed Peas - "Boom Boom Pow"
Bowling For Soup - "My Wena"
Britney Spears - "3"
Britney Spears - "If You Seek Amy"
LMFAO - "I'm In Miami Bitch"
New Boyz - "You're A Jerk"
Nickelback - "Never Gonna Be Alone"
Seether - "Careless Whisper"
Shinedown - "Second Chance"
Soulja Boy - 'Kiss Me Thru The Phone"
Whitney Houston, Creed, Blink 182, Maxwell
Lady Gaga, Susan Boyle, Kings of Leon
posted by jc @ 11:12 AM, ,
Gov. Mark Sanford Cheats on Wife
After being missing for several days, South Carolina Governor Mark Sanford resurfaced. His staff claimed he was out of the country hiking the Appalachian Trail. But then, Sanford fessed up to cheating on his wife with a woman in Argentina. Sanford and his wife tried to repair their relationship to no avail. In December, Mrs. Sanford announced that she's filing for divorce.
Mackenzie Phillips Claims Incest
Mackenzie Phillips shocked the world when she appeared on "Oprah" to talk about her new book. She claimed that her father, legendary Mamas and the Papas singer John Phillips, had sex with her numerous times. She said the sexual relationship was often fueled by drugs and lasted 10 years.
The whole world stopped for a few minutes to watch a homemade balloon fly through the air. There were claims that a little boy was inside. Of course, when it landed, it was empty. The boy was safe inside his parents house the whole time. Richard and Mayumi Heene admitted they concocted the story so they would become reality TV stars. They were both sentenced to jail time for the scheme in December.
Adam Lambert AMA Performance
The American Idol runner-up shocked the world with his performance on the American Music Awards. The openly gay singer made out with a male keyboard player and simulated oral sex with a dancer. ABC was flooded with complaints and they even canceled his appearance on Good Morning America.
The White House Crashers
Security at the White House is supposed to be air tight, but somehow Tareq and Michaele Salahi were able to crash the president's first state dinner. Turns out, the couple had been filiming scenes for Bravo's "Real Housewives" series. They claimed the whole thing was a big misunderstanding and that they were invited. They later refused to testify before a House Homeland Security Committee.
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2009 IN REVIEW: QUOTES
Saturday, December 26, 2009
"I want you off the f***ing set. No, don't just be sorry. Think for one f***ing second. What the f*** are you doing? Am I going to walk around and rip your f***ing lights down in the middle of the scene? So why the f*** are you walking right through?" - Actor Christian Bale screaming at a crew member on the set of a Terminator movie
"I knew the minute you walked out on that stage that we were gonna hear something extraordinary and I was right." - Simon Cowell to Susan Boyle after she wowed the crowd on Britain's Got Talent
"You have a particular grace and calm that I adore. You have a level of sophistication that so fitting with your beauty. I could digress and say that you have the ability to give magnificent gentle kisses, or that I love your tan lines or that I love the curve of your hips, the erotic beauty of you holding yourself (or two magnificent parts of yourself) in the faded glow of the night’s light." - South Carolina Governor Mark Sanford in an email to an Argentinian woman he was having an extramarital affair with
“I just want to say ever since I was born, Daddy has been the best father you can ever imagine. And I just want to say I love him so much.” - Paris Jackson tearing up about her father's death at the pop singer's televised memorial
“With sadness in my heart, I’ve decided not to return to #IDOL. I’ll miss nurturing all the new talent, but most of all …being a part of a show that I helped from day1become an international phenomenon … What I want to say most, is how much I appreciate the undying support and enormous love that you have showered upon me … It truly has been breathtaking, especially over the past month … I do without any doubt have the BEST fans in the entire world and I love you all.” - Paula Abdul announces she's leaving American Idol on Twitter
"I'm sorry, but Beyoncé had one of the best videos of all time!" - Kanye West after grabbing the mic from Taylor Swift at the MTV VMA's
"I have had sex with women who work for me on this show." - David Letterman admitting he slept with staffers on his show. He was forced to admit the truth after a $2 million dollar extortion plot against him was made public.
"I love this show. This show has been my life. And I love it enough to know when it's time to say goodbye. Twenty-five years feels right in my bones, and it feels right in my spirit. It's the perfect number—the exact right time. So I hope that you will take this 18-month ride with me right through to the final show." - Oprah Winfrey announcing she will leave her talk show in 2011 after 25 years
"I want you to lay next to me, lay on me or where ever you want to lay." - Tiger Woods in a text to Rachel Uchitel, one of his many alleged mistresses
"I have let my family down, and I regret those transgressions with all of my heart. I have not been true to my values and the behavior my family deserves." - Tiger Woods, responding to allegations of extramarital affairs.
Labels: year in review
posted by jc @ 11:42 AM, ,
A Christmas day reminder that terrorists are still out there.
Yesterday, a man who told the FBI he works for al-Qaeda, tried to blow up a plane that was landing in Detroit. The suspect boarded a plane in Nigeria and connected in Amsterdam on his way to Detroit. The suspect was said to have some sort of white powdery substance that he was trying to ignite. There were nearly 300 people on board. They were able to subdue the suspect. The White House is calling it an attempted act of terrorism.
posted by jc @ 10:56 AM, ,
YOUTUBE'S TOP VIDEOS OF 2009
Thursday, December 17, 2009
YouTube is out with its annual list of the site's most-watched videos of the year. No suprise, Susan Boyle's debut performance on Britain's Got Talent came in first. It got more than 120 million views from around the world.
#1 Susan Boyle on Britain's Got Talent - 120M views
Susan Boyle - Singer - Britains Got Talent 2009
#2 David After Dentists - a boy gets giddy after a trip to the dentist - 37M views
#3 Wedding video dance - 33M views
#4 Twilight : New Moon trailer - 31M views
#5 Evian roller skating babies ad - 27M views
Labels: year in review
posted by jc @ 10:31 PM, ,
Coming soon to the Daily Edition: 2009 In Review. It was a year that won't soon be forgotten. A singing legend died way too soon. We swore in our first black president. The economy collapsed. H1N1 caused a panic. Lady Gaga took the world by storm. Susan Boyle rose from obscurity to the top of the charts. We're looking back on the year that was, starting next week.
Labels: year in review
posted by jc @ 10:12 PM, ,
ARTIE LANGE TAKING TIME OFF FROM HOWARD STERN SHOW
Monday, December 14, 2009
Artie Lange is taking a break from the Howard Stern show. The comedian, who is always calling out sick, was off last Friday. Howard said it wasn't "Artie being Artie," but couldn't explain any further. This morning, Artie was off again. Howard explained, Artie wasn't looking good last week. Management suggested he take some time off, so that's what he's doing. Howard said Artie should be out for the rest of the week, which means we won't here from him until the new year. Artie has been battling depression, alcohol and drug addiction for years. Recently, things seemed to be getting better for Artie. He lost a ton of weight and is getting serious with a new girlfriend. Let's hope Artie gets all the rest he needs and comes back better than ever for 2010.
Labels: howard stern
posted by jc @ 12:30 PM, ,
JAY LENO IS #1 IN PRODUCT PLACEMENT
Friday, December 11, 2009
Think you're seeing a lot of ads during your favorite TV shows? You're right. Time Magazine has compiled a list of the worst product placement offenders in 2009. For once, Jay Leno has come out on top!
1. The Jay Leno Show (1015 placements)
2. WWE Monday Night Raw (787)
3. The Biggest Loser (704)
4. American Idol (553)
5. Extreme Makeover: Home Edition (483)
6. The Celebrity Apprentice (428)
7. Top Chef: Las Vegas (412)
8. America's Next Top Model (380)
9. Project Runway (350)
10. Dancing With the Stars (331)
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BARBARA WALTERS MOST FASCINATING PEOPLE OF 2009
Wednesday, December 09, 2009
Barbara Walters presented her annual look at the 10 most fascinating people of the year tonight. Enjoy this recap.
#10 LADY GAGA - Lady Gaga took her sunglasses off for the interview, telling Walters that she doesn't take her glasses off for just anybody. Barbara said, "bluffin with my muffin," when asking Gaga about her sexual orientation. LG said her relationships have always been with men, although she has hooked up with women.
#9 JENNY SANFORD - Broke up with politician husband, Mark Sandford, when he cheated on her in a much publicized affair.
#8 TYLER PERRY - Popular films have grossed more than $400 million.
#7 KATE GOSSELIN - Wholesome TLC star whose TV showed was canceled after her and her husband had a messy public break-up. She told Barbara that her kids miss the cameras.
# 6 GLENN BECK - Controversial TV host who's outspoken against President Obama. He told Barbara that he's afraid that our freedoms will slip away with us having a choice.
#5 ADAM LAMBERT - American Idol runner-up whose American Music Awards performance was X-rated. Lambert told Walters that he had no regrets about the performance. He says he's not sure what affect the performance will have on her career.
#4 BRETT FAVRE - 40-year-old Football player who's still in the game. Retirement just doesn't work for this guy and he's tried!
#3 SARAH PALIN - The first person to be on Barbara Walters' list two years in a row. In 2009, she abruptly left her post as governor of Alaska and authored a best-selling book. She told BW her perfect day would be one where she's at home with her five children, eating moose stew.
#2 THE JACKSON KIDS - When Michael Jackson died, he left behind three children. BW did not score an interview with the kids, showing file of them from previous interviews. Michael did not make the list because it only includes people who are still alive.
#1 MICHELLE OBAMA - The first African American first lady said there are times when she pinches herself as she's walking through the White House. (If you were watching David Letterman last night, you would have seen Letterman guess correctly about Barbara's top secret number one pick. Barbara just squirmed in her seat after he guessed it was Mrs. Obama. Sounds like Letterman got some inside info.)
Labels: year in review
posted by jc @ 10:17 PM, ,
CBS CANCELS "AS THE WOLD TURNS"
Tuesday, December 08, 2009
After 54 years on the air, CBS announced today that it's canceling "As The World Turns." The show will stay on the air through September 2010. Soap operas are just not bringing in the ratings that they used to. CBS canceled long-running soap "The Guiding Light" earlier this year. It was replaced with a new version of the classic game show, "Let's Make A Deal."
posted by jc @ 6:55 PM, ,
CHEATING SITE OFFERS TIGER ENDORSEMENT DEAL
Thursday, December 03, 2009
Now that Tiger Woods has basically admitted to cheating on his wife, he is being offered an endorsement deal from a pretty unique source. AshleyMadison.com is a website that encourages cheating. They hook married people up. Now TMZ reports, the site if offering Woods $5 million dollars to promote the site.
Labels: star scandals
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MTV, Mondays 10pm/ET
Based on a popular documentary film, this weekly series follows people who are in online relationships. They meet their longtime loves with the help of the show, but things aren't always what they seem.
FAST FOOD MANIA
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.
Trisha Goddard hosted talk shows overseas for years. Now, she's the star of her own show, a spin-off of Maury, here in the states. Topics have included a man with 5 wives and women who eat strange objects like drywall and dirt.
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