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Monday, January 7, 2008

Quick and dirty TV notes

A few TV-related notes about shows you may or may not be interested in:

"The Daily Show with Jon Stewart" and "The Colbert Report" return tonight without writers. Comedy Central spokesman Tony Fox recently said, "Stephen and Jon are still figuring out what they're going to do on Monday night's show." Expect some sort of reaction (with writers!) from Channel Surfing's adoring fans later this week.

Also in the late night realm, "Real Time with Bill Maher" is back Friday on HBO, also without writers. Maher will be scrapping his popular "New Rules" segment and monologue, but as a bigger fan of the one-one-one interviews and discussion panel, I'm actually kind of happy with the strike-related alteration.

Dirt poor and without a DVD player? "Lost" fans have until Jan. 31 to watch the entire series online in HD.

Though not official, noted strike blog Deadline Hollywood Daily is reporting that NBC has cancelled the entire Golden Globes telecast. Rumors have the network filling the allotted timeslot by airing celebrity interviews, previous "Globes" clips and then finally, a press conference with an announcement of the winners. Hmmm ... guess that's what happens when the Screen Actors Guild refuses to let its stars attend due to writers' solidarity.

A sanitized version of Showtime's critically revered "Dexter" has been added to CBS' schedule beginning Sunday, Feb. 17. No, it's not the show with the little orange haired scientist who has thick glasses.

Whatcha gonna do when "American Gladiators" runs wild on you? NBC's revamped "Gladiators" with host Hulk Hogan averaged 12 million viewers over its two-hour premiere, trailing "Desperate Housewives" in viewers and key demos, then trouncing ABC's "Cashmere Mafia" in both measures during the second hour. The Onion A.V. Club has a scathing review of its return here.

And finally, Satan's favorite channel, MTV, has announced that a second season of "A Shot at Love with Tila Tequila" will air this spring. Meanwhile, a nation weeps.

"This time I wanna find love for real," Tequila said with a straight face while realizing that without a skank-tastic MTV show, her fame is confined to crappy social networking sites, where it belongs.

The "real love" she professed for first season winner Bobby Banhart? Well, apparently he's not even in her Top 8 on MySpace anymore. Banhart recently wrote on his MySpace site that "she never called me after the last show and no one would give me her number."

Aw, dude. You must feel soooooo used! You soooooo thought true love could be found on a bi-sexual reality show!

Not that it's a surprise, but casting notices circulated online for a second season of "A Shot at Love" before the finale, MTV's most-watched broadcast since November 2005. You can start kicking yourself for ever watching this scripted and predictable travesty ... now.

-- Thomas Rozwadowski,



Even though I didn't watch "American Gladiators" I can say with 100% certainty that the A.V. review is dead on. Why do so many let nostalgia guide not only their taste in TV, but in music, fashion, etc.? There's so much creativity and originality flowing within all mediums today we should all embrace and appreciate. America's obsession with reliving the past needs to end. And, really ... was it so great the first time around?

By Anonymous Anonymous, At January 7, 2008 at 8:37 PM  

Couldn't Tila just pick between the male and female winner of American Gladiator and save us from another "fake must find love" show?

By Blogger Antony, At January 8, 2008 at 3:41 PM  

Anonymous OBVIOUSLY doesn't remember the sheer awesomeness of Gemini and Nitro ...

-- Tom

By Blogger Press-Gazette blogger, At January 8, 2008 at 3:42 PM  

Personally I think Tila chose Bobby over Dani because she wanted to do a second season (seeing as Bobby was obviously the wrong choice), which is lame. It's enough to make me wish I'd stop watching it, but I'll probably get sucked in anyway.

By Blogger Press-Gazette blogger, At January 9, 2008 at 9:27 PM  

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