Television Shows: Renewed, Cancelled, and in Limbo

Are you wondering if your favorite television show is going to be renewed? Most networks still have until late May to make a final announcement of their fall lineups, but here are some of the shows we know we will or won’t see again. Some of the ABC shows that have officially been renewed are “Brothers & Sisters,” “Desperate Housewives,” “Grey’s Anatomy,” “Lost,” “Private Practice,” and “Ugly Betty.” There had been fear by fans that “Ugly Betty” would be cancelled after ratings dropped in season 3. NBC actually renewed “Friday Night Lights” for two more seasons, despite the fact that … Continue reading

Election Day Coverage—Who Will You Be Watching?

T-minus 24 hours. Television news organizations have been preparing for Election Day 2008 with about as much anticipation as the politicians themselves. The event is like the Super Bowl, the Olympics and the Academy Awards all wrapped up in one broadcast. Several networks just announced plans to unveil major new tech toys to get poll results to the public as soon as possible. Tomorrow you will be introduced to a “magic wall,” a “launchpad” and watch as NBC and ABC turn two New York City landmarks – Rockefeller Center and Times Square – into virtual TV studios. Here’s what else … Continue reading

Chewing the Fat on “Dancing with the Stars”

The next time Dancing with the Stars’ Cheryl Burke and Lacey Schwimmer gear up to kick it on the dance floor they may be aiming their feet directly at fellow pros Louis van Amstel and Maksim Chmerkovskiy’s rear ends. The ladies are reportedly displeased (to put it mildly) with the recent comments van Amstel and Chmerkovskiy made to TV Guide about the size of their… um… assets. “When I first saw these women this season, I said, ‘Guys, you know the camera adds 10 pounds,’” Chmerkovskiy complained to the magazine. “‘You have to do something about this.” Van Amstel also … Continue reading

Viewing “The View” from a Different Angle

They’ve tried doing the show with a loud-mouthed dictator at the helm. And prior to that they tried to keep audiences while a self-absorbed, shoe-loving diva sat at the table. Now “The View” is trying a different tactic to score viewers–give fans V.I.P. backstage access to the show. Producers say it has never been done before (at least on their show) and so come Memorial Day the chatfest will make history by airing an unusual experiment that will give viewers a chance to see what happens behind the scenes at the daytime talk show. According to ABC bigwigs, in two … Continue reading

Just Saying No

Spice Girl turned reality TV star Victoria Beckham is denying that she is adding to her clan. The girl group singer insists that she is not pregnant (yet) and is currently concentrating on spending “quality time” with her three young sons. Beckham sparked rumors a few weeks ago when she told reporters that she dreamed of adding a baby girl to her brood of boys. Further fanning the rumor flames was the fact that the rail-thin mom was noticeably staying away from alcohol at her birthday celebration last month. Earlier this week the spicy mama issued this statement in an … Continue reading

Dancing with Same-Sex Partners

Prior to Steve Guttenberg getting the boot from this season’s “Dancing with the Stars” he took to the dance floor with his partner Anna Trebunskaya’s husband, pro dancer Jonathan Roberts for a tango the show’s host affectionately referred to as the “MAN-go.” In the days since, Guttenberg and Roberts’ “man-go” clip has received more than a million hits on and YouTube and has sparked a number of lively debates in cyberspace (and beyond) regarding the idea of having the popular dancing competition include same-sex partners. In fact, when a gay/lesbian/transgender group recently proposed bending the gender rules on the … Continue reading

The Continuing Writers Strike—What’s Happening with Your Favorite Shows?

It doesn’t look like striking Writers Guild of America members will be having a very merry Christmas this year. Prospects for a compromise came to an abrupt halt when talks collapsed last week. What’s more, no new negotiations are scheduled. So, now that we know that it is very, very unlikely that a new deal will be reached by the end of the year what does this all mean for your winter TV viewing? Most of the major networks are keeping tight-lipped about their plans for the first few months of 2008, except for ABC. Big wigs at the Disney … Continue reading

Marie’s Thud Heard Round the World

Ouch! That’s gotta hurt. No. I’m not referring to the painful drop “Dancing with the Stars” contestant Marie Osmond took after her samba routine. I’m referring to the scores the judges flashed when the singer came to. Osmond got 21 out of 30 possible points for her show-stopping samba. Actually, it was what occurred after her samba that stopped the show. Right before the judges started to give their verbal assessments of her dance with partner Jonathan Roberts, a visibly winded Osmond collapsed on the ballroom floor. Roberts and host Tom Bergeron leaned down to assist her before sending the … Continue reading

“Dancing’s” Samantha Harris Under Fire

Did you watch “Dancing with the Stars” last night? While the contestants and the audience were up in arms about the brouhaha regarding illegal lifts, viewers at home were fired up about another portion of the program. Namely co-host Samantha Harris. Harris returned to the show last night for the first time since giving birth to her first child three weeks ago. The decision obviously didn’t sit well with millions of fans who took their ire to dozens of Internet chat rooms and message boards. MAN! I am glad I’m not Harris. That woman is being raked over the coals … Continue reading

“Desperate Housewives” Controversial Dig On Filipinos Causes Ire

Do you remember the scene from Sunday’s season premiere of “Desperate Housewives” where Teri Hatcher’s character, Susan, goes in for a doctor’s appointment and is stunned when the gynecologist suggests she may be going through menopause? “Listen, Susan, I know for a lot of women the word ‘menopause’” has negative connotations. You hear ‘aging,’ ‘brittle bones,’ ‘loss of sexual desire,’” the doctor tells her. “OK, before we go any further, can I check these diplomas? Just to make sure they aren’t, like, from some med school in the Philippines?” Susan retorts. That exchange, which I’m sure show writers meant to … Continue reading