The Kardashian clan scores a third spin-off with E!'s latest reality show, 'Khloe And Lamar'
The second season premiere of the ABC alien drama promises lots of action and angst
It remains to be seen whether he'll actually find love, but Brad Womack faces a ratings slump
Catch up on the hilarious comedy before it returns to NBC on January 20.
Parks and Recreation was a pretty highly anticipated new sitcom in 2009. Created by Mike Schur, one of the head writers of ‘The Office’ (and known in front of the camera as Dwight Schrute’s bearded weirdo cousin Mose), and starring SNL darling Amy Poehler, it would follow the clueless misadventures of Leslie Knope, Deputy Director of the eponymous department in Pawnee Indiana. Many fans were expecting sheer greatness out of the gate. Unfortunately, what they got was ‘Michael Scott 2.0, Now Female With Blond Hair And More Improvisation’. The first four episodes of the six-episode season were unfocused, and (frankly) not very funny. But then the last two struck a balance between Leslie’s crazy eyes and her do-gooder instinct for her community and seemed to point the way for a vastly improved second season.
Lord, did they ever deliver. 'Parks and Recreation', much like 'Cougar Town', worked out the kinks in the writing to develop Leslie from an inept, bumbling, slightly deranged middle manager to a peculiar and naïve but passionate, hyper-competent, smart public servant. Every episode is packed full of gut-busting gags and really sweet character moments. Best of all, the supporting cast of strong comedic actors all get a chance to shine; in particular, the mustachioed, breakfast-loving, government-hating Ron Swanson (Nick Offerman).
So, maybe it’s more like a New Year’s Eve Wish? Or better yet, a New Year’s Eve Instruction To All Of You Lovely People. Either way, do yourself a favor and use the next three weeks to watch as many episodes of season two as you can. The DVDs can be rented on Netflix, or streamed via Netflix Instant, and they are all available on Hulu as well.
I’ll just let Jean-Ralphio take us out.
ABC Family's hit whodunit returns tonight with all new episodes
The show's been dubbed "Desperate Housewives" for the teen set, but the drama's so much more amped up when you throw in a healthy dose of high school angst -- complete with cheating (on tests and otherwise), good old-fashioned teacher-student affairs and coming out of the closet.
So what can we expect? Well, new episodes of the show will pick up right where they left off -- at the scene of the hit-and-run that leaves Ashley Benson's Hanna out cold.
Is she dead? Nope. But she will see the dead when she wakes up at the hospital -- as the eerie shot above shows, old -- dead -- pal Allison (Sasha Pieterse) pays her a visit at the hospital.
Then there are those other mysteries. Will Aria (Lucy Hale Montegomery) chose high school hottie Noel -- or be drawn once again to her English teacher Ezra? Will Emily (Shay Mitchell), who's been secretly exploring her sexuality with new pal Maya (Bianca Lawson), finally come out of the closet?
And who, then, is the girls "Gossip Girl" from-the-grave stalker, A.? Will all be revealed tonight? Not likely. But we'll have fun watching in continued suspense.
Will you be watching "Pretty Little Liars" tonight?
In a battle between Southern crooners, was Street Corner Symphony gypped?
And in the end, the spiritual-leaning sextet Committed took the title -- along with the $100K record deal and a trophy -- but did by scoring big with their rendition of "Hold My Hand" (by Michael Jackson featuring Akon). Which, when you think about it, they didn't rock nearly as hard as some of their earlier numbers. The performance actually felt flat and tepid, and if I was picking a winner, I wouldn't have picked them based on that number. In fact, throughout the show's run, the boys have felt just a bit too timid to really be stars. They don't ooze that rock star vibe. Even their celebratory "We Are the Champions" underwhelmed.
Which begs the question, was Street Corner Symphony gypped. Hell yes! Their rendition of "Fix You" by Coldplay set them far and away ahead of the other teams -- including fellow finalists Committed. Frontman Jeremy set the stage ablaze (or maybe that was the lighting?) with his star power and that signature falsetto. But no worries boys, we're sure Nashville bigwigs will be beating a path to sign you guys to a fat contract any second now, if they haven't already. So all in all, we'd say you got what we -- uh, you -- wanted out of "The Sing-Off."
Do you think Street Corner Symphony should have won?
CBS Goes Twitter-happy with three more feed-based TV concepts in active development
Still, network execs are willing to give the Twitter-inspired TV thing another go.
The latest? Jessica Alba's company will be producing a CBS comedy, "Mother of All Something," based on the Twitter musings of Kelly Oxford, a Canadian mama of three who posts about pop culture, current events and mundane motherhood. (Sample Tweet: "Sarah Palin is going to Haiti? Haven't these people been put through enough this year?") Alba's hired former "Will & Grace" writer Jhoni Marchinko to helm the project, while Oxford herself will serve as supervising producer on the show. No word on whether Alba, who next stars in "Little Fockers" but got her start on TV's "Dark Angel," would consider a return to the small screen.
And CBS apparently thinks there are big bucks to be made in Twitter TV. The network has two other Twitter-inspired comedies in the works right now, too. "Dear Girls Above Me," produced by Ashton Kutcher's Katalyst, is based on a Twitter feed by Charlie McDowell, who claims he learns everything he needs to know about women by eavesdropping on the two single ladies who live upstairs. McDowell is contracted to co-write the pilot. Also via Kutcher's Katalyst is "Shh...Don't Tell Steve," which follows the Tweets of a long-suffering straight-man (known only as "Steve's Roommate), who documents the exploits of his nutty, immature housemate Steve.
Are there any Twitter feeds you'd like to see turned into TV gold?
So where are Farrah, Amber, Maci and Catelynn?
MTV has announced the new line-up for the next season of its reality hit "Teen Mom" -- and your old favorites aren't on it.
Instead, the new season, which premieres Tuesday, Jan. 11, will feature recent "16 And Pregnant" grads Chelsea, Jenelle, Leah and Kailyn.
The older teen moms, Farrah, Amber, Maci and Catelynn, are still filming for a season to air later this year. The teen mamas have earned themselves quite a fan -- and tabloid -- following as their dramas veer from parenthood into dating dilemmas, money woes and even domestic violence. But you'll have to wait for more of all that.
In the meantime, you can tune in to see if South Dakota native Chelsea is still closer to her pops than to her controlling baby daddy, if southern surf girl Jenelle can put her party-hearty past behind her, how Pennsylvania native Kailyn's faring as she and the baby move into her boyfriend's parents' house, and how West Virginia cheerleader Leah copes with preemie twins.
Will you be watching the new season -- and new cast -- of "Teen Mom"?