More Interesting Than The Awards Themselves

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image of the SAG Awards logoAwards shows bore me. Either the people who I want to win don’t or the awards are kind of faked like the Golden Globes. The SAG Awards held on Sunday night is another opportunity for the best of Hollywood to get dressed up and party. Downton Abbey won for best ensemble cast in a drama which was a bit of shocker. My favorite part is the red carpet and seeing what different people picked to wear to the event. Here is a gallery of the looks that caught my eye or someone I support as a fan. For me the best look was from Jennifer Lawrence but YMMV.
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The Taste Is A Cooking Contest That Levels The Playing Field

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logo for the show The TasteSinging talent shows not only allowed little to no talent singers to get on TV, it also made the competition format a trendy way to do a reality talent show. It has been used in cooking shows like Top Chef and Chopped and now shows up on the new ABC show The Taste. The twist is similar to the NBC singing talent show The Voice where the judges pick a team based on a blind test. The Taste uses a single blind taste of a dish. The two hour first show was a bit much, but I liked what I saw and might tune in again.
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The Following Has A Strong Gimmick But Could Be Weak In Longevity

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Cast of ‘The Following’ (2012)

I watched the premiere episode of FOX’s new drama “The Following” that stars Kevin Bacon. It seemed like a cross between CBS’s “Criminal Minds” and the case of crazy man Charles Manson. I did think that it was unnecessarily graphic but I liked the plot and the concept. I just don’t think the show will last as a weekly series.
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Silver Linings Playbook Just Misses Being Oscar Worthy

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poster for the film Silver Linings PlaybookMovies about people with mental illnesses isn’t my usual thing unless it is a documentary. Family dysfunction played for laughs can be entertaining. I liked Silver Lining Playbook even though the main plot wasn’t my usual taste. Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence did a good job. I don’t think the film is worthy of the Oscar nominations it got but it was worth the money I spent on the ticket which is a good thing.
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Cable Channel Does Good: Cancels Trashy Reality Show

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created clip art with TV set and a prohibited symbol on itIn my last post I lamented the very bad trashy reality shows, like “Here comes Honey Boo Boo” on TLC, that some cable channels seem to be addicted to like crack. I wrote that these shows weren’t entertaining to me because I don’t like TV shows meant to make fun of people perceived to be in a lower social class. It seems that finally one channel reached a line it wouldn’t cross when it canceled a show about a serial baby maker.
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Honey Boo Boo Killed Cable

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Honey Boo Boo Killed Cable TV

I remember when I would be excited to get home from work to see some show on cable TV. I would forgo some purchase to make sure my cable bill was paid on time. But today I am no longer in love with cable TV. In fact shows like those that have Honey Boo Boo as a subject killed cable for me. I’ve decided that the crap on cable has overwhelmed the good and I can’t justify spending my money on crap any longer.
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The Equalizer Busy Equalizing

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clipart showing a music noteI love TV show themes and was really sad when the industry started cutting back on themes in order to squeeze in more commercials. The main theme to the show “The Equalizer” (1985–1989) is probably one of the best. It was composed by Stewart Copeland, the drummer from The Police. This percussion heavy theme captures the electronic vibe of the 1980’s and is part New Wave and part house music. Here is an album version of the tune.
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My TV Mid-Season Report

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created featured image for TV Mid-Season reportDecember to the beginning of the new year is usually the time the TV networks take a break from showing new episodes of shows. I decided to revisit some of the shows I highlighted back in August and returning shows I wanted to see again and give them a grade based on how they have been so far this season. As always YMMV.
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