As MTV winds down its third cycle of reality TV phenomenon Jersey Shore, it's hard to believe that it has only been 15 months since the show first introduced America to the wonders of gym, tanning and laundry.
The show has already turned into a lucrative franchise for MTV — and now regularly beats American Idol in the cable network's key demographic of 12-to-34-year-olds. As the show's cast and crew pack their bags for a Season 4 trip to Italy, here's a brief history of how we got to this point...
It's almost hard to recall what Glee's New Directions looked — and sounded — like before the arrival of Sam Evans, played by Chord Overstreet. Here's why we think his blond ambition strikes just the right note.
After an explosive season that included a flashback episode giving insight into Neal and Peter's cat-and-mouse days and an epic finale, airing tonight, TV Guide Magazine asked the cast and creators of White Collar what kind of episode they'd like to do in Season 3. Turns out many of their wishes may come true.
Regarding the rumors that Anne Rice, author of Interview with the Vampire, might co-write an episode, co-exec producer Mark Goffman tells TV Guide Magazine that the writing staff is very excited about the prospect.
Take it from Tia Mowry: Everybody loves a good comeback story. Two years after her football wives comedy The Game was canceled by The CW, the revived series is scoring big-time ratings for BET. And in April, Mowry will begin shooting a new reality series documenting her first pregnancy — her husband is actor Cory Hardrict — and her twin sister Tamera's wedding plans. Touchdown!
Well, I for one can't recall ever seeing this on a television sitcom before. And I imagine it's a safe bet that this "ground-breaking" episode will not win any sensitivity awards.
TV Land's Hot in Cleveland has cast former Desperate Housewives actor Richard Burgi, who played Susan's ex-husband Karl, as one half of conjoined twin brothers, Timothy and Richard. Burgi will play Timothy, who is set up on a date with Victoria (Wendie Malick). Victoria is, of course, unaware that her date is bringing along a little extra baggage.
How do you feel about Hot in Cleveland's most outlandish plot yet? And who would you like to see attached to Richard Burgi?
Dag, maybe they should change the name to The Women Yell All.
Last night, Bachelor Brad Womack's harem of exes reconvened for the beloved bitchfest known as The Women Tell All, and it took all of 28 minutes — including the pec-filled, required-by-law recap clips — for the ladies to start hurling the hater-tots. Prime target: venomous vixen Michelle. It was kind of tasty, mostly because fans have been waiting for her comeuppance since the first time she opened her mouth and all that nasty came pouring out.
It didn't take long for CBS to start planning life after Charlie Sheen, who was fired Monday off Monday night staple Two and a Half Men. Sheen is already nowhere to be seen in CBS' latest Monday night promo, an ad promoting a comedy lineup partnership with Verizon (currently running on the network's website).
Ever wondered how Burn Notice's former Navy SEALs commander Sam Axe wound up in Miami Beach with burned spy Michael Westen? Blame it on a woman or two.
A prequel movie, Burn Notice: The Fall of Sam Axe (April 17, USA Network), explains it all when the action opens five years back with Sam (Bruce Campbell) still on active duty and sent to the dangerous mountains of Colombia. "The whole mission is because Sam was fooling around with somebody he didn't know was an admiral's wife," says Campbell. His assignment: Work with the local militia, check out a supposed terrorist group and report back.
When Kirstie Alley stepped into the lead female spot on the hit sitcom Cheers, her fearless, bawdy, neurotic energy thwarted all predictions that she'd never fill Shelley Long's shoes. She even earned an Emmy. Since then, Alley has continued to catch the world off guard by segueing into feature films, both arty and mainstream (Deconstructing Harry, the Look Who's Talking movies), headlining popular post-Cheers series Veronica's Closet and making a name for herself as one of the most unapologetic of Scientology's brethren. Then, when her weight ballooned at age 53, she used her indomitable spirit to turn her bathroom-scale struggles into a new branch of her career: She's been a Jenny Craig spokesperson; invented her own weight-loss program, Organic Liaison; starred in a semiautobiographical Showtime sitcom, Fat Actress; and to show what it's like to be an overweight celebrity single mom of two teenagers — William True and Lillie Price — she welcomed a reality-TV crew into her hectic home for A&E's Kirstie Alley's Big Life.