Today’s TV Addict Top 5: Things That Make Us Go “Hmmmm…”

January Jones Hosting SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE
January Jones stepping into 30 Rock’s hallowed Studio 8H to host SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE this weekend is all well and good. But the thing that makes us go “Hmmmm,” well, aside from the fact that we have a feeling at around 11:35PM google will find itself inundated with the question “Who is January Jones?” — is the timing of Jones’ hosting gig. After-all, nothing says lets hype Sunday’s phenomenal MAD MEN season finale like hosting SNL… the following Saturday. Oops.

90210’s Shenae Grimes
What started out as an interesting way to handle a poorly conceived character that never really connected with viewers continues to get well less so, after yet another week went by with Shenae Grimes’ Annie Wilson on the outside looking in. Seriously, we can’t recall the last time (if ever) a character that started out the series front-and-center was pushed so far back into the periphery. Hey 90210 EP Rebecca Rand Kirshner, care to explain?

The handling of Barney and Robin
After a season of build-up, anticipation and hype, HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER’s  Barney and Robin are officially (spoiler alert!) no more. And while disappointment may not be exactly how we’d characterize the relationship that we believe is at least partially to blame for HIMYM’s somewhat less than stellar start to the season, we can’t help but be somewhat surprised that the same writers who gave us the genius that is the ‘slap bet,’ ‘Robin Sparkles,’ and one of the cleverest sitcom hooks in recent memory (See: The mystery surrounding the titular mother) handled the pairing up of ‘Robney’ so poorly.

The controversy surrounding Monday’s GOSSIP GIRL
Popular USAToday Blogger Whitney Matheson took the words right out of our mouth when she tweeted, “I can’t believe folks are crazed over the ridiculous Gossip Girl threesome. Next to Skins, that show looks like Dora the Explorer.”

The People’s Choice Award Nominees
Yesterday’s announcement touting the nominees for January’s People’s Choice Awards which include Blake Lively for TV Drama Actress, THE HILLS and THE SECRET LIFE OF THE AMERICAN TEENAGER for TV Obsession, HEROES for TV Sci-fi, THREE RIVERS and THE FORGOTTEN for New TV Drama, ACCIDENTALLY ON PURPOSE, HANK and BROTHERS for New TV Comedy has this TV Addict wondering, People’s Choice or Network Marketing Executive’s Choice Awards? And by that we mean, HANK, seriously?!

  • Are you watching the same show as the rest of us? Shenae/Annie might not be integrated with the rest of the cast right now but she’s still front-and-center (for better or worse). Annie and Jasper have been one of the main storylines for weeks now. If anyone’s been on the periphery these last two episodes, it would be AnnaLynne McCord/Naomi who only had two or three scenes in each of those.

  • BizarroP

    yea I think Vin Diesel is nominated for a People’s Choice Award– my question is: Has Vin Diesel actually worked this past year???? That award show is definately bottom-of-the-barrel… worse than both MTV & Nickelodeon awards combined…

  • Ace

    So disappointed in how the writers handled Robin/Barney. And now what, we’re going to pretend it never happened? Ugh.

  • b

    Annie (Shenae Grimes) and Jasper are by far the most interesting storyline on 90210. The character that needs to go is Dixon (Tristan Wilds). I dislike that character more and more each week and the actor deserves better material.

  • Nick

    Whodathunk it? Annie (Shenae) has actually become the most interesting and compelling character on the show. Less Naomi = better TV. And for the love of television, please keep Naomi and Liam apart. There’s still hope for his character.

    I agree with B, above: Dixon is over-the-top bad. Talk about an overreaction to his mom when she was just helping him out! Do the writers not remember that Dixon had decided to DUMP Sasha when she pulled the fake-preg crap. So then, why all this fuss toward his mom? Ridiculous.

  • My fellow TV Addicts, my point about Shenae wasn’t an attack on her character as much as an observation as to how oddly her story is being handled.

    And as far as Dixon goes, if I had to save one Mills kid from a burning building, it would definitely be Annie. Dixon is brutal.

  • Ace

    Aww, that makes me so sad. The guy who plays Dixon was on The Wire and he was aaaaawesome.

  • Josh Emerson

    “Next to Skins, that show looks like Dora the Explorer.”
    This is exactly what I keep saying about Gossip Girl! It’s crazy that people actually think it’s risque or “out there.”

    I thought the situation with Barney and Robin was odd. That’s how they end it? Appearances by Alan Thicke and crazy Meg were funny, but that’s about it. It was the weakest episode of the season by far.

  • TVFan

    Agree with January Jones. Why is she hosting SNL with Mad Men off the air? Hate Shenae but am enjoying her story and as for Barney and Robin, what’s the opposite of legendary?

  • Lynn

    Hey TVAddict, Mills was Annie and Dixon’s last name in the original script, but now it’s Wilson, remember?

  • Lynn
    Thanks for the heads up. Although in my defense I will say that my little last name mix-up is quite may be somewhat indicative of how unmemorable the Mills… err… Wilson family is.

  • bec

    I agree with some of the other posters about 90210. Annie has become one of the better characters this season and Dixon has become one of the worst.

    Don’t forget to rescue Debbie too from that Wilson family house fire. I would probably rescue Annie next. Rescuing the Wilson men would definitely not be high on my priority list. Harry can get Kelly to rescue him and Dixon should just stay in there.

  • I personally find Annie’s sotry to be least entertaining. I wasn’t into it at all until her drug dealer bf started overlapping with Adrianna’s downward spiral.