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

Want to know one of our secret skills? Reading between the lines. It’s a talent that comes in handy when translating what folks say and what they mean… even if they themselves aren’t aware of that. If you’re lacking in that particular skill, never fear. That’s why you’ve got us. Here are a few recent developments that will, in the fullness of time, prove just how wise we really are!

AMERICAN IDOL judges insist none of them will be the ‘mean’ one.
Really? With Simon Cowell gone, nobody’s going to fill the void? Whether you thought his schtick was ridiculously over the top — after all, how many times can one say ‘worst thing I’ve ever heard’ before it loses all meaning — or the lone voice of honesty, he was the reason many viewers tuned in. Without it, IDOL could be in serious trouble. 

TERRA NOVA is designed to appeal to “everybody.”
Executive producer Alex Graves recently insisted that the show was created for a “massively-broad audience.” He added that everybody from kids to grandpa would love it. Hmm.  Quick! Name the last show that you and your grandpa both wanted to watch! (And no, ?i?Showgirls doesn’t count. 

CNN is fiddling with PARKER SPITZER.
The show will go live in an effort to seem more timely, and there’s talk that Kathleen Parker might be replaced. Leading us to wonder… um, why not just cut your losses and dump the show? 

Wendy Williams is doing a stint on ONE LIFE TO LIVE.
While the idea sounds fun — she’ll play chatfest host Phyllis Rose on a show-within-a-show called ACCESS LLANVIEW — we can’t help wishing ABC’s lineup would stop focusing on stunt casting (James Franco will return to GENERAL HOSPITAL next month and HOT IN CLEAVELAND’s Wendie Malick is slated to appear on ALL MY CHILDREN) and do something truly innovative like write storylines people actually want to watch. 

Snooki wants to be called “Nicole.” 
Honey, we get that you’re not the brightest bulb in the Lite-Brite, but seriously? In another year or two, this same story will have people saying, “Who wants to be called what?” 

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  • Anonymous

    I actually think the Hot in Cleveland/All My Children storyline is pretty cool. They’re supposed to be having her character from HIC appear on the soap.

  • Nick

    Once again: BULLS EYE.

    I, too, rolled my eyes at #1. So they’re all gonna sit there and vapidly fawn over each singer, a la Ab-dull? Great! The faster this show ends, the better. I must ask, why is J-Lo slumming it with those 3 losers? Oh yeah. Needs the money.

  • Sourabh Shetty

    Everyone has a different season where they stopped finding American Idol relevant. For me, the last season I watched properly was the one with David Cook and Archuleta in the finale. After that I haven’t found the show same again.