Archive for April, 2009

Personal sidenote: The last project I need to do to earn my Masters is due on Friday. I should probably put the HDU off for a week. Luckily (or not so luckily) due to swine flu, the media is a little less concerned with TV news this week.

  • Interesting Award update: The Office took home a PRISM Award for which recognizes shows for accurately depicting addiction, drug and alcohol use in film and television. Wow, did not know that existed.
  • Mr. T got called for jury duty. Can you imagine if he was on your jury? Or better yet (and more likely) if you were on jury duty with him? That would be awesome.
  • Heidi & Spencer got married. Gross. Even worse, they’re honeymooning in Mexico (masks and all). Plus Heidi said she wants to do Playboy now. I know posing for men’s magazines is the first thing I’ll do once I get hitched.
  • E! Hostess Guiliana Rancic and her husband, Apprentice Season 1 Winner Bill Rancic, are getting their own reality show. It should be called, “Seriously, Who’s Watching This?”
  • Two of my favorite actors, Alexis Bledel (Gilmore Girls) and Zach Gilford (Friday Night Lights) are in a movie together and it looks just interesting enough to make me go back to the movie theater. Or I might just sit around think about what would happen with Rory met Matt Saracen.
  • And finally, my favorite non-TV related link of the week: A funny blog, Texts From Last Night. It’s exactly what it sounds like.

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This little tidbit of research kind of explains a lot.

Four studies at Miami University of Ohio and the University of Buffalo revealed that watching TV can “drive away feelings of loneliness and rejection.” Basically, your favorite TV show can act as a buffer against sadness, and make you think you have a social life, when really, you’re jsut living vicariously through the characters.

Here are the details on the study from an article in The Hollywood Reporter:

The first study found that subjects felt less lonely when viewing their favored TV shows. Study 2 found subjects whose “belongingness needs were aroused” wrote longer essays about their favored TV programs. The third study found that thinking about favored TV programs buffered subjects against drops in self-esteem, increases in negative mood and feelings of rejection. And Study 4 found that subjects verbally expressed fewer feelings of loneliness after writing essays about their preferred TV programs.

And apparently music, movies and video games have a similar effect.

This research is fascinating to me because I essentially take part in this study every day. I watch a lot of TV (consider that your no duh statement of the day). In addition, most of my friends are scattered across the country, leaving me with a state of loneliness I would guess is higher than average. Does watching TV make me feel less alone? Sometimes, but its usually when I watch shows that I know my friends watch too. It gives us something to talk about, and it adds a bit of familiarity to my day. Do I think I use TV as a buffer against loneliness? That one might be a stretch.

The exception show? 30 Rock. Because a lot of people don’t watch it, whenever I do, I consider myself part of a tiny community. I think that’s an entirely different phenomenon though.

And sidenote: Where do I sign up to be a television research test subject? Somebody hook me up.

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After the hearty dose of Slanket humor in Thursday night’s episode of 30 Rock, its come to light that Tina Fey ordered Slankets for her staff, and had them embroidered to boot.I hope it’s true because it sounds like the best gift of all time.

Not only is she a believer in giving awesome presents, but she gave some serious ammo to the Slanket vs. Snuggie debate.

I remain in Camp Slanket, especially if Tina Fey is there too.

Blankets with sleeves for everyone! (Seriously folks, make fun all you want but the thing is comfortable as all get out.)

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Yes, Mad Men is that good. The critically acclaimed show took home the award for Top International Television Show last night at the British Academy Of Film And Television Arts Awards.

I watch the reruns from season two before Breaking Bad on Sunday nights. Mad Men is just so well done, it’s hard to believe they’re pulling it off every week. Between the acting, the costume design, the art direction, the music, oh the list goes on. You just get lost in the story. Everything is just so…right.

It’s hard to explain if you don’t watch it…which you should.

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Bea Arthur Dies At Age 86


It’s been awhile since we lost a television star. Bea Arthur was more than just a celebrity, she was a television icon, a strong woman to be admired and a damn good actress.

Most people (my age especially) remember her best from Golden Girls. She was Dorothy, the level-headed, sarcastic, straight woman with some of the best dry jokes around. I got to “discover” Bea Arthur all over again when I found Maude a few years later. That show made me laugh and think and cry. Not every show gets to do that, not every actress can pull it off. She could. She did. She was truly a dynamo.

This clip needs no introduction. Rest in peace Bea Arthur.

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This clip needs no introduction. May T-Pain continue to influence everything in pop culture.

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Not much going on the in the world of TV this week. We’ll keep it short, I actually have books I want to read. (Gasp!)

  • Jill Scott gave birth to her first baby, a boy named Jett. Adorbs! Speaking of Jill Scott, I’m still loving No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency. In fact, I went to the library today to check out the first book in the series the show is based off of.
  • Guess who got a reality show? Rudy! Not the football playing one, the Cosby one.
  • And my favorite non-TV related link of the week: Neil Gaiman writes absolutely wonderful children’s books (he wrote Coraline, FYI). This video is an animation of his latest effort, Blueberry Girl. It’s a pretty magical picture book and the video makes me smile. It’s inspiring and whimsical and I plan on buying it for every friend, relative, etc who gives birth to a baby girl in the next 20 years.

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