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TCA Press Tour 2011: 'Terra Nova' brings out the dinosaurs

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Be still our "Lost" hearts.

Even though the producers of the new, expensive, awesome-looking "Terra Nova" don't want us to compare the new Fox drama with the dearly departed ABC show, we can't help ourselves.

Fox showed a three-minute clip of the two-hour pilot at press tour Tuesday, and what we saw was beautiful: Australian landscapes, jungles, a rain forest and good-looking, talented actors.

No smoke monsters in this tale, but there are dinosaurs.  So it also reminded us of "Jurassic Park." Sue us.

Seriously, we're not trying to say the show is a knock-off. It really does look spectacular. We're just using references, you know, for the regular folks out there, outside the freezing Pasadena ballroom, where we have been living for seven days.
 
Production on the pilot wrapped recently, so the only footage Fox has offered critics is the clip shown Tuesday. The Steven Spielberg-produced epic (no, he did not appear on the panel) is the story of how humans from 2149 travel to prehistoric Earth in an experiment to save the human race. In that year, the planet is overdeveloped and overcrowded, and the world is dying. Scientists discover a fracture in time that makes it possible to construct a portal into primeval history and the idea of rebuilding civilization emerges.

The show centers on the Shannon family as they arrive in Terra Nova, the first colony established in the new land.  Jason O'Mara plays the father, Shelley Conn plays his wife, Landon Liboiron is their 17-year-old son, Naomi Scott is their 15-year-old daughter, and Alana Mansour is their 5-year-old daughter. 

Although rain did not factor into the scenes in the clips, Fox executives told the press Tuesday morning that it rained every day during the six-week production. In fact, there were flash floods that put a security guard at risk.

"It was challenging, but it always fantastic," executive producer Alex Graves said.  "Every time we'd say 'action,' something incredible was happening."

One of those incredible things is Stephen Lang (who knows you all hate him from "Avatar" and is fine with it) as Commander Nathaniel Taylor and welcoming the "immigrants."

"Together, we are at the dawn of a new civilization. Welcome to Terra Nova, folks. Welcome home!"

Not exactly "Live together, die alone," but we'll go with it.

"Terra Nova" will get a special introduction May 23 and 24 after "American Idol" and then join the Fox lineup in the fall.



— Maria Elena Fernandez
twitter.com/writerchica

Photo: Jason O'Mara, left, Landon Liboiron, Naomi Scott, Alana Mansour and Shelley Conn as the Shannon family in "Terra Nova." Credit: Brook Rushton / Fox.



TCA Press Tour 2011: Up close and personal with the new 'American Idol'

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The new "American Idol" came to press tour on Tuesday.

But is it really that different?

Well, let's address the yearlong media preoccupation with the replacement of Simon Cowell. Who will replace the sharp-tongued British judge in crushing dreams? Well, we don't think anyone is. But we need to point out that, finally, Paula Abdul has been replaced.

Steven Tyler is the new Paula Abdul, America.

Do you need an example?

Tyler told the story of how he came to decide that he wanted to serve on the same panel with Jennifer Lopez. (The two musicians kind of look like each other, by the way. See photo above). And, yes, this story involves the movie, "The Backup Plan," which Tyler says he saw returning home from his European tour.

"I saw a vulnerable side that you rarely see in someone of her ilk," he said. "She's a rock star of her own and has this persona of being a wild woman. And when I saw this other side, I thought that is perfect. That is perfect. ... And I was so moved by that. That's what she really was. She was real. And she was in the hood and she came out perfectly in the middle, and I get to sit between her."

No, there are no typos in that quote.

We may not know who our next "American Idol" will be, but we know who our next Paula Abdul is! For sure.

On to some "American Idol" housekeeping. In recent weeks, there have been conflicting media reports about the new semifinals process and how the voting will be done. Here's the scoop, straight from the mouths of the executive producers: Nigel Lythgole, Ken Warwick and Cecile Frot-Coutaz.

Frot-Coutaz, who heads producer Fremantle Media, said there will be no online voting this season.

"We've looked at it, and maybe we'll do it next year," she said. "But there are security issues with online voting. And because of the volume of voting we have on 'Idol,' before we go down that road, we have to make sure it's completely secure and we have to be able to road-test it, and we just haven't had the time. It's not that we don't want to do it. It's just that's there a whole bunch of considerations and it has to be really solid, and we're not there yet."

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The process of finding the next person to walk in the shoes of Kelly Clarkson and Carrie Underwood also has changed.

"Idol" producers have extended the popular Hollywood rounds by a week and have eliminated a layer of live competition that leads to the top 12.

By the end of the first part of Hollywood Week, the judges will have narrowed down the pool to 60. The producers have added a challenge in Las Vegas, in which the contestants learn a Beatles song in one night, helping the judges narrow the group to 40. An "unplugged" challenge will bring the number of contestants to 20, with the help of the little people, the voters.

The top 12 will be announced on March 3, and may include some wild-card picks from the judges. Unlike past years, the finalists may not necessarily be divided evenly by gender.

"Some people feel it does need to be even," Frot-Coutaz said. "And this is a personal opinion, because we all have different opinions on this: I think it should be the best talent. It would be a problem if you had two boys and 10 girls. But you know, if it's seven and five, it's not the end of the world. And by the way, once America starts voting, it doesn't stay even anyway."

Wondering what the resident top judging dawg has to say for himself? Is there a new and improved Randy Jackson, who this season gets the last word on performances?

"You'll see a bit more of an assertive dawg," he said. "A little bit more hair on the dog, if you will. Fewer yo's, maybe more no's, less dawgs."

"American Idol" returns for its 10th season on Jan. 19.

--Maria Elena Fernandez
twitter.com/writerchica

Upper photo Jennifer Lopez reacts to Steven Tyler's story about her at TCA Press Tour in Pasadena on Tuesday. Credit: Chris Pizzello / Fox

Lower photo: Steven Tyler, Jennifer Lopez, Randy Jackson and Ryan Seacrest answer questions from the press. Credit: Frederick M. Brown / Getty Images

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Midseason TV Preview: Where we left off and what's new

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A slew of new shows kick off this winter, and a bunch of series pick up where they left off.

In our Midseason TV Preview, we have a gallery to help you catch you up on forgotten plotlines for returning shows like "Big Love" and "Parks and Recreation," and photos from the set of FX's "Justified." There's also a guide to what to watch from critic Robert Lloyd.

Idol One show returning to the air this month with question marks hanging over it is "American Idol." Scott Collins mulls the high stakes and prospects for "American Idol" after Simon Cowell. There's also a guide to new reality series, with a few familiar faces (think Kardashians).

"Hot in Cleveland," the comedy starring Betty White and fellow sitcom vets Valerie Bertinelli, Jane Leeves and Wendie Malick, was a surprise hit for TV Land, becoming the top-rated cable sitcom of the year. (Just for reference, its June premiere pulled in roughly double the audience of the "Mad Men"  season opener last year.) T.L. Stanley looks at TV Land's strategy of catering to an under-served older demographic with a slate of upcoming scripted series. Along with it, there's a gallery that goes behind the scenes with Betty White and crew on "Hot in Cleveland."

Much of the preview section in this Sunday's paper is dedicated to new shows. Joe Flint profiles Holt McCallany, who stars as a washed-up boxer stuck between two New Jersey worlds -- the gritty Bayonne neighborhood of his youth and professional life and the cushy Far Hills mansion he lives in with his wife and three daughters -- in FX's new drama "Lights Out."

Several new shows come with familiar faces attached. Greg Braxton profiles Matt LeBlanc, who stars as himself (kind of?) in the new Hollywood-skewering Showtime comedy "Episodes."(Among the differences between the show's "Matt LeBlanc" and the real one: The fictional Matt brags about his gargantuan male member, whereas the real actor claims, "My anatomy is very proportional.") And Queen Latifah talks about her producing role in the new series "Let's Stay Together," part of a block of all-black comedy premiering on BET.

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TCA Press Tour 2011: From Kate Winslet to Pee-wee Herman [Updated]

Mildredpierce01 HBO kicked off its winter press tour activities with two panel discussions that involved two very different satellite appearances.

First was Academy Award-winning actress Kate Winslet, the star of the network's five-part miniseries "Mildred Pierce," which premieres March 27. That panel also included costars Guy Pearce and Evan Rachel Wood, who appeared in person, along with director-writer Todd Haynes.

The miniseries is based on the novel of the same title written by James M. Cain in 1941 and centers on a single mother who struggles to raise and win her daughter's love in the Great Depression in Los Angeles. Wood plays Winslet's daughter.

Winslet, who said TV "is so much harder" than filmmaking, said she only watched the first five minutes of the original Oscar-winning movie, which starred Joan Crawford in Winslet's role. The miniseries takes a different approach than did the book or movie.

"When you're playing Mildred Pierce and you know that someone utterly extraordinary has played that role before, it's a fine line. What do you do?" Winslet said. "I knew that I wouldn't be able to un-see it, and I also knew that I had to honor the book. I had to be very true to the Mildred Pierce that is in that brilliant novel. She meant something to me within the context of the way that Todd had scripted this. And so what I was working for with Todd was just something different. Not cleverer or better, just simply a different character. And I knew that I had to hang on to my instincts about who she meant to us."

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During the panel session, Pee-Wee mugged and winked, and made funny faces.

"The new show is really inspired 100% by the old show," Pee-wee said. "What happened in between is I did the stage show originally at the Roxy Theater, which is where we filmed it originally for HBO ... and from there I had a CBS television series that was greatly inspired by that stage production. So when I went to re-write the show, I added all the characters from the CBS show.

"But the plot is the same," he continued. "The 'New York Times' said it was thin on plot and they were right. But plot is not everything it's cracked up to be."

[Updated at 6:40 p.m.: An earlier version of this post contained a video of Pee-wee Herman during the session. The Times has removed the video because recording the session is in violation of the rules set by the TCA.]

-- Maria Elena Fernandez
twitter.com/writerchica

Photo: (top) Kate Winslet as "Mildred Pierce." Credit: Andrew D. Schwartz / HBO

Photo: (bottom) Pee-wee Herman. Credit: Chris McPherson / HBO

TCA Press Tour 2011: A&E's 'Breakout Kings' should warm hearts of 'Prison Break' fans

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fans who still e-mail us about bringing the show back to the small screen, this one's for you:

Executive producers Matt Olmstead and Nick Santora have a new prison-breaking-related drama -- "Breakout Kings" -- that will premiere on A&E on March 13.

As Santora said at the Television Critics Assn. press tour Friday, "It's not about breaking out of prison. It's about what happens after they break out."

More on that later.

Drum roll please: T-Bag will be in an episode of the show. Yes, T-Bag! Robert Knepper will reprise his memorable "Prison Break" role in an episode. T-Bag breaks out of  Fox River -- again! -- and the race is on!

So you don't get Michael Scofield to rise from the dead, but you get T-Bag. Please don't e-mail me with more "Prison Break" requests. Let's accept that the writers have moved on.

Back to that.

"Breakout Kings" is a new fast-paced drama about a deal that the U.S. Marshals Office makes with a group of convicts to help them catch fugitives (you know, same idea as USA's "White Collar" but with a lot more grit and people). 

Laz Alonzo ("Avatar") and Domenick Lombardozzi ("The Wire") play veteran U.S. Marshals who take the unconventional approach to fighting crimes. Their special task force is played by Jimmi Simpson ("It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia"), Malcolm Goodwin ("American Gangster") and Serinda Swan ("Smallville"); Brooke Nevin plays a civilian who assists the group.

Unlike "Prison Break," the show has a humorous side, and the producers said they are also enjoying writing close-ended episodes. But that doesn't mean viewers won't get to know the characters on a deeper level.

"It's a bit of a balance in that you get to know them as they are investigating the case," Olmstead said. "The conceit of the show is such that there's a finite amount of time that you have to catch this fugitive. So it's not like they punch out and they go home and have dinner with the wife and kids and address their background in that matter. It's on the fly and through their craft."

-- Maria Elena Fernandez
Twitter.com/writerchica

Photo: Domenick Lombardozzi, from left, Jimmi Simpson, Malcolm Goodwin, Laz Alonzo and Serinda Swan on "Breakout Kings." Credit: Michael Gibson / A&E

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TCA Press Tour 2011: Oprah will give someone 'Your Own Show'

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is known for giving stuff. But soon, she will give someone their own show. And no, we're not talking about her pals, Gayle King or Dr. Phil. We're talking about regular folks who are on the brink of a big break.

"Your OWN Show: "Oprah's Search for the Next TV Star," a reality competition in which the winner winds up with a six-episode show commitment from OWN, premieres on Jan. 7. The series is produced by Mark Burnett ("Survivor"), who also will produce the winner's show.

The new network (which launched Jan. 1 on the channel formerly occupied by Discovery Health) made its debut at TCA on Thursday. The first panel introduced the reality show's 10 contestants, co-hosts Nancy O'Dell and Carson Kressley, and Burnett.  During the series, the contestants compete in challenges such as booking interviews, researching story ideas and completing a pilot presentation.

Asked to explain what shows they wanted to produce, the contestants had some colorful answers. Listen for yourself:

Katrina Mincy, also known as "Aunt Flora."

Hometown: Cincinnati, Ohio

Her OWN show: "Mine is about cooking. And that's basically it."


Leigh Koechner

Hometown: Valley Village, CA

Her OWN show: "Mine is a backyard talk show about empowering women to be raised and then grabbing their hands and going exactly where they are and going on a moxie march with gaps in your heart to become the person they were created to be."


Elizabeth Espinosa

Hometown: Lawndale, CA

Her OWN show: "I speak five languages. My brother doesn't speak one. He was born severely brain damaged. From day one, I decided a long time ago, that I wanted to continue to be a voice for people who don't have one."



Eric Warren

Hometown: Los Angeles, CA

His OWN show: "My own show is about the fact that I'm coming out. I'm coming out of the pantry. I'm coming out of the cabinets. I'm obese and guess what? 34 percent of adult Americans are obese also. 17% of American youth. And I'm going to be the first chef on television that's going to cook, exercise and eat my way to a picture of health."


Kristina Kuzmic-Crocco

Hometown: Alhambra, CA

Her OWN show: "My cooking show wants to redefine what cooking shows out there look like. I'm going to drag everybody's butts out of drive-thrus and I want to kill all their excuses and I want to get everybody absolutely having the time of their life in their kitchen.


Dr. Tony Roach

Hometown: Abilene, Texas

His OWN show: "We all know there are a trillion types of reality shows. How many shows do we have spiritually based reality talk game shows? Mine would be called 'The New Approach with Dr. Roach.'  I'm going to combine spirituality with real-life reality situations and challenge each other not to compete against each other but to compete against themselves to live their best life in new self-love."


Ryan O'Connor

Hometown: West Hollywood, CA

His OWN show: " Mine is a talk show-variety show baby.  It's essentially if Ellen DeGeneres met Carol Burnett Show with a splash of Glee. I want to be America's best gay friend."


Terey Summers

Hometown: Goodyear, Ariz.

Her OWN show: "Mine is a traditional talk show with an entertainment variety format. For the past three years, I've transformed my life in many ways. One, as I've lost 170 pounds and I've really stepped into my own shoes. So I would like to step into the shoes of others and look at their lives that way."


Alicia Taylor

Hometown: Las Vegas, Nev.

Her OWN show: "My show is a money and finance show. I'm going to teach America how to get back on track one transaction at a time. We're going to put the bang back on the budget, the fun back in finance. I love to say, if it doesn't make dollars, it doesn't make sense."


Zach Anner

Hometown: Austin, Texas

His OWN show: "My show is called 'Roll Around the World with Zach Anner' because of the [wheelchair].' Whether you have a physical disability or you don't have the money to travel, it's going to show you everything that can possibly go wrong and prove to people that the adventure is really in your attitude."





--Maria Elena Fernandez

twitter.com/writerchica


Photo: The contestants of "Your OWN Show: Oprah's Search for the Next TV Star" from left to right:  Dr. Tony Roach, Elizabeth Espinosa, Ryan O'Connor, Kristina Kuzmic-Crocco, Zach Anner, Eric Warren, Aunt Flora, Terey Summers, Alicia Taylor (seated), Leigh Koechner. Credit: Adam Larkey/ OWN

Lottery winners picked 'Lost' numbers because 'Hurley is awesome,' says 'Lost' executive producer Damon Lindelof

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By now you've heard about the lottery winners, the ones who scored Tuesday night with four of Hurley's "Lost" numbers: 4, 8, 15, and 42.

We reached out to The Island for some reaction and just heard back from "Lost" co-creator Damon Lindelof via e-mail.

What was your initial reaction to hearing this news — that so many people would choose Hurley's numbers? You think it's coincidence? Or is The Island speaking to us?

I thought it was totally cool and was glad that it was only 4 out of 6.  Had it been 5, people probably would've gotten angry at us for getting so close and then dropping the ball.  And no, I'm not talking about the finale.

If the numbers brought Hurley such bad luck, why do you think "Lost" fans would pick those numbers?

Because Hurley is awesome.

Have you ever played those numbers?

Nope.  Never. 

Is it gratifying to know the "Lost" legacy lives on?

That's the best part.  This is usually the time of year that the show comes back on, so it's this little cool piece of serendipity that the MEGAMILLIONS thing happened when it did ... makes me miss things a little bit less.

Well, that's funny, because it only makes us miss it more.

 

— Maria Elena Fernandez

twitter.com/writerchica

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TCA Press Tour 2011: Betty White and Ed Asner rock the critics

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The Winter Television Critics Assn. Press Tour kicked off Wednesday at the Langham Huntington Hotel in Pasadena with a very cool blast from the past: Betty White and Ed Asner together again!

Well, not exactly.

The two comics, who worked together in the 1970s on  "Mary Tyler Moore," appeared on two consecutive MTV Networks panels, but their affection was evident.  Besides her dozens (or is it thousands?) of TV appearances in 2010, White is starring on TV Land's hit, "Hot in Cleveland," which is premiering its second season on Jan. 19. Asner is part of the new CMT sitcom "Working Class," about a scrappy single mom (Melissa Peterman) who moves her children to an upscale suburb. Asner plays her cranky neighbor, Hank.

Much of the "Hot in Cleveland" session was spent addressing how much everyone loves Betty White. We know that you, too, love Betty White, and Betty White loves that you love Betty White. But Betty White is feeling a bit bashful about all the attention.  So keep on loving her, but maybe don't tell her so much? She's about to turn 89, and you should listen to your elders.

Responding to a question about why she's so darn lovable, White replied: "Oh, my dear, have I got you fooled."

When a reporter asked cast members Valerie Bertinelli, Jane Leeves, and Wendie Malick,  what it's like to work with the iconic actress, White piped up:  "What is this Betty White business? This is so silly. You've had such an overdose of me lately. But trust me, I think I'm gonna go away for a while."

She elaborated on that when she was asked if she's feeling embarrassed by all of the attention.

"It's hard for me to say no to a job because you spend your career thinking if you say no, they'll never ask you again. But my mother taught me to say no when I was a girl," she said. "I'm trying to cut down. I really am, but when you love what you do so much and this lady [executive producer Suzanne Martin] gives us such fun things to do, it's a privilege."

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2010 Top 'Jersey Shore' Huh? Moments

 

Yes, it could be argued that "Jersey Shore" is one big Huh?  but here are some of our favorite moments that took place at the intersection of New Jersey and Miami Beach.

1. Ron cheats on Sammi and and Sammi gets mad at everyone in the house except Ron. Wait, whaaat? The guy goes out, cheats with two women, comes home and gets into bed with you, but you're mad at your roommates?

2. The Situation doesn't get the girl twice in a row. Did we ever see this coming? Pauly D scores and The Situation is left smush-less. Good job, Miami women!

3. J Woww and Snooki get the genius idea of writing an anonymous letter to Sammi about Ron's cheating. What was better? The idea or the execution? Stick with the gelato job, Snooks. Typing ain't your thing.

4. Sorry for being gross but the discovery of Angelina's used maxi pad and what The Situation decided to do with it was something a TV writer would never come up with. Can't blame The Situation for reacting the way he did. Girlfriend is a pig.

5. The Situation's handling of the hippo in the house shows why he is this show's top wage-earner. The man is a strategist as well as a wordsmith!

6. Vinny hooked up with Snooki and then smushes Angelina. Like, really? There was no one else in Miami?

7. Vinny meets the woman of his dreams: Ramona, a go-go dancer at a club. He wants to, gasp!, romance over dinner.  He buys a new outfit, gets a haircut ... even buys flowers! And the chick doesn't show up! We were just as confused as you, Vinny. 

8. Disgruntled Sammi (refer to Huh? moment  No. 1) continues to alienate herself from the rest of the clan with her bratty attitude. It escalates when she decides to get involved in a an argument between JWoww and Angelina. Fists start flying between Sammi and JWoww. And Sammi is convinced she is the victor. Uh, play back the tape.

9. It was the scene worthy of the "Jaws" overture: the chicken cutlet in the jacuzzi. One of the boys' many lady visitors loses her bosom enhancer. Meanwhile, the boys create a new game: toss the cutlet.

10. It stinks in this car! And the stench isn't from one of Snooki's pickles. Wait. Wait. Oh God, how old is that sandwich?

 

--Maria Elena Fernandez and Yvonne Villarreal

twitter.com/writerchica

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Video: Montage of Sami and Ron's relationship on "Jersey Shore." Credit: YouTube

 

2010 Top Reality TV Huh? Moments

 

If you thumb your nose at reality TV, this list is not for you. But we can't possibly ignore television's thriving nonscripted genre, and frankly we don't want to. We love our crazy housewives, our lovelorn bachelors, and all the people who do insane things for $1 million. You will notice "Jersey Shore" is not in the list. That's because there were so many memorable huhs on MTV's biggest hit that we've given those crazy kids their own list.

1. Claire Champlin gets watermeloned in the face and keeps on trucking all the way to second place on "The Amazing Race." Does this really need further explanation?

2. Bristol Palin "dances" her way into the "Dancing with the Stars" finals. The red and blue fight of the year! Bigger than the November election.

3. Bachelor Jake stuns the nation by choosing Vienna on "The Bachelor," and then they both stun us even further when they break up and go on TV to explain why.

4. Allison Dubois, the real-life psychic that CBS' "Medium" is based on, appears on "Real Housewives of Beverly Hills" and, with the help of an electronic cigarette and a few dozen drinks, manages to put the "Real Housewives of New Jersey" table-flipping dinner party to shame.

5. NaOnka and Purple Kelly quit in the same Tribal Council, with 11 days left in the game. This game is called "Survivor," ladies — not "Quitter." Thank God Jeff Probst never quits.

6. Sarah Palin kills a caribou on "Sarah Palin's Alaska." Then she is patted on the back by her father, "There you go!" Was this necessary?

7. On "Heroes v. Villains," Parvati Shallow pulls out two immunity idols and saves two women from elimination on "Survivor" and instead sends the adorable J.T. packing. The boldest move in "Survivor" history left us head-scratching in a good way. No wonder they keep inviting her back.

8. The stork apparently forgot to notify Phaedra Parks about when exactly she got pregnant. Maybe not. But, at least, that would make for a better excuse than what she was telling her fellow Atlanta "Housewives": that her baby was fully developed at seven months and that's why she was giving birth early. Uh ...  

9. The "Big Brother" brigade goes down. The braggy alliance is toppled. There is justice.

10. Kris Jenner slipped the wrong man in her family a male enhancement pill: her son, Rob Kardashian. It gave a whole new meaning to "Keeping Up with the Kardashians." 

 — Maria Elena Fernandez and Yvonne Villarreal

twitter.com/writerchica

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Video: The watermelon incident in the first episode of "The Amazing Race." Credit: CBS.

2010 Top Scripted TV Huh? Moments

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We appreciate all of the hard work writers put into their TV shows. Here are some of the moments that left us wondering a bit.

1. "Lost": They're all dead and waiting to go to heaven. Depending on who you are, this was either a very good head-scratcher or a very bad one. We loved it, even though we're sad about what it means.

2. "The Walking Dead:" Zombies unseat vampires as the coolest non-humans on TV. It's not their fault they're zombies which makes us feel for them, though they freak us out.

3. "Mad Men:" Don Draper proposes to Megan. Whoa, Don! A little foreshadowing next time, please?

4. "Breaking Bad:" Walt goes from meek chemistry teacher to big-time drug dealer to murderer. Walter, you scare us. But you're never boring and for that we love you.

5. "Glee:" Mr. Schue kisses Coach Beiste. Enough said. 

6. "Sons of Anarchy:" Jackson and his half sister are discovered half-way down the incest road by their respective mothers. Double ick.

7. "True Blood:" Bill and Sookie break up. Again. Can't we all just get along?

8. "Dexter:" Someone accepts Dexter for all that he is. How nice. We like this one.

9.  "The Event:" Aliens. Really?  All that pre-game hype and they turned out to be aliens. Possible to start over?

10. "The Good Wife:" CBS goes all sexy on us in a surprising oral sex scene between Alicia and Peter. It sure made us blush -- and they didn't even show anything!

--Yvonne Villarreal and Maria Elena Fernandez

twitter.com/villarrealy

twitter.com/writerchica

Photo: A scene from the "Lost" series finale. The castaways are waiting to go to heaven. (L-R) Ian Somerhalder, Elizabeth Mitchell, Josh Holloway, John Terry, Matthew Fox, Evangeline Lilly, Sonya Walger, Henry Ian Cusick and Emilie de Ravin. Credit: ABC

2010 Favorite TV Duos

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TV's full of wonderful pairings. It was hard to narrow it down to 10, so we offer you our Baker's dozen.


1. Sally and Glen of "Mad Men." Our dear Little Sally (played by Kiernan Shipka) has grown into a pre-teen -- one who likes boys. And Glenn (Marten Weiner) is the perfect crush candidate: he's a fellow kid of divorce AND her mother isn't fond of him. Plus, he gets Sally. And their phone calls kind of make us swoon.

2. Virginia and Burt of "Raising Hope." Martha Plimpton and Garret Dillahunt have amazing comedic chemistry together and are totally believebale as this hapless but loving couple.

3. Kalinda (Archie Panjabi) and Blake (Scott Porter) of "The Good Wife."  She's a badass with killer detective skills. He's a badass with killer detective skills. So, naturally, they're rivals--despite working for the same people. And we love every minute of their tortured chemistry.

4. Eric and Tami Taylor (Kyle Chandler and Connie Britton) of "Friday Night Lights." Is there a better husband and wife on TV? Not by a longshot.

5. Cameron and Mitchell (Eric Stonestreet and Jesse Tyler Ferguson). "Modern Family" is full of winning combinations but just for trying so hard to get Lily into a good daycare, we recognize this hilarious romantic pair. (Also: Mitchell's flash mob and Cameron's biker shorts).

6. Sue and Becky of "Glee." If you don't love the sweet and wise Becky, you have no heart. The sweet and sour combination of Lauren Potter and Jane Lynch is one of "Glee's" best gifts to its fans. (Campaign for Becky as ruler of the free world starts now).

7. Mike and Molly of "Mike & Molly." The only thing excessive about this couple is their adorableness factor. He buys her tubs of shampoo and conditioner. She puts up with his overbearing mother. Together, they bring RomCom moments to the small screen every week. We're dreading the day when there's trouble in paradise.

8. LaFayette and Jesus of "True Blood." Besides all the hotness this pair exudes, how can we not be happy for LaFayette after all he's been through? Who cares if his new man is a brujo? Kudos to Nelson Ellis and Kevin Alejandro.

9. Jacob and the Man in Black on "Lost." Mark Pellegrino and Titus Welliver's mental chess game was riveting to watch. Why couldn't they both be right?

10. Raylan and Boyd of "Justified." Who needs Blair and Serena? Timothy Olyphant and Walton Goggins play the best frenemies on TV these days.

11. Olivia and Peter of "Fringe." Finally! There is love on "Fringe." We realize technically it was between Bolivia (Anna Torv) and Peter (Joshua Jackson) but there is hope.

12. Hank and Britt of "Terriers." What makes the cancellation of this FX series so heart-breaking is how wonderful these two actors were together. Donal Logue and Michael Raymond-James need to be cast on another show together pronto.

13. Lisa and Giggy of "Real Housewives of Beverly Hills." For weeks we've been oh-too-happy to get jiggy with Giggy. The miniature pooch and his loveable owner, Lisa Vanderpump, put Danielle Staub and her yanked weave to shame. The Gigga man even has his own Twitter account.

 

 


--Yvonne Villarreal and Maria Elena Fernandez

twitter.com/villarrealy

twitter.com/writerchica

Photo: Kiernan Shipka and Marten Weiner as Sally and Glen on "Mad Men." Credit: AMC

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