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How NBC Can Stop Ruining My Life

Posted: October 24, 2012 by jerkmagblog in WATCH -- TV
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If one were to ask me how excited I am about the return of Community, I’d probably quote one of those odd GEICO commercials featuring the guy with the guitar and his friend. This expression of my excitement would be amusing at first, then so ridiculously annoying that you’d probably want to permanently mute me. I’d quickly become the friend that went from “super hilarious and cool” to the friend you “accidentally” un-friend on Facebook. None of this matters though, because the season’s debut has been pushed back.

NBC’s Community was slated to enter its fourth season on Friday, October 19th. In a decision that simultaneously angered me and forced thousands of tears to flow from my eyes, NBC released a statement claiming that their current lineup was so strong that they would rather focus on promoting other Friday night series. The frustrating thing about this decision is that all signs seem to be pointing to the cancellation of Community. Over the summer, NBC fired series creator Dan Harmon as show runner and last year the show was put on hiatus as well as moved to Friday nights. I understand the financial implications of airing the show as well as the problem with airing a series with a “cult following,” but NBC is really killing me here. I don’t think the executives fully understand what they’re doing to dedicated fans. I don’t think they know what they’re taking away from me.

Despite what college has taught me and my experiences thus far, each week I found myself thinking the same thing: isn’t that what college is supposed to be like? I mean, the show centers on a community college and one group of students, but considering the fact that the Dean of Students invests school funds in an annual paintball tournament, gets jazzed up in ridiculous costumes for mundane announcements, and makes hilariously subtle passes at Joel McHale’s character, I don’t understand why my college experience hasn’t been as stellar. Also, Ken Jeong plays a needy man who will do anything to join Joel McHale’s study group. How could this series not be entertaining?

If NBC wants to cancel Community, they need to just rip the I.V. from my veins and let me go. Don’t leave me in this awkward state where I’m surviving in hopes of seeing Community return in all of its glory; just take me off life support.

-Tenaysia Fox

Revolution-ary? Not really.

Posted: September 22, 2012 by jerkmagblog in WATCH -- TV
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Monday night, I did something different. Instead of tuning into reruns of American Dad or doing some really mundane task, I watched Revolution. I know it was listed as a top pick for fall, but alas, my hopes were dashed Monday night. The premise seemed so interesting; a girl hunts down her father’s long, lost brother in obedience with her father’s dying wish. What I didn’t know before watching was that the first episode would throw we the viewers into an extremely awkward family setting, have a death within the first half hour and then throw the asthmatic son into the hands of the Monroe Militia intent on finding some tool/toy/code that could possibly restore electricity to the world.

As a quick synopsis, I’ll give you the most important points. Charlie, the main character, is your typical teenager/young adult. She wants her freedom and wants to explore her post-apocalyptic surroundings, but her father is extremely protective, you know, with all of those bandits running around and no medicine. Before the premiere, I envisioned her as the made-for-TV Katniss Everdeen, but by the end of the episode, I’d concluded that she was actually Bella Swan. (It doesn’t help that Billy Burke plays her uncle.) Once her father has been killed, (due to her brother’s underestimation of the Militia) she is forced to find her uncle, as he is the only one who can help her save her brother from certain death. She embarks on her journey with her pseudo-step-mother and her father’s friend/village schoolteacher. They find themselves in trouble, they escape with the help of a stranger, and they make their way to Chicago to hunt down said uncle. Once there, it’s revealed that the stranger is actually a member of the Militia, but he actually likes Charlie. That’s pretty much all you need to know.

While I found the episode interesting enough, I have the strangest feeling that there will be clichés running rampant by season’s end. With great production, save the fight scenes, the show has the possibility to do great things, but considering the fact that the main character seems to be clueless, I don’t know if I can actually watch. In an age where women are a lot less likely to be damsels in distress, it slightly bothers me that the writers have made our heroine brave, yet naïve. Maybe things will work out for Revolution, but I can only give it two more episodes before I shut down, just like all of the technology in the first episode.

-Tenaysia Fox

NBC has cancelled the “Playboy Club” after only three episodes. Hugh Hefner spoke out on Twitter about NBC’s decision, saying “It should have been on cable, aimed at a more adult audience.” I personally agree if a show is going to be called the ‘Playboy Club’ it should be aimed at a fully adult audience.

The show had too much hype, but not the good kind. Companies threatened to pull their ads before the show even began due to its adult premise. Combine that with lack of viewers and average writing, the show didn’t stand a chance. It is being replaced with Brian William’s new show “Rock Center with Brian Williams.” Good news though, NBC did order full seasons of “Up All Night,” with Christina Applegate and Will Arnett as well as “Whitney,” with Whitney Cummings.

Honestly, even “Holly’s World” is better than “Playboy Club” and that show is just downright weird. Thank you NBC for the cancellation–can you please bring back Liz Lemon now?

-Becca Spector

If rumors are to be believed, then Matt Lauer is a classic example of a douchebag. Just one day after co-host Meredith Vieira announced that she is seriously considering leaving The Today Show once her contract is up, a report surfaced saying that Lauer would also be departing the show at the end of his contract in Dec. 2012.

During his tenure with the show, the anchor’s name has become synonymous with The Today Show name, giving him a significant amount of power within NBC News. TMZ is now reporting that Lauer is using that control to its highest advantage. Contrary to early reports, Lauer is not looking to leave The Today Show at all.

Instead, the rumors of his departure were planted as a seed designed to get into the minds of NBC executives and pressure them into giving him a raise upon renewal of his contract. Lauer currently receives $17 million/year, but is looking to ask for up to $25 million/year.

Clearly, having been in the business for 15 years has taught Lauer a thing or two about the rules of the game. He is certainly looking to make bank on the fame and success that The Today Show has given him over the years.

Photo Credit: Entertainment Weekly

-Dee Lockett

House to Part Ways with Fox?

Posted: April 12, 2011 by jerkmag in WATCH -- TV
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While you may be accustomed to tuning into FOX for the network’s hit series House, you may very soon have to flip the channel in order to keep watching. Reports have surfaced that negotiations between FOX and the show’s parent company, NBC Universal, to renew the show’s contract for an eighth season have not gone as planned. (more…)

Last year, the trend seemed to be news anchors getting sacked left and right for bad judgment calls. Fast forward to 2011 and it appears this is the year the future members of the media will refer to as the year the female news anchor became extinct.

Like clockwork, just two days after Katie Couric announced her departure from CBS’s Evening News, Meredith Vieira is now expected to leave NBC’s Today show when her contract expires in September. Another one bites the dust.


Donald Trump You're Fired

Jeff Zucker, you’re fired! I picture the face of Donald Trump delivering those two deadly words to a flabbergasted Zucker. Last Friday, the NBC Universal CEO’s job was officially terminated by NBC and its new parent company Comcast.

Zucker recently received mass criticism for the network scheduling shakeup which started the widely publicized feud between late night talk show hosts Jay Leno and Conan O’Brien. The feud eventually left O’Brien with the GDP of a third-world country in severance pay and a gig at TBS.

In an e-mail sent to all NBC employees Zucker stated, “Sure, there have been ups and downs in the last quarter century. But when I step back, and think about what we’ve been through, I feel nothing but pride and joy. It has been a great run and I’ve been incredibly fortunate.”

Zucker will officially step down as soon as the deal between NBC Universal and Comcast is closed.

~Dee Lockett