Five things I learned from TV this week
Who says you can't learn anything from television? We talk about a lot of things here on TV Squad each week, and it's amazing what TV Squad and TV in general can teach you about life.
TV ... it's like the Bible!
1. America likes making a point rather than rewarding talent. Let me say upfront that even though I wrote this, I still think that David Cook is a good singer, and it was great that the American Idol final came down to him and David Archuleta. But I'm baffled as to why he won by 12 million votes! It's almost as if viewers were voting for Cook not just because they liked him, but because they didn't want to fulfill the predictions many had weeks and weeks ago that Archuleta would win (as if the kid could control any of that). They didn't want to prove to everyone that American Idol is predictable, or that Simon's comments about Archuleta winning the final night of singing meant anything. And what about that night? Come on, Archuleta clearly won that night, but it's almost as if they don't even have to have that final night of singing, because fans are clearly voting for other reasons. The Archuleta backlash has to be one of the weirder things that has happened this TV season. I have a very good friend who is a Cook fanatic. Nothing could make her say anything bad about him and I think she broke her phone calling in to vote for him, and even she admits that Archuleta did better that last night. I think fans convinced themselves that they had to vote for the "rocker" (cough cough) and not the kid who sings well (and I have to disagree with my cohort Debra - there's nothing "unique" about Cook).
But when all is said and done, Simon is right: they both seem like great guys and it didn't really matter who won. They'll both have careers (let's see what producers they get and what type of song quality). In fact, both Cook and Archuleta seem relieved that they won't be judged each week anymore and can get on with their lives. Good for them.
2. Moonlight fans are, um, "passionate." I do a weekly web show where we talk about television, and we got lots of calls from Moonlight fans that were quite upset that CBS canceled the show. I don't know how far they'll go to convince CBS (or another network) to give the show another season, but if I was a network executive I'd lock my doors at night. Moonlight 4EVA!
3. Everybody loves to swear. I mentioned this in my Hell's Kitchen review the other night. I can understand the contestants swearing during challenges and during service, because you forget the cameras are there and you're caught up in the moment. But when you're sitting down in front of the camera and speaking calmly, probably with a nice cold beverage at your side just out of camera view, then why swear at all? It's going to get bleeped. Does it make them seem "edgier?" Gah.
4. Wishes do come true. I have the old DVD set for Sports Night, but I've always wished for one that had extras. And now we're getting one! The 10th Anniversary set will include new interviews with the cast, episodes commentaries, bloopers, and even a booklet about the show. Well done, Shout Factory.
5. Anyone can be a killer on a TV show, even the good guy. I haven't watched Bones regularly in a while, but even I was shocked that they made (SPOILER SPOILER SPOILER) Zach the apprentice to a serial killer and a killer himself. I think this proves that anyone can be a killer on a TV show. So don't be surprised if they do another Brady Bunch reunion movie and we find out that Peter has been killing hookers since the early 80s.