As it turns out, there were four stand-out nominees; I will tell you who they are after the jump, and then you will have a chance to vote for the Reader's Choice winner (which, in this case, is actually an obnoxious loser). But I did want to mention two runners up: 30 Rock gets an honorable mention for its mention of Verizon, but it doesn't quite make the cut because of the humorous way it handles the mention, and the show's ability to poke fun at itself. The other honorable mention goes to Ugly Betty for its hour-long ad for Wicked, but it still didn't quite make the cut.
So, the nominees for the most obnoxious abuse of product placement within their episodes are ...
In the wake of reports that The 4400 had been axed, Ausiello over at TVGuide.com is reporting that The Dead Zone was struck a killing blow in that same swing. Two good shows gone just like that. And just before the holidays. Man, that's gotta suck. So it looks like just as Johnny Smith sees that he's still going to have to address that impending Armageddon, the series ends. I always thought the ratings were pretty good on these shows; were they starting to show their age? Losing viewers?
I hate it when a show is canceled between seasons like this, especially when they don't resolve everything in the Season/Series Finale. It leaves a bad taste in the mouths of viewers, and makes them more and more jaded to new shows. Why do you think the serialized drama glut of last season failed so miserably. Because everyone knew we'd never see the end of The Nine.
I wish they would move forward with the information about why Sheriff Turner is investigating Walt. They haven't really touched upon that, though, to look at the show's website, you would think this investigation was going to be plastered all over every episode.
So, perhaps it was appropriate this episode revisited the very carnival of the first episode, the carnival after which J.J. was conceived. It was also very fitting that some of the revelations of this episode took place in such a setting.
- At 7, CBS has a new 60 Minutes, then a new Big Brother.
- NBC has a new, two hour Dateline at 7.
- At 9, PBS has a new Mystery!
- USA has a new episode of The 4400 at 9, then a new Dead Zone.
- There's a new Next Food Network Star at 9.
- HBO has a new John From Cincinnati at 9, then new episodes of Entourage and Flight of the Conchords.
- At 10, Lifetime has a new Army Wives.
- History Channel has a new Ice Road Truckers at 10.
- E! has a new Simple Life Goes To Camp at 10.
- Showtime has a new Meadowlands at 10.
- Also at 10: Comedy Central has a new Mind of Mencia, followed by the premiere of American Body Shop.
Check your local TV listings for more.
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