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TV Moment of 2009: The Jon and Kate Gosselin Saga

by David Hofstede, posted Dec 30th 2009 9:00AM

For four seasons, the TLC reality series 'Jon and Kate Plus Eight' offered viewers a glimpse into the busy lives of Jon and Kate Gosselin, parents of adorable sextuplets and two older siblings.

The series was popular but never penetrated the pop culture like 'American Idol' or 'Survivor' -- at least until the tabloids began speculating about Jon's alleged cavorting with women who weren't his wife. Within weeks, the state of the Gosselin marriage was a cover story on every magazine at the supermarket checkout stand, and a topic of discussion on 'Entertainment Tonight' and its countless clones.

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TV Moment of 2009: Kanye Interrupts Taylor Swift at MTV Video Music Awards

by Chris O'Connell, posted Dec 28th 2009 8:00AM
Taylor Swift"Yo Taylor, I'm really happy for you, I'mma let you finish, but Beyoncé had one of the best videos of all time."

Words that will live forever in infamy. Sort of. In one of the most baffling awards show moments ever, Kanye West stormed the stage at the MTV Video Music Awards just after Taylor Swift was awarded Best Female Video. Swift, and the rest of America, looked on awkwardly.

Was this really happening? Once everyone remembered who was doing the interrupting, it didn't seem so shocking. Kanye had pulled this sort of act before, once even a couple of years ago at the MTV Europe Music Awards when he crashed the stage after losing an award to French duo Justice.

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Top TV Stories of 2009: Adam Lambert vs. Kris Allen

by Jane Boursaw, posted Dec 27th 2009 10:03AM
American Idol: Adam Lambert and Kris AllenEven die-hard viewers of American Idol might have a hard time remembering that Adam Lambert didn't win the competition earlier this year. Especially considering Lambert's high-profile persona lately, starting with his sex-filled American Music Awards performance.

But no, the winner of American Idol was, in fact, Kris Allen, who's seemingly the complete opposite of Lambert. There's no denying they're both great singers, but whereas Lambert is brash, theatrical and loves to knock those high notes out of the stadium, Allen is more low-key, folksy and laid back. The fellow contestants were also roommates at the Idol mansion.

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TV Moment of 2009: 'Seinfeld' Reunion on 'Curb Your Enthusiasm'

by Meg Prossnitz, posted Dec 27th 2009 9:00AM
Larry David -- Curb Your EnthusiasmIt wouldn't be a new season of 'Curb Your Enthusiasm' without Larry David doing something with a self-serving purpose.

After running into Cheryl and discovering that she liked things better when Larry had a job, Larry becomes enthusiastic about a 'Seinfeld' reunion, though he has a hard time convincing Jerry of his change of heart.

When the reunion gets picked up, Larry comes up with another one of his wacky schemes -- this time, to cast Cheryl as Amanda, George Costanza's ex-wife. This weaves in the running gag that barely any of that cast, especially Jason, realize: that George is based on Larry. Luckily for Larry, the scheme doesn't blow up in his face like it usually does.

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TV Moment of 2009: Gemma Reveals Her Rape on 'Sons of Anarchy'

by Jane Boursaw, posted Dec 26th 2009 10:00AM
Sons of Anarchy: Balm, Gemma tells Jax and Clay about the RapeFX's wild west motorcycle series 'Sons of Anarchy' had a killer sophomore season, in more ways than one. Shortly after the finale, it was green-lit for season three, and it's easy to see why. Story arcs touched on gun-running cartels, an explosive porn business, and tensions both inside and outside of SAMCRO.

One of the best scenes of the season, perhaps the entire series, occurred in episode ten, 'Balm'; it was the culmination of an arc that actually began in the season premiere, 'Albification.'

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TV Moment of 2009: Olivia Dunham Meets William Bell on 'Fringe'

by Jane Boursaw, posted Dec 14th 2009 1:00PM
Fringe, Leonard Nimoy as William Bell, 'Fringe' roared out of the starting gate last year with a flurry of sci-fi plots boasting surprises at every turn. Even though it took a ratings dip this season, the Fox show continues to churn steadily along, offering key plot points on alternate universes, shapeshifters, mercury junkies, and liquified brains with each new episode. Throw in some bald-headed Observers, an FBI agent who might have mental powers, a rogue genius from an alternate universe, and a quirky mad scientist, and you've got the makings of an 'X-Files' type hit.

One of the highlights of the series thus far occurred in the season 1 finale on May 12, 'There's More Than One of Everything.' All season, the writers had been teasing us with rumors of the mysterious William Bell. We knew that he'd been Walter's lab partner in the distant past, and that the two had apparently conducted experiments on young children, including Agent Olivia Dunham (Anna Torv). Also, both men are connected to Massive Dynamic, the futuristic company which seems to be at the center of everything.

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TV Moment of 2009: Jay Leno Premieres at 10PM

by Allyssa Lee, posted Dec 6th 2009 12:00PM
It all started five years ago, in 2004, when NBC announced that Conan O'Brien would take over Jay Leno's plum spot as the host of the 'Tonight Show.' Come 2009 and Leno, after spending 17 years as Johnny Carson's successor, would be out of a desk job.

But then last December, NBC made another striking announcement, heralding that Leno would, in fact, return to the network this fall. And it would be in the form of a talk show. Only, this one would air every weeknight at 10PM.

The decision was introduced as a cost-saving move by the struggling network, as talk shows are much less expensive to produce than the dramas that usually air during that 10PM hour. It also was a way to put an end to the threat that Leno, a popular late-night host with an ability to attract big-name talent and who regularly beat out rival Letterman in the 11:35PM slot, would take his affability and move to ABC.

But a primetime slot? It was a move that seemed to surprise Leno as much as anyone else. "A lot of people were shocked," the host joked last December. "They didn't know NBC still had a prime time."

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TV Moment of 2009: "Balloon Boy" Falcon Heene

by Adam Keleman, posted Dec 2nd 2009 2:00PM
As far as well-orchestrated publicity stunts go, Balloon Boy, aka Falcon Heene (yes, that's his real name) takes the cake.

Playing into the public's fear of child loss and endangerment, the storm-chasing Heene family first reported their six-year-old boy Falcon as trapped in a homemade helium balloon, floating at altitudes nearing 7,000 ft -- thereby setting off a frenzy of media coverage intensely focused on the supposed flight of this very young boy and a distraught family eagerly awaiting his rescue.

But the story gets better: It was all a hoax, a carefully schemed sham created by Falcon's parents, Richard and Mayumi Heene -- who captivated a global, news-hungry audience only for sheer thrill ... and maybe a potential reality show deal in the process.

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