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Best TV of the '00s: News Events

by Brad Trechak, posted Jan 3rd 2010 2:03PM

9/11More of our best of the decade coverage, which started on Tuesday. You can read the other posts at the link above. We finish up the series by talking about some of the news events that defined the decade, and how TV covered them.

It seems odd to call the news events of the 00's a "best" list. As we started the 21st century, America seemed to have a different tragedy happening at every twist and turn. There was the Year 2000 bug followed by 9/11 followed by the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan followed by Hurricane Katrina followed by the worst recession since the Great Depression. We've also had various celebrity deaths recently including the iconic and controversial Michael Jackson.

The tragedies of the decade were accompanied by revolutionary change. America elected its first African-American President. New forms of media such as social networking arose like a phoenix from the ashes of the old media.

The decade was filled with many ups and downs, possibly more downs. The full repercussions of the events won't likely be acknowledged or analyzed for years or decades to come. Wherever we end up, it will have been one hell of a ride.

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What's Hot on Inside Movies: 'Star Trek' Sequel, Mel Gibson Provokes Protest, Robert Downey Jr. a New Sex Symbol

by Betsey Denberg, posted Dec 30th 2009 3:10PM
We're just a day away from bidding farewell to 2009, but that doesn't mean we stop reporting the news. So, take a break from fighting the return lines at the mall and spend some time with Inside Movies, catching up on the latest Hollywood news.

This year we said goodbye to one of the greatest names in musical history, Michael Jackson, but we'll never forget the impact he made on the world. The National Film Registry is making sure of this as they selected 'Thriller' as the first music video ever to be preserved.

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Best TV of the '00s: Celebrities

by Danny Gallagher, posted Dec 30th 2009 2:02PM

More of our best of the decade coverage, which started on Tuesday. You can read the other posts at the link above. Here, we talk about a very aught-like phenomenon: the cult of celebrity.

There is no clearer metaphor for the concept of being a celebrity than the Hollywood Walk of Fame. You work hard to chase your dream and achieve a career for yourself by making your name known to the masses of the universe.

Then when you've grabbed that star and become a regular fixture in the flash bulb of the press' cameras, how does the public honor your tireless toil and efforts? They throw you down on a sidewalk and walk all over you.

In the Aughts, however, a new celebrity oozed out of the primordial muck. A celebrity that still suffered the slings and arrows of the tabloid press and a complete loss of the right to privacy, but achieved their stardom by simply cutting out all that pesky hard work and tireless effort nonsense. These are the celebrities who became famous by simply because they were famous.

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Best TV of the '00s: Scandals

by Mike Moody, posted Dec 29th 2009 2:00PM
grey's anatomy scandalMore of our best of the decade coverage, which started earlier today. You can read the other posts at the link above. Here, we talk about the decade's biggest TV scandals.

Who doesn't like a little drama? We love it here at TV Squad. Of course, its usually the scripted kind that we obsess over, not the real-life variety. But it was hard to escape all of the behind-the-scenes scandals going on during the Aughts.

The backstage drama often spilled out onto the tube, in talk show interviews, reality series, and with the 24-hour news networks looking to fill time and boost their ratings. Needless to say, we had little trouble picking our top TV scandals of the '00s.

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Dr. Conrad Murray Eyeing TV Special?

by Michael D. Ayers, posted Dec 23rd 2009 11:16AM
Dr. Conrad Murray, personal physician to the late Michael Jackson, is reportedly getting in on the TV game.

is reporting that Murray has teamed with a British documentary crew to shoot a one-episode TV special that reveals his first day back on the job on Nov. 23. A spokesperson told TMZ that the footage will center on "the reaction of patients to his return."

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Taylor Swift, Beyonce Set to Perform at Grammys

by Michael D. Ayers, posted Dec 23rd 2009 11:00AM
Taylor SwiftTaylor Swift and Beyonce will lead a star-studded cast of performers at this year's Grammy Awards, the Associated Press reports.

Also scheduled are the Black Eyed Peas, R&B crooner Maxwell and country trio Lady Antebellum when the 52nd Annual ceremony airs January 31 on CBS.

Both Swift and Beyonce are coming off major years, with two ubiquitous singles. Swift's up for 8 nominations, including Song of the Year for her chart-topper 'You Belong With Me.' Her latest album, 'Fearless,' is also up for Best Album of the Year and Best Country Album.

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'The Jack5ons: A Family Dynasty' Premiere Recap: The Jacksons Make Their Reality TV Debut

by Chris O'Connell, posted Dec 14th 2009 8:00AM
The King of Pop is dead, but he certainly isn't gone. With the new A&E show 'The Jack5ons,' expect the late Michael Jackson and the rest of his family to stick around for a long time -- assuming the show receives good ratings and some generous press from a media that is most likely bored to tears with this never-ending saga.

The show goes to great lengths to inform us numerous times that the wheels were in motion for 'The Jack5ons' before Mike's death on June 25 of this year. The question facing the remaining members of the infamous pop family was whether to continue filming the reality show or not.

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The Jacksons on 'Today': We're a "Normal Family" (VIDEO)

by Elizabeth Chan, posted Dec 4th 2009 9:27AM
The Jack5onsJackie, Jermaine, Marlon and Tito Jackson appeared on 'Today' this morning in support of both their new A&E series, 'The Jack5ons,' and their new record.

During interview, the brothers of the late Michael Jackson spoke with Matt Lauer on how they are just a "normal family."

Watch the video from Daily Drama below.

Watch the video from Daily Drama after the jump.

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Janet Jackson Interview With Robin Roberts: She Opens Up About Michael's Death

by Jane Boursaw, posted Nov 19th 2009 1:16AM
Robin Roberts talks to Janet JacksonIt's eerie how much Janet Jackson sounds like her brother Michael. Not only are they both super-talented when it comes to dancing and singing, but they share that same softspoken voice, as if they're in the eye of a storm swirling around them. And that's certainly proven to be the case.

At her oceanside home in Malibu, California, the 43-year-old star opened up to 'Good Morning America' anchor Robin Roberts. It's clear Jackson is still grieving over the death of Michael, who died June 25, but she's also forging a new path for herself, with a new single and video, 'Make Me,' and a collection of hits, titled 'Number Ones.'

One thing that came up is her relationship with record producer Jermaine Dupri. Though it was widely rumored that the two finally married after dating for seven years, Jackson says it's over. "I adore him, and we're still very good friends to this day ... that's all I'll say." Jackson says she's single and focusing on work right now.

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MTV Picks Up 'This Is It': Why It May Be Better Suited for Television

by Scott Harris, posted Nov 18th 2009 2:45PM
The King of Pop is heading back to the network that turned him into a superstar, as MTV has landed the television rights to the Michael Jackson concert film 'This Is It'.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, MTV Networks, which includes sister properties such as VH1, BET and Palladia, has purchased the exclusive U.S. rights to the documentary comprised of behind-the-scenes footage shot earlier this year from the rehearsals for Jackson's planned comeback tour.

With Jackson's untimely death this summer, it was anticipated that the film would shatter box office records when it was released last month. While 'This Is It' did debut in the top spot, however, the current total of $67 million domestically has fallen short of expectations, possibly due in part to tepid word of mouth, as some viewers felt the unfinished routines in the movie did not live up to Jackson's high performance standards.

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Review: Parks and Recreation - The Camel

by Kona Gallagher, posted Nov 13th 2009 10:23AM
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(S02E09) It's nice to see an episode where everybody in the office (and Ann) is working together. They're usually broken up into their own smaller storylines, so people like Donna often get shoved into the background, if we see her at all. This time, she was front and center, along with Jesus Greg Kinnear, and Indiana's pride, Michael Jackson. Speaking of which-- American Idol runner-up Adam Lambert was born in Indianapolis, so he totally could have helped round out the table.

Jerry, another mainly background character, generally serves as the show's whipping boy, which I find really funny -- especially in the episode where they were all trying to dig up dirt on each other, and he found out he was adopted. Granted, that's pretty bad, but I still laughed. This time though, where they ridiculed him and dismissed his mural, it didn't really work for me.

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The Jackson Family reality show debuts in December

by Allison Waldman, posted Nov 7th 2009 5:02PM
jacksons_4Reportedly, before Michael Jackson died suddenly in June, his brothers – and other family members – were putting together a reality show for A&E. After all, celebrity reality shows have a certain appeal, especially train wrecks like Being Bobby Brown or Hey, Paula. Not that the Jacksons were thinking that way. I'm sure they envision something classy and edifying.

Since Michael's death, the interest in this miniseries has escalated, much like the interest in all things Jackson. Will the brothers talk about Michael? How much? Will Michael's children be included in the show? All that and more will be answered when The Jacksons: A Family Dynasty debuts on A&E December 13, at 9 p.m. The plan is for two hour-long episodes to kick off the series.

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ABC's Robin Roberts to Interview Janet Jackson

by Rebecca Paiement, posted Nov 5th 2009 1:25PM
Janet JacksonIn an ABC news exclusive, Janet Jackson will grant Robin Roberts and ABC News cameras admission to her Malibu home for the first time ever. The introverted Jackson sister will, no doubt, speak about the death of her brother, as she and Michael were said to be very close.

Though Roberts has snagged the first sit down televised interview with Jackson since her brother's tragic death, it will not be the star's first public comments on the subject. At the 2009 BET Awards, Jackson called her brother an icon and thanked the public for their support.

She also gave an exclusive print interview to Harper's Bazaar, in which she revealed that she had learned of her brother's death while on the set of 'Why I Got Married Too.' In addition, Miss Jackson anchored the MTV Video Music Awards with a performance of 'Scream,' a heartfelt tribute to Michael.

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Janet Jackson in primetime special ... talking, not singing

by Allison Waldman, posted Nov 4th 2009 12:35PM
janet_jackson_portraitABC News has landed Janet Jackson for a primetime special. The award-winning singer will not be singing and dancing. Instead, she will be talking about her brother Michael Jackson. Good Morning America host, Robin Roberts, will be doing the in-depth interview with Janet.

The show will air on Wednesday, November 18, at 10 p.m. (Eastwick will be pre-empted). The interesting thing about the timing is that Janet's new CD compilation, a double set of her hit songs called Number Ones, will be released on November 17

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Kathy Griffin dances her way into new ABC series

by Allison Waldman, posted Nov 3rd 2009 6:01PM
bravo_kathy_griffin_mikeAttention, attention! This is not a joke. It's not a spoof or a gag. Kathy Griffin will host a dance show for ABC. That's right, the funny lady of Bravo's My Life on the D-List, has said yes to hosting Let's Dance, a new celebrity reality show in which stars compete with one another by re-creating classic routines from pop culture. That means someone is going to try and do Michael Jackson's "Billie Jean" dance from Motown's 25th Anniversary Special, don't you think?

I am not a Dancing With the Stars fan, but this show sounds like something I'd be interested in watching for a couple of reason. Number one is Kathy Griffin. I think she's hilarious. She also loves celebrities, so I could see her really getting into this show and being the perfect built-in zingmeister. She'll say whatever comes to her mind, and -- fortunately -- that's usually pretty funny.

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