“This is…American Idol!” This familiar introduction by host Ryan Seacrest is played at the start of every episode of the famous Fox TV show. Currently in its 12th season, “American Idol” has been recognizing and promoting America’s next great (and not so great), musical talents since the year 2002. Even if you’ve never seen the show, surely you can relate to the feeling of wanting to rise to stardom, all the while being featured on a popular television show. These ideas are great, but what’s the real cost of getting that coveted golden ticket? American Idol: The Untold Story author Richard Rushfeild is letting readers in on some of the hidden costs that contestants have to pay in order to have a shot at becoming the next “American Idol.”
The 70th annual Golden Globe Awards took place on Sunday, January 13th. Hosted by Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, the awards were hilariously entertaining and gave America plenty to talk about.
“Ladies and gentlemen, rock and roll,” were the first words spoken by John Lack, the creator of MTV, for the launch of MTV broadcasting nationwide on August 1, 1981 in New York. The name “MTV” stood for Music Television and its sole purpose was to premiere and broadcast music videos from popular music artists. MTV immediately gained popularity and played uninterrupted music video programs. Nationwide, everyone was tuning in to MTV to see the latest and the greatest. The network was a huge success for the music industry, until they started showing reality television and television series of their own.
Let’s all be thankful that the hilarious cult-favorite show is returning to its rightful place—on our television screens every Thursday night. After a painful hiatus full of online and physical protests, it is finally official. Announced on Twitter by the show’s creator, Don Harmon, Community will begin airing again on March 15th in its usual slot, Thursdays at 8 pm.
Community, the comedy about a diverse study group of students at a community college called Greendale, has proven to be one of the funniest, most clever shows currently on television.
However, apparently not enough viewers were lured in for sufficient ratings. NBC rearranged the midseason lineup and Community didn’t make the cut. “Here’s the problem with Community: It’s a guaranteed money-loser for NBC, no matter how many people on Twitter love it,” wrote Los Angeles Times’ Scott Collins on Twitter.
It makes sense. The show’s fantastic for the fans who already love it, but nobody else seems to have heard of it (despite its airing right before fan-favorites like The Office). All I wanted was an opinion from a Huntingtown student, but the only responses I got were vague no’s and questions about this mysterious, unknown show. Finally, Senior Gabby Gutierrez recognized the show. She was first introduced to the show in class for the showing of the episode on international relations and had a positive review, commenting, “I’ve only seen a few other episodes, but I really liked it. The character dynamics are really amusing because they’re all so random together. There’s like the hipster and the Christian mom and the old racist guy and together it’s so good. It’s completely different kind of humor, but it’s funny that way,”
For the few fans somewhere in the school, I think we can all agree that new fans need to be recruited to save Greendale from any future cancellations by NBC. Here are a few reasons to be curious about Community:
- Everyone loves Joel McHale. (You know, from The Soup!)
- The parodies are spot-on (When Glee took over Greendale, the study group made sure to constantly stress the importance of “regionals” after belting out a few musical numbers)
- Ken Jeong is hilarious as always. He’s the naked guy from The Hangover! In the show, he plays the ridiculous Spanish professor/campus cop wannabe
- You will learn so much from Abed, the pop culture robot genius, in a single episode
- The ridiculous storylines are fraught with pop culture references (When Troy is discovered to be a natural plummer/electrician, the Good Will Hunting allusion is priceless)
- You might recognize Donald Glover, who plays Troy (the former quarterback, now superhero-obsessed geek) from his stand-up on Comedy Central
- Donald is also an awesome rapper. Check out Childish Gambino