10 New Year’s Resolutions for TV Networks

Admit it: As loyal a TV fan as you are, there were moments in 2012 where you felt like flinging a brick at your flatscreen in frustration. Favorite shows and actors went off the air or ended their seasons too soon, and networks tried to sell you shows and stars and movies you’d rather not watch.

Behind all these irritants were decisions by network and cable executives meant to draw viewers and improve ratings, but which often backfired and did the opposite.

If your favorite channels want to make amends and do better in the coming year, they should adopt Celebuzz’s list of 10 New Year’s Resolutions for TV Networks, which they can read in handy gallery form at the top of this article.

For instance, we all spent a lot of time in 2012 immersed in the backstage dramas among high-profile celebrity judges on talent competitions like NBC’s The Voice and Fox’s  The X-Factor and American Idol, and not enough time on the contestants. We’d like to see the TV networks resolve to put the focus back where it belongs, on the on-stage drama. On the other hand, we didn’t spend as much time as we’d like immersed in the scripted dramas we love on cable like AMC’s Walking Dead and Showtime’s Homeland. We’d like to see the programmers resolve to lengthen the too-brief seasons of those shows.

Read the rest of the list yourself and decide whether those changes would be enough to create a better year of TV viewing for you, or whether you have additional resolutions you’d like to suggest, in the comments below.

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2012 Year in Review: 10 Most Jaw-Dropping Moments (PHOTOS)

We’re pretty jaded, we consumers of celebrity culture. Lady Gaga? Been there, seen that. Honey Boo Boo? Stranger people have become sudden stars than the zaftig 7-year-old beauty pageant contestant and her self-styled redneck clan. Nicki Minaj feuding with her new co-worker Mariah Carey? Color us unsurprised.

It took a lot more than that to make our jaws drop this year. In order for us to star slack-jawed at our screens or text, “WTF?” to our friends, we needed to see stars acting out of character, people going off the rails, or just general good old-fashioned betrayal.

The things that shocked us this year include the events that even shocked the people involved in them. That someone would cheat on international heartthrob Robert Pattinson with their older movie director? That the very classy Kate Middleton would be embroiled in a topless scandal? Or that Angus T. Austin would go religious on us and start trashing the show that made him a multi-millionaire?

Click through the gallery above for our list of the 10 most jaw-dropping moments of 2012.

Are you still stunned? Are there any astonishing moments we should have included but didn’t. Go ahead and tell us; our delicate sensibilities can handle it.


Daytime Talk Show Winners and Losers of 2012 (PHOTOS)

Après moi, le déluge,” said King Louis XV of France, predicting the anarchy of the French Revolution that followed not long after his demise.

Oprah Winfrey could have said the same thing. The end of her 25-year-old talk show last year left a power vacuum in daytime talk that many competitors scrambled to fill, unleashing chaos in the sunny realm of morning and afternoon chat. Some combatants were new to the arena, some returned after long absences, and some were battle-scarred veterans who had never left the field. At stake: the loyalties of viewers (many of them searching for a new daytime haven after Oprah’s departure) and the dollars of sponsors (ditto).

The battle began in earnest with the launching of no fewer than six new shows in September and October. By the end of November, however, ratings sweeps began to make clear who was on top, who was struggling, and who was on their way out.

Some stayed just above the fray — or just below it. The View is, by now, an institution, one that can survive any cast change to its panel and still land big, enviable “gets” like the Obamas. At the other end of the food chain, Maury Povich and Jerry Springer maintain an if-it-ain’t-broke-don’t-fix-it attitude to their long-running circus-freak sideshows, which will always have a loyal if not large following.

Here, then, is a gallery of the winners and losers of daytime talk in 2012. Relish their victories, lament their defeats, but always remember: behind all that happy chatter lie untold reserves of ruthless ambition.

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