“Cha-Cha-Cha-Changes” – Awkward.

awkward1330Talk about returning with a bang. Or the after effects of one, at least.

Awkward.’s Season 3 opener was fantastic. It confronted and allayed our fears all in one breath, while simultaneously and ably surprising us not once, but twice. That fear we were feeling was a result of the announcement that the MTV smash comedy was filling out a full season spread this year. We worried about whether the showrunners would be able to give us 20 episodes of the magic we’ve come to expect. Just as Jenna worried that her friends had moved on and forgotten her, we worried that one of our favorite shows would forget how to be funny. That question hasn’t been answered quite yet but, on first impressions, we’re not sure we have anything to worry about at all.

This first episode back was, perhaps, a little lighter on comedy than the show has been in the past, but not so drastically less funny to incite panic. It also retains thatAwkward.ness that makes it so special – yes, on the surface it’s a comedy, but it’s also a show that truly address the teenage condition, drawing attention to issues that confront teens every day. This week, it by no means half-assed it. Not only did we get the surprising (but much teased in promos) teen pregnancy storyline – which, contrary to promos, centered on Jenna, not Sadie, and was a scare, not a full blown baby-drama – but, in a shocking, final-moments reveal, the death of Ricky Schwartz.

We also get a taste of what’s to come from the rest of the extended season. We’re introduced to Continue reading

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People’s Choice Awards, 2013

           

The People’s Choice Awards 2013 took place in LA last night. And I have to say I felt like certain shows, certain actors, were completely robbed. And therein lies the problem with the People’s Choice Awards. Prizes are awarded not necessarily on merit but on the sheer voting power of supporters. Though I must concede that my outrage plays into that very same central tenet. The recipients of each award are, at the end of the day, the people’s choice and my sense of injustice on behalf of many of the losing parties stems from exactly what drove people to vote for the winners – personal preference. And yet it’s not quite that simple. The Awards are part opinion and part drive. That drive comes from the nominees themselves, often in the form of mawkish ‘Vote for me! Vote for me!’ tweets that show only a desire to win and to be able to boast of being the people’s choice. The victors are not crowned, necessarily, based on quality of performance or clever writing or overall watchability, but on how good they are at getting out the vote. This is underlined in music and film categories with The Hunger Games beating out the likes of The Avengers and The Dark Knight Rises for Favorite Action Movie (despite boasting, arguably, far less action and far worse writing) and Katy Perry unfailingly winning every category she was nominated in. These victories don’t prove that the winners were the best at what they did, only that their fan bases were.

Bearing that in mind, here are the winners of the TV categories from this year’s awards:

Favorite Network TV Comedy: The Big Bang Theory

Favorite Cable TV Comedy: Awkward.

Favorite Premium Cable TV Show: True Blood

Favorite TV Crime Drama: Castle

Favorite Sci-Fi/Fantasy TV Show: Supernatural

Favorite Comedic TV Actor: Chris Colfer

Favorite Comedic TV Actress: Lea Michele

Favorite Dramatic TV Actor: Nathan Fillion

Favorite Dramatic TV Actress: Ellen Pompeo

Favorite Daytime TV Host: The Ellen DeGeneres Show

Favorite Late Night Talk Show Host: Jimmy Fallon

Favorite New Talk Show Host: Steve Harvey

Favorite Competition TV Show: The X Factor

Favorite Celebrity Judge: Demi Lovato

Favorite TV Fan Following: SPNFamily (Supernatural)

Favorite New TV Comedy: The New Normal

Favorite New TV Drama: Beauty & The Beast

So some big surprises and some wins that we could have seen coming a mile off. Which do you think deserved their accolades and which categories do you feel passed over more deserving recipients? And, finally, we’ve never watched The New Normal or Beauty & The Beast… should we? – K