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Sunday, October 7, 2007

FALL TV REVIEW: CW Now and Online Nation

FALL TV REVIEWS: CW NOW and ONLINE NATION
The titles are pretty self-explanatory: CW NOW is the CW's attempt to show what's hot in movies, television, music, gadgets, fashion, etc. However, the presentation of the material was B-ORING. As for ONLINE NATION, which brings together the funniest viral videos from the internet, it's funny, irrevent, and much more fun to watch than the competition over at ABC: I mean, really, how many more times can we laugh at balls to the crotches, brides passing out at the alter, and snowmobilers running into tree hedges over at AMERICA'S FUNNIEST HOME VIDEOS? Okay, don't answer that.
CW NOW: D+
ONLINE NATION: B-
MY PREDICTIONS: Unfortunately, these buzz-news shows don't have the buzz themselves, and the weak CW NOW is a poor intro to ONLINE NATION, which will only bring the ratings down for the latter. I foresee extremely low ratings for both, but since they are both cheap to produce - and without much to replace it in the timeslot - I imagine The CW will stick with both shows until they can find something better to replace CW NOW with. But then again, CW NOW's title alone promotes the network. In short, both shows will survive the fall, but all bets are off come January.
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FALL TV: THE SIMPSONS review
THE SIMPSONS MOVIE was a surprise summer success, so I guess my expectations were higher that the 19th season premiere of THE SIMPSONS would knock my socks off. Instead, it felt every bit as tired as a 19th season would suggest. Hopefully the show will perk up in the weeks ahead, but I have to say, Comedy Central's SOUTH PARK runs toon circles around SIMPSONS these days.
MY PREDICTION: It's hard to bet against one of the longest running shows on television, so I won't. Look for THE SIMPSONS to continue to bring revenue to the Fox network, but at a price: the all-animation block on this night won't take off until after football season is over.
C+

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