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Kate Langenburg/A&E Groove

Remember when MTV first started out? It was a small network that began in the 80s and revolutionized the way music and television were viewed. Literally. It was the first time anyone saw a real music video.

Teenagers secretly snuck into their television rooms while their parents weren’t looking and watched the hippest video versions of their favorite songs, making them feel instantly cooler. Stars like Madonna, Pat Benetar, and the Buggles ruled the screen. Then things started going awry…

When MTV introduced their first reality show, things started to go downhill. The Real World was a look inside a world where seven strangers came together to live. Everything the college aged party animals did was taped with very few things held back. The show was a great success, so the network kept airing more shows like it.

These days, there are more reality shows on the network than there are actual music videos. In fact, it’s a rare thing to witness any occurence of music at all. We can thank the television channel for raunchy shows like Jersey Shore (douchebags pictured above).

As a result, the network has decided to take the ‘music’ out of its logo. In an article from the Los Angeles Times, David Howe, president of the SyFy channel, says the name ‘music television’ is too limiting and outdated. MTV’s head of marketing, Tina Exarhos, believes that people don’t refer to the channel as ‘music television’ anymore and the network should move on.

I spend a lot of time reminiscing about simpler times, and this is certainly one of those cases. Reality shows make America dumber! Not to mention, most people who watch MTV’s reality shows are mostly teenagers. An entire generation, wasting their brain’s potential on this stuff.

Good thing I cancelled my television service.

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Kate Langenburg/A&E Groove

Okay, so those of you who have watched the show Lost religiously like I have will get more out of this post than anyone else will. How about that crazy season premiere last night?

In the first episode (or shall I say two episodes), it seems as if the creators of Lost have decided to show viewers an alternate reality. Not only do they continue on with the story of the hydrogen bomb not blowing them back in time, but they also show you what would have happened if the plane never crashed. So here’s my first point of confusion — which storyline is real?

I have always been a big John Locke fan, too, but things are just getting a bit too odd for me on that front. So we’ve finally figured out that the man who looks like Locke isn’t really him (because his dead body is on the island), but now we are to believe that he is a reincarnated version of Jacob’s opponent. Might I add that I would like to know more about him. All we know is that he is ‘the man in black.’ 

And what happened with Sayid last night? He was dying, then Jacob told Hurley to take him to the temple, where they could cure him. When that happened, the people at the temple killed Sayid, but at the end of the episode, he is sitting up and talking. Confusion again.

Also, I have to say that it’s a bummer Juliet’s character was killed off. She was a good match for Sawyer, but now things will most likely change for him and Kate. Or Jack and Kate. Who knows…

This season premiere is up for discussion….tell me what you thought and your predictions for the rest of the season!

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Kate Langenburg/A&E Groove

I may be a bit late in posting a review about the new Star Trek. It is not all that new, but I have just recently seen it. My review summed up in one sentence? I don’t get it.

Not being a star trek fan (trekkie) and having never seen any of the television shows put me at a great disadvantage. I’m sure many of you in my position feel the same way. The movie feeds off of the show…and if you don’t know anything about that, well then you’re out of luck with this one.

The main idea of the film is that you get to see how Captain Kirk and Mr. Spock first met. You see them as young children, then as the middle aged space warriors everyone knows and loves. (At least I understood that much.)

I pretty much sat on the couch in a daze of confusion for the movie’s drawn out two and a half hours while my counterpart sang a snippet from Adam Sandler’s “Hannukah Song” over and over again…Captain Kirk and Mr. Spock — both jewish! We were thoroughly befuddled.

There was a lot of good action though! The special effects blew up the screen, officially making this a flick for the trekkie action film lover. I’m sure you trekkies had your hands full on this one.

P.S. I miss Shatner.

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Kate Langenburg/A&E Groove

Today I really got to thinking about one of my favorite television shows: Monk. I like it so much that I watch it everywhere I possibly can — on the internet, at friends houses, on dvd. It shows real dedication for someone who doesn’t have cable television.

Here’s a brief synopsis for all of you who don’t know or watch the show…Monk was a cop who lost his wife in a car bomb. After that, he was so shaken up that he couldn’t recover mentally, so he was forced to give up his badge and then continued work with the police as a private investigator. Each episode is a case that Monk, with the help of his assistant (Sharona or Natalie), solves. He almost always cracks the mystery and is rarely wrong.

The comical part of the show is that he has severe OCD, panic disorders, anxiety disorders, and whatever kind of phobias you could imagine. As a result, he says and does ridiculous things more often than not. He loves to clean, can’t go to the bathroom in public places, and is afraid of elevators, dirt, spiders, celestial space, fog, being touched, rabies, sitting down….shall I continue? Click here to read a list of all Monk’s phobias.

It is these personal tics that make the show interesting. Watching Monk try to solve cases, but still fear everything is quite amusing.

But alas, all good things must come to an end. After a whopping eight seasons, the show is finally coming to an end. I haven’t seen the finale yet, but my guess is that Monk will finally find out what happened to his wife, Trudy. I’m thinking he will find out who the murderer is, and then find some way to get past it, ending on a happier note. I can’t imagine ending the show on a sad one.

In an article in the Philadelphia Inquirer, Tony Shaloub, who plays Monk, is satisfied with the show’s success and ending. He’s won a Golden Globe from the show and has gained much fame from his character. In some ways, Shaloub thinks that people who watch the show become a bit like Monk. It’s probably true…we all have a little OCD in each of us.

Thank you for all those episodes, Mr. Monk.

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Kate Langenburg/A&E Groove

You know, even though I’m not an avid Oprah Winfrey Show lover, I have to say that it’s a real shame the show is ending in a few months. The star announced her departure from her afternoon television slot on November 19. I mean, it’s something that I watched on and off here and there (mostly with female family members), but also something that I’m sure many people see as a staple of American television.

See ya!

It seems like whatever Oprah has said over all these years, certainly goes. She has, in a certain way, led a great part of American culture. Think about all the books you’ve ever read with an Oprah book club seal of approval on the front cover. Whoever she endorses is sure to be a celebrity. She’s shown us that she’s up with the times and has had a sympathetic voice for those in need. People like her.

The sad thing is thinking about all those people who will miss having her in their living rooms on weekday afternoons. I’m thinking mostly about all those old ladies who have had her show as a staple of each and every day…or about working moms who just get home from work, kick off their shoes, and see what Oprah has to say about life. Just a few examples.

However, I’m sure that even though the show is disappearing, Oprah won’t. She is a strong voice in this country, and will still make that voice known. What will she do next?

 

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