Buffy the Vampire Slayer (7 seasons, 1997–2003)David Boreanaz (Angel) and Charisma Carpenter (Cordelia Chase)Season 3, episode 22, “Graduation” (with several crossover returns from Boreanaz later in the show, though none from Carpenter)After being stabbed through the heart on his way to 1998’s best approximation of a hell dimension in the season-two finale, Buffy’s ensouled vampire paramour Angel mysteriously returned to Sunnydale for season three. Per usual, Angel spent much of the season brooding over his crimes. After lending a hand in a fight against the mayor in the season finale, he announced that he was heading off to Los Angeles to strike out on his own. In the same season, popular rich girl Cordelia revealed that (a) her SAT grades were actually pretty great, and (b) her father had committed tax fraud. Instead of going to college, she also left for L.A. to pursue a career as an actress.Boreanaz and Carpenter left Buffy to join Angel, a noir-toned … [Read more...] about What Happens When Actors Leave High-School-TV Shows?
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When planning our previous brackets, we spent hours arguing what year to make the cutoff for eligible shows, as both genres had been TV staples since its earliest days. However, reality TV is a relatively recent phenomenon: Yes, The Real World (and its itinerant sibling, Road Rules) has been around since the early ‘90s, but the true reality explosion didn’t occur until 2000, with the debut of Survivor and the one-shot Who Wants to Marry a Multi-Millionaire. The former, a summer smash that mixed The Real World with ruthless competition, mind-fucking, and low-blood-sugar crankiness, inspired an immediate network rush to come up with their own lock-people-inside-a-BLANK-and-watch-them-fight series. Fox’s instant marriage special Multi-Millionaire, on the other hand, sparked waves of pearl-clutching tsk-tsking about television’s devaluing of love and the show’s broad interpretation of “real” (multi-millionaire “prize” Rick Rockwell was … [Read more...] about The Reality Rumble: What’s the Greatest Reality-TV Season Ever?
These shows also resemble one another far more than they resemble the network shows they ostensibly imitate, like Idol or, god forbid, The Apprentice. Design Star (now HGTV Star), Platinum Hit, All American Handyman, Next Food Network Star and Work of Art, among others, all basically follow the Top Chef format: Most episodes have a short “quick fire” challenge (usually a good way to squeeze in a product placement) followed by an “elimination challenge.” Generally the prize is $100,000 and maybe some sort of position or title. Time management is always a huge factor for the challenges, and the marginal celebrities who serve as hosts all have the same cadence when they say “and your time starts … now.” Everyone lives together, and there are usually shots of a handful of the contestants smoking and gossiping after-hours. Squabbling is part of it, but that takes a backseat to the actual demonstrations of talent. … [Read more...] about Skill-Based Contests Are the Best Kind of Reality TV
Following on from hits such as Isn't It Romantic? and Love Wedding Repeat, Netflix now feels like the natural home for romantic comedy and its latest, Love Guaranteed, doesn't disappoint. Why? Because it knows all the clichés we love and celebrates them. Rachael Leigh Cook and Damon Wayans Jr star as a chalk-and-cheese lawyer and client, heading to court to sue a dating website for false promises. And though they struggle with each other at first, you know just where this is heading. … [Read more...] about Netflix: best movies to watch this week – September 2020
I needed a better connection to my father than I had, and the one I found was Adam-12, a series that was, in a way, designed with almost insidious perfection as My First Police Show — a smooth transition from kids’ TV into the grown-up world. For one thing, it was only 30 minutes; for another, that half-hour was usually divided among two or three bite-size, easy-to-follow, often amazingly uneventful stories of two white cops on the beat in Los Angeles (a city as exotic as Mars to a child who had never been west of New Jersey). For most of its seven-year run, it aired at 8 p.m., accommodating my bedtime. It was even, literally, the perfect shape for a TV series, by which I mean a show to be viewed on an old-fashioned 4:3 screen. The visual that dominated almost every episode was a two-shot of its main characters: Officer Pete Malloy (Martin Milner) — about 30, cranky, and sour — behind the wheel and, next to him, Officer Jim Reed (Kent McCord) — younger, … [Read more...] about Real-Life Cops, and Me