Mtv is Trying a Move Toward Scripted Television

Is this really a smart move given the success of Jersey Shore? We will see. Mtv is trying to launch more scripted programming, and the new film, Turn the Beat Around, is the first step in the transition. Hopefully Mtv has learned something since the days of Undressed. Remember that cheesy soap opera they had on the air in the late 90s?

Hollywood Truth or Myth: Did Michael Jackson Invent the Moonwalk?

The short answer to this question is no. Though Jackson popularized and transformed the move, he did not originate it. The first known recording of the move was in 1955, when tap dancer Bill Bailey performed it on television. It may date back even further though. Watch the first clip below to see Jackson perform the moonwalk for the first time in 1983 at Motown 25. In the second clip, he discusses the origin of the moonwalk. At the very end of the third clip, you will see Bill Bailey perform the moonwalk, or as he liked to call it, the “backslide.”

American Idol: Memory Lane – Fantasia Barrino

Remember Fantasia from American Idol? She has officially returned to her role in the stage adaptation of Oprah’s The Color Purple, and she is getting great reviews. If you did not see her the first time around, you would not be the only one. Fantasia missed over 50 shows when she first starred in the show, which she attributed to tumors on her vocal chords. She also may or may not have stated that she did not feel badly about her absences, as she “made a truck load of money for [the] show.” Watch below to see her squirm on Oprah’s couch while discussing the situation. I am not sure why she was hired to reprise her role given her history, but she is predictably at it again.

Winter Olympics Performances

I admit that I have never really been a huge fan of the winter Olympics. I tend to favor diving and gymnastics. That being said, I like a good concert just as much as the next person. Not surprisingly, many of the selected performers at this year’s winter Olympics were Canadian. That included Bryan Adams, Nelly Furtado, Sarah McLaughlin, and Kd Lang (who apparently stole the show). I’ve posted pictures from the performances below. Click on the link below to see Nelly Furtado and Bryan Adams sing a very cheesy song.

The Very Cheesy Song

Super Bowl Breaks MASH’s Ratings Record

The Super Bowl set a new record for all-time viewership. The series finale of MASH, which aired in 1983, garnered 105.97 viewers, and 106.5 viewers tuned in for this year’s Super Bowl. Some speculate that the Super Bowl had such high viewership because many were rooting for a city and not just a team. Others speculate that more people were watching at home because of the economy which helped the Nielsen ratings.

Before the baby boomers start to cry about MASH, please note that it still holds the record for all-time viewership for a series finale.

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