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An Awkward. Interview

MTV's Awkward.

In anticipation of Awkward.‘s first season finale, which airs tonight at 11pm, TVLine.com chatted with the show’s creator, Lauren Iungerich, about love triangles, the letter, and the show’s 30min length.

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MTV Adds Some Awkward.

MTV's Awkward.

Over the last couple of years, the number of high school based TV shows I watch has slowly dwindled down from a handful to only one or two. Perhaps its because I’m getting older, or because the TV characters in my shows are too, but that genre just doesn’t suck me in like it used to. Which is fine, everyone’s tastes change over time and its not like I’ve given up on TV, because we all know I’ve found plenty to keep me busy – but I’ve got to say from the first MTV promo for Awkward. I was excited for this show.

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Mid-Mid-Season Replacements

Here we go again; for cable channels April is just another month during their year-round programming, but for broadcast networks April is a last ditch effort to launch new shows when others have failed. Here are four shows that are either returning or premiering that may end up taking some more of your free time. Enjoy.

AMC, best known for shows like Mad Men and The Walking Dead is now diving into the crime genre with their new show The Killing, which premiers this Sunday April 3rd at 9pm. The show will kick off with a two-hour premier event and revolves around the investigation of the murder of Rosie Larsen, a teenager from Seattle. The show is actually based on a Danish series, but given AMC’s recent track record of quality ‘original’ programs, I’m pretty interested. Plus a few other notable series revolved around solving the murder of a young girl like Veronica Mars and Twin Peaks.

And of course there’s Friday Night Lights, which begins its fifth and final season run on NBC on Friday April 15th at 8pm. For anyone who hasn’t seen this show, you’re missing out. Offering plenty of ecstatic and equally gut-wrenching moments, with everything in between, this show is about so much more than football. I know I always rave about the works of Whedon, but I also need to take a second and say that Jason Katims is a genius too. This is another show where the characters, soundtrack, and quiet moments really elevate the series beyond a typical TV show. I’m not suggesting skipping the earlier seasons to quickly catch-up but here’s a music video that does a pretty good job of summing up season four, well the football parts anyway.

America’s Best Dance Crew is back too! The show returns to the TV schedule on April 7th at 10pm on MTV – More crews, more Mario Lopez, and more of Lil Mama giving non-sensical speeches. Also season six promises to bring us even more popular music from the likes of Rihanna, Bieber, The Black Eyed Peas, and Ke$ha. I know I for one can’t wait to hear ABDC’s remixed versions of popular Black Eyed Peas songs. (That’s sarcasm for anyone who doesn’t know me.)

On April 13th, Happy Endings premiers on ABC. The new comedy will join their Wednesday night comedy block at the 10 o’clock hour. However, the premier is slated for a 9:30pm showing, right after a presumably new episode of Modern Family. I’m pretty particular when it comes to comedies but I think I’ll give this one a shot. Mostly because I don’t watch anything else during that time but also because one of the actors, Eliza Coupe, rocked on the last two seasons of Scrubs as Dr. Mahoney. Plus the preview looks amusing enough.

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Pretty Little Liars – A Suspect List

[For an updated season 2 Pretty Little Liars suspect list click here.]

Yes I watch Pretty Little Liars. I think I’ve already established I watch a wide range of TV and have very little shame when it comes to admitting my TV habit. Now that I’ve gotten that quick disclaimer out of the way, onto the suspects.

Next week is the spring finale of Pretty Little Liars and although I would love it if they could finally reveal the identity of ‘A’ I’m doubting that’s actually going to happen.

Either way, I’ve been Veronica Mars-ing my way through the series because I am determined to figure it out before the show tells us, I’ve even stayed away from spoilers. My biggest fear is that ‘A’ will be a character never introduced until the reveal, which would be the ultimate cheat. But since I’m playing along here’s my list of possible ‘A’s.

  • Mona – I’m not to sure if she’s actually smart enough to pull everything off but she’s always around and stuck on the outside, which makes me wonder if she killed Alison to move up in the popularity ranks. Then when Aria returned and she still found herself left out of the ‘popular’ group she concocted ‘A’ to screw with them all. Pretty Little Liars
  • Ezra – Doesn’t actually seem to fit the bill but he also seems way too nice. Although he is having an affair with a student so maybe he’s actually not all that nice.
  • Melissa & Ian – Perhaps ‘A’ is a two person job. Also a lot of the creepier ‘A’ moments have seemed to occur in the Hastings house and Spencer is the current favorite target.
  • Lucas – He’s smart and has a pretty good reason to hate Alison.
  • Jenna – A red herring, I don’t actually believe its her but I have to wonder if its one of her family members who is exacting revenge on the girls that caused her blindness. Toby may also have been a target if someone in the family believed he was forcing himself on Jenna rather than the other way around.

The other clues we’ve been privy to also make me kind of think ‘A’ is a female student but I could be way off base with that profiling and cleary can’t think of many candidates that fit that desciption besides Mona.

What do you think? Are there any other obvious suspects I am missing?

Although if you’ve read the books and actually know, please don’t spill the beans and spoil the mystery for everyone.

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Rambling About Reality TV

I wouldn’t qualify myself as a reality TV junkie but I watch my fair share of shows that have no redeeming value, showcase incredibly talented people, or simply pit people against each other for a large cash prize. Although I’ve been a dedicated follower of MTV’s Road Rules and subsequent Real World / Road Rules Challenges I much prefer skilled competition based reality shows like Project Runway and So You Think You Can Dance. Perhaps that is why I’ve recently become so intrigued with SyFy’s new reality show Face Off.

Face Off pits special effects make-up artists against each othSyFy-Face-Offer in a series of weekly challenges. Although the show has only aired four episodes I’m already blown away with the amount of talent and creativity showcased. The competitors really have to be skilled in a number of mediums and materials. They don’t just create masks or faces – they develop entire characters with back-stories along with attire and props. Like other similar shows, Face Off offers drama and bickery but also some actual teamwork too. Another aspect of the show I like is that the winner of the weekly challenge gets to give their two cents about who, of the bottom three, should go home. I think their input is generally insightful, if not spiteful because the judges don’t get to see what really goes on in the workroom.

Season 22 of Survivor premiered last week. Survivor has always been a show I’ve watched here and there. If I start watching a season I generally will follow through with it, but I typically don’t feel compelled to watch every single season. I find most seasons boring until the merge anyway, but I’m particularly unexcited by this new season. The Redemption Island twist sounds like a bad RW/RR Challenge idea and I could care less about the fake Russell versus Boston Rob feud. Honestly I don’t think Boston Rob gives a damn about Russell and I hate that this is Russell’s third time playing in the last four seasons. Give it up Probst; he’s never going to win the jury vote. I mean are they going to keep letting him play until he wins?

For those looking for another enjoyable yet mindless reality show, I totally recommend Winter Wipeout. Not that I am encouraging people to watch something other than Community at the 8pm hour on Thursday night, but Wipeout is pretty hilarious if you can get past the annoying commentary. DVR it or catch up on Hulu because Wipeout features really ridiculous people getting smashed, whacked, and tossed all over the place. It’s fantastic. Also the new winter course still features the big red balls and a lot of other insane obstacles.

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