THE WORST OF THE YEAR ON THE SMALL SCREEN
In honor of Thanksgiving, what follows are our 10 picks for the worst on television in 2012. The top-choice was a no-brainer, with the antics of Honey Boo Boo and company on TLC the crème of the crap. And the awkward (and unnecessary) departure of Ann Curry made The Today Show on NBC another logical entry. But choosing some of the others was a bit more debatable.
Taking into account your feedback (and thank you to all who contributed), here are the 10 worst shows of the year. Gobble! Gobble! And Happy Thanksgiving!
1. Here Comes Honey Boo Boo (TLC)
Competing on Toddlers & Tiaras was bad enough. But one glimpse of Alana “Honey Boo Boo” Shannon and her hillbilly family and you have to wonder why anyone is watching. Why people…why?
2. The Today Show (NBC)
Here’s an idea: Let’s dump likable, but aging co-anchor Ann Curry in place of the young and perky Savannah Guthrie because youth is a bigger draw, right? Earth to NBC: Did you forget what happened when Jane Pauley got the unnecessary axe way back when?
3. The Revolution (ABC)
Just what the angry fans of canceled One Life to Live did not need: a daily hour of daytime talk with a panel of “experts” who promised to “change your life.” Stick to helping people in primetime, Ty Pennington.
4. Work It (ABC)
Described as the new generation of Bosom Buddies, this two episode midseason stinker featured two men (Ben Koldyke and Amaury Nolasco) who ware forced to dress as women in order to keep their jobs in a bad economy. Chances are this won’t be on either actor’s resume.
5. The Glass House (ABC)
CBS tried to stop this blatant Big Brother rip-off from getting on the air. But it was much adieu about nothing because the viewers wisely stuck with Julie Chen and company.
6. Partners (CBS)
This Will & Grace-wannabe fell short, with obnoxious characters, forced situations and a laugh track that seemed to be on speed. Note to David Krumholtz: Don’t shoot the messenger, please.
7. The Real Housewives (Bravo)
Atlanta, Beverly Hills, Miami, New Jersey, New York City, Orange County, Washington, D.C….No matter where the location is, this ongoing reality franchise is depressing, dysfunctional, demented and not necessarily “real.”
8. Made in Jersey (CBS)
The first new series cancellation of the season is always worthy of a TV Turkey entry. And this stereotypical tale of a young female lawyer from New Jersey (or, in this case, “New Joisey”) is deserving of the “accolades.”
9. The Jeff Probst Show (syndication)
Since when does hosting Survivor qualify you to have a daytime talk show? The tribe has spoken, Mr. Probst.
10. 3 (CBS)
Think The Bachelor on CBS as three very different women are brought together to search for love. Gag me with a relationship/reality spoon! After two low-rated episodes last summer, the Eye network swung the axe pronto!
Best Friends Forever (NBC), The Mob Doctor (Fox), The Ricki Lake Show (syndication), The River (ABC)
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