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TV Turkeys 2012

November 20, 2012 by Marc Berman in Highlights with 10 Comments
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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!

Honorable Mention:
Best Friends Forever (NBC), The Mob Doctor (Fox), The Ricki Lake Show (syndication), The River (ABC)

TV Turkeys

Written by Marc Berman

Marc Berman

Marc Berman is the Editor in Chief for TV Media Insights, the online destination for television and media. Berman has appeared on camera for “Extra,” “Entertainment Tonight,” “Access Hollywood,” “The CBS Evening News,” CNN, and more; and was the author of 2014 desk calendar, “This Day in TV History.”

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  • James31

    Great list! Although Work It should be No.1.

  • marcberman

    Funny thing…I was actually thinking I should move it up.

  • susanmz

    The Chew and Katie should have made the list.

  • Troy Turner

    A vote for The Revolution is actually a vote in absentia for The Chew and Katie as well. But, I’m actually glad it made the list. Yes, we want OLTL back-but the mere existence of The Revolution should serve as an object lesson not only to ABC if they choose to cancel GH, but to ANY network that even thinks about cancelling a soap.

  • marcberman

    The Chew was listed last year, so it was disqualified.

    • Troy Turner

      Fair enough

  • xwiseguyx

    While the Real Housewives series is fake and over the top, it has put Bravo on the map ratings wise and buzzworthy has spawned another couple of hits – Shahs of Sunset and Watch What Happens Live, which typically features Housewives stars… While a the definition of a TV Turkey in your eyes is more critical in nature, I think it should be more defined as both critical and lack of popularity as well to be a true “turkey”… Maybe a TV Crapola award can be made up for the stuff you personally don’t like. I personally would have put in Fox & Friends for its misleading poles and false take on the Election…

  • xwiseguyx

    That is, if I were to judge my turkeys on strictly being critical…

  • BMcKee

    Apparently what we think about Honey Boo Boo. The show does huge ratings, and has celebrities who are fascinated by the kid. There are persistent rumours in fact that Honey Boo Boo will be one of Barbara Walters’s “10 Most Fascinating People of 2012.” I am, to use a British expression which is the only one that fits (that can run in this comment section anyway) thoroughly gobsmacked.

  • robycop3

    Everyone has his/her personal list of TV bummers, so lemme put in my $0.02 worth:

    #1…”3″ I hate all dating/relationship shows! I don’t care who’s doing whom outside my home; besides, I believe they’re all contrived anyway.

    #2…”Work It” Funny as a flat tire.

    #3…”Glass House” I don’t watch Bigg Bruddah, which, to me, is garbage, and this dogpile was even worse.

    With that being said, HAPPY HOLIDAYS to all!

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