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by Judi

In “the biz” (ugh, I hate me too) we call this “synergy.” Basically, what it boils down to is a scene between the studio head, the executive producer of a TV show and the guy at the record label. They all talk and laugh and order shrimp and then they discuss ways where the people who watch TV can also buy the single for a popular song or “pop song” as we say in the, erm, world.

Sometimes, it’s not for commercial reasons. Sometimes, it’s purely because the auteur behind the scene (hating myself even more, didn’t think it was possible) just feels like this is the song that needs to be played. Like that Don Henley song “New York Minute” that plays at the end of the West Wing episode “Somebody’s Going to Emergency…” as Sam Seaborn calls his philandering dad. Surely, Aaron Sorkin wasn’t trying to squeeze a few extra bucks out of us for Don Henley. He just felt like that song was appropriate, we would assume, since a lyric from the song sparked the episode title.

Anyway, sometimes it works and sometimes it’s just a hilarious, BRILLIANT example of how studio heads will do anything for a few extra bucks. LET’S CELEBRATE THEM ALL. Because it’s Friday and it’s time for TV.

5. Grey’s Anatomy featuring Snow Patrol’s “Chasing Cars”

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And sometimes, the show makes the band. A friend of mine, we’ll call her Bic as she likes pens and for no other reason, told me a story once about Snow Patrol, about how they were milling about backstage after or before one of their shows and TR Knight wandered in to say hello. The band was polite and TR left and one of the Snow Patrol guys asked the room who that was. When the answer, “The guy from ‘Grey’s Anatomy'” came, Snow Patrol guy’s eyes widened. “Oh. That show made us quite famous here, didn’t it?” Yes, British guy. Yes, it did.

Snow Patrol’s songs are famously theatrical. It’s part of the reasons why some people hate them but mostly why I like them, because when I listen to them I can pretend like I’m in a movie trailer about a plucky blogger who watches TV all day and sometimes forgets to wash the conditioner out of her hair. Or I listen to them and remember when Denny died and the many moons ago when I still liked Katherine Heigl and this show.

4. The Wonder Years featuring Bob Seger’s “We’ve Got Tonight”

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Welcome to the song/TV moment that genuinely makes me cry. I remember vividly watching this unfold, watching poor Kevin Arnold climb onto the roof, peering into Winnie Cooper’s bedroom as she lay recovering from that bad car accident, and listening to this song play softly in the background. I remember thinking, “This is the prettiest song I’ve ever heard in my life.” I was 23 years old. Ok, no, I was like ten.

On a somewhat-related note, why can’t I buy this song on iTunes? Seriously, what is the deal? Every once in a while, I go to the store, look for the song and come up empty. Is it so WRONG to want “We’ve Got Tonight” and “Hollywood Nights” in my life? I’m not looking for an anthology or anything here.

3. Beverly Hills 90210 featuring Color Me Badd

Welcome to the song/TV moment that I actually CANNOT WATCH THE WHOLE WAY THROUGH. If cringing were an Olympic sport, I’d have four Gold medals and Michael Phelps’ bong in my hands right now.

That being said, what a fantastic episode. Every fan of the 90210 canon (that’s right, I called it a fucking canon) knows the Color Me Badd episode, and for good reason as this is the episode where we discover that Donna Martin’s uber-stuck-up mom is having an affair at the very same hotel where Donna’s favorite “band” is staying. “Group”? “Collection of soul-wrenching awful, complete with soul-patch?” “Possessors of THE MOST AMAZING PHOTO EVER TAKEN?”

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For the uninitiated, if you’ve been wondering where the inspiration  for “Dick in a Box” comes from, meet the Granddaddies. Oh, and try to watch this video without wanting to slap Kelly in the face.

2. Golden Girls featuring Sonny & Cher’s “I Got You Babe”

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What happens when one gay icon impersonates another? Does the world just start caving in on itself? If so, fine. I’ll be sucked into the center of the earth with this number playing on my iPhone and I will be cackling all the way.

It’s Bea Arthur’s deadpan that just destroys me and her movements are down. Ugh, I miss her. If anyone needs me, I’ll be over here sending chocolates and vitamins to Betty and Rue.

1. Dawson’s Creek featuring Paula Cole’s “I Don’t Wanna Wait”

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Dawson’s Creek, the first major show for the fledgling WB network, was also the first show I could remember that played a LOT of pop music in place of an instrumental score. It also went one step further, revealing at the end of the episode the name and artist for the featured songs in the episode (now copied by a lot of CW shows, including Glee). And while most of them are ’90s pop relics and one-hit wonders that no one ever heard of again, there is no greater ’90s pop relic than this one. As soon as you hear Paula Cole’s wail about waiting and what-not, you are immediately sent back to this- a J. Crew commercial disguised as opening credits.

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by Beal

I think our previous posts here at NTO have made it abundantly clear that we are far from picky when it comes to watching television. Essentially, if it airs, we’ll watch it. Bad sitcoms? Sure. Terrible crime dramas? I’ve got an hour to kill. Programs aimed at gawky tweens? Why not. Simply put, our tolerance for absolute swill, is HIGH. Still, as low as they may be, we do have standards, and some shows just don’t meet them. Please keep in mind that Full House is pretty much my favorite show and that I have no qualms about tuning into Hannah Montana, Mama’s Family or Hee Haw, which I think speaks volumes about the selections below. The Top Five TV Shows I Wouldn’t be Caught Dead Watching are:

5. Matlock (1986 – 1992)

girlsI feel a little bit guilty for putting this program on my list, because I really do have the utmost respect for Andy Griffith, but COME ON! This damn show has been infiltrating otherwise excellent re-run blocks for as long as I can remember. Already a fan of the Hallmark Channel, I must give them props for retaining the rights to this show, but removing it from the airwaves, but only as recently as last Spring. Who the hell came up with this show anyway? The real Barney Fife? Andy Griffith stars as Ben Matlock, an aged Colonel Sanders-looking lawyer who solves murder mysteries. It’s pretty much like Murder She Wrote except more awful. Was he a detective too? Did he personally solve the crimes? I have no idea, as soon as that damn theme song started, I was off the couch and out the door. I’m not sure anyone under the age of 90 could answer those questions, because no one born after 1929 has ever watched this show. Sorry Mr. Griffith, but your television comeback was super lame.

4. JONAS (2009 – present)

Jonas-Brothers-EventI’m not even going to try to explain what this bullshit is all about. The Jonas Brothers are one tween phenomenon that I would prefer to know nothing about. Three brothers, not unlike the Hansons, “play” their instruments and get involved in standard sitcom hi-jinx, probably. These “boys,” who are quite possibly my age, are a Disney product unlike any other. So fine, I watch Hannah Montana, mostly because I get a kick out of zany bad acting and plots that involve mistaken identity, schemes and costumes, but I draw the line at these damned Jonas kids. Enough already. They dress them up in tight little pants, and vests and trendy hats and I’m supposed to swoon? Is that even legal? (I’m seriously asking.) This show (which I have honestly never watched) makes me seriously reconsider my dedication to Disney Channel original programming. I can accept a shitty sitcom. I can accept a manufactured persona, but I refuse to accept a Disney created pop star super brand band comprised of no talent teeny boppers, especially in the absence of a father made famous by Achy Breaky Heart.

3. Heroes (2006 – present)

heroes-_cheerleader--l-_fp1949Fine, so this might be a really great show, but I’ll never know because of a personal vendetta I hold against it, specifically its creator, Tim Kring. Kring, you might not remember, created another show called Crossing Jordan for which I, was its only fan. For one season, BOTH shows aired. It was CJ’s final, and it suffered. Now, I understand that if you have two shows on the air, and one is immensely popular and the other is mocked relentlessly, then its an easy choice to make: Save the cheerleader, fuck Crossing Jordan. However, I would have liked to see Kring at least do the show justice in the series finale. Instead, he let the show die a slow and painful death and when it wasn’t renewed for the 2007 season, he changed the plane crash “cliffhanger” ending into a final rescue, which only featured half the cast. So, as far as I’m concerned Heroes can go straight to hell. Also, really?  A super-heroes-(that-are-otherwise-completely-bad-archetypes)-among-us premise? Really? I like science fiction as much as the next guy, but don’t insult my intelligence.

2. Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman (1993 – 1998)

dr_quinnAccording to Wikipedia, this show aired in more than 100 countries. For a second, I reconsidered its placement on this list. Perhaps it is a really good show! Then I remembered that Baywatch was also immensely popular overseas, and I instantly hated this show even more. I cannot think of any premise that sounds less appealing, or more devoid of entertainment value than a late 19th century female physician proving her worth on the range. I hate a period piece, and I hate it even more if it stars Jane Seymour (whose foray into jewelry making and “art” is only a boon to my distaste for her.) And how am I supposed to identify with any of these characters? We have nothing in common. I’m worried that my health insurance won’t cover prescription mood stabilizers and they’re trading animal pelts for curing tonics made of dandelions.

1. Grey’s Anatomy (2005 – present)

Greys-Anatomy-ps01Am I the only person who is completely offended by the absolute absurdity of this show? When was the last time you went into a hospital and nearly every doctor in it was super attractive and/or uncontrollably making out with a coworker? Alright, fine, I get it. It’s television and no one wants to stare at ugly people all day, but give me a fucking break. Hospital drama has been done before. How will Grey’s (as every fan insists on calling it) be any different? Oh how about we just up the sex factor by, oh, a million percent. Let’s just say, I’m not interested in what doctors do, ON or OFF the clock, so I’m already annoyed by this show. And now you’ve got everyone in America prefixing adjectives with “Mc?” UGH. SPARE ME! McDreamy, McSteamy, McIjusthrewupinmymouth. I’ll give it to you, Patrick Dempsey is a good looking guy, but he’s no Pitt or McConaughey, he’s barely a Bacon. In fact, he’s Ronald Miller, the nerdy lawn boy from next door who pays Cindy Mancini a thousand bucks to pretend to be his girlfriend for a week. And don’t even get me started on Sandra Oh. I saw Sideways. She wasn’t remarkable in that, and she’s no more remarkable in this. She just is. She’s on par with Teri Hatcher as far as I’m concerned. And Ellen Pompeo, adorable, but that voice, its so grating. Seriously, why do they insist on someone with a speech impediment narrating that show? It wasn’t annoying enough?

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