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What to watch this winter

Over the weekend I was reading two of my favorite magazines:  Entertainment Weekly and US Weekly.  Both magazines had stories that previewed the upcoming new and returning TV shows.

One of the most popular shows, American Idol, starts its 9th season this Tuesday @ 8:00 PM.  Paula Abdul quit her position as a judge shortly after last season.  Ellen DeGeneres was hired as the new judge, and she begins her duties on February 9th.

Dave Karger, of Entertainment Weekly, asked her about her qualifications:

“You are the first Idol judge with no experience in the music industry, which some people have complained makes you unqualified.  Do you think it matters?”

Ellen replied:

“It’s not like I’m not a huge fan of music.  That accounts for something.  I’ve also been on stage, alone, trying to entertain an audience.  I started in stand-up for 15 years.  I know how important it is to reach that audience.  So I can put myself in their position.  It’s not necessarily singing, but it’s keeping an audience captivated.” 

A new show of note is the CW’s drama Life Unexpected.  A fifteen year old girl who has spent her whole life in foster care, locates and reunites with her biological parents.  Entertainment Weekly calls it “a sweet but sharp family series, in the vein of the old WB shows like Gilmore Girls and Everwood.”  I liked both of those shows, so I will definitely give Life Unexpected a try.

 American Idol

January 12 @ 8:00 PM on FOX

Life Unexpected

January 18 @ 9:00 PM on CW

Did you know that you can read and check out magazines at the library?

The branch libraries have dozens of interesting magazines.  All but the current issues can be checked out.

The Main Library’s First Floor–New and Featured Department has hundreds of magazines.  Take a look at the magazine collection in the Teen Department too! 


One Response

  1. Simon is leaving after this season!

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