Taylor Hicks – Why He Matters

I’ve already expressed my undying love for the grey-haired fox with the soulful sound. And I know most of the world could not care less about Taylor winning the title of “American Idol” on a TV show.

But it does matter.

Popular music has been in a rut. If you look at the Billboard Hot 100, you see a lot of hip-hop, a lot of rap, a lot of vapid pop music. Some of it is good, no doubt. Most of it is forgettable. The worst part? Most of the music doesn’t have life, energy or…soul.

Enter Taylor. Soul Patrol.

You want to know why he won? Yes, he embraced his fans, shouting out the ‘Soul Patrol!’ at every opportunity. Yes, he refused to compromise who he was. And yes, he was an underdog, who everyone loves.

Mostly he won, because his music moves. It’s also the reason why Elliot Yamin gained in the last few weeks, getting better and better with every performance. If you’d given Elliot two more weeks, he might have won. Taylor has the kind of voice that pierces something deep in our bones, our need to feel. All last week I was playing James Brown’s Love, Power, Peace in my car, needing more soul in my life. James Brown, just like Ray Charles, Joe Cocker and several others just make you feel good about yourself and life in general. People need that right now.


Does this signal a sea change in popular music? Probably not, but Taylor does fill a void in the pop culture landscape.

And the void in my heart and in my soul is now refilled. Thanks, Taylor. I needed that.

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This post was written by Shawna on May 30, 2006

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NBC’s NEW new schedule

Monday
8:00 p.m. Deal or No Deal
9:00 p.m. HEROES
10:00 p.m. STUDIO 60 ON THE SUNSET STRIP (new day and time)

Tuesday
8:00 p.m. FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS
9:00 p.m. Law & Order: Criminal Intent (new day and time)
10:00 p.m. Law & Order: SVU

Wednesday
8:00 p.m. 20 GOOD YEARS (new time)
8:30 p.m. 30 ROCK (new time)
9:00 p.m. The Biggest Loser (new time)
10:00 p.m. KIDNAPPED (new day and time)

Thursday
8:00 p.m. My Name Is Earl
8:30 p.m. The Office
9:00 p.m. Deal or No Deal (new day and time)
10:00 p.m. ER / THE BLACK DONNELLYS

Friday
8:00 p.m. Crossing Jordan (new day and time)
9:00 p.m. Las Vegas
10:00 p.m. Law & Order (new day)

Saturday
8:00 p.m. Dateline
9:00 p.m. Drama Series Encores

Sunday
7:00 p.m. FOOTBALL NIGHT IN AMERICA
8:00 p.m. SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL

I can’t believe they are moving Law & Order off of Wednesday night. Big mistake, in my opinion.

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This post was written by Shawna on May 26, 2006

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NBC blinks

NBC is moving Studio 60 to Monday night, moving Deal or No Deal to Thursday at 9. To add to the insanity Medium is now bumped to January premiere and Crossing Jordan is back for the fall on Fridays at 8.

I’ll republish the new NBC schedule, but you can get the details now at the link below.

Link: the futon critic – the web’s best primetime television resource

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This post was written by Shawna on May 25, 2006

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Who I Want to Win



SOUL PATROL BABY!!

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This post was written by Shawna on May 23, 2006

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The big five-oh

I’ve been closing in on 50,000 site visits today, according to Sitemeter, the first site traffic monitor I used on this page almost two years ago (wow, my blogversary is coming up soon!)

Again, I’m overwhelmed with how much support and encouragement I’ve received from so many of you through this blog over the last two years. It has provided me with an outlet to vent, to be creative, to report news, and to procrastinate (mostly the latter). I’ve made some really wonderful friends, most of whom I don’t get to see enough, even though they live in the same city I do.

I do still have a big writerly type announcement to make in the coming days, (not screenwriting related, yet, so don’t get too excited) once the details get worked out, I’ll be giving you all the details.

Keep writing!

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This post was written by Shawna on May 18, 2006

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Reasons I worry about TV audiences sometimes

…when I get Google searches of “how to get Grey’s anatomy tickets”.

Kids, why don’t you answer that question for our intrepid visitor in the comments?

By the way, I am in no way trying to make fun of people…okay, maybe I am.

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This post was written by Shawna on May 18, 2006

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2006 Upfronts: The CW Schedule

the futon critic gives us the word on The CW schedule. Biggest news: NO AQUAMAN!! They’ve picked up the ‘Girlfriends’ spin off ‘The Game’ for Sunday nights, ‘Runaway’ for Monday and ‘Hidden Palms’ for midseason (formerly called ‘Palm Springs’). The schedule:

SUNDAY

7:00-7:30 PM EVERYBODY HATES CHRIS
7:30-8:00 PM ALL OF US
8:00-8:30 PM GIRLFRIENDS
8:30-9:00 PM THE GAME (New Series)
9:00-10:00 PM AMERICAS NEXT TOP MODEL (Encore Presentation)

MONDAY

8:00-9:00 PM 7TH HEAVEN
9:00-10:00 PM RUNAWAY (New Series)

TUESDAY

8:00-9:00 PM GILMORE GIRLS
9:00-10:00 PM VERONICA MARS

WEDNESDAY

8:00-9:00 PM AMERICAS NEXT TOP MODEL
9:00-10:00 PM ONE TREE HILL

THURSDAY

8:00-9:00 PM SMALLVILLE
9:00-10:00 PM SUPERNATURAL

FRIDAY 8:00-10:00 PM FRIDAY NIGHT SMACKDOWN!

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This post was written by Shawna on May 18, 2006

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Upfronts 2006: Fox Schedule

Mediaweek again for our schedule. Sorry I didn’t get any predictions up, but they weren’t that good anyway. Fox has released both a fall and January schedule (24, Idol, and King of the Hill are held until midseason)

FALL 2006

Monday
8:00 p.m. Prison Break
9:00 p.m. VANISHED

Tuesday
8:00 p.m. STANDOFF
9:00 p.m. House

Wednesday
8:00 p.m. Bones
9:00 p.m. JUSTICE

Thursday
8:00 p.m. ‘TIL DEATH
8:30 p.m. HAPPY HOUR
9:00 p.m. The O.C.

Friday
8:00 p.m. Nanny 911 (new day)
9:00 p.m. Trading Spouses: Meet Your New Mommy

Saturday
8:00 p.m. Cops
9:00 p.m. America’s Most Wanted

Sunday
7:00 p.m. Football Overrun/Comedy repeats
7:30 p.m. Football Overrun/Comedy repeats
8:00 p.m. The Simpsons
8:30 p.m. American Dad (new time)
9:00 p.m. Family Guy
9:30 p.m. The War at Home (new time)

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JANUARY 2007

Monday
8:00 p.m. STANDOFF (new day)
9:00 p.m. 24

Tuesday
8:00 p.m. American Idol
9:00 p.m. House

Wednesday
8:00 p.m. JUSTICE (new time)
9:00 p.m. American Idol
9:30 p.m. The Loop

Thursday
8:00 p.m. ‘TIL DEATH
8:30 p.m. HAPPY HOUR
9:00 p.m. The O.C.

Friday
8:00 p.m. Bones (new day)
9:00 p.m. THE WEDDING ALBUM

Saturday
8:00 p.m. Cops
9:00 p.m. America’s Most Wanted

Sunday
7:00 p.m. Comedy repeats
7:30 p.m. King of the Hill
8:00 p.m. The Simpsons
8:30 p.m. American Dad
9:00 p.m. Family Guy
9:30 p.m. The War at Home

‘Primary’ has been renamed ‘Standoff’ and the Bruckheimer show ‘American Crime’ has been renamed ‘Justice’.

Can’t say I feel strongly about this schedule one way or another. I rather expected to see ‘Vanished’ paired with ‘Prison Break’ and ‘Standoff’ paired with ‘Bones’, since each new show has similiarities to their new partner.

CW up next.

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This post was written by Shawna on May 18, 2006

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CW news

In an effort to sabotage my predictions before I’ve even posted them, the CW has already tipped its hand regarding the shows it is picking up. Here’s the list so far:

From the WB:

  • 7th Heaven
  • Gilmore Girls
  • Smallville
  • Beauty and the Geek
  • Supernatural
  • One Tree Hill (!?!)

Off the list: ‘Everwood’, ‘Reba’ and all the shows I already had listed as waiting for the axe (see the Watch List).

From UPN:

  • All of Us
  • Girlfriends
  • Veronica Mars (!!!)
  • WWE Smackdown
  • America’s Next Top Model
  • Everybody Hates Chris

Watch List has been updated. I’m redoing my chart. Again.

Link: the futon critic – CW News

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This post was written by Shawna on May 17, 2006

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The 2005-06 Watch List

UPDATED 5/17 with renewals/cancellations.

Cancelled (new) shows:

  • Head Cases (Fox)
  • Sex, Lies and Secrets (UPN)
  • Inconceivable (NBC)
  • Just Legal (WB)
  • Kitchen Confidential (Fox)
  • The Night Stalker (ABC)
  • Threshold (CBS)
  • Reunion (Fox)
  • Hot Properties (ABC)
  • Killer Instinct (Fox)
  • Emily’s Reasons Why Not (ABC)
  • Book of Daniel (NBC)
  • Love Monkey (CBS)
  • Four Kings (NBC)
  • Heist (NBC)
  • Commander in Chief (ABC) (cancelled 5/16)
  • Sons & Daughters (ABC) (cancelled 5/12)
  • Invasion (ABC) (cancelled 5/13)
  • Conviction (NBC) (cancelled 5/13)
  • Teachers (NBC) (cancelled 5/14)
  • Freddie (ABC) (cancelled 5/14)
  • E-Ring (NBC) (cancelled 5/15)
  • Surface (NBC) (cancelled 5/15)
  • Courting Alex (CBS) (cancelled 5/15)
  • Out of Practice (CBS) (cancelled 5/15)
  • In Justice (ABC) (cancelled 5/16)
  • Crumbs (ABC) (cancelled 5/16)
  • The Evidence (ABC) (cancelled 5/16)
  • Twins (WB) (cancelled 5/17)
  • Related (WB) (cancelled 5/17)
  • South Beach (UPN) (cancelled 5/17)
  • Modern Men (WB) (cancelled 5/17)
  • The Bedford Diaries (WB) (cancelled 5/17)
  • Pepper Dennis (WB) (cancelled 5/17)
  • Love, Inc (UPN) (cancelled 5/17)
  • Free Ride (FOX) (cancelled 5/18)

Shows likely to be axed:

  • Thief (FX)

On the Fence:

  • Windfall (NBC) (cancelled)
  • Saved (TNT) (picked up for 2nd season)
  • Blade: The Series (Spike TV) (cancelled)
  • Psych (USA) (picked up for 2nd season)
  • Brotherhood (Showtime) (picked up for 2nd season)
  • Misconception (WB) (cancelled, never aired)

Likely pickups:

    none at this time.

Ordered full season:

  • Prison Break (Fox) (renewed for next season)
  • My Name is Earl (NBC) (renewed for next season)
  • Bones (Fox) (renewed for next season)
  • How I Met Your Mother (CBS) (renewed for next season)
  • Criminal Minds (CBS) (renewed for next season)
  • The Ghost Whisperer (CBS) (renewed for next season)
  • Weeds (Showtime) (renewed for next season)
  • Sleeper Cell (Showtime) (renewed for next season)
  • Rome (HBO) (renewed for next season)
  • Big Love (HBO) (renewed for next season)
  • What About Brian (ABC) (renewed for next season)
  • The Loop (FOX)(renewed for next season)
  • The War at Home (Fox) (renewed for next season)
  • The New Adventures of Old Christine (CBS) (renewed for next season)
  • Close to Home (CBS) (renewed for next season)
  • The Unit (CBS) (renewed for next season)
  • Supernatural (WB) (renewed for next season on CW)
  • Everybody Hates Chris (UPN) (renewed for next season on CW)

Existing Shows probably in their last year:

  • Arrested Development (Fox) (cancelled)
  • Will & Grace (NBC) (cancelled)
  • Alias (ABC) (cancelled)
  • The West Wing (NBC) (cancelled)
  • Over There (FX) (cancelled)
  • Malcom in the Middle (Fox) (cancelled)
  • That 70’s Show (Fox) (cancelled)
  • Yes, Dear (CBS) (cancelled)
  • Charmed (WB) (cancelled)
  • What I Like About You (WB) (cancelled)
  • Wanted (TNT) (cancelled)
  • Hope & Faith (ABC) (cancelled)
  • Jake in Progress (ABC) (cancelled)
  • Joey (NBC) (cancelled)
  • Rodney (ABC) (cancelled)
  • Less than Perfect (ABC) (cancelled)
  • Still Standing (CBS) (cancelled)
  • Blue Collar TV (WB) (cancelled)
  • Living with Fran (WB) (cancelled)
  • Cuts (UPN) (cancelled)
  • Half and Half (UPN) (cancelled)
  • One on One (UPN) (cancelled)
  • Everwood (WB) (cancelled)
  • Reba (WB) (saved! coming back on CW midseason)
  • Stacked (Fox) (cancelled)
  • The Bernie Mac Show (Fox) (cancelled)

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This post was written by Shawna on May 17, 2006

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