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10 Must See TV Shows in January

The new year is giving me something to look forward to. TV! Some of our faves are finally returning and a few new shows are giving us something to fill up that extra space on our DVR’s. Here’s a list of shows on our radar in January.

1. Scrubs
1/6, ABC
The show’s highly talked about move to ABC is enough of a reason for me to watch the wacky hospital comedy. Last season, J.D. had a baby but still has feelings for his co-worker Elliot.

2. Hell’s Kitchen
1/29, Fox
Gordon Ramsey is ready to get fiesty in this reality show about chefs competing for a chance to run their own restaurant.

3. American Idol
1/13, Fox
We are all probably a little tired of “American Idol.” But they are bringing in a fourth judge this season. I’m eager to see how Paula interacts with her. I smell a cat fight if Paula isn’t taking her meds. Keep reading »

Felony Charge Against Lori Drew Dropped

If you’re not familiar with the name Lori Drew, we’re pretty sure you know about her case. She’s the Missouri woman convicted of cyber-bullying a teenage girl, who later hanged herself. Although Drew was convicted on Nov. 26 of harassing 13-year-old Megan Meier, a U.S. attorney in Los Angeles has dropped the felony conspiracy charge. A federal jury was unable to reach a verdict on the felony charge, so it was removed. That same jury convicted Drew on three counts of accessing a computer without authorization, which are all misdemeanors. The conviction holds a maximum sentence of three years in prison and a $300,000 fine, but federal guidelines could let Drew off with probation. Drew, rather fittingly, is on our list of “The 10 Worst People of 2008.” [UPI.com] Keep reading »

Keep Your “Confessions” To Yourself

This just in…VH1 is paying has-beens major money to create and produce more lame and overdone reality TV. Former TV icon Scott Baio and former child star Jason Hervey have created “Confessions of a Teen Idol,” which will give “heartthrobs” from the ’80s and ’90s another chance at fame. The show, which premieres this Sunday, Jan. 4, will function as a support group for the all male cast comprised of Christopher Atkins (“The Blue Lagoon”), David Chokachi (“Baywatch”), Billy Hufsey (“Fame”), Jeremy Jackson (“Baywatch”), Eric Nies (“The Real World” and “The Grind”), Jamie Walters (“Beverly Hills 90210″), and Adrian Zmed (“TJ Hooker,” “Grease 2″). According to VH1, each hour-long episode will provide a “rare, never-before-seen look at fame and its consequences as the guys live together.” However, there really isn’t anything rare about this show. Keep reading »

Words We Want Banished In 2009

Lake Superior State University released its 34th version of their annual List of Words to Be Banished from the Queen’s English for Mis-use, Over-use and General Uselessness earlier this week. Inspired by interest in the environment, frenzy over politics, and the economic downturn, the 15 entries selected from over 5,000 nominations include:

1. GREEN
“If something is good for the environment, just say so. As Kermit would say, ‘It isn’t easy being green.’” Kevin Sherlock, Hiawatha, Iowa.

2. CARBON FOOTPRINT or CARBON OFFSETTING
“It is now considered fashionable for everyone, tree hugger or lumberjack alike, to pay money to questionable companies to ‘offset’ their own ‘carbon footprint.’ What a scam! Get rid of it immediately!” Ginger Hunt, London, England.

3. MAVERICK
“The constant repetition of this word for months before the US election diluted whatever meaning it previously had. Even the comic offshoot ‘mavericky’ was terribly overused. A minimum five-year banishment of both words is suggested so they will not be available during the next federal election.” Matthew Mattila, Green Bay, Wisc. Keep reading »

German Entrepreneur Trying To Trademark “Freedom Tower” Condoms

A German entrepreneur is applying for a federal trademark to use the Freedom Tower to market a line of condoms. His proposed slogan is “Freedom Tower: Make Love Not War.” Clearly this guy lacks originality; he stole his product name from the main building in the new World Center Complex that has yet to be completed, and he borrowed the tagline from the ’60s anti-war movement. Relatives of Sept. 11 victims are understandably upset, and the Port Authority, who owns the Freedom Tower, is scrambling to block his use of the name. If he needs to find an alternate name for his line of condoms, he should check our list of phallic-shaped buildings — doesn’t “Big Ben Condoms” have a nice ring to it? [NY Post] Keep reading »

South African Anti-Apartheid Activist Helen Suzman Dies

Helen Suzman, a South African anti-apartheid activist died yesterday at age 91. During her life, she fought against government repression of the country’s black majority, serving in parliament for 36 years. On her 90th birthday, Suzman said, “I had a wonderful opportunity to use the parliamentary stage to bring the world’s attention to what was going on.” [MSNBC] Keep reading »

Four Strategies To Keep Those Resolutions

If you’re already struggling with your New Year’s resolutions on this second day of the year, you’re not alone. Need a few suggestions to stay on track? “It’s exceptionally hard to make life changes,” says Alan Deutschman, author of Change or Die. According to Deutschman, even though most people have the ability to change, they rarely do, “and our efforts are usually doomed to failure when we try to do it on our own.” After the jump, four strategies to avoid failure and increase positive results in change regimens. Keep reading »

Naked People Have Rights, Too

A state appeals court in Wisconsin ruled that a person who is voluntarily nude in the presence of another still has privacy rights against being secretly videotaped. This means that if you get naked with someone, they don’t have the right to tape you without your knowing. One less thing to worry about! [CBS News] Keep reading »

Does Parental Alienation Syndrome Exist?

Remember when Alec Baldwin railed against his then-11-year-old daughter, Ireland, in that now infamous voicemail message? Well, he claims he was suffering from Parental Alienation Syndrome (PAS) and has written a memoir, A Promise to Ourselves, about his devastating divorce and child custody battle with Kim Basinger. But what exactly is PAS and why is it so controversial? Keep reading »

Excuse Me, Bartender? There A Piece of A** In My Drink

In the land of booze, there’s no doubt that sex sells. We’re used to seeing the half-clad woman on a billboard, covering her crotch with a bottle of vodka. But why do we combine drink names with sex? Is it because of the good laugh we all have when asking a hot bartender, “Can you make me a Spread Eagle?” Whatever the reason, these sexy drinks usually have outlandish names with disgusting, random, sugary ingredients — things that no self-respecting boozehounds would ever order or put down their gullet. But damn, they’re fun. After the jump, a sexy drink sampling. Keep reading »

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