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by Jessy Krupa

20 Mar 2010

I recently wrote a post about all the sequels and remakes that are coming to the box office, and wondered if this was because of a lack of originality in Hollywood. But it seems as though the world of television might have the same problem. New versions of Melrose Place, V, and 90210 are currently on air, and this fall might see updates of Hawaii 5-O and The Rockford Files.

I can’t criticize those shows before I see them, but I can spread some light on what’s probably the worst idea out of all the networks this year: ABC’s plan to resurrect Star Search. The original amateur hour talent search aired in syndication from 1983 to 1995, and introduced the world to many future celebrities, including Britney Spears, Beyonce, Brad Garrett, Tiffany, Justin Timberlake, Ellen DeGeneres, Alanis Morissette and more. However, bringing the show back is an old idea. CBS remade it in 2002 with Arsenio Hall as host and a frequently changing group of celebrity judges. It tried to capitalize on the success on American Idol, but it was canceled a year later. Prior to that, original Star Search host Ed McMahon hosted and produced the extremely similar Next Big Star. It aired on the now-defunct PAX network in 2001. Every episode referred to and showed clips from the original Star Search, and the series was canceled a year later.

Now rumor has it that ABC offered former American Idol judge Paula Abdul a large sum to be a “combination of a host and a judge”, but she turned it down. Maybe she realizes that Star Search doesn’t have too much potential, or perhaps she’s just waiting to be on FOX’s spin-off of American Idol, X Factor. Either way, it’ll probably last a year.

by PopMatters Staff

19 Mar 2010

by John Lindstedt

19 Mar 2010

In the premiere of its 14th season, South Park decided to take the time to address the Tiger Woods scandal that happened during the hiatus. As usual, the show makes some refreshingly insightful commentary on the scandal, as well as the deeper seated issue of infidelity and “sex addiction”.

To sum up: most men in a position of power and wealth would have the desire to have affairs with as many women as possible. There is really no mystery why they would want to.

All in all, a really solid episode, especially since the show has been a little off and on in recent seasons. The South Park Studios site doesn’t have an embed option, so you’ll just have to watch it here.

Looking forward, the show will celebrate its 200th episode on April 14th, and for further reading I would suggest this recent New York Times interview with creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone.

by Jennifer Cooke

19 Mar 2010

Bears. Always ruining stuff for the rest of us. Always drunk, always trying to pay their tab with half a raw fish, always bogarting their way to the front of the stage. The Frontier Brothers have made a video that sets to music the revenge fantasy I’m sure we’ve all had… the day the bears finally get their just deserts.

Luckily for the Brothers, they won’t have to travel for their upcoming SXSW shows—they already live in Austin. They also have a new EP coming out on March 23rd, which you can find out about at their MySpace page.

by Alex Suskind

18 Mar 2010

“Fifteen years ago, people were having actual arguments about who was better: Damon Albarn or Noel Gallagher? Good times.”

That quote is from a Pitchfork post on “Melancholy Hill”, a song off the new Gorillaz album Plastic Beach.

It is funny to think that in the mid-‘90s, Britpop was revolutionized (and to a greater extent, created) by two bands that were at odds with each other: Albarn’s Blur and Gallagher’s Oasis. The rivalry between the two popular rock groups came to a head when both planned on releasing new singles in the same week (Blur with “Country House” and Oasis with “Roll With It”). Blur’s single outsold Oasis’ that week. However, Oasis would be crowned Britpop kings when their upcoming album What’s the Story (Morning Glory), ended up selling 14 million copies worldwide.

But here we are, almost 15 years later, and things couldn’t be any different. Albarn has cemented himself as a brilliant and diverse songwriter, while the Gallagher brothers—up until their breakup in 2009—continued to churn out the same Britpop they had been writing for more than a decade.

The cartoon band Gorillaz is the product of Albarn and artist Jamie Hewlett. Albarn is the band’s principle songwriter. Their newest album, Plastic Beach has received high marks across the board. Their first two albums went multi-platinum, and Beach is likely to do the same.

On top of Gorillaz, Albarn formed the group The Good, the Bad & the Queen—who released their critically acclaimed debut album in 2007. He also composed the soundtrack for the musical Monkey: Journey to the West, where he collaborated with the UK Chinese Ensemble.

Below is a short video retrospective of Damon Albarn’s musical career:

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