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The Year in TV: September 2010

Continuing out look at the year’s most notable television events, here’s what happened in September 2010.

The start of the fall season brought a lot of new shows to television, but there were also cancellations and other news events.

TV-related news takes a serious turn, as a deranged man created a hostage situation at the Discovery Communications Building. He threatened network employees with pistols and a explosive device until policemen shot and killed him.

 

Here’s the new series that the major networks offered us this month:

The CW: Hellcats and Nikita.

 

NBC: The Event, Outsourced, Chase, Undercovers, Law & Order: Los Angeles, and Outlaw.

 

FOX: Raising Hope, Running Wilde, and Lone Star.

 

CBS: Hawaii Five-O, $#*! My Dad Says, Blue Bloods, The Defenders, and Mike and Molly.

 

ABC: No Ordinary Family, Better With You, Detroit 1-8-7, The Whole Truth, and My Generation.

 

Within the month, FOX’s critically praised Lone Star and ABC’s critically panned My Generation become the first two new fall series to be cancelled for low ratings.

 

Reality TV shows were still in full swing, with the following shows starting new seasons: ABC’s Dancing With the Stars, CBS’ Undercover Boss, Survivor: Nicaragua, and The Amazing Race, NBC’s The Apprentice, The Biggest Loser, and School Pride, The CW’s America’s Next Top Model, FOX’s Hell’s Kitchen, A&E’s Hoarders, and TLC’s Sister Wives.

 

PBS airs The Tenth Inning, focusing on the developments and events in professional baseball that happened from 1994 to 2009. It was a continuation of Ken Burns Emmy Award-winning original documentary series.

 

With its 10th season scheduled to air in January 2011, American Idol announces that Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler, singer/actress Jennifer Lopez, and Randy Jackson will be their judges. Also, former judge Kara DioGuardi alleged that she wasn’t officially notified about being dropped from the show, but heard the news from her father, who heard it on the radio.

 

CBS’ As The World Turns ended after 54 years on air. It was the second longest-running TV soap opera and the last series entirely produced by Procter and Gamble.

 

During a press conference, Apple announces plans for their second version of Apple TV. The device streams iTunes rentals and other video files and has 8GB of flash storage, in a smaller size and a lower price than the original.

 

The voice of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer Billie Mae Richards, writer/producer Stephen J. Cannelli, McCoy’s Tony Curtis, Checkers & Pogo’s Morgan White, announcer Art Gilmore, producer David Dortort, Rhoda’s Harold Gould, broadcaster John Kluge, actor Kevin McCarthy Love, Sidney’s Marilyn Cantor Baker, comedian Greg Giraldo, and director/producer Arthur Holch were some of the television personalities we lost this month.

Cover down, pray through: Bob Dylan's underrated, misunderstood "gospel years" are meticulously examined in this welcome new installment of his Bootleg series.

"How long can I listen to the lies of prejudice?
How long can I stay drunk on fear out in the wilderness?"
-- Bob Dylan, "When He Returns," 1979

Bob Dylan's career has been full of unpredictable left turns that have left fans confused, enthralled, enraged – sometimes all at once. At the 1965 Newport Folk Festival – accompanied by a pickup band featuring Mike Bloomfield and Al Kooper – he performed his first electric set, upsetting his folk base. His 1970 album Self Portrait is full of jazzy crooning and head-scratching covers. In 1978, his self-directed, four-hour film Renaldo and Clara was released, combining concert footage with surreal, often tedious dramatic scenes. Dylan seemed to thrive on testing the patience of his fans.

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Inane Political Discourse, or, Alan Partridge's Parody Politics

Publicity photo of Steve Coogan courtesy of Sky Consumer Comms

That the political class now finds itself relegated to accidental Alan Partridge territory along the with rest of the twits and twats that comprise English popular culture is meaningful, to say the least.

"I evolve, I don't…revolve."
-- Alan Partridge

Alan Partridge began as a gleeful media parody in the early '90s but thanks to Brexit he has evolved into a political one. In print and online, the hopelessly awkward radio DJ from Norwich, England, is used as an emblem for incompetent leadership and code word for inane political discourse.

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The show is called Crazy Ex-Girlfriend largely because it spends time dismantling the structure that finds it easier to write women off as "crazy" than to offer them help or understanding.

In the latest episode of Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, the CW networks' highly acclaimed musical drama, the shows protagonist, Rebecca Bunch (Rachel Bloom), is at an all time low. Within the course of five episodes she has been left at the altar, cruelly lashed out at her friends, abandoned a promising new relationship, walked out of her job, had her murky mental health history exposed, slept with her ex boyfriend's ill father, and been forced to retreat to her notoriously prickly mother's (Tovah Feldshuh) uncaring guardianship. It's to the show's credit that none of this feels remotely ridiculous or emotionally manipulative.

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If space is time—and space is literally time in the comics form—the world of the novel is a temporal cage. Manuele Fior pushes at the formal qualities of that cage to tell his story.

Manuele Fior's 5,000 Km Per Second was originally published in 2009 and, after winning the Angouléme and Lucca comics festivals awards in 2010 and 2011, was translated and published in English for the first time in 2016. As suggested by its title, the graphic novel explores the effects of distance across continents and decades. Its love triangle begins when the teenaged Piero and his best friend Nicola ogle Lucia as she moves into an apartment across the street and concludes 20 estranged years later on that same street. The intervening years include multiple heartbreaks and the one second phone delay Lucia in Norway and Piero in Egypt experience as they speak while 5,000 kilometers apart.

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Featuring a shining collaboration with Terry Riley, the Del Sol String Quartet have produced an excellent new music recording during their 25 years as an ensemble.

Dark Queen Mantra, both the composition and the album itself, represent a collaboration between the Del Sol String Quartet and legendary composer Terry Riley. Now in their 25th year, Del Sol have consistently championed modern music through their extensive recordings (11 to date), community and educational outreach efforts, and performances stretching from concert halls and the Library of Congress to San Francisco dance clubs. Riley, a defining figure of minimalist music, has continually infused his compositions with elements of jazz and traditional Indian elements such as raga melodies and rhythms. Featuring two contributions from Riley, as well as one from former Riley collaborator Stefano Scodanibbio, Dark Queen Mantra continues Del Sol's objective of exploring new avenues for the string quartet format.

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