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TV Junkie: 'Platinum Hit' Incident at TCAs Today; Critic's Choice Awards Tomorrow

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Ron Swanson's desk on the "Parks and Recreation" set - follow our Twitter stream for more of our pics from the TCAs [Photo by Thomas Attila Lewis]


Ron Swanson's desk on the "Parks and Recreation" set - follow our Twitter stream for more of our pics from the TCAs [Photo by Thomas Attila Lewis]

Here's an example of how the public is mis-served by journalists: Today at the Television Critics Association Winter sessions, a panel for Bravo's new show "Platinum Hit" included judges Kara DioGuardi and Jewel, and producers Evan Bogart and Glenda Hersh. "Platinum Hit" is yet another one of those reality/talent shows that I couldn't have given less of a crap about, particularly since the kind of singer-songwriter style of music they are promoting is the exact kind that I detest but I find myself rushing to the defense of Kara DioGuardi, who was pseudo-famously bumped off of Fox's "American Idol," who demurred when asked several questions about how things ended up on "American Idol," her feelings about that show and the personalities and producers involved with it, etc.After DioGuardi answered that she would be happy to answer those questions directly after the panel but that she was part of the panel to discuss "Platinum Hit." In the room of 200 people I heard 3 or 4 people say stuff like "whoa," or "hmmm" but there was no "booing," particularly in the true sense of booing which calls to mind a deafening roar of disapproval with perhaps a couple airborne tomatoes - this simply didn't happen.

What did we see on The Hollywood Reporter's website but an article titled "Kara DioGuardi Booed at TCAs After Refusing to Answer 'Idol' Question." This kind of misrepresentation of the facts goes beyond simple exaggeration but into a self-serving vortex of hype that makes me question just about everything I read in any publication. Nobody asked Jewel about her pregnancy or how sales of her last album went, questions to her were kept strictly to "Platinum Hit" even though there's been plenty of "news" about these other aspects of her life. There are plenty of other opportunities to talk to these people at the TCAs if you want to ask them about something not on the day's docket of presentations instead of presenting someone with a "gotcha" question at an inappropriate time.

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I can appreciate that the TCA is a group of cynics, it's probably why I fit in as I'm cynical about 90+% of what's on TV although I choose to not write about the shows I'm cynical about, I'd rather write about things that I like and are (IMHO) deserving of attention. But there's a difference between cynical and printing a made up exaggeration of an incident in order to drive traffic to one's website. We've got a lot of respect for The Hollywood Reporter and can count some of their correspondents as our friends, particularly the stellar Tim Goodman, let's hope we don't get this kind of disappointment from them again any time soon.
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We'll be at the 16th Annual Critics' Choice Movie Awards tomorrow night so follow us on Twitter for updates and look for our reports and interviews from the show. The awards will be broadcast on VH1 at 9pm Pacific tomorrow night. Presenters include: Hank Azaria, Emily Blunt, Josh Brolin, Jesse Eisenberg, Jon Hamm, Ed Helms, Rob Huebel, the Kardashians (Khloe, Kim & Kourtney), Jimmy Kimmel, Greg Kinnear, Jennifer Lawrence, Julianne Moore, Joan Rivers, Tim Roth, Paul Scheer, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sarah Silverman, Kevin Spacey, Emma Stone and Sofia Vergara.
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The TV Junkie Must-Watch Plan: "$..! My Dad Says," "SoCal Connected," Conan (Ricky Gervais, Kaitlin Olson;, Cheap Trick), Fallon (Donald Trump, Bobby Moynihan, Neon Trees)

7:00pm Swarm Chasers Animal Planet - Series Premiere

8:30pm $..! My Dad Says CBS - Vince and Bonnie decide to remarry when they discover their first wedding was not legal.

8:45pm I Love You, Alice B. Toklas TCM - (1968) A Los Angeles lawyer (Peter Sellers) shocks his mother (Jo Van Fleet) by dropping out with a hippie (Leigh Taylor-Young) who bakes marijuana brownies.

9:00pm SoCal Connected KCET - Lot 354: A Tale of America’s Housing Meltdown The show will trace a Los Angeles property from savvy investment boom to foreclosure bust and back again.

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10:00pm Beyond Scared Straight A&E - Series Premiere

11:00pm The Daily Show With Jon Stewart Comedy Central - Ron Howard

11:00pm Conan TBS - Actor Ricky Gervais; actress Kaitlin Olson; Cheap Trick performs.

11:30pm The Colbert Report Comedy Central - Kevin Spacey

11:35pm Late Show With David Letterman CBS - Actor Kelsey Grammer; basketball player Amar'e Stoudemire; Gregg Allman performs.

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11:35pm The Tonight Show With Jay Leno NBC - Actress Cameron Diaz; actor Eric Stonestreet; The Civil Wars perform.

12:00am Lopez Tonight TBS - Actor David Duchovny; actress Kimora Lee Simmons; Saving Abel performs.

12:05am Jimmy Kimmel Live ABC - Actor Seth Rogen; actress Elle Fanning; The Damned Things perform.

12:35am The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson CBS - Actor Denis Leary; comic Kathleen Madigan.

12:35am Late Night With Jimmy Fallon NBC - Entrepreneur Donald Trump; actor Bobby Moynihan; Neon Trees perform.