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TV Junkie: Awards Season Begins Tonight

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Tonight marks the 37th Annual People's Choice Awards (CBS @ 9pm) and the official beginning of "awards season," a time of year we have mixed feelings about. On the one hand there is the chance for some truly amazing work to be recognized and (promoted) but the pool of recipients for this recognition tends to be homogenous by the time the Oscars roll around in late February. In fact, what gets celebrated are the anomalies - winners who only won an award at one ceremony. We've heard members of the various academies cop to the fact that they end up voting for an actor/film/TV show that has the most buzz or who seems to be the most popular, whether they've seen the work or not and the buzz gets set at the Golden Globes in 10 days time.

True, we have the People's Choice Awards tonight but this is another example of buzz and popularity. Think about it, when 3-5 times as many people are watching "Keeping Up With The Kardashians" on Sunday nights instead of "Mad Men," we have a good idea of what kind of TV shows and films will be winning awards determined by the masses.
There's good news for the Los Angeles economy as film, commercial, and TV production days in the city jumped 37% in December compared to a year earlier according to the LA Times. We're happy to see some of our favorite shows noted in the article: "True Blood," "Raising Hope," and "SouthLAnd."