I am thinking of doing some other recaps for non-reality/musical shows but I was wondering what shows if any people would like to see recaps for. Let me know in the poll below or write in a show in the comments.

 

 
  • JoeDaniels1

    How about The Vampire Diaries?

  • http://twitter.com/J_SanchezFans J SanchezFan Kaylo™

    Recapping How I Met Your Mother would be freaking awesome! 

  • http://twitter.com/Sassycatz Sassycatz

    Modern Family. 

  • Venus Hooper

    The one’s I like that are reality but non-music or entertainment in that way are not listed and they are:

    Gold Rush
    Storage Wars

  • Hazehel

    The biggest scripted show on TV right now is not in the main broadcast networks but in cable, and that’s The Walking Dead.  

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_LTM3D353Z62EY545UJHEYMD4DU F

    don’t watch a single one of them since tv comedy just seems to be rewrites of scripts from another show during another era.  seems to me that the whole point of this blog has been lost.

  • http://twitter.com/ladymctech ladymctech

    I think it would be interesting to post about stories building up to the various music and entertainment/movie award shows, especially if any reality show contestants or judges are involved. I sort of agree with F on doing scripted shows. This blog is special to me because those aren’t discussed here. That said, if you wanted to stay along the lines of “music” combined with “scripted TV,” I guess Nashville would be a natural candidate, even though I don’t watch it!

  • sporkle

    “This blog is special to me because those aren’t discussed here. ”

    I agree. With so many more shows being recapped, the feed feels more and more cluttered, and I’m scrolling longer to find headings that interest me. Perhaps there are more readers who will find something of interest, but there are fewer relevant items per reader. It would be sad to see it turned into yet another general TV entertainment blog …

  • CB40

    If you really want to stir things up and cover something incredible that wouldn’t get in the way of the other shows, how about Walking Dead on Sunday nights? 

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_5CTSGSGATMXQESVDDD7RWQRYXU Jane

    Other than X-Factor and Idol, I only watch three other shows: Parenthood, The Middle, and Shark Tank.  All good imo, but I think Parenthood would be the only re-cappable one. 

  • Dusting Divas

    Let’s get back to the cheesy show we love and forget the rest. 

  • http://twitter.com/CanadianLady2 CanadianLady

    I watch Idol, and occasionally DWTS. No interest in XFactor or any of the other shows. Other than that, I mostly watch baseball and basketball, and reruns of Star Trek. So no interest from me in other shows.

    ETA I’d like more coverage of non-winners, such as Jacob, Heejun, Joshua, etc. if that’s possible.

  • Incipit

    The only one on the list that I have even checked out would be “Arrow” – first episode – and I think it meets the cheesy requirement. Heh. Almost too cheesy for me – but I was interested to see where they would go with this…I didn’t make it into appointment TV, but nothing on NetWork TV really is, for me – although I may pick up some episodes on Hulu, eventually. 

    The rest of them I have never seen.

  • Hazehel

    How about a one-line recap? “We must help Elena” would do for most episodes of The Vampire Diary.  Storage Wars – “Jarrod!” (eyeroll from Brandi).   The Walking Dead – “Gaaurrrghmmmnn” “Oh shit!” “Twak! “Shukk! Wramm!”

  • http://twitter.com/dodsdmr Dominique Rebello

    Once Upon A Time and The Good Wife!

  • mjsbigblog

    The problem is that there is less interest in the core shows I cover.

    When my headlines thread became filled to the brim with people arguing about stuff that happened 3 seasons ago on Idol, that’s when I had to consider that maybe it was time to move on a little bit.

  • http://twitter.com/HighTensions Jake Williams

    I would do The Walking Dead. That is a incredible show. I HIGHLY HIGHLY suggest people watch it. Plus it’s one of the most watched shows on TV.

  • zaclona77

    If it really has to be then I would go with The Big Bang Theory, but I do have to agree with a few others here that the blog is getting cluttered with too many different shows.

    I started following this blog when it offered coverage of Idol and Idol only and I would not see any problem with the blog remaining that way. For me, MJ always was first and foremost a source for Idol news and ever since that started to change I was wondering whether that change was for the better or not.

  • Dusting Divas

    People really enjoy rehashing everything about Idol for all 11 seasons. Let them. Let them also talk about everyone, not just the most recent idols. Let them debate. It isn’t new recaps we need, it is more freedom to discuss.

  • Dusting Divas

    Not for the better. Get back to Idol. 

  • IDreamIn4D

    I’d like to write in a couple of suggestions of shows you could cover:
    1. Homeland
    2. Elementary
    3. American Horror Story
    4. The Walking Dead
    5. The Good Wife
    6. Dexter.
    These shows would draw in the fanboys and fangirls to your website because the fans of these shows seem heavily invested and active on social media.

  • http://twitter.com/happylittlefish Amy Beth

    I think it should be a drama. Comedies depend on the jokes and timing which lose something in a recap.

    I second whoever suggested Once Upon A Time.

  • Miss Chaos

    Revenge-Revolution-Park Ave666-all have good cliff hangers

  • bannanafish

    I like reading recaps of reality shows like Idol or Survivor because we all interpret the situation differently. A performance I thought was great you might hate. I find the recaps of scripted shows extremely boring if I’ve seen the show because they just relate exactly what I’ve just watched.

  • Nasstopher

    Happy Endings!! Best Show EVER!!!

  • DaisyMagnolia

    The new version of Dallas is supposed to start its second season early next year.  There were only 10 episodes in the first season, so it would be easy to catch up.  And you have 14 years of soapy goodness from the original recipe Dallas.  That would be a fun show to follow.  And one of the stars, Josh Henderson, got his start on a singing reality show, Popstars.

  • Hazehel

    I would say it’s entirely your prerogative where the direction the blog should go.  Truth is that Idol is a declining show, so I don’t know how long an Idol-centric blog can last (I don’t think The Voice and X-Factor can last too long either).

    However, one comment –  it’s been a bit of a problem (even when it was primarily an Idol blog) that when too many items appear, particular thread can disappear from the front page far too quickly, sometimes in less than a day.  I can see it becoming even more of a problem if you cover more shows.  I’m not sure how you would resolve the issue,  increasing the number of items in the front page can only go so far without cluttering the page up badly.  Perhaps replace the Recent Post on the side with pictures and links to the shows you cover?  Or may be only the recap of other shows can go there so that the main items are still singing show related?

  • windmills

    ladymctech: I think it would be interesting to post about stories building up to the various music and entertainment/movie award shows, especially if any reality show contestants or judges are involved. I sort of agree with F on doing scripted shows. This blog is special to me because those aren’t discussed here. That said, if you wanted to stay along the lines of “music” combined with “scripted TV,” I guess Nashville would be a natural candidate, even though I don’t watch it!

    We already recap Nashville each week #offended link ;)

    I don’t know that there’s a lot of interest though which is reflected in the so-so ratings. I looked over at EW and they seem to have dropped their weekly recap of the show too so I think it’s not much of a traffic driver there either. 

    I like your idea of posting stories building about to awards shows. Selfishly speaking I can envision lots of possibilities on the country music side and I’m sure there’s people who can do a great job on that for the Grammys. 

    IMO there’s a case to be made for Grey’s Anatomy on this blog in that it has actually proved to be important for several music acts including The Fray, Snow Patrol, and The Civil Wars. So maybe any scripted show recap could at least include the featured music angle.

    As far as buzzy shows I don’t watch it but Once Upon A Time seems like a young show with a lot of potential so that’d be my vote.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_WC5Q6ULBZZD3YT6AIN4NTU4S74 Whiteshirt

    If someone could recap (and explain) most of what happens on the Walking Dead, that would rock. Person of Interest is the only other scripted show I would care enough to read a recap about.

  • suenigma

    Apropos of nothing:

    Is it just me, or is New Girl hysterically funny this year? If you hated it before, give it another try. I don’t know what it is, Zoe has dialed back her cutesy, hipster ways a bit, and better yet, the guys mock her pretty mercilously.

  • http://twitter.com/tinawinabina Tinawina

    I can totally see the need to expand what is covered here. I guess I am of multiple minds on it. One is since the blog was built around a reality music competition show, perhaps it would make the most sense to expand along those lines, which is what I think you’ve been doing with Smash, Survivor and Nashville coverage – shows that are either competitive or about music. If you want to keep going in that direction I think shows like Chopped, etc. on the Food Network are a good idea, since those shows have big followings and provide plenty to talk about. But it means trying to get foodies onboard, and there isn’t really a natural crossover with those audiences. Or is there? Maybe Food Network viewers have similar demo numbers to your blog? I don’t know. I also think coverage of music awards shows could have possibilities as there are not too many places on the net to chat about those in real time. Perhaps doing one of those Fun Free Office Pools thing for those could attract people? I don’t know. Hmm…

    The problem with moving towards recapping scripted shows is that there are already several very popular places on the web that do read recaps and chat about shows. I think you were one of the first when it comes to Idol, but with the others you’d have to break into an already established market. What would be the hook here to make it different from the others? That probably also begs the question…are there any hot new shows you could jump on early like what happened with Idol? Even though you didn’t start until season 5 (?) its not like there was anywhere to go but the official site at that time.

    Or maybe you could expand in the direction of the tagline “I love this cheesy show” and just make thing a blog that focuses on guilty pleasures across TV land. Stuff like Honey Boo Boo would fit then. You could even include guilty pleasure type music coverage. A celebration of all things cheesy but fun. LOL

    I dunno, that’s all I got. Good luck though!

  • mjsbigblog

    People really enjoy rehashing everything about Idol for all 11 seasons.

    No, with some exceptions,  they mostly love rehashing seasons 7 and 8.  I could let that go on and on, except that I’d want to eventually kill myself. lol.

    But the real issue, is that it’s a law of diminishing returns. Eventually, the nostalgia audience will dry up.

    There is hardly ANY interest in the season 11 crew on the blog, and that concerns me.

  • IdolyEverAfter

    The Walking Dead!  Maybe in the summer Drop Dead Diva.   Also Homeland, but being on premium cable, that may be too small an audience for you.

  • lovesickheroine

    I’m for Homeland, The Walking Dead and The Vampire Diaries hehe

  • http://twitter.com/desireechick Kesia Monteith

    If there has to be more scripted shows to be covered, it would be nice to see a recap of “Suits”. That’s an excellent show. Also excellent, “Southland”, maybe do a show that people may not know instantly, but after reading a recap, can get interested. Help others find new programs to watch to draw attention to. 

  • mjsbigblog

    By the way, this thread has been really helpful. If I decide to move on to non-music, scripted shows, it won’t be until the mid-season begins.

    Also, I may do a more thorough user survey to get an exact idea of where you guys are at.

    But, at the same time, I have to consider attracting new readers in order to expand the blog.

    We’re still working on the brand, so bear with us as we sort it out.

  • http://twitter.com/desireechick Kesia Monteith

    I am so in your line of thinking.

  • standtotheright

    If you want to keep going in that direction I think shows like Chopped, etc. on the Food Network are a good idea, since those shows have big followings and provide plenty to talk about.

    The advantage of this is, to be blunt, that a lot of chefs are self-absorbed assholes and I don’t have a problem ripping on them, while I refuse to watch shows like X Factor that think it’s okay to set up pre-teens for mass criticism before they really know much better.

  • Hazehel

    The problem with moving towards recapping scripted shows is that there are already several very popular places on the web that do read recaps and chat about shows.

    That is indeed the problem.  Personally I would go to different places if I want to read about (or comment on) a scripted show, or music in general, or films, etc.  There are very good sites dedicated to a particular niche of popular culture, and they attract a readership who are knowledgeable about those areas, and whose opinion I would be interested to know.

    This blog is very good for Idol-related stuff, can it do as well if it broadens to a wider field?  I don’t know, but I suppose we won’t know unless it’s been tried.

  • DB987

    I agree with this point the vast majority of the talk centers around P2 ,Scotty, Adam and Kris.  I like them all but everyday its the same thing over and over.  Who sold the most who has the most new show added who is the sweetest who is the cutest on and on. 

    I really only look at the numbers thread the nights of comments on the performances and results for the shows and an occastional decicated thread that is interesting.

    The recaps for the TV shows at least would be different.

  • http://youtube.com/user/ConcertCameraCat Sparkles

    I haven’t seen a single episode of any of the shows in the poll.

    don’t watch a single one of them since tv comedy just seems to be rewrites of
    scripts from another show during another era.

    I agree. “Lost” was basically a rip off of the “Brady Bunch” Hawaii
    episodes. Without Vincent Price, of course.

    One reality show I’ve seen every episode of is “The
    Bachelor/Bachelorette.” This show is so bad it’s almost good. This season’s
    bachelor is a former military officer named David Petraeus…oh wait, I think
    I’m mixed up here a bit. Anyway, I’d be willing to recrap this craptastic show
    if there’s any interest.

  • http://twitter.com/tinawinabina Tinawina

    I am so in your line of thinking.

    I was actually thinking the same thing about you when I looked at the list of shows you like. Add Scandal with a little Once Upon A Time and you have my scripted TV viewing habits largely covered. I LOVE Suits.

    The advantage of this is, to be blunt, that a lot of chefs are
    self-absorbed assholes and I don’t have a problem ripping on them,

    So true. LMBAO. Having a place to rip on these guys/gals (judges included) could be fun. My hubby would love that.

    This blog is very good for Idol-related stuff, can it do as well if it
    broadens to a wider field? I don’t know, but I suppose we won’t know
    unless it’s been tried.

    I’m with you. I’m all for trying. I’ll stick around to give some hits, see how it all works out.

    We got your back mj! LOL.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000720903509 Jayne Reed

    whiteshirt, I agree.  Person of Interest is one of the best shows to come along in years.

  • rufustfirefly2

    When the show starts up again, I would like to see Mad Men recapped!!!

  • sue

    I would love the following shows recapped:

    1. Top Chef Seattle
    2. Once Upon a Time
    3. Girls
    4. Shameless
    5. Big Bang Theory
    6. Master Chef
    7. Hells Kitchen
    8. Revolution
     (lols, that’s all I got now)
    9. Downton Abbey

    Or maybe have a “Catch Up with an Ex-Idol Thread” each week and
    let the fans/poster have at it.  :)

    I love this site regardless and come each week but you are right MJ about season 11. I’m one of the ones that really don’t have much interest in them.

  • flparker44

    ‘Catch up with an ex-idol’ weekly thread sounds like fun. Also movie recap might be interesting. Good ideas!

  • seldomused

    I liked this blog best when it was just Idol, but understand that isn’t going to be  viable going forward.

    Big Bang Theory and Modern Family are the comedies I watch (BBT is my favorite).  However, I don’t think comedies will lend themselves well to recap and discussion …

    I really like Mad Men and Downton Abbey; I think both would be great as recaps, IF that is the way this blog is headed.

    (Based on others’ suggestions I am going to have to take a look at Person of Interest.)

    Re: The Walking Dead, my husband loves that show; I have to leave the room when it is on.  I get that it is well acted and all that, but I can’t stand the zombies (so dumb).

  • http://twitter.com/ColtonsBatgirl Nicole Overstreet

    I say Big Bang Theory!

  • http://twitter.com/WpgWoman Wpg Woman

    I’ve lurked here for years and love this blog.  It’s one of the few entertainment related sites I check every day.  That said, like some others I’m finding less posts I really care about some days.

    I totally agree with whoever said there should be more info about ex-idols.  There are tons of them now and we hear so little about most of them.  I’d also really like to read what ex-SYTYCD contestants are doing.  Dancers never get enough press, IMO.

    Personally, I don’t read scripted show recaps.  If I watch the show, I don’t need a recap.  If I don’t watch it, I don’t care enough to read the recap.  So for me, I’d prefer you stay away from them.

    I do like the idea of information on upcoming awards shows/specials.  That’s an under-served area I think.

    Whatever you do, I really hope you don’t lose that smart, funny, sardonic wit that has made this site such a pleasure to read over the years.

  • http://twitter.com/Sassycatz Sassycatz

    Is Top Chef and Project Runway recapped here? Those are the two reality competition shows I watch which I post on at other places.

    Also, Downton Abbey is a high class soap opera, so it certainly could be a good candidate for conversation.

    Problem with most scripted programming is — while enjoyable to watch — not many are really that interesting to talk about.

    Have you thought about a current movies thread?

  • girlygirltoo

    My suggestion, and I don’t know if this is possible, is to maybe find a way to separate the reality show coverage from the non-reality show coverage (with say, two separate links to the blog, or something). So if readers only want to read stuff related to Idol, The Voice & XF (including the headline and sales threads), they can do so without having to scroll through all the non-reality show related threads to find those threads (and vice versa for those readers who would be more interested in reading about Glee, Smash, etc.) without having to scroll through are the reality show-related threads).

    If there is a way to do this (and being tech-challenged I’ve no clue if there is), it would help keep the pages from being cluttered ad would keep threads on the front page longer.

    Just my 2 cents :)

  • http://twitter.com/bagel08 John S

     

    When my headlines thread became filled to the brim with people arguing
    about stuff that happened 3 seasons ago on Idol, that’s when I had to
    consider that maybe it was time to move on a little bit.

    I can understand that one…lol.

  • http://aquayers.blogspot.com aquayers

    In my opinion,MJ as the owner of this blog can do anything she wants. It’s no big deal for me. Even if a new thread could go into 2nd page quickly because there are so many threads. That’s fine because I can just simply click for the next page. I agree that if the interest for current singing shows is declining,MJ needs to expand the blog. I don’t watch most of the shows that everybody watch,but if I have to suggest a show that I want to read the recap is Downton Abbey. I also love Game of Thrones but surely the demographics of this blog don’t watch that show. Hehe.

  • http://twitter.com/bagel08 John S

    No, with some exceptions,  they mostly love rehashing seasons 7 and 8.
     I could let that go on and on, except that I’d want to eventually kill
    myself. lol.

    I don’t blame you lol, especially with the tired Season 8 fanwars. Lets move on people!

    I was looking back at threads regarding Kris and Adam from 2 years ago, and even their threads have WAY less traffic today compared to back then. I saw a concert thread for Adam had over 1000 comments. WHAT? The comments on their pages have dropped dramatically. I don’t know if some people have moved on or got tired of the arguing, or what.

  • http://twitter.com/bagel08 John S

     

    I agree with this point the vast majority of the talk centers around P2 ,Scotty, Adam and Kris.

    I disagree about Scotty and P2, but agree about Adam and Kris.

  • http://twitter.com/LexieONeill Lexie O’Neill

    I have to say I laughed out loud…shall we have a fan war about fan wars?  Let’s not, but that was still funny…

  • blackberryharvest

    Its not representative of the real world though. Scotty is more successful than those two, even if it doesn’t show in the comments.

  • Montavilla

    Or maybe you could expand in the direction of the tagline “I love this cheesy show” and just make a blog that focuses on guilty pleasures across TV land. Stuff like Honey Boo Boo would fit then. You could even include guilty pleasure type music coverage. A celebration of all things cheesy but fun. LOL

    I was thinking along those lines.  I think Once Upon a Time fits in that description, and that’s good enough for me. :)

    I’d still love to do recaps for RuPaul’s Drag Race, which I think is the best guilty pleasure ever.

  • potatorocks

    Revenge  would be my choice if you must add shows.    
    Smash, SYTYCD, and Idol are the shows I would like you to keep.   

    I  appreciate how this place evolved from a kind of free-for-all in season five to one of the most respected Idol blogs on the internet.  Change is necessary.  I will try to support it.

  • Montavilla

    I like reading recaps of reality shows like Idol or Survivor because we all interpret the situation differently. A performance I thought was great you might hate. I find the recaps of scripted shows extremely boring if I’ve seen the show because they just relate exactly what I’ve just watched.

    I find recaps of comedies a bit boring.  But I do find recaps of dramas very fun and interesting.  I often forget or lose details that recappers pick up.  Especially in cult shows like Lost or X-Files, where there are a million characters that come in and out of the show.  

    Also, it helps if there’s a bit of snark in the recap.  It’s always fun to know that someone else is yelling at their TV because of the same idiot move made by the hero that drove you nuts.  

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Eric-Mitchell/515077335 Eric Mitchell

    I like to read recaps of scripted shows to see what someone else thinks of it and to discuss what happens on the shows in the comments with other people who are interested in the shows. This works better with some shows more then others.

  • http://www.twitter.com/sarahruth3 Sarah

    I’ve been around since the early early early days (I still remember the Daughtry/Kat/Taylor fanwars, for crying out loud – forget Adam & Kris! ;)), but I don’t want to rehash old fanwar crap. I don’t want to even really discuss current fanwar crap. That’s why I don’t even really read headlines threads anymore. I figure what’s really important, MJ will pull into its’ own thread anyway. :)

    I do read recaps of Idol, X Factor, Glee, Smash, Nashville, The Amazing Race, & the dancing shows, and even sometimes participate in conversation about them, because I enjoy that during a CURRENT season of a show. So, I wouldn’t mind recaps/opinion pieces (sometimes straight recaps can be boring to read) for non-musical scripted shows. When I see a really good ep of a show I love, I can’t get enough of articles about it! I want to read what other people thought. So, I wouldn’t mind it at all. :)

    So with that said, here’s shows that I’d be interested in reading recaps of:

    How I Met Your Mother
    Hawaii 5-O
    New Girl
    Project Runway
    Top Chef
    Parks & Recreation
    Community
    The Good Wife
    The Mentalist
    Suits

  • http://twitter.com/BrandonIsOnTwtr Yeah, Me?

    The Walking Dead

  • http://www.twitter.com/sarahruth3 Sarah

    Oh, and if Sparkles recrapped episodes of The Bachelor/ette, you could totally count on me to read those! ;)

  • Montavilla

    I do read recaps of Idol, X Factor, Glee, Smash, Nashville, The Amazing Race, & the dancing shows, and even sometimes participate in conversation about them, because I enjoy that during a CURRENT season of a show

    You just reminded me about something.  I read recaps in three or four different places, but I mainly comment here.  Mainly because most of the comments on different spots are really stupid.  The comments here are much better.

  • blackberryharvest

    Maybe we can have a discussion thread every Friday for new movies that come out. Maybe recommend some, and what you would not recommend. 

  • http://twitter.com/CanadianLady2 CanadianLady

    I’m interested, but there’s been very little about most of them. Heejun just signed a contract and I posted a note about it in a headline thread, but I’m not sure anyone even saw it. I try to put links when I find something about him or some of the other top 10, but they get kind of buried fast.

    Part of my problem is what someone else mentioned. I have trouble finding the threads I want to reply to. They disappear really fast in the many other threads which I don’t go into. I rely on the Comments to find active threads.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/PVEFG2TOUIXSROKUSO2O2DOWWE Taylor

    Nah, there is still plenty of P2 talk and don’t forget Durbin! It does seem that the guys get more comments, unless the girls get the bitch title like Crystal or Kat did and then they draw lots of comments. The old Kat threads during the season 5 tour were intense, to say the least.

    The comments on their pages have dropped dramatically. I don’t know if some people have moved on or got tired of the arguing, or what.

    Many people have moved on.Traffic is down on fanboards for all artists, not just Idols. The stans that have remained move to fanboards and twitter. On twitter you can select the people you want to show up on your feed and discuss your specific interests 24/7 from your phone. A fansite is harder to pull up and navigate from most phones and it’s going to be slower. People are moving to twitter, because blogs and fansites aren’t immediate enough.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/PVEFG2TOUIXSROKUSO2O2DOWWE Taylor

     

    That’s why I don’t even really read headlines threads anymore. I figure what’s really important, MJ will pull into its’ own thread anyway. :)

    You are missing out! The headline threads don’t have a ton of comments anymore and hardly any fanwars. Most of those will be in the P2 threads and number’s thread at the current time. lol There is a ton of very interesting information in the headlines thread on every past Idol imaginable from every season. People rarely comment, so a discussion never gets started about any of the many interesting tidbits of information that mj provides for us every day. It’s a shame about the lack of discussion on these articles, but I still enjoy reading the information.

    I understand though. I watch X Factor, it doesn’t have to be another AI for me to enjoy it. It is what it is, the same way with The Voice. I would love to comment and discuss the contestants, but have stopped reading the general X Factor thread because it has become “showwars”. lol

  • Jordana33

    I like the idea of doing a few scripted shows. Even if they don’t start off with the biggest traffic, they eventually will. For some of my favorite shows, I think it would be fun to read the opinions of people at this site. The comments here are generally very thoughtful, civil and well-moderated, and the same cannot be said everywhere!

    If you’re trying to figure out which show to post, my advice would be to do a poll at this site so that you’ll be guaranteed enough interest in the beginning. However, readers are drawn to sites that have interesting and fun recaps, so it might actually be better to pick the shows that you or someone on your team are interested in writing about (instead of choosing what we want!), because it will result in better recaps.

    Below is a list of my top shows, and/or shows that trigger good discussions. BTW, there are a few good CW shows, but I might avoid them. Their threads often degenerate into juvenile couple “ship-wars”, and you would end up spending way too much of time moderating them! 

    1. Once Upon a Time
    2. Homeland
    3. Scandal
    4. Haven (my personal favorite on the sci-fi channel!)
    5. Grimm
    6. Revenge
    7. Game of Thrones
    8. Last Resort
    9. Dexter
    10. The Mentalist
    11. Downton Abbey
    12. The Good Wife

  • blackberryharvest

    I haven’t seen many fanwars in the Phillip threads. Mostly disagreement on how much he will sell.

  • Larc

    Wasn’t Partners on the list earlier?  Or maybe I’m dreaming.  Anyway, CBS has pulled the plug on that according to TV Line.

  • http://twitter.com/alienlifeform2 Diablo

    I was looking back at threads regarding Kris and Adam from 2 years ago, and even their threads have WAY less traffic today compared to back then. I saw a concert thread for Adam had over 1000 comments. WHAT? The comments on their pages have dropped dramatically. I don’t know if some people have moved on or got tired of the arguing, or what.

    To me it looks like they moved on away from this blog and decided to stick to fansites. There’s no point in commenting or debating if it’s all gonna get deleted anyways. IDF contestant threads still get tons of comments. In fact, I’ve always been surprised how active fansites for some Idols are in comparison with other artists, even mainstream ones.

    Oh, and to be on point: not interested in scripted shows here. I’ve got TWOP for that.

  • iani

    I should be maybe the last person from this blog to give an advice how/if the blog should cover other scripted shows in order to  attract new readers and expand the blog. Covering more scripted shows might be good; even though I haven’t seen many comments for Smash, Glee and Nashville shows, either for other reality shows like Survivor, maybe the thread-traffics might be good. 

    I remember when I took some ESL classes, the teacher used to ask us first, every time we had classes, “What’s new in the news”, lets talk! I’ve really wanted and missed here on this blog  is that general, friendly, freely  talk out of strictly artists of the reality shows, a silly thread about some cultural news, a thread  to share like on twitter: any news musical related, movies, concerts, “have you heard of”, “why is that way”, ” something to spice up and check for “lets see what is new in the entertainment today, some gossips? “. Maybe many would say “google and you find yourself”, or “wiki is your friend”, no need for that, but sometime not for every artist the news coverage is the same , plus a discussions or shared thoughts would be much better, personally I would check the blog more often and read every post for any entertainment news/discussions than  any of the shows listed by many here. The MJ ‘s personal TMZ with everyone’s contributions to, lol.

     

  • Matt Fallmann

    I was coming here to write this.  I would love to hear your weekly thoughts on The Vampire Diaries! 

  • lufausljc

    I am all for this, though several of my favorite shows are on premium cable.

    1. Dexter
    2. Homeland
    3. Breaking Bad
    4. Mad Men
    5. The Walking Dead
    6. Game of Thrones
    7. Shameless
    8. Sons of Anarchy
    9. Justified
    10. American Horror Story
    11. Fringe (though won’t ever happen as this is its last season)
    12.Once Upon a Time
    13. Revenge
    14. Revolution
    15. The Vampire Diaries

    Okay, yes I feel as if I named every show out there, but I do watch all those shows. After work and school, I don’t do much. I find shows, especially ones on premium cables to be intriguing.

  • LA944

    I agree. There are a few idols that seem to get all the talk–the ones u mentioned–plus Carrie and Kelly. I would also like to see others discussed and featured here on the blog more often.

    As far as recapping non-music programs as well–I don’t mind that. I voted for Suburgatory because I just love that show. It’s a little gem and not getting the attention it should IMO.

  • LA944

    I also love Downton Abby and Mad Men –I think a lot of folks would be interested in those shows. I don’t watch too many reality shows–but I am a project runway fan

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/PVEFG2TOUIXSROKUSO2O2DOWWE Taylor

    There was lots of “Jessica should have won but what to do with her” and “another WGWG” talk at first. That moved into talk about PP compromising his “artistic jazz accoustic rock” vision and talk about the conflicting reports from P2 on songs, direction and release date. Then there was the discussion of P2′s stalker gf, comparison of tour numbers for seasons, and now all of Phil’s Phamily drama. What can I say? People like to discuss the guys.

  • http://www.twitter.com/sarahruth3 Sarah

    You just reminded me about something. I read recaps in three or four different places, but I mainly comment here. Mainly because most of the comments on different spots are really stupid. The comments here are much better.

    Very good point. Same with me. EW can sometimes have good comments, but not always. Plus I like that I don’t HAVE to have a disqus login at this site. :)

  • macfae

    Homeland

    Late Night talk shows that have music acts : Jimmy Fallen, Letterman, etc… Carson Daily
    usually has some really interesting bands and solo artists…….just the music.

  • mjsbigblog

    There’s no point in commenting or debating if it’s all gonna get deleted anyways. IDF  contestant threads still get tons of comments. 

    And those threads can become pretty ridiculous pretty fast. The thing is, I’ve never had an interest in competing with fansites. If you are an uber stan, there are places on the net better for you than my blog.  I’m not going to apologize for running a tight ship. I try to foster a community that is intelligent, mature and SANE.

    The truth is the bigger the stan, the less likely they are to be a fan of the blog. lol.  There are members of some fan groups who definitely stay away from us on purpose, and to be honest with you, that’s OK.

    Also, as somebody mentioned up thread, twitter has changed the game drastically. In order to survive, I have to serve up content that is not only unique and interesting, but ORIGINAL as well. I could give you 5 twitter sites to follow that will give you all the breaking Idol news you can use. It’s not enough just to regurgitate, we have to provide more now.

  • macfae

    Definitely add Downton Abbey and Project Runway to my list.

  • MellyPer1692

    What’s original about covering scripted shows tho? TWOP already does a great job at that

  • Montavilla

    What’s original about covering scripted shows tho? TWOP already does a great job at that

    For one thing, they don’t cover everything.

  • iluvai

    My guilty pleasure is Dance Moms. It probably has a small audience compared to most of the shows you cover. I have suggested they take note of your posting guidelines. You are the best at keeping everything on topic and civilized.

  • HKfan

    I agree with threads disappearing fast, and once they’ve fallen off the home page, which can be within 2 days, people rarely go back to them,so even if you wanted to add a comment, its not worth it as no one will see it.

  • mjsbigblog

    RECAPS. Recaps, written specifically for the site, are original.

    Videos that are being tweeted all over the net by uber stans anyway? Not so original, and somewhat redundant.

  • mjsbigblog

    OMG That woman is awful. lol.

    I tune into that show once in awhile ONLY because the dance moms studio is located in the town where I grew up. Right up the street from my old high school, in fact.

    I could recap it and pick out all the discrepancies. Like, why are the mom’s driving to a restaurant that’s 15 milles away, just to have lunch while their daughters are in class? lol

  • Nadine_Bitch

    My first thought was most Adam’s fans who were so active before mostly got Banned and yeah I really missed those concert threads before:( Well, some I think moved on to other Adam’s sites.

  • HKfan

    As an Adam fan I can tell you that many Adam posters here have moved away to other sites. Many were banned and many were fed up with all the defending Adam comments being deleted, while all the ‘slag off in any way you choose’ comments were allowed.
    Don’t know if thats the same for fans of other Idols.

  • iluvai

    There have been some wild debates about how scripted or not the show is, how real or fake, and lot’s of comments about the discrepancies.

    It’s probably too niche for your blog but it cracks me up. ;)

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/PVEFG2TOUIXSROKUSO2O2DOWWE Taylor

    MJ, my first thought was you should recap some of the trash reality shows like Dance Moms, Breaking Amish, Long Island Medium or Sister Wives. lol (I don’t watch SW) 

    I’m pretty sure the shows bring in a pretty good viewing audience on the cable stations. My friends and I discuss some of these crazy shows way more than AI, X Factor or The Voice. These shows are so out there, it would make for some hilarious recaps. Most of them are fake-ola, so it could be fun to point out how scripted they really are and there are plenty of villains to hate on and rag about. They bring a great deal of traffic and comments to TWOP.

    I watch some of the comedies listed above, but I’m not sure how much there is to discuss about them. As far as other reality shows go, Project Runway seems like one people would comment on.

  • mjsbigblog

    As an Adam fan I can tell you that many Adam posters here have moved away to other sites.

    You don’t say? lol.

    Many were banned and many were fed up with all the defending Adam comments being deleted, while all the ‘slag off in any way you choose’ comments were allowed.

    Which is exactly why they don’t belong here.  My guidelines make it clear what is or isn’t allowed.

    If you don’t like it, a fansite or sticking to twitter is probably a better fit.

  • Incipit

     I have to serve up content that is not only unique and interesting, but ORIGINAL as well. 

    Interesting dilemma, mj. Shows I enjoy tend to get canceled…”In Plain Sight” was the latest to go – and I watch very few of the shows mentioned, “Suits” is one – “Bones” and “Castle” are two others not mentioned…and the quality of the writing and the strength and consistency of the characterizations is what keeps my attention…I’ll forgive much about a plot if those two elements are present.  IDK what could be said about them here that isn’t already covered elsewhere. Many/most of the other shows noted have a very different kind of focus, and I’ve never cared enough to see them. 

    But I can easily imagine reading and enjoying original recaps here about shows I’ve never seen, and never will, if the author has a POV – and  the writing pulls me in. *snerk* I’ve always been a WordNerd. 

    Whatever you decide to try – I’ll give it a fair shot.

  • lovetheusa1776

    Comments will increase in January when Idol resumes.  The larger problem is that viewers have reached overload with these singing/dancing/whatever shows.  They’ve become old – nothing novel about them anymore.  And with so many of them promoting second- and third-rate talent – and performers who obviously aren’t going anywhere – who has time to watch this nonsense.

    As for other types of shows – don’t see that going anywhere here.

    Movie reviews?

  • http://twitter.com/KariannHart Kariann Hart

    Oh dear, I don’t watch any of the shows on that list.  I watch all the music or dance competition reality shows.  My guilty pleasures include Glee, Smash, Walkin’ Dead, and Touch.  I also watch all the different award shows.  Finally, I watch the political shows on Cable TV.

    I would want the Blog to continue with music and dance related topics.

    Even though you didn’t start until season 5 (?) its not like there was anywhere to go but the official site at that time.

    MJ, why do I remember posting about Anthony Fedorov (Season 4) here?  Am I mistaken?  What season did you start posting about American Idol?

  • http://twitter.com/KariannHart Kariann Hart

    I like the idea of ‘Catch Up With an Ex-Idol’ thread.  I have been hoping some might comment on Constantine’s new theactrical production, “Dr. Jeckyl and Mr. Hyde.”

    The best movie review and comment website is IMDB.com.  Now, if an Idol (or another recognizable contestant) appears in the movie, that might work.

  • CB40

    If you want to go with the hottest hands and drive up traffic, I would suggest:

    1. Something NFL related. With Sunday Night Football being the biggest prime time offering, maybe you can do something there.

    2. Walking Dead is the most discussed show right now. If you don’t want to just do that, maybe couple it with a horror/drama TV show weekly recap.

    3. With all you’ve done for Idol and all these shows, maybe you can get some of the former contestants to do exclusive performances just for this site.

  • Karen C

    Something I would hate to see happen if the coverage of other shows did expand is that there would be less coverage of not  only the music and dance shows, but of former contestants.  There are so many now and this isn’t covered as centrally anywhere else with the degree of traffic and discussion it already has.   I do go to fansites for my favorites, but I like coming here to see news about others from the shows, it would be too much to go to all the fan sites and probably wouldn’t for someone that wasn’t a favorite.   But here, I can just check the headlines to see what is going on with someone I don’ t follow as much.  Other sites might have some of the information but it isn’t updated enough and there isn’t a place to discuss it, even some fan sites.   I like the concert threads, too, and enjoyed seeing things like when Kelly Clarkson was on tour and did an interesting cover.   Things like that make this site unique, and I wouldn’t have seen it otherwise because I dont follow her that closely.  I like the idea of  a where are they now for former contestants also.  

    And I know that if the site did other shows I could skip over things I’m not interested in, but if there are too many other shows it might get overloaded, the threads go by quickly as it is.

  • Karen C

    With all you’ve done for Idol and all these shows, maybe you can get some of the former contestants to do exclusive performances just for this site.

    I love that idea ! An exclusive video or even something like a livestream, that would really bring up traffic.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    I’m cool with whatever you decide, MJ. I don’t watch a lot of scripted shows, and my interest in television is primarily focused on the singing/musical reality programming, so as long as your coverage of those shows doesn’t disappear, I will have continued interest your blog. I like the diversity of your blog and that I can learn about Idol alum who I don’t follow easily and in a timely way. I also like some of the FoodNetwork competition-type shows, but I’m not sure how widespread the interest in those shows would be.

  • http://twitter.com/Miztig Miz

    I also watch Shark Tank. I like Undercover Boss and What Would You Do, too.

  • http://twitter.com/Miztig Miz

    MJ, I’ve been very happy that you’ve branched out into other shows. My real life (and TV viewing life) doesn’t revolve around Idol or singing/talent shows. 

    Thanks!

    Of the shows you listed in your poll, Big Bang Theory and How I Met Your Mother would be my choices. I love sitcoms, particularly BBT.

    One huge request is to stay far far away from the Kardashians, Honey Boo Boo, and Real Housewives of anywhere.

  • http://twitter.com/Miztig Miz

    666 Park Ave. has been cancelled. So that cliff hanger is going to be a long one. :)

  • http://twitter.com/Miztig Miz

    ALso love Person of Interest. It is so intriguing!

  • revcat

    It’s not my blog or my decision, but I don’t get the point of recapping scripted shows. Weighing in on fresh new talent (Idol) or even recycled talent (DWTS which I don’t watch but many people do) and other reality based shows is more relevant to the blog genre because they are personality based and the posters are reacting to their talent or lack thereof. People arguing on blogs is not bad as long as it is civil as it shows a level of passion. I just don’t get how one can be as invested in commenting on shows such as Glee where the stars have no input on the script whereas on Idol, for example, the contestants are the script. During the summer how ’bout covering Big Brother? That show gets me through the summer and I know I’m not alone.

  • http://twitter.com/Miztig Miz

    I don’t go to the movies often, but when I do I always wish I had a familiar place to discuss them. Most recent movie I saw was ‘Argo’ – highly recommend!

    I’ve already planned my New Year’s resolution – go out to 1 movie a month. I USED to go to one a week.

  • http://twitter.com/Miztig Miz

    MJ, I’ve been very happy that you’ve moved into providing original content here. Some examples being the recaps (thanks to guest bloggers) of shows like Nashville, Amazing Race, and Survivor; and your LKR interview with Kris Allen.

    I check your site a few times a day. I don’t always comment, but I am reading about and watching a lot of the shows and people you cover.

  • http://twitter.com/CanadianLady2 CanadianLady

    I stay far away from any show that seems to be abusive in some way – which more and more reality shows are trending towards. Can’t stand all these shows that exploit young kids.

  • Miss Chaos

    Say What?  Crap its good. :(

  • http://twitter.com/Miztig Miz

    They announced it yesterday. Last Resort and Partners are also cancelled.

    http://news.yahoo.com/2-freshman-tv-series-canceled-abc-1-cbs-013747134.html

  • http://twitter.com/WpgWoman Wpg Woman

    Me too!  Excellent idea.

    One of the things I love here is seeing things like the videos Kelly Clarkson used to put out of her & her girls covering random songs.  Or those fan requests at her concerts.  Or the Pentatonix vids.  Stuff like that is awesome to me.

    Also, is there any way to get more footage and content on some of the SYTYCD and DWTS dancers?   Or info on the Dizzyfeet stuff? 

    I’d love to know who is dancing where and, better yet, to see maybe rehearsal footage or something of their work.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/6G57FUYKQLV7F4FC3EGS3HA3FA Cherry

    Hi MJ, how about climate change? I noticed many have strong feelings/ideas about that subject. Almost every site I see are full of comments. Not sure if this would be relevant or not but it’s just a suggestion.

  • bannanafish

    There is a point in many TV series life where they jump the shark and in an attempt to keep up viewership they lose the essence of what made the show great to begin with. When Roseanne won the lottery. When Will & Grace started bringing in celebrity guest actors every episode. This is my favorite blog on the internet. Mostly because MJ does an excellent job of gathering together all the Idol related news/info/gossip/reviews/records/sales/links/behind-the-scenes/etc. together in one spot. It’s very comprehensive and saves a lot of googling and searching. I haven’t gone near the official Idol site in probably 6 years. Obviously Idol is only on the air from January through May so there is a long downtime where the interest will wane with the readership. This downtime is filled somewhat with the summer tour and audition speculation but the interest in this is much less than when the show is on the air. Similar shows like X-factor, Voice, DWTS etc draw the same audience/readership. However I worry that as the blog stretches and tries to cover more and more shows in an effort to draw more followers it may lose the essence of what originally made it great.

  • mileyfan123

    I don’t know if scripted shows are the way to go. I think with the blogs bent towards reality it would be better to continue down that path. Do project runway, top chef, the kardashians, real housewives, basketball wives, etc.
     

  • standtotheright

    I just don’t get how one can be as invested in commenting on shows such as Glee where the stars have no input on the script whereas on Idol, for example, the contestants are the script

    Because the writers are developing a script with an intent to say something about the human condition. Discussing characterization and story arcs is a way to deal with those issues without battling over real human beings about whom one knows very little, if at all. A lot of people find that attractive.

    That said, I think TWOP and some other sites really do have the market on that kind of analysis (to the point where it sometimes becomes navel-gazing) and the people who frequent those sites and comment there understand that. I see the point in covering music-related scripted shows like Smash and Glee and Nashville here, but I’m mostly interested in “people dealing with the entertainment industry” when I come here so coverage of other types of competition shows (fashion, cooking, etc.) and their post-show careers (who had showcases at Fashion Week? Who has restaurants opening in major metro areas? Which dancers are getting cast in big productions?) and of course awards shows seem like the logical outgrowth of that.

    What I’d also find really interesting is if the blog continued down the path of discussing the music industry or the other entertainment industries outside of the framework of AI et al. Something like windmills‘ country artist roundup, but for the people in their respective genres’ news in that particular week. You get some of that at forums like Pulse and in the ratings threads here but it could be developed more. I think bigger catchall threads like that might also solve the problem of too many threads disappearing down the page.

  • Karen C

    What I’d also find really interesting is if the blog continued down the path of discussing the music industry or the other entertainment industries outside of the framework of AI et al.

    I was thinking along the same lines. Maybe a new artist lineup, like unknown artists in different areas of music, not just ones that have been on AI.  I think part of the reason people are fans of shows like AI is that they like discover unknown artists. Something of that could really be interesting to music show fans, and actually might end up helping some artists, because this page gets so much traffic. 

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/H3DCZQHD3T6WYVW2XXC6C3ZPMU Tyson

    Sounds to me, MJ, that you’ll soon have to decide whether you want an insane community or none at all.  The sane community you desire isn’t big enough.  If it wasn’t so niche, there wouldn’t be a thread about recapping shows that aren’t germane to the blog’s original focus.  I don’t envy your situation.

  • nncw

     Besides the singing  and dancing competitions, the shows that I watch that I would like to blog about: Days Of Our Lives (watched it forever) and Fashion Star and  Master Chef.  The shows I really enjoy  like Mad Men, Boardwalk Empire, Justified,, The Wire, etc. I watch later than when they are first aired so that won’t work re:blogging and spoilers.

  • bmms

    MJ: What happened to the Weekend Countdown Shows Blog?  I don’t think I saw it last weekend nor this one.  Thanks!!!

  • Emmuzka

    I dol is still the biggest show with huge potential online buzz. The audience is there, just not in this blog anymore. And the-season-that-everyone-hates, the-country-season, and the we-knew-the-winner-the-frist-time-we-saw-the-guitar-season back to back haven’t helped. 

    Maybe it would help to concentrate on Idol starting soon and re-doing your modding policies. If people want to talk about seasons 7 and 8, why should you stop them? Just make a separate thread for them. Also, modding and banning people that don’t think like you doesn’t make them think like you, it makes them leave. And you being all “Good riddance, fans of X and Y, I hated your asses anyway lol” really doesn’t help. Getting rid of people who want to talk about things you don’t care to see in your blog doesn’t bring you new fans to talk about new things, sorry. 

  • jlscott13

    I would definitely consider doing more music videos, new music, etc, from across genres. There is always a need for that. Plus, it fights in with your blog.

    I know you’ve done it alot here already (like including Taylor Swift, for example) but I think you could do so much more in that direction.

  • http://twitter.com/shoriagirl Shoriagirl

    In my opinion, MJ should have banned Glamberts much sooner. They, pretty much, turn off many potential members/visitors and not just on this blog.

    Just my opinion, of course.

  • Karen C

    IMO, I don’t think someone should be banned just because they are a fan of someone, unless they go against the rules of the board. 

  • http://twitter.com/desireechick Kesia Monteith

    It would also be nice, since there is an Idols Gone Country thread, that there is an Idols Gone Urban one as well. I can’t believe how many Idol contestants have gone on in the R&B genre, especially in the indie market. Idol gone Dance or AC would be great to cover the likes of Kimberly Locke or even Frenchie Davis, covering both sides of Idol and The Voice. 

  • onslow2

    People that are more fans of any idol than fans of the show are more likely to move on anyway, I think. I agree with you that alienating certain groups of people cannot be good for traffic.

  • mmmtx

    I like the idea of recaps of reality shows like Survivor, Amazing Race and I hope The Bachelor and The Bachelorette. Any news about past Idol contestants is always welcome.  As to declining interest in Idol contestants on this blog, I think part of the reason is that too many of the “snowflakes” are either ignored or bashed by many of the posters, so those fans just don’t come here.

  • jlscott13

    YES! I agree. It should be a weekly roundup kind of thing too.

  • Jordana33

    What’s original about covering scripted shows tho? TWOP already does a great job at that

    The point of a recap is to also enable discussion, and while TWOP does a great job, some people might find the discussion threads a little too intense or too intimidating to participate.  At the opposite end of the spectrum is the chaotic comment section at the EW site, where it’s rare to find a mature discussion! A balance would be good!  Furthermore, if people really like a show, they’ll often check out more than one discussion site to get different perspectives.

  • elliegrll

    I think that when the “snowflakes” are off the radar that it is natural that talk about them will slow down to a crawl.  If they are not getting mainstream attention, which is something that applies to the majority of them, then they are not going to be a major topic of conversation.  It’s happened with most of the alums, it’s not like the old contestants threads at TWOP see a lot of traffic.  There’s not a lot that can be said about people who are not producing new music that is accessible to everyone, and who may be working, but who aren’t getting work or jobs that makes them stand out from all of the other working singers and musicians.  

  • Jordana33

    IMO there’s a case to be made for Grey’s Anatomy on this blog in that it has actually proved to be important for several music acts including The Fray, Snow Patrol, and The Civil Wars. So maybe any scripted show recap could at least include the featured music angle.

    A featured music angle is an awesome idea! Grey’s Anatomy introduced me to some of my favorite artists like Keane, The Fray and Brandi Carlisle. Rookie Blue is another show that picks really good unknown music, but it only airs in summer.  Even if we didn’t get show recaps, a “what-song-was-that?” thread featuring music played in various network shows could be a fun idea.
    I’d also really like to read what ex-SYTYCD contestants are doing.  Dancers never get enough press, IMO. I completely agree….It would be cool to have discussion threads about ex-dancers like Katherine, Twitch or Legacy who’ve all landed movie roles,  or other ex-contestants who’ve found success in other formats (like Broadway shows, etc). It would also be great to have more discussion threads on ex-Voice and ex-X Factor USA contestants, since many are now touring, or working on new singles .  One thing that might help a lot, would be to split the Headlines  into “Idol Headlines” and  “Non-Idol Headlines”.

  • Pippygirl

    Well the Kris thread at TWOP was plenty active, but every time any kind of discussion came up that didn’t have people in total agreement, the thread would be closed for days and days. I think people finally got fed up and left.
    As far as this blog, I don’t see the need for a recap of a show. If someone has seen the show they don’t need a recap, if they haven’t they are probably not going to participate in a discussion of it. Just put up a couple of sentences and let people have at it.
    As far as shows The Walking Dead is really good and gets a lot of buzz. Breaking Bad is absolutely one of the best shows on TV and it would be great to talk about that one. Those threads are both really active and interesting on TWOP already though, so I don’t know how much traffic they would bring here. 

  • elliegrll

    True about Kris’ thread, but look at all of the other threads.  Most of those threads were active right after those contestants’ seasons, and probably for a few years after that, but they are pretty dead now.  Even for the ones who are active and successful on a major scale, after a while there’s not a lot to say about them. We can say that these threads are based on music, but I don’t know if that’s true.  They originated because of a tv show, and most don’t seem to deviate from that.

  • Jordana33

    With all you’ve done for Idol and all these shows, maybe you can get some of the former contestants to do exclusive performances just for this site.

    Involving the idols at this site is a great idea, and I’m sure that most Idols would not turn down the opportunity for more exposure. Other ways to involve them would be to: 1. Invite an Idol (or X-Factor or Voice alumn) to host a Q&A session, twitter-style. If a live Q&A isn’t logistically possible at this site, you could also invite your readers to submit multiple questions in advance, and let the contestant choose some to answer.   2. Invite an ex-Idol who likes writing to guest-liveblog an episode of any competition show.

    One reality show I’ve seen every episode of is “The Bachelor/Bachelorette.” This show is so bad it’s almost good. This season’s bachelor is a former military officer named David Petraeus…oh wait, I think I’m mixed up here a bit. Anyway, I’d be willing to recrap this craptastic show if there’s any interest.

    A big yes to this suggestion. I’m not a fan of reality shows, but the Bachelor/Bachelorette is so ridiculous that sometimes I can’t resist watching. Plus, I would watch just to read any recap by Sparkles!

  • standtotheright

    Even if we didn’t get show recaps, a “what-song-was-that?” thread featuring music played in various network shows could be a fun idea.

    I 100 percent endorse this idea, including commercials. And it would be a great traffic generator because those are very common searches and the usual results pages (Yahoo answers or AdTunes) are not easy or enjoyable to navigate. Nor do they have the ability to embed videos or expand on history the way this blog does well.
     
    Again, this is the sort of thread that could be done as a catchall on a weekly basis.

  • http://kristentheyellowlab.blogspot.com/ ZsusK

    Wayyyy late to the party, but I kind of like the idea of keeping this place centered on reality television. Why? Because those shows are far more “in the moment” and fun to discuss as they are happening. It’s fun to talk strategy when it comes to the games like Survivor and Amazing Race, fun to suffer second-hand mortification at the hands of The Real Housewives, fun to dish on the various bachelors and bachelorettes, and the folks holed up in the Big Brother house.  And there is so much Monday-morning quarterbacking to be done the next day! Personally, I think there is a market for it. TwoP has become much more about scripted shows. Because they don’t allow posters to discuss shows as they are airing, it takes the fun out of it. (BTW, if you need someone to blog the Real Housewives franchise for you, I will happily volunteer. I need an excuse for my addiction to the shows as my family and friends fear for my sanity.)  Whatever direction you choose for the blog, I hope it is successful!