2 Broke Girls is a sitcom about two roommates, Max and Caroline living in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Their ultimate goal is to open a cupcake shop; however they are not currently financially secure enough to do so. To do so they are working as thankless waitresses together in their neighborhood. Max comes from a working class background, and Caroline comes from wealthier stock. The show chronicles the clashes of the different backgrounds in a humorous light. They are supported by a cast of zany co-workers from the restaurant. The end of every episode tallies how much money has been made during this episode to contribute to their dream of a bakery. The show has had quite a following, as it had been renewed by its network despite some resistance of acceptance from critics.
“Those who are unaware of history are destined to repeat it.” – George Santayana
Many people really enjoy looking into the past and seeing how humans acted, and reacted to certain situations. While reading about history is the prime source of getting the information many people wanted to see it live, and that is what helped launch The History Channel (now called just History) on January 1, 1995.
Programming for the History Channel covers a wide range of periods and topics. The subjects are vast and include: military history, medieval history, biographies, UFO, aliens, religious, apocalypse scenarios, and more. Many topics are organized into themes and there will be a marathon of that theme run over the course of a week or so. The historians really dive deep to make sure their shows are accurate and show as many artifacts and recreations so people will get the exact idea of how something might have happened from the Revolutionary War, Civil War, How Earth War Formed, and much more.
There has been a recent shift in programing that has added more reality shows such as Pawn Stars that has some longtime fans upset, but History has had a major ratings increase so do not expect to see such content leaving anytime soon.
The X Factor is a re-creation of the popular British series, also created by American Idol producer/judge, Simon Cowell. It is a singing competition where the main prize is $5million dollars and a recording contract with Epic Records. Unlike American Idol, the competition accepts acts that are a single person to an entire group of people. There isn’t an age limit either. There are four judges, each of which is in charge of rating the contestants depending on their age/amount of people in the group. The four groups are solo artists 12-16, solo artists 17-24, solo artists 25 and above, and performing groups. The judges act as mentors to the acts as well as have a personal investment in whether or not a person from their group takes the competition. Ultimately the decision of who is eliminated week to week is up to a public vote.
Revenge is a drama centered on the central theme in the title. Emily Thorne, a successful young person, moves to the Hamptons for the summer. She moves in next to the Grayson family, who has had a permanent home there for some time. Not beknowst to the Graysons is they already had met their new neighbor years ago. Emily was born Amanda Clarke, and she used to summer in the Hamptons as a girl. Her father was framed for a crime that he did not commit and was sentenced to life in prison. She can never see her beloved dad ever again. She has returned to the island under an alias to seek revenge on those who did their father wrong. Her public enemy number one is Victoria Grayson, her neighbor, who betrayed him both criminally and emotionally.
NTN24, also called Nuestra Tele Noticias 24 Horas, is an international 24-hour Spanish channel devoted to news. It originated in Columbia, but also airs here in the US, as well as a few other countries. The channel usually focuses on South American news, but puts an emphasis on news in America when viewed from the US. For all Spanish speakers, this channel is sure to be a great choice in getting all the latest in news!
Desperate Housewives is a dramedy accompanied by an element of mystery. Set on lavish Wisteria Lane, it follows the trials and tribulations of a group of women as seen/narrated by their dead neighbor, who took her own life. Each of the five main characters goes through a variety of struggles within their own family. The fragility of every household is contrasted with the seemingly perfect outside appearance that the ladies themselves project, as well as the pristineness of Wisteria Lane. Desperate Housewives has been on for a great number of seasons and has won many awards including Emmys, Golden Globes, and Screen Actors Guild awards. It is also the longest running hour-long show featuring all female leads.
Picket Fences follows the lives of three people in the small town of Rome, Wisconsin. Many strange things have been happening lately such as cows exploding and people being found dead in their freezers. The show deals with things such as abortion, homophobia, racism, date rape, Holocaust, belief in God, and many other things that were unusual topics for prime time television back in the early 90s.
Chuck is an action/comedy/drama centered on mild mannered Chuck, who is a standard computer geek. A coded email from an old college friend arrives in Chuck’s inbox holding all of the United States’ greatest spy secrets. Chuck ends up absorbing all of this information. The computer where this information is stored is destroyed, leaving Chuck as the only person alive who knows all of the CIA’s spy secrets. Two agents, John Casey and Sarah Walker are tasked to investigate this IT serviceman/potential superspy. Chuck is coerced into working with these agents to battle covert threats to America and the world. He lives a double life, keeping his spy activities a complete secret to his loved ones. The two agents also end up embedding themselves within Chuck’s normal life to maintain constant contact with Chuck and the valuable information in his brain.
The Amazing Race is a long running, multi-Emmy winning reality show. Teams of two are cast together and they are set on a race around the world against other couples. The teams are comprised of individuals from a wide variety of backgrounds. Contestants go on adventures through many different countries to reach, “pit stops” which hold prizes and advantages for those who arrive early, and may result in elimination or disadvantages for those couples that are the last to arrive. The teams have to figure out where to go next through figuring out various clues given to them, and the tasks that they have to perform in challenges are closely related to whatever country they are currently in. Teams are whittled down to the final three teams who compete to be the first one to reach the end of the last leg of the trip.
Private Practice is a spin-off of the incredibly popular Grey’s Anatomy. It follows the character of Addison Montgomery after she leaves Seattle Grace Hospital for sunny Los Angeles. Addison works at a private practice and the central plot revolves around the doctors and patients of the Seaside Wellness center. Addison is drawn to this particular practice because of her best friend Naomi. She works in the office with her ex-husband Sam, which creates some drama. The two are also the founders of the practice. Addison often butts heads with Sam, and juggles these strong emotions with the ones that she feels for a fellow doctor at Seaside. Addison has to adjust to both the completely new setting and characters that she now works with.