Best Moments on TV of 2011... So Far
|Christina Aguilera at Super Bowl 45|
10. CHRISTINA AGUILERA AT THE SUPER BOWL (Feb. 6) - It was the flub heard cross America. The pop singer screwed up the National Anthem at this year's Super Bowl. The record-breaking Super Bowl was the highest rated TV event ever.
9. DON LEMON COMES OUT (May 16) - Don Lemon, or as I call him, Don Lemon Ice Tea, sent out a tweet prior to the New York Times publishing an article about his new book where he admits that he's gay. He is CNN's weekend anchor. He went on the Joy Behar Show on HLN to discuss it. He is now the second openly gay news anchor on a major cable network.
8. ANDERSON COOPER AND LARA LOGAN ATTACKED (Feb. 2 & Feb. 11) - One of the big stories earlier this year was the massive Egyptian protests against President Mubarak. CNN news anchor Anderson Cooper and CBS reporter Lara Logan both were dispatched and both came back having been attacked by the crowds in Tahrir Square in Cairo. Cooper went on David Letterman to rehash it. Logan went on 60 Minutes.
7. MUMFORD & SONS AND LATER MICK JAGGER AT GRAMMYS (Feb. 13) - A lot of great performances at the Grammys but two really stood out. Mumford & Sons did their song "The Cave" and were joined by the Avett Brothers and Bob Dylan. Later, Mick Jagger, the Rolling Stones frontman, took to the stage with Raphael Saadiq in a tribute to Solomon Burke.
6. LUCKY GIVES LUKE AN INTERVENTION ON "GENERAL HOSPITAL" (April 28) - Even though Soap Operas are dying, some impressive acting still prevails occasionally. Emmy winner Jonathan Jackson delivers probably the single greatest monologue to TV legend Tony Geary in regards to his father's perceived alcoholism. It will probably only resonate to long-time fans of the daytime drama, but it's appreciable considering the nature of these shows.
5. COMEDY CENTRAL ROAST OF DONALD TRUMP (March 15) - Watching a bunch of comics as well as The Situation from the "Jersey Shore," Larry King and Snoop Dogg rip into Donald Trump was awesome.
4. RICKY GERVAIS HOSTS THE GOLDEN GLOBES (Jan. 16) - The British comic ruffled a few Hollywood feathers, but he was the most hilarious host at an award show in a very long time. Second was Neil Patrick Harris at the 65th Annual Tony Awards.
3. JON STEWART ON FOX NEWS (May 16 and June 19) - The political and media satirist defended himself against Bill O'Reilly and Chris Wallace, and Stewart did so very well. First, it was to talk about the media criticism of the rapper Common being invited to the White House. The second time was to address the liberal media bias.
2. WILLIAM & KATE GET MARRIED (April 29) - The Prince of Wales has the wedding of the decade. Many Americans including myself got up early to watch all the pomp and circumstance.
1. OPRAH SAYS FAREWELL (May 25) - The queen of talk aired her final episode. She's moving on to run her own cable channel called OWN, which began on New Year's Day. She had a celebrity spectacular leading up to the end, but the actual end wasn't loud and crazy and flashy. It was Oprah doing what she did best, talking, giving a lesson and passing on wisdom.
Best TV Series of 2011... So Far
1. THE GOOD WIFE: SEASON 2 (CBS)
2. LIGHTS OUT: SEASON 1 (FX)
3. SUPERNATURAL: SEASON 6 (CW)
4. THE EVENT: SEASON 1 (NBC)
5. TRUE BLOOD: SEASON 4 (HBO)
6. SINGLE LADIES: SEASON 1 (VH1)
1. LOUIE: SEASON 2 (FX)
2. NURSE JACKIE: SEASON 3 (SHOW)
3. PARKS AND RECREATION: SEASON 3 (NBC)
4. GLEE: SEASON 2 (FOX)
5. COMMUNITY: SEASON 2 (NBC)
6. DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES: SEASON 7
Best TV Movie
1. MISSISSIPPI DAMNED (SHOW)
2. GOODNIGHT FOR JUSTICE (HALLMARK)
3. FREEDOM RIDERS (PBS)
4. SONS OF PERDITION (OWN)
5. PUBLIC SPEAKING (HBO)
Best Reality / Variety
1. THE DAILY SHOW (COM)
2. THE VOICE (NBC)
3. THIS AMERICAN LIFE (CURRENT)
4. FABULOUS BEEKMAN BOYS (PLANET GREEN)
5. OUR AMERICA WITH LISA LING (OWN)