News Briefs: Republicans Like The Bachelor, Democrats Like Glee

BIG NEWS

... A survey by Experian-Simmons researched the TV-watching habits of political elephants and donkeys and found some interesting results: Republicans like NCIS, Swamp Loggers, The Biggest Loser, Jay Leno, and The Bachelor, while Democrats prefer Treme, 30 Rock, David Letterman, Glee, and The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. As far as trends go, Republicans prefer reality television and procedurals, whereas Democrats veer toward comedies and late-night TV. Where do you stand? [EW]

... The January 24 episode of Fox's Glee will get all, "HEE-hee!" and "SHA-mon!" and "Whooooooo!" The sing-song dramedy will pay tribute to Michael Jackson with up to a dozen of his songs featured in the episode. [TV Guide]

... Discovery's next show from the creators of Planet Earth will debut in the United States on March 18. The seven-part Frozen Planet will examine the earth's poles and won't be narrated by Oprah Winfrey, thank the lord; Alec Baldwin is doing the honors this time. [Discovery, via press release]


DEVELOPMENT NEWS

... ABC is moving forward with an untitled project from screenwriter Dan Fogelman (Crazy, Stupid, Love), and has ordered a pilot. The comedy follows a family who moves into a New Jersey gated community that's populated by aliens disguised as humans. Isn't all of Jersey filled with aliens disguised as humans? Hey-yo! Jersey, you just got moded! [Deadline Hollywood]

... Comedy Central has picked up a few new shows! Rabbit Hole, from comedians Jamie Denbo and Kerri Kenney-Silver is a mockumentary set in a legal brothel; Gajillionaires is an animated show about two rich dudes; Grubstein & Grubstein is an animated comedy about two brothers who inherit an apartment building in Brooklyn; and Upstate is about two friends who return to their hometown and live like they're teens again. [Deadline Hollywood / THR]

... Gangsta-rapper-turned-softy Ice Cube is set to star in Eye for an Eye, a drama at FX. Mr. Cube will play a paramedic who gets so sick of hauling off victims of violence that he goes all vigilante and tries to catch the people who inflicted the damage. [Deadline Hollywood]


CASTING NEWS

... Once Upon a Time has found its Gaston, the leading man/villain from Beauty and the Beast. Actor Sage Brocklebank (Psych) will play the role in the series' twelfth episode. In case you forgot, Lost's Emilie de Ravin will play Belle. [E! Online]


BECAUSE-YOU-NEED-TO-SEE-IT NEWS

... You know you want to see Game of Thrones' Peter Dinklage surrounded by partially naked women; click the link, and you shall. (Sort of NSFW) [GQ]


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my best friend's mom makes $77 an hour on the computer. She has been out of job for 9 months but last month her check was $7487 just working on the computer for a few hours. Read about it here NuttyRich.com
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I watch Glee, NCIS, some reality tv, and depending on who is appearing for the night, some late night tv too. I like comedies and procedurals. So I guess that makes me what...an Independent?!
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I like some procedurals, and a few comedies, but despise reality tv and watch no late-night. What does that make me? A Eleonkey? A Donklephant? I think I'll go with giraffe.
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Ice Cube on FX ? Why not..
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I like both procedurals and topical comedy shows (e.g., The Daily Show, Real Time), but what purpose does this study serve?
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I would expect to see Blue Bloods somewhere in the Republican list.. that show is like screaming republican:)
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Wow this is one of the first times that I have fallen into one of these statistics. Yes, democrat and I like glee. :)
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I'm a Republican and I HATE reality TV! I love comedies.
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I don't know about that, my dad would have to disagree.
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the actual EW article gives a completely different spin, not how the liberal-minded tv.com portrays it at all:



http://insidetv.ew.com/2011/12/06/republican-vs-democrat-tv/



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Just for fun, I'll put in my opinion because I'm the outlier. I am a very conservative Republican. I cannot stand reality shows (e.g. "Swamp Loggers", "Biggest Loser", "The Bachelor"), Jay Leno, and "NCIS" is BARELY palatable. I love "30 Rock", "Treme", and all that good stuff. I love comedies and well written dramas (e.g. "Breaking Bad", "Dexter", "Game Of Thrones"). But that's just me. Everyone has their own opinions and whatnot.
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I don't know nearly enough about American politics as I should, but just from this, I can conclude that Democrats apparently have FAR better taste in television than Republicans.
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Really? I also know a lot of Democrats who like the Whoretrashians, and the Real Housewives crap show. Most Republicans I know do not watch the crap they said in this poll. We do like our CSI shows, but those are good shows! We love Big Bang Theory. A lot of us love Glee! Whoever wrote this, pulled this out of their dairy air! I do watch Blue Bloods, but hey people on both sides love that show, and Tom Selleck.
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Well I'm definitely a Democrat.
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I don't understand why NCIS is so hated here on TV.Com.
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I didn't know anyone liked the Bachelor
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Alec Balwin is a pretty decent narrator. He was good in Six Degrees Could Change The World
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He's also a total dumb ass!
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Tim, I'm giving you license to steal my insight and use it as your own! Can we clarify that that there are at least TWO different kinds of reality shows---3 if you count SPORTS, 4 if you count POLITICAL DEBATES, 5 if you count documentaries, 6 if you count Wildlife or Nature shows.



Competitive: dancing, singing, art, fashion creating special effects, shooting guns, catching fish, song writing, transvestites, fashion, cooking, travel racing, etc.



Voyeuristic: Finding a mate (bachelor); dating; and/or following the lives of manufactured celebrities (Kardashians, Jersey Shore, etc.)



If you're talking about the first category, I for one love them. If you're talking about the second, I'd rather shave my head and become a monk (hey, that might make a good reality show)
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I just read the link to the news briefs. Seems Tim likes to play loose with details in exchange for a catchy hook in his headlines. Anyway, the link clearly states "Liberal Dems" and "Conservative Repubs"....typical, as the media fails to acknowledge that the majority of Americans do not fall in either group but somewhere in between.



I for one LOVE competition-based Reality Shows (cooking, surviving, singing, modeling, art, special affects, song writing...) but loathe "soft" reality shows such as the Bachelor or following people's personal lives. But I'd never vote for a Conservative but I would consider someone who was Center-Right though I currently lean Center-Left.
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I guess I'm an Independent because I don't care for either show. Push come to shove, I'd definitely watch Glee over the tedious and insulting "Bachelor."



At least Glee has the amazing and hilarious Jane Lynch. Party Down was never the same after she left mid first season. And without her, Glee would be a forgettable show on the Disney Channel along with Miley Cyrus.
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There's no surprise that Republicans would like NCIS. It's a very conservatively minded show.
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Everything else aside, Peter Dinklage rocked Game of Thrones, and did so with style. Kudos to GQ, cause if they hadn't Playboy might really have. Deservingly so.
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Eye for an Eye sounds cool, but Ice Cube as a paramedic sounds as silly as Rachel Bilson as a doctor.
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I lean a little bit to the right, yet I watch a good portion of the blue shows and none of the red shows. Go figure. I think the results of the survey have more to do with age than politics.
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"a little bit to the right" doesn't cut it with Republicans any more. You gotta be full all the way to the Right to qualify as "red" these days. Sorry, don't be blue, but you are officially a Bluedog.
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That would make a lot more sense.
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Democrat, but instead David Letterman, it is Craig Ferguson!
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I have no interest in touching the topic of American politics right now. But that link to the photo shoot with Peter Dinklage was awesome. The title of the video for the shoot "Peter Dinklage - Stud" made me laugh. Peter sure is the man.
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Thanks for the Tyrion link, it's made my day! :o)
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so what if u think glee is terrible and the bachelor is garbage does that make you and independent???
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I can't make heads or tails out of this survey. I guess I fall somewhere in between, but come on, how could anyone not like The Price Is Right? How'd that even make the list??



Anyways... Ice Cube's project sounds interesting. And Peter Dinklage is the man.
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ABC had GATES already. I guess when monsters don't work, try aliens? Stupid.
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I thought Timothy Omundson would have made a good Gaston. As for Emilie as Belle...she looks more like Sleeping Beauty.
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I'm not a Democrat, I also don't think i'd be Republican either because politics in general is stupid.. but i side more with Democrat tv, except for Letterman (or Leno for that matter) and Jon Stewart, just never got the appeal but whatever. I like Glee and 30 Rock and hate NCIS, Swamp Loggers, and any reality show
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then both parties are stupid and this country is doomed as we sing politics off beat and force others to jump in bed with us while they kiss our a*#es if they want our help. The fiction of reality is humming its tune and picking its prey.
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All hail the Lannister. Dinklage. A fan, I am.
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If that's the show breakdown, I'm certainly a Democrat - especially considering Glee isn't included in the actual list.
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I hate all those I wonder what that makes me....ok I don't completely hate 30 Rock...but it's close.
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(This comment is brought to you by an unbiased Canadian . . . . Okay, maybe a little biased)



"Republicans like NCIS, Swamp Loggers, Jay Leno, and The Bachelor" - (Head Shake) WOW! Now I can understand how Rick Perry, and then Herman Cain were leading in the polls.
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