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Weekly TV Update: May 21

Each week we bring you stories from around the Internet that you might have missed.

The Wall Street Journal reports that network “TV Embraces Its Dark Side” with new shows inspired by the success of The Walking Dead and Dexter.

For more news on the upcoming Fall season, check out Philly.com.

Less than a week since Dan Harmon was fired, Community has new showrunners.

Kristen Wiig leaves Saturday Night Live.

The series finale of House is tonight. The Tampa Bay Times has some observations about the show.

Chris Parnell and Andy Samberg Have Another Lazy Sunday

It’s been 6 1/2 years, since the original Lazy Sunday went viral on the Internet. In 2005, YouTube was new, NBC did not know how to respond to bootleg sharing of copyrighted content on the Internet, and The Chronicles of Narnia was somewhat relevant. Even though NBC ordered YouTube to take down all unauthorized uploads, Lazy Sunday still became an Internet sensation spawning several spinoffs, such as Lazy Muncie and Lazy Ramadi. Despite most Lonely Island videos making it to Youtube nowadays, it is still next to impossible to find the original Lazy Sunday on YouTube.

There was something special about Lazy Sunday. NBC had struck lightening in a bottle. It was full of New York attitude and current pop culture references. Nobody saw last night coming. Lazy Sunday 2 debuted last night on Saturday Night Live. Obviously, it is not as good as the original, nothing can be. However, Lazy Sunday 2 comes close. It is full of everything that made the first one great.

NBC’s Community Loses Dan Harmon

NBC’s Community officially lost its creator Dan Harmon. Earlier today on his blog, Harmon announced that Sony Pictures Television fired him from his position as showrunner. While Dan Harmon is still a consulting producer, his role with the creative aspects of Community is over.

Head over to Vulture for the full story.

Time magazine’s James Poniewozik has an analysis of Dan Harmon’s impact on Community.

Brandon Tartikoff’s Last Great Ride

Brandon Tartikoff was NBC’s entertainment president from 1980 to 1991. This is a book review of his memoir The Last Great Ride, which was published in 1992.

During the 1980 and early 1990s, NBC was “Must See TV”.  It was also a time, as Brandon Tartikoff points out in his memoir, where a “27 share was the dividing line between renewal and cancellation.” Nowadays, the highest rated show on television, American Idol, does not even get close to a 27 share. American Idol only gets a 14 share due to the increasing number of niche audience, the fact that most homes have more than one television, and everyone can watch almost anything whenever and wherever they want. Brandon Tartikoff knew this in 1992, which was the year his book The Last Great Ride was published and VCRs were the only commonly found television-recording devices.

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Welcome to Wait! What’s A Dial?

At Wait! What’s A Dial?, you will read a twenty-something year old’s opinion on TV. As someone who is studying radio/television/film and journalism in college, I hope to give the opinion of a young person, who actually knows what they’re talking about.

I have a particular fondness for late night television. I love Jimmy Fallon, Conan, David Letterman, Johnny Carson, and Steve Allen. (Yes, I’ve actually watched the latter two men.)

My favorite shows are anything with Steve Allen, David Letterman Hogan’s Heroes (don’t judge), The Monkees (cute boys), Burns and Allen, The Jack Benny Program, Good Eats, and British panel shows.

Current shows that I watch are America’s Got Talent (because it reminds me of the Gong Show, again don’t judge), Law & Order, and sometimes 30 Rock.

-Allison Lips

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