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The Meg is Closer to ‘Jaws’ Than ‘Sharknado’

MOVIE REVIEW When Steven Spielberg’s Jaws opened in theaters in 1975, it took the world by storm. Not only was the movie hugely popular as it was genuinely scary, it actually affected society in a strange way. Audiences began to have an irrational fear of sharks even when swimming at a lake. When Jaws 2 came to theaters three years later, everyone knew the catchphrase, “Just when you thought it was safe to go back into the water…” Since then, it’s been hard for movie studios to be able to drum up the same excitement with their own Jaws knock-offs. Shark movies became a joke. Even Jaws 3 and Jaws: The Revenge were met with disdain (and with good reason). But sharks are still a popular subject, just not one that we take very seriously anymore.
This brings us to next big shark movie, The Meg which judging from the trailers alone, looks like another campy knock-off movie and while it indeed is campy, it isn’t as much as you would think. When comparing movies, The Meg is closer to Jaws tha…

Summer TV (Part 2)

Now that Memorial Day, the unofficial start of summer, has passed, the networks are offering a slew of new shows for better or worse. Many of these are returning shows, some are new shows getting a short try out and some we will never see again. One of TV’s most popular shows, Dancing with the Stars, began as a six week trial during the summer of 2005, so you never know what you’re going to get. Still, some of these sound a bit “out there.”

Some of the new summer shows have already started, but most offer “encore” performances or episodes can be found online or through your cable service. Due to the size of show offerings, this story has been broken up into three segments and broken up into “Optimistic Choices” and “Pessimistic Choices.” Here is part two:

Optimistic Choices:
America's Got Talent (NBC)
America’s Got Talent
Status:
Returning Show
Network:
NBC
Debuted:
May 27, 8:00 p.m. (Encore June 1, 8:00 p.m.)
Premise:
Now in its ninth season, America’s Got Talent is the ultimate talent show feature a myriad of acts with people from all over the country. The big winner receives $1 million dollars and a gig in Los Vegas. This season’s host is Nick Cannon and is joined again by judges Howard Stern (who is a lot tamer here than what you would hear on his radio show), Heidi Klum, Mel B and Howie Mandel.

Pessimistic Choices:
Sing Your Face Off (ABC)
Sing Your Face Off
Status: New Show
Network: ABC
Debuts: May 31, 9:00 p.m.
Premise: Sort of a twist of Dancing with the Stars with celebrities known for something other than their singing to be featured singing…as somebody else. Hopefully the name of the show is the worst thing about it, but I doubt it. The celebrity contestants are Sebastian Back, Landry Fields, Jon Lovitz, China Anne McClain and Lisa Rinna. The show is hosted by John Barrowman and the judges are Debbie Gibson and Darrel Hammond.

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