Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Biggest Losses in Entertainment: 2013

It's the end of the year and instead of doing 'Best of...' lists I decided to do winnings and losses. Because...well, everyone and their dog is doing a best of list and you would learn nothing new here.

There were some big losses in entertainment this year. Some permanent and some that may not be forever. We never know, but for now - let's mourn what 2013 took from us...

30 Rock
It was the end of the award winning and much loved comedy. To be completely honest, I love Tina Fey and Alec Baldwin, but I am going to miss Tracey Morgan the most. I watched old YouTube clips of Scare Tactics to get my fix the other night. It just wasn't the same.

Jonas Brothers
They were never on any of my lists of goodness, but it's always a sad day when a boy band decides to split.  I don't know which of the brothers I feel the most sorry for. Years ago I would have said Kevin, but he has a reality TV show (or had - I should probably look into it). Nick always seemed like the one who would take it the farthest. Is there somewhere I can put money on this? Let me know.

Paul Walker
That was a sad day when the world found out that the Fast and the Furious star had died in a car accident. He was only 40 years old and left behind a 15 year old daughter.

Charlie Dattolo
It was a shocker shortly after the second season ended, it was announced that Christopher Abbott would not be returning for the third season of Girls after having creative differences with Lena Dunham. WHAT!? Later he revealed that he didn't feel connected to the character anymore - or some other such garbage. What the hell is Marnie going to do now? Who will be her sugar daddy? Bring back Booth Jonathan, Lena - we love him.

My Chemical Romance
MCR announced on their website in March that they were pulling the plug on the band. MCR fans got super emo, but as far as I know, mass cutting did not occur.

James Gandolfini
At the end of the Sopranos it is not totally clear if Tony gets killed or not, unfortunately for James, there was a death certificate. Gandolfini passed away while on vacation in Rome from a heart attack.

Go On (Matthew Perry's career)
The cancellation of Go On marked Perry's third failed attempt at a TV show since the ending of Friends in 2004. Chandler was my favorite Friend, so of course I am rooting for Perry's success - but he just hasn't hit a winning stride yet. He was close with Go On, but just not there yet.

Tom Clancy
The famous author and the creator of the fictional CIA analyst Jack Ryan, passed away at the age of 66.

The Office
Although we all knew it was time for the folks over at Dunder Mifflin/Saber  to pack it up, it was sad to see them go. Fans of the show were all very happy to have Steve Carell return for the last episode with the line 'That's what she said'. So good.

Elisabeth Hasselbeck and Joy Behar
The View lost its mojo after these two ladies departed the show. I don't know if you have seen The View lately, but it is a tragic disaster. Jenny McCarthy, who replaced Elisabeth on the show is one degree away from being Chelsea Handler incarnate and Sherri Shepherd is not intelligent enough to holding up that middle part of the table. After Barbara Walters leaves the show next year Whoopi should really get her retirement plan in order because - well, I don't see this ending well. Soon, yes. Well, no.

Cory Monteith
Young deaths are always the worst, but this was a bad one for the Gleeks. Finding out the nice boy on Glee was a hard drug addict was probably a shock - and finding out that he died from a heroin overdose in a hotel room by himself was heartbreaking.

What Not to Wear
I'll be honest, I hadn't watch Stacey and Clinton tear apart any fashion disasters in years, but hearing that their show was going off the air this year was sad news. There are way too many idiot dressers out there to not have a show like this. Something else will come up, but no one will be as good as it as these two.

Roger Ebert
Up until his death, even with all of his health problems, Ebert was telling us the straight up facts about movies. He was the people's movie critic.

Breaking Bad
I am with the minority on this one - I didn't watch the show, but I have added the ending of this show to the list because it must have been great. Why else would they have aired all 5 seasons leading up to the finale for viewing if it wasn't.

Hannah Montana
I know we were all hoping there was going to be a 'Hannah Montana: the college years ' made for TV movie, but it looks like Miley put an end to that dream. She announced on SNL that she murdered Hannah Montana....and I believe her.

Lou Reed
The poetic rocker passed away at age 71 from liver disease.

Jason Sudeikis, Bill Hader and Fred Armisen
SNL lost some of their core cast at the end of last season. The biggest blow, by far, was Bill Hader - because now we don't get to see Stefon anymore. But...it doesn't look like Bill's career has exploded so he may be back, on a guest cast member basis (FINGERS CROSSED). It was also announced this year that Seth Meyers will be giving up the desk of Weekend Update to take over the Late Night show for Jimmy Fallon when he makes the move to take over for Jay Leno.

...and those are the big losses of 2013.


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