2004 brought many milestones and epic moments in TV. After the Janet Jackson/Justin Timberlake Super Bowl XXXVIII halftime show controversy, American television saw itself heavily censored as the FCC tightened its rules on indecency. Taking a page from the epic 2004 film Mean Girls, the FCC deemed that "it only counts if you saw [Janet's] nipple," which, well, everyone did. Check out the final seconds of this clip:
SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE - SEASON 9 - TOP 20
After a grueling week during Vegas callbacks on So You Think You Can Dance, the judges narrowed it down from the 188 contestants to 35 and tonight down to the Top 20. Some of our early favorites like Mariah Spears, Tim Conkel and Asher Walker were impressive in Vegas but in the end did not impress the judges enough to be in the top 35. We've made early predictions last week on who's going to make the Top 20 but after seeing the Vegas Callbacks episode, we're going to go on a limb and predict at least 12 of the 20 dancers for Season 9. Special thanks goes to our reality show expert, Melissa Goodman, for giving us her deep insights on these predictions. We've included some of our thoughts as to why we think the judges have chosen these contestants. Ok, here we go!
Witney Carson - our absolute favorite. love her, love everything about. thinking about being her for Halloween.
Lindsay Arnold - BFFs with Witney Carson and fellow ballroom dancer. Gets our automatic vote.
Janelle Issis - her hips don't lie and will be shaking her way into the Top 20.
Eliana Girard - ballerina pole dancer with legs for days. PERIOD.
Amelia Lowe - Tyce is just dying to have her do one of his routines.
Alexa Anderson - this season's Ryan Ramirez
Audrey Case - can do shoulder farts and lick her elbows. Nuff said.
Daniel Baker - Aussie accent gets us every time.
Cyrus Spencer - the show always needs an underdog and he's got the talents to back it up.
Cheyon Wespi-Tschopp - another talented ballet dancer who can give Daniel Baker a run for his Aussie dollar.
Cole Horibe - this season's Alex Wong
Dareian Kujawa - when Nigel calls out your nipples on national TV, you should automatically be in the Top 20.
Our favorite group performance from Vegas Callbacks week - The High Schoolers
Tune into Fox tonight (8/7c) to find out who makes the top 20!
March 1995 saw the formation of two broadcast networks, the WB and UPN. A decade later, both netlets made somewhat of a mark on pop culture, particularly the WB, before merging to form the CW. Both premiered with a single night of programming: the WB scheduled a powerhouse comedy block featuring Unhappily Ever After (a Married with Children rip-off), the Wayans Bros, and Robert Townsend’s the Parent ‘Hood, and UPN debuted its flagship series, Star Trek: Voyager.
The following September, Sister, Sister moved from ABC to the WB, ensuring several more years of Jackee screeching “OOOOOOHHH, TIA AND TAMERA!!” One of its new series, Cleghorne!, focused on the life of a single mom raising her nine-year old daughter on the Upper West Side. I know this was an experimental time for the fledgling network, but who sat in a room and green-lit a vehicle for Ellen Cleghorne? She was mostly forgettable in her years on Saturday Night Live; the only characters I can recall of hers was her turban-clad, tough talking Queen Shaniqua and a pesky NBC page. The only page to steal my heart has been Kenneth on 30 Rock. Fun fact: the View’s Sherri Shepherd was a regular on Cleghorne!, years before her hilarious turn as Tracy Morgan’s wife on Rock. Cleghorne! was cancelled after 12 episodes. I couldn’t find any clips of the show – there’s a shocking lack of appetite for it online – but here’s Ellen on SNL’s Weekend Update, bemoaning the demise of Full House, which ended its run in May 1995.
Drew Barrymore danced on David Letterman’s desk and flashed him. Audiences waited all summer to find out that Maggie shot Mr. Burns in a struggle over a lollipop on the Simpsons. Pre-Will & Grace, Debra Messing starred with Thomas Hayden Church as a couple in a marriage of convenience in Ned & Stacey, a FOX comedy that lasted two seasons. Cybill Shepherd made her sitcom debut in her self-titled series in which drunk gal pal Christine Baranski stole the show.
Before it dominated the schedule with CSI and other similar procedurals, CBS was struggling to attract a younger audience and find a different identity. Darren Starr’s Central Park West, a steamy soap that was off-brand for the network, crashed and burned; the Facts of Life’s Nancy McKeon headlined Can’t Hurry Love; and controversial comedian Andrew Dice Clay and Cathy Moriarty starred in Bless This House. All were cancelled after one season.
Finally, 1995 was the year in which Dr. Kimberly Shaw (Marcia Cross) returned from the presumed-dead (after a car wreck earlier that season) to terrorize the residents of Melrose Place. I still remember getting chills watching the episode where Kimberly makes her surprise re-entry. Michael (Thomas Calabro) has finally given into former sister-in-law Sydney’s (Laura Leighton) advances, and the two are about to go at it that night. It’s clear that someone is watching them from the beach, and we’re led to believe it’s the same peeping handyman who was spying on Amanda (Heather Locklear) earlier. But no, the camera turns, slowly revealing that it’s Kimberly. We learn the next episode that Kimberly’s mother spread word of her demise in order to protect her and that several brain surgeries later, she’s as good as new. But as you’ll see in this clip, Kimberly’s not her old self, and she’s got the scars to prove it.
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