Appreciation: NBC’s American Dreams – Ahead of Its Time

In 2002, NBC premiered a new series that was ahead of its time. A case can easily be made that American Dreams was a precursor for the critically acclaimed Friday Night Lights (also on the peacock). American Dreams was also one of the first series in the last decade to seamlessly integrate music into the show and the storyline. Continue reading

DryedMangoez Presents Television That Defined My Decade


The 2000s have come and gone. A new decade is about to begin and lists of the best movies, music, television, paint colors, boy band, furniture, light fixtures, etc. are pouring in. As we close out 2009 and the 2000s, I thought about my own list. But my list of television shows aren’t necessarily “the best,” but the shows that defined my decade. The shows that meant something to me the last ten years, shows that left their mark in my mind and in some cases my heart as well.

On to the list! →

american dreams: the fourth season

AMERICAN DREAMS: THE FOURTH SEASON (if there was one)
TVGuide’s Michael Ausielo talked with American Dreams executive producer Jonathan Prince and learned what would have happened on what would have been the show’s 4th season:

J.J. and Beth: “I was going to send J.J. to Berkeley to get his sister back and, while there, get exposed to a lot of the antiwar stuff,” says series creator Jonathan Prince. “He would eventually come home and work harder on the space program. And Beth was going to go back to school to get her degree.”

Meg and Sam: “Everybody wanted them to be together, which is why I think they couldn’t,” says Prince. “I was going to give Sam a really serious girlfriend.” Meg, meanwhile, would have fallen for Joey Lawrence’s Bandstand successor, “a guy who seemed superficial on the top and ended up being deeper than that. That’s who she would have ended up with. A local guy. The least likely guy you’d figure.”

Helen and Jack: Helen was going to get busted for helping potential draftees slip off to Canada, leading to a rift between her and Jack. “They would have separated,” says Prince. “But, obviously, they would have gotten back together.

How did I know…

How did I know that mentioning USC would get me on TVGuide.com?? Plus including the fact that Ausielo promised last week that he would bring in exclusive AMERICAN DREAMS finale scoopage…
From: http://tvguide.com/news/askausiello
(C)2005 TVGuide.com

For Your Consideration – 2005 Primetime Emmys

The Primetime Emmy Award nominations will be announced next month, and networks were busy promoting their shows for Emmy consideration. Here are the actors I think should be considered from the shows I actually watch. Tomorrow, I’ll post who I *want* to be nominated for Emmys, not who I *think* will be nominated. (Since most of the ones I want nominated will most likely NOT be nominated)


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OUTSTANDING DRAMA SERIES
OUTSTANDING LEAD ACTRESS, DRAMA SERIES GAIL O’GRADY
OUTSTANDING LEAD ACTOR, DRAMA SERIES TOM VERICA
OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTRESS, DRAMA SERIES RACHEL BOSTON
OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTOR, DRAMA SERIES WILL ESTES
OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTOR, DRAMA SERIES JONATHAN ADAMS


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OUTSTANDING DRAMA SERIES
OUSTANDING LEAD ACTRESS, DRAMA SERIES KRISTEN BELL
OUTSTANDING LEAD ACTOR, DRAMA SERIES ENRICO COLANTONI
OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTOR, DRAMA SERIES TEDDY DUNN


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OUTSTANDING LEAD ACTRESS, DRAMA SERIES JENNIFER GARNER
OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTOR, DRAMA SERIES VICTOR GARBER
OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTOR, DRAMA SERIES RON RIFKIN
OUTSTANDING GUEST ACTRESS, DRAMA SERIES LENA OLIN


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OUTSTANDING DRAMA SERIES
OUTSTANDING LEAD ACTRESS, DRAMA SERIES MARY MCDONNELL
OUTSTANDING LEAD ACTOR, DRAMA SERIES EDWARD JAMES OLMOS
OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTRESS TRICIA HELFER
OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTOR JAMIE BAMBER

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OUTSTANDING DRAMA SERIES
OUTSTANDING LEAD ACTOR, DRAMA SERIES TERRY O’QUINN
OUTSTANDING LEAD ACTOR, DRAMA SERIES MATTHEW FOX
OUTSTANDING LEAD ACTRESS, DRAMA SERIES EVANGELINE LILLY
OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTOR, DRAMA SERIES DOMINIC MONAGHAN
OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTOR, DRAMA SERIES JORGE GARCIA
OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTRESS, DRAMA SERIES YUNJIN KIM
OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTRESS, DRAMA SERIES EMILE DE RAVIN

“AMERICAN DREAMS” ENDING STILL UP IN THE AIR

“AMERICAN DREAMS” ENDING STILL UP IN THE AIR
By LJDB; June 9, 2005









Photo: NBC Universal
In February, Executive Producer Jonathan Prince said in an interview with TVGuide that they had filmed a 10 minute “epilogue/alternate ending” to “American Dreams” in the event that NBC decided to cancel the series. However, as of now, the re-airing for the open-ended finale with the new ending has yet to be scheduled.
While “American Dreams” has been a so-called bubble show since the start of its 2nd season, NBC Universal Television President (then, NBC Entertainment President) Jeff Zucker continued to be the show’s biggest supporter. The show was renewed for a shortened 3rd season that saw the series make a move to Wednesdays for its final four episodes from its usual Sunday timeslot.

Despite a big premiere for the series in 2002, the family drama saw a decline in viewership in its 2nd season and suffered a steep drop in its 3rd season opposite ABC’s “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” and CBS’s “Cold Case.” Its move to Wednesdays opposite ABC’s “Lost” juggernaut didn’t show any signs of improvement in the ratings department.

“It just becomes, unfortunately, the contradiction of America, I guess,” NBC Entertainment President Kevin Reilly says. “People say they want quality, family-friendly shows at 8:00 and yet you put them on and what they really want to watch is ‘Desperate Housewives.’ Ultimately, we are in a business here. We love the show… It just was not pulling the ratings to really justify the cost of the show or to justify another year on the schedule.”

Gail O’Grady, who played Pryor matriarch Helen, commented on the 10 minute alternate ending. “Let’s hope it happens. If Jonathan Prince is the show-runner that I’ve known him to be, he will not let go of this until there is closure”

It is possible for NBC to re-air the episode sometime this Summer or in the Fall, while many are calling for a “wrap-up” movie to be produced to adequately draw closure to the lives of the Pryor Family.

Among its many awards, “American Dreams” won several Emmy Awards in 2003, while TVLand named it a “Future Classic” at its annual awards show in 2003

What a dumb bitch, seriously. American Dreams, The Office, Lost, Alias, American Idol

AMERICAN DREAMS NBC
OMG… If that was the series finale (and I pray to God that it wasn’t)… then American Dreams ended in the worst possible way… Even as a season finale (and it wasn’t even that, since this episode was supposed to lead into a two-part season finale, but NBC cut the episode order to 17)…

Was that supposed to be romantic? Umm… no…
Meg is so stupid… what a dumb bitch, seriously… I can’t believe she chose some piece of crap over her own family and friends… how can she justify what she did? He lied to her, he’s a drunk crackhead smoker, he is a murderer, a draft dodger… overall just a jackass…

The only other real story in tonight’s episode… JJ and NASA and Beth… that was heartbreaking, but understandable… now THAT was understable unlike Miss “I want to run away with my lover”… Ugh…

I think the NEED to resolve these stories is reason enough for NBC to renew the show… (in addition to the fact that AD is one of the few actual quality, critically acclaimed shows on NBC, NBC is a complete mess and AD’s timeslot is one less to deal with if it is renewed)

THE OFFICE NBC
This show is freakin’ hilarious… they began the original American scripts last night and it was so funny… I love this show… one of my new favorites…

LOST ABC
Wow… what a great episode… very eerie again… Terry O’Quinn (Locke) is an amazing actor… definitely deserving of an Emmy nomination… His backstory (part 2) was so sad… How about Bloody Boone… I think Ian Somerhalder has been seriously underused, same with Maggie Grace (Shannon)… There are episodes when they aren’t even in one scene…

Anyway, that airplane has to mean something, I mean the Virgin Mary statues (minus the crack) and then Locke’s mother saying he was “immaculately conceived”… I wonder who’s going to die at the end of the season…

ALIAS ABC
FINALLY… an episode of season 4 that I liked… maybe because I actually watched the whole episode, or maybe becuase Marshall was the main focus… he is hilarious and how cool was it to have him back in the field… I remember the last time he and Sydney were in the field and he had taken a drug himself and he was all woosey and out of it and Syd snapped him out of it once she kissed him and he then was working at super speed after that… lol… Syd’s kisses are adrenaline boosters… lol… but this is a great episode, still I’m still missing the old ALIAS

However, this dialogue between Jack & Marshall was so random, but hilarious:
Jack: “You’re going to need a digging instrument to assist with this.”
Marshall: (searching through the dead guy’s desk) “Uh, I got a spork!”
Jack: “What’s a spork?”
Marshall: “It’s like a half-spoon, half-fork. Will that do?”
Jack: “That will work.”

AMERICAN IDOL FOX
Ewe… I thought we were rid of Anwar… I liked Jessica, she was very good… but whatever… Idol’s sucked since season 2…