Paula Abdul announced her departure from “American Idol” with a Tweet. CNN’s Rick Sanchez lives on Twitter. Local TV stations now offer Twitter updates.
So in honor of the Twitterverse, here are notable local and national TV stories of 2009 in no particular order — in 140 characters or less.
Real Housewives of Atlanta: wig pulling, chronic narcissism, “Tardy for the Party.” Atlanta’s shame or pure entertainment? Both!
Oprah leaving her show in 2011. Celebs with secrets (Mackenzie Phillips’ incest) or promoting books (Sarah Palin) losing a perfect platform.
Taylor Swift acts on ‘CSI,’ delivers laughs on “Saturday Night Live,” sweeps awards shows, swats away Kanye West. She sings, too.
David Letterman rivets audience with surprise admission: he slept with coworkers. Viewers and advertisers don’t flee.
Jay Leno takes over NBC’s 10 p.m., kills off five hours of pricey dramas. Profitable? Yes. NBC’s brand image? Deeply tarnished.
Sitcoms make a modest comeback. Best of the lot: ABC’s ‘Modern Family’ brings real laughs and that dude from “Married… With Children.”
BET embraces Atlanta with awards shows (Soul Train, Hip Hop), a talk show (Mo’Nique) and reality (Frankie & Neffe, Tiny & Toya, Monica).
Tax incentives bring Atlanta CW’s new hit drama “The Vampire Diaries” and Lifetime’s surprisingly charming dramedy “Drop Dead Diva.”
Adam Lambert excites women, gay men on “Idol” with theatrical flair, giving an aging show a much needed shot of adrenaline.
Marietta’s Alton Brown celebrates ten years of “Good Eats” with Cobb Energy Centre anniversary show, plenty of Welch’s grape juice.
Cable brings us “Dexter,” “Mad Men,” “Nurse Jackie,” “Sons of Anarchy.” Broadcast? “Trauma,” “The Forgotten,” “Three Rivers.”
Kevin Gillespie may have lost “Top Chef” but Atlanta’s bearded wonder stole our hearts.
Is “guido” an insult? Not to the Italian-American hunks and princesses on MTV’s first watercooler show in ages “Jersey Shore.”
Sportscaster Chuck Dowdle retired from WSB-TV after 24 years. Fellow vets John Pruitt, then Monica Pearson, are next in line.
Speidi, Balloon Boy, Jon & Kate: not worth 140 characters.