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TV’s biggest local and national stories of 2009: Real Housewives, Adam Lambert, Kevin Gillespie

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.

tardy-for-the-partyReal 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.

alton-brown-knivesMarietta’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.

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28 comments Add your comment


December 30th, 2009
8:50 am

ok do we really need to see her boob hanging out like that? YUCK..trashy mctrashy!!!

Dan D

December 30th, 2009
10:11 am

Shhh! Don’t tell anyone – but Adam Lambert excites straight men too!


December 30th, 2009
10:23 am

LOL DAN D!!!!!


December 30th, 2009
10:33 am

Straight men who are excited by Adam Lambert? *raises hand* You don’t have to be gay man to find this guy amazing.


December 30th, 2009
11:56 am

My husband and I equally find Adam Lambert, the most exciting performer to come along in a very long time. And that pipe of his? Woah!!!

Stu Dio

December 30th, 2009
12:06 pm

Obviously AMERICAN IDOL, sinking slowly into the west, needed to do soemthing to attract some attention. So … convince Paula to fade away, drag in an openly gay judge (Ellen), and cozy up to an overt homosexual like Adam. Just shows how far (or low) the desperate liberal entertainment industry will sink to snatch an audience.

You Dolts

December 30th, 2009
12:40 pm

American Idol is the worst thing to happen to music since Buddy Holly was killed in a plane crash with the fat guy and the Mexican. If you think American Idol is great, you probably have a laughable music collection comprised of Abba and Hanson.


December 30th, 2009
1:39 pm

Hey yamama, if it was not for her boobs, what redeeming values would she have?? I dont know if anyone has told her yet, but she cannot sing…..


December 30th, 2009
3:37 pm

exactly Fred. It is so pathetic. Why are these people famous????


December 30th, 2009
3:57 pm

Who needs respectable? I want Kim to be my hat, while she still has a couple of good years left.


December 30th, 2009
7:13 pm

Adam is definately bringing excitement back to music. I think American Idol is history regardless though because there will never be another Adam Lambert. Since Adam didn’t win, why do we refer to him as an Idol. Adam has left Idol in the dust and is moving on to starting a new Glam revolution.


December 30th, 2009
7:16 pm

Bravo guys for letting this paper know that Adam’s fans are not just women and gay guys. My husband totally gets that Adam has a remarkable set of pipes and is talent magnified. He looks forward to Adam’s tour as much as I do and we both think the album is kick ass!


December 30th, 2009
7:55 pm

All you GLAMBERTS are “SICKO!” I’m so glad we have a “New Year” coming, and my main resolution will be to ignore Lambert as much as possible, even if it means turning OFF my TV and skipping over his name! Such TRASH!


December 30th, 2009
8:23 pm

Adam is exciting and mesmerizing. 2009 was a great year for him. Can’t wait to see him on tour in 2010. His Cd is amazing. Oh by the way, my husband thinks he’s got an awesome voice also. Lots of straight guys respect his voice.


December 30th, 2009
8:37 pm

Wow, “Not A Lambert Fan!” Do you think you’ll be missed? Why wait until the New Year? Why not start ignoring him now? Bye!

Adam Phan From Philly

December 30th, 2009
8:50 pm

So You Dolts says that Buddy Holly (yes, he was great) was killed with “the fat guy” and “the Mexican”. At least you didn’t use the “N” word. I think I know why you don’t like Adam Lambert. Oh, by the way, Frank Sinatra was discovered on a radio show called The Major Bowes Amateur Hour where young unknowns were given a chance to sing. People went crazy over Frank’s singing and his blue eyes, and although he never wrote his own songs, and he was discovered on a show for unknowns, I think that he was kind of successful.

Mrs.Marquita Parker

December 30th, 2009
8:59 pm

Merry Christmas to each and everyone of you!
I’m so very proud of Ms.Kim Zolciak to had allow God to bless your life with opened arm’s to recieved the (ANGEL) on the run for you who is the( DEVINE) Ms.Kandi Burruss and her wonderful family into your life. This has made you become this woman who has learned to take your STRENGHT over your WEAKNESS were this road of GLORY with this BLESSED family to help guide you and your beautiful lil girl’s onto this new jounery in the music business.Trust God Ms.Zolciak because the new beginning for you and your daughter’s will go very far with Ms.Burruss and family.Just remember who was there for you.

Mrs.Marquita Parker
Trotwood Ohio
God Bless You !

Mrs.Marquita Parker

December 30th, 2009
9:45 pm

Merry Christmas my beautiful black sister’s!

God has truly BLESSED the BLACK WOMEN on the one and only (B.E.T)!!!!!!!!!
to have the own show to express the lauguage to our Black Culture and Style without having to do it or say it someone else way for the rating’s of that which was not mostly BLACK.Oh butwhat a new day it is in America when we have such a wonderful and BLESSED family in the White House to run our Country and at the sametime show to the WORLD that it’s not about the color of the skin, but abot who is BEST for the ( JOB ) AMEN people God is showing us that we can do anything that we set our MINDS to do.
I want you to know that i grow in my health and my soul that allows the knowledge of your life to be the pathway for many women of all color to become the person inside of us to be BIRTH into what we know is to BORN so that other’s dreams can LIVE in this life and not years from now the NURSING HOMES or the GRAVES.Watching every nite on B.E.T gives me the push that i need to birth my programs for the women in Prison here in Ohio plus a none profit organization called Ladies Wear Hat’s and Gloves Foundation.You need to know what a GIFT you are to so many women and young ladies around the world.
Thank you Ms.Mo’Nique for being the pathway for me to follow into my dreams of helping other’s.God has really BLESSED your life.And you have unselfishly sheared it with others.I PRAY one day that God will allow our DEVINE paths to cross.I give you this covering from GOD because i’ve watched you cover others.Your friend Mr.Bernnie Mac is so very proud of you i can feel his present on your show especially when you are coming out.God has his (ANGELS) all around you.Don’t you worry about one thing sister! God got it in his arms.AMEN

Mrs.Marquita Parker
Trotwood Ohio
God Bless You!


December 31st, 2009
1:11 am

When you don’t like a singer you don’t have to HATE him or hate his fans!
I don’t like many singers, meaning I don’t like their music.
HATE THEM? why? I don’t know the first thing about them as human beings.
Adam Lambert is a young talented man making his first steps as a mega star.
What’s so wrong with that?

TO: Stu Dio
I don’t know much about American Idol before the last 2 seasons. The one thing I ‘m sure about is that this show gave Adam Lambert the opportunity he was about to miss….being an international star.
I also like David Cook a lot! He’s awesome.
After this last season AI TV show has a big problem….it’s nearly impossible to find someone as talented, charismatic, & exciting as Adam Lambert.

Dana Martin

December 31st, 2009
3:35 am



December 31st, 2009
8:28 am

I don’t like Adam Lambert not because he’s gay. I don’t like him because his music sucks. I’ll save my money for music I actually like.


December 31st, 2009
1:50 pm

AMAZING!!! Out of all the above mentioned names practically EVERY post here refers to ADAM LAMBERT!!! Pro and Con!!! ADAM is MESMERIZING, ARTICULATE, SWEET, KIND, CARING, TRUE TO WHO HE IS, UBER-TALENTED and GORGEOUS and he has an INCOMPARABLE VOICE … but best of all HE is known WORLDWIDE ….. all the QUALITIES needed to become an INTERNATIONAL ICON!!!! SO VERY PROUD TO BE HIS FAN!!!


December 31st, 2009
2:18 pm

I’m a Christian, “however” all I can say is Adam Lambert is one HECK OF A PERFORMER!


December 31st, 2009
4:46 pm

Gwinnett Mom………You are a prejudice mooron. First of all in case no one told you the word “queer” is offensive. If it’s wrong for homosexuals to be on television than it’s wrong for idiots like you to blog!


December 31st, 2009
5:03 pm

Adam Lewdbert screeches and bellows way too much for my taste not to mention that he takes lewd behaviour past nastiness. He will never see a dime of my money.

Shananeeeee Fananeeeee

December 31st, 2009
5:22 pm

The “Atlanta” “Housewives”

Kim – proud adulter, former “entertainer” known as Barbie, home wrecker, unfit mother, thinks she is a singer hahahaha, Lives in Duluth, NOT a housewife
Sheree – long criminal record(mostly for theft), bounced a check for $300, thinks she is a fashion designer hahahaha, no class, often made fun of at events she is not invited to, NOT a housewife
NeNe – proud moron, former “entertainer” knows as Ghetto Grace, author hahahaha, renter, often made fun of at events she is not invited to, tricked Greg(a former customer) into marrying her after a one night stand – that’s what happens guys when you take the “entertainment” home with you, Lives in Duluth
Lisa – foreclosure victim, thinks she is an actress hahahaha, designs clothes fit for the Atlanta street walkers, on the Atlanta C list at best, lives in Duluth
Kandi – produced Kim’s song hahahaha, really bad choice in men, bad choice in friends, really bad choice in men, oh yeah bad choice in men, lives in Fayetteville, NOT a housewife.


December 31st, 2009
5:32 pm

Shananeeeee Fananeeeee ………..Sounds like you’re packing some hate to me….How much are you making? LOL


December 31st, 2009
11:21 pm

Can we get Fred Kalil to join Dowdle in retirement?