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5 Shows After Dark: Biggest First Week Album Sales Ever, These Guys Right Here

By Genevieve Burgess | Miscellaneous | July 24, 2012 | Comments ()


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"Deadliest Catch" on Discovery at 8:00pm ET. Two hour eighth season finale.

"Hells Kitchen" on Fox at 8:00pm ET.

"15 Awesomest Boy Bands" on E at 9:00pm ET. This implies that there is some qualitative difference between boy bands. Now, I'm not some grouch that hates all pop music, but I think we can admit that boy bands are all cut from the same cloth with slight variations based on trends at the time. One Directions "That's What Makes You Beautiful" could've been a hit for Backstreet Boys or *NSync, probably even New Kids on the Block with just a few minor tweaks to account for their particular marketing team developed personalities. It's a little comforting to know that the same basic formula can appeal to teenage girls across decades.

"The Godfather Legacy" on history at 9:00pm ET. Two hour special presentation.

"Love in the Wild" on NBC at 10:00pm ET. Second season finale. Wow, a reality series that only runs eight episodes. That's impressive in a strange way.

Genevieve Burgess hates summer television just as much as it hates her.




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Comments Are Welcome, Bigots and Trolls Are Not


  • marigi

    Not true! Duran Duran are a great boy band! And Take That (well, they were. I'm not sure what they're doing now...).

  • e jerry powell

    And four of the Duran Duran members played instruments!

  • I_Sell_Books

    Boybands? One Direction, pish, Kpop ftw!

  • lowercase_ryan

    Menudo! Now sit down.

  • Fabius_Maximus

    Kpop stands for "Kiddy Pop", right?

  • Susan

    Goodness, Color Me Badd has not aged well.

  • e jerry powell

    You mean to tell me that Fatone wasn't always The Fat One?

    And really, boy bands go back to, what, the forties or fifties? It's just that back in the day, boy bands were more likely to be made up of relatives. The Isley Brothers. The Jackson 5ive. The Osmonds.

    And hell, for unrelated bands, we can't skip over The Beatles or The Rolling Stones. It's just that no marketing Svengali asshole like Lou Perlman was involved back in the sixties or seventies.

  • phase10

    I may be wrong, but didn't the older groups actually have the boys in the band playing, you know instruments?

  • e jerry powell

    Yeah, they did. The Jackson 5ive made a big deal of shifting Micheal's age to make him younger than he was, but Jermaine and Tito at least played instruments.

  • lowercase_ryan

    When did awesomest become a word?

  • Bert_McGurt

    About the time we started ranking the relative talent of boybands.

  • space_oddity

    When people decided most awesome was passe.

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