PopEater's New Year's Resolutions for 2011 (We'll Keep Them, We Swear!)
By Zach Dionne Posted Dec 31st 2010 11:00AM
Sure, Team PopEater has New Year's resolutions about dieting and exercising and Facebooking less at work. But since we eat, breathe and live pop culture, our real resolutions are about forgetting guilty pleasure TV shows, giving great pop artists second chances, and dropping the deadbeat celebs we've embraced too long.
Read more than a dozen resolutions from the PopEater family after the jump! And have a happy, safe New Year.
Jason Kaufman, editor-in-chief: "I promise to handle my post-'Mad Men' depression better."
I will do all in my power to let 2011 be the year I don't sink into a month-long funk the minute the next 'Mad Men' season finale wraps. A related resolution is to try and not despise most other shows on TV just because they aren't 'Mad Men,' which is a pattern that has only escalated as 'Mad Men' has grown in greatness.
Rob Shuter, Naughty But Nice columnist: "My resolution is to be in the same restaurant as Tiger Woods when he goes on his first date post-divorce."
Can you imagine being that poor girl? She is going to be flooded by the press the second her name comes out! Plus, a piece of advice for the lady: If Tiger texts or even looks at his Blackberry during dinner ... get up and walk out. We know he's not texting his mother!
Denise Warner, editor: 'I'm going to stop buying Taylor Swift's songs on iTunes.'
I'm tired of the "nerdy" girl gets the "jock" fantasies she croons about. (By the way, that never happens in real life unless you look like Taylor Swift when you take your glasses off.) More importantly, however, I don't want to see her "I can't believe I've won this award after I've already won 12 other awards for basically the same thing" face ever again. It's annoying. I know the loss of my measly $1.29 won't stop the 13-year-olds (and the industry) who obsess over the Swift, but at least I can say I tried.
Amber James, editor: "I have to quit you, 'Glee.'"
When 'Glee' first aired, I fell madly in love with the musical series. But after watching the Britney Spears and 'Rocky Horror' themed episodes this season, I'm over the show-stopping gimmicks. The plot is strained -- how many more times can Sue Sylvester try to oust the Glee club? Seriously, the high school students developed a performance of KISS's 'Shout It Out Loud' -- complete with pyrotechnics -- in less than 48 hours. They are unstoppable, and everyone will continue to live happily ever after. The jig is up, and I'm bringing down the curtain on this Glee club once and for all.
Maggie Coughlan, editor: "I'm over Kim Kardashian and I'm adopting Khloe."
Don't get me wrong, Kim has built an empire for her family and herself. But she's everywhere! I'm ready for Khloe Kardashian (pictured at left) to take center stage. Her attitude and sense of humor make her seem a little more interesting than her sisters -- and by interesting, I mean the Kardashian I'd most like to have a drink with.
John Mitchell, editor: "I'm breaking up with Britney Spears"
Lately -- and I blame the access social networks like Twitter and Facebook give us to celebrities -- I've been unable to separate Britney Spears the person from Britney Spears the pop star (a problem I oddly never had before). She does herself no favors by tweeting things like, "yawl can kiss my lily white southern Louisiana a**!" So, sadly, after a decade by her side, I think it's time Britney and I take a break. A relationship shouldn't be this hard, Brit. And with new albums from Lady Gaga and Beyonce due in 2011, my pop calendar is pretty packed; I just don't have the energy to love Britney the way I did ... not when Gaga and B make it so easy.
Zach Dionne, editor: "I'm finally watching 'The Wire.'"
And I'm going to force myself to do it before rewatching 'Lost' with my lady, who has never seen it. I swear! 'The Wire,' here I come! 2011 is, finally, the year I get my membership card to the Best Show of All-Time Is 'The Wire,' Hands-Down club. (Um...can I borrow someone's 'Wire' DVDs?)
Elizabeth Yun, editor/Celebrity One-Stop queen: "I'm watching more network television."
What? No cursing? No sex? No heads getting lopped off? Family-friendly network television has never been my thing, but non-HBO/Showtime series like 'The Walking Dead,' 'It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia' and 'Mad Men' are easing me in. I'm finally ready to admit that a show doesn't need all the swearing, violence and T&A to be good and it's about time I made the dreaded transition to full-on network shows. But nothing's ever going to compete with #%@!ing 'Dexter.'
Christo Varghese, editor: "I will now follow directors Darren Aronofsky, Christopher Nolan, and David Fincher to the ends of the earth."
Three of my all-time favorite directors made some of their best work in 2010 -- Nolan's dream-stealing 'Inception', Aronofsky's thrilling 'Black Swan,' and Fincher's excellent Facebook movie, 'The Social Network.' From here on out, forget the endless Hollywood sequels (unless these guys do 'em) and the overhyped but underwhelming 3D productions -- if I see a trailer or poster with one of these fine directors' names on it, I'm getting in line outside a theater right then and there.
Sarah Crow, editorial assistant: "I'm through with Miley Cyrus."
Even though she's naked and doing something creepy most of the time, I still don't want to watch. Also, other than dressing up as a giant bird and teaching her little sister how to re-enact the 'Private Dancer' video, what does she even do any more?
Jett Wells, editorial assistant: "I want to get into 'Community.'"
Because I'll watch anything with Ken Jeong in it.
Christine Fenno, contributing editor: "I resolve to give J.Lo and Steven Tyler a chance."
Years ago, there was a newsy-satire show I liked, hosted by Craig Kilborn. It was amusing. One day, 'The Daily Show' changed, big-time, with a wiseacre named Jon Stewart installed as anchor, and I think we can agree he made the show ... oh, just a smidge better. Who's to say that can't happen with 'American Idol'? Here's hoping Steven Tyler offers the kind of barely coherent insights we once loved Paula for. And Jennifer Lopez has it in her to intimidate unworthy singers and pinpoint winners like a certain Brit who made 'Idol' worth watching. (If the new judges bomb, well, we can always try 'X-Factor' in the fall!)
Catherine Donaldson-Evans, freelance reporter: "I vow to start watching 'Dexter.' "
As if the show's premise -- a likable, save-the-world sort of guy leads a double life as a psychopathic serial killer who knocks off other killers -- isn't reason enough, there's also the allure of the cast's sordid back story. Where else can you see costars who play brother and sister onscreen fall in love offscreen, get married, stick by each other through the lead actor's battle with cancer, then separate without explanation while staving off rumors that said lead actor had a fling with an actress playing an onscreen love interest? Are you following? All we need are amnesia and an evil twin and we've got a real-life plotline rivaling that of 'Days of Our Lives'!
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