Coraopolis, PA
Amazing. Probably some of the best sushi in the city. I went last night with a couple fellow sushi aficionados in tow, and I ran into Chuan S., Peter... (more)
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by Marshall Goodley
Mink Eye
El Dorado, AR
I give this 3 1/2. You have to know the right people, willing to buy bottle service, or have a good grp of good looking people. We fortunately know a... (more)
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by Ilona Holck
Charleston, TN
On Columbus around the corner from 72nd street, you will find this basement latin club.  The security is paid to be as rude and ignorant as possible.... (more)
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by Chris G.
Islander Inn
Sparrows Point, MD
The experience I had at this bar was so negative it isn't even worth recounting.  Let's just say that calling the employees here pretentious and rude... (more)
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by Charles Fullem
Barley Street Tavern
Omaha, NE
Apple, for what it is, is pretty cool.  It's got an outside seating area for people who like to pay for bottle service.  It's got a huge upstairs bar... (more)
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by Denis S.
Redwood Inn
Kansas City, KS
If I could give this place a ZERO I would! Everything about this place makes me sick. They barely put anything inside the sandwiches and most... (more)
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by ivy L.
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Classic television doesn't come along that often. Most shows in drama or comedy are pretty formulaic. That is why anything weird and unusual achieves cult status. Twin Peaks and Lost were a breath of fresh air because they didn't fit the mould of cop or hospital show. Viewers are always desperate for something different that keeps them on the edge of their seat or sends them tumbling to the floor with laughter. A lot of time, energy and money go into launching new TV shows and the competition between networks is fierce.

A lot of shows never get any further than the pilot. If it isn't popular, the idea will be dropped like a hot potato. Audience panels are used for research into what will be popular or otherwise. Sometimes, the pilot isn't even shown. When a show is a hit, rival networks will try to come up with something similar, only achieving a poor imitation most of the time. The abundance of channels has mushroomed in the satellite and digital age and networks constantly need new TV shows to fill the schedules.

The glut of reality shows seems here to stay. They are popular, cause people to tune in regularly and are inexpensive to make. Even controversy doesn't keep them off the air as seen in the UK version of Big Brother, which has endured excessive drinking, racist remarks and threats of violence. New game shows also seem to be part of the staple diet.

It's hard to think of something original, of course. Not every writer is gifted enough to come up with Lost or The Sopranos. Producers want a quick return for their money and might not have the patience to wait for something to build. New TV shows these days are expected to hook the audience straightaway.

The last ten years or so are being referred to as a golden age in television comedy as far as American situation comedy is concerned. Friends, Frasier and Will and Grace were all international hits and their passing has left a big hole. Everyone Loves Raymond and King of Queens have also come to an end. Good new TV shows in the comedy field are the most difficult of all to find. All the above shows are class acts to follow and every new effort will inevitably be compared to them. The industry waits for the next golden age, eagerly scanning scripts for the next big hit.

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