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TWiTV - Ricky Martin on Glee, Smash's Pilot Premiere on NBC & TV Genre Pioneers

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Published on Feb 6, 2012

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TWiTV - Ricky Martin on Glee, Smash's Pilot Premiere on NBC & TV Genre Pioneers

This week in TV, on Monday, new musical series Smash makes its series premiere on NBC at 10pm. On Tuesday, The River makes its 2-hour series premiere on ABC plus Ricky Martin makes his guest appearance on Glee! Sunday, February 12th, don't miss the Grammys on CBS, and The Walking Dead returns on AMC. Plus, inspired by this week's premieres of The Voice and Smash, Kendra and Rachel talk about TV shows that pioneered new genres of TV including Glee, American Idol, and more.

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Hi - this is Rachel - and this is Kendra - and you're watching this Week in TV. Today we have the week's scheduling and then we'll talk about some TV shows that pioneered entirely new genres of TV. First, Kendra, what's on?

K: Well Rachel, on Monday, the much buzzed about new musical series Smash makes its premiere on NBC at 10pm plus CBS comedies will be new again including How I Met Your Mother, 2 Broke Girls, Two and a Half Men and Mike & Molly. On Tuesday, The River makes its 2-hour series premiere on ABC at 9pm, and on FOX, don't miss Ricky Martin's guest appearance on Glee. So, that's the beginning of the week, what else is on Rachel?

R: Not too much going on the second half of the week all the way until Sunday, February 12th. This is an an exciting night with the Grammys on CBS. On AMC we also have the midseason return of The Walking Dead at 9 followed by the premiere of new reality comic book store series Comic Book Men at 10.

R: This week's premieres of The Voice and Smash got Kendra and myself thinking about their predecessors and how, if not for those predecessors, they would not exist at all. In fact, we've identified some shows that we would call TV Pioneers - those that established entirely new genres of TV. Kendra?

K: First we American Idol which pioneered The Voice...and pretty much every singing competition show. Since Idol's 2002 debut, due to the success of Pop Idol in the UK, American Idol has become one of the most popular shows in American television history. Kind of impossible NOT to want to copy that!

K: Next, also based on a UK series, the American version of The Office kicked off the now well-known and very popular mockumentary TV show. Since The Office's 2005 premiere, America has fallen in love with the comedic mockumentary including some of SideReelers' favorite shows, Parks & Recreation and Modern Family. So, those are a few shows that pioneered new TV genres, what are some others, Rachel?

R: I've got to single out Glee, which was the pioneer of what we'll call the modern TV musical. It's not as if there wasn't singing & dancing on TV before Glee - Fame in the 80s was all about a school of aspiring performing artists. But, with the exception of a special musical episode in a series like Scrubs or Buffy, no series in recent memory until Glee has integrated singing and dancing so heavily into the show - including numbers that aren't even on stage - but just expressing thoughts of characters and advancing the plot. Now, we have Smash on NBC, which though a very different show than Glee - still owes its existence to the popularity of Glee.

R: Another TV pioneer is Desperate Housewives, which spawned an entire reality franchise of Real Housewives - which honestly, has just about nothing in common with Desperate Housewives besides also containing the word Housewives in the title. But, the primetime fascination with "Housewives" was absolutely spawned by the success of the Desperate Housewives. When Bravo greenlit the first of the Housewives series they announced that the show would depict "real-life 'desperate' housewives". Real, of course, is also pretty debatable, but real or fake, those Bravo Housewives should thank Teri Hatcher and company for their success.

R: Have any more examples of TV pioneers that we've left out? Let us know in the comments.

K: That's it for this week, stay tuned to SideReel's YouTube channel, Facebook and Twitter for more TV news and buzz.

R: And we'll see you next week.

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