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The 2012 VMA’s



Music meets television. Thats what MTV stands for. Yet MTV probably only plays music once a year; during the MTV Video Music Awards. After tuning in for just a couple of minutes, the tone of the show was automatically understood; bland with a side of dull.

Year after year, the VMA’s do little to astonish and much to disappoint.  From horrible performances, terrible hosts with mediocre jokes, and far to many commercials, the VMA’s do not live up to their hype anymore.  What happened to the good old times of memorable performances and shocking moments? What happened to Britney performing “I’m a slave for you” with a snake wrapped around her body? Or Madonna kissing Britney and pretending that she never kissed Christina after? What happened to Beyonce encouraging all the single ladies to put a ring on it? For the love of god, where is the real slim shady? The minute even Lady Gaga disappears from the scene with her meat dress is when you know things are going terribly wrong in Hollywood. Really, not even the Biebs? Truthfully, where did all the artists go?? Besides for Katy Perry, Rihanna, Nicki Minaj, Drake and Lil Wayne, the rest of “Hollywood” was simply m.i.a.

To those of you that are old enough to remember the good VMA days, its safe to say that the opening act is suppose to leave a last impression. Rihanna’s performance of her new single, “Persuasion” and “We Found Love” did nothing but rehash every other performance she’s ever had. It was boring and it was predictable. Not even Calvin Harris could save this one. That seems to be the tone of this years awards show; predictable. There was nothing to really justify the two hours of my life that I had just wasted. Even Pink’s performance was a let down. Aside from her amazing vocals, I believe I’ve seen that performance once before. Maybe the last time you did acrobatics at the VMA’s??

Yes Kevin Hart, we all make mistakes. MTV’s biggest mistake was taking you on as a host.  After watching Kevin host, I’m debating picking up the phone and calling Russell Brand back to host next years show. MTV tried to tie in the presidential election as a way to get teens involved in voting, whcih was a good move, but when the whole idea of “my president is black” comes about, I start to question why everything comes down to race? I’m not one to get involved into racial topics, but it’s the elephant in the room. No one wants to sound “racist”but MTV blatantly emphasizes it and plays the racial card. It just isn’t necessary. In addition, none of the jokes were funny,  well maybe except the one about Kristen Stewart. That was kind of funny, but she really deserved it. Especially when she was one of the few cast mates not at the VMA’s promoting part 2 of “Breaking Dawn.” Yep, it just got funnier.

Amongst all the bad, it seems hard to find a silver lining. Aside from giving mad props to One Direction’s manager for scoring them two VMA’s and a performance (take that The Wanted), and wiping away our tears as Frank Ocean touched the depths of our souls,  this night was all about girl domination. Girl power, if you must. Alicia Keys previewed her new single, “Girl is on fire” proving that real music does still exist.  I’ll even give it Nicki Minaj, who actually embraced her rap side and strayed from her barbie doll persona for a minute to lay down some authentic rhymes. All of that was nicely topped off by Olympic gymnast Gaby, who strutted her stuff and proved that she is the reason for America’s success in the Olympics. Taylor Swift concluded the show with her very first finale performance. “We are never ever getting back together” was full on T.Swift in her natural habitat. Fun, girly, flirty and innocent. That’s really whats most charming about her,  no matter how much music changes, she is who she is. After all that, I still believe that there is just a smidgen of hope left for the VMA’s. Till next year!


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Lizzy Buczak is the founder of CraveYouTV. What started off as a silly blog in her sophomore year at Columbia College Chicago turned her passion for watching TV into an opportunity! She has been in charge of CraveYou since 2011, writing reviews and news content for a wide variety of shows. Lizzy is a Music Business and Journalism major who has written for RADIO.COM, TV Fanatic, Time Out Chicago, Innerview, Pop’stache and Family Time.

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Will ‘Manifest’ Get a Season 4 After All?



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Merely weeks after the devastating cancellation of NBC’s ManifestTVLine confirms that the network has been in talks with Warner Bros. and Netflix about a possible Season 4. However, reps for NBC, Netflix, and Warner Bros. have refused to comment for now.

Following the news of the supernatural drama’s abrupt ending in mid-June, fans took to social media with the hashtag #SaveManifest in hopes of reversing the decision and getting it picked up by another network.

MANIFEST — Pictured: “Manifest” Key Art — (Photo by: NBC)

After the release of the first two seasons on streaming services, the series quickly dominated the charts. It remained on Netflix’s “Top 10” watched shows for 27 consecutive days and Nielsen’s weekly streaming chart during the week of June 14.

Jeff Rake, Manifest’s showrunner, tweeted in late June, “Your support is awe-inspiring…we’re not giving up. You deserve an end to the story.”

While Rake has not confirmed that another season is officially happening, he did note: “Lots of speculation out there. No comment. Other than, if the impossible happens and the dead rise again, it’s because of YOU.”

Whatever it takes, Rake will even choose to produce a two-hour movie to bring closure to Manifest.

So Manifesters, you’ve been heard, and you can only get louder from here! Will the answers you’ve been waiting for resurface in a possible Season 4 pick-up? Will 828 fly again? 

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NBC 2021-2022 Fall Premiere Dates – Here’s When #OneChicago Shows Return



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The summer is great and all, but there’s a void where all our favorite primetime shows should be. 

Thankfully, we now know when our favorite shows will be premiering for the 2021-2022 fall TV season. 

All #OneChicago shows (Chicago Fire, Chicago Med, and Chicago PD) will be back taking over Wednesday nights starting September 22. 

In a shocking twist, Law & Order: For the Defense has been scrapped and replaced with The Blacklist. Sorry, L&O fans. 

Check out the schedule below, and set your DVRs accordingly! 

8 pm The Voice
10 pm ORDINARY JOE (series premiere)

10 pm New Amsterdam

8 pm Chicago Med
9 pm Chicago Fire
10 pm Chicago P.D.

8 pm Law & Order: SVU (2-hour premiere, special time)
10 pm Law & Order: Organized Crime

9 pm Dateline

9 pm LA BREA (series premiere)

8 pm Law & Order: SVU (special time)
9 pm Law & Order: Organized Crime (two episodes)

8 pm The Blacklist

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Fall Premiere 2021-2022 Dates for ABC: Grey’s Anatomy, The Bachelorette, The Rookie, and More



Fall Premiere Dates for ABC

Mark your calendars because ABC has finally released its official premiere dates for the 2021 fall season.

Taking the first premiere slot, Dancing with the Stars will begin its 30th season on Monday, September 20. While The Bachelorette is among the last premiering shows on Tuesday, October 19, alongside ABC’s new show Queens.

Meanwhile, Grey’s Anatomy and its sister show Station 19 are keeping their Thursday slots starting on September 30.

And the anticipated reboot of The Wonder Years is taking off on Wednesday, September 22.

Keep on reading for an extensive list of the exact times and dates for all of your favorite shows returning soon!

8:00 pm Dancing with the Stars

8:00 pm The Goldbergs
8:30 pm THE WONDER YEARS (series premiere)
9:00 pm The Conners
9:31 pm Home Economics (new time)
10:00 pm A Million Little Things

8:00 pm Celebrity Wheel of Fortune (new day)
9:00 pm Supermarket Sweep (new time)
10:00 pm The Rookie

10:00 pm The Good Doctor

8:00 pm Station 19
9:00 pm Grey’s Anatomy
10:01 pm Big Sky (new day)

7:00 pm America’s Funniest Home Videos

8:00 pm Shark Tank
9:01 pm 20/20 (two hours)

8:00 pm The Bachelorette
10:01 pm QUEENS (series premiere)

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