A year of goofy chicks, maligned Muslims, fallen Angels and a tarnished Sheen.
Published: December 21, 2011
• MTV turns 30, meaning it's officially too old to watch itself. Then it brings back Beavis and Butt-head after a 14-year absence, suggesting it might be growing senile, too.
• TLC Controversy: A 3-year-old competitor on Toddlers & Tiaras is dressed as Julia Roberts in Pretty Woman, while another is fitted with breast and booty implants to impersonate Dolly Parton, sparking a storm of protests calling for the show's cancellation. (It's not going anywhere.) Meanwhile, All-American Muslim, an outwardly innocuous series following five Arab-American couples in Dearborn, experiences massive advertiser pullout after an ultraconservative Christian group threatens to boycott the sponsors. Last week, kayak.com joined home-improvement giant Lowe's in yanking their commercials off the eight-week program. Outraged hip-hop mogul Russell Simmons steps in to buy up all the vacated ad slots.
• One of the 21st century's most honored shows, Mad Men, loses almost a year due to prickly contract negotiations, scheduled to return with new episodes in early 2012. Even the ad guys at Sterling Cooper know that's lousy marketing.
• Taylor Armstrong's ex-husband, Russell, commits suicide during the taping of Real Housewives of Beverly Hills. Sympathetic producers respond by editing him out of most of the season's episodes.
• 30 Rock achieves its 100th episode. Alec Baldwin celebrates by getting thrown off a plane.
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