Wednesday, January 1, 2014
10 TV shows that spotlighted North Texans in 2013
Surely you remember hunky Sean Lowe, Courtney Kerr and an iconic series named after our great city.
DALLAS It seemed like every television network wanted a piece of Dallas in 2013, as our fair city popped up all over the dial. These 10 shows brought North Texas to the small screen in a big way in 2013.
Dallas: After actor Larry Hagman died at the end of 2012, Dallas producers had to piece together previously unused footage for J.R.’s final scenes, which aired this year. In a conversation with his son John Ross, J.R. Ewing’s last words on the TNT show made for an iconic send-off: “This is gonna be my masterpiece. You shouldn’t have to pay for my sins. Just remember, I’m proud of you. You’re my son, tip to tail.” After that, J.R was shot twice, once again leaving viewers with the “Who shot J.R.?” question. The answer was revealed in the final episode of the season, closing a major chapter in pop-culture history. Season 3 starts on February 24.
Courtney Loves Dallas: 2013 saw the return of Courtney Kerr to Bravo, and this time with her own show. We first saw Kerr as part of the cast of Most Eligible Dallas. This time she’s the sole star. Her new show focuses on her escapades around town, dining at different Dallas spots, going to fashion shows and partying with friends.
The Bachelor: Sean Lowe made a big splash on TV in 2012 as the lovable hunk from Texas on the eighth season of The Bachelorette, which prompted ABC to give him his own chance at love as the star of The Bachelor. After several weeks dealing with some dubious options, Lowe realized there was one woman on the show he couldn’t live without. Lowe found love with his goofier half, Catherine Giudici, and proposed before the show ended. Looking ahead to next year: The Bachelor: Sean and Catherine’s Wedding will air live on ABC on January 26.
Big Tips Texas: Even MTV wanted a piece of Texas this year. The network debuted a new reality show set at Redneck Heaven, a burgers-and-booze “breastaurant” in Lewisville. The 14-episode series featured pretty young women in short-shorts and teensy tops flirting with customers, fighting with each other and occasionally stopping to ponder their future dreams.
RuPaul’s Drag Race: Drag queen extraordinaire Alyssa Edwards of Mesquite started her stint on the reality competition bringing some pageant drama. But Edwards quickly rose as one of the funniest queens in the show’s history with plenty of hilarious one-liners, such as: “I don’t get cute, I get drop-dead gorgeous.”
Dancing With the Stars: The end of The Bachelor didn’t mark the end of Sean Lowe’s time in the spotlight. Soon after the show ended, ABC announced that the hunky North Texan had been added to the DWTS roster with Peta Murgatroyd as his partner. Even if he was a bit stiff, he completed the goal of learning some cool moves to use at his wedding reception. He finished in sixth place overall.
Glee: Not only did Dallas native Demi Lovato extend her stay on Fox’s The X Factor for a second season, she also made her debut on Glee. On the musical comedy, she portrays Dani, a guitar-playing waitress living in New York City who’s Santana’s new love interest.
The Goldbergs: Maybe you remember Hayley Orrantia from her time in country trio Lakoda Rayne on The X Factor. This year, the North Texas native brings her acting chops to TV as part of ABC’s growing-up-in-the-’80s comedy The Goldbergs. One of the funniest things about her being on the show is probably that Orrantia is just 19, meaning she never experienced the decade she is now helping to re-create on the show.
Best Funeral Ever: When a one-off special in January attracted more than 1.5 million viewers, TLC turned Best Funeral Ever into a seven-episode series. The show, filmed at Dallas’ Golden Gate Funeral Home, showcases elaborate home-going services. Some of the most outlandish ceremonies had the staff working on a funeral wedding, and a funeral at a bowling alley with the deceased going for her last strike.
The Voice: This year on NBC’s popular singing competition we saw three different but quite talented performers join the show. Arlington’s Brandon Chase brought some country and was part of Blake Shelton’s team. University of North Texas student Tamara Chauniece added some soul and a powerful voice to Cee-Lo Green’s team. But it was Dallas’ Nic Hawk who stood tallest among them, remaining in the competition for a bit longer and making quite the impression for his flirting ways with coach Adam Levine.