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The Year in TV in 3 Minutes: Oprah vs. Anderson Cooper vs. Zombies vs. the World

Thompson on Hollywood By Maggie Lange | Thompson on Hollywood December 28, 2011 at 1:09PM

Gawker watched TV so you wouldn't have to. Below is their compilation of the year in TV, wrapping up countless hours of pointless programming into just 3 minutes and 22 seconds. The series of clips are absurd, unreasonable and completely incompatible.
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The Year in TV 2011

Gawker watched TV so you wouldn't have to. Here's their compilation of the year in TV, wrapping up countless hours of pointless programming into just 3 minutes and 22 seconds.

The series of clips are absurd, unreasonable and completely incompatible. Darkly glimmering period pieces are juxtaposed with colorful reality competitions, and airbrushed pastel talk shows come up against vicious zombie gore.

While the year in trailers had a more rational underlying pattern, this just is an edited mish-mash of TV weirdness, from era-defining events (the Royal Wedding), political gaffes, dramatic awards ceremonies (the queening of Melissa McCarthy) and sitcom one-liners to genuinely emotional farewells ("Friday Night Lights" and "Oprah") and how-soon-we-forget viral moments (CNN's Anderson Cooper loosing it over Gerard Depardieu's incontinence). 

Check out more of 2011's TV moments here on Gawker.
 

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.