THIS IS the season of less.
Because of the economic environment, there should be less of everything in the next couple of weeks.
But there is an exception. The media will not be in short supply of year-end lists this holiday season. And you thought the quality of life was getting worse.
There are lists of everything, from the best movies of 2008 to the worst TV shows on cable. There are lists of the best-this and the worst-that in every imaginable category.
In that spirit, I would like to offer a list of my own: the most overexposed celebrities of 2008.
What do I mean by overexposed? Do I mean most annoying? I suppose it's a close call, but I probably would have called it most annoying if that is what I meant.
These are celebrities who may or may not have been responsible for their overexposure. They can't always be blamed for the media's obsession with them, although if you pull back the curtain, you'll generally find a sad, almost pathetic desire to be noticed lurking in the shadows.
Here are the 10 most overexposed celebrities of 2008, and I do recognize the irony in that I am perpetuating the overexposure with this list.
1. Britney Spears
She is stalked 24 hours a day by up to 100 paparazzi, videographers and tabloid reporters. But poor, silly Brit believes there is also a downside to her fame. She certainly makes the most of the constant attention.
In the beginning of the year, the pop star had a complete meltdown, culminating in the well-documented police raid on her home after she refused to turn over custody of her children to Kevin Federline. She was held for psychiatric evaluation at two L.A. hospitals and eventually was placed under the conservatorship of her father.
Later, she reached a custody settlement, and then shocked the world with a remarkable career comeback, first winning three MTV Video Music Awards and then releasing a No. 1 album.
Who is this woman, and why does she deserve all this media attention? OK, she has a pretty face, a big butt and a famous boyfriend (football star Reggie Bush). She also stars with her family in a reality series and will pose nude or nearly-nude for just about any magazine that asks. Other than that, she has made no noticeable contribution to the world of entertainment.
3. Miley Cyrus
It seems that the 16-year-old superstar is doing penance for her notorious
magazine photo shoot by exposing her face to every camera in the civilized world. She is everywhere, including a well-publicized birthday celebration at Disneyland in front of thousands of admirers.
It clearly was not her fault that she was used by the magazine (blame her parents), but she apparently feels the need to prove to the world that she is still sweet and innocent.
get media exposure regardless of whether they want it. Having twins was a personal matter. Selling the photos of their children, even for charity, was ill-advised. Later in the year, when they both had movies to promote, the publicity crossed the line to overexposure.
5. Beyonce Knowles
Please, somebody stop this woman from making more commercials. She is a beautiful woman, but she is testing our patience.
6. Lindsay and Sam
If there is one thing that train wreck Lindsay Lohan and her constant companion, celebrated club DJ Samantha Ronson, want you to know is that they may or may not be romantically involved. They say that every time they are photographed together in public, which is about every 15 minutes.
7. Jimmy Kimmel
It's not all Jimmy's fault. He is, after all, the only asset in ABC's underachieving stable, so the network drags him in front of a TV camera to host just about every show the network has left on the air.
Frankly, I was tired of the guy five years ago.
Apparently, longtime girlfriend Sarah Silverman felt the same way when she dumped him in July. They're reportedly back together, but it doesn't make him any funnier.
8. Mario Lopez
and Tina Fey
They are not a couple, but they were both overexposed this year, although not necessarily in a bad way. They had exceptional years, and the media responded. Perhaps too much so, but that is how the media operates. The media loves to beat a dead horse.
I do think that Lopez could cut back on the incessant shirtless posing. That is overexposure he can control. We get it; he's got washboard abs.
9. "American Idol" judges
When the show takes a break at the end of the season, so should they.
10. "The Real Housewives
of Orange County"