Will Britney Show? What Other Big Stars Shall We Spy?

What a soft spot we have for the People's Choice Awards, which is unfurling the carpet on Wednesday, January 7 at The Shrine. In a season awash in glinty statuary, plunging necklines and earnest speeches that invariably mention some sort of agent/bff, the People's Choice Awards smiles on as it turns over the picking of the victors to the ticket-purchasing masses. Hooray to that, we say.

And whom have those ticket purchasers laid the finger on this year? Britney Spears is a nominee for her well-liked turn on "How I Met Your Mother" (we caught a snippet and the girl charmed; in fact, we'd even call her performance fresh and unaffected). There's a category for favorite competition or reality show (timely indeed), and "TV Drama Diva" and "On-Screen Match-Up" are other areas of consideration (kudos to the peeps at People's Choice for injecting a bit of color into what could be fairly yawn-y category titles).

Oh, don't get us wrong; we're on board for the serious entertainment awarding to come, the somber fare, the noble documentaries and the 17-part miniseries that spotlight corruption/extortion/other "-tions" that are important and troubling. But the People's Choice? Bring on the plunging necklines and from-the-heart, where's-my-tissue thank-yous to the all the fans out there...

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