Father's Day is quickly approaching and if your Pop enjoys giant hoagies, listening to jazz music, saying "just the right thing" and coordinating elaborate anniversary gifts then do I have an idea for you.
Bill Cosby and his wife found some of his old sweaters and his daughter is selling them on eBay to benefit the Hello Friend/Ennis Cosby Foundation, an education non-profit.
The auction takes place from June 2-12 and the the opening bid is only $5,000. Dad would love it and if nothing else you're doing it for the kids.
Friday, May 30, 2008
Thursday, May 29, 2008
I won't try to guess what's going to happen on tonight's 2-hour finale. The rest of the blogosphere, however, is a-buzz with conspiracy theories. Like the helpful sales associate at Target who tells you you can find that lotion at Wal-Mart, I've decided to send you somewhere else for all things Oceanic 6.
Three Important Questions Prior To Tonight's Lost Season Finale - TV Addict
Who's In The Coffin And Other Thoughts About Tonight's Season Finale of Lost - Televisionary
Hurley's Words And Other Lost Goodies - Pop Candy
Lost: Internet Obsessives Have One Last Chance To Speculate - Vulture
It's Lost Finale Crazy Prediction Time - Best Week Ever
If these spots aren't satiating your fix, bookmark TVaddict.com and follow along with his live-blog tonight.
PS: I hope Jin doesn't die.
Wednesday, May 28, 2008
As of tomorrow, David Cook will own 11 spots on the Billboard Hot 100. He is the first artist ever (at least in the Nielsen Soundscan era) to debut 11 songs in the same week.
- Archuleta doesn't have 11 songs on the Top 100.
- After a rocky season, American Idol proves it can still pack a punch.
- Cook seems like a nice guy, he's a fun performer.
- We've got 100 spots to take the current pulse of popular music. David Cook owns 11 of them.
The good people over at Vulture talked to red-blooded American dudes about things they'd honestly rather do or experience as opposed to seeing the Sex And The City movie.
The list includes things as benign as eating someone's booger and as ridiculous as getting attacked by one of Michael Vick's dogs. Who says men aren't over-dramatic?
Check out the very funny post for yourself.
You know what probably scares the boys off? Shit like this.
Despite (or is it because of?) all of the hype surrounding SATC, I plan on checking out the flick. I wasn't a huge fan of the show while it was on but I've grown to appreciate it in syndication and I'm curious to see if Carrie and Big end up together. My secret hope? Aidan swoops in and steals her away at the last minute.
A girl can dream right?
Tuesday, May 27, 2008
If you can whistle the theme to The Andy Griffith Show or bop along to jazzy swing of the Dick Van Dyke theme then you have Earle Hagen to thank. Hagen was one of the most prolific composers for TV themes and scores in 1960s and 70s. He passed away yesterday at 88.
About his prolific career and love for composing, Hagen said, " I was addicted to the ultimate narcosis in music, which is the rush you get when you give a downbeat and wonderful players breathe life into the notes you have put on paper."
Sweeter words were never spoken. Here's to you in Mr. Hagen.
And a one, and a two:
I've come across some amazing links the past few days. Who would I be if I didn't share these nuggets with the edubTV public? A jerk that's who.
- Thank you PEOPLE Magazine.com for making this bad-ass Gossip Girl vs. Golden Girls quiz. Do I feel like an idiot for getting half of them wrong? Perhaps. But who knew Blanche never flashed a bartender to get free drinks? I bet I could find that in a deleted scene or two.
- NERD ALERT: Someone took the time to put every LOST flash-forward in chronological order. I watch this show every week and I cannot wait until it makes sense.
- Like a compass pointing towards magnetic north I was pulled towards YouTube today and my fingers crisscrossed the keys as if guided by the hand of a higher power. Where did I land? Pepper Ann. I used to love this oft-forgotten Saturday morning ABC cartoon and today I realized just how similar I was to this mop-topped, spectacled awkward teen...still. I might make the theme song my ringtone. Too much?
Monday, May 26, 2008
There...I said it.
I caught the first hour of American Gladiators tonight and it was pretty fun. Don't confuse fun with amazing television, but it was a new way to spend the hour nonetheless.
I've made fun of the show in past but you have to commend the producers for doing their best to keep the format fresh. They introduce a new game every week and there are some new gladiators as well.
Speaking of, last year's winner Evan is now a full-time gladiator and he plays the part well. Here is Evan, now known as Rocket, taking on a grocery store owner named Toby in Vertigo.
The commentary is awful and the competitors get pretty grating but for summer TV, American Gladiators does not disappoint.
In between grilling copious amounts of brats and burgers, remembering our troops and taking naps outside, please note that Memorial Day also offers a great opportunity for TV watching.
Like the days leading up to Christmas, Memorial Day is rife with TV marathons. If you have an addictive personality, just need to catch up on some old favorites, or if you just have nothing else to do and hate the sun, today is just for you. Here's what's coming on:
- TNT is showing 13 episodes of the original Law & Order today. With so many episodes at their disposal it would have made sense to have a theme for the episodes like "creepiest criminals," "make-ups and break-ups," etc. That was kind of a missed opportunity.
- Jon & Kate Plus 8 takes over TLC today.
- Oxygen is running back-t0-back episodes of Bad Girls Club this morning followed by Deion & Pillar: Prime Time Love this afternoon. I tell you this just so you can avoid that station at all costs today.
- Animal Planet is running their popular advice show It's Me Or The Dog. I always thought this show was truly an ultimatum and a boyfriend or girlfriend would have to decide between the dog and the partner. It's really just Dog Whisperer with a second-hand Cesar Milan. My show would've been a lot more interesting.
- In an odd choice, FX decided to run back-to-back episodes of That 70's Show. Even if their original shows (Nip/Tuck, It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia) are too raunchy for daytime, they could've at least picked a good comedy, or maybe just some old movies.
- MSNBC is running one of my favorite series' Lock Up. Sidenote, my roommate and I were watching the show last night and at Kentucky State Pen, prisoners with good behavior can get moved to the minimum security house. The house has cable, a stocked fridge, a vegetable garden and it's on the lake. Basically, it's better than our apartment.
- For those of you who like to kick it old school, BET is airing Diff'rent Strokes all day.
- And in an odd twist, MTV is running back-to-back eps of American Gladiators. I'm not quite sure how or why.
Sunday, May 25, 2008
Dick Martin of Rowan & Martin's Laugh In passed away at the age of 86.
Dan Rowan and Martin were a popular stand-up comedy duo in the 1950s and made several appearances on popular television shows before getting one of their own.
Laugh In was immensely popular and launched the careers of Lily Tomlin and Goldie Hawn. More than that, it set the stage for the golden age of TV comedy in the 1960s.
After Laugh In ended, Martin went on to be a successful television director, helming episodes of Family Ties and The Bob Newhart Show.
He was one of the last television living legends.
I told you we're going to lose some good ones this year.
Friday, May 23, 2008
John McCain's been making his rounds on the fluffier talk shows lately. He shined on Regis And Kelly and the Daily Show but Ellen Degeneres gave him a run for his money on her show yesterday.
Finally! It's about time McCain started getting worked up and challenged again. The Dems are still feeling the heat in every direction but since he's the presumptive nominee, McCain's been kind of worry free for awhile. No more buddy! Especially on an issue vital to so many people.
Watch Ellen go for the gusto below:
Ellen & Portia's wedding is going to be gorgeous and star-studded. I can't wait to see the pictures.
Thursday, May 22, 2008
In the spirit of Flight of the Conchords, this fake Chrisitan folk group just got bumped on to the semi-finals on tonight's Last Comic Standing season premiere.
They're called God's Pottery and they are pretty hilarious. I want them to go far because it's high-time a musical comedian or two got in on the LCS fun.
Check out God's Pottery below. Do they have what it takes?
Ok, I just finished catchin' my breath after what I thought was a pretty solid Grey's Anatomy. Yang sprang out of her funk (finally), Meredith was her usual dramatic self, George is retaking the intern exam, and some stupid kid jumped into a pool of cement and almost died. Whew, a fun-filled two hours and what did I decide to blog about? The end of show lip locks. Go figure.
- George and Lexie Grey--Who didn't see this one coming? This potential romance had been building all season long and should make for an interesting storyline next year, especially since they're living together.
- Chief and his sassy wife--The writers have been hinting at a possible reconciliation for a few episodes, and it was good to see those two crazy kids back together. Only thing that creeps me out is the chief looks like my dad and his wife looks kinda like my mom, so lets keep the pillow talk scenes to minimum, I'm trying to keep my psych bills down.
- Meredith and McDreamy--After 11 failed clinical trials, the 12th was the charm. They saved a life and in the process may have rekindled their relationship. Meredith and Derek shared a moonlight kiss amidst a sea of candles, that would have made any pre-teen girl shed at least a couple of tears. I'm sure they will break up atleast 7 times next season, but hey, I'm just loving the ride man.
- Izzie and Karev--Whats the cure for your quasi girlfriend getting diagnosed with a multiple personality disorder? Ummmmm, oh yeah, begging a hot blond friend to make out with you. Not the classiest thing Karev has ever done, but neither is that beard he's been sporting this season. I don't see this going anywhere, but lets keep an eye on it.
- And finally, the big one, you thought it might happen, but you and your other cubicle monkeys didn't think the writers had the balls to do it. Well they did, Torres and Hahn totally kissed...with tongues. Yikes, I actually just cringed writing that. I thought this kiss was for pure shock value and maybe to freak out the red states a little bit. I can't wait to see how they weave this one into the story line next year. The on call room just got a little more awkward.
Wednesday, May 21, 2008
- My least favorite "chef" on Hell's Kitchen sliced off the tip of his thumb in a cooking related fiasco. Gosh that guy is a tool.
- Did anyone else know Kristen Davis, Charlotte of Sex and the City fame, is a recovering alcoholic? She's been sober for years apparently so those Cosmos were probably just raspberry lemonades. Chances are, she quit cold turkey after this.
- Tonight's American Idol results are the first step to restoring the international community's faith in America.
- I saw an "exclusive engagement" (their words not mine) of the new Indiana Jones movie tonight. It was a great movie, full of fun, surprises and action. Too many corny special effects but I'm no movie blogger. The biggest surprise of the night was the excellent performance by Shia LaBeouf. He was genuine, witty and surprisingly realistic as a 1950s greaser. Who knew the happy-go-lucky kid from Even Stevens would end up side by side with Indiana Jones? I wonder what happened to Ren?
Tuesday, May 20, 2008
For the good of the contest, music, and the remaining months of a boy's childhood, I am rooting for David Cook to win American Idol tonight.
Disagree, write messages in all caps, call me tone deaf, call me stupid, say what you will. Winning this is not in the cards for him. Let him grow up, let him find a passion for music rather than a talent for it. Once he's inspired, no doubt his music will be too.
And remember, coming in second isn't a death sentence, not even close. Clay Aiken is promoting a hit album right now while Taylor Hicks just got dropped from his record label and is playing Teen Angel in Grease on Broadway.
Whether you love David Archuleta or you hate him, you know the right thing to do. Support David Cook in his effort to be your next American Idol.
Monday, May 19, 2008
Tonight I started my assignment for CollegeCandy as the weekly reviewer for The Bachelorette. I've never seen the show or The Bachelor so it was a new experience. At two-hours long, it was a draining one at that.
Since my full review will be posted tomorrow, I'll just mention three things I learned about this show.
- It is cheesy as hell. There's repeated buzz phrases ("Love of my life," "So excited," "America's Sweetheart") tortured gazing at the camera and a mansion that looks like Mr. Belvedere's bedroom.
- These men are crazy. They jump in frigid pools (great way to showcase your manhood), they force the bachelorette to rub their chests, they make her crab salads, they twirl her around, they give her bear hugs, they speak to her in Greek, they rip off their shirts, they kick citrus fruits off of each others heads. In any other first date situation, DeAnna would call the cops, or at least leave shortly after dinner. But in the glamorous world of reality dating competitions, she encourages the behavior and lets the weirdos move in to a mansion with her.
- The men may be crazy but the fans are seriously nuts. DeAnna was a fan favorite when she made it to the final two on Season 11 of The Bachelor. In a move that rocked Bachelor history, Brad not only didn't choose DeAnna, but he didn't choose anybody. The fans took their sadness to the internet, throwing together some tribute videos that can only be described as alarming.
Sunday, May 18, 2008
Despite being two separate episodes strung together with a title screen, tonight's Desperate Housewives finale still managed to pack a pretty solid wallop of suspense, outlandish mystery, whimsy and humor.
If you haven't had a chance to commit to tonight's epic, it's probably best you bypass the rest of this post. For those of you who tuned in, let's dish.
- Maynard? Not a bad name for a baby...goat that is. They couldn't compromise and make Maynard a middle name? I digress. Regardless, Maynard will end up in the newborn baby mystery spot. If you don't watch a lot of TV, this is where all the newborn babies go when their parents are out having fun and getting into hilarious hijinks. (See: Emma on Friends, Ben on Desperate Housewives, etc.)
- Anyone else glad Kayla's gone? I would be happy if that storyline is just gone forever. Tom can mention her in passing but if she ever finds her way back to Wysteria Lane it will be too soon.
- Katherine's husband Wayne went from zero to batshit nuts in about 40 minutes. At first he was kind of a stereotypical abusive husband character, more intimidation than anything else. Then tonight, he kidnaps, he almost kills, he tortures, he threatens. WTF? Did it seem sudden for anyone else or am I just a poor judge of TV characters?
- And speaking of which - Romanian orphanage? Katherine Mayfair is officially the most desperate of the desperate housewives.
- I missed whether or not Gabby made it out with the duffle of money. Any chance she'll hold on to it?
- And what are our thoughts on the 5 year jump? We knew it was coming. Do you think it's here to stay? Are you happy with how everyone's making out? Why are Gabby's kids so unfortunate looking? Or was that the messy make-up? Need to see it again to believe what you just saw?
Saturday, May 17, 2008
The TV Addict put together a lovely montage celebrating our favorite characters and shows we lost this year. It's pretty moving for a video mourning television shows.
It just reminds me how many shows and characters I've missed over the years. I still smile when I see Mark Green on ER and Dana Fairbanks on The L Word. These characters aren't my friends, they aren't my family, but they come into my home every week and I get to watch them grow and change. When they die, even just on TV, it still stings a bit.
Thursday, May 15, 2008
ABC is putting its chips in the BBC basket and making a re-make of a popular British drama for the fall season. Life on Mars follows a police officer in the prime of his career. Too bad he gets hit by a car and wakes up in 1972. Is he dreaming? Is he in a coma? Or could this really be happening?
It's a little less "out there" than Pushing Daisies and more creative than Eli Stone. My concern is that people are little worn out on the whole "time-traveling" thing. Journeyman didn't do so well and it's one of the most troubling aspects of LOST.
But check out the trailer and see for yourself. Do you think it can survive? One thing helping it out? It's got the post-Grey's Anatomy time slot. If you can't make it there, you can't make it anywhere.
Wednesday, May 14, 2008
It's Wednesday. How are you celebrating?
- The Real World is shooting in Brooklyn for its 21st season. In case you're counting, this is the 3rd time they'll be in New York. I wrote a post about this for my other blog but let me just say this: Really? Three times in NYC? There's no other place in the worth checking out? In this entire country? Really?
- My favorite chef got voted off Top Chef tonight. I miss his wily antics already.
- In other chef show news, Hell's Kitchen saw its highest ratings ever last night thanks to a lead-in from the Idol final 3. They did a blind taste test last night to test out their palattes. This is a similar to a recent quickfire on Top Chef. The only difference? When the highly trained, near-expert chefs on Bravo were distinguishing between expensive and cheap olive oil, the cooks on Hells Kitchen were just trying to recognize chicken. Not free-range, nothing special. Here's a forkful of something, what is it? Chicken. The best part? The woman got it wrong. Thank heavens the show is entertaining because these people can't cook.
- And finally, this is a fantastic clip from Deal Or No Deal. No skills required on this show...it shows.
Tuesday, May 13, 2008
If you haven't heard, Jimmy Fallon is taking over for Conan O'Brien on Late Nightin '09 when Conan takes over for Leno.
You can read all about the switcheroo here but the best part of the story were the hilarious blog and newspaper headlines that came out afterwards. Here's a taste:
- Unfunny Hipster Who Couldn't Get Through "Weekend Update" Competently To Replace Conan O'F*cking Brien - Scanner
- But Did You Miss Jimmy Fallon - Entertainment Weekly's Blog Popwatch
- Can Jimmy Fallon Fill Conan O'Brien's Shoes? - The Week Daily
- Jimmy Fallon Drops By Conan To Remind You Why You'll Never Tune In To NBC At 12:30 A.M. Again. - Defamer
- AP Baffled When Jimmy Fallon Tells "Joke" - Gawker
Monday, May 12, 2008
HBO is working out a deal to sell their some of their TV shows on iTunes.
While this is great news, the real headline here is that the episodes are probably going to sell for more than the $1.99 price-point Apple has for the rest of their TV content. This is the first time in Apple's agreed to different pricing structure ever (at least on iTunes USA).
You may recall NBC taking their shows off the online megastore after Apple refused to sell episodes of The Office, Law & Order and the rest of the line-up for $4.99. I bet the honchos over at the peacock are pretty pissed tonight.
But honestly, most episodes of HBO shows are worth more than $2. The network boasts an amazing canon of modern television. (Deadwood, Sex & The City, Six Feet Under, Big Love, The Sopranos, Extras, Bill Maher, etc.) Hell, I'd pay $5 to watch Bret and Jemaine any day.
From: Zach Braff
Date: May 12, 2008 11:01 AM
Subject: Scrubs moves to ABC
Many of you have been understandably confused by the Fairy Tale episode of Scrubs serving as the series finale. It was not. I was not allowed to say it until today, but Scrubs will be moving to ABC for its final season. We are currently filming the 8th and final season. The true finale of the show will air on ABC in the fall. NBC merely promoted the Fairy Tale episode as the finale, as it was the last episode they owned.
Also, several of you were very confused by the fact that Dr. Kelso and Laverne were still working at the hospital in the Fairy Tale episode. Because of the writer's strike, the last remaining episodes for NBC were aired out of order. This is why Dr. Kelso was still chief of medicine. That was not Laverne however, for those of you who have been following closely; it was a new nurse "Shirley" who no one thinks looks anything like Laverne except for JD.
Hope this clears some things up.
peace and love,
Great news! And thanks for clearing up that shitty fairytale business ZB.
Sunday, May 11, 2008
Nerve put together a hilarious list of the top 50 commercial parodies of all time. If you feel like spending a good hour watching old SNL, MadTV and SCTV favorites, I highly encourage you to check it out.
One of my favorite parodies came in at number seven, just in time for Mother's Day.
To all the mom's out there: have a wonderful day, you deserve it. You also deserve to get some flattering pants.
Saturday, May 10, 2008
HBO just secured some Hollywood clout for its next television project, Hung. The creative mind behind Sideways, (the movie not the book) just signed on to serve as an EP for the dark comedy.
Hung follows the trials and tribulations of a basketball coach with an abnormally large penis. Seriously. But with a title like Hung, I don't know what you were expecting. A biopic of Top Chef Miami winner Hung Huynh?
Not so much.
NBC aired the Scrubs "finale" last night. I throw "finale" in quotes because it wasn't quite a series finale and not really a season finale. I filled you in on the battle NBC and ABC are having over the quirky medical drama. Chances are, it will be heading to ABC this fall, but things aren't certain.
Anyway, NBC went forward with a sort of send-off, sort-off final episode. Zach Braff directed the episode which was based loosely on The Princess Bride. Cute idea. Soem of Scrubs' best episodes broke their one-camera comedy conventions. But this time it was just...okay. The episode would've been just mediocre if it hadn't been labeled as the finale. But because it was, I had high expectations.
The episode was unfunny from start to finish. I only chuckled at the occasional joke about horse manure, a sad state of affairs. There were few conventions of a series or a season finale. Relationships didn't seemed wrapped up (series) but there weren't any cliffhangers (season). Other than people in funny costumes and make-up, it was just ordinary.
If ABC doesn't pick it up, Scrubs will go down in history in the annals of shows with poor finales. Who else is in that book? Seinfeld, Gilmore Girls, and even Arrested Development finished on a sour note. It's a shame really, and hopefully this isn't the last time we'll be seeing the gang. But if it is I will try to remember the good times...especially the funny ones.
Thursday, May 8, 2008
John McCain appeared on The Daily Show last night. He can go wherever he wants, easy to do when you're not locked in a ridiculous, futile contest. I digress.
McCain sat down with Jon Stewart to talk politics, the secret service, Mao, and general old man hilarity.
You can watch the whole thing here and here but the part of interest came when McCain quipped that his running mate should be none other than Dwight Shrute, assistant to the Regional Manager of Dunder-Mifflin Scranton...and fictional.
His staffers probably don't want to tell him it's not really a documentary.
I kid. McCain seems like a funny guy. The fact that he likes The Office gives him points. Too bad we disagree on every issue except how awesome soup is and how much we love America.
Wednesday, May 7, 2008
Like The Simpsons? Get a load of this clip of every single couch gag ever. Ever. All 418 episodes. The best part is that you can pick out certain episodes by their gag.
You can say the show's gone downhill. You can say it's no longer funny or relevant. You can say all of those things...but you'd be wrong.
My blog partner wrote about her odd fascination with Greek shortly after its premiere, but even with her ringing endorsement I didn't tune in. Teen (and 20-something) dramedies require you to know the characters. It is not easy to come in without backstory.
But I finally watched the popular ABC Family show last night with the help of my friend Annie who caught me up on backstory as needed. It also helped that I watch a lot of ABC Family and see the commercials 5 or 6 times a day.
My first impressions? This show doesn't get enough credit. It's by no means extremely innovative and there were some bizzare casting choices (Geico Guy as Mr. Cartwright?) but it is entertaining, witty and the actors look age appropriate. That's something few teen+ dramas can boast (cough, cough, Dawson's Creek, cough, cough).
Few shows portray college well. It's a fragile time with lots of juxtaposition. You want new friends but want to cling to your old ones, you want independence but it's hard to deny funds from mom and pop, etc. Everyone is seeking this "perfect college experience," but in most cases it doesn't exist, and if it does, it's impossible to define.
For some reason, TV writers and producers can't seem to wrap there heads around the complex combination of emotion, material goods, alcohol, friends and family. While Greek isn't perfect, it's one of the better portrayals of this sentiment.
Monday, May 5, 2008
Sunday, May 4, 2008
I watch a lot of TV and even with the wonder of Tivo I still manage to catch my fair share of the commercials. Lately, there have been two that I've actually rewinded and watched over and over again. Amazingly, they're both for cell phone carriers. Whoa.
It makes me want to buy a phone, buy my mother a phone and do horrible things to flowers. That's a lot for a 30 second spot.
I laughed out loud the first time I saw this. It doesn't make me want a Sprint phone, but I do want to wear a fire helmet. Mission Accomplished.
Friday, May 2, 2008
Last night I joked that NBC would have a t-shirt featuring Stanley's new catchphrase "Did I stutter?," by today. While that's yet to make it to the site, you can purchase something else from yesterday's episode...the car.
Andy Bernard, (or should I say Dwight's) Nissan Xterra SE is up for sale on eBay. The SUV is actually owned by a member of The Office production staff.
The current bid is $15,300. For that chunk of change you get the Xterra, an autogtaphed copy of last nights script, and all of the props and stickers used in the episode. Not a bad deal at all.
If all else fails, you can flip it for profit.
Thursday, May 1, 2008
- Stanley freaking out. " Did I stutter?!" My guess is NBC will make a shirt and start selling it tomorrow.
- Toby playing dirty.
- Jim fake proposing...again.
- Andy and Angela doing adorable MadLibs.
- Michael making a giant face divot.
- The org chart to end all org charts.
- The ugliest glasses ever.
- Creed's triumphant return to funny.
- Daryl shares his insights into gang life. (When he mentioned Newsies, I laughed so hard I stopped breathing for a second.)
- And much, much more.
Agree? Disagree? Bring it. I think this one is pretty hard to top.