PopEater, an awesome blog on AOL, has had it with pseudo-celebrities Heidi Montag and Spencer Pratt of The Hills.
They're leaving it up to their faithful readers to vote on whether or not they continue to cover the most annoying couple in the world.
This could be the beginning of a wonderful trend. PopEater is just one blog but the implications of a poll like this could ripple across the internet. As it stands, 70, 653 votes have been cast and 96% of the voters want to give the Speidi the boot.
So take 10 seconds and let your voice be heard.
Sunday, August 31, 2008
Friday, August 29, 2008
It's a holiday weekend! If you're not spending your final hours of summer getting outside, sucking down ice cream cones or wearing all of the white clothes you can, feel free to stay inside and catch all the action on the boob tube.
The good folks over at one of my favorite TV blogs, The Remote Island, put together a pretty comprehensive list of all of the marathons this Labor Day weekend.
I've already got my DVR locked and loaded. In honor of the kickoff of the college football season tomorrow, I'll be watching a few dozen episodes of Coach on Sunday, hungover as hell. That Dauber makes me laugh every time...especially after five or six beers.
Pro: The Big 4 Networks (sans raunchy kid brother Fox) are teaming up next Friday to simulcast Stand Up To Cancer. The event is one hour of commercial free programming devoted to raising money for cancer research and organizations that help patients and families of those fighting the disease. TV and film actors, musicians and other famous types are appearing during the show. It should be quite the spectacle.
Con: Everybody Loves Raymond star Brad Garrett is rumored to be getting a prostate exam live during the event. In a word: Yikes.
Thursday, August 28, 2008
Top Chef Season 2 runner-up Marcel "Giant Head/Bigger Ego" Vigneron was arrested and thrown in the clink on Saturday for a DUI.
Marcel posted the $2,500 bail and even managed to make it to a benefit event on Sunday.
Keep your nose out of the cooking sherry little buddy.
Life imitating art alert!
David Duchovny must've been doing a little too much method acting to prepare for his role as an oversexed writer on Californication. Duchovny checked himself into a facility for treatment and asked for privacy for his family.
I laughed out loud at the headline. It's just too good. Not good for his family of course, but good for TV bloggers and misplaced laugh enthusiasts everywhere.
I haven't given up on America's Got Talent, but that may change this week. After a handful of excruciating months of awful acts, drunken critiques from David Hasselhoff and unnecessary commentary from Jerry Springer, the show is finally at the point where America gets to decide who stays and who goes.
And just as I thought they might, America botched the whole thing.
10 acts performed on Tuesday including two acts that can only be described as FIERCE! (I'm using the word as much as I can before Christian Siriano trademarks it!) Derrick Barry, the Britney Spears impersonator continued to dazzle with his dancing prowess and striking resemblance to the pop princess.
Then the show got even better when the DC Cowboys, an all-male dance company took the stage. It was like watching the pages of a soft core gay porn magazine coming to life. They danced, the camera zoomed-in on ass shots, and they didn't wear undershirts. While they may not have made it long in the wild west, it was truly a fun performance.
So imagine my surprise when I tuned in to the results show yesterday to discover that both acts had been given the boot! You mean to tell me that America wasn't impressed by a hot cross dresser and the gay dance troupe? I thought we'd come farther than that...okay I didn't. But it's still a little tragic. At least the creepy girl who beats up her dad didn't get through either.
Wednesday, August 27, 2008
This French ad for the popular juice drink Orangina is taking some serious flack for being way too provocative. I don't consider myself a prude, but after watching the 60 second commercial I couldn't help but blush. That's not an easy thing to do when you're Black.
See for yourself:
I don't think the ad would be half as bad if the roles were played by people as opposed to cartoon animals with human sex parts. And just how did these animals get access to these supplies, clothes and Orangina in the first place? I'm left with so many questions...and the urge to puke.
NBC's Golden Son, Michael Phelps, is hosting the season premiere of Saturday Night Live on September 13.
That will give him just enough time to learn how to enunciate.
Hopefully it gives the writing staff enough time to develop several sketches featuring a topless Michael Phelps.
Monday, August 25, 2008
I don't watch Dancing With The Stars but I do like to see which "celebs" they can wrangle to participate. The list has improved each go round and this season's crop of stars includes some pretty notable names (Beijing Gold Medalist Misty May-Treanor and gastrosexual Rocco DiSpirito to name a few) but none of them are as legit famous/talented as Cloris Leachman.
She's an Oscar winner, and an Emmy winner a million times over. Plus she's tough as nails, even at 82-years-old. And did I mention she's flippin' hilarious!
Here's the video (Sorry it's not embedded. I'm working on it. ) of Leachman sticking it to Bob Saget and the rest of the panel at Saget's Comedy Central Roast. When I saw this on TV I went into one of those " I'm pretty sure I can't breathe yet I can't stop laughing" kind of moments. She may be worth watching Dancing for.
Want more? Here's Part 2.
Photo: Trivial Tribute
In case edubTV is your only source of TV news, (my apologies BTW), you may not have heard that there's a new full-time American Idol judge joining Paula, Randy and Simon. Her name is Kara Dioguardi and she's a songwriter by trade and also Senior Vice-President of A&R at Warner Brothers.
According to my favorite speedy research tool Wikipedia, her songs have been recorded by some heavy hitters (Santana, Faith Hill, and Celine Dion) and some not-so-heavy-hitters (Ashlee Simpson! Ouch!)
A lot of thoughts came to mind when I heard the news about the 4th judge. Instead of trying to articulate tonight, I thought I would just give myself 60 seconds to jot down some notes. Piece them together as you wish. And your time starts....now:
- Paula = Pill Popper/ Kara = Not Pill Popper
- How will they sit?
- Will I still be a Randy? Or will I be a Kara?
- Has she been on auditions?
- Is there room for a 4th person behind the table?
- Do you have to get three votes to move on now?
- If Seacrest has to ask one more person what they thought, won't that make the show even longer?
- She looks like Katherine McPhee
- I miss Dunkleman.
Photo: LA Times
Saturday, August 23, 2008
The Onion AV Club spoke to Rainn Wilson last week about his new movie The Rocker and The Office. Wilson had this to say regarding the spin-off,
"Yes, it stars me. It's caled Schrute To Kill, and I'm a mercenary for hire like Blackwater, and I get into all kinds of comic misadventures all around the globe. So we'll be shooting a lot in Kabul."
Classic. Can't wait to see Wilson back in action in September.
Friday, August 22, 2008
Speaking of shows coming to life, the folks at Top Chef are doing some cooking demonstrations, and sharing some show insights as a part of Top Chef: The Tour. The event stops in 20 cities across the country and admission to the hour-long sessions are free.
Different chefs appear in each stop. Detroit was fortunate enough to get my favorite unstable, Ginger-headed cook, Andrew. Madison will have to settle for a visit from Top Chef winner Stephanie Izard and Season 3's Dale Levitsky (or as I like to call him, the Dale everyone liked)
Click here for all the details on the tour itself. If you want to see the chefs when they stop in Madison next week, check out the pertinent info here.
Photo: Chicago Tribune
For some reason, Seinfeld is hitting the road. Not Jerry Seinfeld, a nationwide bus tour celebrating the popular '90s sitcom. Think of it as a Weinermobile about nothing.
The Seinfeld Campus Tour features a mini-museum with show props (Fusilli Jerry!) one of the show's Emmys and some scripts. There are also a spot where fans can play the new Seinfeld Scene-It (remember that for me come Christmastime), and eat snacks inspired by the show (Black & White cookies are on the menu, no word on the marble rye.)
The bus rolls into Madison in late October and I plan on stopping by. If nothing else I can get myself a cookie, play some Scene-It and ask the kids on the bus how they got such a sweet gig.
Here's the website for more info on the tour. If it stops in your town before mine, tell me how it goes. Don't yada yada yada over the exciting parts.
Photo: Pop Candy
Wednesday, August 20, 2008
My original pick for the Bachelorette/awesome super dad/eventual snubbed suitor Jason Mesnick is officially the next Bachelor.
His season starts in January 2009.
I am happy for him, but sad that he has to spend another 8-10 weeks away from that sweet little boy of his. At least he'll end up with the lady on his arm this time. I don't think I can stand seeing him get rejected again..tragic.
He seems like a decent guy and this may even get me to sit through another season of this infernal show.
Drag Queen night on Project Runway : Broadway Night on American Idol
What's with these shows this season? Week after week you berate your contestants for making their clothes too costume-y, too drag queen-y and then you give them an entire Drag Queen challenge? The same thing happened on Idol this season during Andrew Lloyd Weber night. It just doesn't make sense.
On a positive note, it is wonderful to see Chris March again. I miss his laugh and wacky style.
That's my two cents.
Tuesday, August 19, 2008
TVCrunch poured through the annals of game show history to develop a list of the Top 25 Worst Game Shows of All Time. There's only one problem; some of the best, most innovative and fun game shows snuck on to their list!
Here's the entire list:
25. Classic Concentration
24. Card Sharks
23. The Weakest Link
22. 1 vs. 100
21. Legends of the Hidden Temple
20. Sale of the Century
19. Distraction (comedy central)
18. The Singing Bee
17. Shop ‘til You Drop 16. Supermarket Sweep
15. Win, Lose or Draw
14. Dog Eat Dog
12. Rock & Roll Jeopardy!
9. My Dad is Better Than Your Dad
8. Set For Life
7. Hole in the Wall
6. Bowling for Dollars
4. The Moment of Truth
3. The Chair
I went ahead and highlighted some of my favorites for your consideration. For instance, Legends of the Hidden Temple was groundbreaking. It combined history (sort of) with running, extreme stunts, creepy guards and best of all, children. You're telling me that's wrong?
And what about Rock 'N Roll Jeopardy? You get all the fun of regular Jeopardy except there are no dud categories. Plus Jeff Probst was a rockin' host (pun intended).
The list is proposterous. Get a clue TVCrunch, get a clue.
The young Weeds actor is currently starring on Broadway in the mega-hit Spring Awakening. He did a great interview with Vulture about Weeds, theater, Mary-Louise Parker and celebrity but the best part was his response to his non-rebel lifestyle:
"I am such a goody-two-shoes. I would rather sit at home with my girlfriend and play frickin’ Wii."
What a sweetheart...plus he's really filled out this season. Easy on the eyes and a homebody? Sign me up.
In case you aren't keeping up with the Jonas Brothers' epic takeover of all media, here's an update:
They have the number one album in the country, they a TV show starting soon and auxiliary merchandise from their Disney Channel Movie is pretty much the only thing they're selling at Target this week.
Oh yeah, and now they have frickin' uncanny wax replicas at Madame Tussauds.
Seriously, I can't tell them apart. Perez has close-ups. Be forewarned, they're frightening.
Sunday, August 17, 2008
edubTV would like to wish a hearty congratulations to Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi who tied the knot over the weekend in a small ceremony in their Beverly Hills home. After a four-year courtship, it's about time those lovebirds made honest women out of each other.
Best wishes to the happy couple!
Photo: The Huffington Post
Colin Hanks (eldest son of Tom) did a superb job on tonight's episode of Mad Men. Hanks is playing Father Gill, a young priest in Peggy's church, as a part of a three episode arc.
He was charismatic and mysterious in tonight's episode and I am curious to see how his relationship with Peggy pans out. Plus the younger Hanks is a really underrated actor and it's nice to see him back on the small screen, as opposed to frittering away his time/talent on tripe like this.
Photo: New York Post
Saturday, August 16, 2008
In the new movie Pineapple Express, Office regular Craig Robinson (aka Darryl the Warehouse Foreman) plays a thug working with drug runners.
In real life, Mr. Robinson just got charged with felony drug possession. He got pulled over in late June and the cops found a veritable cache of drugs in the car, plus he was said to be under the influence of coke, meth and some crazy strain of marijuana.
Crap, crap, crap. Drugs are serious business and he shouldn't be driving under the influence but is anyone else hoping he can just get off with some heavy fines, some community service and a short stint in rehab?
I can't imagine The Office without Darryl.
So close to three months after everyone else, I finally saw the Sex and the City movie.
It was exactly what I expected: Witty, sad, heartwarming, girly and altogether fun.
Worth the hype? I'd say so. The whole thing just felt comfortable. It was like the ladies never left TV (Thanks to syndication I suppose they haven't.) I slipped back into their relationships, patterns, and neuroses like an old pair of sneakers. Something about it just felt right.
That's not to say the movie was perfect. They took Miranda and Steve into a weird place, I could've used a little more Jennifer Hudson and **SPOILER ALERT*** I'm a little sad to see that Carrie ended up with Big...again.
Ultimately though, Sex and the City is about a group of friends. And nothing made me happier than waiting the entire summer to see the movie for $3 with my oldest friend on the weekend before she heads back to school. Talk about comfortable.
Thursday, August 14, 2008
When I heard the latest episode of Intervention highlighted a young woman abusing computer duster I laughed out loud. I know inhalants are serious business, (in fact, I'm still a little shaken by that video we watched in 8th grade where the kid died in the bathroom at the movie theater after trying them once).
But computer duster? Come on. How bad could she be? Oh it's bad people. Really bad. Borderline tragic. The slurred speech, the missed opportunities, the shifting eyes. This woman is inhaling so much computer cleaner her lungs may very well explode.
Forget Home Makeover, this is probably the show that will trump Kathy Griffin at the Emmy's this year. They do an amazing job. You can check out the rest of the episode on YouTube as well.
Wednesday, August 13, 2008
NBC is pimping out its fall line-up during the jillion and one commercial breaks during the Olympics. I've seen multiple spots for The Office, (including an excellent one about a game called slapface) Heroes, and My Name Is Earl. I've even seen spots for new shows like that Christian Slater thriller. Sidenote: I have a hard time getting over the fact that he's a young, greasy-looking version of Jack Nicholson (sans acting chops).
I digress. What have I not seen commercials for? 30 Rock. The show got nominated for 17 Emmys. Count 'em. 17. Despite being critically accalimed and for my money one of the funniest if not the most consistently funny show on television, NBC is kind of giving it the cold shoulder.
Other example: The Office and Earl premiere September 25. They get choice hour-long spots against Grey's Anatomy on what will be the biggest TV night of the fall season. Did I also mention that this premiere date is just four days after the Emmy's. When does 30 Rock premiere? OCTOBER 30. So instead of blitzing the hell out of a show that will undoubtedly do well at the Emmy's, NBC is keeping 30 Rock locked away until everyone except the die-hards can forget about it again.
It's tragic really. It's like the first half of Intervention. Please don't throw your life away on Earl NBC. Please!
For those of you not on the 30 Rock bandwagon yet, here's your step-stool. Hop on board bitches. If NBC has their way, this one is going the way of Arrested Development.
Tuesday, August 12, 2008
Kanye West loves music videos. He'll make two or three for the same song, just because he can. He's an artist you know? He's sensitive and what-not.
This time he dropped the BS and went straight for the comedy jugular: puppets.
It's beautiful. Here's the plot: Puppet Kanye is a track star in an Olympics-like competition. He wears little Nikes, he basket tosses on an American flag, he wears little Kanye shutter shades. It's adorable. You just want to hug him. Way more approachable than actual Kanye.
Check out the vid for yourself:
Kanye West "Champion Video" Official Directed by NEON from nabil elderkin on Vimeo.
It's a shame MTV rarely plays videos anymore. Thank heavens for the internet and embeddable clips.
Monday, August 11, 2008
Isaac Hayes' voice dripped sex and his comedic stylings on South Park made him one of my favorite voice actors of all time. Hayes died yesterday of unknown causes.
My mother came down the stairs this morning and realized two of her favorites (Hayes and Bernie Mac) died way too soon. She commiserated over coffee.
"Isaac gone, Barry gone, Luther gone...there's no crooner's left."
She means Black ones. We're still rooting for you Tony Bennett.
Hayes was 65.
Sunday, August 10, 2008
Original King of Comedy Bernie Mac passed away yesterday after a brief battle with pneumonia. He was 50-years-old.
Most people know him from his popular Fox sitcom, The Bernie Mac Show, which ended it's 5-year run in 2006. But his stand-up appearances put him on the map. I miss his booming voice and wide smile already.
Forget rock and roll heaven, TV Heaven is filling up way too fast this year. Way too fast.
Saturday, August 9, 2008
So a few weeks back Aaron McCargo Jr. took home the crown on Next Food Network Star. I wasn't crazy about any of the finalists but out of the top three he was definitely the right pick.
Plus, Food Network could really use some more on-air talent of color. (Sidenote: With that in mind, did they have to call his show Big Daddy's House? Honestly?)
So McCargo's show premiered on Sunday and it was a solid first performance. He got his children involved, he looked pretty comfortable and the food looked delicious. Seriously, I haven't wanted to make a pork sandwich that badly since I saw Babe: Pig In The City.
Anyway, it looks like McCargo is off to Food Network stardom, but he won't be alone.
Food Network star finalist and funnyman, Adam Gertler will star in Will Work For Food. He'll work alongside people in the food industry (think everything from milking cows and berry picking to feeding thousands at a hospital).
Adam was a sucky cook so a show out of the kitchen will be great for him.
It's a shame they can't find anything for Lisa Garza though. Maybe she can find something to do back on the mothership.
Friday, August 8, 2008
The "trailer" for the latest season of Entourage came out this week.
Apparently this season looks just like every other one, except now they have jetskis.
Why am I still watching this show? It used to be funny. The characters were dynamic. Jeremy Piven used to be comic gold. Now he (and the rest of the cast) just seem tired and uninspired.
Meanwhile, Mary-Louise Parker is breaking bones during sex scenes over on the set of Weeds. Do you understand now why Showtime is winning the premium cable TV war?
Thanks heavens HBO still has Flight of the Conchords, otherwise their ship would've been sunk when Sopranos went black.
Thursday, August 7, 2008
So I am camping this weekend!
It's In Tents. (Love that pun!)
Anyway, I actually wrote posts to tide you over this weekend and they're scheduled to go up everyday I'm gone. You're welcome. You can't say I don't take care of ya.
But this does mean I will not get to write about the spectacle/shitshow that will be the opening ceremonies of the Olympics.
I will watch it on Sunday when I return and then we'll dish. Easy on the spoiler alerts though.
Photo: The Onion
Maury Povitch is kind of an asshole. In between paternity tests and makeovers, the worst talk-show host ever finds time to torture people with wack-a-doodle phobias. Today he scared a woman who is deathly afraid of cotton.
Maury takes the express train into Douchebagville when he makes a man covered in cottonballs chase the woman around the studio, causing the entire audience to laugh at her while she's crying, screaming, and running for her life. His cackle is audible the entire time.
Check out the video for yourself.
Sidenote: I bet her face is super oily.
What a jerk.
Wednesday, August 6, 2008
So I have a few TV tidbits on my mind. Let's dish.
- Despite the fact that the designers are more annoying than a giant tag on a t-shirt, it's wretched timeslot and the fact that Bravo is trying to run it into the ground, the 5th season of Project Runway is boasting an 18% boost in total viewers compared to last season. WTF? Suede probably fucking loves this. How do I know? He told me: "Suede loves this news." Third person is about as appealing as the Clap.
- Yesterday I Tivoed the entire season of The Secret Life of An American Teenager. Before you take my DVR privileges away from me, hear me out. Okay, you know what, never mind. The show is pretty shitty. Unlike its network counterpart Greek, the show isn't funny, the drama seems contrived, most of the acting sucks (newcomer Shailene Woodley is one of the exceptions). Why do I watch? The commericials look appealing and I am curious to see how ABC Family plays this. Will she keep the baby? Will she keep dating this do-gooder Ben? Will the baby always be the focus of the show? It's like getting involved in Lost; if I'm not in on the ground floor I will never be able to catch up.
- And finally, for your viewing pleasure, Margaret Cho's mother on Celebrity Family Feud. If you're familiar with Margaret's comedy, she's ben describing her mother to a T. It's mindblowing.
Tuesday, August 5, 2008
So Amber Tamblyn is currently dating David Cross . Once you get past the May/December issue here, you'll see that my new favorite "it" couple really is a match made in oddball romance heaven.
David Cross :
-Under rated TV show (Arrested Development)
-Denim shorts very important to his character (He was a never-nude on AD)
-Under rated TV show (Joan of Arcadia)
-Denim pants very important to her character (She's reprising her role as Tibby in Sisterhood of The Traveling Pants 2)
And there you have it. I'm happy for them. Funny hipsters belong together.
Poor, poor American Idol. They decided to hold auditions in Puerto Rico, the 50 states' sexy-but complicated half brother from a previous marriage. As it turns out, about 300 people showed up.
Let's write that again shall we?
This means the same amount of people showed up to fight in a bloody, virtually un-winnable battle in a mountain pass than in sunny, beach-filled Puerto Rico for Idol auditions.
That's a sad state of affairs.
But to Puerto Rico's credit: most of the people auditioning in any given city are not from that city or even the area. It's a lot easier to drive to Los Angeles from your farm in Oregon than to buy airfare to Puerto Rico. And because of the way they shoot the show, you'd have to do it twice. No thanks.
I can't wait to see Seacrest chatting up the 300 folks who came out. Where are they going to find a stadium small enough to shoot that intro "This is...American Idol!" shot? A high school gym-a-cafe-torium?
Monday, August 4, 2008
I learned about the term "gastrosexuals" a few weeks back. Definition? A hot guy who cooks.
And there was no better place to find (and ogle) these fellas than the Top Chef kitchens. My gastrosexual of choice is Sam Talbot from Top Chef season two. So classy, so laid back, and his food (and sexy hair) made my mouth water.
Then, my heart sank faster than a weak souffle. Sam is engaged. And it gets worse. She designs funky t-shirts. She is a gorgeous Columbian woman. Oh and she models on the side too. And they just met in December 2007.
I'm happy for you Sam. But I hope you'll always wonder what could've been. I know I will.
A big-up to Mad Men for lifting me out of my summer TV doldrums like a small screen jaws of life. A second big-up to Vulture for turning me on to this hilarious blog, What Would Don Draper Do?
Yes, it's exactly what it sounds like. Yes I read half the posts.
I need new TV. Immediately.
PS: How cute was it when Don taught his little daughter how to make a Tom Collins last night? Adorbs.
Sunday, August 3, 2008
I am back from my self-imposed blogging vacation early to report on some pretty serious news that I just couldn't stay mum about much longer.
- Christina Applegate has breast cancer. She caught it very early and her chances of recovery are darn near 100% but the fact remains the same. I'm still very young, (despite the near fit I had when midnight struck on my birthday) but Christina Applegate is only 36. These celebrity diagnoses start hitting home as the folks get closer and closer to me in age. Christina Applegate? You mean Sue Ellen Crandall? Kelly Bundy? She's got cancer? It's a tough pill to swallow.
- And in other "why is everyone getting grave illnesses?" news, Bernie Mac is suffering from pneumonia in Chicago hospital and he is in extremely critical condition. However, his publicist also mentioned that he is responding well to the treatment. I haven't seen much of Bernie Mac recently but his sitcom was original and always good for a few laughs. His shining wit and creativity would be missed.
Friday, August 1, 2008
Hey folks! I'll be off until Monday as I'm taking a vacation...by vacation I mean I'll be on a three day birthday cake and booze bender.
See you back on Monday so we can talk about Mad Men, and the winner of Design Star. For now, just enjoy this.