Fox has decided to put the few loyal but misguided Gilmore Girls fans who are still suffering through Amy Sherman-Palladino's ill-concieved new series out of their misery. The Return of Jezebel James has been pulled off of the Friday night time-slot where it had been dying a slow and painful death (mostly for those watching it). The "comedy" will be replaced with reruns of Bones. Here's hoping that Palladino (as well as Parker Posey and Lauren Ambrose) can find something better (and god-willing laugh track free) to work on next. Missed the awfulness that was Jezebel? Here's a snippet (don't worry, I wouldn't subject you to a full episode) filled with canned laughter. So sad.
If you, like me, sadly missed the cool five year Buffy the Vampire Slayer reunion at Los Angeles' Paley Festival this past weekend, you can console yourself by watching the first two seasons of Buffy on hulu for absolutely nada (and at work/school if you've got a cool enough boss). It might be your only chance to see the cast in action since the kibosh was basically put on a potential new Buffy project, with Joss Whedon telling fans "so many stars would have to align." Sigh. At least we've got the comic books... right?
the Saturday Night Live gang is currently on Spring Break (let's just hope Lorne
Michaels keeps his top on if approached by Joe
here are five of my favorite Digital Shorts from the past season to tide you
over until new episodes return April 5.
According to someone who knows someone who knows someone else, the most recently voted off contestants from the top 24 American Idol cast will be competing for a chance to score a permanent 11th spot on the American Idol tour.
I can only pray to the Kelly Clarkson of Gods that this isn't a mere rumor, and that there is a possibility that Danny Noriega will in fact return to re-claim the titles of diva, divo and my only reason for watching Idol. Sure, Danny has moved on to bigger and gayer things like the Rosie O'Donnell cruise, but I whole-heartedly believe that with the help of his pop-and-lock moves, he can single handedly sell out an entire arena (and the gay club afterwards).
This "wild card" event will supposedly take place during Idol Gives Back (airing April 9), but whether they will be judged based on singing, popularity or who can tell Simon off in 0.8 seconds (just remember Danny boy, it's all in the attitude of the neck), is still unconfirmed.
To discuss this and other Idol news, head on over to the AI forums.
You take the good, forget the bad and there you have The Facts of Life. OK, let's face facts, some shows just do not age well. Some of my favorite '80s shows look horribly dated now with the bad hair, tacky clothes, lame plotlines, laugh tracks and the cornball jokes. Clearly, I'm not alone in this thinking. That's why they've invented minisodes of shows like The Facts of Life, which allows me to indulge in a little bit of nostalgia, without becoming all depressed about how much I really loved the show and faithfully watched each and every week hoping that I'd learn how to become more of a Blair and less of a Natalie (which never happened...thankfully). The best blast from the past I've found, is this four minute condensed episode of George Clooney's first appearance as the handyman who just returned from building hot tubs in Kuwait (see what I mean about lame plotlines?) But four minutes of George with wispy hair and that impish grin was enough to brighten my day...though now I'm stuck with the Facts theme song in my head.
What could make a new webseries from Joss Whedon even better? How about if it was a musical? Awesome, right? Still not enough for you? How about adding Neil Patrick Harris (aka Doogie Howser, aka Barney)? You want more? Does the name Nathan Fillion fill you with delight? If I told you that all of those things were happening would your head explode? Mine almost did. The Buffy the Vampire Slayer mastermind announced on his own blog that he's been hard at work on a superhero musical for the web. If you've seen the "Once More, With Feeling" episode of Buffy, you know that Joss is a huge musical theater fan and knows what he's doing. Whedon basically desciribes it as a good vs. evil story that involves a cute girl in a laundromat. NPH is set to star as the villianous Dr. Horrible (perfect name) and Nathan Fillion is the do-gooder Captain Hammer, while Felicia Day is the aforementioned cute girl. Since I still listen to songs from the Buffy soundtrack on my iPod, I've got complete faith that this three 10-minute long episode series will be fabulously fun and while there's no web-premiere date, I'm willing to wait.
After starring in films such as The Sweetest Thing, View from the Top and Surviving Christmas, all Christina Applegate needed to rise from the pits of Blockbusters' clearance bin was a little sexual harassment from Ron Burgandy and a highly praised network television show. With new episodes of Samantha Who? returning April 7, the last thing Christina would want (or so I think) is a reminder of her past as a bimbo with a peroxide addiction, but as luck would have it, the complete eighth season of Married... With Children hit the DVD racks yesterday! So for shits, giggles, and to (hopefully) embarrass Christina, here's an episode of Married...With Children from season eight where she shines like an Emmy trophy that has just been polished and bleached blonde.
Last night I got a chance to go to the Sci Fi Channel Upfront/Battlestar Galactica presentation (Look for a Mondo Extra later with plenty of fun details about the event). The biggest news of the evening was the long-awaited announcement that the Caprica project was finally getting off the ground. While David Eick and Ron Moore didn't seem to have a set in stone plan for the series as of yet (Sci Fi literally just gave them the go-ahead) but the show will be set about 50 years prior to the current Galactica series and focus on the creation of the Cylons. While that makes appearances by the BSG cast (at least in their current roles) seem unlikely, Mary McDonnell even joked that she tried to audition. The show is set to air a two-hour pilot in the fall and if that does well Sci-Fi will give it a full season run...which is basically what they did with the Battlestar miniseries a few years back. Test the waters...see how the fans react...cover their bases. Frankly, when I originally heard about this series a while I was more than a little bit skeptical. How could Ron and David really keep up the quality on flagship series BSG while working on this new project? But with BSG in its final season (and trust me, if you are beyond bummed about that you should have seen how depressed the cast looked about it)the idea of something new in the wings makes me more than a little bit hopeful. Especially since the Razor mini totally rocked. If they can do such awesome things with the bad ass Pegasus crew, imagine what they can do with a Cylon-centric series.
The Riches returns tonight with some new episodes, and honestly I didn't make it through the entire series, because despite my love of Eddie Izzard's stand up comedy I couldn't stay awake through some of the exceedingly boring early episodes. But hey, I've heard that it got better, and there are a lot of devoted fans, so if you want to catch up -- because you think this show about "travelers" who have conned their way into the high life sounds like your cup of tea -- it isn't too late. The whole first season is on Hulu, and you can watch (or rewatch) the season finale right here. Heck, I might even give it a whirl... then again some things are better left alone... I'm still scarred from the parts of Mystery Men that I sat through for Mr. Izzard.
Long before How I Met Your Mother's Barney invented the Lemon Law and other fantastic dating techniques, Neil Patrick Harris was just a young fledgling doctor trying to make his move on hot older gals. Sure there was dream gal Wanda, but check out this old school episode of Doogie Howser, M.D. where the teen heartthrob dates a Laker girl dancer. Before you suit up to watch NPH on a long awaited, by me at least, HIMYM episode tonight, take a look back at just how adorable he was way back in the '80s. And you've got to love how geekily dorky Vinnie Delpino is. He's like an earlier and more heavily accented Marshall... kind of whipped but willing to engage in elaborate schemes in order to seem cool.
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