August 2008 Archives
If all our Tubey polls weren't enough, we're adding one more. The nice folks over at Entertainment Weekly have joined together with us for one bonus poll. So if you've already voted for this week's Tubey polls, head on over to EW.com and cast your vote in this special category.
Reports are everywhere today that previously confidential C.I.A. files are being made public, and they reveal that, among other things, famed French-style chef Julia Child was a spy! Jigga what???? Indeed, it seems that one of the world's most visible TV personalities (and a bona fide giantess at over six feet tall) once worked undercover for the U.S. government as an OSS operative. She and her cohorts apparently "studied military plans, created propaganda, infiltrated enemy ranks and stirred resistance among foreign troops."
And thank the good lord that they do, because who would entertain us if they didn't? Despite the lackluster performance of Michael Ian Black's current Comedy Central show, the network is moving forward on a pilot called Michael and Michael Have Issues, a sketch comedy show starring Michael Ian Black and Michael Showalter. THR also reports that character actor Josh Pais, (who I don't know much about, other than that he was in my favorite Damages Season 1 episode, and considering Damages is about the furthest thing from comedy as you can get, he must be awfully versatile) has been cast as a regular as well. It may not be a State DVD (why, MTV?! Why?!), but between this, Wainy Days, Joe Lo Truglio's fabulous cameo in Pineapple Express and Dame Delilah's Fantasy Ranch, there's plenty of State love going around to keep me sane until MTV releases their cruel, claw-like grip on those DVDs. I hope.
Once upon a time, Chris Jericho was a respected and charismatic wrestling Superstar. From ECW to WCW to WWE, he only gained in popularity, earning such nicknames as Lionheart, Sexy Beast and the Ayatollah of Rock 'n' Rolla. ...Then he took that last nickname a little too seriously and started heavily hyping his own unfortunately-named heavy-metal band, Fozzy, with such songs as "To Kill a Stranger" and "Whitechapel 1888." (To this day, I'm still not sure if they're trying to be funny.) The debatable popularity of Fozzy, who had performed in front of "thousands" and sold "hundreds of thousands" of records, led to Jericho being the first celebrity eliminated on Celebrity Duets, after singing with Peter Frampton. And with an impressive record like that, you know it couldn't be long before he was asked to host his own music-competition TV show. (Hey, it worked for Billy Ray Cyrus.)
Here are the highlights from yesterday. (I was going to come up with a more clever intro, and theme, but I was up past 2 AM watching the men's gymnastics all-around final and that wasn't even me just padding on my DVR. That was for real. So I'm exhausted and lacking in cleverness. So highlights it is.)
She's Out! She's In! We're Just Really Excited!
I absolutely adore the unnatural enthusiasm of the announcers. When viewing last night's Women's 100 Freestyle, favorite Australian Lisbeth Trickett was seemingly shut out of the competition (someone in the second semifinal crushed her time) and the sideline guys just went wild. Shouting, "Trickett is out! Trickett is out!" repeatedly in utter disbelief. But then about the fourth time they said this, the winner of the second race, Jaiying Pang was disqualified and somehow Trickett was back in. They were slightly more subdued. "Trickett is in," just doesn't have the same ring to it.
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