September 2008 Archives
While it has probably been at least nine years since I've watched TRL (or Total Request Live as it was called back in my day), I still feel a brief moment of sadness for the show that's going off the air (for now at least) after ten years. I blame Pete Wentz and that oddity that is FNMTV for its demise. If you can see the pretty people on that show talking to the inexplicably popular Wentz, why would you want to watch some random VJ talk to celebs? Especially when the videos on TRL have been pretty much cut down to nothing. They are demoted to a small corner of the screen, with lots of text-message commentary taking up the rest. I don't care if CuteJulia145 down in South Carolina thinks that Katy Perry is, like, the most talented artist ever, and how she'd totally kiss her if she had the chance. I'd actually like to see the video. I guess I'm just old-fashioned that way.
As you may have seen, Amy Poehler is leaving Saturday Night Live. Not only is she becoming a for-real "baby mama" with her husband Will Arnett, but once that's over she's gonna be starring in the new show from the creators of The Office. First of all, congratulations, Amy! The offspring of you and Arnett will be hysterically adorable, and your new show will be adorably hysterical. Second of all, this sucks. SNL just got a lot less adorable, and a whole lot less hysterical.
If you haven't seen it yet, we've launched a brand new blog... and it's a good one! (Not that we're biased or anything like that... never!) Jack Coleman, who plays the mysterious and awesome Noah Bennett (but he'll always be H.R.G. to us) on Heroes, is going to post weekly after episodes have aired, dish behind-the-scenes stuff and give us his insider take on what's happening on the show. So check out the first installment to get yourself psyched up for the season premiere next week (I've seen the first hour and it's pretty kick ass, even though they haven't killed off Maya yet... sadly.) And check back next Tuesday after the two-hour premiere airs to see what info Coleman's going to be doling out.
The Shows: Winners List
Reality TV: Winners List
The Characters: Winners List
The Acting: Winners List
The Moments: Winners List
The Best (and Worst) of the Rest: Winners List
Those HBO people are a bunch of nerds! Apparently John Adams was just the tip of the historical non-fiction iceberg for the cabler, because David Simon and Tom Fontana, creators of The Wire and Oz, respectively, are teaming up to bring us the story of the manhunt for John Wilkes Booth following the assassination he carried out against that one guy to the small screen. The miniseries will be based on James L. Swanson's book, Manhunt, with Simon and Fontana serving as scriptwriters and executive producers, which -- and don't take this the wrong way, people who made John Adams -- is likely going to make John Adams look like a Wipeout marathon by comparison with that duo behind it. The project is still coming together and no launch date has been announced yet, but you know how HBO is. They don't keep things like that a secret. On a related note, I'd just like to put it out there that if Nigel Lythgoe and Simon Fuller were to maybe make a miniseries about Squeaky Fromme, musical or otherwise, that I would really appreciate it. (And don't act like that wouldn't be hot!)
Tina Fey listened to me and despite his adorkable nature and lack of acting skills, Michael Phelps fared about as well as I expected (OK, like I'd be able to bring myself to say anything bad about him, even though he didn't drop by my office to say a personal hello last week.) But the premiere was very much hit or miss... to say the least. Some of it was downright unwatchable.
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