January 2009 Archives
This UK import is more outrageous than Gossip Girl and more dramatic than Degrassi, and has way more nudity and foul language than anything you are likely to see on any form of basic cable in the United States. Kids, don't watch this one with your parents. Parents, hide this DVD from your teens and then find a nice convent to send them to, because if their lives are anything like this show, you are in for a whole world of hurt. This deliciously sinful show airs on BBC America, but the first season has just arrived stateside, so you can watch it over and over again. If any series deserved the "OMFG" tagline, it is this one.
My expectations were pretty high for this episode. I mean, I love Neil Patrick Harris, but I feel like they just didn't give the How I Met Your Mother star enough good material to work with. When he had a decent bit, he ran with it and made it sparkle. Because that Today show sketch had about gotten on my last damned nerve, until he showed up in aerobic wear. And I can't stand that one-upping Penelope character, but he handled her well (and it didn't hurt that Liza (!) showed up there too... though i would have preferred that Liza be in the Broadway sketch, where it would have made sense and she could have sung more). But NPH's shining moment had to be during his opening monologue where he referred back to how he was almost on the show once before, back in his Doogie Howser days, but he lost out to the Wonder Years' Fred Savage. Awesome.
What has six legs, three heads and destroys dreams? Answer: The judging table of American Idol. Simon Cowell, Paula Abdul and Randy Jackson have been breaking untalented American hearts for years, but now they're about to grow a new head, because four heads can break hearts 30% faster. Award-winning songwriter Kara DioGuardi -- who's lived with Paula Abdul, worked with multiple AI contestants and writes half of the mainstream pop played on radios nowadays -- is joining the judges' table in Tuesday night's premiere. To get to know this newcomer/industry veteran, we sat in on a conference call where she talked about her catchphrase, the new Cowell-centric voting system and which former Idol she'd like to work with.
Best Television Series - Drama --- Mad Men
Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series - Comedy or Musical --- Tina Fey (30 Rock)
Best Television Series - Comedy or Musical --- 30 Rock
Best Performance by an Actor in a Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television ---- Paul Giamatti (John Adams)
Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - Comedy or Musical --- Alec Baldwin (30 Rock)
1) Peter Dinklage. I never thought I'd be so attracted to a little person. Mindy and I discussed it, and she too finds the thespian foxy. My theory is that god had to counteract his potential eye-melting hotness by making him wee because the world wouldn't be able to handle him full sized.
2) The subtle swipe at Heroes.
3) "A Blaffair to Rememblack"
4) Salma Hayek's unapologetic cleavage.
5) Janet Joppler.
6) Kenneth's Teen Witch rap, embedded below.
The list of "celebrities" who will be "competing" on the upcoming Celebrity Apprentice has been released and it makes us wary about the new season (more so than normal even). It's an "interesting" mix of C and D listers, and we use the term interesting very, very loosely. I mean, we had heard Tony Danza might be on this season, but alas, not even Tony Danza wanted to get fired by the Donald. So I'm buckling up for two hours a week of this insanity... again, but I'm pretty sure it's gonna suck hard. See our reasons why below.
The Emmy Awards basically sucked and were painful to watch and we're still scarred from that whole hosting debacle but we're optimistic that the Golden Globes will be better. At the very least they can't be any worse.
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