April 2009 Archives
To celebrate the momentous news that Disney/ABC has agreed to partner with Hulu (The View reruns for everyone!...wait, is that a good thing?), let's everybody do a shot of Grey Goose along with Sumner Redstone so that we, like him, can live forever!
If you, like us, can't get enough of those nutty Real Housewives, Bravo is doing a live viewing party for next week's finale of the RHONY season. You can join in by twittering with Bethenny during the show. Maybe you can find out what the real deal on her fight with Kelly was all about. Tamra from the O.C. cast will also be on hand sharing her take on the events... we hope there's more fighting, seriously. Lots of it. And if it doesn't make any sense... so much the better.
This all goes down next Tuesday night. In the meantime, find out which of the New York ladies landed herself a spot on our Worst Human Beings on Reality Show list. It's quite the honor. Truly.
If it's Tuesday, this must be TWoP News! There's a lot of moving and shaking going on this week, as shows change timeslots (or defiantly don't), shows get canceled (or surprisingly don't), and showrunners leave shows (that don't even have names yet). Also, someone is injuring our nation's celebrities, and it may be Michael Flatley. Let's begin!
Beloved actress Bea Arthur died this weekend, and while most people remember her for her roles in Maude and Golden Girls, I remember her best as Ackmena, the cantina bartender from The Star Wars Holiday Special. The CBS special holds a unique place in the world of Star Wars, because it's quite possibly the most awful piece of Star Wars-related entertainment ever made, and has been condemned by George Lucas himself, who had no involvement with it. Because of this, it has only been aired in its entirety once (in 1978) and has never been officially released on VHS or DVD. So anyone under the age of 30 who can speak with knowledge about Boba Fett's first appearance (in the special's animated segment) or Chewbacca's grandfather's love of holographic pornography has likely seen one of the millions of bootlegs in existence, all copied from the original TV broadcast. And while most of the original Star Wars cast members make brief appearances, Bea Arthur stands out as a symbol of the high caliber of guest stars the producers roped in to appear in this disaster.
Assuming your brain has recovered from exposure to details of the Speidi wedding, take a break from the Monday blahs with these TV newsbites. There's some (mildly) good news for Deadwood fans, some bad news for fans of Sophie and Roommates (yes, those are TV shows), and some awesome news for fans of networks jumping on bandwagons!
Because of the judges' first-ever use of the "Judges' Save" rule last week (on Matt Giraud), this week American Idol had two eliminations, and both of them had been foretold for a while now, based on how negative the judges had been about them overall. Anoop Desai, who was constantly getting put down by Simon, and was even called a "mistake" at one point, went home after rocking a Sonny Crockett look, complete with stubble (this wasn't '80s week, Anoop), and Lil went home after delivering yet another "karaoke" performance. We caught up with both of them on the official AI conference call.
Okay everybody, I don't care what your weekend plans were -- it's time head to your nearest Subway, where you must purchase as many $5 footlongs as your recession-depleted budget will allow and stuff them into your face. Then repeat. And no, we're not doing this because their Cold Cut Combo is so delicious -- we're trying to save Chuck, damnit! If you need convincing, click here. But you shouldn't need convincing, because the power of banding together to achieve a common goal should be appealing enough. Isn't this what Obama was talking about with his call to service? BREAKING: NBC has announced the cast of I'm A Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here!
Simon, Simon, Simon...we understand that after eight years, he's justifiably tired of judging American Idol. It's gotta be tough when America ignores your sage advice and crowns Taylor Hicks Idol number five, or votes week after week for Sanjaya's hair. But if he's serious about leaving the top-rated show on American television, we think the sneering one could do better than a stateside version of The X-Factor. There are plenty of reality shows on TV right now that could benefit from Simon's acerbic criticism and penchant for tight white t-shirts...read on to see why.
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