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Today's TWOP News: April 24, 2009

by Rebecca Bellotto April 24, 2009 3:08 pm
Today's TWOP News: April 24, 2009

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!

In the grand tradition of desperate fans using food items to try and save their favorite series, Chuck's "Finale & Footlong" campaign is imploring fans to buy a $5 footlong sub at Subway on Monday, the night of the finale, and drop a comment card explaining that the purchase is an effort to save Chuck. Hopefully this will work out better than Rice-A-Roni did for Journeyman fans.

Prison Break meets the financial meltdown, anyone? USA has greenlighted White Collar, about a "criminal mastermind" whose escape from prison motivates the FBI to recruit him as a criminal-catcher...and presumably of the white-collar variety, unless the title is just a big lie. And Tiffani Thiessen is apparently going to be in it, which is nice for her. USA: It's okay not to have all your series be about law enforcement. Trust me on this.

Acclaimed Spanish director Pedro Almodovar is set to create a pilot based on his 1988 film Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown. While I'm not sure how the film's campy, wacky sensibility will translate to broadcast television, I'd certainly rather watch this remake than the Knight Rider reboot.

Know what President Obama really needs right now? A television channel just for him. Which is why BET is rolling out Centric, a new channel dedicated to music and entertainment programming geared towards an older crowd than BET's current audience. I too think the Obamas will enjoy Real Life Divas and a talk show hosted by Mo'Nique, but only when Entourage isn't on.

Young actresses doubling as recording artists is not a trend I particularly enjoy, but you make your own judgment on the news that Leighton Meester has been signed at Universal Republic Records. I think I might be able to appreciate this more if I imagine that it's Blair doing the singing...but I don't know, do you think La Waldorf is into electro-pop edge?

Don't make him angry...apparently Mike Tyson's girlfriend wants him to be on Dancing with the Stars. He laughs it off, but I wouldn't let my guard down just yet. Hey, I bet he'd enjoy it more than Lawrence Taylor...if you want to go golfing, feel free to not join the cast of a reality show, dude.

We at TWOP have been waiting breathlessly since we found out that NBC was announcing the cast of I'm A Celebrity...Get Me Out Of Here! today! And now that the blessed announcement has come, let us see which "celebrities" will be shipping off to Costa Rica: Janice Dickinson, who I believe has already achieved television saturation AND who was already on the UK version; John Salley, former NBA star and apparent cast member of Bad Boys; Stephen Baldwin, because every reality show needs a Baldwin; Speidi, blargh; Torrie Wilson, lady wrestler and Playboy model; and YES!!!!! SANJAYA!!!! God, how I've missed Sanjaya. Anyway, the last two "celebs" will be announced next week but Blago will not be one of them due to being, you know, a criminal and not allowed to leave the country.

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