August 2009 Archives
A few weeks ago we got to talk to the former 90210 star-turned-director Jason Priestley about his new webseries The Lake. It's a family saga, filled with love and heartbreak and betrayal and all those good things, broken down into nice bite-sized chunks. Priestley was on a short break from editing when when he called, but he explained his new show, the challenges of filming for a really small screen and what it was like working behind-the-scenes on the new 90210.
Another old TV show makes its way to the big screen, and a not-so-old TV show makes its way to the big... table? There's also some news about 24 and House, but it's not all good, so brace yourself and click.
At the Television Critics Association summer press tour, The CW honcho Dawn Ostroff recently told reporters that they were considering remaking more classic shows. Well, given how terrible 90210 and the one episode of Melrose Place I've seen are, that seems like a horrible idea. Still, if they're going to go ahead with this, there are plenty of short-lived or underrated shows from the great (and greatly missed) WB network that could make The CW much better than it's been in its short history, and they can do it without ruining our somewhat fond memories of shows like Dawson's, Everwood or Gilmore Girls.
We love television almost as much as Weird Al Yankovic does -- after all, the popular song parodist has recorded a dozen songs about specific TV shows ("Isle Thing," "I Lost on Jeopardy"), and even more about how much he loves TV in general. Unfortunately, it seems like he hasn't watched TV in several decades, because his brand-new single, the White Stripes-esque "CNR" is all about... Charles Nelson Reilly, the campy actor who was a panelist on Match Game from 1973 to 1984. Reilly was hysterical, and the song is great, but didn't Alec Baldwin give the final parodic word on Reilly when he played him on Saturday Night Live in 2001? All we're saying is, television existed after 1986, Al, and there's plenty of shows out there that deserve to be mocked in song. Here are a few we think Mr. Yankovic should watch and write songs about -- we've even provided ideas for existing songs to parody!
People are leaving, cheating and lying -- in other words, today's news. But, I guess it's not all bad, because a supermodel might have found her calling, and an actress is looking good even after being recently hospitalized.
Now that Paula quit or was forced out of Idol she's going to be looking for some new source of income. Since her short-lived reality series Hey Paula wasn't exactly riveting, putting her on a candid reality show doesn't seem like a good idea. Instead we've found some current competitive reality shows (and one drama) that may want to consider welcoming Paula with open arms.
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