March 2011 Archives
Saturday Night Live was strange this week. It was actually pretty awesome. Not only was it a good week for topical humor, thanks to an injection of tiger blood, but the writers actually seemed to know how to write for the host. It probably also didn't hurt that Miley Cyrus seems totally game for anything that seems like good clean fun, whether it's Biebering it up or making fun of herself and her dad. For all of you SNL apologists out there, this is your proof that the show can be awesome, even if it has to rely on fake celebrity talk shows and fake commercials most of the time. Of course, even Miley couldn't save every sketch.
The first ladies of Bravo returned last night (well, one of them is still left, at least), and in typical Real Housewives of Orange County fashion, the premiere episode was a big, loud, drunken, sloppy mess. Welcome back, girls. I always think I won't, but oh, how I've missed you all.
Though it has a Prison Break pedigree, with PB executive producers Matt Olmstead and Nick Santora as co-creators, Breakout Kings seems a lot lighter in tone, and there's no guy completely covered in a largely unnecessary tattoo. In fact, while the show has a dark premise (convicts getting time off of their sentences in exchange for helping to chase down escapees) this new A&E series has more of a USA vibe to it than anything. It would fit right in with Burn Notice. Or it could also live on TNT, as it is pretty much the same show as Leverage, except with fashionable prison jumpsuits.
Opening a restaurant is the new American daydream. Every foodie thinks of leaving their soul-sucking white collar job that pays for their expensive cheeses for the chance to open up their own restaurant. If you watch enough Food Network it almost seems easy, and making up catchy restaurant names is just like making up a band name (and seems less absurd if you can't play an instrument). So turning this dream into a reality show competition, easily pitched as a mix between The Apprentice, Shark Tank and Top Chef, seems obvious in retrospect.
Bill Clinton turned down guest starring on 30 Rock. Hasn't he done enough to America?
If Jimmy Fallon wasn't a late-night TV institution before, he is now -- the Late Night host recently received his own Ben & Jerry's ice cream flavor, called "Late Night Snack," consisting of vanilla ice cream with salty caramel and chocolate covered potato chips. It joins Cherry Garcia and Stephen Colbert's AmeriCone Dream in the ranks of celebrity ice cream flavors. Given the media hoopla that's been made of it, it's a wonder that the ice-cream makers don't produce even more celebrity flavors. Sure, it would make the honor less prestigious, but it's kind of a dubious honor to begin with, when you think about it. Here are some other celeb flavors we'd be curious to get a tasting spoon of.
We admit that we were more than a little skeptical when we heard that Simon was leaving American Idol and that they'd ousted all of the other judges besides the typically useless Randy Jackson. And we were still skeptical after the first couple of audition episodes in which Steven Tyler was just talking crazy and Jennifer Lopez refused to be mean. But since the first Hollywood week, this season has completely turned around, and instead of hoping that it would fade away after this year, we're totally enjoying it. Well, as much as we can enjoy a glorified karaoke competition. Here's why Idol is now better than it's been in ages:
Plenty of pilot news today! Put on your flight goggles!
Before Charlie Sheen introduced the concept to us via a series of confusing and ill-advised interviews, we had no way to rate the quality of "winning." But now we know that Sheen apparently is "winning," thanks to his tiger blood (i.e. ferocity), Adonis DNA (i.e. attractiveness), ability to defeat earthworms with words (i.e. articulateness), ability to convert tin cans into gold (i.e. improve shows/films by his mere presence) and "bitchin' life" (i.e. substance abuse, promiscuity, violence or other illegal activity, none of which we condone or endorse). Rating each category on a scale of 1 to 10, we thought we'd determine the "winning" level of some of the biggest, most outrageous celebrities out there. If you, too, can come close to Sheen's winningness (he scores 10s across the board), he may want to party with you. Or follow you on Twitter.
Today we learn about Top Chef Masters contestants, the final judge for The Voice, and a few other things we didn't realize we didn't already know.
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