Olympic Showdown: John McEnroe vs. Ryan Seacrest

by Angel Cohn August 1, 2012 3:24 pm
Olympic Showdown: John McEnroe vs. Ryan Seacrest

In the run-up to the Olympics, there was much hype about Ryan Seacrest joining the broadcast team and bringing something new to the coverage. He hasn't. But in a surprise twist, the person who has conducted interesting interviews has been John McEnroe. Who would have expected that the former temperamental tennis pro would have such a knack for interviewing Olympians?

Ryan Seacrest Is The Frightened Nerd We Always Knew He Was

by Lauren Gitlin December 12, 2008 4:59 pm
Ryan Seacrest Is The Frightened Nerd We Always Knew He Was My lovely boss Angel forced asked me to sit in on a conference call with Ryan Seacrest on the eve of his latest reality show offering, Momma's Boys. Doubtless you've already been bombarded by the show's promos but for the uninitiated, it's sort of a dysfunctional spin on the traditional reality dating show -- three guys who are creepily inordinately attached to and reliant on their moms are searching for love amongst the usual mansion-full of good girls, aspiring singers, ex-cons and Penthouse Playmates. The spin is that their moms are along for the ride, helping weed out the gold-diggers and totally c*&k-blocking their sons when they try to get sexay with the aforementioned "ladies" in the hot tub.

Trista and Ryan Getting a New Show? No. Just No.

by Angel Cohn October 28, 2008 11:38 am
Trista and Ryan Getting a New Show? No. Just No.

Just when you thought that Speidi had replaced Trista and Ryan as the most opportunistic patently untalented pair of famewhores of the reality TV world, the former Bachelorette and her husband have come creeping back out of the woodwork like termites with the announcement that they've found a way to cash in on their upcoming second baby. They are stealing a page from the Tori Spelling playbook and working on a deal for a new reality show. For chrissake, I thought we were done hearing about these two, that they'd moved to some small town and were just living and working and being normal. I know it SEEMS like everyone has a reality show these days, but having a cameras trace your every move while you and your toddler son try to adjust to a new baby/sibling is NOT normal. It is the opposite or normal. It is abnormal and just plain wrong. Especially since they aren't remotely "real" celebrities and aren't having like seven kids or something, in which case it would be slightly better.

Mixology: Kill It With Fire

by Aly Semigran February 27, 2014 6:00 am
<i>Mixology</i>: Kill It With Fire

Screw Mixology. Screw Mixology and its misogynistic, chest-thumping, dick-measuring, outdated, mind-blowingly unfunny and downright offensive take on sex and dating in your 20s and 30s. The concept may be unconventional by traditional sitcom standards (ten strangers at the same New York City bar having various interactions in one single night), but the execution is as lame and stupid as anything you've ever seen on television. I'm still seething.

Saturday Night Live: The Best and Worst of Josh Hutcherson

by Aly Semigran November 25, 2013 10:02 am
<i>Saturday Night Live</i>: The Best and Worst of Josh Hutcherson

Aw shucks. Has there ever been an SNL host as adorable as Josh Hutcherson was this weekend? The Catching Fire star sure had a good sense of humor about himself and his small stature, making it nearly impossible not to like the guy (even if you are on Team Gale). Hutcherson may not have the most natural comic timing, but he certainly gave it his all. It was a feat all the more impressive given it was a very mixed-bag episode. For everything that did work (an '80s lip synch to The Outfield's classic "Your Love"), there was just as much that really didn't (Hutcherson bringing his turkey girlfriend home for Thanksgiving dinner). Seriously, aside from the rather mediocre opening monologue, why weren't there more Hunger Games sketches? Either way, here are the best and worst moments from Hutcherson's episode of SNL:

Saturday Night Live: The Best and Worst of Lady Gaga

by Aly Semigran November 18, 2013 9:52 am
<i>Saturday Night Live</i>: The Best and Worst of Lady Gaga

Lady Gaga and her giant, unblinking eyes served as both host and musical guest on this weekend's Saturday Night Live. The main themes of the episode seemed to be Gaga poking fun of herself poking fun at other celebrities, and who could forget (no, really, just try and scrub it from your memory), simulating sex with R. Kelly on live television. She was, unsurprisingly, an enthusiastic performer and gave her first hosting effort her best (she's appeared as a musical guest and had cameos on the show before), but the episode still provided way more moments of discomfort than actual laughs, not to mention all the mixed messages. Was she actually showing us her true colors, or as she suggested in the opening monologue, just pandering to all of us? Either way, it worked, because Gaga earned season-high ratings. Here are the best and worst moments from her episode:

Trophy Wife: What This New Family Comedy Gets Right

by Aly Semigran October 30, 2013 10:41 am
<i>Trophy Wife</i>: What This New Family Comedy Gets Right

With some dismal comedies already cancelled (We Are Men, Welcome to the Family) and others whose success we simply cannot comprehend (The Millers, Dads), it was starting to feel like there was no hope in sight for a worthwhile new comedy for the fall 2013 season. While Brooklyn Nine-Nine has begun to fill the 30 Rock-sized hole in our hearts that longs for off-beat humor, there was nothing that seemed to resemble a worthwhile family comedy. That was until Trophy Wife -- in spite of its misleading, Cougar Town-esque name -- not only gave us one of most likable new TV broods, but one of the most sincere and funny shows of the fall. Here's why we think it's the one new show to stand out in the over-saturated family comedy television landscape.

New York Comic Con 2013: <i>Beauty and the Beast</i> and <i>Reign</i> Stars Talk Love and History

The ridiculously attractive stars and the creators of The CW's Beauty and the Beast and Reign met the press at this past weekend's New York Comic Con and here's some of what they had to say:

Clear History: Curb Your Bearded Enthusiasm

by Aly Semigran August 9, 2013 6:00 am
<i>Clear History</i>: Curb Your Bearded Enthusiasm

On Breaking Bad, a big piece of the Walter White puzzle that drove a seemingly mild-mannered chemistry teacher to deadly drug kingpin, aside from his cancer and generally milquetoast life, was the need to regain the millions he lost when he bowed out of Gray Matter Industries for a measly $5,0000. A life filled with regret and the unrelenting feeling that you've been cheated out of a fortune you helped create can drive a man to do some crazy things.

The Most Heinous Person on Reality TV This Week

by Angel Cohn April 26, 2013 12:58 pm
The Most Heinous Person on Reality TV This Week

This week's list is filled with people who wasted our valuable TV watching time. Don't they care that they are taking up hours that could be spent rewatching episodes of Game of Thrones?

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