Mario Lopez Does Not Require Sleep

by Mindy Monez August 26, 2008 1:26 pm
Mario Lopez Does Not Require Sleep Every so often we come across a news item here at TWoP that just makes us wonder why certain individuals in show business do not seem to require sleep. They have way more jobs than would seem necessary to provide a decent living, and they show no signs of stopping. I've accused ABC in-house creative genius Greg Berlanti of being one such (possibly undead) individual in the past, but today some Mario Lopez information was announced that had me asking, in my best In Living Color sketch voice, "How many jobs you got, Mario Lopez?"

Wrestling With Reality

by Zach Oat August 19, 2008 10:20 am
Wrestling With Reality

At one point, professional wrestlers Hulk Hogan and Jesse "The Body" Ventura were on top of the world. Hogan was arguably the face of America in the 1980s, and the star of numerous films that hilariously pointed out how muscular he was. While Ventura's film career was not quite as impressive, he did manage to parlay his frequent appearances in Arnold Schwarzenegger movies into a public seat, acting as governor of the great state of Minnesota from 1999-2003, much to the dismay of Garrison Keillor. But now, with their careers on the decline, they have fallen into the quicksand trap from which there is no escape: reality television.

Idol Boss Bails to Put on Dancing Shoes

by Angel Cohn August 5, 2008 12:18 pm
<I>Idol</I> Boss Bails to Put on Dancing Shoes

All summer long I've been thinking that So You Think You Can Dance is better than American Idol, and clearly I'm not the only one. Idol executive producer Nigel Lythgoe is ditching his post behind-the-scenes on Idol in order to focus more on his gig exec. producing and judging the summer-long dance competition. One might think the man is crazy for leaving his presumably well-paying job on the insanely highly rated singing show, but maybe he'd just had enough of Seacrest. Plus, this is the guy who willingly sits next to scream queen Mary Murphy on a regular basis so he's got to be more than a little nuts.

The Hell?

by Mindy Monez August 5, 2008 10:33 am
The Hell? Joss Stone is joining the cast of The Tudors. And no, this is not some different show called The Tudors, it's the Showtime period drama. And no, she won't be playing some court jester-y Aretha Franklin impersonator (they had those), she'll be playing Anne of Cleves, the fourth wife of Henry VIII. I'm going to come clean here and admit that I don't know anything about Henry VIII or his wives except that he had mental problems and killed them all, so maybe Anne of Cleves was the one who didn't say much and just kind of belted out blue-eyed soul while barefoot, because that's the only way this stuntcasting makes any sense.

Time to Face Reality, Emmys

by Zach Oat July 28, 2008 5:11 pm
Time to Face Reality, Emmys

Apparently, this year being the first year that reality show hosts are eligible for Emmy awards isn't good enough for some people. DHD has reported that, according to a "reliable source," the hosts of this year's Emmy awards ceremony will be not one, not two, not three, not six, but all five of the nominees in the Reality Host category. So if you usually watch the show to escape reality TV (despite the fact that it... is... reality TV), you're S.O.L. But if you love reality TV and want to have a million of its babies live on a major network during primetime, you are in luck.

Fox Gets Gleeful

by Mindy Monez July 24, 2008 2:42 pm
Fox Gets <I>Glee</I>ful Nip/Tuck and Popular creator Ryan Murphy has had enough of this bleak world and would like to spruce it up with a little glee. His new project is an hour-long Fox comedy called, well, Glee, which centers around a soccer coach who is talked into instructing one of the world's worst high school glee clubs. As we all know, Murphy always does things a little differently, so the cast will be a mix of ethnically diverse and straight and gay characters singing about four songs per episode. And don't worry, he promises he's not going to try to write music -- these will be popular songs you already know and love (or hate). "No original music is being written. People like to see people singing songs they know." So long story short, think Dangerous Minds meets American Idol meets Queer as Folk. Meets... my dreams come true.

TWOP 10: Life Lessons My TV Taught Me

by Kate Rogan July 11, 2008 6:00 am
TWOP 10: Life Lessons My TV Taught Me The producers responsible for The Baby Borrowers will be airing a reunion special on August 6th in order to defend their show and prove that it's "more than just entertainment." Apparently, in light of all the recent (lousy) press, executives feel they need to prove that the show is really teaching teenage couples -- and, by proxy, America -- an important life lesson about parenting. With this in mind, I came up with my own list of the ten invaluable life lessons TV has afforded me. I don't mean to brag, but think I've got the world pretty well figured out. And I didn't even have to leave my couch!

Funny Ladies: The 10 (Kinda) Cut-Ups Who Have a Chance Of Winning an Emmy

So as we posted on Friday, the Emmy voting committee is revealing the finalists for some of their categories. Among today's revelations were the women primed for a spot on the Best Comedy Actress list. Personally, I don't get why three of the Desperate Housewives stars are nominated this year. I can't even sit through an entire episode, but if you are going to put Marcia Cross, Felicity Huffman and even Eva Longoria Parker on the list, why not add Teri Hatcher? I mean, Eva over Teri? Really? Clearly Emmy nominators were not subjected to Over Her Dead Body or they would have realized that acting isn't exactly Mrs. Parker's strong suit. I realize that they are judging her specific Housewives performance, but the commercials for that movie alone should disqualify her from winning any sort of acting award, ever.

It’s As Simple As ABDC

by Angel Cohn June 20, 2008 12:31 pm
It’s As Simple As <I>ABDC</I>

In the world of dancing competitions shows So You Think You Can Dance is my first love, but America's Best Dance Crew is moving up and finishing a close second lately. The thing that I enjoy about both of them? Aside from the fact that they both involve Shane Sparks... is that they expect their people to be talented and rise to challenges, unlike say Dancing With the Stars where the celebrities need to be coddled until they are passable, or Master of Dance where the talentless are celebrated for merely being able to shake their ass to the tune of the music. On my favorite shows nobody contenders become household names by seriously tearing up the dance floor.

Celebrity Rehab Part Deux: Our Dream Cast

by Lauren Gitlin June 9, 2008 1:46 pm
Celebrity Rehab Part Deux: Our Dream Cast The recruiting process for a show like Celebrity Rehab is much more discriminating than you might imagine. Like The Surreal Life and other reality shows of its ilk, CR requires a very specific mix of celebrities who fall into precise pop culture-based categories. The more a categories a celeb belongs to, the more incentive, to my mind, there is to cast him or her (and the more likely he or she will be to provoke all manner of drama on the show). Taking cues from last season's diverse lineup, I've devised a crib sheet of pre-req's that stars must satisfy to be eligible for the show from here on out.

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