My Hopper the Hero

by Mindy Monez June 6, 2008 12:29 pm
My Hopper the Hero So a little while ago I ripped on Starz's television adaptation of Crash for being a stupid idea with a no-name cast. While I still think turning that movie into a TV show is a stupid idea that I'm dreading having to watch, it appears that Dennis Hopper has swooped in at the last minute to save the series. The film icon is set to star in the series as Ben, an aging record producer looking for his next big hit. Am I insane, or does that sound like a character Hopper has played a million times before but still awesome, all at the same time? I'm sure he'll be snorting a lot of coke, drinking a lot of whiskey, wearing a leather jacket in every scene and, hopefully, kicking a lot of ass.

A-List Awards — An Insiders Look

by Angel Cohn June 5, 2008 4:37 pm
A-List Awards — An Insiders Look

It's not often that the entire TWoP editorial staff gets invited to go out of the office together (probably for good reason) but someone at Bravo was crazy enough to invite us all to the taping of the upcoming A-List Awards. So we got all gussied up, and I do mean gussied, and headed down to the Hammerstein Ballroom in New York City for a swanky night of gawking at Project Runway and Top Chef stars, hovering around the open bar and waiting for a fight to break out between the Real Housewives of New York and Orange County.

Showtime [Hearts] Diablo Cody

by Lauren Gitlin June 5, 2008 12:41 pm
Showtime [Hearts] Diablo Cody

Over the course of the last few years, Showtime has been working hard to shed its image as HBO's nerdy younger sibling. Like a pubescent high school girl who's evolved from tentative nerd (Angela Chase) to popular ho (Kelly Taylor) to reckless bad-ass who just don't give a fuck (Marissa Cooper), we've seen the channel blossom before our very eyes. They brought us The L Word and Queer As Folk -- because it's natural to experiment. Then came Weeds --- because everyone knows that drugs make you cooler. Then came the much-anticipated Secret Diary of a Call Girl. Because everyone loves a slut. And just yesterday it was announced that the premium channel has picked up United States of Tara, a new comedy series penned by tattooed It-screenwriter Diablo Cody about a woman with dissociative identity disorder. Because if we learned anything from Britney, it's that mental disorder is the new black.

Jeffrey Tambor’s Good Behavior

by Mindy Monez June 5, 2008 11:52 am
Jeffrey Tambor’s <i>Good Behavior</i> Hey comedy nerds, guest what! Jeffrey Tambor and Gary Cole have joined ABC's crime family-gone-straight pilot, Good Behavior. Veronica Mars and 90210 creator Rob Thomas will executive produce, while Christopher Guest regular and (woman I most wish would adopt me) Catherine O'Hara will play the family's matriarch. Rounding out the rest of the cast is DJ Qualls, Eddie Kaye Thomas and a slew of newbies.

Holdin’ Out for a Heroes? No, Thanks.

by Zach Oat June 4, 2008 2:02 pm
Holdin’ Out for a <I>Heroes</I>? No, Thanks.

So you were thinking that you were going to have to wait until September 22 to see the next season of Heroes and wash the taste of Season 2 out of your mouth? Well, NBC is rolling out some new Heroes shit this summer. That's right, it's a karate chop.

Hooking Is The New Manolo

by Lauren Gitlin June 4, 2008 1:59 pm
Hooking Is The New Manolo Guess who watched simulated oral sex before her morning coffee just to bring you an incisive write up of Showtime's new Secret Diary of a Call Girl (premiering June 16th)? That's right, me. Myself and several other TWoP editors gathered round the tube to watch the first episode of the randy British show, which we've since re-dubbed Man Ass due to its propensity for showing all manner of male backside [thanks to Zach for coining the moniker].

Here are some thoughts/predictions, in no particular order:

Buster's Back With a Vengance

by Angel Cohn June 3, 2008 1:48 pm
Buster's Back With a Vengance

Tony Hale is moving up in the world. He's gone from a one-handed mama's boy to the go-to guy for recurring roles on sitcoms. The hot property (never thought we'd be using those words to describe the erstwhile Buster Bluth) has just landed not one, but two gigs this fall on this season's frosh hits, Chuck and Samantha Who?. To say that I'm personally delighted to see him getting some recognition is an understatement. I love it when my favorite character actors get new roles on actual TV shows instead of say poor Wallace from my beloved Veronica Mars who has been relegated to doing Orbit commercials.

Getting Your Geek On

by Angel Cohn June 2, 2008 2:19 pm
Getting Your Geek On

If you're suffering from geek withdrawal without Chuck or Big Bang Theory airing right now, meet Last Comic Standing's Jacob Sirof. He's an aspiring stand-up comic (obviously) who rocks some big chunky coke bottle glasses and has several (yes, several) Star Wars related tattoos, including his name written in across his stomach in Aurabesh. He's not funny enough to make it through to the next round, but the adorkable guy is brave to embrace his inner nerd (rather geek, he makes a bit distinction) and share his weirdness with the world. Good thing he's married though, because I've got to imagine that after this aired on national TV, he'd have a hard time getting love from the ladies. Well, unless they've got matching Aurabesh tattoos.

Time After Time

by LTG June 2, 2008 1:42 pm
Time After Time People who work in television are challenged in many, many ways. Recently it's come to my attention that show producers are exceptionally numb to temporality, as evidenced last night with the MTV Movie Awards crowning Iron Man Best Summer Movie So Far. Don't even get me started on the fact that this may well be the stupidest category for an award ever. Instead, let's focus on the sheer inaccuracy of the seasonally-themed distinction. Do the awards show brass not own calendars? Summer does not officially start until June 21st. It's called the solstice. To quote Denise Richards, do your fucking homework you cunts!

Starz Crashes and Burns

by Mindy Monez May 30, 2008 2:28 pm
Starz <I>Crash</I>es and Burns

Starz is adapting the 2004 Academy Award Winning movie Crash for the small screen, and while this project was announced a while back, the cast was finally announced today. And, well, it lacks a little star power. According to The Hollywood Reporter, some people named Luis Chavez, Arlene Tur, Ross McCall, Brian Tee and Jocko Sims will head up the cast.

Now, I've spent upwards of 2-3 minutes on the Starz official site today, and while that may not be an exhaustive investigation, I saw no evidence of any other series on their roster. This made me wonder several things, in the following order:

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