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