Poor Joey Fatone (who I still call Fat-One... can't help it. Old habits die hard). Seriously, his career hasn't sunk quite as far as another Dancing With the Stars alum, Joey Lawrence (who is hosting the hideously awful Master of Dance), but the ex-N'Syncer is getting pretty damned close by acting as the ringmaster on Celebrity Circus. The highlight of the entire first episode was him being hung up by one foot and dangled from the Spanish web without a net. The "celebrities" in question are well, questionable. When your biggest stars are Wee-Man and Antonio Sabato Jr., you should probably be worried about the future of the series.
If you, like everyone else in the whole wide world, were disappointed by the last big screen installment of the Hulk, and are gun shy about seeing the new Incredible Hulk movie that comes out this week, well I've got just the thing for you. Firstly, our own Zach Oat promises that the new flick is not only better than the last one (I mean, it would have been tough for it to be worse). Secondly, if you are just being frugal with your money until you hear what your friends thing or until it eventually ends up on DVD, recall the good old days of the Hulk without ever leaving the comfort of your couch. Through the magic of the internet, the pilot of The Incredible Hulk series is available below for your viewing pleasure. Though a bit on the dated side (especially with the effects), seeing this again and remembering why I used to adore the combo of Bruce Bixby and Lou Ferrigno makes me even more grateful that watching videos actually counts as work for me.
It is rare that a show completely escapes my radar, especially scripted series, but somehow I never knew that Manhattan, AZ, a comedy that aired on the USA Network in 2000, existed until today. Thanks to the wonder of the internet this short lived series, which had eight episodes, lives again for those of us who missed it (which I'm guessing was pretty much everyone.) This dry comedy is a little hard to describe. Basically Daniel Henderson (Played by Brian McNamara, who you may know from such shows as Army Wives and so many guest starring roles I can't even begin to type) stars as an undercover transvestite cop, who heads out of the big city to become a small-town sheriff after his wife dies in a diving accident. There's potential aliens, a very disturbing funeral, a son with a weight problem, pets with missing legs, oh, and Mindy Sterling (love her!). The best part of the entire episode though is the PSA at the end about how now animals were harmed during the making this. Brilliant. Anyway, check out this lost "gem" for yourself and get a laugh or two... its at least something to keep you entertained this summer.
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.
How the hell have I never seen this show before? I mean, I don't watch all of the shows on Fox Reality, but I love all things Nigel Lythgoe related (I worship him on So You Think You Can Dance), so I can't fathom how this one slipped past my radar. Lythgoe and Ken Warwick (Idol executive producers) have a series that follows their purchase of a Vineyard (which apparently has been a dream for the best friends and former dancers). The series has the best name, Corkscrewed: The Wrath of Grapes, and shows the trials and tribulations of the rich and famous, and also features some other familiar faces, Simon, Randy and Ryan. It's basically insane and big on hyping all their other shows. It starts a little slow, but damn, I'm working my way though the episodes now and I'm hooked. I've so got other stuff to be doing... but I can't help myself.
I must be a glutton for punishment, or really just in need of a good cry, because I'm watching the season finale of House again. I would like to make it clear that I don't cry at TV shows frequently. It really takes a lot, but there was something so poignant and heartbreaking about this particular episode that I just caved to the watery eyes and grabbed some tissues. Sara M does a fabulous job of recapping the entire episode, but if you haven't seen it, I highly recommend watching the episode below before you read about it. Even if you aren't a big fan of the series, your heart might melt just a little bit, as the show takes a break from its typical procedural style and goes out on a limb with a trippy concept. Oh, and if nothing else, check out Anne Dudek in that fierce red pantsuit, she looks freaking amazing. I'm totally jealous. Best thing that ever happened to Cutthroat Bitch, aka Amber, was for her not to get the job working for House, so she could wear fabulous clothes and not be stuck in a white coat or scrubs all the time.
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