The god-awful Glee versus Ryan Murphy versus the world saga continues.
On reality television, there is no shortage of people who aren't exactly the brightest bulbs, or who just generally act like idiots in order to gain a little bit of attention. And most of the time, these folks are about as smart as you'd imagine. But lately, we've been noticing a trend of players and personalities who may be cleverer than we might have given them credit for.
So this network upfront actually broke some news, albeit unsurprising news that no one really cared about, but news nonetheless. Towards the end of the very lengthy two hour presentation, Donald Trump came out to announce that he was going to continue making money on The Celebrity Apprentice and not take a run at the presidency. He made it sound like he was doing us a favor, but I cover entertainment television, so having him stick around on reality TV isn't really helping me at all.
Aside from that, the rest of the presentation was fairly typical, and filled with all the NBC executives reminding us as frequently as possible that The Voice is a big success. I tried keeping count of how often they mentioned the show's name, but they worked it in so seamlessly to nearly every segment that it was almost impossible. And just when I thought they couldn't mention it one more time, they had Christina Aguilera and Cee-Lo come out at the end of the presentation to sing. Fortunately, I was already heading out the door at that point.
Rob Mariano, best known as Boston Rob, is cashing in on his Survivor/Amazing Race fame with a new show that won't force him to share the spotlight with other dirty and starving people. He and some guy who made a monster truck (yes, really) are going to be doing a History Channel show called Around the World in 80 Ways. The duo will have to travel around the globe via various modes of transportation without ever using any of them more than once (we look forward to the dirigible). Between this and seeing Colby Donaldson happily handling weaponry on Top Shot, it made us think of what kinds of series we'd like to see from other Survivor alums, given their unique qualifications.
The 2010-11 NBC upfront presentation was so long that we're not sure who'd be more bored by a detailed recap of the event, you or us. Suffice it to say that the presentation began with a clip of Alec Baldwin as Jack Donaghy making jokes about his brief, ill-advised marriage to Nikki Finke, getting in a dig about President Obama's citizenship and then talking about how the "more colorful" slogan might sound like a "no-mess painting kit for pre-school girls" but is really more than that. Then there was some random talk about how the network would act like a dangerous Eastern European woman in order to gain advertisers. That was the highlight... it got less interesting from there, unless you are really, really, really into football announcers, in which case it picked up somewhere in the middle, and then it just slowly spiraled downward until it finally ended and I got to see Jerry Seinfeld on the esclalor. Oh, and did I mention that aside from an awkward appearance from Jimmy Fallon and his guitar, and the football announcers, there was a dearth of talent on stage? Guess they saved them for all of the swanky after-parties. But anyway, NBC previewed a bunch of new shows for both the fall and midseason to help us get an early start on deciding what we'll want to watch - or avoid.
You guys, guess what else happened at Comic Con! Triumph the Insult Comic Dog gave the "mouth breathers" and "n00bs" in attendance a big ol' helping of gleeful name-calling, and there's video to prove it! They may have been laughing while they were there, but you know they so cried into their hypoallergenic Boba Fett pillows that night. Well, laughed and cried, like a scene from some alternate nerd version of Patch Adams. You know, people might not have hated that movie so much if his clown nose were also a light saber. Well! I'm just saying! Clips below!
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