Werewolves and rednecks and misfits, oh my! Also: space thieves, performance art, Big Bads, Mark Wahlberg and other scary things.
In today's roundup: A Ron Silver memorial, The Tonight Show is an inappropriate place for important people who have better things to do, Sons of Anarchy hires the perfect new guest star, the Sci Fi Channel has lost its damn mind, Top Model hopefuls are a violent people, and Chevy Chase does what Chevy Chase does.
Much has been bitched about how this country's leading comedians allegedly won't and/or can't find anything to make fun of Barack Obama about, but we both know that's not really accurate. Plenty of funny has been had this year regarding the guy, and I've found the greatest hits (that were available on Hulu, largely) for us all to enjoy on this, the most historically congested traffic day in the history of Washington, D.C., and posted them below. And I do apologize to all of you fine Canadians (we love you!) who can't watch the Hulu clips, but in this isolated case you have to admit, this is kind of our day. We have Hulu access, you have universal health care. I think we're even.
Saturday Night Live's collective IQ is about to drop a bazillion points, but Megan Hauserman is back on the back burner, so it's not all that bad? Maybe?
Hopefully, you all have recovered from the excitement of the weekend: Friday night's Battlestar Galactica finale, the brain-melting episode of Dollhouse that preceded it, and Sunday night's electrocution of Edie Williams on Desperate Housewives. If you need cheering up from any of these events, or if you just want to maintain your current high, read on for a bunch of amazingly awesome casting news, in which several A-list TV stars (including one BSG alum) are joining new shows and shows in progress. It's pretty impressive. Also, you might as well tattoo Gordon Ramsay to your eyeballs now.
Apparently, and don't spread this around too much, television can sway people's political opinions. No, it's true! It was true back in the day, when an unshaven Dick Nixon debated a fresh-faced JFK and came off looking like a cartoon hobo, and it's true today. At least, that's what actor Dennis Haysbert would have us believe. He thinks that playing the President of the United States on 24 for two seasons (as well as one season as a candidate and one season as a former prez) showed America how awesome it would be to have a black president, and said as much to the Associated Press. But if that's the case, why didn't Hillary Clinton benefit from any of the numerous female presidents we've seen on TV?
Is it wrong of me to want a witty president? I would have liked Bush a lot better if he was witty. Heck, even though he wasn't witty, I would have tuned in to The Tonight Show to watch him attempt to banter with Jay Leno. (...Okay, maybe not Leno. But Conan O'Brien? Or Craig Ferguson? Absolutely.) So why has no seated president ever appeared on The Tonight Show before now? It seems like a much better way to boost your ratings than by pre-empting everyone's favorite TV shows with some boring old speech. Plus, I don't think I remember a State of the Union address where the President made an American Idol reference (at the 2:15 mark). Obama gets a bunch of laughs -- more than Leno does, usually -- with routines on the overprotective Secret Service (1:19), whether people let him win at basketball (21:45), and his beginner's bowling score, which he calls "Special Olympics" (20:51). Hope that one doesn't come back to bite him on the ass. (Too late!) Check out the clip below.
What did you think of Obama's appearance? Should he make the late-night rounds? Cast your vote below.
Who doesn't like their deep fried lard with a side of hope? Hope not just that it's magically calorie free, but that the future of America is bright and full of promise? Well presumably that's exactly what the producers of Paula's Party are banking on; for the September 20 episode of the show, Paula's very special guest will be none other than Michelle Obama! According to the Village Voice, Mrs. Future First Lady (it's happening, or else I'm blowing things up!) will team up with everyone's favorite drunk Southern cook, learn the importance of frying things (seriously!), share anecdotes about the first meal she ever cooked for Barack, and wrassle up a big pot of Yes We Can chili courtesy of Mr. Future President's (what?) own well-guarded recipe.
If it's Tuesday, this must be TWoP News! There's a lot of moving and shaking going on this week, as shows change timeslots (or defiantly don't), shows get canceled (or surprisingly don't), and showrunners leave shows (that don't even have names yet). Also, someone is injuring our nation's celebrities, and it may be Michael Flatley. Let's begin!
In today's news, I overreact a little bit to a couple of things. But there is a silver lining: Mr. Buffy is employed again, and this time, not with the WWE!