Both Lone Star and J.Lo's careers got lengthened a tiny bit today. Way to hustle, guys.
Billy Ray Cyrus will make a guest appearance on The View. This is a fantastic blood bath waiting to go down...
If you are a Time Warner Cable customer and were planning on watching their Miley-filled New Year's Eve special (and I sincerely hope it was either because you wanted to mock it, or because you have a tween in your house that you wanted to appease) you may be out of luck. At 12:01 am, Time Warner's deal with Viacom goes kaput, and talks aren't looking so good. There's like money and that kind of crap involved (Variety has the specifics) but basically it comes down to the customers getting screwed over. Happy New Year!
The Food Network recently announced that it plans to launch a sister/spinoff network called the Cooking Channel, which makes sense since viewers can't find many actual cooking shows on the regular old Food Network these days, especially in primetime. In fact, this is such a good idea that it prompted us to wonder why other networks can't also have their own spinoffs, narrowly focusing on a particular type of programming.
Growing up in the 1980s, I didn't watch a lot of traditional "holiday specials." No special guests coming over, no singing songs by the fire, nothing like that -- just Charlie Brown, the Grinch and little Ralphie for me. So all I know about the golden age of holiday specials is what I've seen parodied on Saturday Night Live ("I'm Gumby, dammit!"). But from what I've seen, Stephen Colbert really nailed it in A Colbert Christmas, his Comedy Central Christmas special, which aired last night, although I can only imagine that his was a million times funnier, and that this time the humor was intentional. I would even go out on a limb and call it a new holiday staple, like A Christmas Story, although I don't know if I'd want it to play 24 hours in a row. Here are the five funniest moments from last night's airing.
Eight is the magic number in today's TV news.
Homo say what? I admit I've been distracted lately, but damned if I missed the news that Comedy Central is gonna be airing a revamped, millenial Gong Show entirely. I'm sorry readers, I feel I've failed you. I'm so late to the party on this that it seems the first episode is practically upon us! It airs July 17. Oh and apparently Dave Attell will be taking off enough time from his strenuous schedule of providing the voice of John Oates' mustache to tackle hosting duties. Well he ain't Chuck Barris (or Sam Rockwell, yum) but he'll do. At least we can all rest assured that the show isn't about to go all high brow in its new incarnation: the lovely Slut Machine over at Jezebel was kind enough to provide a very special clip from an upcoming episode in which the guest performer makes sweet music -- with her you-know-what. Best to watch this puppy in the privacy of your own home.
When we heard that Tosh.0 had surpassed The Daily Show and The Colbert Report in ratings, we weren't surprised -- Daniel Tosh's take on internet videos is hysterically funny, especially when he gets together with the subjects of the more embarrassing videos for the segment called "Web Redemption." While he's met with the stars of some great videos so far -- David After Dentist, the Lightning Bolt LARPer, the Crystal Light Dancers -- there are still plenty of famous ones we'd like to see him investigate. Here's our highly incomplete list.
A movie star jumps to TV, a TV star jumps to a different show, a former child star jumps ship and ski jumps get their own network. It's today's TWoP news! ...After the jump, of course.
Just the other day I was thinking about how the world needs a little more Michael Ian Black, and wham! Providence! Thanks to Videogum, I just found out that MIB is hosting a new, and to my mind hilar-town tv show debuting next week on Comedy Central called Reality Bites Back. (See what they did there?!) The premise is a gaggle of comedians who live in a house and have their lives taped to find out what happens when people stop being polite and start getting real. No seriously! Ok fine it's a little more complex than that: ten comedy hopefuls will actually compete in a series of challenges inspired by other reality shows, including Fear Factor (night vision is employed in order to witness contestants revealing intimate secrets about themselves in a dark room, only to discover that their moms are sitting there with them!) and Rock of Love (some sort of shower scene is involved). Ludicrous? Yes. But that's the point, see? It's called irony. Maybe if you lived in Brooklyn you'd have a firmer grasp on that by now. Not so ironic? The prize money: $50K y'all! That can buy an awful lot of pudding.
Watch the ten minute trailer and form your own damned opinion for once. Jeez!