Paula Abdul and Rosie O'Donnell, two women who are seemingly capable of generating a storm of publicity with whatever controversy they manage to be involved in at any given time, are surprisingly scandal-free in their news today. Real-life polygamy will also be gracing your screens this fall. The pinnacle of civilization has finally been reached.
Amid much turmoil, Sister Wives returned for Season 2 last night, in a weird timeline mind-meld episode that took place all the way back in the "coming out" Today Show interview they taped before Season 1 premiered last September. And Truely was there, so I guess they filmed the entire first season before that interview, aired the season, and are only addressing the aftermath of that moment now. It broke my brain a little, but I figured it out. Apparently you have to be a damn logistical genius to watch TLC.
What do you think a younger version of Sex and the City produced by Judd Apatow would look like? Well for one, the annoying and boring Miranda wouldn't be one of the friends...
Sister Wives, TLC's look into Big Love-style "normal(ish)" polygamy premiered on Sunday, and it pretty much blew my mind. These people aren't as crazy as the polygamists we're used to seeing (they dress in clothes from this century and they cut their hair and everything), but like Big Love, the husband's a jerk-off and the women are accessible, but really difficult to understand and even more difficult not to feel sorry for. It's a fascinating, if shamelessly exploitative show, and I don't know about you, but it left me with a lot of questions. Here are the top 10.
Looks like it's gonna be TLC Minus 9 pretty soon.
God I love the Dancing with the Stars rumor mill. In other news, I am a sad, sad person.
The new thing I really, really do not like is TLC's Fashionably Late With Stacy London. Honestly, you know who really didn't need her own show? Stacy London. I enjoy her on What Not To Wear; I really do. But there, she's balanced out by Clinton, who's warmer and funnier and (sorry, Stacy) smarter, and it makes her a lot easier to take.
This new show is really appalling, and I'm not kidding. The one I DVRd the other day had Angie Harmon, and she's generally very likable also, but the two of them looked like complete idiots. They kept driving home the "this is a show for GIRLS, with GIRLS, who act like GIRLS" thing so hard that it seemed like they were afraid you'd forget what gender they were. When they told the story of how they met at a party and they both insisted that they immediately thought they'd be great friends (and presumably never caught up ever again), I had to turn it off. The "sexy bartender," the little frou-frou drinks for everyone, the atrocious monologue (whoever decided Stacy London should do a monologue should retire immediately)...it's all bad. All of it.
Start saving your Cake Boss T-shirts, mouse pads and baseball caps -- they're about to become collector's items. The TLC show, which has been on for over a year now, was ordered by a judge to change its name, because CakeBoss has been the name of a cake-making software program since 2007. I'm going to repeat that: a cake-making software program. While we were hoping that it was a program that produced delicious cakes out of your printer, or possibly even a video game in which you battled other chefs as you ran around the tiers of the world's largest cake, it's actually a tool made to help bakers keep track of orders, price cakes appropriately and manage recipes and ingredients, which is... still pretty incredible that it exists. Anyway, we don't want the show to go anywhere, so we figured we'd try to come up with some new names for the producers to choose from.
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.