Archive for June, 2010
In case you missed it, here’s Kathy Griffin on last night’s My Life On The D List, dropping in on Sarah Palin‘s Wasilla home for a little chat…
Unfortunately Sarah wasn’t home when the cameras were around – such a shame – can you imagine how the conversation would have gone! (check out Kathy versus Elizabeth Hasselbeck a couple of weeks ago for a preview!)
So instead Kathy was stuck with Levi Johnson, on / off boyfriend of Sarah’s daughter Bristol… Levi seems a sweet guy but he’s virtually monosyllabic and clearly dumber than a box of rocks. Sad for him – if he had a big personality TV networks would be banging down his door to offer him gigs. And I’m sorry – but decorating a home with dead animals is just plain wrong… it’s like something out of the Texas Chainsaw Massacre…
Still with Kathy around all Levi has to do is smile and nod his head a few times, and try to keep up with the conversation!
Here’s Kathy and her lovebird Levi in action…
When Does It Start: Friday July 9th at 10 / 9c on Syfy
In a nutshell: An FBI agent arrives at a small town in Maine for a routine case only to discover it’s a refuge for people suffering from supernatural afflictions. Mysterious events ensue…
What’s It About: Based on the Stephen King novella, The Colorado Kid, Haven finds Audrey Parker (Emily Rose) a shrewd and confident FBI agent with a mysterious past, digging up a whole heap of trouble in the small town of Haven.
Along for the ride are Eric Balfour as local rogue Duke Crocker and Lucas Bryant as Haven cop Nathan Wuornos. Duke and Nathan don’t get along… so expect a love triangle with Audrey in 3, 2, 1…
In a perfect world John Waters would be a permanent guest on every talk show out there!
Here’s the iconic film director on The Colbert Report, publicizing his latest book, ‘Role Models’.
How great is John – he completely gets the Colbert style of humor and delivers some great zingers – my favorite ‘would you rather your kid was a drug addict – or a drug dealer?‘
Like most people my favorite John Waters films are the more mainstream offerings – Hairspray, Cry Baby and Serial Mom – but thank goodness we have someone like Waters out there to shake people up and push the envelope… how amazing would a John Waters / Lady Gaga collaboration be for example…
Anyway here’s the interview… enjoy!
It seems like everywhere you look these days big is in!
Dance Your Ass Off is a smash on Oxygen while The Biggest Loser continues to rank as NBC’s most valuable franchise. Over on TLC there’s One Big Happy Family – a docu-soap about an overweight North Carolina family while Style’s Ruby follows an obese woman’s weight loss journey.
On the drama front there’s Drop Dead Diva on Lifetime, following a skinny blonde girl resurrected as a plus size lawyer and now there’s Huge on ABC Family, a series set at a camp for overweight teens. Come the Fall we’ll be seeing Mike and Molly, a CBS comedy about a couple who meet at an Overeaters Anonymous meeting. Sure you probably won’t be seeing too many fuller figures on The CW, but elsewhere the message is clear – America’s body shape is changing – in real life, and now on the not-so-small screen.
For many this is a good thing. I recently read an article in Entertainment Weekly in which the National Association For Fat Acceptance applauded the increase of plus size figures on our TV’s. But personally, I’m not so sure it is…
Now first of all let me lay out my stall More >
In case you missed it – here’s Joan Rivers on Larry King last night, publicizing her recent acclaimed documentary, A Piece Of Work, her guilty pleasure TV Land show ‘How’d You Get So Rich‘, and her upcoming Joan and Melissa Rivers docu-soap… she’s one busy 77 year old!
As I wrote in my What’s So Funny piece I think Joan is a MASSIVELY under-rated talent and it’s heartening to see her finally getting her dues, albeit 30 years too late!
Like many women in comedy, notably Kathy Griffin, Rivers doesn’t fit the pre-conceived box of what is and isn’t acceptable – and has been punished because of it… basically she doesn’t make the college educated straight white men who control the comedy clique laugh – unlike say Tina Fey or Sarah Silverman – and has suffered years of slights because of it.
Joan isn’t perfect – she relies too much on old material and there are many jokes in her collection she should have retired years ago… but the comedy world is better for her… as are her female successors…
When Does It Start: Thursday June 24th at 10pm / 9c on ABC
In a nutshell: ABC goes the docu-soap route as crews follow the 24/7 drama of a Boston hospital.
What’s It About: This 8 episode series take viewers inside the walls of three different Boston hospitals as the staff and patients face life and death on a daily basis, heartbreaking loss and emotional decisions.
Get ready for the first ever filmed face transplant, hospital bust ups, sick children and amazing recoveries – as well as the personal lives of the hospital staffs as they juggle their normal lives with their far-from-normal jobs…
To mark the one year anniversary of Michael Jackson’s death this week, Animal Planet are screening a special animal themed special – Michael Jackson and Bubbles: The Untold Story.
Here’s a key part of the special – as LaToya Jackson is reunited with Bubbles, who’s been living in an animal sanctuary since 2004
For me the clip’s interesting for 3 reasons…
Firstly, Bubbles has no idea who LaToya is!
Secondly, it’s further proof that LaToya really will do anything for a paycheck or publicity (or best of all both)
Thirdly, as harsh as I’m being on LaToya – it’s hard not to feel sorry for her watching this clip… the tears are genuine and clearly meeting Bubbles brings back a lot of Michael memories… you really do get a sense of her loss and sadness…
But what do you think? Do you feel bad for LaToya – or think she’s just putting it on for the cameras?
When Does It Start: Thursday June 24th at 9pm / 8c on ABC
In a nutshell: It’s Grey’s Anatomy meets C.O.P.S. as a team of new recruits hit the streets.
What’s It About: Think Police Academy without the pratfalls as 5 fresh recruits begin their policing careers. There’s the risk taker, the by-the-book rookie, the idealist and the career advancer. The five are of course good looking, nervous, prone to making rookie mistakes and set to hook up in subsequent episodes…
Plus Points: Actually the show looks pretty good. The trailer is fast and fun, the cast seems charming and there’s a good mix of serious and silly moments. I also like that the trailer doesn’t overplay the Grey’s Anatomy-style endless hookups…
Rookie Blue is also getting the Grey’s Anatomy Thursday at 9 slot for the summer… will the new recruits find an audience of fans suffering from Seattle Grace withdrawal?
On The Downside: So far this summer has been brutal for new network scripted series with The Gates and Scoundrels just the latest casualties. Rookie Blue will have its work cut out for it attracting viewers, especially as the promotional efforts for the series have been zero (seriously I haven’t seen a single poster, trailer or magazine piece on More >
Check out Glee star Chris Colfer‘s secret ninja skills!
Turns out that the Kurt Hummel actor is pretty handy with a pair of Sai Swords – and on this week’s Jonathan Ross show on BBC1, Chris got to show of this little known talent!
Chris is always SO likable in interviews – I just wish the Glee producers could infuse more of his real life personality into the haughty and arrogant Kurt…
Also let’s hope Jonathan was able to tone down the ‘homophobia’ during the interview – sometimes Ross has a habit of going a bit too far in his humor and opting for the easy gags (as he learned to his cost with last year’s Russell Brand phone prank fiasco)
Anyway here’s Chris in action… watch our Mr Schu!