Archive for December, 2010
Most networks are asleep at the wheel at the moment – but TLC does seem to be the rare exception this holiday season.
There was the final episode of Sarah Palin’s Alaska (CAN there even be a second season?), my current favorite competition show, The Next Great Baker – and last night saw the return of Toddlers and Tiaras, the bizarre beauty pageant show that features more fake hairpieces and nails than a season of Ru Paul’s Drag Race.
I don’t watch Toddlers on a regular basis, but I’ve certainly dipped in here and there. It’s one of those shows, like Bridezillas, that you can’t help but watch when channel surfing!
Last night’s premiere saw the return of Makenzie, the 4 year old diva with the seriously bad attitude (um, are any of these brats well behaved?) Check her out in action in the teaser below…
So did you watch Toddlers and Tiaras last night? Are you a fan of the show? And what do you think of the whole child pageant world?
Yep, I know the headline above is kind of gibberish!
It’s that time of the year again where famed mixer DJ Earworm provides us with a musical and visual montage of the year in music. So check out a mash up of Lady Gaga, Ke$ha, Katy Perry, Usher, Enrique Iglesias and many more…
We don’t normally cover music here at Remote Patrolled, but since these videos have been playing in heavy rotation on your screens for the last few months we figured it made sense. Though I’ll be perfectly happy never to see those Katy Perry videos again.
Personally I don’t think this mix is a patch on last year’s effort (see below) which flowed brilliantly… but what do you think? A good mix – or a bit of a mess? And what are your favorite – and least favorite – singles of the year?
Let’s be honest the Fall TV season was a complete nightmare for the broadcast networks. No breakout shows, a distinct lack of imagination and the hottest show of the season ended up being a cable TV series about zombies.
But 2011 is just around the corner – so that’s gotta mean some good stuff is on the way, right?
Uh-oh – doesn’t look like anyone told CBS – just check out the newly released trailer for Live To Dance, the network’s dance competition series anchored by ex-American Idol judge Paula Abdul.
Like a lot of people out there I like Paula – in small doses. But a little Abdul goes a long way – and there’s already a minute and a half too much Paula in this two minute teaser! Plus don’t forget her Bravo docu-soap Hey Paula died a big old death – and that was at the height of her Idol fame!
Then there’s the concept of the show itself – a very generic looking dance show set in a cheap looking snow globe. It’s based on a Brit format called Got To Dance that does well – but airs on a cable channel and features a big name host, Davina McCall.
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I’m normally not a fan of Chelsea Handler, finding her mean girl shtick more rude than funny. But I have to give Chelsea kudos for putting rap star and all round douchebag Diddy in his place this week.
Diddy arrived over an hour late for the Chelsea Lately show and you can tell Handler is not at all happy with his poor timekeeping skills. Plus the fact that he’s clearly a little intoxicated shows exactly what Diddy was up to pre-show. For me that’s just tacky and disrespectful and I love that Chelsea calls him on it. In fact it’s rather fun to see Diddy squirming a little.
The rapper and producer was appearing with his ‘band’ Diddy Dirty Money to promote their new CD, Last Train To Paris – a record that’s been delayed for over a year and has sold just 101,000 copies in its first week (his lowest first week sales ever). Hmm, maybe Diddy should be taking his promotional duties a little more seriously…?
If it sounds like I’m giving Diddy a hard time it’s because I have first hand knowledge of his bad attitude – I worked on one of his old TV shows and though I never met the More >
OMG – she really IS Rachel Berry…
Check out Glee star Lea Michele BEFORE she was famous in this recently unearthed interview clip from MTV’s The Seven.
Les is interviewed about her life as a Broadway performer and is pretty much the definition of precociousness! It’s either completely adorable – or totally annoying – depending on your point of view.
Ever since she shot to Fame on Glee, Lea has been surrounded by diva rumors. And if you read last month’s Details magazine (the one with a shirtless Matthew Morrison on the cover) there’s an interesting anecdote from the author about how Lea deliberately stood next to Matthew mid-interview and started talking about how busy and in demand SHE is!
I sense trouble ahead – but what do you think? Do you find Lea’s behavior endearing – or just plain bratty?
Slim pickings as usual on last night Jeff Bridge’s hosted Saturday Night Live – but this sketch certainly made me laugh a couple of times…
Regular Remote Patrolled readers will know how much I loathe the Kardashians and consider them pretty much everything that’s wrong with non-scripted TV today – so it was great to see SNL skewering them once again in this holiday themed message…
Check out the Kardashian sisters as played by Abby Elliott, Nasim Pedrad, and Vanessa Bayer (creator of this season’s breakout Miley Cyrus spoof), complete with squeaky voices and general vacuousness. Sure the sisters are an easy target – and not all the jokes work – but I certainly smiled a few times, especially at Pedrad’s Kim – her voice is really funny and I love the trailing off ad libs…
Check it out!
It’s Richard Recommends time again – and we’re back in the world of competition reality!
Yes, for my latest hot show we’re heading over to TLC for their Cake Boss spin off, The Next Great Baker. We’re only two weeks into the series but already I’m experiencing a bit of a sugar rush – Baker is creative, compelling and loaded with calories. Okay enough with the cake puns I promise!
Now I like the original Cake Boss – and feel a connection to the show since it films just down the road from me in Hoboken – but I’ll admit I don’t watch the show on a week-to-week basis. That’s largely due to the fact that the series is ‘self contained’ and I’m much more of a fan of arced series where storylines are ongoing and there’s a definite reason to tune in the next week. It’s why I favor the likes of Desperate Housewives and Glee over shows like CSI. I guess it comes from growing up in the UK where we’re brought up on soap operas and serialized shows literally from birth!
We’ve posted a few banned adverts up here on Remote Patrolled over the months – but I have to say this must be one of the most surprising…
Check out the latest Italian advert for the Renault Twingo, featuring a potential lesbian hook-up and a spot of carjacking…
The commercial was all set to air on Italian TV until beleaguered Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi banned the clip from the channels he owns via his Mediaset empire. And then state television network TV RAI also canceled the commercial.
Uh – am I missing something here? Nothing happens in this clip – it’s not like the two ladies even get it on! And even if they did – how on earth is that controversial in 2010?
And now some gay groups are also finding fault with the commercial – calling it “offensive to lesbians”. Really, cause I’m gay and I’m not in the least bit offended!
But what do you think? Can you see any reason why the advert was banned… start commenting everyone….
What happens when you put together two of the sharpest comedic minds in the world, Jon Stewart and Ricky Gervais?
You end up with an interview like this…
Ricky is meant to be promoting his new HBO stand up special ‘Out Of England 2‘. Jon is meant to be hosting and conducting an interview. But when the two get together – well let’s just say there’s not much actual interviewing going on really – just a lot of random observations, giggling and inspired silliness…
Oh if only all talk show were like this. Just try watching with a straight face…