Archive for January, 2008

Most Awkward Interview Ever

I found this on LAist via Scanner. It’s an interview with actress Dani Maura. If the name doesn’t sound familiar, it’s probably because she’s more widely know and Chelsey, Kelsey or Ashley. That’s right, Dani plays the pedophile bait on To Catch A Predator.

The interview with her is tragically awkward. It’s been awhile since I’ve seen a journalist be so funny on accident. It’s almost approaching the level of that grape-stomping reporter. One of the questions she asks is:

When you go out in public do you ever start to suspect random people of being pedophiles?

But in the journalist’s defense, the material she’s covering is pretty comical. It turns out Dani is getting her own reality show, wants to be a singer and she has lupus. Who knew?

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Golden Girls Scandal!

I watched three episodes of Golden Girls today on a fluke. I don’t usually tune in to Lifetime, but something, I don’t even remember what, lured me to it. Golden Girls was on before I went to work and a double header came on once I got home. Hot.

I forgot just how wonderfully funny that show was! Blanche was a hussy, Rose was a little slow but good intentioned, Dorothy was old school. My favorite find? Sofia.

We can talk about how funny she is later, but what I think is crazy is how old she is, and by old I mean young.

Estelle Getty was born on July 25, 1923, which makes her 84 years-old. She looked 84 on Golden Girls, so this is not too shocking. More shocking? Bea Arthur, who played Sofia’s daughter Dorothy was born on May 13…1922.

WHAAAAA? Yes, Bea Arthur is over a year older than Estelle Getty. This boggles my mind. Thinking about this is like looking at an M.C. Escher painting. I need to lie down.

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AMC Breaks Bad Habits

When is the last time you watched AMC? I forgot the channel existed, and when I do think about it, I confuse it with Turner Classic Movies. AMC is oft-forgotten, a channel lost amid the shuffle of go-to networks like TNT, TBS and Bravo. But this season, they’re the little engine that could.

They’ve received critical acclaim for their hit show Mad Men, a program following the lives of alpha-male advertising honchos in the 1960s. John Hamm is brilliant on it, but we’re not talking about that this time.

Instead I’ve decided to focus on Breaking Bad, AMC’s new show about a dying chemistry teacher who decides to go into business with a former student…making crystal meth. It’s a grittier, darker version of Weeds. More intensity, bigger stakes and with better acting. The show stars Bryan Cranston, the dad on Malcolm and the Middle. He’s stretching his legs for this show and so far it’s working out brilliantly. Cranston and the show will probably rack up some serious praise come awards season next year. Mark my words.

Breaking Bad is on AMC and like the premium channels, you can catch it pretty much all week long, though the episodes premeire on Sundays.

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Things I Wish Were TV Shows

New Kids on the Block are getting back together and going on a reunion tour. The has-been status, no one recognizing them at the airport, the shitty hotels, former fans with kids, old women throwing underwear on stage…the possibilities are endless.

They have jobs and kids, families to go back to now. I bet they can’t sing as well as they used to either. That first tune-up is probably going to be rough. Why can’t we all be there to witness it?

Dear Producers,
If you can greenlight some of the most ridiculous shows on television, please contact NKOTB and get the wheels in motion. VH1 has room in their schedule.



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SAG Awards Tonight!

The Screen Actors Guild Awards are tonight! Finally, a chance to watch people in pretty dresses except awards for doing their jobs. It’s like your company’s holiday party with $3,000 gift bags. I love it!

I entered a pool on BuzzSugar to predict tonight’s winners. The SAG Awards are a wild card because the actor’s vote. So while Edie Falco may have only been okay in the last season of the Soprano’s, she may get more votes out of sympathy and cumulative career points.

Here are my picks for tonight’s TV categories. They’re long shots, but if I get them right, I can win a year’s worth of Netflix. (Because I need another excuse to watch TV on DVD.)

Male Actor In a Telefilm or Minseries
Kevin Kline, As You Like It

Female Actor In A Telefilm or Miniseries
Queen Latifah, Life Support

Actress In a Drama Series
Edie Falco, The Sopranos

Actor In a Drama Series
Michael C. Hall, Dexter

Actor In a Comedy Series
Ricky Gervais, Extras

Actress In a Comedy Series
Tina Fey, 30 Rock

Drama Ensemble
The Sopranos

Comedy Ensemble
30 Rock

If you want to see the nominees and check out who the people on BuzzSugar are picking, go here. The show starts at 8/7 C on TBS and TNT.

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I was watching Grey’s Anatomy tonight. I know, I know. I said I quit. And I did. But there was nothing on TV and I got sucked in on a one-liner. But truth be told, I was glad I watched. It’s probably not for the reasons you think. 

I still hate Yang. I don’t want to hear about Lexie Grey, and George is a fool for leaving a fox like Callie for an annoying bitch like Izzie. But I digress. 
I enjoyed tonight’s episode because it featured a guest appearance by my favorite old-man actor, Edward Herrmann. On Grey’s he plays the old-man intern Norman, who starts medical school after 30 years as a pharmacist. Herrmann is better known to our generation as Mr. Rich in the Richie Rich movie, and Grandpa Richard Gilmore on Gilmore Girls.
I was reminded of how much I enjoyed Herrmann’s acting and comedic timing when I watched a recent episode of 30 Rock. His stint on Grey’s only solidified my thoughts. He always gets stuck playing the uppity, know-it-all rich white guy, but he does it with a charm that makes The Man so much more tolerable. 
Kudos to you Ed. That’s a feat very few people could manage. 

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There’s a new show on truTV (that’s the old Court TV for the uninitiated) called Ocean Force: Huntington Beach. It’s an actuality show that follows lifeguard working on Huntington Beach. Daring rescues, life and death situations, missing children…it’s all happening in a half hour, and on the beach no less. I guess I miss all the action while I’m eating sandwiches and building sandcastles.

The show is pretty exciting…as far as lifeguarding shows go. In fact, it’s only missing one thing; a catchy tagline.

When I saw the commercials for the show, I thought they’d at least use one of these. But shockingly, they went with: Real Lifeguards Saving Real Lives. don’t want them to go to waste, so I thought I’d share them with you.

  • Ocean Force: The Real Sea E.Os
  • Ocean Force: The Biggest Board Room of them all (Get it? Surfboard? The Ocean? No?)
  • Ocean Force: All in A Wave’s Work (Okay, I don’t even Like That One)

But I don’t see you coming up with anything! Think of some good ones. If we get enough, we shold e-mail them to the show…or just compile the list on the blog.

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