Archive for June, 2008

There was an auction of Sopranos wardrobe items in New York last week. The top-earner in said auction? A bowling-style shirt that the big man himself got shot in. So last week some Sopranophile forked over $43, 750 for an ugly shirt caked in fake blood.


If you had the money, what memorabilia would you pay for? I’d pay for $15,000 for Michael Scott’s desk. It would have to include all of the knick-knacks, flags, mugs, plaques and the like though.

As for wardrobe choices, I would pay a few hundred bucks for Jack Bauer’s blue jeans in season six of 24. Dude wore those things out that year. I might also throw down a few grand to own Dangle’s short-shorts from Reno 911. They probably smell like ass though. Literally.

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Remember Paris Bennett, the short-stack teenager with the squeaky speaking voice who graced the American Idol stage a few years back? If you don’t, here she is on Barry Manilow night:

Well little Paris is 19 now and she’s knocked up! She’s essentially the Fantasia Barrino story in reverse.

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For the first time, the folks over at The Emmys decided to let the fans in on the process and released the top 10 finalists in the Outstanding Comedy and Drama categories.

There’s no voting or fan favorite or anything. They just want you to know who the heavy hitters were before the list gets narrowed down to five official nominees. It’s kind of a neat idea.

Here are the lists. I took the liberty of highlighting my picks for you.

Outstanding Comedy Series Finalists

  • Curb Your Enthusiasm
  • Entourage
  • Family Guy
  • Flight of the Conchords
  • The Office
  • Pushing Daisies – Great new show but it’s a little soon to compete with the big boys.
  • 30 Rock
  • Two And A Half Men – Why God Why?
  • Ugly Betty
  • Weeds

This drama list is loaded with good stuff. I don’t envy the Academy at all.

Outstanding Drama Series Finalists

  • Boston Legal
  • Damages
  • Dexter
  • Friday Night Lights
  • Grey’s Anatomy
  • House
  • Lost
  • Mad Men
  • The Wire

Guess, wonder, hypothesize, etc. All of the nominees will be announced on July 17.

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Steve Carell signed on for three-more years of The Office. Let’s talk about the implications of this:

  • I love the show, so this is great news. Dunder-Mifflin wouldn’t work without Michael Scott.
  • Even with a solid movie career (Dan In Real Life? Really buddy?) Carell is sticking by his bread and butter. See Katherine Heigl? That’s class.
  • Again, don’t get me wrong, I love this show. But three more years? NBC already ordered 30 episodes next year. If that format works, they’re going to do it again. I just don’t think there’s room in my heart for what could be 90+ hours of The Office. I want it to stay fresh and fun. I just don’t know if they can keep up that pace for three more years.

Any thoughts people? I want this to work, but a little part of me is really hesitant. Maybe the spin-off will open up a lot of comic opportunities and new storylines for the original cast too.

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The cast for Bravo’s next shitshow, The Real Housewives of Atlanta, was announced yesterday. I’ve never been a fan of the Real Housewives series but at least this time Bravo figured out that people of color can be wealthy bitches too.

This is change I can believe in.

Learn more about the cast here…if that’s what you’re into.

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The good folks at Slate took in some of the coursework offered by the New York Reality TV School. Apparently this place teaches you how to let your freak flag fly just right to attract the attention of all the right people.

You can sign -up for an intensive one-time workshop or a five week course. The intensive course is three hours of improvisational training, practicing for reality show challenges/games, strategies for dealing with wacky personalities, etc. You can also sign up for a Q&A session with a casting director.

For $300 bucks you can sign-up for the five week course and really find yourself. Figure out the best ways to make a submission tape, tell your life stories, resolve (or instigate) conflict and more.

The program does most some legit credentials. Apparently they’ve helped folks get on shows like Top Chef,The Bachelor, and The Apprentice. But seriously? At what point do you hit rock bottom and decide a piece of your next pay-check is going towards reality show school?

Though I suppose there are worse ways to spend your stimulus check.

Photo: NY Reality TV School

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Think you know The Simpson’s? Here is a great little quiz to see just how smart you really are.

In case you were wondering, I scored 57 out of 63.


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