Archive for July, 2008

This is kind of an interesting tidbit:

Fashionista and resident cliche abuser Tim Gunn, worked for free on the first season of Project Runway. True story! He didn’t earn one nickel for shelling out all of that advice, introducing the challenges, or breaking up fights between Wendy and Kara Saun, etc.

To the credit of the money-hungry producers, Tim Gunn had a real day-job as the chair of the Fashion department at the New School. And who knew the show would take off like it did?

During season two he earned $2,500 an episode, a siginificant increase but a paltry sum by reality show standards.

But I’m sure there’s no love lost between Gunn and the Weinstein folks. He’s parlayed a moonlighting gig into a book deal, spin-off TV show, and a cushy exec job at Liz Claiborne.

Oh, and since Bravo is done trying to get you to watch Project Runway, don’t forget that it’s on tonight at 9/8 central.

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Ever wanted to express your love for you favorite long-running teen drama but didn’t know how to do it?

Luckily, the folks at the CBS Store finally solved your problem: laser etched 90210 iPod nanos.

Get them quick because there are only 2,000 of these bad boys in the series, and that’s before Tori Spelling buyS up half the lot for herself.

The only way I’d buy an iPod like this if it came pre-loaded with all of the episodes. Otherwise, it’s kind of a random gift. Why not make a special edition iPod for all of my favorite things from the 1990s? You know why they don’t? Because a limited issue snap bracelet, Color Me Badd, and Blank Check iPod probably wouldn’t sell as well.

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I know, it’s not often you get the latest buzz on aging teen heartthrobs of the late ’90s but this was just too good to pass up.

Mr. Sarah Michelle Gellar, I mean Prinze, just joined the creative team for WWE. That’s World Wrestling Entertainment folks. Freddie will be hard at work behind the scenes to bring all of the drama, action and suspense of professional wrestling to life.

Oh even I had a hard time writing that. Giggles galore on this end of the computer.

What’s next? Is Devon Sawa the new accountant for the MetRX World’s Strongest Man competitions?

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The following story is all the proof I need to know that not only does a higher power exist, but he or she has a sense of humor.

The King of the Coif, Ryan Seacrest, got bit by a shark over the weekend.

It was a baby shark, and it only nipped his foot, but apparently it left behind a tooth.

Best news I’ve heard all day. I don’t hate the guy, but does anyone else smile a bit when pretty people with lots of money get theirs?

Photo: TheLifeofLuxury.com

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Mad Men returns tonight. Every blogger, TV enthusiast and old-timey ad-man alike is anxiously awaiting the second season of this critically acclaimed drama.

Want to get into the spirit before tonight’s brand new episode? Here are a few tips:

  • Make yourself a cocktail. Don Draper drinks whiskey old fashioneds. His lady friends tend to drink red wine or mai tais. Regardless of what you drink, hold it well. No one gets drunk at work, that’s what election results parties are for.
  • Take up smoking. I tried to count how many ciggarettes appeared in one episode and lost count after the first scene. Can you imagine if that America still existed? Watching all of that huffing and puffing seems so foreign. And don’t worry about the actors, according to this painstakingly thorough article from the New York Times magazine, the articles are smoking herbal cigarettes (no nicotine, no tar).
  • Read up. This season kicks off about 18 months from where we left off. It’s Valentine’s Day, 1962. So we won’t get to see Pete Campbell’s irreverent take on The Bay of Pigs, the beginning of the Berlin Wall, the Yankees winning the world series or the release of J.D. Salinger’s Franny & Zooey. Tragic.
  • Listen to some good music. The top songs from this time period remain classics today. Add Runaround Sue, Stand By Me and The Lion Sleeps Tonight to your playlist to get yourself in the mood.
  • Buy the first season. iTunes is selling season one for $19.99, that’s $20 off the retail prive everywhere else. If you don’t mind watching it on your computer, that’s certainly a steal.

Once you’ve done all that the only thing left to do is wait. You can read some of the “mad” press this show’s received, especially in the past week. That might occupy your time. The season premiere airs at 10/9 central on AMC. Set your Tivos to stun.

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Got a spare $520 burning a whole in your cashmere lined pockets?

Then this puffy shirt can be yours. You saw how well it worked for Seinfeld.

Wanna guess who designed it? Your favorite designer and mine, Mr. Christian Siriano.

His first collection is for sale on Bluefly and most of the pieces already sold out.

It’s pretty solid and the stuff looks like a lot of the work he did on the show; sharp, tailored, black.

It’s nice to see he’s doing so well so soon. What have you been up to Jay McCarroll?

Photo: Bluefly.com

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I fucking love Saved By The Bell. I use love in present tense because my crush on Zach Morris has yet to end.

And it looks like it won’t anytime soon thanks to this. Dustin Diamond, aka Samuel “Screech” Powers, is writing a tell-all book about the goings-on behind the scenes of Saved By The Bell.

Behind The Bell (I know, best title ever right?) will detail the casts’ sexual exploits, boozing, and (cross your fingers) drug use, and not those lame caffeine pills either.

I know what you’re thinking: This is awesomely awful. You want so badly to hate this idea, but yet you can’t wait to read it on your next vacation. I will be buying five copies. One for me, and four more for my next few gift occasions. Nothing says “Happy Birthday Grandma” like a chapter on Belding doing lines off a hooker’s stomach.

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I love The L Word. It’s a well-written television show that focuses on women. Gay or straight, it’s about time somebody took a look at our perspective without all of the crying. I was sad to hear the show will have it’s final season in 2009, but at the same time I understand that six seasons is a long run for any show, and the longest run for a Showtime program.

Now, I may have to choke a bitch.

First, I hear a rumor today that Elizabeth Berkley has a multiple episode arc next seaosn. THIS Elizabeth Berkley. She will play the straight girl that got away from Bette in her college days.

If that wasn’t unfortunate enough, apparently Showtime has an L Word spin-off in the works.

Let my show have a graceful and meaningful death. It lived a long and full life and in this case, I don’t think a brand new work-up will do it any further justice. It’s like burying someone in a novelty casket…a novelty casket with advertising that makes you a boatload of money. Maybe something like this.

Do you want that on your conscience Showtime? Then let the L Word die with dignity.

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Let’s clear things up.

Amy Poehler is NOT going to star in The Office spin-off. Apparently she’s going to be on a different NBC show, similar to The Office (single-camera, maybe a mockumentary) but totally unrelated and set to debut in the spring. Poehler is having a baby this fall after all.

However, there is still going to be an Office spin-off and it’s still debuting after the Super Bowl. Poehler just won’t be in it.


Maybe Will Arnett can still be in. Or anyone else from Arrested Development.

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Estelle Getty died today. She was 84 and very sick. She had a rare form of Alzheimer’s Disease and had been sick for some time. Because she’d been out of the limelight so long, most people probably thought she was already gone.

But instead of feeling sad for losing another great actor this year (seriously 2008! Why?!) let’s just laugh for awhile okay?

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As some of you know, I am in the Who Wants To Be A Millionaire contestant pool. This means that at any moment in time the good folks at WWTBAM can call me up and tell me I’m on the show.

I’ve been in the pool for two years now and the initial anticipation of that call has worn off. I hadn’t thought about the show in ages but yesterday I got an e-mail.

…You should begin to prepare yourself for the possibility of being a Contestant by gathering photos either electronically or physically of the people you would like to serve as your Phone-A-Friend.”

This e-mail could mean positively nothing but it got me thinking; what goes into making a good phone-a-friend. Do I need to go outside of my friend circle and seek experts? Or do I stick with my more qualified friends since they’re trustworthy and internet savvy?

And then there’s the issue of categories. My trivia base covers TV (duh), recent movies, song lyrics, current events and throwaway facts. This means I need to cover religion, history, science, sports, literature, old movies and general trivia between my five Phone-A-Friends. It’s like a mind-boggling Sudoku puzzle; I just can’t get the pieces to fit.

Lucky for me, I don’t really have to…yet.

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So there’s a lot to say about the Emmy nominees and I may not be able to get it all in this post.

First, if you take a quick look at the list (which is impossible by the way, there are a lot of categories) you’ll discover a few shows/actors/etc that were really surprising. Best Week Ever took a look at some of the shocking inclusions but I made a list of my own.

-Take a look at this list of Emmy nominees: Canterbury’s Law, Disney Phineas And Ferb, Kid Nation, Pirate Master, Saving Grace. Please note that the list includes Pirate Master and one of my favorite shows of all time, Kid Nation. Can you guess what category this is? Outstanding shows no one watched? Worst shows ever according to the NY Times Arts section/the rest of society? Nope? Outstanding Original Main Title Music. I know! Who knew? If Kid Nation wins an Emmy…in anything, it will be the best day ever.

-John Adams smoked every single mini-series category. The HBO miniseries earned a mind boggling 23 noms. 23. Expect to hear their patriotic theme a million times on show night.

-Tina Fey and the rest of the 30 Rock gang scored 17 nominations, granted four of those are in one category (Outstanding Guest Actor In A Comedy Series). This show still doesn’t get enough love. I think the only way people will watch it is if it can sweep the comedy, actress in a comedy series, and actor in a comedy series. The thing is, I think it can and will.

-Bryan Cranston got nominated for his superb work on Breaking Bad. My roommates hated this show and to them I say, ” I told you so.”

Other than Two and a Half nomination (seriously?) the list is pretty much exactly as I’d hoped. You can read the whole thing right here. Despite the strike, it looks like it’s going to be an excellent awards season.

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