Posts Tagged ‘Anderson Cooper’

  • Has Friday Night Lights always been on Hulu? I might’ve just missed it. Seasons 1 and 2 are on the site which means you can find me in front of my computer for the next several days. I don’t think I’ll finish in time for the January 16 return but it’s worth a shot.
  • Tim Allen and his wife Jane are expecting their first baby together. I only tell you so I have an excuse to link to the best mugshot ever.
  • This 2001 clip of Obama on Check, Please!, a local food review show is making its way around the internet. I also like corn cakes Mr. Obama. That’s going to be my opening line when we meet at the inauguration.
  • Kathy Griffin is no longer banned from The View. Hopefully she makes an appearance sometime soon. Anyone else watch her with Anderson Cooper on New Years Eve? A-Maz-Ing!
  • Sanjaya’s album is finally coming out creepers! This cover art will make your brain-box explode.
  • And finally, my favorite non-TV related link of the week: Instructables.com. This handy site will teach you how to do just about anything. Unrelated: This week my mom helped me sew up my very own Slanket (some of you may know it better as the Snuggie). Best invention ever. Make it yourself. It’s cheaper and you get to pick a cooler fabric.

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President-Elect Obama approached Dr. Sanjay Gupta about the Surgeon General position. I don’t know much about politics and I know even less about medicine but from where I’m sitting this is the best decision Obama’s made so far.

For better or worse Gupta is already doing the job of the Surgeon General. According to a highly credible source Wikipedia the SG’s job is to “serve as the leading spokesperson on matters of public health.” The only other doctor people look to or trust more than Sanjay Gupta is WebMD. He’s personable, always professional, worldly, and able to approach our health challenges from multiple perspectives. Plus he’s friends with Anderson Cooper. We could’ve started and ended the list right there.

Three cheers for physicians turned TV correspondents turned political figures! You’re on deck Dr. Drew.

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Anderson Cooper’s yearbook photos hit the blogosphere yesterday and he is nothing short of a cutie pie.

And that quotation? How sharp. I bet everyone else just had weak Grateful Dead lyrics or Emerson B.S.

Image: Dlisted.com

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So last night’s 60 Minutes was pretty bitchin’. I learned about how computer hackers are rigging online poker games and got the chance to see Anderson Cooper get smoked in race against mer-man Michael Phelps.

But the best part was my favorite old-man Andy Rooney. His commentary on saving money was two parts practical and three parts hilarious. His thrifty nature can be only be described as “grampa-esque.”He steals rolls, he takes the bus, he blends his own gas. It’s nothing short of adorable.

Take a few minutes to indulge yourself in what has to be his best rant in years.

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(Hey folks, glad you found this post. We’re having some moving problems. Thanks for staying with us during the switch.)

So it’s Saturday and I’m starting a new feature. That’s what new blogs are for folks.

This one’s been on my mind since a fateful episode of 30 Rock when the cast was playing everyone’s favorite game: Marry, Bop, or Kill. Bop of course being the delightful euphemism for that unsavory F-Word.

The idea fell into the recesses of my mind until Defamer began running a similar feature called Watch, Tivo, or Kill. I plan on doing them one better and sticking with the game’s original title.

Everyweek, I’ll provide the characters, episodes, shows, actors, or actresses, I want to Marry, Bop or Kill for the week. How do you make love to a television episode? I haven’t figured that out just yet. One step at a time.

Here’s this week’s results:

Marry: Seth Meyers of SNL

Meyers has been head writer for SNL since 2005 and now he’s finally getting the credit he so rightfully deserves. People are quick to champion his work on the political sketches this season, but the non-political stuff has been super under-rated. Mark Wahlberg talks to animals? The Boat Ride? There’s some solid work being lost in the shuffle.

Meyers is also taking home my first Marry title because I caught an old episode of SNL this week and he did a remarkable job as Anderson Cooper. Anyone who can pull off that faint, elitist accent gets a vote in my book.

Bop: This week’s episode of Greek, “The Popular Vote”

As I’ve mentioned previously, this show is very well-done and is one of the better teen/college comedies on television…ever. However, this week’s episode was surprising, witty, full of pop culture references and nothing if not slightly dramatic. I was watching it on my DVR and kept checking how much time was left because I seriously didn’t want it to end. If you’re not watching Greek get over yourself and give it a chance. The writing is getting sharper and sharper every week and I’ll be sad to see this cycle end on October 28.

Kill: Baseball & Political Debates

Two of my current favorites were pre-empted this week due to politcal debates and baseball playoffs. Are both important? I suppose so. Would I have rather watched Private Practice? Heck yes.

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I imagine coming out of the closet is a sensitive and highly personal issue. And as a successful news anchor at the top of his game, Anderson Cooper may not want the extra attention he’d undoubtedly get should he ever decide to discuss his sexuality. But since Cooper’s sexuality is the worst kept secret in Hollywood (though it was temporarily one-upped by that Wentz/Simpson baby) it is funny to watch others dance (not so delicately I might add) around it.

Everyone’s favorite commotion-starter, Al Sharpton was on Anderson Cooper 360 last night with some other folks talking about religion and politics. In one fell swoop, Sharpton outed the newsman, sort of doomed him to hell, then forgave him. One of the other panelists also got in on the fun of talking about just where Cooper would end up in the afterlife. Ever poised, Cooper played the very awkward moment off with humor and grace.

You can watch the whole thing go down right here.

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Did you guys pick up your “Anderson Cooper, you’re not my boo” t-shirts yet? No?

Have no clue what I’m talking about? I need to start blogging in the morning.

Take a gander here and see what all the fuss is about.

Here’s hoping this hubbub puts Usher’s underrated duet with Alicia Keys, My Boo, back on heavy rotation. That was my jam!

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Dare I say I don’t miss Anderson Cooper. Tonight’s return of The Mole was great. I was hesitant when it was announced that parts of the game would change. From the looks of it, the only thing worth mentioning is that there are a few less questions on the quiz…other than that, it’s the same show I fell in love with years ago.

The games are just as suspenseful and fun as I remember with an exciting combination of mental and physical prowess. The Robinson Crusoe game was very telling. The players selected Nicole as the whiniest person out of the bunch. This meant she got to control the rest of the game. Nicole got to select the players who’d serve as scavengers, timers and appraisers. Some of her selections were spot on (way to pick the old woman as an appraiser, she might love antiques) and some were a little suspect (the heavyset guy probably wasn’t the best choice to be running back and forth on the beach in a time crunch).

Now what happened next was not shocking to anyone who’s ever seen the show before but these people seemed kind of surprised. Whenever the host asks you to pick someone out of the group, this person inevitably gets a privilege. This time, Nicole had to sleep on the island by herself (ala Robinson Crusoe) while the rest of the players went back to the mansion. However, this also meant she didn’t have to take the quiz, effectively earning an immunity.

How did Nicole get selected as the whiniest person in the group? She raised hell the night before and complained about sleeping outside to anyone who’d listen.

The Mole frequently meets with producers and knows what’s coming up the next day. She could just be a bitch, but I think it’s more calculating than that. Nicole knew they were going to ask about who whined the most, so she took the opportunity to label herself as a complainer, thus ripping an exemption from one of the players. Plus, in spending a night away from the game the other contestants didn’t get to know her. That’s less information they’ll have for the quizzes. It’s a great way to start the game.

Think about it.

It’s early yet, but that’s my guess after one episode. We’ll see what happens next week.

ABC won’t let me embed clips but you can check out some highlights , player bios and even take an online Mole quiz right here.

Welcome back Mole. You were missed.

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