Posts Tagged ‘MTV’

Hello Folks. We’re back with our 2nd installment of our soon to be famous, blogger-to-blogger live Skins g-chat session. I don’t even know what I just said. Anywhere, here it is… read (with caution) as you watch MTV’s Skins, episode 3: CHRIS (spoilers ahead if you can figure them out)…

Slamwich: ready!

ediddy: haha let’s begin!! TV MA. the intro for this series is pretty cool

Slamwich: It’s growing on me a bit. I’m getting better at separating the two series in mind.

ediddy: “erectagra”

Slamwich: I had about 6 friends in high school who looked like that kid.

ediddy: haha he’s fairly generic. well so far this is exactly the same

Slamwich: Where do unstable people get cash from?

ediddy: mothers

Slamwich: Is there some kind of Crazy ATM?

ediddy: ugh this abu abud kid annoys me

Slamwich: They need more Black friends. He is a poor substitute.

ediddy: agreed. tea rockin the tank. accurate

Slamwich: someone did their research. Why is that Abu kid in a sweater vest? These kids must be high.

ediddy: haha. im going to say “jiggy” every time i want to dance from now on


Slamwich: Oh gross!

ediddy: yea that was gross

Slamwich: Who could possibly stay seated. That was worse than last week’s dance sequence.

ediddy: hahahaha. i liked the dance

Slamwich: Blassie thought this was an ’80s party.

ediddy: hahahah. that sweater vest is toooo much. chris is kind of cute. I SEE A BLACK KID. BEHIND CHRIS’S RIGHT SHOULDER

Slamwich: He’s not as attractive as UK Chris, but he’ll do for America. Hey! A black friend! This teacher is a whore on wheels.

ediddy: haha

Slamwich: That kid was cock blocked by his own cock. Oh high schoolers

ediddy: haha nice. this ep is literally exactly the same

Slamwich: Why are they staying in his gross house?

ediddy: the acting was about 1000 times better in the british series. it’s kind of amazing actually. literally the same words and im not convinced

Slamwich: There are no talented young people left in this country. And the ones that are can’t be bothered with teenage smut. It’s unfortunate.

ediddy: haha daisy is way more slutty than jal

Slamwich: And she has better boobs.

ediddy: haha agreed. daisy is kinda hot. she’s like another tea… milk mustaches!!!!

Slamwich: Soooo ’90s.

ediddy: ok i laughed out loud at the cup on the penis thing

Slamwich: I totally missed that little easter egg. Blassie is super tall. Are her feet off the couch?

ediddy: haha she is tall

Slamwich: Those better be deep dish. Over $120 bucks for 5 pizzas?

ediddy: hahahahaha. no joke. here we go, turn from comedy to drama in .2 seconds… i sense a formula here

Slamwich: This seems a lot sadder in this version. I think it’s because he seems a little more lucid than UK Chris.

ediddy: interesting… yea, i think thats perceptive, it’s def sadder

Slamwich: Oh god and he broke a mirror!

ediddy: of course

Slamwich: This kid is having a rough day.

ediddy: this is JUST like the other ep – i shouldn’t have watched chris’s ep over the weekend


ediddy: WORD. it’s not working…”pile driver” WHAT IS GOING ON im going to start saying “it’s not common in my world ya know” a lot more

Slamwich: Sex Position Chat with your favorite high school juniors.

This is making republicans cry

ediddy: hahahaha

Slamwich: It’s 2011, who’s buying a CD player? Oddly enough, this show is trapped in time.

ediddy: last weeks episode was a lot better

Slamwich: Too much Stanley and Sweater Vest this week. Less wacky Nanas.

ediddy: yea

Slamwich: Also, this show is not very good at casting drug dealers.

ediddy: agreed. dirty sanchez is not acceptable

Slamwich: To his credit, pills looked like a much better deal.

ediddy: hahah yea… oh this is a fun trip. it’s like a fred durst music video

Slamwich: “Just give me something to break!”

ediddy: noooooooooookie

Slamwich: I miss 10 years ago

ediddy: i dont

ediddy: this is just sad. oh my god that fall would kill someone

Slamwich: I liked the “newness” of last week better but this episode is all the best of the original.

ediddy: i dont know im not feeling it

Slamwich: That “Hollaback” just saved the scene.

ediddy: “youre a very hostile little dude” is funny…totally, more people need to say holla back… sometimes the music is amazing. sometimes it kind of sucks… THE BUTT SCENE. the PTC IS CRINGING

Slamwich: They are shaking/crying/yelling at Obama right this second.

ediddy: shaking their fists in the air… tea… tank top. im telling you.

ediddy: cute baby alert

Slamwich: I have a cousin who looks just like that baby. #whitesideofthefamily

ediddy: hahaha. chris is shining here

Slamwich: They need to do some serious thinning of the herd after season one.

ediddy: agreed

Slamwich: Enjoy your brush with fame sweater vest

ediddy: haha. the editing is so imovie 2008

Slamwich: This whole thing is like a Com Arts project.

ediddy: agreed

Slamwich: Unrecognizable music, yelling, bad acting, etc.

ediddy: it’s like it’s trying too hard to be hipster

Slamwich: Because they’re sticking so close to the original, it doesn’t feel very American.

ediddy: exactly… ep 2 worked because it was fresh. this isnt

Slamwich: There needs to be a happy medium though. There was too much new last week and zero this week.

ediddy: yea thats the problem. blassie is next week.

Slamwich: OOH BLASSIE!

ediddy: did he just call her muffy

Slamwich: That was his best moment so far.

ediddy: blassies shirt is so delias

Slamwich: Yes! I remember that catalog. And Alloy. The height of fashion.

ediddy: yes! seriously daisy is a homo

Slamwich: She was more excited for boobs than Sweater Vest and that’s saying a lot.

ediddy: why is he still wearing that shirt. of course, he stays with the teacher

Slamwich: Sadness. Yeah teachers are mandated reporters so this would be the worst idea of all time.

ediddy: hahaahah, seriously…can you imagining harboring one of your students…

Slamwich: He will literally swallow anything. They are making drugs look kind of awesome on this show.

ediddy: yea. SO excited for blassie. and for TEA to return

Slamwich: Who was she hooking up with? Have we met her yet?

ediddy: i dont think so i think it was someone related to blassie…who knows

Slamwich: Mama Blass

ediddy: shall we do our grading?

ediddy: d for story, c for puns/slang, b+ for outfits/accuracy

Slamwich: D+ for slavishness B for making drugs look appealing F for Sweater Vest

ediddy: glorious. well next week will be better. it cant be worse. clearly we were better represented last week

Slamwich: I actually preferred this week to last…even if it means we can’t be friends anymore

ediddy: WHAT?? explain

Slamwich: I liked the familiarity. The kid playing Chris can hold his own. It felt like it was going somewhere, possibly because I knew where it was going. Tea’s episode felt a little rushed.

ediddy: ah yea i agree thats fair. chris was good. the pacing was steady for sure

Slamwich: One too many persecution story lines to squeeze in last week.

ediddy: haha thats true. too many minorities maybe.

Slamwich: We were all up in there last week. There were more minorities in last week’s episode than the entire run of Will & Grace.

And there it is folks. Come back next as we chat our way through Cadie’s episode!

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Hello all edubbers and random, lonely blog browsers! Today we are announcing a very exciting, new initiative here at edub. We have decided to enact a brand-spanking new, weekly installment for your reading pleasure. What could it be, the overzealous, but very cute, reader asks? It is all your dreams and more.

We have decided to create an editor-to-editor, unfiltered, live-blogging TV show g-chat session! We’re officially starting with MTV’s controversial spin-off of the wildly successful and impressive series SKINS. Who’s excited?! Probably not the PTC! Who cares about those geezers anyway? (And if you haven’t seen season 1 of the UK version, there are a few spoiler alerts toward the bottom. Don’t say we didn’t warn you.)

So to kick off this ridiculously exciting, mind-blowing gift to humankind, we present:


Tea stands for too many inane slang terms and a ridiculous amount of shock-induced commentary on persecution.

Ediddy: shall we “officially” begin

Slamwich: i heard the noise! I think I have to be in a different window. yes! I’m ready

Ediddy: but seriously MTV with the age limit… that’s just frustrating. ok i dont want to start of from a place of anger.

Slamwich: I wonder if they would’ve had that for undressed

Ediddy: you know i loved undressed

Slamwich: no one said anything about undressed

Ediddy: it’s the gay ep. of course they would do that.

Slamwich: The show was called undressed for gosh sakes

Ediddy: did you hear that taco bell pulled from advertising. mark that as a WIN for skins. those idiots and their law suits

Slamwich: It’s the first non-beef beef taco. You’re welcome PETA

Ediddy: it’s death in a shell

Slamwich: Mmmm a delicious crispy shell

Ediddy: haha right

Slamwich: TV-MA warning. Watching last week’s scenes

Ediddy: perfect

Slamwich: Theme song!

Ediddy: i want to take a busload of pills

Slamwich: Who doesn’t?

Ediddy: uk theme song is way better

Slamwich: I want the UK theme song to be my ringtone

Ediddy: most definitely. i will say they hit the “hot” part of “hot lesbian” right

Slamwich: What does Northern Soul mean?

Ediddy: #imapedophile

Slamwich: Is that a thing?

Ediddy: northern soul is a type of music…ya, like mod music, like fast paced r and b, aka this song

Slamwich: Were those pills or candies?

Ediddy: hahahahahah. pillz. im guessing speed. oh shes sassy. i also wish i was cool enough to do that with my laces and converse. shown up by a teen again

Slamwich: This girl likes EVERYBODY! She’s a Papi in training.

Ediddy: i just spit out a pasta. and they are having sex

Slamwich: Did she just go home with that woman? Whhaaaaa?!

Ediddy: ok wait up. are they in high school?

Slamwich: Oh that girl looked much older at night

Ediddy: hahaha ya. no thats the kid from her class. oh hay shes a jewish lesbian

Slamwich: The dad looks just like Tony’s dad. I think they’re saving on “dad looking” actors

Ediddy: “werent you the tomboy that liked to climb trees”

Slamwich: That screams young teenage lesbian

Ediddy: right, who’s young white son is that

Slamwich: “The L Word upsets grandma.”

Ediddy: in more ways than one. the straight girl called her boobs puppies. just sayin

Slamwich: Does anyone actually say that?

Ediddy: i dont

Slamwich: LOTTA LICKIN?????

Ediddy: HAHAHA. That dad is awesome. i like daisy – they are cute as friends

Slamwich: She seems nice. A little heavy with the innuendos and puns.

Ediddy: A LITTLE

Ediddy:  i love this music. this “northern soul” hahaha. but really

Slamwich: Oh is that what this is? I’m learning new things.

Ediddy: cadie is by far the best character

Slamwich: I’m calling her Black Cassie. Blassie

Ediddy: yea thats what it is – like upbeat, dance r and b – it’s a brit thing. oh yesssss. blassie it is. i can’t get over how much Tony looks like Bruno Mars. i love blassie

Slamwich: Finn from Glee +Bruno Mars = That kid that plays Tony

Ediddy: hahaha


Ediddy: chris and his hair. also, i think chris tries to look like a rainbow. oh teenagers and bright colors

Slamwich: These kids were 9 when that Super Bowl happened. That joke was a reach.

Ediddy: definite reach. also the make out sesh. foul


Ediddy: i sort of love this teacher

Slamwich: I love this cast of nuts he gathered.

Ediddy: right. what a gang

Slamwich: This just got weird.

Ediddy: seriously

Slamwich: Oh wait, that’s the drug dealer

Ediddy: yea. still weird

Slamwich: Totally forgot what he looked like.

Ediddy: i have that hoodie that stanleys wearing. you know just smokin a cig in the bathroom

Ediddy: also, can i just say, im really glad they put the straight girl in the argyle sweater and not tea

Slamwich: Tea dresses like Uncle Jesse

Ediddy: HAHAHA. she kind of does. it’s part of her nothern soul. did she just pull out a mini bottle of alcohol? that was awesome.

Slamwich: Is she drinking at school?

Ediddy: haha

Slamwich: I knew kids who made vodka lemonades in Math class senior year.

Ediddy: bettys scarf is unacceptable. yeah, my friend was big on vod in her evian

Slamwich: Betty may be president of the Junior League in her free time.

Ediddy: tea has that woozy look DOWN. Hahahahahahaa. totally

Slamwich: Is that supposed to be her sister?

Ediddy: i have no idea. she looks out of place. oy nana. oh man, i had that audrey poster. this is not happening

Slamwich: To Audrey freakin’ Hepburn….and NANA. REALLY SKINS??!

Ediddy: hahahahaha  skins just went black swan on us. “i want the sex” is hands down the greatest line ever.

Slamwich: Who talks like this to their grandma?

Ediddy: i think it’s cause she’s a bit cuckoo

Slamwich: What is this music

Ediddy: NOT northern soul. im snoring too nana im snoring too. jk that was deep


Ediddy: i dig this relationship. dad and daughter. this is nice.

Slamwich: He seems like a nice guy. I think I like Maxxie’s dad better. He taught dog’s to dance.

Ediddy: thats true. hard to top that… creeeeeepy apple man. mob ties are so clutch

Slamwich: I wish my mom would pay me to go on dates.

Ediddy: seriously – im not digging this new effy

Slamwich: Haven’t seen much of her

Ediddy: yea. playground drunken fun with adr laughter, this is too much. omg she puked

Slamwich: Just watching this makes me want to ralph

Ediddy: hahahaha

Slamwich: and then she did!

Ediddy: yea the spinning could stop. although it’s cool visually

Slamwich: The actors had to hate this

Ediddy: haha. i love tea

Slamwich: Pluck the lady harp… this Tony is something else. No one thinks of this stuff at 16

Ediddy: i know – the slang/puns/words. not workin. what’s going on here. what are they even talking about.

Slamwich: it’s lke code


Ediddy: oh dear, are they NORTHERN SOULING?


Ediddy: yea i can dig this

Slamwich: No one dances to slave songs and gets away with it

Ediddy: hahaha good call. semi-inappropriate. this is actually why taco bell backed out. oh hay cartwheels in dresses. he is trying a little too hard to hit his moves

Slamwich: 4-year-old style

Ediddy: gross. this hook up

Slamwich: You know who could’ve done Tony’s roll 5 years ago? Penn Badgely

Ediddy: ya good call… um hold up

Slamwich: Really Tea? Respect Yo’ Self

Ediddy: hahaha. no joke. oh thank god. laugh it off girl. we all make mistakes

Slamwich: That was…30 seconds long

Ediddy: wait im confused. they actually had sex? or did they stop?

Slamwich: I thought they did. Should I rewind or is that pervy?

Ediddy: let’s do it. for the sake of research. i went back to the kiss

Slamwich: Okay, we’re dancing, we’re dancing,

Ediddy: yeah i think the face pain is supposed to indicate that they did it, but woah, that was fast

Slamwich: No wonder she complained.

Ediddy: that was a cute moment, the “they must be stupid.” “sometimes” bit… so they just bumped and did it. shes gonna get preggo. hello spinoff

Slamwich: Ooh I hope not.

Ediddy: lesbian and a baby

Slamwich: Teen Mom Skins. It would combine the best of MTV

Ediddy: lesbian teen mom. Seriously. i cant take this drug dealer seriously. /still creepy

Slamwich: The Dad just scored some points with me.

Ediddy: yea dads awesome

Slamwich: Good job Super Dad

Ediddy: oh audrey

Slamwich: Did she just talk to Audrey?

Ediddy: you know it. this audrey-nana-tea thing, im sensing a theme, uh oh this is gonna be serious

Slamwich: Negro Spirituals AND Holocaust stories??? #superbowlofsuffering

Ediddy: gay holocaust stories. nana just said queers

Slamwich: Oh no way! They are laying it on thick.

Ediddy: (best hashtag ever, btw)

Slamwich: If she dies in this bed, I won’t be surprised.

Ediddy: no joke /this is poignant

Slamwich: Nana’s love is in Wisconsin

Ediddy: a farmer  of course

Slamwich: I will find her when I’m home next week.

Ediddy: i have to say they are finding new ways to talk about old themes i guess…and with the DAGGER… RUTHIE

Slamwich: It would’ve been more poignant if we hadn’t just seen two teens swing dance to negro spirituals

Ediddy: ya that put you off for sure

Ediddy: rocking the letterman. oh of course, tea and michelle are bffs. Did she just say it’s nice to “be jumped like that”?

Slamwich: I thought she said “Boys can be dumb like that” sometimes. Betty FTW!

Ediddy: word… good, follow up the homophobia with a fag joke

Slamwich: Yeah, that wasn’t the best approach.

Ediddy: oh jesus. k word. our n word. should i be angry?

Slamwich: This episode is running on all the persecution cylinders tonight

Ediddy: seriously. what just happened

Slamwich: They wrapped up the Stanley story line

Ediddy: hahahahahha. “i matched you” is not a thing. NOT a thing

Slamwich: Ahh my recording cut off!

Ediddy: OH NO. where were you

Slamwich: The last thing I got was ” I matched you.”

Ediddy: oh ok.  betty called. Tea said she had to go to tony. then ignored betty. and is now dancing to slave music. music is her anti-drug. and tony looks sad

Slamwich: NOBODY WINS!

Ediddy: that’s it. Wow. what an episode

Slamwich: Tea is too hard to please

Ediddy: next week is Chris. looks 100% the same as the UK one. his mom leaves and he stays with the teacher

Slamwich: Which I am okay with. I liked that storyline.

Ediddy: agreed. chris is cool.

Ediddy: so final thoughts?

Slamwich: The acting is by no means strong. But this week’s episode was definitely better than last week’s.

Ediddy: thats true. i stick to the point that cadies will be the best. teas interesting at least

Slamwich: Yeah she has a lot of layers. I don’t know if we needed all of them crammed into one episode or not.

Ediddy: thats the problem. it’d work as a series. exploring her life id say. but so much for 40 minutes, it short changes everything

Slamwich: Yeah she could hold her own. Which I don’t think I’m going to say for all the other ones.

Ediddy: yea thats true. im already bored of tony

Slamwich: Yeah I was kind of happy when he got run over by the bus in the UK version. I would be alright if that happened again. He could die this time. Put Effy in sooner. Make the friends struggle a little bit. If they drink this much now, just wait until their ringleader dies.

Ediddy: thatd be interesting. haha

Ediddy: well you think you’ll stick with it? im all for it

Slamwich: I’m 2 eps in now! I’ll probably keep watching.

Ediddy: they certainly tried to pack the shock in. hahahaha. we were both attacked in that one

Slamwich: They did. We get it Skins: You’re bold.

Ediddy: ha. i am obviously taking this show personally. it was a blatant attack on jewish lesbians

with black friends

Slamwich: I’ve already started my strongly worded letter

Ediddy: on nice stationary i presume

Slamwich: And speaking of which, these kids are living in Baltimore: Where are their black friends???

Ediddy: haha. Word. blassie does not count

Slamwich: Neither does racially ambiguous Betty.

Ediddy: hahaha. do you think she’ll be back?

Slamwich: I originally thought yes, but now that I think about it, probably not.

Ediddy: i know it’s weird – because in a normal show she would. but since they obviously change the story so much.  she probably wont

Slamwich: Yeah. But she won’t have a place in anyone else’s episode.

Ediddy: exactly.


Ediddy: well a+ for queer identity on tv. c for story. f for slang

Slamwich: F for the use of wade in the water, B+ for the use of the word “puppies”, A for supportive dads



And there you have it folks. Did you make it through? Did you care to even look?

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So it turns out the teenage mothers on MTV’s Teen Mom are pulling in about $60-$65K a year. That’s not bad for ladies who don’t have college degrees (or for half the ladies, high school diplomas). But now that I know this, allow me to ask/posit answers to the questions we’re all wondering about.

Why are they still struggling so much? Farrah can’t keep an apartment and Amber’s place always looks a little rundown. Maci moved out, but she’s kind of the exception to the rule on that show. Perhaps they’re putting a lot of the money away in a trust for the kids?  Or maybe MTV pays them after the filming. I’d love to know the real story behind that. And does Teen Dad Tyler get paid? He should, he’s on just as much as Caitlin.

….and scene.

And if you think $60-$65,000 sounds like a lot, consider this: Those Jersey Shore kids are getting $30,000 an episode. #vomit

Image: Blogs.Babble.Com

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The BMX rider/ MTV’s, The Challenge host was critically injured in a bike crash yesterday. He’s currently in a medically induced coma at a Las Vegas hospital.

A quote from his bio on MTV.com.

Any way you slice it, TJ Lavin is truly a young man on the make, poised to launch himself to even greater heights in the very near future.

Hopefully he’ll recover and continue to do just that. Lavin is 33.

Here’s to a safe recovery.

Image: mtv.com

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So, What Did I Miss?

Its been awhile huh? Since we left off, a lot has happened, new jobs, new cities, but only one new episode of Eastbound & Down. Impressive.

We’re making a triumphant return to edubTV, because…well…we have time on our hands. Why not use it laying on the couch, catching up with our very favorite medium?

To refresh myself and mentally prepare for blogging again, I read about 650 edubTV posts. (I told you, I have time on my hands.) And since it’s been almost a year and a half since we last wrote, they were kind of hilarious. I did notice a few things I got right, and not so right.

So its been 17 months, but I’m happy to be back. I have a few things to say, and finally, finally, five of you will be back to hear them.

Good to see you again too!

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It’s Wednesday. Paula Abdul is performing on the Idol Stage. Hilarious. Pyrotecnics were involved.

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MTV is finally premiering a little show called College Life tonight. Four college freshmen were given handicams and told to document the happenings of their freshman year. Normally, a show like this wouldn’t warrant a write-up on this blog, but this is a special case…these kids attend the University of Wisconsin – Madison.

I graduated from UW in 2007 and I’m getting ready to graduate again (grad school) in just over a month. I work on campus, I live a quarter block from the dorms and I’ve considered (more than once) getting a Motion W tattoo. When I heard MTV was taking a crack at this place, I instantly thought bad things.

Editing is a vicious mistress, and even if these students were shooting the footage themselves, they can’t control the end product.

I’m not expecting a crystal clean version of this place, we’re far from perfect. I know showing world-renowned stem cell research and gorgeous lakes don’t make for compelling TV, at least over at MTV. It just sucks that people who don’t know this school, may only see this side of us.

When I tell people I graduated from Wisconsin, I don’t want them to think I vomited for six-years straight. Is that too much to ask? After reading some early reviews,  a kind of angry statement from UW communications, and watching this clip, I have a feeling this will not end well.

I’m starting the ep now.

Cue damage control.

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I’m trying to watch Better Off Ted again. I just don’t think it’s for me. It’s a little too cute for my taste. I can almost see it animated. 5 second review over, on to the updates.

  • Barbara Walters is 79-years-old. It’s about time she retires. (Sidenote: Regis Philbin is also 75+. Both of them look a decade younger than John McCain.
  • Mad Men update! Season 3 starts shooting in May and premieres in July. Everyone’s favorite closeted Italian Sal, played masterfully by Bryan Batt, said his character will probably never come out. “There’s going to be more torture in his story, “ he said. I can’t wait.
  • Things are worse than I thought: Two and a Half Men just got renewed through 2012. Sweet jesus. Won’t they be at 3 men by then?
  • I didn’t anything was off limits for Family Guy but apparently this was.
  • And my favorite non-TV related link of the week: Lunch Bag Art. One awesome papa draws gorgeous pictures on his children’s lunch bags. I’m sure a book deal is fast approaching.

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TRL Takes A Bow


TRL ended its 10-year run last night with a star-studded finale.

The state of music videos today is a little depressing but that wasn’t always the case. I used to watch TRL everyday usually while talking on the phone with the my other tweeny friends. We’d gush and gab over the latest NSYNC video and imagine our fake weddings to Mark McGrath. It holds a special little place in my heart. Sure the show took a noticeable downturn once Carson Daly left, but as Robert Frost said, nothing gold can stay.

So last night’s salute was a fitting tribute. Stars of yesterday and today dropped in to send a heartfelt bon voyage to the great music video show. Even Eminem graced us with his presence.

My favorite part? The Backstreet Boys singing “I Want It That Way.” Some hits just never go out of style.

Photo: http://newsimg.bbc.co.uk/

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Post-Election Day High Edition! Let’s keep it short.

  • Sad news first: Michael Crichton, blockbluster author of books like Jurassic Park, and The Andromeda Strain lost his battle with cancer today at the age of 66. Crichton contributed to television as the creator of ER. He based the series off of his own experience as a medical resident.
  • Elisabeth Hasselbeck’s concession speech on The View this morning wasn’t as sincere as John McCain’s but I applaud her good sportsmanship. Sherri Shepard got a bit emotional but then again…who didn’t?
  • Big Love is starting again in January. It’s been close to 16 months since the show aired thanks to the Writer’s Strike. Did you forget what’s going on? Want to get in on the last solid drama HBO has? Check out this four minute catch-up video.
  • Joe Mande is a hilarious comedian/blogger. He plays a little game every week where he mashes up the first and last lines of Andy Rooney’s old man rant on 60 Minutes. This week’s was especially funny.
  • Bravo is gearing up for another season of Top Chef. Say hello to the fresh meat…the new chefs that is.
  • I can’t stand Nancy Grace, but gosh her babies are cute.

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MTV launched a new web portal MTV Music this week. The site houses over 25,000 music videos for you to watch whenever you want.
However, even with that many clips, I took a shot and typed in some of the videos I wanted to see…and they weren’t available. Not too surprising. I guess my taste for obscure mid-’90s pop videos will not be satisfied.

Even so, I suppose we have to stop bitching now and deal with the fact that if you want to see/hear music, MTV as we know it is no longer the place to do it.

Image: mtvmusic.com

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The last vestige of anything remotely positive on MTV is the show True Life. If you’re not familiar, True Life follows young people with out of the ordinary lives.

For the past decade I’ve been a bit enamored with the program and have seen nearly every installment. There’s something about watching actual people cope with a serious problem or make a difficult transition. It’s nearly impossible to turn an episode off once it starts. It’s more addicting than a car crash because you get helpful details and title cards.

After ten years you might imagine the folks at MTV are running out of things to talk about. We’ve met cheerleaders, jealous siblings, competitive eaters, veterans, people getting out jail, people with embarrassing parents, body builders, southern belles, compulsive shoppers, sex workers and muy thai boxers. Who else is out there to talk to? Today I was glued to the TV watching True Life: I Have Acne.

The beauty of this show is that they can take topics they seem simple, even petty and really showcase the human element. This episode followed three young people who would do whatever it took to get clearer skin. It was almost heartbreaking to watch parts of it. I know there’s a lot I take for granted in this life, and I will now add an okay complexion to the list. Who knew this was such a serious issue?

If only all of MTV’s programs were as well done and carefully managed. Nope, instead we get 10-hour marathons of ANTM with a side of Paris Hilton’s My New BFF. Maybe I’m asking too much.

Anyone else seen any good True Life‘s lately? How about that one with the single parents? That dude had six kids?! Yikes.

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