Posts Tagged ‘Oprah’

The video below has everything:

  • Cello
  • Angry Birds
  • Hot Dogs
  • Pint-Sized Jewish Rappers
  • Velvet Tuxes
  • Robert Palmer Impersonations
  • Hat Choreography
  • Steve Jobs
  • Multicolored Yarmulkes
  • The Phrase “Tres Chic” (at least 10x)
  • Swimming
  • And a quick appearance by Cake Boss AND Oprah

I spent pretty much every Saturday in 7th grade attending Bar/Bat Mitzvahs but none of them had kickass homemade music videos. You win at everything Zachary Freiman.

Mazel Tov, kid.

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I’m watching A Charlie Brown Christmas. Everytime I watch this, I think about having a son and naming him Linus.

Lucy: You think you’re so smart with that blanket. What are you gonna do with it when you grow up?

Linus: Maybe I’ll make it into a sportcoat.

You tell her Linus! Don’t let anyone change you.

On to the updates.

  • This guy guessed the EXACT PRICE of his Showcase on the Price Is Right today. The exact price folks. It hasn’t happened since 1972. Despite this, Drew Carrey appeared unimpresed. Even the other contestant freaked out a bit. I think she was mad because on any other day she would’ve won by a landslide.
  • Britney Spears went Christmas Caroling with Ellen. It was pretty hilarious. I’m glad she’s keeping it together for those little ones of hers.
  • 27 years later, police have finally uncovered the mystery behind the murder of Adam Walsh, the  son of America’s Most Wanted host John Walsh. The murderer? Ottis Toole, a serial killer who died behind bars in 1996.
  • I love a good talk-show debate on gay marriage and boy have there been some good ones lately. Melissa Etheridge proverbially bitch slapped Elisabeth Hasselbeck on The View today and Jon Stewart had a great discussion with  Mike Huckabee on The Daily Show last week.
  • Where do you find America’s teen sweethearts after dark? Hanging out with fans at a local sex toy shop. Stay tuned for High School Musical 4: F’ It, Let’s Just Have Sex Already.
  • And one more thing: Peter Falk (best known as Columbo) has Alzheimer’s disease.
  • Oh, and finally my Favorite Non-TV Related Link of the Week: Sporcle.com, officially the best time waster on the internet.

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It’s a recession era economy and even from her cashmere thrown, Oprah can tell the average American is feeling the pinch right now. With this in mind, Oprah is changing her “Favorite Things” episode a bit this year. Gone is the usual hour-of excess (last year she gave away a fridge/HDTV combo valued at over $3700) and in its place is Oprah is giving away gift-items her viewers can actually afford.

While it makes the program more accessible to the average person, and watching people get stuff for free is half the fun, I’m a little upset about the change. If watching surprised audience members get tons of free stuff is half the fun, isn’t the other half adding up the exorbitant sticker price for all of those items? It’s a cheap thrill to see how the other half lives for an hour. That’s why they call the episode, “Oprah’s Favorite Things” not “Oprah Helps You Find A $20 Gift For Your Grandma.”

Was anyone actually using the Favorite Things episode as a shopping guide in the first place? Yes, a lot of the smaller ticket items (cakes, slippers, etc) sell out immediately, but did anyone take a look at the HDTV-Fridge and think “Well I can scratch Dad off of my shopping list,”?

Cheaper items or no, I will be recording the episode when it airs tomorrow, if for nothing else than the inevitable screaming and hugging that occurs when a couple hundred ladies find out they are the envy of an entire nation.

Image: http://themakeupgirl.typepad.com

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No seriously…you wouldn’t.

Need a $350 cashmere throw? How about a set of canvas weekender luggage?

Then do I have a store for you! The Oprah Online Store of course!

Don’t forget to pick up your stacked ceramic tea-kettle for one or an assortment of African crafts.

This place is like a Target…only really, really extravagant and covered with O’s.

Photo: http://oprahstore.oprah.com/

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Marry: Oprah

If this week confirmed anything for me it’s that anything Oprah touches, turns to gold…even things that were pretty awesome to begin with. From sobbing on Mr. Man’s shoulder during Obama’s rally in Grant Park to her wickedly wonderful guest spot on 30 Rock, Oprah’s been adding a little bit of magic to everything these days.

Bop: Jason O’Mara, of Life on Mars

Are you not watching Life on Mars? The cop-drama, the intrigue, the 70’s, it’s really a unique program. This week’s episode was no exception thanks to Mars lead Jason O’Mara. O’Mara’s character Sam and his partner are investigating a murder when they’re kidnapped by a reckless version of the Black Panthers. Sam runs his mouth and uses a little quick thinking to get out of it. Oh and if you didn’t know, Sam was hit by a car in 2008 and woke up in 1973…and roll scene:

Kill: Miguel Prado, Dexter

Jimmy Smits is doing an excellent job playing hardnosed Assistant District Attorney Miguel Prado on Dexter this season but frankly, Prado is starting to get on my nerves. He’s all up in Dexter’s business, he doesn’t know the rules about killing people, and he asks way too many questions. He’s basically an annoying kid brother and the last thing a serial killer needs is a tag-along that can’t keep up. He may be Dex’s “first true friend” but he’s getting in the way of a good storyline and some good hack-jobs. It’s time to cut him loose!

Photo: The Remote Island

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It’s our first Hump Day Update of edubtv 2.0. Woohoo! Let’s get crackin’

  • Scanner ranked the Top 5 Worst TV Spin-Offs today and Saved By The Bell: The College Years came in number 1. Obviously these people have never seen…I tried to make a joke right there but upon further review I couldn’t think of a worse spin-off than SBTB:TCY. Nevermind. Good call Scanner.
  • Oprah’s show will now be available en Espanol through closed captioning and secondary audio programming (aka dubbing). The service is starting out in some of America’s largest Spanish-speaking markets including Houston, Miami, Chicago, New York, Dallas and Los Angeles. Winfrey’s production company, Harpo, is picking up the tab.
  • Former child-actor Skylar Deleon was found guilty for killing three people this week. Worse? Up until now, he’s been telling everyone he was the star of The Power Rangers when he’d only appeared in a small role in one episode. Deleon obviously hadn’t heard of DNA testing before his crimes, so odds are good he hadn’t heard of IMDB either.
  • Pop Culture staple Best Week Ever is getting a makeover. Starting this week, the show will have a new format and will now be called Best Week Ever With Paul F. Tompkins. Seriously. Don’t worry true believers, you can see the last of the old episodes here.
  • And finally, this made me laugh out loud today. You know someone pulled her aside later, shook her by the shoulders and said, “Elephants, Sarah! Elephants!

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  • It ended on time, even a few minutes early. Though it got a little annoying towards the end with every presenter reminding people the show was running late and that their jokes were cut. Worse? The jokes that stayed weren’t that good. Watching Ricky Gervais blow a few minutes on a good bit was well worth it though.
  • Just what were the hosts there for? They didn’t even open the show (thanks Oprah!) and they only appeared once or twice the rest of the night. If this show is going to have hosts then they need to do something. It should be their job to move the show long. Otherwise, skip the whole job altogether.
  • Other than an excellent Cartman impression the only thing Josh Groban did tonight was prove his voice only works with one style of music.
  • My picks were pretty off for the better part of the night. Bad for me but great for some folks who surprised the oddsmakers and took home the awards. I definitely tip my hat to Bryan Cranston who foiled Emmy pools nationwide for his best actor in a drama series win over “sure thing” Jon Hamm. Here’s the thing…I called Bryan Cranston’s win not once but twice right here on this blog. I really should’ve double checked this thing before submitting my list.
  • I really enjoyed the way they incorporated mock sets from old television shows. What a fitting tribute to some great programs. (And did I mention it was great to see Martin Sheen again? I just watched the finale of West Wing on Bravo last week and I realized just how much I miss it.)
  • How much do I love that Tina Fey took home the biggies tonight? Almost too much. She’s truly remarkable. I still don’t quite get why folks aren’t watching 30 Rock.
  • Other than Tina Fey, the biggest winner of the night? Don Rickles. Funniest guy on stage. We need to welcome Old Hollywood back for these things every year.
  • The Laugh-In folks can stay at home though. Laugh-In is usually much funnier, too bad that’s the impression most young people will be left with after tonight. Check some of it out at your local media library folks. It was great 40 years ago.
  • And briefly: Best Dressed: Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Worst Dressed: January Jones…Yikes!
  • Want a list of all the winners? Check ’em out here.

I’m already chomping at the bit for next year. I suppose the Golden Globes will have to tide me over.

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Pro-Bowl Tight End for the Kansas City Chiefs and Oprah’s Big Give judge, Tony Gonazalez, solidified his status as resident good guy when he saved a stranger’s life last week.

Apparently, Gonzalez was out to eat when he saw a man sputtering and turning blue. He leapt into action and performed the Heimlich maneuver, despite not having any formal training in the lifesaving procedure.

Mr. Modesty wasn’t planning on the news of his heroism getting out. He didn’t even tell some members of his family.

What a class act.

Oprah’s probably going to eat this up!

Photo: Kansas City Chiefs

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Hump Day Update

It’s Wednesday and always there’s too much to talk about. How was your hump day everybody?
  • Top Chef finally got rid of my least favorite chef. I won’t give it away, but let me just say: I’m glad he’s gone mate.
  • David Blaine broke the world record for holding your breath under water after breathing in pure oxygen for 25 minutes. Yes, the record is that specific. Apparently there are two types of records. One where you don’t take in the pure oxygen and one where you do. Either way, you get the shakes, your heart goes funny and you look like a dumbass in a giant globe of water on the Oprah set. If SNL were new this week, they’d be having a field day.
  • And in Idol chatter, one of my favorites, Brooke White, went home tonight. She wasn’t going to win, but I did like her modesty, sincerity and every other week, her voice.
  • Anyone else see Charlie Gibson fill in on Good Morning America this morning? His stint reminded me just how much I miss him at the desk. They played old clips of him all morning. My favorite was from a few years ago when Sam Champion was just filling in for Spencer Christian one day. The scene went something like this:

Robin: Thank you Sam. And yes America, Sam Champion is his real name.
Charlie: Really, that’s your real name? Sam Third Place Finisher just doesn’t have the same effect.

Charlie, feel free to come back to GMA anytime…seriously.

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Hump Day Updates

Lots of little things to talk about today.

  • These new Gossip Girl ads are steamy. People are getting this much ass in high school? I should’ve spent less time in forensics.
  • I Tivo’ed Idol Gives Back tonight but I haven’t had a chance to watch it yet. This is probably for the best seeing as it is probably the cheesiest 2.5 hours of television known to man…since this of course.
  • It’s official: I will watch Chris Hansen sting just about anybody.
  • Dr. Oz is probably the only person in Oprah’s posse who is intelligent and charismatic enough to get his own show. It’s about time he steps out from under her cashmere wing. Maybe this one will actually be worth watching.

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Because OWN isn’t scary enough, sculptor Daniel Edwards made this freaky piece called The Oprah Sarcophagus. She’s curvy, she’s bronze and she’s nude. It’s too much to bear and not necessarily a flattering depiction of Oprah. I’m sure she’ll have Edwards. “taken care of” by the end of the week.

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Soon She’ll OWN You Too

Oprah is getting her own Oprah themed network. I wish I were joking.

The Oprah Winfrey Network, menacingly dubbed OWN, is coming to your TV (probably wrapped in a cashmere throw) in 2009. OWN will replace the Discovery Health Channel, which is currently available in over 65 Million homes.

Oprah gets full control of the content and creative direction of OWN and plans to focus on financial issues, spirituality, relationships and wellness. Essentially it’s the magazine…but in HD!

The channel probably won’t be any worse than most of the tripe on TV. And Oprah doesn’t lend her name to bad stuff; for the most part. I’m reluctantly optimistic.

I bet she swims in a pool of coins like Scrooge McDuck.

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