It’s new release Tuesday, so it’s time to take the latest tracks for a spin! This week, representin’ “American Idol,” runner-up Katharine McPhee drops her second songbird record. Catty Ke$ha raps her wild side. But, girl, tucked away with the lady tuneage is Mr. Findlay Brown, a British bad boy who will sing your panties off. So, be careful playing this week’s hottest jam in the office. Wink. Now, let’s get into the groove after the jump …
How do I break this to you gently? If you are a Time Warner Cable subscriber, take a careful look at your next bill, because your fees went up as of New Year’s Day. Fox, which is free for folks who get it via antennas, somehow managed to ink a new contract with the cable giant that includes fees for each subscriber. Meanwhile, Scripps Network—which operates the Food Network and HGTV—tried to play the same game with Cablevision of New York City. But instead of caving, Cablevision decided to drop the channels altogether. Experts predict that this is the way things are going—channels demanding more fees so they aren’t so reliant on advertising, and cable companies having to choose between dropping channels and charging more. [NY Times, CNN]
This is disconcerting because, hi, didn’t these companies get the memo that you can find great television over the interwebs these days? Here are five places where the TV flows for free. Keep reading »
If your New Year’s resolution is something like, “Make more friends,” or “Stop getting beat up at parties,” or if you’re just looking for a diplomatic way to tell someone in your life that you just don’t like them, you need to check out this new blog, Nobody Likes You. I mean how many times have you run for the hills when you met what they’ve dubbed an “Overly Compensating Guy” at a party—you know, the one who tells you he did 24 shots and wrestled the bear that ate Chuck Norris. I’m the first to admit that I’ve been driven to near insanity by a sniffling co-worker who refuses to blow their godforsaken nose. And in case you were wondering if your audible public smooching that can be heard two library aisles away is making you unpopular, yes … it is. Whether you are an offender or just know one, this genius collection of things that drive people crazy is bound to make the world a better place for all. [Nobody Likes You] Keep reading »
Last night, our beloved Snooki (best known for being the most lovable cast member on “Jersey Shore” and for reading The Frisky that one time) appeared on “Jay Leno” and answered 10 questions for his “10@10″ segment and was as adorable and ditzy as ever. And she likely made yet another enemy! When Jay asked what she would do to better the world, Snooki replied that she would install tanning beds in everyone’s home and eliminate the Bump-It. The what-it? You know what I’m talking about! The Bump-It! That infomercial hair doo-dad which gives your crown a lot of volume. Snooki says the Bump-It is stupid, that she doesn’t use it — “I tease,” she said superiorly — and that no one should buy it. Ruh-roh. I was irked, however, when Snooki said that she doesn’t read and the last book she picked up was Twilight — but was bored by page two, because it “doesn’t have pictures.” Now, I’m not surprised Snooki isn’t a proud library card carrier, but does she have to play up the dumb thing so much? Girl, just be yourself. The world already has one Paris Hilton. Keep reading »
Last night, Amelia introduced me to a television show where fashion-forward harridans-in-training reject a stream of desperate men, shucking and jiving for their approval. These men were delivered to these reclining prima donnas via conveyor belt — a literal conveyor belt. As if they were stepping off an assembly line from the Freshly Scrubbed Emo Dude Factory.
ABC has aptly named this reality show/dating game “Conveyer Belt of Love.” Judging by her IMs, Amelia OMG LUVS this show and I imagine many millions of women do too. They tuned in and got off as vapid divas objectified equally bird-brained bimbros. Wielding signs that read “Interested” or “Not Interested,” these ladies licked their lips, wrinkled their noses, and rolled their eyes as dude after dude begged to be loved. Keep reading »
Even before last night’s season premiere of “The Bachelor,” thanks to weeks of speculation and Chris Harrison’s loose lips, we knew that one of the contestants was—surprise!—getting down and dirty with a producer, right under Jake’s nose. Since we’re already sick of the aviation puns and can’t stand the thought of having to watch the full season to find out which girl did the naughty, let’s make some guesses, shall we? We know it’s not Michelle, the girl who doesn’t blink and had a meltdown when she didn’t get one-on-one time with Jake—she crazy, and what producer, if given the smorgasbord of female options, would choose her? And it probably isn’t Corrie, the virgin. So who are our best guesses?
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Regardless of what you think of Jake the Pilot, this season’s “Bachelor,” or the 25 women he was introduced to on last night’s premiere, one thing is certain: There’s sure to be at least a little drama in the coming weeks. Yesterday, during a radio interview, “Bachelor” host Chris Harrison confirmed a rumor that one of the bachelorettes had an affair with a producer during taping last fall and that the producer was fired and the female finalist was kicked off the show.
“It was embarrassing for us … incredibly unfortunate, [and] horrible decisions were made. This is something that we took very seriously and it’s something that we couldn’t just sit by. With things in the past, we’ve been like, ‘Let’s just let the Bachelor or Bachelorette find out for themselves.’ We usually toe that line. In fairness to Jake and for the other women, [we decided to] nip this in the bud and take care of it. And that’s what we did. There’s train wrecks in this show where I’m like, ‘Oh, it’s going to be great. Let’s let them have it.’ But … I felt bad for everybody, and it was an uncomfortable deal. This was the rare time that before I had to go talk to the girl, Jake and then the women, I had lawyers, psychologists, producers, executives saying, ‘Okay, these are the words you can say.’ It was intense. It was a wild night.”
I am kind of kicking myself for agreeing to liveblog this season of “The Bachelor” since it’s all Pilot Jake, all the time, but then I thought about how much fun we had during the Papa Bach season despite his general suckage and I have decided to embrace my task. SO, join me tonight at 8 pm, as I embark upon another season of ABC’s wacktastic reality dating show. Everyone pray for more than a few bunny boilers! Keep reading »