File this under television show ideas that could go terribly wrong. ABC has given the green light to a pilot about Edgar Allan Poe. The one-hour drama, “Poe,” will portray the writer as a detective using unconventional methods to explore the macabre unsolved mysteries of Boston in the 1840s. I wonder if the show will feature his 13-year-old cousin who was also his wife? And when they say “unconventional methods” do they mean alcohol and prostitutes? If so, maybe it will be a good show. [Digital Spy] Keep reading »
Apparently ABC has a problem with hot ladies in their undies. Or so says plus-sized lingerie purveyor Lane Bryant in their claim that the network tried to shut out their plus-sized lingerie commercial. ABC “demanded excessive re-edits and rebuffed it three times before relenting to air it during the final 10 minutes of ‘American Idol,’ but only after we threatened to pull the ad buy,” blogged the company
in a bit of well-placed outrage. We watched the commercial (above) and don’t get what the problem is. Yeah, she’s crazy hot and half naked, but ABC routinely airs Victoria’s Secret
commercials featuring busty teenagers prancing about in front of fans; this looks tame by comparison. Thoughts? [The Cut
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A is for Anarchy
there’s really no rules,
If you’re a punk rocker
you think this is cool
This is the first page of Never Mind Your P’s and Q’s: Here’s the Punk Alphabet, by Paul McNeil and Barry Divola — it’s an alphabet book where each letter teaches kids about punk rock-ery, like Sid Vicious, the Sex Pistols and mohawks. Hey, I’m totally behind any book that encourages children to think outside the box and cultivate originality! But methinks this “children’s book” will mostly be popular with the very, very large children who buy their reading material at Urban Outfitters. [Soundscreen Design] Keep reading »
My 9th grade boyfriend once told me, “Women are crazy and men are stupid. And women are crazy because men are stupid!” Alas, I never touched that guy’s wee wee and he still lives with his mom and dad—so reductive gender stereotypes haven’t worked out for him so well.
But they have fared better for the authors Howard Morris and Jenny Lee, whose self-help book, Women Are Crazy, Men Are Stupid, was picked up by ABC as a sitcom. According to a Publisher’s Weekly review of their book, Morris and Lee are a self-described “major nut bag” and a “genuine dunce” who found love. Ah, nut bag and dunce: role models for us all!
I doubt I’ll be TiVo-ing, since a show implying women are “crazy” in romance doesn’t exactly endear me as a viewer. But who knows? Maybe it’ll be brilliant! (Snickers.) [The Hollywood Reporter] Keep reading »
Your decision to air Barbara Walters‘ five-part interview with Sarah Palin on Nov. 17 is one of the worst decisions in the history of mankind. Seriously, isn’t showing segments of the interview on “Good Morning America,” ” World News with Charles Gibson,” “Nightline” and “20/20″ overdoing it just a little? First, you are shamelessly helping Palin promote her book, Going Rogue: An American Life, by airing the interview the same day it hits bookstore shelves. Second, didn’t you get the memo that Oprah is interviewing her on the 16th? And uh, did you not notice that Sarah can barely formulate an articulate sentence—the result of her stretching her limited mental capacity over hours could be completely disastrous. After numerous embarrassing interviews with big shots like Katie Couric and Brain Williams, it’s clear that Palin is a masochist for coming back for more. Plus, she is neither relevant nor interesting—she isn’t even a governor anymore. She is famous for being a joke. So why give her the publicity!? You don’t know? That’s because there’s no reason! We suggest you reconsider. Please.
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As an omnipresent cultural figure, Michael Jackson influenced the ways we grew up, whether you had your first kiss to one of his songs, or just spent hours trying to master the moonwalk. Here, some of your best memories and stories about the King of Pop. Share your own in the comments below! Keep reading »
ABC has hired one of the writers from Dawson’s Creek, Maggie Friedman, to recreate the 1987 classic, The Witches of Eastwick, into a new TV pilot. We’re so psyched — and not just because we’ll be saving the movie theater ticket price! Just like the film, the TV adaptation will be loosely based on the John Updike book about three women who were stuck, jilted by their husbands, in the same small New England town. Together they use some womanly wizardry to summon up a man to satisfy them, but he’s (of course) more trouble than he’s worth. Now, the original cast was slammin’: Cher, Michelle Pfeiffer, Susan Sarandon, and Jack Nicholson. But since the teen drama is totally BACK — hello, Gossip Girl and 90210 — which teen TV queens can hold a candle up to the spell they cast today? We here at The Frisky have some suggestions:
- The Devil, originally played by the irresistible Jack Nicholson, has some big sexy shoes to fill. It’s gonna take a guy who’s so seductive, he’s evil. We’re thinking Gossip Girl’s bad boy, Ed Westwick because he can make women do anything — even like plaid short-shorts on a guy. Plus “Westwick does Eastwick” makes a great headline. Come to think of it, “Westwick Falls In Love With The Women Of The Frisky” does have a certain ring to it too…
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Disney will be screening a few of its movies online this summer. On Saturday nights throughout the summer, you’ll be able to watch such classics as Finding Nemo, Monsters Inc., and Peter Pan on ABC’s Wonderful World of Disney, and then the next day — and for that whole week — the movie of the week will be available to watch online. You know what I’m going to do? Watch the sea turtle scene in Finding Nemo every time I’m feeling low. Or maybe the part of Peter Pan when they sing “You Can Fly!” Man, Disney movies are inspirational. [Orlando Business Journal] Keep reading »