Most networks want their own day for their upfront. But others don’t need to be queen for a full 24 hours—thus, Wednesday has become a catch-all day for presentations, which is strange because Friday appears to be wide open. Not only did CBS announce their fall television lineups this morning—TBS and TNT took their turns, too. And not to be left out in the cold, SyFy announced that they’ve picked up a new series, too. After the jump, the shows announced today that have me giddy to press the record button. Keep reading »
Super Bowl Sunday is nine days away, and we’ve already told you about the anti-abortion Focus on the Family ad
you can expect to see if you tune in, rather than heading to Animal Planet for the Puppy Bowl. But what about the ads you won’t see? A gay dating site called ManCrunch.com wanted to air the commercial above during the football megacast, but was told by CBS that space is full. “It’s clearly a form of discrimination that we’re getting the runaround, that we’re not being told the truth,” he said. “Quite frankly, there is a lot of ad space available.” CBS also allegedly flat-out nixed an ad from a site called GoDaddy.com. Keep reading »
A few soap stars invaded the nation’s capital over the weekend for a CBS Watch! magazine photo shoot. They were dressed as presidential couples, but added their signature soap sexiness and romance — Jackie Kennedy with a heaving bosom, Bill Clinton actually embracing Hillary, and George and Martha in an erotic fantasy. Terri Colombino, who plays a woman that has been married six times on As the World Turns, donned a hand-painted white couture gown that retails for $2,950 to re-create Nancy Reagan’s 1981 inaugural ball look. According to the Washington Post, she did look like Reagan, but with considerably more cleavage. Ronald Reagan was played by Austin Peck, Colombino’s soap opera husband. These sexy, yet tasteful photos are sure to trump Tyra Banks’s Michelle Obama-inspired photo spread because they offer a bit of nostalgia and don’t just cash in on a craze. This issue of Watch! comes out in January, a perfect time considering the new President of the United States will be enjoying his inaugural festivities. [Washington Post] Keep reading »
All this talk about polyamory has convinced me it’s time to confess a rather intimate secret: I’m a fan of Swingtown on CBS. I know I can’t be the only fan out there — the message boards prove that (Yes, I’m actually reading the message boards. Look, my boyfriend’s been away on business. I’m lonely.), but it’s been difficult to find anyone in real life who admits to watching the show.
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Justin Timberlake could have Janet Jackson naked by the end of his song. In a surprising landmark judicial decision, the US Circuit Court of Appeals stopped the FCC from fining CBS over half a mil for the infamous 2004 halftime split second strip show…er, wardrobe malfunction. The Court ruled in favor of JT, Janet, and the station for a couple reasons. At the time, the FCC laws weren’t explicit enough to be enforced for the accident, so it became a case of puritanical opinion versus freedom of speech. Also, since it was a live show, there was no way for any CBS employee to prevent Janet’s jug from airing, therefore, there was no network negligence. Nevertheless, Nipplegate was the shot heard ’round the world and the FCC immediately freaked out and created tighter restrictions and higher indecency. The boobie bonanza is over! [Guide Live]
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Funerals, talking to a member of the clergy, bumping into your ex and his new girlfriend — these are all really uncomfortable situations. But nothing gives me more heebee-jeebees than the thought of having to snuggle strangers at a Cuddle Party. Until an episode of Scott Baio is 45…and Single (see above), I had never heard of such a nightmare, er, event. Apparently it’s a group of people, who don’t know each other, dressed in pa-jam-jam’s that bond and then eventually embrace for an extended period of time. Yuck! It’s not supposed to be sexy and I can guarantee, after looking around at the peeps in a Hallmark card store, that it definitely isn’t. However, like skinny jeans, this uncomfortable trend is becoming popular across America according to a CBS News Report. I don’t want to judge the hug, it has its place — a firm hello for friends and family, a little bid of support for someone sad, etc — but it usually takes me naked, in your bed, to get a full spoon on. Yet somehow, without the aid of booze, people are still into the idea of holding on to hippies they’ve only just met. I’ve never felt so alone in all my life. Don’t touch me! Keep reading »
One of the upcoming shows getting lots of buzz is Swingtown on CBS — I don’t think it has an official release date yet, but I’m psyched. The show centers around couples in the 1970′s who are into swinging — i.e. partner swapping. How did a show like this end up on CBS? It is produced by the same director behind HBO juggernauts Big Love and Rome and you would think that a show so much about, you know, sex, would be better suited for a network that allows nudity. But producer Mike Kelley says, “I actually think the shackles of having to show more explicit things every week to week to week on cable would have been far more constricting.” Uh, yeah. Whatever, we’ll be watching…and wishing for some nipple, I’m sure. [NY Times via Boinkology] Keep reading »
Soap operas love drama with a cheesy soundtrack, but unfortunately, thereâ€™s a small chorus of haters for As The World Turns. This season the show has broken ground with their two new characters, Luke and Noah, a committed gay couple. Okay, so theyâ€™ve kissed three times on screen and theyâ€™re already moving in together, but theyâ€™re so cuteâ€¦and so controversial. The American Family Association wants people to protest all Proctor & Gamble products (Tide, Crest, and Pampers are among them) because they say the company, which produces ATWT, “promotes the homosexual agenda”. To see where America really stands, P&G, who included the gay love story on the show in an effort to show diversity, has set up a hotline. If you want to see more of these two hunks kissing, you can call the number to support Luke & Noah. You donâ€™t have to give your name or any information, just a push of a button so they can keep pushing each otherâ€™s.
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Living inside the Big Brother house is a bit like living life in fast-forward: so much more drama goes down in the span of one week than could ever go down in a year in a non-reality show star’s life. Frankly, the game itself (i.e. the “couples” vying for the million dollar prize) is not even the reason to watch, and frankly, the show itself isn’t worth watching either, considering that every moment of life inside the house is available through the Big Brother live feeds. These feeds are watched, transcribed, and posted in text and video form on quite a few blogs, so I’ve been doing most of my BB-obsessing online. So what’s gone down this week since we last left off? Find out, after the jump…
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