This Thursday, Christopher Meloni returns to television as the titular character in the half-hour Fox comedy “Surviving Jack.” And we couldn’t be happier. Why? Residual checks. But also, Thursday marks the culmination of a marathon that may not have gone past the starting line without Chris Meloni leading the pack.
He was everyone’s first choice for the role, hands down: an actor with a rare combination of likeability—the holy grail of casting—and shit-inducing scariness. The billboards read, in bold red block letters: “Putting the ‘F’ back in Fatherhood.” One need only recall a couple of shows in Chris’s past body of work to know he could put the “F” in just about anything. The guy thrived for several years of maximum-security lockup as sociopathic inmate Chris Keller on HBO’s prison drama “OZ,” and spent 12 seasons on NBC’s “Law & Order: SVU”(12 seasons!) cleaning scum off the streets of New York as Detective Elliot Stabler.
With a resume like that, an actor will surely garner a group of fans. But Meloni comes with a special army of devotees—self-proclaimed “Melonians”—whose appreciation for the star goes far beyond his acting chops.
We’re of course talking about his man parts. Keep reading »
Foxes are so cute! But they’re underrated in the animal kingdom. You forget how adorable their little half-dog meets sort-of-cat faces can be. Thankfully, we have this video of a baby fox in a box to help get us through this Tuesday. Please listen with the sound up so you can hear his cute little fox yelps. [Have You Seen This?]
In this unpredictable and ever-changing world we live in, at least we can always count on Fox News to provide a consistent stream of ignorance. The latest example comes from Fox Nation, a “news” website that chose to illustrate a story about transgender healthcare with a photo of Robin Williams from the movie “Mrs. Doubtfire.” Because, obviously, every serious trans issue can totally be summed up by a male comedian in a dress putting out a fire on his fake boobs. Sigh. After sparking outrage and petitions to remove it, the ridiculous movie shot has been replaced by a generic stock photo. And just in case anyone was misled by Fox’s story, Village Voice blogger Alan Scherstuhl explains, “For the record, the number of transgender Americans asking insurance to cover boobfires each year is minuscule.” [Village Voice, Basic Rights Oregon]
America, we have a fox obesity problem. And when you feed your pet foxes marshmallows, you’re not helping the cause. Okay, kidding, this fox was an orphan rescued as a baby, and he gets a marshmallow treat once a year on the anniversary of his adoption. Watch this little guy bury some of the marshmallows for later. [YouTube]
Who’s been called in as “experts” on cable news to discuss the current debate over birth control? More men than women, that’s who. Across all the networks, 91 men appeared to talk about the birth control debate, while only 55 women appeared on-air. The greatest disparity was at the Fox stations, but the “liberal”-leaning network of MSNBC didn’t do much better. When the debate primarily affects women’s lives — in this case, their very bodies — more female voices need to be heard. Shame on these networks for allowing guys, whatever their opinion, a greater voice in the debate. [Think Progress]
Hi, did you have plans for this evening? I did, but then I canceled them because A) it’s pouring rain, B) it’s freezing out, and C) Fox is airing new episodes of “Glee,” “New Girl,” and “Raising Hope” tonight. So I’m making excuses and going home to sit around in my undies, paint my nails, and watching the boob tube like the rockstar that I am. Keep reading »
Does your television take up a high percentage of your living room? Have you ever bailed out on plans to cook pasta to watch an episode of “Lost“? Do you often run into situations where your DVR gets overloaded because there are just too many shows you want to record? No, I am not here to chastise you for being a coach potato or to tell you that so much TV-watching is actively decreasing your brain cells. I am here to congratulate you for being a TV head!
For us TV heads, the third week in May rivals the week between Christmas and New Year’s Eve for everyone else. It’s upfronts week! Keep reading »
Could network wars be responsible for crushing the hearts of Gleeks, “Glee” fans, across America? The popular Fox show won’t be rolling down Central Park West this November, as NBC has reportedly put the kibosh on their performance plans at the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.
According to an internal Fox memo, the network and Macy’s were “already discussing wardrobe and choreography” and picking out a float for the “Glee” cast to ride on when the store told them the offer would have to be rescinded because “it did not want the Fox series…getting a big fat plug on NBC’s parade broadcast,” according to The Washington Post. A network insider claims the department store had worked out the deal before consulting NBC. Keep reading »