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Jemaine Clement: Please, Please Don’t Quit “Flight Of The Conchords”

Dear Jemaine,

We heard that you’re not sure you want to do another season of “Flight of the Conchords” because it’s too much work. We totally sympathize but must beg you, please oh pleeease, don’t stop! If we’re forced to go without you and Bret’s sugar lumps, your hilariously witty lyrics, your awesome dance moves and your gorgeous sideburns, we will (probably) give up on TV altogether. Seriously, I’m going through the five stages of grief over this. Keep reading »

Ellen Page Mocks Hipsters In HBO’s “Stich N’ Bitch”

Brooklyn hipsters need more positive encouragement like I need a hole in the head. But I’m still thrilled my girl Ellen Page is writing a comedy for HBO about mankind’s most poser-ific social group. The “Juno” star, along with Alia Shawkat from “Arrested Development” and Sean Tillmann (aka musician Har Mar Superstar), will write and produce Stich N’ Bitch, a show about two hipster girls who move from Williamsburg, Brooklyn to Silver Lake, Los Angeles in a passionate quest to be artistes. According to The Hollywood Reporter, any of the three actors might star in the show but no roles have been cast yet. Oh, pretty please, Ellen? I can’t imagine anyone else I want to watch suffer for their art.

By the way, for those of you who aren’t in the know, Stitch N’ Bitch is a series of knitting how-to books written by Debbie Stoller, the editor-in-chief and publisher of Bust, one of our favorite mags. Great name, ladies! [The Hollywood Reporter] Keep reading »

“Savage Love” Sex Column Might Become A Show On HBO

Dan Savage, sex advice columnist extraordinaire, recently blogged that he is shooting a pilot this Thursday for a possible HBO show based on his column, “Savage Love.” The idea of the show is to examine current events and cultural trends through the lens of sex, he explained. Guess HBO just doesn’t feel right with “Sex and The City” gone, huh? Keep reading »

“The Sopranos” May Be The Next HBO Show Turned Into A Movie

I’m not going to lie, I actually loved the “Sex and The City” movie. It gave fans like me another dose of Carrie and the girls, who we’ve missed so intensely since the show’s finale. (And, of course, I’m holding my breath until the “SATC” sequel.) But now it seems that every popular HBO show is being considered for a movie version. Jeremy Piven already spilled the beans that he’s working on bringing Ari, Vince, and the rest of the “Entourage” crew to the big screen. Now word’s out about a possible “Sopranos” flick. Seriously?! [NY Daily News]
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Television Tries To Represent Gay And Lesbian Folks. But Usually Fails.

I gotta say, given that it’s 2009 and all, I’m just not impressed with how gay and lesbian folks are portrayed on television. Sure, you might see gay couples on TV, particularly of the lesbian variety. But often, these portrayals smack of being publicity stunts. This week, the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation did a study of how the biggest 15 networks represented LGBT characters in their shows last season. They looked for shows that reflected “the lives of gay, bisexual and transgender people.” And, of course, they found that HBO did the best—with 42 percent of its prime-time programming hours devoted to this. Showtime, with shows like “The L Word” and ”The United States of Tara,” was next with a 26 percent. But once the study got to the more mainstream media, the numbers dropped significantly. Of the five major networks—ABC, CBS, NBC, Fox and the CW—ABC ranked the highest with 24 percent. NBC had only eight percent, and CBS came in with a pathetic five percent. At first glance, these numbers don’t sound too terrible. But I’m going to go ahead and argue that things are a lot grimmer than they appear. Keep reading »

Are You Going To Watch “Hung”?

This Sunday, June 28, at 10 p.m., HBO is premiering a new show, “Hung.” Guess what it’s about? A guy who turns to prostitution to make a living. Step aside, “Belle de Jour.” Get out of here, “The Girlfriend Experience.” Call-girls are, like, so 2008. 2009 is all about guys who sell their bodies to make ends meet. The dramatic comedy stars Thomas Jane as Ray Drecker, an all-star high school athlete who ends up as a high school basketball coach whose wife dumps him for her dermatologist. Casting about for something to do with his life and make some money, Drecker takes note of his well-endowed physique and sets about renting it out by the hour. Uh, “The Sopranos” it ain’t. It’s “Boogie Nights” meets the recession! Are you going to tune in or tune it out? Keep reading »

HBO Developing TV Show About Women’s Studies Professor

HBO and former “Daily Show”/”Colbert Report” executive producer Ben Karlin and “NYPD Blue” writer/producer Theresa Rebeck are developing a show that will take place in a small liberal arts college in the Northeast with “a onetime famous author who, after a tumultuous period as a feminist It Girl, is now a professor” as the main character. The role will likely be played by Tony winner Julie White (“NYPD Blue,” “Monsters Vs. Aliens,” “Transformers”). The series, “Women’s Studies,” is in development at this point, so no air date has been set as of yet, but we’re looking forward to seeing what they do with the premise. Watching a crazy, washed-up feminist trying to feel important in Vermont sounds right up our alley. [Reuters via Salon] Keep reading »

First Look At HBO’s “Grey Gardens” Movie

I’m majorly conflicted about the fact that Drew Barrymore and Jessica Lange are starring in an upcoming movie based on the documentary “Grey Gardens,” and remain conflicted after watching this first look clip above. Can the two actresses pull off Big and Little Edie Beale, the aunt and first cousin of Jackie Kennedy? Lange, who has certainly proved her acting chops, is less of a concern than Barrymore, in my opinion, not to mention not knowing if the script is any good. The film supposedly goes back years before the documentary and tells the story off how the Beale’s went from being prominent socialites to reclusive hermits living in a rundown estate in Long Island. The film hits HBO in April of 2009. Keep reading »

Five Reasons You Should Be Watching “True Blood”

“True Blood” is my favorite new series this TV season. I love the show so much that I actually watch each episode twice — once when it airs on Sunday at 9 pm and again on HBO On Demand in the middle of the week, just to hold me over until the next Sunday. Since I’m the only “True Blood” fan at The Frisky, I thought I’d get on my soapbox and let you in on why you should be watching it. Murder, romance and fantasy after the jump…I love this show! Keep reading »

Vampires In Pop Culture: True Blood Debunks Myths And Legends

Vampires are making another resurgence in pop culture. HBO’s True Blood premiered on Sunday and Twilight the movie will be in theaters November 21. Also, the Southern vampire novels by Charlaine Harris, which True Blood is based on, remain extremely popular. Unlike other vampire entertainment, True Blood is debunking some of the vampire myths and legends, in order to make its world believable. And along the way, it may create some new ones. Keep reading »

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