Get ready for heartbreak, Finchel fans. The most dreaded/anticipated episode in “Glee” history is here, and I, for one, have stocked up on Kleenex, because I will become a snot monster at exactly 9 p.m.
Tonight, “Glee” says goodbye to Finn Hudson in a special tribute episode to Cory Monteith, who passed away in July from a toxic combination of heroin and alcohol.
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Stuck in a senioritis rut? Would a class on “Downton Abbey” make you stop texting during a lecture? Camden County College in New Jersey is now offering a course called “Downton Abbey: Life In A Country House.” At first I wanted to laugh, but it actually sounds really interesting. The course covers things like “The Inheritance Problem: Marriage, Women And Property” and “Technology Intrudes: Lights, Phones And Cars.” Surprisingly, this isn’t the only “Downton”-focused college class available: Oakland University in Michigan also offers a course which meets at Meadow Brook Hall, a country-style house built in 1928. Students taking “The World of Downton Abbey: Revolution, Rebellion And Re-Creation” get to snack on scones and tea during class. But one important question: will they learn how to give a well-timed withering insult a la the Dowager Countess? [Vanity Fair; Detroit Free Press]
I like to think that Louis C.K. set the scene for other stand-up comedians to take over our televisions, one sitcom at a time: his uniquely-formatted single-camera show, “Louie,” is one of the best, most interesting things in entertainment right now, and is as ground-breaking today as it was when it first aired in 2010. But on the more traditional end, stand-up comedian and “SNL” writer John Mulaney’s eponymous series, “Mulaney,” has just been picked up for a full series run by Fox after being developed — and then dropped by — NBC. Said Fox entertainment chairman Kevin Reilly of the venture, “John is one of the sharpest and most skilled next-generation comedic voices out there, who also happens to be surrounded by the best of the best on this new show.”
The comedy, which will be executive-produced by “SNL” creator Lorne Michaels (this bodes well!) and directed and written by Mulaney himself, stars his character as an “aspiring comedian who comes of age under the influence of his boss (Martin Short), his roommates, and his neighbors.” This news is exciting for a few reasons — firstly, John Mulaney is HILARIOUS. He’s also young (31) and adorable, which will make him a welcome addition to any TV lineup. But I’ll stop objectifying him for a second and move on to the more important things. Read on for more on John Mulaney, and check out some clips from his stand-up and interviews … Keep reading »
Well, that’s a disappointment! As much as we — and everyone else, because come on, who doesn’t love Rebel Wilson? — wanted the actress’s new show “Super Fun Night,” which premiered last night, to be the new best thing ever, the actuality of the show is more like our worst fears for it realized. The ABC sitcom takes the super funny, super adorable, super charming Wilson and turns her into a sort of punchline of herself whose main preoccupation is, “HEY GUYS, DON’T FORGET THAT I’M ALSO SUPER FAT.” It’s just a waste of a talented, multi-faceted comedienne’s breadth of humor and genuine ability. Like, how many Spanx jokes does a 22-minute pilot need? Four. The answer is four. Jezebel provided an excellent, if depressing, compilation of every fat joke from the first episode, and not only are they abundant to the point of superfluity, they’re also, well, not funny. (Furthermore, they stripped Rebel of her Australian accent, which unlike unfunny fat jokes is an actual crime against humanity.)
Watch out, Wendy Williams, Naomi Campbell may be catwalking her way through! Word on the street is the British supermodel may be getting her own talk show.
During a recent interview with Vogue.com, Naomi’s representative said she’s currently in negotiations with “a major U.S. network.”
“I can confirm that there are offers on the table,” the rep said. “But I can’t elaborate further at this time due to ongoing negotiations.” Read more at Hello Beautiful…
There is really nothing I can say about how Richard Simmons—who, in addition to being a pop culture fitness icon, co-starred in one of the best “Whose Line Is it Anyway?” sketches ever, just FYI—took to Twitter during the Emmys to post pictures of himself cosplaying as characters from “Game of Thrones”, “Breaking Bad”, “American Horror Story”, and “Behind the Candelabra”. Literally nothing. My brain is just going ??!?!??!??!??!?!. It’s so beautiful. Read more at The Mary Sue…
Lisa Simpson is what can only be described as one of the greatest feminist characters in cartoon history. Every week my family would watch The Simpsons on Sunday as a ritual, so I can say that without a doubt that I wonder if I would be the person I am today without Lisa Simpson’s bookish, witty, misfit attitude. She always felt like an outsider but she never let that stop her from pursuing her interests which mostly consisted of reading books by female authors like Jane Austen and Sylvia Plath. Lisa’s rejection of the male patriarchy and acceptance of all, including the tiniest of animals when she became a vegetarian at eight years old, shaped and influenced my worldview growing up. It made me more empathetic toward others and wonder if it was OK to play with Barbie dolls. Read more at College Candy…
Dear Hollywood: USE LIZZY CAPLAN MORE. She’s only, you know, PERFECT, and I just cannot fathom how she hasn’t been put to better use. What is it about her that just seems to go straight to DVD?! With “Mean Girls,” “Cloverfield,” “True Blood,” “Party Down,” and “New Girl” all under her supporting-actress and/or regular guest appearance belt, it’s time for Lizzy to blow up big time, and hopefully Showtime’s new original series “Masters of Sex” will be just the right vehicle. Lizzy Caplan, Michael Sheen, the ’60s, and all things sex? Count me in. Lizzy appeared on Conan this week to discuss her new show and other relevant topics, including masturbation, how boring sex scenes are, and her parents’ X-rated cookbook. Another (longer!) clip, after the jump! [Jezebel]
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Lifetime has announced that it will be producing a made-for-TV movie about the young life of Gabby Douglas, the first American to win both the individual all-around and team gymnastics competitions in a single year’s Olympic Games, and the first woman of color to take the gold in the individual all-around competition. Read more at The Mary Sue…
Don’t get me wrong. I adore Carrie Underwood. She is one of my favorite singers/performers and I’m secretly kind of excited she’s taking on the role of Maria Von Trapp for a TV movie version of “The Sound of Music” even though most people seem to think this is NBC’s second worst idea ever after greenlighting “Joey.” That being said, the poster for the television spectacle was released yesterday, and there’s something about it that’s, well, a little off. Is it the strangely vacant look in her usually lively eyes? The gaping smile? My confusion about this poster is best expressed in GIF form. Forgive me, Carrie. I just couldn’t resist.