Maybe you caught the premiere episode of the new AMC series “Small Town Security” the other night, as it debuted directly after “Breaking Bad”? If not, you missed one hell of a crazypants show. The series chronicles the lives of several of the folks working at JJK Security, a small security firm in Northern Georgia. So far, it sounds like every other annoying reality TV show on AMC or TLC or the Discovery Network. But actually? This series is filled to the brim with oddities and surprises. After the jump, we give you 10 reasons why “Small Town Security” should be a required part of your Sunday night lineup, handcuffs and all. (And please, watch the illuminating clip, too!)
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I’ve written before about my obsession with “House Hunters” and “House Hunters International,” how I watch approximately three episodes per day, how much I love to hate it, how I always end up yelling at the TV like a crotchety old man because the subjects of the show tend to talk about paint colors in the kinds of hushed, serious voices usually reserved for presidents facing a nuclear crisis. But now I’m feeling crotchety for a different reason: apparently the show is totally fake. Here’s a quote from a former House Hunter describing her experience:
“They didn’t even ‘accept’ us being a subject for the show until we closed on the house we were buying. So then when they decided to film our episode we had to scramble to find houses to tour and pretend we were considering. The ones we looked at weren’t even for sale…they were just our two friends’ houses who were nice enough to madly clean for days in preparation for the cameras!” Keep reading »
When we look back on our favorite TV shows from the ’90s, sometimes it’s the romances that stick out, like Zack and Kelly or Rachel and Ross — but what about the female friendships? Memorable girlfriends like the ladies of Sex and the City and the Beverly Hills, 90210 frenemies were always there to watch and relate to. And unlike in movies, TV friendships play out across several years, so we’re able to watch as the relationship grows and evolves. Here are our favorite TV girlfriends from the ’90s!
The girlfriends: D.J. Tanner and Kimmy Gibbler
Why we loved them: As childhood best friends, these two are there for each other’s every up and down. From boy issues to family drama, D.J. and Kimmy witness each other’s best and worst times. Kimmy’s goofy, happy-go-lucky attitude is the perfect complement to D.J.’s low-key rationality. Read more …
It happens every year — you get attached to some new TV show, only to learn five or six episodes in that it’s not coming back after its debut season. It’s the sad lifecyle of TV — if a show doesn’t make the desired ratings, it’s gotta walk the plank. In the last few days, networks have been announcing their latest round of cuts — most which won’t surprise you (who ever watched “Gifted Man,” anyway?) But there are some surprises (“Pan Am” seemed to do pretty well). After the jump, all the TV shows that are getting canned to make way for new TV this fall. Keep reading »
Lifetime, the network for women where women are most often portrayed as killers, murder victims or prostitutes, has a new show lined up for summer! It’s called “The Week That Women Went,” and it’s a documentary mini-series that attempts to show what might happen to a small town if all the women were to disappear. In the series, the women of the small town of Yemasee, South Carolina, take off for a week, leaving their husbands, kids and jobs. The point, I guess, is to show what the world would be like for men if women weren’t there. Which obviously would suck. Keep reading »
So, did you guys watch the finale of “The Walking Dead”? What did you think? I don’t actually watch the show because it’s way too scary (hey, I might be prepared for the zombie apocalypse, but that doesn’t mean I want to watch it happen!), but my friends are super into it, and I’ve noticed that beneath the blood and guts the characters are rocking some pretty cool outfits. Click through to see our version of Andrea’s signature look–skinny jeans, a slouchy pullover, cowboy hat, and sneakers, of course, so she can run like hell… Keep reading »
Yesterday I attended the first-ever taping of “What Not to Wear” in front of a live studio audience. I was invited to attend because, as you may remember, last year I was surprise-ambushed by my friends and family and coworkers and given a $5,000 makeover — complete with a wardrobe overhaul, make up assessment and new hairdo. As a past contributor — which is what “WNTW” calls its makeovers — I was invited to update viewers on my life since the show aired. But I also learned a ton – from “WNTW” experts Stacy London, Clinton Kelly, Carmindy and Ted Gibson– about what exactly goes into putting together a hour-long TV program in front of a studio audience. I won’t reveal exactly what went on during the one-of-a-kind episode — you’re going to have to tune in to find out! — but you should definitely click through for tips on makeup, clothes and how your TV sausage is made.
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The news that Dame Maggie Smith — aka the Dowager Countess — is hesitating to renew her contract for future seasons of “Downton Abbey” shook me to my very core. I mean, what would Downton be without her? A sad, empty shell of a show, that’s what. Here are 10 reasons “Downton Abbey” desperately needs the Dowager Countess … Keep reading »
In a “Glee” episode plagued with cheesy as hell plot lines (Mr. Shue wants Finn to be his best man? Coach Beiste got married in Vegas? What?), last night’s highlight was Nene Leakes as tough-talking synchronized swimming coach, Roz Washington. I didn’t know what to expect, but I am happy to report that the “Real Housewife of Atlanta” star rocked her cameo with wry one-liners like, “If you pee in my pool, I will kill you.” You can watch a clip of her scene here. I hope we see her again this season. I like watching her act better than I like watching her act like herself. What did you think of Nene’s acting debut?
Add a time clock and some friendly competition to TLC’s “Extreme Couponing” and you’ve got “Extreme Couponing All-Stars,” which premieres on December 27. It’s kind of like what “Supermarket Sweep” always should have been. The best extreme couponers compete for the title of America’s Biggest Super Saver. This clip features contender Faatima who experience a panic at the super market when she forgets “the big mamma of them all” — her cleanser. Um, I need this show and I need it now.