I recently went on a “Bachelor”-watching binge. Although I don’t like to think of myself as someone who would enjoy the show, I also don’t like to think of myself as someone who would eat chocolate cake out of the garbage or sleep with a stranger while in an alcohol-induced blackout, so clearly what I think isn’t nearly as important as what I do. I may have stopped drinking and binge eating some twenty years ago, but I happily hunkered down with my remote control to indulge in some real escapism.
The first thing I love to hate about this show is the premise—essentially, that it’s possible to find true love on reality television. I mean, doesn’t the idea of one man test-driving twenty-five beautiful women at once sound more like a polyamorous play date than an honest attempt at finding one’s soul mate? But hey, I guess that’s hardly the point. We all know that reality shows are to real life what Pringles are to the potato, and “The Bachelor” is not exactly what I would call soul food. I guess I’m just a hapless—er, hopeless—romantic at heart, who resents myself for still wanting to buy into “The Bachelor”’s premise and believe in the possibility of a happy ending.
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Why didn’t anyone think of this brilliant idea sooner?! Infiltrate a group of youngsters with similar lineages, ply them with alcohol, and sit back while they exploit the worst stereotypes of their ethnicity/social class/cultural group. Can you blame producers for looking at the success of “Jersey Shore” and seeing dollar signs? (Well, yes, you can. But that’s another post entirely.)
It seems like there are new “Jersey Shore” knockoff shows appearing every week—so many that we can’t keep ‘em all straight. After the jump, we fill you in on next year’s crop of D-list celebs. Keep reading »
This week on “Pretty Wild,” our “bling ring” buddy Alexis Neiers is planning little sister Gabby‘s Sweet 16 party with her pal, Tess. It’s just your average 16-year-old’s birthday party: a red carpet, a “Gabby-tini,” pole dancing, catered Italian food.
But somebody wants FONDUE instead, damn it. “This is my 16th birthday!” Gabby shrieks. “Not some kind of whore party!”
Methinks this girl is going to make some guy very, very happy someday. [E! Online] Keep reading »
Spring has fully sprung but just because it’s nice out doesn’t mean you’ll be able to pry me from my couch. There is way too much going on with my TV friends this week. This week, we have the premiere of “Tough Love Couples” and “Brandy and Ray J: A Family Business.” We have episode two of the great new series “Treme.” We have the series finale of “Ugly Betty.” But perhaps most exciting … the return of “Glee.” Keep reading »
Taylor Momsen hasn’t won many supporters on The Frisky with her self-absorbed remarks about not being a role model and having no time to care about Haiti. So it’s not surprising that her bad attitude has affected her relationship with the “Gossip Girl” writers. As a result of creative differences, Taylor’s character, Jenny Humphrey, will be absent next season for an unspecified number of episodes, according to an insider who spoke to EW.com. Taylor has also confirmed that she’s done with the program. The writers seem to be cooking up something extra big for Little J during this season’s finale, but something tells me the character will be back at some point. Keep reading for my ideas on how they can get rid of Taylor, but still keep Jenny waiting in the wings for another big moment. Keep reading »
You’ve got to have a stone-cold heart to not love Shania Twain. And maybe that’s why Oprah gave the country singer her OWN (Oprah Winfrey Network) show called “Why Not?” A statement from the network said, “The show will follow Twain as she begins her climb back to the top, a personal journey filled with risk, revelations and unexpected adventures.” After her bestie snagged her husband, Twain fell in love with her bestie’s ex-husband Frédéric Thiébaud and has been traveling the world with him and her son, posting videos on her website of them sky-diving in Florida, riding camels in Egypt, and bike riding in London. I’m still reeling from her gorgeousness in the “That Don’t Impress Me Much” video, so I don’t know if I can handle my jealousy for a half-hour show. [People]
But really, I’m actually legitimately excited for Oprah’s network—sounds like there are some pretty awesome things going down. Here’s what we know so far. Keep reading »
And cue the Nicollette Sheridan backlash. Earlier this week, Nicollette filed a $20 million lawsuit against ABC, claiming that she was slapped by “Desperate Housewives” executive producer Marc Cherry in 2008 and that she was eventually written off the show over the incident. But according to Radar, ABC has come up with an eye witness who saw the whole incident unroll. The witness has signed an affidavit and has agreed to testify in court that there was no slap. Instead, this person says that Cherry patted Nicollette on the head while giving direction, which sounds condescending and annoying, but not abusive. “People on the show feel this is a nuisance suit,” a source tells them. “But if she makes the rounds of the talk shows, it could get ugly for Marc.” [Radar]
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