“How I Met Your Mother” has me a little confused. I’ve watched the show since the beginning and think it is one of the best sitcoms, evah. It’s laugh-out-loud funny and unpredictable (Who can forget Slapsgiving or Robin’s Canadian pop single, “Let’s Go To The Mall”?), and gets the late 20-something experience like no other show. Not to mention that Neil Patrick Harris as Barney is one of the funniest characters of all time. But, I digress. The premise of the show has been that Ted is narrating to his children how he met their mother. Only, fours years in, we still have no idea who she is. Earlier this year, the show’s executive producer PROMISED that in episode 100—airing this coming Monday—we would finally be introduced to this elusive mother. At the same time, it was leaked that Rachel Bilson was cast for a recurring role on the show. It made so much sense—Ted and Rachel, Rachel and Ted. They’re both brunette and would look adorable together. But now new casting news is messing everything up. Keep reading »
In case you haven’t heard, the recession is over and in celebration, everyone is throwing out their brand-new LCD plasma TVs to make room for the new $2,000 3-D sets! JK. But that’s seemingly where technology companies think we’re headed. Manufacturers and cable programmers are already working to develop the TV sets and new channels to flood the 3-D market, partially in thanks to the box-office success of “Avatar.” Starting in June, ESPN promises to broadcast World Cup and NBA games in 3-D and Discovery, IMAX, and Sony are joining forces to create a channel with natural history, movies, sports, music and other programming. They’re trying to make it so you don’t have to wear special glasses to watch, but that’s looking unlikely—so it’s predicted that two pairs of “techie goggles” will be included with the set and additional pairs will cost up to $100. [NY Times]
The question is, are Americans willing to throw down that hunk of change for a whole new TV just after plasma TVs became the norm? And that took ten years to catch on! Keep reading »
A new season of “Project Runway
” already? Didn’t the last season just end, like, last week? I guess the calendar got really screwed up with that Bravo vs. Lifetime fight
over the show.
Anyway, here’s the season 7 trailer, starring my dream boyfriend Tim Gunn, Heidi Klum, Michael Kors, and the ever-irascible Nina Garcia. This crop of designers looks hella fun—and hopefully this season, no one (cough Irina cough) will be ripping ideas off New York magazine. [The Hollywood Reporter] Keep reading »
Cartoonist Andrew Woods, the most irritating cast member on MTV’s “Real World: D.C.,” is even more unscrewable than originally thought. Amanda Hess at The Sexist ransacked his student newspaper archives and found that a bunch of Woods’ cartoons are about date-raping women. Yes, rape, the most giggly of topics! Wannabe-brodawg Andrew’s oeuvre damn near entirely consists of cartoons about liquoring women up so he can get laid, which is very much in the style of Tucker Max‘s body of work: women + too much alcohol + scampish naughtiness = pushing the borderlines of consent as a “joke.”
Let’s check out Andrew’s rape-y cartoons, after the jump! Keep reading »
How do I break this to you gently? If you are a Time Warner Cable subscriber, take a careful look at your next bill, because your fees went up as of New Year’s Day. Fox, which is free for folks who get it via antennas, somehow managed to ink a new contract with the cable giant that includes fees for each subscriber. Meanwhile, Scripps Network—which operates the Food Network and HGTV—tried to play the same game with Cablevision of New York City. But instead of caving, Cablevision decided to drop the channels altogether. Experts predict that this is the way things are going—channels demanding more fees so they aren’t so reliant on advertising, and cable companies having to choose between dropping channels and charging more. [NY Times, CNN]
This is disconcerting because, hi, didn’t these companies get the memo that you can find great television over the interwebs these days? Here are five places where the TV flows for free. Keep reading »
Last night, Amelia introduced me to a television show where fashion-forward harridans-in-training reject a stream of desperate men, shucking and jiving for their approval. These men were delivered to these reclining prima donnas via conveyor belt — a literal conveyor belt.
As if they were stepping off an assembly line from the Freshly Scrubbed Emo Dude Factory.
ABC has aptly named this reality show/dating game “Conveyer Belt of Love.” Judging by her IMs, Amelia OMG LUVS this show and I imagine many millions of women do too. They tuned in and got off as vapid divas objectified equally bird-brained bimbros. Wielding signs that read “Interested” or “Not Interested,” these ladies licked their lips, wrinkled their noses, and rolled their eyes as dude after dude begged to be loved. Keep reading »
Even before last night’s season premiere of “The Bachelor,” thanks to weeks of speculation and Chris Harrison’s loose lips, we knew that one of the contestants was—surprise!—getting down and dirty with a producer, right under Jake’s nose. Since we’re already sick of the aviation puns and can’t stand the thought of having to watch the full season to find out which girl did the naughty, let’s make some guesses, shall we? We know it’s not Michelle, the girl who doesn’t blink and had a meltdown when she didn’t get one-on-one time with Jake—she crazy, and what producer, if given the smorgasbord of female options, would choose her? And it probably isn’t Corrie, the virgin. So who are our best guesses?
Keep reading »
Regardless of what you think of Jake the Pilot, this season’s “Bachelor,” or the 25 women he was introduced to on last night’s premiere, one thing is certain: There’s sure to be at least a little drama in the coming weeks. Yesterday, during a radio interview, “Bachelor” host Chris Harrison confirmed a rumor that one of the bachelorettes had an affair with a producer during taping last fall and that the producer was fired and the female finalist was kicked off the show.
“It was embarrassing for us … incredibly unfortunate, [and] horrible decisions were made. This is something that we took very seriously and it’s something that we couldn’t just sit by. With things in the past, we’ve been like, ‘Let’s just let the Bachelor or Bachelorette find out for themselves.’ We usually toe that line. In fairness to Jake and for the other women, [we decided to] nip this in the bud and take care of it. And that’s what we did. There’s train wrecks in this show where I’m like, ‘Oh, it’s going to be great. Let’s let them have it.’ But … I felt bad for everybody, and it was an uncomfortable deal. This was the rare time that before I had to go talk to the girl, Jake and then the women, I had lawyers, psychologists, producers, executives saying, ‘Okay, these are the words you can say.’ It was intense. It was a wild night.”
— Chris Harrison discussing what we’re sure will be — come on, let’s all say it: the most shocking rose ceremony ever! [via US Weekly] Keep reading »
So the last few weeks have been a little eh in terms of television—with the reruns, holiday specials, and what-not. But finally, we are back to the good stuff. First up—cue the co-pilot jokes—the season premiere of “The Bachelor.” Also bringing new year reality cheer, “Celebrity Rehab” has a brand-new, sure-to-shock cast. Plus, “Big Love” is back in a big way. More details, and videos, after the jump. Keep reading »