It’s no secret that we’re a society of tough-love advocates. Simply turn on the TV, and any self-help series has at least one critical, blunt caregiver or role model trying to motivate participants wanting to change for the better. Each week, we can watch Dr. Phil, “The Biggest Loser” trainer Jillian Michaels, Simon Cowell, and countless others offer no-nonsense opinions and advice that often incite anger, frustration, and crying jags before they inspire change. Keep reading »
Oh, to be a fly on the wall in some beer-drenched frat house full of peeps who don’t understand “30 Rock” is satire. In last night’s episode, Liz Lemon (Tina Fey) went for Lasig surgery—that’s an off-brand Lasik—and got her hair did in a ferocious new ‘do, all to look TV-ready for Jack’s new show, “Dealbreakers.” It backfired, of course, and that was even before the high-definition camera. [Hulu] Keep reading »
Will you remember where you were and who you were with the night “Jersey Shore”
premiered on MTV? I will, because the show was just that friggin’ awesome.
The show follows eight tri-state area locals as they spend the summer living, working, and partying together on the Jersey Shore. They’re all self-identified “guidos” and “guidettes,” which has offended some in the Italian-American community who believe those words are slurs. But the cast and producers insist that being a “guido” is a lifestyle — involving copious amounts of hair gel, fist-pumping, spray tanning, and drinking — that transcends race or ethnicity. Whatever. I call it entertaining. Keep reading »
When I started watching “So You Think You Can Dance,” my husband gave the entire living room a wide berth. He’d hear Mary Murphy’s banshee-like glee at putting a dancer on the “hot tamale train,” and off to headphone land he’d go. But, summer had just started, my graduate school employment had just ended, and it was the beginning of the recession. TiVo meant I could watch the show whenever I wanted. There was no escape for him. Keep reading »
Do we really need yet another modeling reality TV show clogging the airwaves? I was seriously disturbed when I heard about BBC America’s new reality TV series, “Britain’s Missing Top Model.” The show gives disabled models a chance to compete for a spread in Marie Claire UK. The premise of the show seems cruel and unusual to the core—to boost the acceptance of disabled women in an industry that is based solely on physical perfection. Can you say “pleading for rejection and humiliation”? This merciless irony plays out in the show over and over again. A photographer says of contestant Rebecca, a 27-year-old with a prosthetic leg, “Rebecca’s disability didn’t cause me any problems. It was just the fact she’s not really in shape.” So, aside from learning to model with a prosthetic leg, Rebecca must also be crazy thin? And it gets worse. In a scene where a contestant with a stump models lacy lingerie in a store window, a young man comments, “She’s beautiful, so she’s got nothing to hide.” But a middle-aged woman adds, “But if it’s to sell something like lingerie I think people are going to be troubled.” Keep reading »
I’ve long considered “The Amazing Race” to be the poor man’s “Survivor,” though I obviously would not turn down a shot to appear on either show (CBS, call me!). But I may just have to open up a slot in my Sunday night TV schedule if these new casting rumors are to be believed. According to Reality Fan Forum
and Survivor Sucks
, Caitlin Upton, aka Miss Teen South Carolina (remind yourself of her awesomeness, above), may have been cast on the show to compete with her boyfriend, Brent. And because CBS clearly didn’t want there to be too many brain cells vying for the $1 million prize, Jordan — winner of the last season of “Big Brother” and one of my faves — and her hunky boyfriend Jeff (also a housemate on the show) might be competing as well. Between the three of them, this would be the most entertaining, while also the dimmest, season ever. Please. Make. It. True. [via Dlisted.com
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The skies are blue, HBO’s hit vampire show is true, and a few casting notices buzzing around the net have me cornier than springtime in December. I just can’t help myself. New characters on Alan Ball’s sexy, gruesome series, “True Blood,” probably mean new romantic interests for some of our favorite Bon Temps residents. While I personally love the idea of Lafayette finding a little romance, fans might be worried about new story lines pulling our attention away from our original heroes.
Worries be damned, I say. Here are the new faces you’ll be seeing on “True Blood” next season. Keep reading »
“Keeping Up With The Kardashians” returns to E! on Dec. 13 at 10 pm EST for its fourth season, and the promo poster shows how the series has evolved. Apparently, the rest of the family isn’t hot enough to be pictured wearing lingerie. The very pregnant Kourtney wasn’t left out, so where’s Bruce Jenner in his silk bathrobe? Check out the promo video, in which Khloe and Lamar go house shopping, Kourtney’s mom says she doesn’t like her baby daddy, and Kim deals with having a stalker… Keep reading »