MTV’s first foray out of music videos came in 1987, when host Ken Ober launched a hysterical hybrid of sketch comedy meets game show called “Remote Control.” For five seasons, in a studio tricked out to look like his mother’s basement, Kenny carried out his lifelong dream of hosting a game show. Contestants sat in arm chairs with seat belts buckled around them, and got ejected, recliner-style, out the back (with their chairs) when they were eliminated.
Kenny went on to produce “Mind of Mencia” and “The New Adventures of Old Christine,” but has clicked the off button for the final time. He was found dead yesterday at his home in Los Angeles. This loss has us looking back at his debut effort, a show which reshaped a network and shaped us in a lot of ways. Keep reading »
It’s a big, big week for season finales, folks. First, see the toodle-oo to cycle 13 of “America’s Next Top Model,” i.e., the shorty season. Next, find out who’s in and who’s out with the conclusion of “Project Runway.” And finally, get ready for the culmination of the “Seinfeld” reunion on “Curb Your Enthusiasm.” But don’t be sad. You know what they say … every new beginning comes from another beginning’s end. Keep reading »
“Good morning, Angels.” “Good morning, Charlie.” It’s been a decade since “Charlie’s Angels” was remade for the big screen, starring Drew Barrymore, Lucy Liu, and Cameron Diaz. And now it looks like it may once again be a weekly TV show. Sony Pictures Television says that it is close to ordering a pilot of the new/old series, to air on ABC. And while there will be no Lucy or Cameron, Drew is a producer, as is original “Angels” co-creator, Leonard Goldberg. The show will be written by Josh Friedman, the dude behind “Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles.” This is slightly awkward timing, considering that Farrah Fawcett just passed away this summer. But we’d definitely watch everyone’s favorite private detectives kick butt for an hour each week. One casting request—Eliza Dushku should definitely take over Jaclyn Smith’s role. She’s a free woman now that “Dollhouse” is canceled. Sigh. [EW] Keep reading »
For years, only six people knew the true identity of Belle, an anonymous call girl who wrote about her adventures in sex work at the blog Diary of a London Call Girl. While her blog became an international hit, she published several books, and Showtime picked up a TV series based on the book called “Secret Diary of a Call Girl,” only half a dozen people in the world knew the real Belle! Many assumed the nom de plume concealed a raunchy male identity; one popular theory was that Toby Young, the former Vanity Fair journalist and author of How To Lose Friends And Alienate People, penned the blog and books.
But this weekend, Belle finally outed herself—yes, herself. “There is … an ex-boyfriend with a big mouth lurking in the background,” the Times of London reported and “outing herself while she still has a measure of control over how it happens seems the sensible option.”
Drumroll, please … Keep reading »
Tonight on “20/20,” Elizabeth Vargas will sit down with filmmaker Christie Callan-Jones, whose documentary “Cat Ladies” tells the stories of four cat-loving women, one of whom has 123 living in her house. Viewers will get to go inside the homes of these ultimate cat ladies and learn a little bit about their obsession. Callan-Jones says it’s more than simply caring for a few feline friends; the cats are often symptoms of or salves for other issues. Watch what I think will be a fascinating show (even though I’m a dog lover), at 10 p.m. (EST) on ABC. [ABC News] Keep reading »
I don’t know about you, but I was feeling kind of warm and fuzzy inside after Wednesday night’s “Wheels” episode of “Glee
.” In case you missed it, the gleeks had to roll around in wheelchairs for three hours a day to be more empathetic toward Artie. The Cheerios accepted a cheerleader with Down’s syndrome. And Kurt auditioned to sing the “Defying Gravity” solo, even though it’s traditionally sung by a woman, for sectionals. The central theme of the episode was inequality and discrimination. While it was glossy in that “Glee” sort of way, I still found it thought-provoking. But not everyone is singing praises about the show. Seems like all the episode did was inspire controversy. Keep reading »
In other words, if you want to live in complete ignorance of a possible plot point in the next season of the HBO show, stop reading now. Remember how Ben, the eldest son, and hot, young step-mom Margene (playing by Ginnifer Goodwin) shared a little smooch last season, after a slow buildup of awkward sexual tension? Well, Goodwin recently said that her character “does something next season that in my own esteem is so horrible that I had trouble even performing it.” Oh dang, what? Well, in an interview with Entertainment Weekly, series co-creator Mark V. Olsen hinted about Ben and Margene: “We have flirted for three years with [that] relationship. And this year we finally decided to pay it off.” What does that mean? That Margene and Ben do it? How are they going to pull that off without completely villainizing Goodwin’s character? And what will the other sister-wives say?! Keep reading »
I, like so many of you, relished last week’s season premiere of the “Real Housewives of Orange County,” the original gangsta of Bravo’s “Housewives” franchise. (You know you can’t wait to watch tonight.) But the fact that they aired the “Real Housewives of Atlanta” reunion special beforehand gave me an interesting idea: what if Bravo started their own version of “Wife Swap”? You know, switched the “Real Housewives of Atlanta” with the “Real Housewives of New Jersey” and … “Watch what happens.” Let Danielle lay down a few tracks in Kandi’s studio. Let Dina and Caroline do a karaoke cover of “Tardy For the Party.” Let Teresa and Kim trade wigs for the week. Have Dwight give Caroline a makeover. Oh, maybe, Dina could take over Sheree’s clothing line for a week? Keep reading »