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Quickies: TV’s First Loss of the Season, Plus A Death in the Beatle Universe

  • “The Beautiful Life: TBL” is the 2009-2010 TV season’s first casualty. [LA Times] — Poor Mischa.
  • Claire Danes and Hugh Dancy tie the knot in France. [Life & Style] — See, Hollywood, it is possible to get married quietly!
  • Lucy Vodden, childhood friend of Julian Lennon and the influence for “Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds,” has died at 46 after a battle with lupus. [Entertainment Weekly] — “Look for the girl with the sun in her eyes, and she’s gone.” Rest in peace.

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Remote Control: What You’ll Want To Watch The Week of September 28th 2009

Fall is in full swing, and your TV is probably your best friend right now thanks to all the new shows on air. The biggest news this week: tomorrow night “The Hills” are alive with the sound of Kristin. Also going down this week: a special guest star belts it out on “Glee“; “Private Practice” returns after a cliffhanger; and Ryan Reynolds and Lady Gaga team up on “Saturday Night Live.” Keep reading »

Eww, “Mad Men,” Eww


“Mad Men” has been a lil’ up and down for me this season, with some serious highs — the “everyone has a talent” episode! — and lows — slowwwwww moving storylines, for one. On last night’s episode, something totally climactic happened, but it gave me a case of the pukes. Yes, “I wanna take you in that bedroom, lock the door, take your clothes off with my teeth, throw you on the bed, and give you a go-around like you’ve never had,” is a hot pick-up line — but uttered by Duck?! VOMS.
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Jenny Slate Makes Her Debut On “SNL” By Dropping The F-Bomb

And this is her face just seconds after doing it. Jenny Slate, the newest addition to “Saturday Night Live,” kick-started her time on the seminal comedy show by accidentally letting the F-bomb slip during the show’s season premiere. (An NBC spokeswoman told Radaronline.com that Slate will not be fired. We should all be so lucky!) I would say that Lorne Michaels is probably pissed, except the episode was so not funny, that he’s probably grateful for the distraction. Watch the clip here. Keep reading »

5 Sexy Reasons To Watch The New Season Of “Californication”


Sorry, Grandma. Sunday night, I will be leaving your place early on Yom Kippur to rush home and watch David Duchovny slut it up. “Californication“‘s third season premieres at 10 p.m. (EST) and I will be locked, loaded (on Manischewitz, natch), and glued to the boob tube. Here are five reasons why you shouldn’t miss it either. Keep reading »

“The Amazing Race” Welcomes A Contestant With Asperger’s Syndrome

On the Sunday premiere of “The Amazing Race,” Zev Glassenberg, a 26-year-old with Asperger’s syndrome, will become the latest reality show contestant to openly acknowledge having the disorder. We think this is very cool, but we have to ask: Why does Asperger’s get so much play in the media? First, there was Heather on cycle 9 of “America’s Next Top Model,” who rocked her socially-awkward-but-totally-hot self into a spot in the final four. Then Hugh Dancy sexed up the disorder in the super sweet movie, “Adam.” Now Jodi Picoult, the author of “My Sister’s Keeper,” is releasing a new book about a teen with a flair for forensics and an Asperger’s diagnosis. Is Asperger’s the telegenic end of the autism spectrum? While awareness is very important and while we all need to understand that it doesn’t mean a person is disabled but is differently-abled, maybe we’re ready to see some other psychological disorders in pop culture. Can we see more people with Tourette’s on TV? Or some savants? I’m really only half joking here. Keep reading »

Heather Locklear Brings The Bitch Back To “Melrose Place”

Back in 1992, “Melrose Place” was a spin-off of “Beverly Hills, 90210” that was addictive and trashtastic, and yet no one was watching it. To boost ratings, creator Aaron Spelling brought in Heather Locklear from one of his other shows, “Dynasty.” After Locklear made her debut as Amanda Woodward, “Melrose Place” catapulted into must-see TV territory and a whole generation of women felt emboldened to dye their hair uber-blond while leaving their roots dark. Now, 17 years later, the CW’s remake of “Melrose Place” is doing the same thing. The first few episodes of the show have been fun, and yet, the show is not performing as well as “The Vampire Diaries.” And so, on November 17, Heather Locklear will be reprising her role as the boss from the hell—the one most likely to humiliate you in a board meeting and then sleep with your boyfriend. The word on the street is that she will somehow be related to Ella, who’s currently the show’s blond ice queen, a PR whiz who has her eye on engaged Jonah. [MSNBC] Keep reading »

Look Who’s Talking Now: Kate Gosselin’s New TV Show

Kate Gosselin came onto the television scene with her husband Jon when “Jon and Kate Plus 8″ began airing in 2008. Now, after a stint on “The View,” she’s ready to join a new panel talk show, aimed at working moms. “I’ve been given the gift of gab, so why not use it?” Gosselin told the audience at the Southern Women’s Show in Charlotte, NC, where she was answering questions and signing copies of her books. According to TVGuide.com, the panel will also include Food Network host Paula Deen and morning show vets Rene Syler (“The Early Show”) and Lee Woodruff (“Good Morning America”).

In our opinion, Kate isn’t the (only) reality star who should be given a talk show. A few of our suggestions after the jump. Keep reading »

Pam And Jim Prep For Their Wedding

Remember last season, when Pam and Jim didn’t psych any of us out as they planned to sneak out and elope while their coworkers were dancing in “The Office” disco closet? They got halfway to the door when they decided to set a date and presumably print it on Dunder Mifflin paper invitations. Well, now there’s a website devoted to their big day. And yes, it includes an awkward engagement photo. I was elated by the site’s homepage, squealing as I skimmed my mouse over the (mostly stock) photos, looking for clickable hypertext. Then, finally, I sighed, as most of the tabs simply advised that information will be coming soon. Hurry up and post your registry items, Pam and Jim. I want to send you the gravy boat of your dreams! [HalpertBeesly.com]
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“Gossip Girl” Goes To College Gracefully

There comes a time in every high school television show’s life when its mettle will be tested—when a chapter in its characters’ lives is closed and it is forced to plod a new path. Yes, that’s right, when the characters graduate from high school and move on to college. The transition to college has killed many a high school drama. It’s a big challenge to find a semi-realistic way for all of your main characters to end up in the same city, ideally on the same campus. For a “how not to” lesson, please see “Saved by the Bell: The College Years.” But there are other challenges too. How do these characters work when their parents are no longer authority figures? How do they function in a completely different environment? And as Stephanie Zacherek pointed out on Salon.com, it’s a problem that in high school the drama is external (clashes are between individuals and cliques who’ve known each other for years) while in college the drama is largely internal (about finding yourself), which, let’s face it, is boring to watch. Keep reading »

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