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Betty Draper, Mother Of The Year. No, Seriously!

Betty Draper doesn’t take any crap. Well, until she booted Don out of the house last season, the “Mad Men” matron took a lot of crap from her two-timing husband. Rather, stay-at-home suburban mom Betty doesn’t take any crap from her two oldest children, Sally and Bobby, and that brand of maternalism would make her practically an endangered species in America today. In nearly every episode, Betty sternly barks: “No,” “Go upstairs and play,” or “Don’t touch that”—and the rugrats actually listen. Keep reading »

Remote Control: What You’ll Want To Watch The Week Of October 26th 2009

This week, your television has some exciting things in store for you. Mainly, the kick start of “Friday Night Lights” season four on Wednesday. Also exciting: the return of “Cake Boss,” Natalie Portman on “Top Chef,” Betty White on “30 Rock,” and the series premiere of “Sex Rehab With Dr. Drew.” Yeah, it’s gonna be a good one. Keep reading »

Jaleel White Is On The “Road To The Altar”


We don’t often witness the planning of a wedding from the groom’s perspective. There’s no male equivalent of the bridezilla (though “go-getter grooms” are supposedly on the rise), and the level of involvement of the groom is usually up to him. “Road to the Altar,” a mockumentary-style web series, is different though, taking a funny look into how a guys’ guy navigates the world of wedding planning. It stars Jaleel White as Simon, a 30-something black man who is basically a fish out of water when it comes to planning his wedding to control-freak Rochelle, a Jewish woman in her 30s. Each 5-minute episode centers around whatever major wedding decision — flowers, the band, napkins, etc. — needs to be made and the sheer lunacy Simon feels as he dwells on seemingly minor details (while still trying to get laid). “Road to the Altar” has everything you remember about Jaleel’s character, Steve Urkel, from “Family Matters” — he’s charming, funny, and handsome — except, thankfully, the annoying physical humor and whining. Keep reading »

Sheree Is The Only “Housewife” To Show Any Growth

Season two of “The Real Housewives of Atlanta” started off a little rocky for Sheree Whitfield. First, she launched a screaming match with Kim Zolciak inside a restaurant and tugged Kim’s famous wig on the streets of Atlanta. Then, Sheree had a rather hostile (although entertaining) altercation with a party planner. She seemed determined to have a really angry second season, and she stole the Drama Queen title from NeNe Leakes. Keep reading »

Should Mischa Barton Retire From Television?

I’m bummed. First, “The O.C.” killed off Mischa Barton in season three (naturally, season four was the show’s last), and now Mischa’s latest attempt at television glory, the CW’s ill-fated “Beautiful Life,” has become the textbook example of early cancellation. And thus, Mischa says she is done with television. “I think I need to back away from the whole TV approach,” she said. “That whole world of network television, probably isn’t, for me, a good idea now. I need to start reading for more serious roles.” But, Mischa, that’s only strike two! Give it one more shot. [Pop Eater]

It feels like we’ve heard this before, from other actresses who were tired of the stress of weekly production and seasonal uncertainty. Let’s see if leaving behind the small screen worked for them. Keep reading »

Noooo! We’ll Soon Have To Pay For Hulu

Sit down. I’ve got some bad news to tell you. Hulu’s deputy chairman, Chase Carey, revealed at a conference this week that the watch-all-the-TV-you-want-for-free site won’t be gratis for much longer. As soon as next year, they’re looking into making Hulu a subscription service. “I think a free model is a very difficult way to capture the value of our content,” said Carey. “I think what we need to do is deliver that content to consumers in a way where they will appreciate the value.” I appreciate the value, Chase! Does that change anything? [EW] Keep reading »

Quickies: Joan Collins Is Bringing Glamour Back To The U.K. & Beat Up A Kardashian

  • Joan Collins is taking British women to task for their lazy grooming on her new makeover show, “Joan Does Glamour.” [Jezebel] — Gosh, I want her accent.
  • Emma Thompson has accused Exeter University in Britain of being “too white and middle class” after her adopted son from Rwanda made allegations that he was racially bullied during his time there. [The Daily Mail]
  • A sexual assault victim was denied health insurance because she was given anti-AIDS meds after her assault. The insurance company said her taking the medication raised too many health questions. [TrèsSugar] — This makes perfect sense — on Mars.

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The Boob Tube: Hot Weekend TV For October 24-25th 2009

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From “Melrose Place” Ashlee Simpson Should Move On To …

For those of you who’ve been watching the rebooted “Melrose Place,” you no doubt get a little giddy every time Ashlee Simpson-Wentz‘s character, Violet, appears onscreen. Violet is the daughter of the now-dead Sydney Andrews who’s majorly sketchy—on the last episode she seduced Sydney’s old lovah, Dr. Michael Mancini, and then gave him a heart attack by showing up as his nanny and threatening to tell his wife about their backseat escapades. With Ashlee, it’s hard to tell if (a) she’s a really bad, spazzy actress or (b) if she’s actually a really good actress who’s nailed playing a girl who is nutso, off-balance, and incredibly awkward in social situations. I’ve been inclined to think it’s the former, but you never know. Sadly, Ashlee’s ride on the show has come to an end. Keep reading »

The Cast Of “Glee” Prepares To “Vogue”

You know when two good things are put together and it becomes this super-sized amazing thing? Think chocolate and peanut butter or grilled cheese and tomato soup. Well, get ready for the television equivalent. Entertainment Weekly is reporting that Madonna has given everyone’s favorite new TV show, “Glee,” carte-blanche rights to use her songs. Rumor has it that, early next year, there will be an episode of the show featuring only Madonna tunes. Oh, the possibilities are endless. Rachel singing “Cherish,” or Mr. Schuester giving his version of “Human Nature.” And, hopefully, Kurt will get a shot at “Vogue.” [EW] Keep reading »

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