Could this be the start of a new hobby for those of us suffering from end-of-summer malaise? Yesterday, lexicographer (I had to look it up, too) Ben Zimmer noticed that one of the props on this past Sunday’s episode of “Mad Man” was a three-volume edition of The Compact Edition of the Oxford English Dictionary, which was first published in 1987 — well over 20 years after the current season supposedly takes place. Sterling Cooper’s CFO Lane Pryce — the character whose desk housed the OED — explained on Twitter: “Regarding my office library, I was asked to hold on to those books by a nervous young man named McFly.”
The set decorators on “Mad Men” are usually meticulous with this kind of thing, but now I can’t help but wonder what else from 1965 on has slipped by unnoticed? Show of hands: how many of us will watch the show next week with an eagle eye looking for a dog-eared copy of a John Irving novel on Peggy’s bookshelf, or a bottle of Diet Coke in Joan’s kitchen? Or, perhaps, your seasonal malaise isn’t quite as bad as mine… [via NY Mag] Keep reading »
Doug Reinhardt, the baseball player who dated Lauren Conrad, recently reunited with Paris Hilton, and has the douchiest website ever, can’t seem to get himself back onto “The Hills.” According to the New York Post, the other show regulars get paid ridiculous amounts of money for their appearances. But Doug guest stars for free and just can’t seem to snag a contract. [NY Post]
Yes, yes, we’ve figured out by now that “The Hills” are alive with the sound of bulls**t. But how exactly does one get “cast” on this show? How do these contracts and payouts work? And who’s raking in the most? Read on. Keep reading »
Many of us have long suspected that despite his womanizing ways, Chuck Bass may not actually be interested in the ladies. How many high school guys do you know (besides “NYC Prep” co-star PC) who can pull off a scarf? Well, Chuck at least tries men on for size in the upcoming season. According to EW.com’s Ausiello Files, several insiders have confirmed the cast is currently shooting an episode in which Ed Westwick kisses Neal Bledsoe, who is guest-starring as “Josh Ellis,” NYU’s head of freshman affairs. College is a time for experimentation, after all. [EW] Keep reading »
Perhaps not quite as exciting as a leaked celeb sex tape but titillating nonetheless, email exchanges between “The Bachelorette”‘s Ed Swiderski and the two women he allegedly had relationships with, through (and after) the taping of the show, have been leaked all over the internet (you can read the full exchange here). In the emails, Swiderski shows his romantic side, saying sweet things to Lindsey Johnson and Bethany Steffen like, “I’m going to molest you when I get home.” Apparently, he promised both girls he’d only be gone for two weeks and when two weeks came and went and he was still taping the show, he emailed Lindsey: “Trying to leave tomorrow … hopefully I can pull it off.” Of course, as any avid viewer knows, he did indeed “pull off” going home early — citing work obligations as his excuse — only to return to the show a week or so later. The rumor is he slept with Lindsey while he was away from the show.
By all accounts, bachelorette Jillian Harris is standing by her man (Ed proposed on the final episode and she accepted). She repeatedly laughs off all allegations, saying: “None of it’s true, Ed’s told me about both women, I trust him, and that’s all you need to know.” But who’s buying it? Surely there must be some reason that she’s sticking with Ed and not dumping his ass faster than you can say “Loser!” As it turns out, there is a reason she’d want to keep up appearances that they’re still a couple — and it has nothing to do with love.
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Hells yeah! MTV is developing a U.S. version of the popular British show “Skins.” If you’ve never seen “Skins” before, I hereby order you to add it to your Netflix queue. Oft-compared to “Degrassi,” I say “Skins” is the absolute best TV show about teenagers that I’ve ever seen. And not campy good, like “Gossip Girl,” but really good. Keep reading »
“Guiding Light,” TV’s longest running soap opera, will air its final episode on Sept. 8, thanks to bleak ratings. Still, like all soap operas, “GL” has its die-hard fans, many of whom have been obsessed with the storyline surrounding “Olivia” and “Natalia,” two suburban moms played by Crystal Chappell and Jessica Leccia. “Otalia,” as they’re known — soap opera fans started making up hybrid names long before “Bennifer” and “Brangelina” — are the soap’s first and only gay couple. They have never shared a romantic kiss on screen, likely because the conservative company Procter & Gamble, which produces the show for CBS, won’t allow it. Chappell says she was so sad about letting the character and the storyline go that she pushed to have it brought over to “As The World Turns,” another CBS soap, or onto the web. Procter & Gamble refused, so Chappell has taken matters into her own hands. Keep reading »
Get ready to die, shut it down, and go bananas. Tonight is the season two premiere of “The Rachel Zoe Project,” which means Rachel, Taylor, Brad and the gang will be exploding blood vessels over fashion “disasters” that aren’t really such a big deal after all. Other than that, this week brings the season finale of “Nurse Jackie,” the season premiere of “Crash Course,” and always delectable episodes of “Project Runway” and “The Real Housewives of Atlanta.” Keep reading »
Dan Savage, sex advice columnist extraordinaire, recently blogged that he is shooting a pilot this Thursday for a possible HBO show based on his column, “Savage Love.” The idea of the show is to examine current events and cultural trends through the lens of sex, he explained. Guess HBO just doesn’t feel right with “Sex and The City” gone, huh? Keep reading »
Who else is sad that Elisabeth Hasselbeck is taking the next few months off from “The View” for maternity leave? (She had her third child this month.) I am, mainly because Lizzie helps instigate some of the show’s most entertaining brawls, and it wouldn’t be fair to expect Sherri Shepherd to up the crazy in her absence. Thank goodness “View” producers have hired Meghan McCain to cover for Hasselbeck. She’s going to do a three-day guest spot starting September 9. Also on board is former Fox News anchor E.D. Hill, who called Barack and Michelle Obama’s infamous fist bump a “terrorist fist jab.” Wait, should Hasselbeck be worried that “The View” might find a permanent replacement? [Huffington Post] Keep reading »
When Miss Venezuela Stefania Fernandez, 18, was crowned Miss Universe, she got so excited she could barely keep the crown on her head. It’s the second year in a row that a Venezuelan has won the tiara, and the sixth win since the pageant began. So why all the wins? Because in Venezuela, beauty pageants are kind of like a national sport. After the jump, the insane details of this pageant-obsessed culture. Keep reading »