Barack Obama is all about science. And on December 8th, he’ll be appearing on “Mythbusters,” the Discovery Channel show that debunks urban legends using elaborate scientific testing. (My fave episode answered this question: Will jumping in a falling elevator really save your life?) In Barack’s episode, they’ll be looking into whether Archimedes could have set fire to the Roman float using just a mirror in the sun.
We’re excited to see Obama on a great TV show. But this one is kind of random, no? After the jump, 10 more television appearances we’d like to see Obama make. Keep reading »
Mama grizzlies stick together. While Sarah Palin films her TLC reality show, “Sarah Palin’s Alaska,” with Todd, Piper and her niece, McKinley, a real-life mama bear and her cubs emerge from the woods to catch salmon. But then another bear — clearly a Democrat — comes along and mama bear lays a fuzzy smackdown. “I love watching these mama bears,” Sarah says. “What I see in that is what a mom would do, too. Anything and everything, laying down her life for her kids.”
Next on “Sarah Palin’s Alaska”? On a visit to the Wasilla dog pound, Sarah is charmed by an actual pitbull in lipstick. [Mediaite] Keep reading »
Recognize that pretty face from “Mad Men“‘s Sunday night season finale? That’s because she’s Cassandra Whitehead, who appeared on Cycle 5 of “America’s Next Top Model.” Cassandra infamously stormed off the show after Miss Tyra cut her long brown locks into a short ‘do. After appearing on “ANTM,” she went on to have parts in “Fast & Furious” and “One Tree Hill,” and won $500,000 on the game show “1 vs. 100.” Cassandra’s proof that the most successful “ANTM” alums aren’t always the ones who come out “on top.” After the jump, the most successful (and notorious) “ANTM” contestants. And tell us who your favorite is.
We’re several weeks into the fall television season, and there are fresh episodes of all our favorite new dramas. But I would like to declare this the official Week of Reality Television. Why? Because the shows I’m most looking forward to all fit into the unscripted category. Although, I guess that opens us up to a debate about how real reality television really is? Anyhoo, after the jump, Patti Stanger takes Manhattan, the “Jersey Shore” crew heads to the Everglades, and Bret Michaels and Vanilla Ice both get brand-new shows.
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A “Mad Men” fan with far too much time on his/her hands has used FloorPlanner.com to lay out the hallowed offices of Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce. I am glad to know the whiskey reserves are plentiful in case Topaz pantyhose pulls their business. But I spot one egregious oversight: Miss Blankenship/Megan‘s desk! [Laughing Squid] Keep reading »
“The question of Betty Draper’s motherhood is very peculiar to me. Because we were all raised by women like this. And I know it’s easy to hate her and think she seems childish and impulsive. We’re all here because of women like that. We’ll see how those kids turn out. They could end up being TV writers.”
— Matthew Weiner, “Mad Men” creator, defending Better Draper’s parenting skills. It’s unclear whether the “we” in “we’re all here because of women like that,” refers to writers, TV writers, entertainers, or, literally, everyone. I’ll speak for myself and say I am not here — as a person, a woman, a wife, or a writer — because of a woman like Betty Draper. My mother, like everyone else, isn’t without her flaws, but if she raised me the way Betty is raising her children, I think the only place I’d be right now is in serious psychotherapy. Weiner went on to say, “People must see a lot in themselves, or they wouldn’t be reacting so strongly [to Betty]. I guarantee one thing: If she weren’t so good-looking, they wouldn’t have a problem.” Uh, it’s not her beauty that’s disarming people. Keep reading »