Having already seen “The Fault In Our Stars” and “Glee,” I don’t think I’ll be tuning in for Fox’s “Red Band Society,” a new dramedy produced by Steven Spielberg about teenagers living in a hospital. But it’s come to my attention that on a promotional ad for the show, which debuts September 17th, the Oscar-winning actress Octavia Spencer, who is Black, is labeled the “Scary Bitch.” Portraying Black women as unpredictable and scary — gee, we’ve never seen that in Hollywood before. To be sure, the show’s labeling of other characters in the promo ad isn’t too original either. For example, the hot blonde girl is the “Mean Girl” because of course she is. Still, Spencer’s “Scary Bitch” label stands out as especially harsh and problematic. There are plenty of ways to portray someone as an antagonistic character without relying on a tired stereotype. Would “Nurse Ratched” have gone over America’s collective heads? (If so, go watch “One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest” now.)
Each fall, TV networks try to hook us with exciting new pilots that relate to viewers on a personal and cultural level. But given how few shows actually stay on air from from year to year, it can be tricky for the suits to give the people what they want. And that’s where our pitches come in … Keep reading »
Jimmy Fallon gave Frank Underwood a run for his money last night in “House Of Cue Cards,” a spot-on spoof of Netflix’s “House of Cards,” with an appearance from the hilarious Ellen Barkin and even a trip to Freddy’s BBQ Joint. Maybe the “Tonight Show” studio is just as scandalous as the White House after all.
Shout out to the producers of NBC’s “Running Wild With Bear Grylls” for being kind enough to invite an array of extremely bangable celeb guests to “run wild” with the show’s equally smokin’ host. First, Zac Efron got shirtless and rappelled down a waterfall, and in this coming Monday’s episode, “Magic Mike” himself, Channing Tatum, jumps out of a helicopter, does some pushups and strips down to his soaking wet boxer briefs. What’s next, Charlie Hunnam goes spear-fishing in the buff? I need it.
While “Bachelorette” Andi Dorfman is busy posting pictures of her fiancé Josh Murray on her Instagram, her number two choice Nick Viall is preoccupied with something else. Getting dumped by Andi, yes, but also why she slept with him in the “fantasy suite” (AKA the place on the show where the couple can be together without the cameras around for an entire evening).
We all watched on the “After The Final Rose” episode as Chris Harrison explained that twice after getting dumped, Nick tried to contact Andi to talk in person. Both times, she refused to see him. The two finally saw each other for the first time on live TV and Nick got the opportunity — prodded by Harrison — to ask Andi what had been weighing on his mind. What he asked wasn’t necessarily what anyone expected a good-looking 30something dude to ask and it dominated headlines the next day: ”Why did you make love to me if you didn’t love me?”
Andi acted like a snot and huffed that his question was “below the belt.” However, as Nick wrote in a long essay on ex-”Bachelor” Sean Lowe’s blog for the religion website Patheos.com, it was very much a question on Nick’s mind all along. He was expecting to have gotten engaged to Andi in a few days hence. He was deeply in love and sex, clearly, meant a lot more to him than it did to her. Keep reading »
I’ve been obsessed with a lot of TV shows over the years, but the way I feel about “Sons of Anarchy” puts the rest to shame. Maybe it’s because I watched all six seasons of the show in a month, sometimes as many as 10 episodes a day, so the drama in Charming started to blur with real life and the men of SAMCRO are my boys. I have literally been tap-tap-tapping my feet awaiting the show’s seventh and final season and now, finally, we have a trailer hyping the 90 minute (!!!!!!) premiere on September 9. Basically, Jax Teller has no fucks to give following the tragic happenings in season six, and in season seven, he’s going to war. Cannot. Wait.