“Dating Naked” is a show on VH1 in which complete strangers gather at a resort somewhere tropical and mosquito-ridden and go on carefully staged dates with strangers, completely naked. It may sound like a ratings gamble, another entree in the already overrun category of dating shows, but the thing about it is that it’s actually brilliant. Sure, part of the entertainment is watching the kind of people that audition for shows of this nature — if you’re a connoisseur of dating shows like the brilliant “Next” on MTV or any and all iterations of “The Bachelor,” you’ll understand immediately that the casting directors pick the most ridiculous, crazy and slightly desperate people with a complete lack of self-awareness, because that makes the best television. This is definitely true of this show, but the fact that they are legitimately and truly naked as the day they were born ups the ante. I watched the show on the suggestion of many people whose opinion I valued, and let me tell you, I was not disappointed. Watching strangers who have just met climb into a human hamster ball and bob in the waves on a tropical beach while completely naked is something that I don’t think will ever get old.
I though that I’d learn nothing from this show, that it would be just mindless entertainment, but I was pleasantly surprised. It turns out that reality television isn’t necessarily the place where human intellect goes to die. Here are a few assorted lessons and observations from “Dating Naked.” Keep reading »
Sure, the coming of fall may signal the time for all basic chicks to get their PSL on and break out the furry boots, infinity scarves, and completely unnecessary hats. But more importantly, it means the start of a promising new TV season!
This summer was exceptionally bad for any new TV, so I am very much looking forward to all the possibility that this new season will bring. Below are 10 new shows starting this fall that are actually worth a watch (and hopefully two or three or 12 watches!). Read more on College Candy…
Your TiVo queue just got unbelievably hotter: a BDSM erotica trilogy by Anne Rice, under the pen name A.N. Roquelaur, is headed to TV. The popular books, The Claiming Of Sleeping Beauty, Beauty’s Punishment and Beauty’s Release, will be adapted into a TV series for the channel Televisa USA. Your mom bought these compulsively readable books back in the ’80s when Rice first penned them, but they are still on the fiction shelves in bookstores today, especially after the renewed interest in BDSM due to the popularity of Fifty Shades Of Grey. But unlike the writing in Fifty Shades, which was terrible, the Sleeping Beauty books are gripping and the spanking scenes — oh, so many spanking scenes — are hotter. Should be fun for TV. Rice is executive producing the show alongside Rachel Winter, who was nominated for an Oscar for “Dallas Buyers Club.” Yay ladies! [The Hollywood Reporter]
Now that September is here, new TV is inevitable. Also inevitable is bad new TV, or at least new TV that treads into conventional, well-worn territory (think “A to Z,” NBC’s new comedy which will be about — spoiler alert — finding love).
Luckily, there’s a new vehicle arriving on the scene, joining Netflix as another alternative to traditional television. Amazon Prime is releasing new shows, and from the looks of things, one in particular is going to stand out: “Transparent.”
The show has all the makings of something revolutionary. Not only is it the first half-hour show to deal with trans issues (and one of the only shows in general, with the exception of “Orange is the New Black”), but it also deals with conflicted sexuality through the rest of its characters — plus, it’s shot beautifully and more cinematically than most TV shows on the air. After watching the pre-released pilot (which you can preview here) and doing some reading, I’ve gathered seven reasons to be excited for “Transparent”‘s late-September debut. (If you haven’t watched the pilot and don’t want any plot points revealed, beware of spoilers ahead…) Keep reading »
In a summer of repeats on television, it’s a relief to stumble across something interesting like MTV’s unconventional, coming-of-age family drama, “Finding Carter.” The series tells the tale of Carter (Kathryn Prescott) a teenager who has the perfect life until the night she is arrested at a high school party, is fingerprinted and learns she was kidnapped as a child. And while that may sound like a cross between a daytime soap opera and an actual news story, the well-written show has already captured 1.25 million viewers and has ben renewed for a second season. Read on to find out why “Finding Carter” is the best show you haven’t been watching — luckily it isn’t too late to start. Keep reading »
Activities are wonderful, but sometimes, it’s fine to want to shut the world out for a couple of days, and make some serious time for you. Don’t be afraid of FOMO, either. There will always be another party, another pub crawl, another picnic. The time you’ll spend indulging in the things you want to do, alone, are well worth it. Here’s a handy list of awesome things to do this weekend! Keep reading »