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Weirdo TV relationship alert

I just found out about a bizarro real life TV relationship. Guess who it is!!!

Name the fledgling couple:

  • Chuck’s Zachary Levi and Samantha Who?’s Christina Applegate
  • Pushing Daisies’ Lee Pace and Lost’s Elizabeth Mitchell (Juliet)
  • Dirty Sexy Money’s Seth Gabel (Jeremy) and Grey’s Anatomy’s Sandra Oh
  • Desperate Housewives’ Teri Hatcher and Dexter’s Michael C. Hall
  • Weeds’ Mary Louise Parker and Cane’s Nestor Carbonell

For the answer, look behind the jump.

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1 comment January 31st, 2008

Celebrity Apprentice: It’s exactly what you think

There’s a school of thought that you shouldn’t really watch any sort of TV during the strike. The idea being that in order to support the writers, you can’t support the “scab” programming.

However, I kind of think that watching the reality dreck is kind of valuable to the writers’ cause — mostly because when you see the kind of crap the networks churn out, it really makes you pine for a hearty Office chuckle or a Dirty Sexy Money plot twist.

Yes, I realize that this is almost directly in contrast with what I wrote the other day. What can I say, I’m a complicated guy with complicated feelings.

Case in point: the new celebrity edition of The Apprentice.


The first episode of the season was perhaps the most painful bit of reality TV I’ve ever witnessed. And I’ve seen a lot of awful reality TV.

I’d be lying if I said it hasn’t improved somewhat since then, but it’s still not what I would call “enjoyable.” “Endurable,” maybe. But not enjoyable.

So far, the people Donald Trump hasn’t had a lot of diversity in the people he’s fired. They all come under the category of “hot babe” or “Gene Simmons.” Gene Simmons, for his part, was pretty fascinating to watch. He had all the egotism and swagger of the traditional Apprentice alpha-male, but had this weird, disconnected sense of calm. He didn’t seem to care when he got fired and, weirdly, was kind of daring Donald Trump to. So when he ended up getting fired, it was almost like he won. It’s complicated — and if you haven’t seen it, it’s really not worth getting into.

Anyways, the cast is basically what you’d think.  If you’ve seen The Celebrity Mole: Hawaii (and you really should — I own the DVDs and am not ashamed of it) you know that Stephen Baldwin is a) nuts b) endlessly amused by himself, and c) one of those pseudo-hip skateboarding-for-God types. Vincent Pastore is big, Italian and angry. Omarosa is Omarosa. The English dude from America’s Got Talent is a blowhard, but in one of those “I know I’m being filmed and that’s why I’m acting this way” kind of ways.

The one person who comes off great is Marilu Henner — who is, surprisingly, endlessly likable. Also, ultimate fighter Tito Ortiz (and to a lesser extent boxer Lennox Lewis) comes off as an adorable gentle giant.

Nothing more to say, really.  If you don’t think you like it, you won’t.  You could probably do worse, though.  Like Moment of Truth.

January 31st, 2008

The More You Know: Veggie sushi edition

I totally had sushi last night with Glowy Box Liz.

January 31st, 2008

Liveblogging the Pop-up Video “Lost”

These pop-ups are like closed captioning for stupid people.

2 comments January 30th, 2008

At least we will never have Rachael Ray in the Oval Office. Probably…

Remember a long time ago when Thailand had that coup? Well, the latest update on that situation is that the country’s parliament has chosen a new prime minister and it’s actually a 72-year-old celebrity chef named Samak Sundaravej. His show is called “Tasting, Grumbling” and he will continue to do the show while in office.

Naturally, one must ask the question: If the U.S. were to have a celebrity chef president, who would be the best choice — Southern diva Paula Deen or exacting homemaker Sandra Lee?

Paula Deen

  • Pros: Lots of boisterous “y’alls” and hysterical laughter during the State of the Union; likely to remove all taxes on butter.
  • Cons: Unpredictable; uncontrollable.

Sandra Lee

  • Pros: Would finally organize the federal government; kick-ass Christmas decorations at the White House.
  • Cons: Likely to bomb countries for minor diplomatic infractions; would mandate governmental office buildings all be based on a theme.
Who would be the better president, Sandra or Paula?
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1 comment January 30th, 2008

TV writers and TV bloggers: Holding hands, riding on unicorns

As far as we can tell, we’re still knee-deep in the strike. There have been some promising signs (like the directors union deal), but we can only assume that the light at the end of the tunnel is still miles away.

In an effort to further rally behind the writers, TV bloggers are getting in on the act. Liz from Glowy Box, who previously organized the blogger day of silence, has teamed up with the crew from Ramblings of a TV Whore to create the Adopt a Writer project.

It’s a pretty simple premise — each participating blog gets assigned a writer to interview. They discuss the writer’s life, their work and, most importantly, the impact the strike has had on their life. All of the interviews are posted on the central Adopt a Writer Web site, as well as the originating site.

So far, the project has adopted Jasmine Love (who has written for The District and The Division) and Kate Purdy (who writes for Cold Case). Go on over and take a look.

PS — TiFaux has its assignment already. We’ll be up there shortly.

January 30th, 2008

The More You Know: Staged smile edition

This is my life: “Smile for the camera!” “But I am.” “No, you’re not. Smile!”

January 30th, 2008

Blonde on blonde

yvonne.jpgUpon viewing last Thursday’s twofer of Chuck I began thinking that blonde, secret agent babe reminded me of someone. At first, I thought Yvonne Strzechowski reminded me of Julia Stiles, but then I thought better.

Does anyone else think she resembles Alaskan songstress/poet Jewel? Besides the whole buxom blonde thing, they’ve also got kind of weird teeth.

So what do you think?

Twinsies? Or not twinsies?
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3 comments January 29th, 2008

I’ve got nothing

It’s pretty to look at, but at the end of the day it doesn’t leave you with much to think about.

Listen, I like reality TV as much as the next obese, intellectually lazy glutton. It’s a fact.

I watch Survivor even though it’s way past hip. I’ve been known to keep up with what’s going on during the current season of Big Brother. I’ll even catch up with Dancing With the Stars so I’ll have something to talk about with my mom.

But the writers strike is really testing the boundaries of my brainlessness. I mean, I found myself watching the premiere of the Real World/Road Rules Challenge (The Gauntlet: Part Three, if that means anything to you) and wondering who in the hell these children were, why they were drinking so much and whether the crew supplied them with the proper prophylactics. God knows we don’t need another generation of angry, sweaty emotion machines supplying MTV with more product.

What I’m trying to say is that there is a lot of crap on TV right now. If the strike weren’t going on, we could be watching Milo and Hayden acting on Heroes and wondering if it’s weird for them to be dating AND pretending to be uncle and niece. And projecting the whole Jim and Pam situation onto our real lives. And not-so-secretly wishing that Tina Fey would be our awesome older sister/best friend.

But no. All we’ve got is American Gladiators, that stupid lie detector show and a lot of time to sit alone and weep.

So here’s a poll. Because I can’t think of anything else to offer you.

What is the most offensive show that has arisen because of the writers strike? Or at least has gained prominence because of it?
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1 comment January 29th, 2008

The More You Know: White wine edition

And lots of it.

January 29th, 2008

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