Archive for May, 2008

The TV Blog Coalition

  • pinkgraphic.jpgAccording to one poll, Hugh Laurie and Pushing Daisies’ Anna Friel are the Brits with the best American accents on TV. BuzzSugar wants to know who else does a good American accent. (BuzzSugar)
  • Marcia and Fergus liveblogged Eurovision, the only music contest to feature Olympic ice skaters, knitting brides and pirates. Take that, American Idol. (Pop Vultures)
  • Who’s the most overrated couple on television today? Meredith/Derek or Henry/Betty? You tell us. (RTVW Online)
  • Scooter takes a look back at the fourth season of Lost and concludes it was better than the last two. (Scooter McGavin’s 9th Green)
  • LOST. SO. AMAZING! (Vance is still gasping for air) (Tapeworthy)
  • The highlight of Jace’s week? The jaw-dropping and brilliant season ender of Lost. The low point? Watching the pilot for the brutally awful US adaptation of Spaced. (Televisionary)
  • The same-sex escapades continued on Work Out and our resident lesbians answered viewer questions about Jackie Warner’s taskmaster tendencies as well as the shameless hot tub scenes with Renessa and Greg. (TiFaux)
  • Ashley picked her jaw off the floor long enough to reflect on the Lost finale and the season-ending shocker. (Tube Talk)
  • The TV Addict offered up some summer viewing alternatives to help you get through the dark days of rerun/reality TV hell. [The TV Addict]
  • Kate picked the top five summer shows she’s looking forward to this summer – and Wipeout wasn’t one of them, thank you very much. (TV Filter)

May 31st, 2008

We’re getting meta on you now — Ausiello moves to EW

One of our frequently linked-to sections, TV Guide’s Ask Ausiello, will presumably be no more. Michael Ausiello, the author of said column, will move to Entertainment Weekly.

This may not mean anything to the casual blog reader, but this is big news — especially for bloggers who pillage his columns for juicy morsels about spoilers on our favorite TV shows (speaking of which, I’ve been out all night — don’t tell me what happened on Lost).

Here’s the release:

Michael Ausiello was named columnist at Entertainment Weekly, it was announced today by Rick Tetzeli, Managing Editor, Entertainment Weekly. In this new role, effective as of July 2, Michael will write for EW.com in addition to having a weekly column in the magazine’s TV section. “Michael is a first rate journalist. His extraordinary combination of hard work, obsessive intensity and friendly persuasion are a perfect fit for Entertainment Weekly,” said Tetzeli. “The EW.com audience has an insatiable appetite for all things television and Michael will certainly further our readers’ desire for ongoing coverage of their favorite shows.” For the last eight years, Ausiello served as a senior writer at TV Guide magazine and TVGuide.com. He is widely considered one of the most influential reporters in the television and entertainment industry. His track record of breaking hundreds of television and entertainment stories is unparalleled. His two columns, Ask Ausiello and The Ausiello Report are not only among the most trafficked on TVGuide.com but have become must-reads for reporters and columnists who cover the television industry.

I am guessing that this just means that the powers that be at EW offered him a wheelbarrow full of cash in exchange for his services and his following. And all I have to say to Mr. Ausiello is “God bless.” May we all follow in your footsteps. I respect his ability to establish contacts at all these TV shows, especially as an introverted blogger who needs days to psychologically prepare for an interview.

We’ll see how this all translates to a new format and how TV Guide adjusts to his absence.

1 comment May 30th, 2008

Video Hodge Podge: Episode 6

Dollhouse – Joss Whedon & Eliza Dushku Weeds season 4 sneak peek
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Man bids $420, $69, and $2Million on Price is Right Family Guy pilot from 1996
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May 30th, 2008

Top Chef: Boys versus girls

In this Hulu clip, watch the boys sluggishly play pranks on the girls and then listen as the remaining contestants dispassionately discuss a gender war at the Top Chef abode.

Here you go:

May 30th, 2008

The More You Know: Fauxhawk delivery service edition

May 30th, 2008

Rachel Ray: Perky celebrity chef or militant Islamic extremist

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This is the iced coffee of the revolution.

Thank God we have Michelle Malkin, the same person who wrote a book called “In Defense of Internment” about Japanese Americans in World War Two, to tell us that Rachel Ray is killing America.

Dunkin’ Donuts pulled a television spot featuring talk show host and Food Network personality Rachael Ray this weekend after a Fox news commentator associated it with terrorists.

In the ad, Ray is wearing a scarf that Michelle Malkin said in her nationally syndicated column resembled a kiffiyeh, Middle Eastern garb that is “popularized by Yasser Arafat and a regular adornment of Muslim terrorists appearing in beheading and hostage-taking videos.”

Dunkin’s Senior Vice President for Communications Margie Myers issued a statement saying the scarf “was selected by a stylist for the advertising shoot. Absolutely no symbolism was intended.

“However, as of this past weekend, we are no longer using the online ad because the possibility of misperception detracted from its original intention to promote our iced coffee.”

In her column, Malkin also noted that it could appear at times that actor Colin Farrell, rapper Kanye West and Democratic National Committee Chairman Howard Dean have been photographed in similar scarves that were “distinctive hate couture.”

Dammit, Michelle. Leave the girl alone so she can make a damn 30 Minute Meal, squeak a few laughs, say the word “sammie” a million times and call it a day.

May 29th, 2008

Facebook in real life

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On a related note, you can join our Facebook group here.

To answer your question — no, I’ve learned nothing.

May 29th, 2008

Lost season finale: Predictions that will be wrong

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Hurley + baby = the cutest ever

Lost concludes its season tomorrow night, ending a pretty darn good season. It’s surprising, really, that the show would begin this upward trajectory at this point in the game when any series, much less a serialized one, would begin to seem a little long in the tooth.

Like any Lost finale, we know that big things are a-coming. It was just last year that my beloved Charlie kicked the bucket. And, as Daniel Dae-Kim says in this somewhat revealing LA Times article, there “will be casualties.”

For the record, my money is on at least one of the “rescue team.” Probably Red-Headed British Archaeologist Babe (so help me God, I can never remember character names) because the Lost team kind of has a thing for killing off its female cast members disproportionately. And, if they’re going to kill of a regular, I’m seriously going to go with Juliet. I’ve read that this finale will be a tear-jerker and I think killing Juliet would get the waterworks going. After all, in a series all about redemption arcs, Juliet has come full circle from being an Other to being a Valued Team Member of Oceanic 815. And it would also make Jack’s choice to go ahead and marry Kate a little less muddled.

Or, it could be Sawyer. But we’ll see. I’m basically just trying to list every character so I can say ‘I told you so’ on Friday morning.

Regardless, the Times article indicates that there will be another “game-changer” that will affect the way you watch future episodes. What could that be?

A few guesses:

  • An original Oceanic survivor will have been an employee of Charles Widmore all along.
  • Locke successfully moves the island, but at a price/with unexpected consequences.
  • Castaways hijack the boat and set off into uncharted waters.
  • Something with time travel that won’t make sense.

I’ve got my fingers crossed that Locke will die and Jin will survive, but I’m guessing both of those are long shots. Anybody else have some predictions?

May 29th, 2008

The More You Know: Here comes Schrutebot

May 29th, 2008

The Office: Goodbye Toby… even more

Here’s an extra from The Office that’s kind of funny.

Hooray!

May 28th, 2008

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