Saturday, March 28, 2009

Whatchu Talkin' Bout Willis?

Actually, I shave my ass probably every other day.
                                                                    -- Shannel, "Ru Paul's Drag Race" contestant, adding her contribution to a reunion show that runneth over with things that just weren't right.

Izzie She, or Isn't She? Katherine Heigl Speaks

Apparently, a little dose of brain, liver and skin cancer humbles a gal. At a soiree celebrating "Grey's" 100th episode (it airs May 7th), KH must've been slipped a slice of humble pie. The actress once critical of the show's writers commented:
"I'm there" if Izzie remains part of "Grey's Anatomy," Heigl said. She called the set "one of my favorite places to be" and said her colleagues are also friends.
The sad part for me came towards the end of the article. I thought perhaps things between T.R. Knight and the producers might have thawed a bit since he'd been getting a tad more screen time lately. Now, I'm not so sure.
Knight missed the studio party because he'd previously scheduled the day off, an ABC spokeswoman said.
DISS! Come on, TR. Straighten up and fly right or we might find out that at Seattle Grace, brain tumors are contagious.

Where in the World is Ryan from "The Real World"?

It's a question that's been on my mind ever since that fubarred "Real World: Brooklyn" episode that showed Ryan, the acoustic guitar-wielding 23 year-old Iraq vet, getting called back to active duty in Mesopotamia. I've done the googling, you do the reading. Choice quote:
My mom is really apprenhensive to watch the episode. I told her I was really glad it happened while we were on the show. It draws attentinon to the IRR (Individual Ready Reserve). This is a real reality of the war that affects veterans - people who have come back, gotten married, had kids, and then have to go back. It sucks. It's a backdoor draft and it's a reality that never gets any attention.
Read the rest here. Blog props to

Friday, March 27, 2009

Lisa Kudrow Plays Nintendo, Breaks My Heart

Why has a genuinely funny actress like Lisa Kudrow been reduced to pretending to be a Nintendo DS enthusiast in bizarre spots like this one that keep appearing in my universe:

There are equally random fem-spots with Liv Tyler, America Ferrera and Carrie Underwood (someone at Nintendo just realized that yogurt isn't the only thing women are into) but their spots don't bother me. What else is Liv going to do? She's a little old to be her daddy's video girl. America and Carrie have regular gigs. It's kind of a crime against funny that such a talented comedic actress like LK only sees the light of day as a pretend hand-held videogame enthusiast.

Someone in TV land, give this woman a call. Larry David, since you're giving the entire cast of "Seinfeld" some work, why not throw in an old "Friend".

TellyPhile ThemeSong Throwback!

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

If You're Obsessed with "Gossip Girl"

Read this "Daily Intel" post breaking down the well-dressed minutiae of Monday night's Blairtastic episode into two sections: "Realer Than a Wasp Family Playing Touch Football in the Snow" for those moments that found you going "true, true" like a nineties rapper; "Faker Than an Actual Adult, Not on Ecstasy, Making a List of Past Hookups for a Current Relationship" chimes in on all those times when you were all "as if".

It's blogging so good it gave me a case of the vapors. Wholly-readable episode breakdowns (sorry PopWatch) are a rare occurrence, like watchable episodes of "How I Met Your Mother"--a stale, "just add water" affair. NPH is the show's one bright light. The rest of the cast are all annoying, forgettable faces. Especially Band Camp and that poor man's Fallon they've got for the main dude. Then of course there's Saget's narration. Somewhere The Wonder Years' Daniel Stern is doing the Mutombo finger wag.

Anyway, back to "Daily Intel", in a stroke of hardcore tv blogging genius, these people even googled Lily's past hookups list. Chris Rovzar and Jessica Pressler are said geniuses. I hope to blog like them when I grow up. Check them out:
Successfully pulling off a spot-on "Seinfeld" analogy for "Gossip Girl" analysis. You know this means that, like Jules, they've got wallets with "Bad Motherfucker" printed on them. Respect.

Whatchu Talkin' Bout Willis?

I think the reporters were basically zombies out there tonight.
-- Chris Matthews, commenting on the White House Press Corps' sad showing at last night's primetime prez presser.

My favorite young-articulate-negro blogger, Ta-Nehisi Coates, articulates the broadcast journalism crisis even better:
Come on man. Do your job. Or be forced to take lessons from a comic. I almost never say this, but particularly in the world of broadcast journalism, what we're seeing is a deficit of creative intelligence. It's really simple. Stewart isn't always right. But he's smarter and creating something more original than anything these guys could dream.
Now that's what I'm talkin' bout, Willis.