Saturday, June 18, 2011

In Case You Missed It: When Olbermann Met Colbert

Thanks to Lisa De Moraes' The TV Column for the embed as I did in fact miss this enjoyable sit-down between smartly-spectacled bloviators Stephen Colbert and Keith Olbermann. Keith was on to plug the new Current TV reboot of  "Countdown" (premieres Mon, June 20th at 8pm EST) while Stephen happily went about his usual practice of busting balls.

I typically prefer Stewart's sarcasm to Colbert's caricature, but in this clip he's perfect, rendering Olbermann downright demure.

You know it's a worthwhile clip when the host informs his guest: "You're universally regarded as insane!"


An Etsy Find For Tellyphiles

I just moved to a swankier zip code (by swanky I mean you're a lot less likely to hear sirens in the background of my phone calls). I'm also paying swankier rent which sucks and makes conversation pieces like this out of my financial reach. You see, I'm busy working towards the lofty pursuit of actually owning a brand new, store-bought sofa.   

To be honest my current living room TV set isn't that far off from this "wowee" vintage Zenith my Etsy-addicted sister found and tauntingly thoughtfully brought to my attention. She writes:
Dear Sister,
So, I found this on Etsy yesterday (see link below). I thought it would be the PERFECT housewarming present, buuuuut since I don't have $100 to ship it, let alone the $375 to buy it, I decided to gift it to you in another form: you can post it on tellyphile! 
You're welcome. Don't say I never gave you anything.
And yes, feel free to quote me on the blog.
Your favorite older sister,
Dana Lindsay Greenidge
And don't say I never gave anything to you, dear tellyphiles. Send me a pic when it has a starring role at your place.

Monday, June 13, 2011

As Seen on TV: Lil Wayne does MTV "Unplugged"

Everybody's talking about Lil Wayne's "Unplugged" premiere on MTV last night. You can watch each performance on demand here. Props to MTV for creating a show that has been around for more than two decades and remains relevant and unmarred (sorry, "Real World") as today's buzz proves. Check out the simplicity of the staging and the way they've immersed Wayne in the crowd.

Also, I like that the director gave us lots of chances to take Wayne in. He is such an fascinatingly weird looking hobbit of a dude when you really take the time to look at him and yet he commands the crowd like a true rock star. He's sort of like Bob Dylan in that way.  To see what I'm talking about, watch Wayne's cover of Tupac's "Hail Mary" with lots of closeups starring his insane diamond encrusted grill.

The other standout...

As Seen On TV: "I Believe" from "The Book of Mormon" on the 2011 Tony Awards

Preparing to watch Romney tap dance in the first Republican debate on CNN tonight--"Yes, I did usher in a healthcare system in Massachusetts that bears a striking resemblance to Obamacare, but hear me out, my Tea Party babies, I can explain."--I am reminded of another outstanding performance featuring a Mormon character from last night's Tony Awards.

Watch Best Leading Actor in a Musical-nominee Andrew Rannells as the perfectly earnest Elder Price singing "I Believe" from "The Book of Mormon" below:

When TV Stars Give Commencement Speeches: Conan O'Brien, Amy Poehler and Brian Williams

"One of the reasons it's so tough finding work is that aging baby boomers refuse to leave their jobs. Trust me on this. Even when they promise you for five years that they are going to leave and say it on television...there is no guarantee they won't come back. Of course I'm speaking generally."

"I learned a hard but profound lesson last year and I have to share it with you. In 2000 I told graduates don't be afraid to fail. Well now I'm here to tell you that though you should not fear failure, you should do your very best to avoid it. Nietzsche famously said that whatever doesn't kill you makes you stronger. What he failed to that it almost kills you."(Hat Tip: Vulture)

More funny and touching Class of 2011 commencement speeches by Amy Poehler and Brian Williams after the jump...

Sunday, June 12, 2011

There's Something About Britta

Tweeter I am not. According to Christy Grosz that needs to change since there's TV influence to be mined there. None other than Dan Harmon, creator of the Abed-errific"Community" (NBC), is apparently all about 140-character nuggets of TV insight:
When writer Dan Harmon learned through social media that the audience for his show "Community" was feeling less than neighborly toward one of its characters, the avid Twitterer admitted, he was influenced by the comments. 
But, aha!,