Tuesday, October 09, 2012

To Kanye, Love Schmidt

Closeup of Schmidt's latest manifestation of Kanye love - matching whale belts.

Two episodes in to season two of New Girl and it's become clear that Schmidt has a crush on Kanye West the size of Yeezy's ego (bygones, Ye. I love you for your oversized swag).

There is little doubt then which guy Max Greenfield is shopping for when he provided his list of go-to man prizes for the Daily Beast recently that included an indoor fur hammock and a killer whale submarine.

I Schmidt you not. Go ahead. Groan! It was too good to walk away from.

Frontline's "The Choice 2012" Airs Tonight

From The Washington Post's review:
This election-year, PBS “Frontline” franchise excels at surfacing and synthesizing the personal details that make the partisan clash more of a human story. The producers blend news clips, vintage video and in-person interviews to construct dual portraits that find their own rhythm, like a political junkie’s remix.
Bruised and battered as I'm feeling after last week's debate which I've privately started referring to as The Debacle I'm still excited to immerse myself in these two hours of what is sure to be exemplary documentary making. "The Choice" has become one of my favorite things about the election year as it's a melding of two things that make me feel alive: presidential politics and exemplary documentary production, especially when the latter is for television.

I know "New Girl" is on tonight but do yourself a favor and at least give it a slot on your record list. Check your local listings but it's on 9-11pm, EST.

Friday, October 05, 2012

Here's a Great Clip of Presidential Debate Moderator Jim Lehrer Getting Romneyed

Romney:  v. the act of obnoxiously talking over one's host, especially to eagerly explain how you'd like to cut them and their large yellow-feathered friend off at the knees. (See also, asshole (n.) )

HT: Buzzfeed

Thursday, October 04, 2012

Whatchu Talkin Bout, Willis??: Debate Reaction Edition

"I don’t know what he was doing out there. He had his head down. He was enduring the debate instead of fighting it. I know he says he doesn’t like to watch cable television, but maybe he should start.” - The inimitable Chris Matthews reacting with a fire the President unfortunately lacked in last night's first Presidential debate and summing up the feelings of this liberal Tellyphile exactly. (HT: TVNewser)

Wednesday, October 03, 2012

Whatchu' Talkin' Bout, Willis: Presidential Debate Edition

Photo Credit: The Daily Dish

"I have become fond of this term. Obamacare." - President Barack Obama embracing the one-time GOP slur for the Affordable Care Act.

Presidential Debates 2012: The Moderators

Photo Credit: Kevin Dietsch, UPI / Landov)

The Times checks in with the moderators of the 2012 debates and two major points become clear.

The moderator's chair is the equivalent of a journalistic tightrope:

Candy Crowley of CNN, who will moderate the Oct. 16 presidential debate, said that try as she might to tune out the negativity, the incoming fire can be difficult to absorb.
“There’s always going to be someone throwing a shoe at the television asking why don’t I know this or why I didn’t ask that,” she said.
“Mind you,” she added with a hearty laugh, “every morning I wake up, I want to throw up thinking about it.” 
Martha Raddatz, an ABC News correspondent who will moderate the vice-presidential debate on Oct. 11, said she was trying to stay off Twitter so she could avoid reading unflattering things about herself.
Not that it always works. She said her son reposted a message in which someone had snidely asked, “Who the heck is Martha Raddatz?”

Presidential Debate Night 2012: Do Debates Really Matter?

Debate moderators, not surprisingly, say yes. In the television age it's hard to argue otherwise.

In celebration of debate night, consider this short piece from the Wall Street Journal featuring a smattering of debate moderators including 2012's Jim Lehrer, Candy Crowley and Bob Schieffer discussing the power of the little moments from debates past which were magnified by the unblinking eye of television and the impact they had on the trajectory of the race for President. Watch:

Monday, October 01, 2012

What We Learned from The Real Housewives of New Jersey Reunion Part 1

Photo Credit: tvovermind.com/bravotv

  • Kathy has gone the way of Ashlee Simpson. Andy wasted no time probing Jersey's heretofore most organic housewife about her recent nose job and lip enhancements. It's not like we're talking Jenner-level disfigurement, but Kathy's made the mistake of robbing her face of all character by slicing her nose to generic proportions. I've come to realize how fond I was of Kathy's face now that it's gone. She had much character--the too-big eyes, that generous nose. Le sigh. And gone is the jet black hair too that always contrasted so beautifully with her baby toddler blues. Combined with plumped up lips that she says she got to balance the new nose Kath is dangeously close to looking like she wandered over from the Beverly Hills franchise.
  • Caroline Manzo, translator. Apparently we don't speak Jacqueline.

Monday, June 18, 2012

Whatchu Talkin' Bout, Willis?

 They're just puddles of desperation. - Kathy Griffin, discussing the state of her breasts as only she can on her eponymous Bravo late night show, Kathy, last week.

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Say It Ain't So, O

Winfrey talked to Kris and Bruce Jenner and their combined offspring at their Hidden Hills, Calif., home. Also on hand were Khloe Kardashian’s husband, Lamar Odom, and Kourtney Kardashian’s boyfriend, Scott Disick, OWN said Monday.
I'll state the obvious and say how disappointing it is that desperation for higher ratings and buzz has led Oprah to interview the completely uninteresting Kardashian klan clan. Odom and Dissick? No, OWN producers. The only interesting Kardashian beau of late is Kanye. How hard can he be to book given his much discussed appearance on the upcoming season of the Kardashian "reality" farce. OWN producers, you missed the get.

Tellyphile Pic of the Day: Is That You, Linden??!

Photo by: Joe Pugliese
The Hollywood Reporter captures actress Mireille Enos flaunting what she's been hiding under those baggy sweaters and ho-hum ponytails when she portrays The Killing's morose Detective Linden.

The shoot was part of THR's Emmy Roundtable series with TV drama actresses and also featured a stunning shot of Mad Men's January Jones (after the jump)...

Monday, June 11, 2012

"Mad Men" Season 5 Finale Critic Roundup


LA Times' Meredith Blake:
Season 5 has felt rudderless and crowded with intriguing but underdeveloped characters, forgotten story lines and missed opportunities to engage meaningfully with the social changes of the late ‘60s. There have been some wonderful moments along the way, but it all culminates in an episode that’s shocking only because it’s so completely anticlimactic. Who'd expect "Mad Men" to go out with a whimper and not a bang?

Sunday, June 10, 2012

Desperately Seeking Peggy

In the hours before the Mad Men finale which is falling upon us entirely too soon...Margaret Lyons over at Vulture wonders aloud what we've all been thinking and poses an interesting potential twist for the finale:
Will Peggy come back to SCDP? Likelihood of a satisfying resolution: Low. Oh, we hope Peggy comes back, for good, but that's just because she's the best. For character-integrity sake, she should stay gone for at least a little while. It took so, so much for her to leave the agency in the first place that it seems very unlikely she'd come running back two episodes later. (Unless there's a time jump! Then all bets are off.)

Saturday, June 02, 2012

When Your Boss Plunders Your Facebook Page

and her name is Kathy Griffin.

"So walk me through it...you have a fake band that's never played live called Space Cops and you write autotuned electronic music to lines from Terminator movies?"

"Mad Men's" Vincent Kartheiser: A Really Creepy Dude Who Should Stay Inside

I may be developing another one of my Weird But True Crushes. Distinguished members of this body include pre-Angie Billy Bob Thornton, Phillip Seymour Hoffman and Saving Private Ryan-era Barry Pepper. Is that judgement in your eye, friend, or just disappointment?

Editor's Note: It says this video is no longer available. This is a lie. If you click after the jump the video displays there. That is all.

Friday, June 01, 2012

NY Times Outs "Girls" Password Viewers, Ruins a Good Thing

PHOTO CREDIT: Tony Cenicola/The New York Times

Brian Stelter blows up everybody's spot :
Of course HBO Go is intended only for HBO’s cable and satellite subscribers; the company depends on its existing deals with cable and satellite providers and has repeatedly rebuffed suggestions to let people pay for HBO Go on its own. But as online pleas for help prove — “Can someone give me their HBO Go password?” read one such Twitter message on Tuesday — there are workarounds.     

The Night the Wig Fell (cont'd): Zolciak Wig Reveal Reax

Pic of what Kim's real hair looks like plus reaction from the masses posted safely after the jump so as not to render your DVR completely useless, though if you're using it to record Tardy  that may already be up for debate.:

Whatchu Talkin Bout Willis: When Don Kissed Peggy's Hand Edition

That scene was a really, really tough scene to film. They didn’t tell me they were going to do this but Phil told Jon to hold on to my hand and not let it go. And then he did and I really sort of lost it… and I will say that every single one of those tears was actually absolutely real. - Elisabeth Moss giving an inside perspective of the most gutwrenching moment on television this season since Lexie bit it. (HT: this is who we are)

Thursday, May 31, 2012

Do You Like the Reptile House?

This is how Chris Matthews chose to conclude his interview with Newt Gingrich. Snakes figure prominently in what follows.

The entire interview is here but this was the part I happened upon and for a moment I tried to muster some righteous anger that had to do with Matthews' ridiculousness and the problem with cable news, but only amusement came as I watched Chris doggedly grilling a man who chooses to call himself Newt about his appreciation for animals as if national security depended on it.

Bottom line, there is a lesson to be learned here, boys and girls and it isn't that pythons do not in fact eat cows whole (thanks, Newt).  It is simply this--Chris Matthews will never disappoint you.

The Night the Wig Fell

You won't want to be tardy for this. We are mere minutes away from Atlanta Housewife Kim Zolciak's real hair reveal. The notoriously bewigged reality star will finally show what lies beneath tonight on her Don't Be Tardy for the Wedding spinoff.

The moment--let's be real--that we've all been suffering through this series for will air at 9:30pm EST on Bravo, your reality TV crackdealer.

In the meantime, here's a link to a lovely gallery of Kim's wig evolution.

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Armed with Tiny Amps: More Wilco!

Expanding on a theme...

Here are Tweedy and company performing a four-song set for NPR's Tiny Desk Concert Series which features artists filmed live making beautiful music at the desk of All Songs Considered host Bob Boilen. There's something pretty magical about all of the performances in this series. It's one of the best things I've stumbled upon which is why I'm writing about it here even though it isn't television related. Occasional rambles off the chosen path are allowed, right? Especially when they sound this good.

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

This Is Not a Joke So Please Stop Smiling - If You've Only Watched That Peggy and Don Scene Once...

Watch it again and embrace the heartbreak:

I thought about this scene throughout the day and each time I did Jeff Tweedy's beautifully broken voice singing "This is not a joke so please stop smiling" was the soundtrack.

Thursday, May 24, 2012

From Sony With Love: Leaked Talking Points for "Community" Cast

So this is what the darkest timeline looks like. (HT: Pop Culture Brain)

Team Community:

With last night's news of David Guarascio and Moses Port as new showrunners/EPs on "Community" running in the press, and since we know that cast members have interviews coming up this week, I wanted to forward some messaging we hope our cast will find helpful as they navigate questions that will undoubtedly come up.

So What Does a Showrunner Do Exactly?

In the wake of the Dan Harmon firing as Community showrunner and in the age of powerful showrunners like Mad Men's Matthew Weiner, The AV Club helpfully provides a little background on the popularization of the term:
The term “showrunner” has become so pervasive in Internet television discussion that it’s easy to forget it only entered the public consciousness in the last decade.

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

"Community" Creator Dan Harmon Fired, War Between The Suits and The Creatives Wages On

Alas, our rejoicing was short-lived. As if fearing we'd underestimated their ability to FUBAR Britta a situation and only days after seeming to breathe new life into Community by renewing it for a fourth season, its creator Dan Harmon has been ousted.

From the NY Daily News:

In a plotline clumsy enough to spark a new Chevy Chase sitcom, NBC and Sony Pictures Television have parted ways with Dan Harmon, creator of "Community."

Monday, May 21, 2012

Themesong Throwback Live: Will Smith on "The Graham Norton Show"

"Television really attachs you to people in a way that is extremely powerful."

Spoken like a true tellyphile, Will.

Thursday, May 17, 2012

You Have the Right to Remain Delicious

The internet has way too much time on its hands. Isn't it fucked up and great?

Tumblr--vast, strange and specialized universe that it is--backs me up with the existence of the blog Law &Order & Food. HT to Vulture for coming through with this little afternoon clickcrack to get a weary tellyphile through the homestretch. (Via)

Chris Noth is looking at that shish kebab like its name is Carrie, isn't he? More of my favorites after the jump...

These Are the Spaces Where Your Favorite Shows Are Born

In the office of Gossip Girl showrunner Stephanie Savage a nod to the series' signature signoff:

Gossip Girl’s pilot casting director, David Rapaport, gave Savage the Jonathan Adler pillows as a gift. They share corner space with the Teen Choice Award surfboards that mark four consecutive wins as choice TV drama show.
The Hollywood Reporter features more showrunner lairs including Matthew Weiner (Mad Men) and Elizabeth Meriwether (New Girl) here.

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

My Friends Are All Adults, I'm Still A Teenage Girl

Haven't been able to shake that lyric from The Echo Friendly's "Same Mistakes", the song heard over the end credits of HBO's Girls Episode 4: Hannah's Diary. That's right. I'm on the Girls bus. More to come on that front in a separate post.

Big ups to Michael Penn, brother o' Sean, for being the first music supervisor to rival Mad Men's. I look forward to seeing what song will be over the Girls end credits as much as I do new episodes.

I really don't like that I relate to this song as much as I do but then that's how I feel about Girls. Listen and see if it's uncomfortably familiar to you too:

Friday, May 11, 2012

"Community" Lives!

Happy Friday, tellyphiles. This is a victory for meta enthusiasts everywhere.

From Flavorwire:
 You can add Community to the list of renewals for the network. According to Deadline, the class of Greendale Community College will be heading back to school for another semester. NBC renewed the show for a fourth season and 13 episodes. 
Let's hope this means Dan Harmon and company will use this opportunity to recover from a shaky third season.

Thursday, May 10, 2012

This is the Best Video Clip You'll See All Day - Prince Charles, Weatherman

HRH makes it rain or at least forecasts that it will.

I love the first few seconds when he looks down at the weatherman remote in his hand as though a) he's not quite sure how it got there and b) he's amused by the rudimentary tools of commoners.

Also, "Who the hell wrote this script?!" Instant classic.

Your Tellyphile Pic of the Day: Jon Hamm Giving LMFAO The Don Draper Treatment

He's looking at Jon Hamm with such unmitigated glee I almost feel sorry for Mr. LMFAO aka Silverspoon Gordy. Almost. It was then that I spied his bedazzled fannypack and thought much like Jon seems to be, "Fuck this guy."

Via  (HT: Meghna Raj!)

"Where the Wild Things Are" Author Maurice Sendak Died, You Should Watch This Documentary About Him

Credit: Joyce Dopkeen/The New York Times

And he sailed off through night and day

and in and out of weeks

and almost over a year

to where the wild things are.

Wednesday, May 09, 2012

President Obama Finally Endorses Gay Marriage, Is Considering Getting One of Those Newfangled iPhone Machines

ABC News rightly treats their huge get as breaking news. Welcome to the right side of history, Mr. President.

My blogger idol Andrew Sullivan is overcome:
I do not know how orchestrated this was; and I do not know how calculated it is. What I know is that, absorbing the news, I was uncharacteristically at a loss for words for a while, didn't know what to write, and, like many Dish readers, there are tears in my eyes. 
...Today Obama did more than make a logical step. He let go of fear. He is clearly prepared to let the political chips fall as they may. That's why we elected him. That's the change we believed in. 

Tuesday, May 08, 2012

Whatchu Talkin' Bout, Willis?: Anderson Cooper Talks Wendy Williams on "Watch What Happens Live"

"That was the first night I met Wendy Williams. I never met her before and I found her suddenly in my home. It's a little startling." - Anderson Cooper on Watch What Happens Live last night.
A party with both Wendy and Anderson in attendance? I think I've found my inner circle.

Monday, May 07, 2012

Ed Westwick Gives Us His Best Chuck Bass on the 2012 Met Gala Red Carpet

Photo: Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images

I abandoned Gossip Girl ages ago but I'll always love looking at pictures of Ed Westwick because within him lives Chuck Bass. I love a man with perpetually haughty nostrils. Don't you?

"GMA" Beats "Today" Again, Morning Shows Now Securely in the Hands of the Lowest Common Denominator

I love to see an underdog triumph, but when said underdog is less like Brain from Inspector Gadget and more like Scooby Dum...not so much.

Mrs. Draper vs. Mrs. Draper: January Jones and Jessica Paré at the 2012 Met Gala

Getty Images
January's wearing Atelier Versace and vintage Harry Winston jewelry from 1955. Careful, Bets, Weiner might snatch those jewels off your neck for being from the wrong year.
See the other Mrs. Draper's look after the jump...

Friday, May 04, 2012

Sh#!t Girls Say About "Girls" - It's the Internet Meme That Won't Die

Didn't want to leave you on such a sad note on a Friday so please enjoy a laugh at your own and/or others' expense:

R.I.P. MCA - Beastie Boys' Adam Yauch Has Died

From cancer. He was 47 years old.

HT to Vulture for this vintage clip of the Beasties on Arsenio performing “So What'cha Want” in peak '90s form and for the following breakdown of what makes the clip Tellyphile-worthy:
...here are all the things we love about it, in chronological order:

Thursday, May 03, 2012

On Today's Edition of Silly Marketing Ploys...Lifetime's Got a New Logo and Theme Nights

Calling all people with vaginas (note: my spellcheck doesn't recognize the plural form of vagina. or the word spellcheck!) Lifetime has done some soul searching and they've finally figured out what makes you tick. For some bullshit reason, it's not wall-to-wall Gosling.

From Variety:

Wednesday, May 02, 2012

MTV Seeks Credibility for Its "Movie Awards" With Academy, New Categories


While the now-iconic best kiss and best fight awards aren’t going anywhere, new categories this year are designed to deepen the movie-music connection. For instance,

Tuesday, May 01, 2012

Necessary Viewing: Uprising: Hip Hop & The LA Riots

Uprising: Hip Hop and the LA Riots, a doc by Mark Ford, is on right now and will undoubtedly be on again if you want to see it from the beginning (because that's what VH-1 does). It's giving me goosebumps. For those of you who came of age in the early 90s like I did, I suspect you'll have the same reaction. It opens with Rodney King taking us back to the very spot where he was beaten so mercilessly and as he put it "had his brains beat in". From executive producer Snoop Dogg.  That's right. Don't adjust your blog, executive producer Snoop Dogg. He narrates too.

Monday, April 30, 2012

What Would A Workout Video by "New Girl's" Schmidt Look Like?

Thanks to Vulture, we don't have to wonder:
When Vulture's Jon DeFreest designed a cover for Cut the Schmidt, a Richard Simmons–like guide to healthy living, he and we did not imagine that such a video might ever actually come to be. It was just a small, odd Internet token of admiration. But we were thinking small, and if you know anything about Schmidt — and about Max Greenfield, the actor who plays him on New Girl — you know that he dreams on a grander scale,

President Obama's 2012 White House Correspondents' Dinner Speech

Here is the President's WHCD speech. Would you call it a speech? Routine might be a better word for it but that sounds so unpresidential. At any rate, here is the President talking with jokes.

Sunday, April 29, 2012

How Did Jimmy Kimmel Do as Host of 2012 White House Correspondents' Dinner

Here's Kimmel's performance in its entirety:

In your blogger's humble opinion Kimmel's performance last night was about what you'd expect from Jimmy Kimmel. His routine started strong (This Week in Unnecesssary Censorship: WHCD Edition was hilarious and didn't seem to get as many laughs in the room as it should have) but then lapsed into mostly meh punctuated by genuinely laugh-out-loud worthy zingers. When he told President Obama to cover his ears "if that's physically possible" while he took a few digs at the Secret Service it was great to see Michelle laugh harder than anyone else in the room.

Saturday, April 28, 2012

Isn't She Lovely...Michelle Obama at 2012 White House Correspondents' Dinner

From Politico:
A White House pool reports says President Barack Obama and Michelle Obama joined the stage at 8:11 p.m. FLOTUS wore a sprawling, strapless, multicolored gown, and POTUS a black tux. No word on the designer of the first lady's dress...
Update: Dress designer is Naeem Khan who MO has worn before with similarly fabulous results here, here and here. (HT: Michelle O. Style and NorthJersey.com)

AFP / Elle.com
Watch a short video clip below to see it in motion:

Which White House Correspondents' Dinner Table Would You Prefer?

The hilariously named tumblr The Media Dept Has Cookies provides some helpful superlatives:
MOST POWERFUL TABLE is prob. Time: George Clooney, Steven Spielberg, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta
MOST FUN TABLE is prob.The New Yorker: Fred Armisen, Carrie Brownstein, Aziz Ansari, Jason Schwartzman
TABLE WITH POTENTIAL FOR MOST AWKWARD CONVERSATION is prob ABC: There’s just something about the combination of New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, Sofia Vergara, and some booze that makes me think that this might be the horse to bet on in this race
Judging by the above screencap and the way Greta van Susteren's looking at Kris Jenner I'd say someone's wishing she could switch placecards. It must've been a long limo ride over.

Jimmy Kimmel White House Correspondents' Dinner Pre-Interview

Watch Kimmel discuss the pressure and the process involved here.

It's the Nerd Prom Red Carpet Arrivals (and Some Fun ScreenCaps from Inside the Ballroom Too)!

(Photo: Jay Westcott/POLITICO)
What would it be like to be a fly on the wall at the DC Hilton, site of the White House Correspondents' Dinner red carpet arrivals?

C-SPAN takes you there.

So far I've watched:
  • Ali Wentworth and Deborah Roberts (ABC correspondent and wife of Al Roker) kiss and exchange pleasantries.
  • Kate Hudson look as amazing as mom Goldie Hawn looks like somebody that I used to know. Actually she looks like her character in First Wives Club did after she got the crazy lip injections.
  • Zooey Deschanel looking appropriately Jess-ish in a polka dot Oscar de la Renta gown. Both she and Charlize Theron dissed the press pool who tried desperately to get them to stop and talk.
  • Modern Family's Eric Stonestreet walking the ballroom in a tux, glass in hand looking lost and very un-Cam like.
  • Diane Keaton--rocking a white hat--and spy-chief Leon Panetta exchange a warm hug inside the ballroom.
Any self-respecting peoplewatcher should be all over this. More screencaps after the jump.

Friday, April 27, 2012

White House Correspondents' Dinner 2012 Guest List, Bring Your Purell

Jim Spellman/WireImage
The LA Times has a nice roundup of the bold-faced names who will be in attendance and the media organizations that will be pimping hosting them:
My takeaway? Like attracts like...

Your Tellyphile Pic of the Day: Donald Glover as Young Tracy Morgan on Last Night's Live "30 Rock"

And a bonus video clip! Here's Donald (hip hop alias: Childish Gambino) talking about the method to his Morgan madness:

p.s. Suzanne, consider this your payback.

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Michelle Williams Would Do a "Dawson's Creek" Reunion, Brooklyn Collectively Shakes Its Head

She's come a long way, baby.
Hey girl, wanna make me relevant again?

From Vulture:
Williams was willing to commit more fully to our questions about a possible Dawson's Creek reunion — or, at least, she was open to the idea, once we asked her about Don't Trust The B-- In Apartment 23 and told her that James Van Der Beek was willing. "He has my e-mail!" she responded, laughing. "He has my home phone, and my cell phone, so we talk … " And that means she'd do the show, if he called? "He could totally ask! I've always said, I'm totally up for reunion tours, reunion shows, so we can do that.
I like a girl who isn't afraid to look hipster cred in the eye and basically hawk a big Van der Beek forehead-sized loogie in it.

Do you guys think it'll ever really happen though? Consider the amount of time they'd have to spend on deprogramming Katie alone. And nevermind Tom, Suri would never allow it.

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

That "Mad Men" LSD Scene

As soon as I saw this I knew it would be one of the go-to scenes for anyone looking to prove Mad Men's worth and how it consistently furthers the serial drama as an art form. For those of you who roll your eyes and wonder what the fuss is about, this is it.

President Obama and Dave Matthews on "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon"

It's an evening of late night television that will live in infamy.

Last night on Late Night Jimmy got Barack to slow jam the news and Dave Matthews to assist on a musical ode to the walk of shame. As far as I'm concerned it doesn't get any better than these two men on one broadcast. My TV Face of Ecstasy was undoubtedly in full effect.

Note the swag of the POTUS as he steps out from behind the curtain in the clip below and the way he drops the mic(!) when he's through.

For his part, Dave whet our appetites for DMB's return to summer touring by debuting a new song called "Mercy". Tellyphile bait indeed. p.s. He gives great Dave face. (HT: Suzanne Elyse)


Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Howard Stern Interviews Rachel Maddow and You'll Never Guess What He Wanted to Talk About

How does Rachel hold up in the hot seat? "Lalalala". Here's a short but cute video clip:

And here's Part 1 of 5 audio clips. In all it's an hour long. Earbuds at work, essential. (HT: Democratic Underground)

Monday, April 23, 2012

Robert Reich Challenges Bill O'Reilly to Debate After Communist Insult

Former Clinton Labor Secretary Robert Reich is mad as hell and he isn't gonna take it anymore on Monday's Ed Show. Watch:

"Joe Millionaire" Evan Marriott Now Just as Unattractive Outside As Inside

Last night that red-headed stepchild of a network, Fox, celebrated its 25th anniversary. 

Ryan Seacrest was there in his tuxedo looking just as smug as you'd expect a man who has made a deal with the devil and come out on top to look.  

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Whatchu Talkin Bout, Willis?: Hillary Clinton in Columbia Edition

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"I wonder if she made it rain later that night."  - Andy Cohen, political analyst, discussing Hillary Clinton's Colombian happy hour with Rachel Maddow on Watch What Happens Live last night.

Dick Clark, "Unofficial Emcee of American Broadcasting" Has Died

LA Times obit here. NY Times' here.

From Media Decoder, NBC Broadcasting chairman Ted Harbert shares an anecdote that reveals the cunning TV producer-edge to that sunny public persona:
One of his most brilliant coups, Mr. Harbert said, was how he assembled the New Year’s Eve show.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

A Dog Fight Actually About Dogs Breaks Out In the Presidential Race, "Morning Joe" Crew Can't Stop Laughing at the Stupid

Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski were the first (human) casualties of the canine wars that have broken out between the Obama and Romney campaigns. Love when "News You Can't Use" correspondent Willie Geist says "I'm exhausted" when he's finally through relaying the volley of inanity.


Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Your Tellyphile Pic of the Day: Anna Chlumsky in New York Magazine

Photo: Peter Yang. Styling by Ise White for Artists by Timothy Priano; hair by Creighton Bowman for Exclusive Artrists/Rene Furterer; makeup by Kristin Hilton for The Wall Group; red print jeans by Vanilla Star; gray sweater by Eddie Bauer
Isn't that exactly how you'd want Vada Sultenfuss to turn out? How cool are those Vanilla Star jeans?

Noreen Malone does a nice job with NY Mag's profile of Anna to promote her upcoming role in HBO's new political comedy Veep starring Julia Louis-Dreyfus (Premieres April 22).

Here's a quote made great by Chlumksy's seeming lack of awareness of how bizarre it is that Roberta Flack was her nail salon Yoda:

Once in a nail salon, Roberta Flack, of all people, told Chlumsky she needed to get back in the business. Chlumsky bristled. “I was like, ‘No, I don’t,’ but then I was like, Why would I be resentful of something Roberta Flack told me?


A Bit of Tellyphile Housekeeping and the Fred Savage Update You Didn't Know You Were Missing!

Hi, guys. Remember when you were 11 years-old and time passed in an orderly fashion? Back then it was one 30-minute or hour-long block after another--3pm's General Hospital begat Oprah at 4pm which begat Ricki Lake at 5pm until that vast 6 o'clock wasteland when there was just enough time to get homework done before The Cosby Show or The Wonder Years started.

In my ongoing quest to get my shit together I've started going to the gym after work. Between this renewed commitment to looking good naked, writing Tellyphile and my indentured servitude day job, I now have a true understanding of what adults were going on about when I was just a wee Tellyphile and they would bemoan the lack of hours in a day.

In short, sorry about the every other day posting but I can assure you, we've made some changes in the general office and daily posts shall resume effective immediately.

Now let's talk Savage...

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Lena Dunham's "Girls" Premieres on HBO Sunday, Breaks Network TV Protocol with "Plain" "Unpleasant" Heroine. Yes!

From the NY Times review by Alessandra Stanley:
“Girls” has none of the cheeriness — and forced punch lines — of “2 Broke Girls” or “Whitney.” Hannah is not a heroine fit for network television. She is plain, unshapely and unpleasant in ways that are only occasionally endearing. She’s a parasite sponging off her parents and a forgetful and sometimes unreliable friend. Her liaison with Adam (Adam Driver), an out-of-work actor, is debasing.       
Not like Broke Girls or Whitney, plus debasing liaisons. And just like thatGirls is on my record list.

Here's a trailer:

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

"The Personification of 20th Century Television News" - Remembering Mike Wallace

Mike Wallace, 1918-2012.

  • "I had found my bliss" Myron Wallace on becoming Mike Wallace in NY Times' beautiful video obit series "Last Word" produced by Brent McDonald. More of Wallace in his own words in a 2005 interview with Terry Gross for NPR's Fresh Air here.
  • HT again goes to NPR for this clip of the master interviewer with one of the masters of the art world, Salvador Dali: Money quote: "Why do you behave the way that you do? For instance you have been known to drive in a car filled to the roof with..." Watch to hear that sentence's conclusion. Come on, look at Dali's mustache, you know it'll be well worth it. :

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Aaron Sorkin's "The Newsroom" is Coming to HBO This Summer, Everyone Guard Your Blackberrys

For those of you who don't know Aaron Sorkin is a big deal because he's not only the creator of critically-adored television shows (The West Wing, Sports Night) but he also writes screenplays for A-list movies you may have heard of (The Social Network, Moneyball) and he's won an Oscar for it.

So it matters that Sorkin is bringing his talent for making great television to HBO, who has a reputation for a grade of TV so exceptional it's not TV.

Wednesday, April 04, 2012

Living Blogging "Watch What Happens Live: All Star Party"


Earlier: Show opens with live rendition of WWHL theme song and host/ringmaster Andy Cohen drops word that Flipping Out  is coming back! Hooray. Interior Therapy is far too Zoila-less for my taste.

11:08pm: Top Chef's Gayle Simmons is Zoila's biggest fan.

AC makes a point of saying hi to NeNe. Mentions last time he saw her was the ATL Housewives Reunion: AC: "That was heavy." NeNe: "Yes, shots were fired." This was said in NeNe's version of Madonna's faux-British accent, which is essentially a Boughetto one. Love it.

11:17pm: Speaking of shots fired. There was a nice skirmish once Jeff Lewis was on set. Jeff kicked things off by saying he can't believe Bethenny didn't self-promote during her segment to nervous laughter and no real reaction from AC. Then he tries to diss Andy, tells him he looks like an Easter egg. AC  promptly replies, "You look like a funeral director and not in the Phaedra Parks kinda way." Uncomfortable titters from the Bravolebrity audience. Gauntlet laid.

Monday, April 02, 2012

The Kiernan Shipka Look Book

She's almost as fun to gawk at as Suri. Almost.

NY Mag's Fug Girls have thoughtfully documented the fashion evolution of Mad Men's Kiernan Shipka so that you can waste a few minutes not doing whatever you're supposed to be doing right now. Enjoy.

Sunday, April 01, 2012

To Forgive or Forget: "The Killing" Season Two Premieres Tonight


Last season's conclusion of the AMC procedural was one of the biggest letdowns in recent TV history. Suggestion: If your show is called The Killing your audience is probably expecting to find out who committed...wait for it...the killing(!) at the conclusion of your season. That whole whodunnit thing isn't just a wacky experiment in misspelled words. We want to know who done it, Veena.

So the premiere just started and I've got it on. For now I'm seeing I've decided to forgive and hang in there to finally learn who killed Rosie Larsen. I'll also be watching to see if the writers have learned something about character and plot development during their hiatus so that while we put the puzzle pieces of this season together we actually have a shot at enjoying ourselves this go round.

However, this review of tonight's 2-hour premiere by Judy Berman over at Flavorwire doesn't bode well for hopeful tellyphiles. Money quote:
I went into the two-hour Season 2 premiere willing to forgive and forget and get sucked back into a murder mystery that I once found riveting. But what I found, to my great disappointment, was the same messiness that plagued the latter half of Season 1, exacerbated by a ten-month hiatus that has made keeping up with The Killing‘s enormous cast of characters and their many counterintuitive complexities even more confusing than usual.
Whatever may come, at least it gave us Joel Kinnaman.

Not an April Fools Joke - Sarah Palin Will Co-Host "Today"

That fetid breeze that just hit you is the death rattle of the Today show's journalistic integrity.

I guess we're supposed to be okay with this because before Palin played a Vice-Presidential nominee on TV she played a sports anchor (HT: TVNewser):

Per Forbes' Roger Friedman NBC's stunt casting is really a hissy fit aimed at their former-darling Katie Couric who has dared to return to morning television on another network: