Last night, Tori "I want to be Jessica Simpson" Spelling talked about how she thought she killed her baby after rough sex with her husband Dean McDermott on Tori and Dean: Inn Love. The baby stopped kicking after their antics and this worried the inheritance disabled Spelling. Regardless of how worried she truly was, it stop her from entertaining an encore performance. Where do these reality show actresses come up with this stuff?
Jennifer Aniston, you may have lost Brad and Vince, but you can alway be Dirt-y with Cox...
Julia told everyone about the new VH1 series The Department of Acceptable Media starring Jack Black back in November, and now there's a little more information available, such as when the heck the show will debut (March 23). Oh yeah, and it's not called The Department of Acceptable Media, anymore, it's simply called Acceptable TV.
The new series will feature several three-minute shorts in one episode, some created by regular folks like you and me, and some created by Jack Black and pals. Viewers will vote on which shows to dump and which ones to keep. If that sounds an awful lot like the Channel 101 site, that might be because Channel 101 helped create the series.
Shorts that are too hot for TV will made available online, and creators will also get a share of the ad revenue everytime their short is viewed online. You can watch some hysterical promos for the new series here.
[via Lost Remote]
VH1 and BET, both Viacom-owned channels, are splitting production costs and sharing airtime for a new series called Wifey, a drama set inside the hip-hop business. Queen Latifah is on board as a producer through her company Flavor Unit (which would also be a cool name for a restaurant, but I digress). Production on the series kicks off next month.
A pilot for the series has been ordered, and if it gets picked up for a full season the episodes will air simultaneously on both VH1 and BET, presumably to woo people interested in black culture and people interested in how comedians feel about ALF and the Rubik's Cube.
As the Hollywood Reporter points out, the obvious risk is that one network will be watched by a majority while the other one will be left high and dry. The people behind the new series also admit it's a gamble.
On his website, Zach recently posted a link to this video on YouTube that shows Kevin Federline as one of the dancers on Zach's short-lived show, Late World with Zach. Why were there dancers on Zach's show? Well, it was all part of a sketch to announce the cancellation of Zach's show. I've posted the video after the jump. K-Fed is the dancer with the hat on and is pretty easy to recognize. This was back in 2002, before anyone even knew the guy. Back then, K-Fed was much less of a punk and more graceful.
VH1 will air a marathon of Armed & Famous on Saturday, topped off with a new episode (#5) at 9 pm. VH1 says it doesn't actually have episodes 6 & 7 but it will air them if the producers get them finished. And the cable network is not ruling out a second season of the series.
If you ever wanted to learn what happens when sibling rivalry goes very wrong, we had Jack Bauer teach us a thing or two in last night's episode of 24. Next time my teenage brother doesn't tell me where my Dad is, I'm gonna keep this clip* on my video Ipod to show him how lucky he is that he isn't a Bauer.
24 has introduced Jack Bauer's meaning of nuclear, not once but twice this season. First time in the big kaboom manner, and secondly in the equally explosive "tell me where Papa is!!" manner. If we have past seasons to gauge how this part of his family tree is going to branch out, it probably means these actors are already looking for their next gig.
No matter how awful it is to watch someone kill their sibling, it isn't as horrible as what happened to a few unlucky suitors on I Love New York.
Fortunately, all reality shows are not the same. I mean, would Tim Gunn be involved in anything that wasn't a class act? Shows like Project Runway and, to some extent, The Amazing Race redeem an otherwise unfortunate genre littered with wife-swaps, cat fights, strangers picked to live in a house and competitive testicle eating. There is plenty of good among the bad, and in my neck of the woods, certain reality shows are as much "must see TV" as any scripted program. I'm looking for the same thing in both anyway - emotional truth.
Last night I had to play detective. Seriously, I was like Encyclopedia "Mother-F'n" Brown. I was all, like, solvin' shtuff.
I'll explain: I was poking through ye olde Tivo seeing if there was anything on worth recording, and I noticed it had some reruns of Everybody Hates Chris listed on VH1. That's odd, since the show airs on the CW. I hopped on my computer and went to VH1's site, but there was no mention of it at all. If you look at the schedule, it lists "VH1 Special" from 8pm to 10:30pm on Saturday, January 20. Well, that "special" is five back-to-back episodes of Everybody Hates Chris according to both my Tivo and TV Guide. If you haven't seen the show, you should check it out, as it's one of the better sitcoms on television right now.
Also, fans take note: new episodes of the series return to the CW on January 22.
Some of you may remember a very short-lived show on VH1 called Late World with Zach, hosted by comedian Zach Galafianakis. The series ran in 2002 for eleven episodes. Zach would later appear in the television series Tru Calling and the Comedy Central reality series Comedians of Comedy. Late World was, as far as I know, VH1's first and only attempt at a late night talk show. You can find several clips of the show on YouTube, of course, but the one I posted below is especially wonderful because not only is it taken from the hilarious and bittersweet final episode, but it actually features a pre-Britney Kevin Federline as one of the dancers who steps from the audience to join Zach on stage. Also, you get to see Zach before he grew his scruffy beard. It kind of makes you miss those old days when families would sit on the porch sipping lemonade, Zach was beardless, and none of us knew who the hell K-Fed was.
[via CC Insider]
File this under: If I Haven't Seen It, It's New To Me.
A couple years ago, Camp Chaos created a cartoon for VH1's ILL-ustrated that never made it to air. One would assume "SpongeBong HempPants" was never shown due to its blatant advocacy of drug use, or maybe it wasn't shown because it's just not that good. The shorts can be found on YouTube, and perhaps smoking a few doobies can make them seem funnier than they really are, but it's ultimately one stretched-out joke that wasn't that funny to begin with.
Wouldn't it be hilarious if SpongeBob and his pals not only got high all the time, but also looked like different drugs and drug paraphernalia? Yes, that could be very funny if done right, but that concept alone isn't enough. Besides, if you really want to get stoned and watch a cartoon, the original SpongeBob is a much better choice.
(Don't do drugs).
Now, you wouldn't expect another lame reality show from the team behind ego trip, would you? For the uninitiated, ego trip was a New York-based hip-hop magazine that started back in 1994. The publication covered underground sounds with wit and attitude. They were the "arrogant voice of musical truth." While the magazine folded years ago, ego trip remained at large through a series of books - ego trip's Book of Rap Lists and ego trip's Big Book of Racism. They partnered with VH1 on ego trip's Race-O-Rama and TV's Illest Minority Moments. Given their track record, it would be a huge disappointment were The (White) Rapper Show to suck.
Celebs signed up for The Surreal Life Fame Games are: Brigitte Nielsen, Chyna Doll, Vanilla Ice, Pepa, Emmanuel Lewis, C.C. DeVille, Ron Jeremy, Jordan Knight, Verne Troyer, Andrea Lowell and Tracy Bingham. The new season begins January 7 at 9 pm on VH1.
This raises all kinds of questions for me. Did you know that Jerry Springer still had a TV show? I thought he was busy running for office or something. More importantly, can you make a reality show about a show that pretends to examine reality and uses "real" people but is largely staged much in the way, say, professional wrestling is staged? And, since we all know that reality programming is also hyper-edited, written and sometimes staged, will my head explode when I try to decode what's real, what's fake, who's pre-op, who's post-op and who's my baby's daddy? I'm already confused.
Fortunately, this isn't VH1's only new offering. You can also expect to see Andrew Dice Clay and Tom Sizemore vehicles. So much to look forward to in 2007.
VH1's I Love New York (the spin-off of Flavor of Love, which was the spin-off of Strange Love, which was the spin-off of The Surreal Life) is set to debut on Monday, January 8 at 9PM. Kick off the new year with a bit of trashiness! This is the new cast picture of New York (Tiffany Patterson) and her
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