Goth Abby in the City of Angels? We knew it was coming. But how oxymoronic. All that sunshine is counter to the dark vibe, although if you ask me, Abby is a walking oxymoron. She's a scientist in love with forensics who is covered in tattoos, has a dog collar as a necklace and likes pigtails.
Anyway, back to the crossover. Michael Ausiello's sources have leaked to him at EW.com that Abby's visit to the Left Coast is a major plot point. Abby is not there by choice; she's been abducted.
My problem isn't with the picture, although it seems it probably should be. It's the headline. Is "Oh, Dave" the best they could do? Hell, "Where the Wild Things Are" would be ten times better and save a fifth of the print space. Write a better headline in the comments section below and we'll feature the best ones in a future post.
So when Entertainment Weekly asked the cast to pose as various celebrities in a "The Best of 2008" pictorial, I'm sure they didn't need much time to say yes. In the pictorial, the cast portray the Olympic 4x200m relay team, the Jonas Brothers, and the cast of the Indiana Jones and Sex and the City movies. Finally, Segel and Alyson Hannigan pose as Joe Biden and Sarah Palin, respectively, during the VP debate. It might have been more interesting if they reversed roles in that photo, but I guess Segel didn't have the legs for it.
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You knew that Harold Perrineau's comments were going to cause a bit of controversy. You also knew that he would have to clarify some of the comments a few days later. Here is that clarification.
The Lost star admits to Entertainment Weekly that "I should probably think more before I say things," referring to comments he made that he was irritated with how producers deal with black characters on the hit ABC show and the fact that Michael couldn't be redeemed and have a happy ending with son Walt. He explains that he was just making an observation as a black man and that he wasn't angry at how the story played out, he was just disappointed. He loved working with the cast and crew and wouldn't be surprised if he came back to the show in the future. He also lists his three favorite and least favorite moments on the show.
My prediction? We haven't seen the last of Michael. He'll be back on the show some way, somehow.
So the following news might not be much of a surprise: Michael Ausiello, TVG's scoop and spoiler maven, is taking his perky writing style and massive Rolodex to Entertainment Weekly, where he'll write for the TV sections of both the magazine and website starting July 2.
Oh, and how did we find this out? Mike sent us (and probably hundreds of others) the press release announcing his arrival. Never said the guy wasn't good at self-promotion.
- Ken Levine has some thoughts on American Idol.
- Betty Hutton passed away earlier this week.
- Jim Gaffigan talks about muffins and cakes.
- Best Week Ever isn't too happy that Zarf wasn't nominated for a Daytime Emmy.
- Some people in Hollywood use drugs.
- Will the phrase "Fair & Balanced" make it to the Hall of Fame?
- Maxim picks the 10 best infomercial products. Wait, isn't the Chia Pet ad just a commercial and not an infomercial?
Every year, Entertainment Weekly picks their "Entertainers of the Year," and this year's list includes inevitable choices like Sacha Baron Cohen and YouTube, plus odd choices like Project Runway. Also on the list is Stephen Colbert, and also "Stephen Colbert," the character he plays on The Colbert Report. EW has an interview with the star and his alter-ego.
Colbert talks about everything from his infamous speech at the White House Corresondent's Dinner to getting Warren Beatty and Annette Bening to act confused on his show. He also introduces us to his new word for 2007. It's "Colbertainment," as in Colbertainment Weekly.
I have to admit that when The Colbert Report first started, I thought his "character" would get old really quick, something that was good for here and there or for a limited time but nothing a comedian could sustain and grow over a period of time. But I was wrong. I was wrong about NBC's remake of The Office too, so these things happen.
This is the kind of advertising that I hate. It disguises itself as some sort of pop culture piece, one that's tied into the holiday season, but it's really just a way to mention a lot of products, list the company web site, and get some advertising in. It's Entertainment Weekly's Holiday Gift Guide, where they pick a celebrity or TV/movie character and list items you could get for that person. You know it's bogus because the gifts picked are either ridiculously obvious or don't really make any sense at all.
- Have you checked out Trivial TV? It's a great site about, well, TV of course. But it has an incredible search engine for TV schedules. Type in the day, month, and year and you can see the TV network schedules for that night! Very cool.
- Paul Davidson has two TV-related posts up at his blog this week. One is Prison Break: The Drinking Game, and the other is about Battlestar Galactica and Lucy Lawless' fingernail.
- Ken Levine has some thoughts on the O.J. book/TV special (written before they were canceled).
- Entertainment Weekly's PopWatch blog says that John Stamos has pumped so much life into ER that the show just might be renewed for a 15th season.
- A TV Guide reader tells Matt Roush that the reason why Jericho is a hit is because "it's Lost for Republicans."
Since TV is in everyone's home, it's one of the pop culture things we can all talk about. Entertainment Weekly lists their 10 Big Watercooler Moments, those moments on TV shows that we were all talking about the next day at work (or school).
While some of their choices are obvious and deserving to be on the list (Lucy going into labor on I Love Lucy, Ellen DeGeneres coming out on Ellen, Maddie and David finally doing it on Moonlighting, the "Who Shot J.R." ep of Dallas), are they really serious when they list the episode that Michael J. Fox left Spin City? Really? Hey, I like Fox, but was his character (or even the show) that important and talked about? I think that Fox announcing he was ill was certainly something we all talked about, but I don't think that it should be on this list. Especially considering what EW left off the list: the finales of M*A*S*H*, The Mary Tyler Moore Show, and Friends; several Seinfeld moments (that was the topic of discussion every morning after where I worked), and the final episode of Newhart with Suzanne Pleshette.
I mean, Felicity cutting her hair? Gah.
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- David Thomas over at FireJeffZucker.com wonders why the Sci-Fi Channel isn't in HD.
- For election day today, TV Newser is going to update his blog every hour, with the latest TV News news and analysis. Check out the real Wolf Blitzer and the cardboard Wolf Blitzer.
- Great article over at TV Party about the original pilot for The Twilight Zone.
- TV Guide's Matt Roush has a rundown on all of the midseason comings and goings.
- Over at PopWatch, George Lucas says he's done with big screen movies and will be focusing on TV now. As a moviegoer, I applaud this. As a TV lover, it makes me cringe.
- Great episode of Heroes last night, eh? TV Addict has an interview with stars Adrian Pasdar and Milo Ventimiglia.
- I don't believe this story at all. It just seems like some bs someone made up because Mario Lopez is doing so well on Dancing with the Stars.
Ah, the wit and wisdom of K-Fed.
In a free-wheeling interview with Entertainment Weekly, Mr. Spears sounds off on a variety of topics: on being the most talked about person the past few years (?), what song he'd sing for his American Idol audition, his collection of Nike shoes, why he's a lot like Sammy Davis, Jr., what food he sneaks into movie theaters, why the Batmobile is badass, and getting his "GED and stuff." He also talks about his recent guest role on CSI.
Everytime I see this guy I think of his horrible performance at that teen awards show. How is his album doing, anyway?
- On the cover: Battlestar Galactica, "TV's next great cult hit." Hmmm, I thought it already was.
- EW has what has to be their 10,000th guide to Lost. This one's a mini-book you can pull out.
- In this week's Personality Test, it's Mario Lopez from Dancing With The Stars. He doesn't have any tattoos, but he carries a lot of napkins in his glove compartment.
- New on DVD: they give the sixth season of Gilmore Girls a B+, the second season of The Office an A, the first season of My Name Is Earl an A, and season two of Grey's Anatomy an A-.
- Ken Levine is at it again. He has two fantastic blog entries up: one is a public service to actors, what to do and not do when you're auditioning, and the other is the 379 words you can't say on television.
- Aaron Barnhart has the story behind those disturbing "To Catch A Predator" segments on Dateline.
- Over at Pop Candy, Whitney is looking for readers to be part of a podcast. Hurry, you have til 7pm today.
- EW's PopWatch blog has info from Jeff Probst about the new season of Survivor.
- Prison Break's Wade Williams is keeping a blog at TV Guide.
- On the cover: a new season of House is about to start.
- Emmy host Conan O'Brien answers some stupid questions.
- A Q and A with Ricky Gervais about his new podcasts, Extras, and the American version of The Office.
- An interview with the latest designer kicked off Project Runway.
- Another reality show interview: the winner of So You Think You Can Dance.
- Also: in the print edition, you'll find photos and interviews of the new Laguna Beach cast and Wentworth Miller of Prison Break.
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