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A&E Gives Thumbs Up to One Drama, Thumbs Down to Another

by Bob Sassone, posted Feb 8th 2010 11:27AM
A&E logoIt's great to see A&E getting into more scripted shows and not just concentrating on reality shows and documentaries. But they're not just taking everything. This week they're passing on one drama but going ahead with another one.

The drama 'Sugarloaf' has been given the green light. It's about a Chicago cop who gets accused of something he didn't do so he decides to move to a small Florida town and become an officer there.

The drama the network passed on? 'The Quickening.' No, it wasn't another version of 'Highlander,' it was actually about a homicide detective who is bipolar. Sounds a bit like 'Monk' only maybe a little bit more serious? Anyway, we probably won't be seeing that one.

Like a lot of people who live in New England, every single time I hear the name 'Sugarloaf' I'm going to think of a cold ski resort, not a warm small town in Florida.

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'Sex and the City' Director to Take on Anita Bryant

by Allison Waldman, posted Feb 2nd 2010 10:27AM
anita_bryant_portraitToday, many people have no idea who Anita Bryant is. The Miss America contestant turned professional singer and commercial spokesperson turned anti-gay celebrity activist was a firebrand to a controversy that raged in the 1980s, but for entire generation -- maybe more -- she's unknown. Darren Star, creator of 'Sex and the City' will change that.

The upcoming HBO movie planned to tell the Anita Bryant story should be fascinating. 'Sex and the City's' Darren Star will direct the Bryant biopic and Chad Hodge is writing the script.

HBO has a track record for doing this type of real life docudrama very well, including the classic 'The Late Shift' which depicted David Letterman's exit from NBC and Jay Leno's seizing 'The Tonight Show.' More recently, 'Recount' told the story of the 2000 presidential election when Florida was thrust into the limelight because of voting irregularities.

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COLBERT launches into space tonight

by Bob Sassone, posted Aug 25th 2009 6:02PM
The Space Shuttle Discovery was supposed to launch around 1:30 this morning, but bad weather in Florida means it has been put off until the same time tonight. On board will be the COLBERT, the Combined Operational Load Bearing External Resistance Treadmill, named after the host of a certain late night comedy show. In this video, that host thanks NASA.

Update: tonight's launch has been scrubbed.

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Miami Social: Liar Liar (series premiere) - open thread

by Bob Sassone, posted Jul 15th 2009 8:00AM
Miami Social

How many reality shows featuring beautiful people going to parties and arguing do we need? How many does Bravo need? I really hate the direction that the cable channel has gone in the past several years. An endless supply of Real Housewives shows, NYC Prep, America's Next Top Model, The Fashion Show, Flipping Out, Make Me A Supermodel, Millionaire Matchmaker, Tabatha's Salon Takeover ... make it stop!

Having said that, did you watch Miami Social? And if so ... why?

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Here's a sneak peek of tonight's Miami Social premiere

by Bob Sassone, posted Jul 14th 2009 10:36AM
Since Bravo doesn't think there are enough people to dislike on television, here comes Miami Social. Vapid women? Check. Guys with their shirts off? Check. Dumb conversations? Check. Too much drinking and partying? Check?

I just realized that all of the negative things I just mentioned will probably make you want to tune in. Here's a preview. The only way I'll watch this is if they do a crossover with Burn Notice.

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Burn Notice: Friends and Family (season premiere)

by Allison Waldman, posted Jun 5th 2009 10:27AM
Fiona and Michael Burn Notice
(S03E01)
You knew from last season's finale that Michael taking the plunge into the Atlantic from a helicopter, thus turning down an offer to work with Management in some organized ops position, he was taking a big chance. The leap was a metaphor and the danger for Michael Westen was about to increase exponentially.

Well, in this opening episode, it's clear that creator Matt Nix has upped the volume for Burn Notice. In Spinal Tap terms, we're at eleven, and that's more than ten. For Michael, a five-mile ocean swim in suit pants was just the kind of discomfort trained operatives have to learn to endure. When he landed on Miami Beach, one of the busy, bikini-clad girls and kids making sand castle types, he was all in. But no rest for the weary. In short order, Michael was on the run and in a world of trouble.

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What was Frankie Avalon doing on American Idol?

by Allison Waldman, posted Apr 10th 2009 2:04PM
Frankie Avalon todayI don't know about you, but I was surprised -- floored! -- to see Frankie Avalon on American Idol the other night. Granted, they always have to stretch to fill the one-hour results show, which could truly be done in five minutes, but how odd was it for Flo Rida, Kellie Pickler and Frankie Avalon to be on the same show?

And Frankie kicked off the show! The Idol producers dug up a 1959 video of Frankie Avalon singing "Venus," which of course, lead to the real Frankie appearing on stage to finish the number. With the exception of the dream sequence in Grease (1978) singing "Beauty School Dropout," has Frankie done anything relevant to warrant such major exposure?

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American Idol: Jacksonville Auditions

by Kona Gallagher, posted Jan 28th 2009 1:03AM
american idol jacksonvilleThe first 20 seconds of this show have already freaked me out. Ryan and Simon are in the back of a limo and they're just flirting. They're smiling and giggling, and it feels like I'm looking in on a first date. Moving on ...

American Idol
continues to try to make this my favorite season ever by reminding America that Randy used to play with Journey. Not only did he tell America "Don't stop believin'," but he did so while wearing a large amount of spandex. And for that reason, he will always be my favorite judge.

This episode just gets weirder when we see that the limo Ryan and Simon are in has a police escort. There are literally half a dozen sheriff's vehicles surrounding them as they are driven to the audition site. Now, I used to live in Florida and I still have family there, so I visit quite often. Let me tell you: Florida police have way bigger things going on that could use their attention. This does not strike me as a clever use of resources.

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Springsteen to rock the Super Bowl

by Allison Waldman, posted Aug 11th 2008 12:39PM
SpringsteenWhen the Super Bowl first began, halftime shows consisted of marching bands and the occasional big name performer for a song or two. Carol Channing actually did two halftimes -- 1970 and 1972! Well, times have changed and so have the expectations.

The 2009 Super Bowl in Tampa reportedly has landed Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band to anchor the Super Bowl halftime show. It'll be The Boss's first time performing for the NFL's biggest show.

One thing we can count on with Springsteen, there'll be no wardrobe malfunctions. Even if Little Steven whips off his bandana, the censors won't care. Ever since Justin Timberlake ripped the top off Janet Jackson and got a chunk of bra to go with it, revealing her breast to the ogling TV audience, the networks have been careful to keep the halftime shows purely musical.

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Lifetime to honor Estelle Getty this Friday

by Bob Sassone, posted Jul 23rd 2008 10:38AM

Golden Girls

Lifetime is going to honor Estelle Getty, who died yesterday at the age of 84, with a marathon of Golden Girls episodes.

The 10 episode marathon will start at noon this Friday with the pilot episode (the Sophia character looked a lot different in the first few episodes, if I remember correctly). The episodes have been picked because they focus on Sophia.

Fans will get a chance to vote on which episode ends the marathon, the episode they think shows Getty and Sophia the best. MyLifetime.com has narrowed down it down to five episodes: "It's A Miserable Life," "Sisters," "Old Friends," "My Brother, My Father," and "Old Boyfriends." And if you don't know the plots by the episode titles (you'd have to be a Golden Girls fanatic for that), the site gives you a quick synopsis of each one.

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So You Think You Can Dance: Top 16 Revealed

by Kristin Sample, posted Jun 20th 2008 9:41AM
Shane Sparks(S04E09) Mia cried. Mary kept relatively quiet (Thank God!). Nigel lectured. Cat wore a green dress. And we eliminated another two dancers last night on So You Think You Can Dance. Off we go!

Opening Performance
"Elevator" by Flo Rida featuring Timbaland (choreographer: Shane Sparks)

What a great hip-hop performance! And I'm so glad that Shane Sparks is lending his expertise to the show again. I was worried he'd be totally wrapped up in America's Best Dance Crew this summer. The girls part on the floor was great but a few of them messed up the arm movements. The best part of the piece was Comfort with the three guys. It was near perfect. My eyes never left Comfort. I wasn't impressed with her krumping on Wednesday but this opener proved to me why she's there.

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Reality TV show director arrested for false imprisonment

by Brad Trechak, posted Apr 14th 2008 7:42PM
Pauper to PrincessIn a case of reality television going too far, a director has been arrested in Florida for locking half his contestants in the house they were occupying. The show was called Pauper to Princess and its concept was to build eight women's self-esteem and help them grow physically, mentally and spiritually.

The part that I really find amusing is that the excuse the director Marc Brilleman gave for locking the women in the house was "they could not leave because they were being disciplined". Um, disciplined? Is this some sort of sadomasochistic fantasy going on behind these doors? Admittedly I haven't read the contracts, but if they broke the contract by leaving the house, couldn't you just fire and/or not pay them?

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What caused the death of the TV theme song?

by Jay Black, posted Jan 2nd 2008 4:23PM
I'm still up on the air about how hot Daphne was. Is it wrong that I'm still thinking about this years after the show went off the air?Eric Deggans, the TV and Media critic for the St. Petersburg Times has an interesting article up discussing the death of the TV theme song and also providing a list of his top-ten theme songs of all time.

Deggans points out the obvious -- that TV producers, ever wary of viewers flipping channels, have tried to keep the start of the show as peppy as possible -- but he also ventures a theory that is in desperate need of further explanation....

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Pollack out, Roach in for Recount

by Adam Finley, posted Aug 6th 2007 3:01PM

jay roachLast April I told you Sydney Pollack was attached to direct HBO's "dramatic re-imagining" of the 2000 election kerfuffle in Florida.

Pollack has stepped away from the director's chair for personal reasons, and Austin Powers director Jay Roach has stepped in. Pollack will remain as an executive producer, however.

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Radio host files complaint against Tracy Morgan

by Adam Finley, posted May 14th 2007 12:02PM

tracy morganAfter avoiding jail time for a drunk driving arrest back in November, actor Tracy Morgan (30 Rock) is apparently having a bit o' trouble. The actor/comedian allegedly engaged in a bit of bad touching at a Southern Florida radio station on Friday.

Radio host Yuleika De Castro (who goes by the radio name "Sandy Domingo") claims Morgan smelled of alcohol and kissed the back of her head and touched her shoulders and arms.

Wait, he smelled of alcohol? I thought he had to wear an ankle bracelet that could detect alcohol in his system? Perhaps he hasn't been fitted for the bracelet yet? Or maybe he's trying out a new cologne that smells like Pabst?

Morgan's local comedy club dates in the area were canceled, though it's not known if the cancellations had any connections to the incident at the radio station.

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