Their TV listings for Thursday listed Jackass in the time slot where Countdown with Keith Olbermann should have been. The paper issued a correction the following day, disappointing thousands of easily hammered frat boys (including me) who thought MTV's nightly cavalcade of nut shots and poo fights had returned to television on another network.
Olbermann was OK with the mistake until one of the paper's bloggers used it as a political parry against him and his network. That launched the MSNBC host into a personal tirade against the blogger and anything else that happened to saunter into the path of Olbermann's angry spittle cannon.
I completely agree with the top six, but they lose me with Jackass at number seven. I have never understood the appeal of filming morons doing stupid things on purpose just to be stupid. But there were some shows missing from the list completely, like Little People Big World, So You Think You Can Dance and Beauty and the Geek. Surely those shows are better than The Hills and The Real Housewives of Sesame Street, or whatever franchise they're spinning now.
A day hasn't gone by where we haven't received some sort of tip or email asking us, the TV Squad, how to get on [insert reality show here]. Unfortunately no, Simon Cowell does not work for us, and Donald Trump isn't my BFF, so we really can't help all that much.
The folks at RealityWanted.com often send us a list of new and existing reality shows that are looking for new, er, talent, and they've given us permission to make mention of them here. We'll try to make this a regular feature as often as we get a new list.
This time we have Styledome, High School Musical: Summer Session and other new shows.
See, almost four weeks ago, I was sent to MTV Studios to cover the 24 hour Jackass "takeover" of the network to celebrate the premiere of Jackassworld. I figured that I would write up a few hundred words the next day and everyone would be happy. Instead, this article has festered in the bowels of my brain for almost a month. Enough is enough. I've taken some mental Metamucil (i.e. Scotch) and I'm just going to let it rip...
Dr. Steve-O has now added Trishelle Cannatella, formerly of Real World: Las Vegas and The Surreal Life, as the madman's assistant in "de-wussifying wimps."
Almost a year ago I told you former Jackass jackass Steve-O would be starring in a new reality series called Camp Steve-O. That series is now set to debut October 1 at 11:00 p.m., but the name has changed to Dr. Steve-O.
The premise, though, is still the same. Steve-O will use his own brand of juvenile machismo to "de-wussify" a group of men nominated by their wives, girlfriends, buddies, and sometimes themselves. Steve-O travels around helping these poor souls through various stunts and dares.
Clearly, I'm not the target demographic for this series, as I've never associated being a real man with the type of buffoonery Steve-O is known for, but I'll admit I might be out of the loop and missed the memo that reads brave men shave their heads and willing allow themselves to be smacked in the testicles. If that's the criteria for not being a wuss, slap a dress on me and call me Thumbelina.
That's right, fans of Jackass, the popular MTV series that spawned two feature films is being turned into a game for the PlayStation 2, PlayStation Portable and Nintendo DS. You can pick up your copy on September 24. Or, you can pick it up after September 24. Or you can order it online and not have to pick it up at all. Or you can use your money to buy a jar of pickles, what the hell do I care?
There are several things that bother me about the new CBS show Armed & Famous, which debuts this Wednesday at 8pm. One, it's another damn reality show. I've truly reached my breaking point with these shows, especially ones that are just gimmicks and not teaching us anything new or providing something substantial at the end.
But the main reason I'm bothered about the show is this: the ads keep saying that the show is going to feature "real celebrities" going to work as real cops. Um...since when are people like Erik Estrada and "that guy from Jackass" real celebrities? Latoya Jackson? She has a weird brother. Jack Osbourne? He's the son of a weird father. The hot blonde chick is...um, who is she again?
Next up is Wrestling Society X which is being described as the "greatest, dirtiest and most dangerous sports entertainment program that throws out the glam of wrestling." Why the hell would anyone want to throw the "glam" out of wrestling? What's the point if there's no showmanship? If you're into pure bloodlust, start a Fight Club. If you want to see two half-naked men roll around on the floor with zero glam, try amateur gay porn. Wrestling with no glam is like hair metal without the spandex or Jerry Springer without a cast of angry trannies. It's just no fun.
In the past few weeks, we've had "Johnny Knoxville's Letters to His Brother" and "Ten Reasons Why You, Audrey Tautou, Gamine French Star of Amelie, Should Date Me, Teddy Wayne." Yesterday brought a real gem, however, in the form of "Aaron Sorkin Visits a Dental Hygienist."
Giving Ken Levine's "If Aaron Sorkin wrote a show about baseball..." post a run for its money, author Jack Pendarvis unpacks the Sorkin banter tactics with an extended Poulenc reference. A sample exchange:
Our friends over at AOL have a photo gallery up of the scariest celebrities, just in time for Halloween. There are a lot of non-TV people on the list, but there are some TV celebs on the list as well. They list Dr. Phil (no explanation necessary, in my opinion), Teri Hatcher (for mentioning how much she likes her breasts in her recent book, plus other revelations), Flavor Flav, and Jackass star Steve-O (all that abuse to his body, plus I'd add pissing on the red carpet at a movie premiere).
But wait a second...no Nancy Grace?!? No Star Jones? How about Joan Rivers or Bill O'Reilly?
If anything, "Jackbutt" sounds much nastier -- downright skanky even. I don't know why they didn't go with "Jackposterior" or "Jackrearend" -- too many letters maybe. There will probably never be a movie of the CBS sitcom The Class, which is fortunate, because what could they call it at this theater? "The Cl-butt" just makes no sense at all.
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