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Does anyone watch The Cougar and if so, do they have eyes?

by Danny Gallagher, posted Apr 16th 2009 9:05AM
Stacey Anderson, star of TV Land's The Cougar

The marketing for this show has been relentless, and that's an understatement. It's easier to shake the SARS virus in a back alley chicken hut in downtown Hong Kong than it is to shake an ad for The Cougar.

One of my personal rules (number one is "thou who smelt it, dealt it") is the harder the advertising, the worse a show is bound to be. TV Land hasn't just aired a commercial for The Cougar every five seconds in between their few remaining watchable shows. They air it on other networks. They plaster ads all over the Internet. If the economy dips any lower, they'll probably start tattooing ads to people's foreheads.

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Jerry Seinfeld gets heat for edgy joke

by Bob Sassone, posted Jun 22nd 2007 1:24PM

Jerry SeinfeldQuestion: is it OK to joke about rape when you're talking about insects?

That's what some people are wondering this afternoon as Jerry Seinfeld is getting a little heat from anti-rape groups (hmmm...I would hope that every group is anti-rape, but I digress...) for a remark he made to the New York Daily News promoting his Bee Movie flick:

"Bees have the only perfect society on earth ... They have no crime, they have no drugs, they have no rape. A little rape, but it's not that bad."

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TV Obits: Cohen, Friendly, Demarest, De Santis

by Bob Sassone, posted Jun 20th 2007 1:02PM
  • Kathie Lee Gifford, Claudia CohenClaudia Cohen: She was one of the more famous gossip columnists, and had a regular spot on both Live with Regis and Kathie Lee and Live with Regis and Kelly, as well guest spots on Curb Your Enthusiasm and ESPN. She got her start writing for The New York Post also wrote the "I, Claudia" column for The New York Daily News. Cohen died last Saturday of complications from stomach cancer that was first diagnosed six years ago.

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David Mamet's take on Hollywood

by Julia Ward, posted Dec 18th 2006 9:06PM
David MametThe David Mamet article "Bambi vs. Godzilla: On the Nature, Purpose, and Practice of the Movie Business," which ran in Harper's a year or so ago, has been extended into book form and is due out from Pantheon on February 6th. Rush and Malloy over at the New York Daily News have an early glimpse at the book, which promises plenty of insider scoop and pithy analysis of Hollywood's behind-the-scenes wheelings and dealings from the Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright and current producer of The Unit.

Sure to be among Mamet's most lasting quotes from the forthcoming book: "Hollywood is like cocaine. You cannot understand its attraction until you are doing it. And when you are doing it, you are insane." If the article on which the book is based is any indication, we won't be hearing anything terribly new about Hollywood from Mamet -- drugs, bad behavior, commerce triumphs over art always, etc. However, all of this will be said in the Mamet style - equal parts economy and filth. I'll be pre-ordering my copy today.

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Celebrity hosts to sub for Vieira on Millionaire

by Joel Keller, posted Oct 18th 2006 2:42PM
Meredith VieiraMaybe all that blogging is starting to tire Meredith Vieira out. The New York Daily News is reporting that the syndicated version of Who Wants to be a Millionaire will be using celebrity hosts to fill in for Vieira, who is pulling double duty with Millionaire and the Today show. "They're just filling in for a couple of days," a show spokeswoman tells reporter Richard Huff.

When the spokeswoman says "a few days," she means a few days of production; because up to five episodes can be taped a day, that means the guest hosts might host in one-week blocks. No real word on who the celebrities are or when their episodes will air. Judging by Vieira's taping schedule, in which the entire season will be completed by December, those weeks could air anywhere.

Think Regis might show up? I wouldn't mind seeing him in his old chair for a week.

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Hold on to your lunch: Screech has a sex tape

by Joel Keller, posted Sep 27th 2006 1:02PM
Dustin DiamondDustin Diamond has been in the "fringe pop culture" news a lot lately, hasn't he? First, he begged for money to save his house, then he got mugged. Now, the man best known for playing Saved By The Bell's nerdy Screech has reached the pinnacle of Z-level celebdom: he's got his very own sex tape.

According to New York Daily News gossip mongers Rush & Molloy, there's a tape floating around where Diamond is en fuego with not one, but two young women, and there's some interesting action going on. How interesting? Let's just say that this is the first time I've seen the term "Dirty Sanchez" printed in a major metropolitan newspaper.

The owners of the videotape are shopping it around to distributors. Diamond's manager was nonplussed by the news: "Dustin has been trying to escape the Screech typecast. So this may help me get more bookings," he told the News.

[via Pop Candy]

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Madonna may pull out of NBC concert

by Anna Johns, posted Sep 22nd 2006 9:32AM
madonna crucifySurprise, surprise. NBC is reportedly getting cold feet over plans to air a Madonna concert in which she crucifies herself. The New York Daily News reports that NBC is being pressured by the American Family Association to censor the explicit portions of Madonna's concert. Of course, Madonna does not like to be censored and she is threatening to pull her concert off the air entirely. The crucifixion is in her Confessions tour and Madonna says the point of it is not to shock the audience, but it's a plea for people to help one another.

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Nobody's watching Tabloid Wars, so they're moving it

by Bob Sassone, posted Aug 16th 2006 10:33AM

New York Daily NewsThe Bravo reality show Tabloid Wars hasn't been doing too stellar in the Mondays at 9pm time slot, so the network is moving the show to 7pm for the final few episodes.

I haven't seen one minute of this show, which is surprising to me, since if there's one reality show I thought I'd be interested in would be one that centered around news or journalism. But I think the overdose of reality shows we experience in general might make viewers not want to watch even the shows they might really like.

This guy, however, live blogs the episodes.

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The View's Hasselbeck is being harrassed by phone

by Joel Keller, posted Apr 12th 2006 12:25PM
Elizabeth HasselbeckLloyd Grove of the New York Daily News is reporting that The View's youngest host, Elisabeth Hasselbeck, is being stalked by phone. Apparently, a woman "with a Southern twang" has been calling Grove and New York City's Administration of Child Services making unsubstantiated allegations against Elisabeth and her husband, New York Giants' quarterback Tim Hasselbeck.

Huh. Of all the people to stalk, this woman picks the least interesting person on The View and Eli Manning's understudy. I guess there's all kinds of nutjobs out there.

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Maybe Star Jones really did almost die

by Bob Sassone, posted Mar 30th 2006 7:02PM
Star JonesOh, there have been lots of back and forth on this one. First the National Enquirer said that Star Jones almost bled to death on the operating table during breast lift surgery. Then Jones herself called into The View and said that she didn't. And now The New York Daily News' Lloyd Grove says he has heard a 911 tape that proves Jones almost bled to death and actually had to be rushed from one medical center to another.

But that's not all you'll read about in this column. It seems Rosie O'Donnell and her partner are thinking about having more kids. The article says that they have three adopted kids, and one from "the old-fashioned way." Um, the old-fashioned way?  How exactly does that work between two women?

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Maybe a TV show can bring people together

by Bob Sassone, posted Mar 27th 2006 7:07PM
24What do the following people have in common?

  • John McCain
  • Rush Limbaugh
  • Mary Matalin
  • Dianne Feinstein
  • Barbra Streisand
They're all huge fans of 24!

Co-creator Joel Surnow, a conservative, thinks (scroll down) that it's the one TV show that both Democrats and Republicans can agree on.

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Is Amanda Woodward the source of all office bitchery?

by Joel Keller, posted Mar 24th 2006 12:05AM
Heather Locklear on Melrose PlaceAt the beginning of an article profiling the book The Girl's Guide to Being a Boss (Without Being a Bitch), Hanna Seligson of the New York Daily News asserts that Heather Locklear's iconic Melrose Place character, Amanda Woodward, ushered in a new era of "bitchy" female bosses. The article then goes on to talk about the book and how various women find it difficult to be forceful but nuturing bosses at the same time. But it never goes back to discussing the influence of Locklear's mini-skirt-wearing power-hussy on the American workscape. And it doesn't look like the book discusses it, either, at least judging by the content of the article.

Which makes me wonder: Is this writer just going for an easy intro, or does she really believe female bosses everywhere "suddenly" felt it was OK to become shrill and catty in 1993 because "hey, Heather's doing it!"?

Methinks that any boss, male or female, who wanted to act like a jerk didn't need a television show to make it OK, but that's just me. I mean, I had plenty of asshole bosses before Michael Scott and The Office ever came on the scene... oh wait... scratch that. Never know who might be reading this.

What do you think? Let me know in the comments.

[via Gawker]

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TV critic doesn't "get" Jon Stewart

by Bob Sassone, posted Jan 31st 2006 4:53PM

Jon StewartHey, I'll be the first to admit that I'm not quite sure that I like seeing Jon Stewart as host of The Oscars, but that has nothing to do with whether or not he's "right" for the job. I just don't want to see Stewart be perceived as a bad host because I like the guy so much (like Letterman - Letterman was a fine Oscar host but history is twisted and says otherwise).

But Richard Huff over at the NYDN says that not only does he not understand why Stewart was picked to host the awards show, he doesn't "get" Stewart at all. He's tried to watch The Daily Show and doesn't find Stewart funny, and doesn't understand why he's gotten all the accolades from critics.

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Marco Pennette talks about inspiration for Crumbs

by Joel Keller, posted Jan 15th 2006 3:02PM
Crumbs pilotThose of you who saw Crumbs on Thursday know that the family depicted in the show is "based on a true story." But, given some of the "adjustments" that have been made to true stories these days, how close was the show to the actual story? Pretty close, if this article in the New York Daily News is any indication. In it, series creator Marco Pennette tells writer Richard Huff about some of the incidents that were either depicted or alluded to in the pilot (like his mother running over his father after he left her), and how the pilot script came to fruition. Even if you think, like I did, Crumbs is an intriguing premise that's hancuffed by generic sitcom writing, you'll find this article an interesting read.

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