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Whoopi on the radio

by Adam Finley, posted May 10th 2006 10:58AM
whoopi goldbergActress Whoopi Goldberg will hit the morning radio airwaves starting on July 31 with her new syndicated radio show called "Wake Up with Whoopi." You know, until I heard about this radio show the phrase "Wake up with whoopi" held entirely different connotations for me. Goldberg points out there aren't a lot of women hosting their own radio shows, and she hopes to give listeners something different. She's quoted as saying, "I haven't heard someone quite like me in the morning." Well, yeah, that is true, but isn't that actually a good thing? Aren't most people who listen to lame morning DJs usually thinking to themselves, "Well, at least it isn't Whoopi Goldberg?" Her new show will air on terrestrial radio only, there are no plans for her to take it to satellite radio.

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Oprah to appear on The View

by Adam Finley, posted May 4th 2006 2:05PM
oprahOn May 12, talk show host Oprah Winfrey will appear on The View for the first time. It's unknown as to whether the Big O will merely walk onto the set, or if she'll beam down from the heavens on millions of beams of pure light and energy while cherubs festoon her head with garlands and the audience shields its eyes from her holy radiance. Either way, I won't be watching, but I'm sure the ladies of The View will be thrilled to have her on. Oprah will be there to promote her upcoming special, Oprah Winfrey's Legends Ball, which will air three days later on May 15 at 8 p.m. The special will focus on accomplishments made by African-American women over the years.

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Debbie does Chekhov?

by Adam Finley, posted May 2nd 2006 12:08PM

breast implantsThis fall, the Fox Reality Channel will be airing a three-episode series titled My Bare Lady, which will take four female porn stars out of their usual element and place them on the London theater stage, where they will perform "legitimate" theater. The ladies will have only a short time to get their acting chops together for the performance in London's West End, where an audience will decide if they have what it takes.

Now, this seems interesting and all, but also just a tad condescending. The implication seems to be that porn is easy and real acting is difficult. In the interest of fairness, I think the "real" actors who train these women should themselves have to act in a porn movie. Memorizing your lines is one thing, maintaining an expression of eternal ecstasy while coated in honey and hanging upside down from a set of indoor monkey bars is something else entirely. And I speak from experience.

[via Chroma]

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Break up with Shannen Doherty

by Adam Finley, posted Apr 24th 2006 3:22PM
shannen dohertyShannen Doherty is teaming up with the creators of Scare Tactics once again for a new reality show of sorts called Breaking Up with Shannen Doherty. No, the show isn't about people dating and breaking up with the actress, but it is about people in cruddy relationships who aren't sure whether to pull the plug or not. Doherty goes undercover to survey the situation, then deicdes whether to help instigate a break up. Thirteen episodes of the new series will air on Oxygen, though I probably won't watch it since I grew bored with it in the time it took me to type that sentence describing it. Oh yeah, and I should point out that the show won't just focus on romantic relationships, but on any kind of bad relationship.

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King of the Hill: 24 Hour Propane People

by Adam Finley, posted Apr 24th 2006 10:14AM

king of the hill(S10E12) Being a heterosexual male with the ability to use my eyes, I can certainly understand the desire to kick back at the occasional strip club now and again, but I've never understood men who go to these places all the time. They're fun once in a while, but I would think frequenting them every day would cause the novelty to wear off pretty quickly. That doesn't seem to be the case for Mr. Strickland, who has spent every morning of his life kicking back at his favorite strip joint and enjoying the free buffet. In the beginning of last night's episode, after fuming over the lack of free food, he's banned from the strip club indefinitely.

The episode could have easily been turned into one about a dirty old man upset about not being able to ogle chicks before work every morning, but it was really more about Strickland's endless struggle to remain young and vibrant, at least in his own mind. He has no desire to be the real "boss" of Strickland Propane, he delegates that responsibility to Hank. What he does want is to be the crazy guy who swipes money from the cash register to use at the strip club each morning. Since he can't even do that anymore, he decides to make Strickland Propane more "fun," turning it into "Strickland Propanerie" and having his workers dress in Hawaiian shirts and bunny ears. Unfortunately, this means no work ever gets done and they end up having to work overtime. Hank eventually smooths things over with the owner of the strip club, and Mr. Strickland is allowed back, as long as both parties understand the other one isn't apologizing.

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Gene Simmons is gonna make you sexy

by Adam Finley, posted Apr 19th 2006 3:58PM

gene simmonsAccording to Gene Simmons, the reason women work out is because they want to look sexy. I think if the famous rocker thought about it a bit longer he'd realize that's not always the case, but then you wouldn't want to purchase his new "Sexercise" video. The man likes money, who are we to keep it from him? Simmons was on EXTRA recently trying out women for his new video, which is supposed to combine real exercise with sexy moves. I'm not sure what's more interesting to me: the idea of someone like Gene Simmons coaching women on the best way to shake their money makers, or the fact that he brought along his thirteen year old daughter to watch as her father tells strange women how to bounce their booty in time with the music.

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Eric McCormack creates show for Lifetime

by Adam Finley, posted Apr 16th 2006 12:57PM
eric mccormackSitcoms Online reports that Eric McCormack of Will and Grace has created a show for Lifetime television called Lovespring International. The series, which is slated for six episodes, will focus on a dating service that alleges to be based in Beverly Hills, but is actually in Tarzana. The staff of the dating service work to convince their clients that their service can find them the perfect match. Actually, isn't that rather similar to UPN's Love Inc? I'd imagine some might make that comparison when the improvised show airs on June 5, but since it's on Lifetime no one will probably see it anyway, so I guess it's a moot point.

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Desperate Housewives headed to Lifetime

by Anna Johns, posted Apr 10th 2006 12:13PM
desperate housewives; lifetimeDesperate Housewives will begin airing on Lifetime cable network in August, under a deal reached between Buena Vista Television and the cable network. Season one of DH begins this summer on Lifetime on a weekly basis, followed by season two. Starting in September 2007, the network will begin airing season three and so on. Lifetime hasn't nailed down which night it will air, but it definitely won't be Sundays, as one of the stipulations in the deal preclude Lifetime from airing it on the same night that it airs on ABC.

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Look out, the Ab Fab women are coming back

by Adam Finley, posted Apr 8th 2006 2:00PM
ab fabI never watched Absolutely Fabulous. I'm sure it was a fine show, I just never watched it. Nevertheless, I know some of you would be interested to know that Joanna Lumley and Jennifer Saunders, stars of the hugely popular series, are teaming up once again for a seven-episode series being produced for both the BBC and BBC America (so we'll actually get to see it here, too). The series, which has no title yet, was created by Saunders and will focus on a women's club attended by gossipy types. If I didn't know the Ab Fab girls were behind this I think that plot synopsis would send me screaming in the other direction. The show, which has no airdate yet, will also star Dawn French, who worked with  both Lumley and Saunders before Ab Fab.

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Campus TV show accused of racism

by Adam Finley, posted Mar 4th 2006 1:02PM
college tv showThe State University of New York at Purchase is in an uproar after a closed-circuit television station on campus aired a thirty minute show in which a white student decked out in blackface and another white student made jokes about blacks, gays, Jews, women... well, they pretty much ran the gamut. Billy Prinsell, the student who appeared in blackface, insists he was making fun of another host who had made fun of him, and that it was no different than what's seen on SNL or Chappelle's Show. While I haven't seen the offending show and couldn't speculate on whether Prisnell is racist or just grossly misguided, I don't think this story is uncommon to younger people who try to venture into satire for the first time. His comparison to Chappelle's Show is spot on, but not for the reason he thinks. When Chappelle gets impolitic, it's to expose a deeper truth. Mockery of other people is not automatically made defensible by slapping a "satire" label on it. It may seem like an easy way to be cutting edge, but this particular form of comedy takes a more skilled hand than people realize. When it's done haphazardly and without forethought, people get angry, and rightfully so.

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CBS orders Big Bang Theory

by Adam Finley, posted Mar 2nd 2006 5:05PM

big bangChuck Lorre, the creator of Two and a Half Men, has sold a pilot to CBS called The Big Bang Theory. The show will center on two theoretical physicists and a woman who proves to them they don't know everything.

I don't think it's bad to create a show where the woman is the "smart one," but it is a cliche. The rule most sitcoms adhere to is that the woman must always be grounded and intelligent while the man is pretty much a bumbling moron. When sitcoms first started to do this, it was a righteous response to the shoddy roles women had previously been given in television. Now, however, I think it's time to take the next step, to not try and make each character a representative of an entire gender and instead treat each character as an individual. Arrested Development springs to mind as one show that I think did this fairly well. Characters were driven by their own selfish desires and everyone, male and female, had plenty of shortcomings. When you try to force an absolute onto a character, it stifles that character's ability to come across as real.

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Moral Orel: The Blessed Union

by Adam Finley, posted Feb 20th 2006 8:59AM

moral orelAdult Swim has been showing episodes of Moral Orel out of order. Every episode is more or less self-contained, so it doesn't affect things too much, but once in awhile there will be a reference to an episode which hasn't aired yet. I just imagine Quentin Tarantino is directing in his non-linear style. Or something.

Last night's episode began with church and a sermon from Reverend Putty about the importance of being a good husband and tending to the needs of one's wife. The sermon takes an uncomfortable turn when Reverend Putty explains he's Protestant and not Catholic and can still "play the field." Women, however, just aren't interested in him.

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Where have all the newsmen gone?

by Anna Johns, posted Jan 17th 2006 11:26PM
Men are becoming the minority in newsrooms across the country. According to the Radio-Television News Directors Association, 42% of anchors are men. That's down from 46% in 1996. One of the reasons? The ultimate goal for many male journalism students is in sports. But, sports is a dying genre at local news stations across the country. Another reason, stated in an article in the Boston Globe, is that anchoring isn't really as manly as it used to be back in the days of Walter Kronkite and Edward R. Murrow. They were a breed of anchor who came across as tough on government corruption, whereas anchors these days are pretty boys who are more even-tempered and less aggressive. News readers, really.

While it's nice to see that women are kickin' butt in television, it's also a sad commentary on the role of the anchorman in our society and in news in general. These days the anchors are hired as personalities, not news gatherers.

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