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Glee cast struts their stuff on Oprah

9 Apr

This past Wednesday, the cast of Glee were honored guests on The Oprah Show.  Ms. Winfrey jumped on the “Gleek” bandwagon and dedicated the whole hour to cast interviews, a musical number and some behind the scenes goodness…

Glee cast struts their stuff on Oprah

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Glee and Modern Family score with Peabody Awards

31 Mar

The 2010 Peabody Awards recipients were announced today.  Glee and Modern Family are among a list of both entertainment and news programming recognized for achievement and service in electronic media (radio, TV, cable)…

Glee and Modern Family score with Peabody Awards

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Actress Betty White is ‘Hot’

16 Mar

Most actresses today complain that once you reach a certain age, your Hollywood status dries up.  That isn’t always the case and veteran actress Betty White can attest to that…

Actress Betty White is ‘Hot’

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Campaigns Do Come True For Betty White

11 Mar

After a massive online campaign to get her on TV, executive producer Lorne Michaels has announced that Betty White will host Saturday Night Live on May 8!

The episode will also feature a slew of returning female cast members as well!  Whoever said that you can’t accomplish something after working hard.  White will make her SNL debut at the age of 88.

Mark your calendars now!!

Introducing Jimmy Kimmel And The Handsome Men’s Club

8 Mar

Premiering last night after the Oscars, Jimmy Kimmel introduced the world to a secret society known as, HMC: Handsome Men’s Club.

Kimmel, host of ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live!, is famous for his hysterical videos such as “I’m F*cking Matt Damon” and the followup, “I’m F*cking Ben Affleck.”  He took his affinity for having celebrities making fun of themselves to a whole new level.  He included TV and movie actors, athletes and musicians in his latest work of comedic art.

The “members” of HMC are: John Krasinski, Tony Romo, Keith Urban, Taye Diggs, Josh Hartnett, Gilles Marini, Matthew McConaughey, Ted Danson, Lenny Kravitz, Ethan “Handsome” Hawke, Patrick Dempsey, Rob Lowe, Sting, Matt Damon and Ben Affleck.

The video begins with the group deciding whether to admit three new members.  First, Kimmel shows pictures of Taylor Lautner and Robert Pattinson.  Every HMC member votes that they should be inducted, but Kimmel, who is the President, overrules them saying that they aren’t handsome yet, only “cute.”  Liev Schrieber was also voted in and again overruled because of having red in his beard.

The group is fed up with Kimmel’s antics and decide to remove him from the group for not being “handsome.”  After leaving, the story jumps to Kimmel in bed, having had what appears to be a very bad dream.  He is laying next to Affleck relaying his dream, when the camera pans to Jennifer Garner, who is on the other side of Kimmel in bed.  All she says is, “…it’s getting embarrassing.”

Kimmel did a great job with this video piece.  It was funny, creative and who doesn’t love to watch actors not take themselves so seriously.  Krasinkski wins points as having “filled the quota for cute.”

Check this out, you won’t be disappointed.

Comedy’s Most Wanted

2 Mar

Comedy on TV has been sparse at best for the last five or six years.  That is all changing now and comedy is becoming one of the most sought after forms of programming again. 

Throughout television history, there have always been sitcom classics that are never far from the mind.  I Love Lucy, All in the Family, The Cosby Show, Seinfeld and Friends are some of the most popular TV comedies of all time.  CBS seemed to be the only network willing to bet on comedies for the last few years with any success.  Two and a Half Men, How I Met Your Mother and The Big Bang Theory have cult followings in addition to bringing in the ratings for the juggernaut that has become CBS.  Sure, NBC continues to stand behind its historical Thursday night comedy block, but The Office and 30 Rock, while critic favorites, don’t come close to the numbers of viewers that the CBS comedies are bringing in.

The 2009-2010 television season has seen more successful comedies than have been around for a long time; probably since Friends ended in 2004.  ABC has jumped back into the funny pool and finds itself with three breakout hits.  The Middle and Cougar Town received early pickups for a second season and are building a fan base.  The most popular of ABC’s Wednesday night comedies is Modern Family

Modern Family has rejuvenated the concept of family sitcoms.  From the first episode, the show has been firing on all cylinders.  The writing is outstanding and the cast couldn’t be more perfect.  The creators of ‘Family’ brought in old faves, such as Married with Children’s Ed O’Neil and Ed’s Julie Bowen.  They also hit the jackpot with a variety of relative newcomers such as Sofia Vergara, Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Ty Burrell.  Even these three actors have had some success in Hollywood, but Modern Family’s success has shot them into an entirely different realm of popularity.

Some critics said that family sitcoms were dead.  ABC’s newest hits prove that they are not dead, but evolving into a new age of comedy.

Late Night Love

28 Feb

While the recent late night battles took place, Jimmy Fallon remained loyal to NBC and to his friendships with both of the men involved in said battles: Jay Leno and Conan O’Brien.  Fallon is an upstanding guy and he will be celebrating Late Night’s one year anniversary on Monday March 1.

I’ve been a fan of Fallon’s since his popular Saturday Night Live days.  He always reminded me of the young, drunk college buddy, reminiscent of the Adam Sandler days of SNL.  His success on SNL lead him to what he hoped to be a promising movie career.  That didn’t work out so well for him – anyone remember Taxi?

Lorne Michaels, executive producer of both SNL and Late Night, saw something in Fallon and it could easily be said that Michaels has been Fallon’s guardian angel. 

I remember Fallon’s first show and it was kind of painful.  He was so nervous, rightfully so, with his first guest being none other than Robert De Niro.  He was visibly sweating in the opening monologue and he was kind of spastic while interviewing De Niro.  His first audience participation game was the fan favorite, “Lick It For 10.”  That was enough to guess what kind of show he wanted to make.

I’m not the biggest fan of “Lick It…” but he has definitely made Late Night his own now.  His house band is The Roots.  The Roots!  They bring such an added comedic presence to the show.  Fallon has nailed his parody programming such as, “The Real Housewives of Late Night,” “Late,” and “6-Bee.”  I’ll admit my favorite bit he does is, “Friday Night Thank You Notes.”  It’s funny and the jokes are usually spot on.

He has so much fun with his guests; my favorite being when he plays charades with them.  He commonly refers to his guests as “buddy,” and I just find that so endearing.  He laughs at himself all the time and it reminds me of all those times he’d lose it during a sketch on SNL.

I DVR Fallon every night and I’ve been going through some withdrawals since he’s been on hiatus during the Olympics.  I was lucky enough to get a sample of his ‘Thank You Notes’ during the late night coverage this past Friday.  Fallon made an appearance and it was a nice surprise.  I look forward to new episodes beginning Monday March 1.

Fallon may not be the best comedian or the perfect late night host, but his humor and desire to have a good time, make him a must watch.  I’ve said this to people before, but if I’m ever having a down day, all I have to do is watch Late Night with Jimmy Fallon and I can guarantee I won’t feel so bad anymore.