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“It’s Joe Time” as Judge Joe Brown Wins Case Against Him

July 31st, 2010 No comments

He thought Judge Joe Brown was a real judge.  Well he was one in Tennessee but he’s retired.  So this guy Mark Schweninger calls the show for Judge Joe to rule on and gets upset, saying hizzoner embarrassed him during a taping of his case.

He decides to sue.

Doesn’t this fool watch this show.  Or any judge show.  If you’re stupid enough to have your case heard on television you should be fully aware that you’re going to look like a damn fool.

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So dude sues for fraud and slander.  Judge Joe, during the case where Schweninger sued a woman for $7,500, told him that he was “trying to get some nookie” from the her.  Of course the audience laughed, which is pretty standard for daytime court shows.

In real court, for the record, nobody laughs.  Apparently Schweninger thought he was in a real courtroom.  Case dismissed, Judge Joe is back to work making fools of other morons dumb enough to get their claim to fame on courtroom television.

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Oscar Nominated Terrence Howard, Alfred Molina in New ‘Law & Order: LA’

July 31st, 2010 No comments

The cast of the new ‘Law & Order: LA’ is getting up to speed pretty quickly after a really slow start.  And now producer Dick Wolf has grabbed on to a solid Oscar nominated performer to play the Deputy DA in the new series.  Terrence Howard is going to be working alongside Alfred Molina as the other Deputy DA in the series launching this fall.

Terrence Howard

Terrence Howard

Both performers still do a lot of film work so each will appear on only half of the new episodes of ‘Law & Order: LA.’Howard got his Oscar nomination for the movie ‘Hustle and Flow’ back in 2005.

The two detective roles will be taken by Skeet Ulrich as ‘Rex Winters’ and Corey Stoll as TJ Jaruszalski. Check out Entertainment Weekly or Deadline.com if you want more.

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Do We Have to Run This Story? ‘Jersey Shore’s Snooki Busted

July 31st, 2010 No comments

So this will be short.  Snooki got arrested.  Drunk and causing a “public disorder.”  JWoWW arrives with a “free Snooki” t-shirt with another woman who should not wear short shorts.  Bails out Snooki.  And we wanted to show you a good picture of the ‘Jersey Shore’ girl because the ones we saw on the beach with her pretty sloppy drunk would make this web-site look like the homepage of Pornhub.com so that can’t happen.

Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi

Now, holding a criminal record, we are sure that Snooki will now be the hosting gig on Entertainment Tonight.  Either that or she could be the next replacement for Larry King on CNN.

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“Project Runway’s Season 8, ‘Jersey Shore’ and ‘Mad Men’ Back

July 30th, 2010 No comments

Lifetime cable network really likes this show.  And after seven seasons on the air it has decided to put it on the air an hour earlier at 9PM rather than 10PM, the show runs an extra 30 minutes this season for the first time and that of course will now give us a lot more depth when judges decide to do their thing and rip apart the new group of 17 contestants.

Heidi Klum and Tim Gunn are back as hosts of ‘Project Runway.’  And most of the winners of the finale on the show have gone on to bigger and better things with working with major celebrities or having their fashion product displayed in major retail locations.

Heidi Klum and Tim Gunn

Heidi Klum and Tim Gunn

‘Jersey Shore’ is back this week as well so you can check out MTV for the 9,000 repeats of that premiere episode.  Snooki and company have been getting a lot of juice everywhere from ‘The Today Show’ to ABC’s ‘This Week’ and even rang the opening bell at the stock exchange this week.

‘Mad Men’ is also back on AMC.  Quality programming is still alive and AMC is one network focused on great programming so check out the new episodes of that show on that cable network as well.

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I’m ‘Coming Out’ of The Closet Reality Show

July 30th, 2010 No comments

Diana Ross should get some cash for this one.  At least a residual or two from the diva’s 80′s hit “I’m Coming Out” which is now becoming is one of those blasts from the past as a new show on A&E will look at those in the gay and lesbian community that have decided to let the world know about their sexual identity.

Diva Diana Ross

Diva Diana Ross

Welcome to Hollywood.  And welcome to the world of who really cares who gay and lesbian in America anymore.

But this does make for good TV.  A&E is on board with PR mogul Howard Bragman to develop a one hour reality show highlighting celebrities that have officially come out of the closet.  Bragman who is the lead guy in Fifteen Minutes, a PR company, has helped talent like Chaz Bono and Meredith Baxter deal with their same sex attraction issues which again aren’t really a big deal in the entertainment business.

A tear comes to the eye as Meredith Baxter, who was Meredith Baxter Birney then, was always a heterosexual’s man’s MILF back in the day on ‘Family Ties’ when that show ran on NBC.

OK we’re back!

Bragman told PR Newswire that he is looking for “the best stories” to highlight in the special and that “this is the first chance I had to do something empowering”  with ‘Coming Out’ and that some of his own clients that he helped to come out may be a part of the show.

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‘American Idol’ and Ellen DeGeneres Done

July 29th, 2010 No comments

Well we didn’t think this was going to happen for at least one more ‘American Idol’ session.  We of course were dead wrong.

FOX says “goodbye” to daytime talker Ellen DeGeneres as a judge on the show in a move that the network says was her decision.

Sure.  Who’s dumb enough to buy that one.  Ellen got dumped cause she brings nothing to the show.

In a statement, Ellen says “my work schedule became more than I bargained for.”

A person close to production of the show told the New York Times that more changes were coming to the show beyond the Simon Cowell’s departure and the decision not to keep Ellen.  More than likely the network had a trigger in her contract to let her go before August 1st and not have to pay her for this year’s portion of the contract or beyond if they wanted to part ways.

Portia de Rossi and Ellen DeGeneres...

Portia de Rossi and Ellen DeGeneres...

The Times says she added “star power and a sense of humor” to the panel of judges which shows that the writer of the story who we won’t even mention here can’t read Ellen’s daytime ratings properly because that comment bears no foundation.  Her appearance on ‘American Idol’ gave her daytime show more of a bump than Ellen’s audience tuning in to watch the nighttime show.   You’re not really a star in any one’s playbook when a daytime show that’s lucky to reach 3 million viewers a day moves talent from that program to ‘American Idol’ which reaches 22 million people a night.

Not ‘star power’ but just a star.

Probably unfair to compare the two but the people at FOX picked her and it turned out to be an awful move.  Ellen should do what she does best and that’s her daytime talk show.  She’s good at it.  Advertisers love her no matter what the cost to be on her show.  And it was basically a lose-lose position for her.

The show that turned America’s nighttime around in prime time has problems that maybe no new judge can fix.

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“Pursuing other opportunities”…Newlywed Game’ Drops Carney Wilson, She Sues GSN

July 29th, 2010 No comments

We’ve all had to hear that line.  You walk in to the boss’s office, he closes the door and you wonder why the Human Resource manager is sitting in the chair beside you.

In short, your time  is done.  Pack your personal items and we’ll let everyone know that you are no longer here as you wish to “pursue other opportunities” which did not include laying on your couch in the middle of the day in your bathrobe watching episodes of ‘The Doctors.’

Carnie Wilson

Carnie Wilson

Carney Wilson got that line from GSN for her hosting duties on the network’s ‘The Newlywed Game’ after two years with the show.  A new host is to be announced shortly.  She is also suing GSN claiming that they owe her $277,000 for her other show ‘ Unstapled’ which basically means her career with that network is over.

Always like the one “leaving due to philosophical differences with management.”  Heard that one many times myself.  Usually it was “due to philosophical differences with everyone!”

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Old School ‘Captain Kirk’ Takes on ‘D.C. Sniper’

July 29th, 2010 No comments

After Burt Reynolds’ ‘Burn Notice’ episode some were calling him TV’s next Betty White.  Why when William Shatner continues his Betty White moments with a new network show, his new cable network show, his ongoing commercials for travel giant Priceline.com and now his A&E interview with one of the D.C. snipers that kept that area on high alert until their capture by the FBI.

Lee Boyd Malvo, the young kid who was lead shooter John Allen Muhammad’s sidekick during this saga told Shatner that more attempted shootings took place and that Muhammad tried to recruit others to carry out his master psychotic plan.

William Shatner‘Confessions of the D.C. Sniper with William Shatner: An Aftermath Special’ airs on A&E next Thursday when ‘Kirk’ gets a one on one with Lee Boyd Malvo who tells him that there were other conspirators in the mix during the three week period back in 2002.

Shatner’s ‘Aftermath with William Shatner’ airs on the Bio cable network and looks at the aftermath of incidents where average Joe and Jane are turned in to household names.  This is a special presentation on A&E as it has considerably more viewers than Bio.

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FOX’s ‘Human Target’ Getting More Action and Indira Varma

July 28th, 2010 No comments

Well that Indira Varma should be the lead on the story.  Cause there always seems to be significant action in ‘Human Target ‘ though this show probably needs better promotion than action.  With that in mind let’s talk about Indira Varma and that she’s getting back on the small screen after working on the HBO series ‘Rome’ as the new female lead in the FOX show.

She’s mostly known if you’re from the U.K. and now she’s going to be the female version of Mark Valley’s ‘Christopher Chance,’ the male lead in ‘Human Target.’  She will play ‘Ilsa,’ an “I don’t take crap from no one” female version of the slightly twisted ‘Chance.’

Indira Varma

Indira Varma

They’ve got a new guy behind the scenes running the show this year.  Matthew Miller says he will be taking the “action elements and making them bigger” plus going deeper in to the backgrounds of characters ‘Winston’ played by the ever solid acting Chi McBride and ‘Chance.’

This show needs promotion and big time especially with its move to its new slot on Friday night.

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Sarah Ferguson, Julia Roberts, Forest Whitaker, Gabriel Byrne, Goldie Hawn and Mariel Hemingway…

July 28th, 2010 No comments

What do they have in common?  What makes them a headline?  One person.  The Queen.   And the Queen is Oprah.  Yes another Oprah story or as some really unedumacated people would say ‘Okra.’

Sarah Ferguson, the broke Duchess of York, has apparently been offered a gig with Oprah’s Own Network as Ms. Winfrey continues to create one of the most incredible list of programs in cable history.  So Oprah thinks Sarah’s broke and conniving butt should have a show because she’s a mom, dumped her husband, made a bunch of well publicized mistakes and has a problem, similar to Oprah’s, of trying to stay away from the dessert tray at Hometown Buffet.

Kurt Russell, Quincy Jones and Goldie Hawn

Kurt Russell, Quincy Jones and Goldie Hawn

That was cold.  But that’s what we read in the article in the British newspaper the Daily Mail.

OK so that makes good TV according to Oprah.  A penniless person of royalty who was trying to sell out her husband.

The five other names of quality listed in the headline are part of five 2 hour documentaries highlighting interesting parts of their lives.  Julia Roberts reviews and details the power of moms.  Forest Whitaker from ‘Criminal Minds: Disturbing Behavior’ takes his show in to a maximum security prison in Angola where the minimum sentence is 90 years.  Gabriel Byrne from ‘In Treatment’ looks at the homelessness in Nashville, Goldie Hawn’s segment looks at the seekers of happiness and Mariel Hemingway looks at depression and suicide in a general fashion as part of her family’s issues with both areas.

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