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Still No Deal for Thomas Gibson, ‘Criminal Minds’

May 31st, 2011 No comments

Well Shemar Moore seems to have a deal that makes him happy.  Paget Brewster has a deal that will return her to the popular CBS show Criminal Minds.  But the lead guy who runs the CBI…oh we mean the Behavior Analysis Unit.  The CBI is from another cool show on CBS, The Mentalist.

Thomas Gibson as 'Hotch' on the CBS Show 'Criminal Minds'

Thomas Gibson as 'Hotch' on the CBS Show 'Criminal Minds'

That is Thomas Gibson who plays Hotch, the leader of the BAU and is the co-star of Criminal Minds.  Who at this point still has no agreement in place to return to the CBS show and that would be a huge loss if he didn’t come back to the program.

Why?

Well with the spin-off Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior being canceled by CBS, the original Criminal Minds starring Thomas Gibson is the cream of the crop now and it gives Gibson some serious wiggle room for negotiation.  And that would be a bad move to not bring him back to the show.

Gotta tell you.  This is a solid show for CBS and expect Thomas Gibson to ink a deal with the show.  You can real more about all of the changes from our friends over at Deadline.com as Nellie Andreeva give us the full rundown on Criminal Minds.

http://www.deadline.com/2011/05/paget-brewster-returning-to-criminal-minds-next-season-rachel-nichols-leaving/

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Take Two, LA’s Dodgers, Two Fires, Crappy Owner and Now This! (Videos)

May 31st, 2011 No comments

Oh this cant’ get any better can it?  This video tells it all about the Los Angeles Dodgers misery as a franchise in the second biggest media capital of the world.

First the ownership here sucks.  Please, please miss payroll Frank McCord so that the league can take over the franchise and sell it to Mark Cuban.  Dang, there has actually come a day when we say sell a franchise to Mark Cuban.

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Second, there were two fires at Dodger Stadium over the weekend.  Yes two.  One during a game Saturday night, the other in the same warehouse a day later.  The jokes were flying all over Los Angeles that Frank McCord tried to burn down the stadium to collect money from the insurance company.  Well seems it wasn’t Frank but watch video of that below.

Thirdly comes KTLA’s report in Los Angeles this morning that getting a Dodgers ticket to a home game is as easy as the ugly girl at 2AM after the bar closes on Sunset Boulevard.  Ticket sales are awful because, well the team sucks, the owner sucks, the property is a fire hazard and people get beat up by thugs in the parking lot which was our fourth reason for the misery known as the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Now comes reason number five for the misery.  This poor kid.  You gotta watch this video from a Dodgers game and feel sorry for this little girl.  Foul ball comes her way, Daddy holding her and as the ball gets closer to them, he drops her to the ground.

We love the Los Angeles Dodgers.  We really do.

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FOX News Boss Roger Ailes, Terrified of “those gays” and Muslim Janitors

May 31st, 2011 No comments

Oh this is so for real.  Just when you thought things couldn’t get any whackier in the world,  well leave it up to FOX News to ante up even higher on the nutso scale.

Seems the leader of the crazy one-side world of FOX News is slightly paranoid.  Roger Ailes, who has run FOX News Channel in a brilliant way, with ratings well above several of the other cable news networks combined, seems terrified of two things.

Gays and Muslims.

There are two things I want to read this week.  The Rolling Stone Magazine article titled“How Roger Ailes Built the Fox News Fear Factory.  And Gabriel Sherman’s piece in New York Magazine on The Elephant in the Green Room, another not to nice piece on the FOX News leader.  We’re going to give you links to both so you can check them out on your own.

Now with all due respect to Roger Ailes and his paranoia, he did work for the President that we all love to hate.  No!  Not Obama or George Bush the second coming.  We all hate them depending on what side of the aisle we sit.  I’m talking about the man my father used to call “the  devil.”  Richard Nixon.  Anyone that worked for that administration was paranoid about everything.  These people never picked up a phone because the crooks running through the White House during the Nixon Administration could make Bernie Madoff’s crew seem like Catholic school children.

Roger Ailes, FOX News Chief

Roger Ailes, FOX News Chief

Here are a few lowlights from the world of FOX News boss Roger Ailes.

He had bomb-proof glass installed in his office for fear of attack.  Boo!!!!  Heh, heh, heh, heh, heh.  He actually inspected the glass himself to make sure he would be safe.  Can you imagine the sales guy pitching him bomb-proof office wear.  “Yeah, Rog, this will stop a brick of C4 exploding in your office.  Everyone else near you will die, but you will survive to tell your story to Scott Pelley over there at 60 Minutes.”

Sold!!!

Moving on.  He was afraid of gay people demonstrating at FOX News after watching the network’s rants saying “they’ll be protesting down there, those gays.”

OK when’s the last time you saw a gay guy with a dynamite taped around his waist?

Then finally, and this is a good one, Ailes is so paranoid that he mistakenly put FOX News on lock-down after he saw a man wearing Muslim gear in  the office and thought he was under attack by Al Qaeda. Turns out the guy was a janitor.

You gotta love this guy!  You really do.

Well here are the links.  Check out the stories.  Oh we’re gonna love this election season, aren’t we?

Rick Thomas

http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/news/how-roger-ailes-built-the-fox-news-fear-factory-20110525?print=true

http://nymag.com/news/media/roger-ailes-fox-news-2011-5/

Rick Thomas

Rick Thomas

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Tupac Shakur is Alive and Well According to PBS Websites

May 30th, 2011 No comments

This weekend Tupac Shakur, the rapper that was shot down in Vegas way back in the day during a drive-by, was found alive and well in New Zealand.  Yes the man know as 2 Pac, Pac and Makavelli (dear Lord) was not killed in that incident back in 1996.  He’s been living the life of an underground rapper far, far away from the wind and grind of the United States.

Yeah right.

OK so here’s what happened.

PBS and a couple of their websites were hacked in to over the weekend by a group going by the Twitter name of @LulzSec which is pretty upset with the television network after the airing of a documentary on WikiLeaks titled WikiSecrets.  Not only did the hackers post this false story, which of course PBS totally denies any truth to the story, they also put up the passwords to the media-only access area to their site and their internal communications URL for their stations.

Oh these guys are rough.

Tupac ShakurSo Tupac is not, we repeat, not alive.  Breaking news…?  Not.  Tupac is not in New Zealand and apparently if  he was don’t you think that he would be making a couple of CD’s we could listen to?

What’s next, Biggie found alive in Australia?

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‘Top Model’ Adrianne Curry and ‘Brady Bunch’ Christopher Knight Split

May 30th, 2011 No comments

After exactly five years of marriage, America’s Next Top Model winner and reality show star Adrianne Curry and The Brady Bunch kid who player Peter Brady on that old school series Christopher Brady have called and end to their union.

In one of the most bizarre a statements released to Hollyscoop.com, the couple’s manager Phil Viardo said “the decision was mutually reached after it to both that some perspective was needed to assess their unique union.  Not unlike all marriages, work must be put in.”

Really?  Get out!

Adrianne CurryThe couple met on the set of the VH1 reality series The Surreal Life when they were housemates on that program which quite frankly is amazing that it lasted that long.  In a city where you don’t date actors or actresses  or whatever you want to call them, this was a pretty good time for a reality induced marriage.

The couple went through counseling back in 2007 when there were signs of struggle in the marriage and Curry thought that having children would save their relationship.  Calling Dr. Phil, calling Dr. Phil.  And admitting on Howard Stern’s radio show this month that she prefers to masturbate rather than have sexual contact with her husband, well that’s pretty much a wrap when it comes to a Hollywood marriage.

Adrianne Curry and Christopher Knight both starred in My Fair Brady, a reality show based on their courtship, live televised wedding and first year of marriage.

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The Los Angeles Dodgers Just Can’t Get a Break (Video)

May 30th, 2011 No comments

There are two soap operas going on in Los Angeles and it’s not the newly located All My Children that was cancelled as fast as the trucks brought cast and crew from New York.  One is the Arnold Schwarzenegger fiasco that just keeps getting better every day.

The other is the saga of Los Angeles Dodgers owner Frank McCord and his impending separation from is wife, his impending potential separation from his his team if he doesn’t make payroll cause he’s running out of money and then his impending loss of the ownership of his team.

Dodger Stadium

Dodger Stadium

Then throw in the Brian Stow beating where now the family is suing the Dodgers for something like $50 million as the San Francisco Giants fan did a road trip to Los Angeles to see a game.  An awful situation which has now put Dodger Stadium on the “no go to” list of local yocals on the vocals and any fan of another team.

I’m a Cubs fan and a Phillies fan.  After the Brian Stow incident, I’m headed to Anaheim when they come to that facility.  In other words I would never, ever go to ‘Thug Stadium’ to watch a game.

Now this.  Saturday night at ‘Thug Stadium’ and we can only say let’s go to the videotape.  There was a fire in a warehouse at Dodger Stadium.  And that fire apparently wasn’t put completely out as this morning the same area  at Dodger Stadium went up in flames again. This time at least there were no fans at the stadium enjoying the game.

The first thing you think about is Frank McCord, totally broke, running around like a Ninja at Dodger stadium with a full gas can and a match to get the insurance money when the joint burns down.

So did the guys who shot the video.  This is funny.  At least there’s something to laugh at out here in L.A. when it comes to the mess we have to endure every day we turn on the television.  Yes that mess IS the Los Angeles Dodgers.

One word.  Enjoy the play by play.

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The Great Gil Scott Heron and “The Revolution Will Not Be Televised”

May 28th, 2011 No comments

He has the most unusual voice.  One that no singer in R & B music could re-create, the incredible vocals of Gil Scott Heron.  He was radical.  Black radical.  Militant in his music.  He was smooth.  And if you grew up in the 1970′s, Gil Scott Heron was the civil rights movement, Black Power, he made you think about the so-called Black Revolution.

This one is hard for this writer.  To write.  Gil Scott Heron, some called him “the Godfather of rap” while others credit him with giving us our soul, died at 62 years of age Friday afternoon.

gil-scott-heron-the-revolutHis album The Revolution Will Not Be Televised and the words to that poem or song or rap, well listen for yourself.  If you think everyone up in arms about Common performing at the White House, they certainly would have gone nuts about Gil Scott Heron and his tirade about how the revolution would not be televised.

He was part of the start of the Black Revolution.  The Godfather of of that.   There were those that yelled and screamed and promoted violence but Gil Scott Heron sold you on radicalism and peace.  He supported the Black Panther movement but also remained on the sidelines mostly with his music and writings but for sure you thought real hard after listening to a Gil Scott Heron recording.  Listen to the audio from YouTube but read the words below.

You will not be able to stay home, brother.
You will not be able to plug in, turn on and cop out.
You will not be able to lose yourself on skag and skip,
Skip out for beer during commercials,
Because the revolution will not be televised.

The revolution will not be televised.
The revolution will not be brought to you by Xerox
In 4 parts without commercial interruptions.
The revolution will not show you pictures of Nixon
blowing a bugle and leading a charge by John
Mitchell, General Abrams and Spiro Agnew to eat
hog maws confiscated from a Harlem sanctuary.
The revolution will not be televised.

Gil Scott Heron hooked up with another name we all knew back in the ’70s Black Revolution days, his pianist Brian Jackson.  Some thought they were stronger together, that by name.  When Gil Scott Heron and Brian Jackson were mentioned together, you knew you were getting a lesson on the 70′s movement.

You know I could write forever about Gil Scott Heron.  If you know his name and you’re African American, you’re a certain age.  White folks in mainstream media will know him as well.  White folks who grew up around black folks who shared the struggle, discussed it, demonstrated with us, had some sense or understanding of what it was like to be black in the 70′s, will really know the great Gil Scott Heron.

His contribution to some of our lives will never be forgotten.  Never.  When I got a text that he had passed I got up and wrote this story.  I had to write this one.  When you collect as many albums as I have starting in the 70′s from the Ohio Players to Biggie Smalls, from the Beatles to Eminen, from Sinatra to Disco Tex and the Sexolettes, there was always the 2 o 3 Gil Scott Heron LP’s as some called them falling out of the huge pile of great music.

And whoever thought I would write an article to actually admit that I have a Disco Tex and the Sexolettes album in my collection.

Gil Scott Heron will be missed, but his music and contribution to us will never be forgotten.

Rick Thomas

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‘U Send Me Swingin’ and We’re Not Talking About ‘Mint Condition’ Back in the 90′s

May 27th, 2011 No comments

It was in the 90′s because I’m pretty sure I played this song when I was a jock at Q102 in Philly.  Yeah I had the best deejay shift ever.  Saturday morning, 5AM to 10AM, perfect time to be on the radio.  No management around and lots of fun.

But I digress.  Mint Condition, what ever happened to Mint ConditionU Send Me Swingin’ was a monster hit back then, now a blast from the past, fantastic plastic, sounds so nice gotta play it twice type music and then they disappeared.  But let’s talk about swinging and we’re not talking music here.

A new reality series that will focus on swingers is headed to a television network close to you.  Just for you youngins out there back in the the day there used to be key parties where couples would put keys in a basket, pull a set of keys out and whoever keys you got,well that’s who you bumped nastys with that night.

That’s swinging.  Back in the ’60′s.  Yeah!  Well I was too young to live those days but I did enjoy the swinging times of the 70′s and 80′s disco era.  I think I still wonder how I’m still alive after those years but I once again digress.

Deadline.com says the show will be titled Bedroom Community and will feature couples who share partners.  Oh year the conservatives now have a platform to run on during the 2012 elections.

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Now this show is just in presentation stage as of this writing but LionsGate is pretty serious about trying to get this green-lit for airing.  I would think this one would get to the recycle bin real quick but you never know.

In the meantime we thought we’d give you Mint Condition and U Keep Me Swingin’ just because it was a cool song and reminded me of my old radio days.

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TNT, NBA Post Massive Viewers and the Fool Who Bound, Gagged His Girlfriend’s Kids to Watch a Game

May 27th, 2011 No comments

David Stern, the commissioner of the National Basketball Association, is happier than a pig in slop these days.  When Michael Jordan retired, he was left with Kobe.  Now Kobe’s getting old and got knocked out of the playoffs by the hot Dallas Mavericks and LeBron James and Dwayne Wade of the Miami Heat seem to have the interest of pro basketball fans as TNT has recorded historic ratings for their coverage of the NBA playoffs.

Chris Bosh, Dwyane Wade, and LeBron James from the Eastern Conference Champion 'Miami Heat'

Chris Bosh, Dwyane Wade, and LeBron James from the Eastern Conference Champion 'Miami Heat'

The games averaged 5.5 million viewers which is the most watched in cable television history. Even NBA digital properties saw record hits so far during the playoffs.  But one guy may have taken his thrill of watching basketball a bit too far.

Jonathan Weaver of Las Vegas decided to tie up his girlfriend’s two boys who were only one and two years old so that he could watch basketball.  Yes this is a true story.  He actually bound and gagged the little rug rats back in 2009 and was sentenced this week to six years in prison for tying up the two boys and turning on a game.

Now we’re not sure that he wanted to watch The NBA on TNT but we thought it was a cool tie in to the huge audience figures for the network.  Plus bounding and gagging children should certainly get more than a six year stretch.

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Comedian Eugene Mirman Does to Time Warner Cable What We All Say We’re Gonna Do

May 27th, 2011 No comments

Yes I’m going to write a letter.  Yeah my cable company service sucks, it always goes out, I can’t get anyone on the phone unless I want to pay a bill, I hate these bundle packages they offer, the service people never show up on time and their customer service, well sucks.

Yeah I’m gonna write a letter.  To someone, but I’m gonna write this dang letter.

Sure you are.  And you never do it right.

Well comedian Eugene Mirman, who voices Gene Belcher on the FOX animated series Bob’s Burgers, has about had enough with Time Warner Cable and decided to take out a full page ad in the New York Press.  He moved in to a new place in the city and wanted cable which was serviced in his area by Time Warner.

He now wishes he had southern exposure to get DirecTV.

Eugene Mirman, voice talent on 'Bob's Burgers'

Eugene Mirman, voice talent on 'Bob's Burgers'

You can read the full letter below but a couple of highlights and this part if really funny…

“To give you an idea of how much I dislike your company, I have come up with plagues I hope God smites your board of directors with. I know He’ll only do this if you enslave the Jews, but considering you might have a monopoly in NYC, you sort of already have:

1. Awkward. Every board member’s cell phone ring loudly announces their weight and also the day they’ll die.

2. Bathroom. The constant feeling that you have to go number two, but completely forgetting how.

3. Improv. Your first-born will want to be a short form improviser.

4. Popcorn. Your second born will smell like hot buttered popcorn. It’s not that bad at first, but eventually I bet it will be maddening.”

eugene-mirman-letter

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