So FOX don’t play as they say in the hood. When it comes to taking a first year show that is pretty much being watch by about 45 people, well let’s say 4 for Alcatraz and 5 for The Finder which gets you to that 45, well the canceled bin is where TV shows can head real quickly on tht network.
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Kiefer Sutherland and David Mazouz in the FOX Series 'Touch'
Yes Alcatraz, which I watched a full not one episode of that show got canned by FOX. And The Finder, which I can easily say that I watched about 15 minutes of that show is gone as well. There will not be a season duece for either show which if I haven’t watch at least one episode of Kiefer Sutherland’s Touch.
Not good news for FOX.
And they take off COPS for these two crappy shows??? I’m still not over FOX taking off COPS on Saturday nights only to be replaced buy a simply failing reality show and special episodes of America’s Most Wanted.
Anyway Touch gets renews and the other two shows get scrapped. Only in the TV world and only at FOX.
Well now Andre Benjamin is about to blow up. Let’s hope so. He’s about to take on his most important role and many of you asking just who the hell is Andre Benjamin, right?
Outkast's Andre 3000
That’s the name his mama gave him when he drop in to the arms of her emergency room doctor on the day Andre 3000 was officially named Benjamin. The Outkast guy with the very distinctive voice on the Grammy winning group’s past fantastic recordings will be taking on the role of the legendary, party rocker Jimi Hendrix.
Andre 3000 from the movie ‘Idlewild’
All Is By My Side is the name of the project that is currently in pre-production featuring the Outkast leader. And after roles in the Outkast movie Idlewild and The Shield along with three other movies, this casting will prove to be his biggest contribution to any screen beyond his music videos.
Actual shooting for All Is By My Side is expected to begin in about three weeks and the period of time Andre’s role is set will be in 1966 when Jimi Hendrix released the album Are You Experienced.
Leave it up to Ashton Kutcher. He seems to always creep to the line and then cross it which does nothing more than give him more exposure for Two and a Half Men and his other ventures.
Which means what?
It means that Ashton Kutcher is relatively brilliant. He always does or says something that will never get him fired from the CBS show Two and a Half Men nor get him in hot water with his fans who tend to keep on keeping on with Ashton Kutcher.
This time it’s all about this video. It was for a brand of snacks called Popchips which quite frankly sounds like something that should be title Popshits.
That’s kinda what most feel about any ad that gets media juice with a racist twist as the ad, now pulled by Popshits, is still aring all over the web.
I say welcome to the party pal. Back in the day African Americans, Asians and Latinos were the target of such racist advertising content. And the continuing lack of minorites in the advertising business lead to brands like Popchips or Popshits to creat such marketing strategies.
Sad thing is I’ve never heard of Popchips. Never. Now that I’m on a non-crap eating diet maybe I don’t look for the product on the shelve at Ralph’s or Vons. But to be honest I never at any time in my life heard of or know of a fucking brand with a dumb ass name as Popchips.
This is dissapointing. My summers are over. Well summers for watching the replacement series Flashpoint, the Canadian produced drama on CBS. Flashpoint also aired new episodes on ION TV and is a hit cop drama show on Canadian television.
Hugh Dillon and 'FLASHPOINT' Enter Final Season
It was a solid series on American television as well. I really like Flashpoint.
Word comes down that production will end on the series after the upcoming fifth season. The series will shoot its final episodes in June and then be shelved by the show’s production company after 75 episodes over the five years.
Canadian broadcaster CTV also carried Flashpoint along with CBS and ION Television.
We all watch commercials on television every time we turn on the TV and watch content we like. Even when we watch TV online we have to endure commercials. Take Video on Demand. Same thing, right? Commercials and more commercials.
Some really stink.
Others are really good. How about great? How about really great like this Google Chrome: Coffee commercial that caught my attention during last week’s episode of New Girl on FOX.
Not because it was a creative commercial, the type you might see some advertiser spend a couple of million dollars of wasted, unnecessary money on the SuperBowl. I’ve never understood the long term value of spending so much money on a one day event where you lose money. Totally lose money.
Dat be spending a million or two million bucks on the SuperBowl.
But because this Google Chrome: Coffee commercial is the future of creativity on television. Television created by those in the world of new age digital and new age advertising.
If this commercial doesn’t help to motivate you to become an early adopter of digital toys which is where Google Chrome falls then I can’t imagine what might be able to move you toward a new world digital order.
Just watch it.
If you want to see the future of advertising which is now the combination of the digital world and emotional content, watch this commercial for Google Chrome.
OK so the White House Correspondents Dinner took place at the Washington Hilton Hotel last night and as usual there were a lot of ooooh’s and aaaaah’s flying all around the ballroom last night. Anytime this dinner invites my two favorite targets on this blog, they being Lindsay Lohan and Kim Kardashian, well you can expect a lot of interesting chatter from those in front of the microphone.
Even the President of the United States.
President Obama was as usual perfect. Most Presidents are pretty much perfect on this night. It’s always fun to watch. Even Jimmy Kimmel, who played it relatively safe with only one clear shot at President Obama, had a lot of fun with POTUS and just about everyone else.
But the White House Correspondents Dinner went off real well. Check out the video content and see for yourself.
OK so let’s lay this out. It’s Saturday night. I have options. Several by the way. I could have spent the night watching the White House Correspondents Dinner on C-SPAN, more NBA Playoff games on TNT and ESPN, could watch a couple of episodes of COPS on FOX but those morons running that network decided to take the male version of Real Housewives of Beverly Hills off the air or I could fiddle around on Match.com and go out on a date with another really good looking 45 plus woman with a couple of kids and a jealous ex-husband. Or these days, just a husband.
'The Firm' - Josh Lucas as Mitch McDeere
But nope not last night. I did forget to tape Cheaters on KDOC last night but I certainly have not forgotten to keep the series recording set for NBC’s awesome yet under-rated and underpromoted drama The Firm.
'The Firm' - Molly Parker as Abby McDeere
Gotta admit…the first couple of episodes which aired during the week didn’t hold me. Or quite frankly a lot of viewers. Being on in the midst of a lot of new programming on television, well this show was hard to find. And hard to follow. Don’t get me it’s worth the hour of your time, well on any day, as a guy to check out the female eye candy that bounces around on the screen during any episode of The Firm. Molly Parker, Juliette Lewis and Tricia Helfer, well good Lord! You gotta believe there is a God and God created some fine women, then cast them on The Firm.
'The Firm' - Callum Keith Rennie as Ray McDeere
And for women, Jost Lucas who stars as Mitch McDeere and Callum Keith Rennie who plays his brother in The Firm, well both of them are not bad to look at either.
'The Firm' - Juliette Lewis as Tammy Hemphill
But The Firm, with it’s ongoing, non-stop weekly dramatics is a solid program that’s exciting, engaging and worth a look back if you like good, quality television.
It’s actually a show that keeps you wanting the next episode of The Firm. Or the next chapter as it’s called for each episode. Taken from the book written by John Grisham and the movie with Tom Cruise the television series meets the mark for a Saturday night, especially if there’s a choice among FOX’s repeats of The Office instead of COPS, another Match.com date with a woman in front of a jealous ex-husband or the White House Correspondent’s Dinner which was actually done well as always but can watch 30 more times on MSNBC.
Tricia Helfer from 'The Firm'
But anyway The Firm is worth going back and watching online. Great cast and of course great eye candy which you can see in the photos embedded in this story.
I almost want to stop watching. I almost have to stop watching.
But you can’t. Strangely enough you just can’t. I just can’t. I don’t want to go back. I hate going back to some of the worst times in Los Angeles history. I came to Los Angeles seven years ago to build a business, enjoy some fun in the sun by getting away from the snow back east. I was tired of the snow.
Los Angeles, southern California here I come.
This is a strange day in Los Angeles. At least for me. I didn’t live in Los Angeles after the Rodney King verdict and the atermath that took place. The LA Riots as they are now called began a long, ongoing conversation about the police and the relationship between the African American community that has changed the LAPD tremendously.
It has also changed Los Angeles and America forever.
Interestingly enough the area I live in today, a neighborhood called Koreatown, bore the brunt of the almost week long riots in Los Angeles. I didn’t know that until this morning. After watching the non-stop local TV coverage of the LA Riots. I guess I really didn’t care about those days. Again, I wasn’t here and more important this type of incident just really pisses me off. Black people tearing up black people and black neighborhoods. White people being beaten by thugs. Korean people that I live next to, especially the older ones, looking warily of me. Not only do I live in Koreatown but my office is right in the middle of Koreatown.
Tomorrow, at least for me, will be a different day. It really will.
I’ve always told myself that I like the people I live and work around. “They say nothing to me, I say nothing to them,” is my response when they walk past me and ignore me.
Wonderful I say.
Little did I know that some of the shop-owners living in Koreatown during the Los Angele Riots actually pulled out rifles, shotguns and pistols to defend their properties against the rioters, most of them African American.
None of us old enough to remember the live broadcasts of those riots will ever forget the acquittal of four white cops who pretty much beat the hell out of Rodney King.
Now living in Los Angeles, once again it’s a bit strange. Just watching NBC4 Los Angeles and the station’s coverage of the 20 year anniversary of those riots, it seems so much has changed. Then as I watch the same news programming of the riots, the talking heads on the news bring up the Trayvon Martin case in Sanford, Florida which seems that so little has changed.
20 years later, living and loving Los Angeles, there seems to be a calm reflection on those six days of turmoil which took so many lives. The calm reflection that no matter what the results of the case 20 years ago today that it’s time to take a deep breath and hopefully look toward a better future.
Sure Rodney King’s verdict was wrong. But re-living those awful days is something most people here in Los Angeles would like to forget.
To turn back the hands of time, to keep complaining about bias and racism seems futile. It will always be with us. It’s never going away. Some people on both sides of the spectrum will never let racism die, not matter where they live, what they say or do each day to give those around them the impression that things are changing. It’s never going to happen. But to keep whining and moaning about the change which will never happen seems once again futile.
Watching Reginald Denny get beat up again won’t change anything. What will change something is not forgetting the past but doing our best to move forward. Well forward. Anything less won’t move the issue anywhere.
Not the answer, right? Not sure anyone has the answer. But 20 years later, watching this video content of the LA Riots. Well what’s that saying people use…”it’s surreal.”
Oh my here we go with the gay thing again. Must be an election year, ya think? Yes MTV’s Dan Savage took on the Bible, gay people and everything and everybody else during last week’s episode of Savage U and started a mess that’s trending big time on the so called World Wide Web.
MTV's Dan Savage of 'Savage U'
Dan Savage talked about sex and relationships with those students at the National High School Journalist Conference in Seattle but some of his comments to these Christian students were not taken to heart by those in the audience. “We can learn to ignore the bullshit in the Bible about gay people,” said Dan Savage during his talk with those Christian teens that had some of them, or should we note that many of them decided to get up and walk out on Dan Savage and his get together.
But wait there’s more from Dan Savage.
While some students just walked out and one appeared to be crying from his comments, Dan Savage went on to say “It’s funny, as someone who is on the receiving end of beatings that are justified by the Bible, how pansy-ass some people when you push back.”
OK Dan Savage…
Whatever you say.
Many are calling for an apology from Dan Savage, especially after his pansy-ass comment but so far nothing from the MTV host. As you should expect, more to come but check out the video.
And he’s got Niecy Nash on board with him as the comic moves from NBC’s It’s Worth What which quite frankly had about four people who watched that waste of an hour of television time but Cedric “The Entertainer” is back in business. The upcoming TV Land is bringing another original comedy series with The Soul Man that heads in to production and set to premiere on the network June 20th.
Cedric "The Entertainer"
In typical black comedy television content, The Soul Man has Cedric “The Entertainer” starring as an R & B singer turned minister who was making big bucks, living the high life and getting that call from the man upstairs to turn religious.
If you’ve been a fan of the TV Land comedy Hot in Cleveland, you saw the Reverend Boyce The Voice Ballentine who popped up in a season two episode of that show. Now comes the spin off as The Voice and Cedric “The Entertainer” gets a new show on the cable network.
Niecy Nash is part of the cast playing the Reverend’s wife. The Soul Man airs on TV Land at 10PM premiere night.