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Kristen Bell Naked and Afraid on Ellen

So I was looking around the internet as I tend to do on a daily basis. Who am I kidding, I never get off the internet. Anyway, I came across this video from the Ellen show. it shows Kristen Bell talking about her love of the hit show, Naked and Afraid. Ellen decides to challenge Kristen to see if she would be able to survive Naked and Afraid.
The challenge is for Kristen to create fire and build a shelter in 60 seconds! Now even on the show with all of the obstacles the contestants need to overcome, they have more than 60 seconds to build a fire and shelter. Not fair Ellen… I won’t spoil it for you, I will just let you see for yourself.

 

 


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There must be a TV deity – “Keeping Uo With the Kardashians” cancelled

I was just in the supermarket and happened to see the cover of the most recent Star magazine – that paragon of trustworthy reporting and in-depth analysis.  I actually stopped in my tracks when I saw the following cover:

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At first I saw only the “Kardashians CANELLED!” (their upper-case spelling)  and I thought, “Ah-hah!  There must be some TV programmers who serviceable brain cells.”  Then I read the complete headline, and I thought, “There must be some TV gods and goddesses after all.  They took pity on us.”   My question is, why on Earth did this last for nine years?

It is always my contention that people like the Kardashians are not, or at very least, should not be, celebrities.  Why doe we even know about them, or Paris and Nicky Hilton?  Their father, Robert Kardashian, was a well-to-do businessman, but they became famous after his death.  Why?  On what basis did they deserve fame and more fortune?  Do any of them have any really marketable skills?  Are any of them able to sing or dance or act?  Not that I know of.  On the other hand, in front of the cameras, make no mistake – they perform.  Their reality show – like any reality show – is hardly reality – no sirree, not at all – not with cameras and stage hands and lighting technicians and audio engineers and producers all there, to record the goings-on.  How does any of that bear any relation to reality?

Within the last eek, it was revealed that contestants on “Dancing With The Stars” had to sign a lengthy participation contract that left them completely at the mercy of the producers.  The producers could ignore public voting, and steer the results in whatever direction they chose.  Are there many viewers out there that still don’t believe (I should really say, realize) that the show is not un-scripted and spontaneous?

Their lives are centered around their own endless self-promotion.  They may complain about excessive, unending paparazzi shadowing, but do you ever wonder, how do the photographers always know where the family members are going to be?  It’s no secret that many celebrities – either directly or through their agents or representatives – contact the media and tell them, “Shailene Woodley will be at Chateau Marmont for dinner at 8:30 tomorrow night,” or “Lea Michelle (or Eva Longoria) will be at Ken Paves salon this afternoon at about 4:30.” Granted, that’s hardly the scenario every time, but it surely happens often enough.  What’s the watchword?  Publicity.  Make sure you stay in the public eye – don’t let the public forget about you.

To be even more cynical, there’s there’s a maxim from the world of economics:  supply creates its own demand.  It has worked remarkably well for the Kardashians, and the Hiltons. In addition, there are plenty of C- or D-listers or celebrities who haven’t had any noteworthy projects for quite a while, such as Mischa Barton or Michelle Trachtenberg, or fading (yes, even tainted) former stars like Lindsay Lohan – who show up for movie premieres or fashion shows – and the paparazzi dutifully snap dozens of photos of these attendees.  Are there really that many people out there still clamoring for pictures of Tara Reid?  Don’t even ask me to explain somebody like Bai Ling.  Some things defy description.  No, wait – not true.  There are more than enough models/wannabee actresses who have a seemingly endless array of “wardrobe malfunctions” that they can conjure up at will – that has to be it.

Boy oh boy, the bottom line is that the Kardashians’ TV show is over.  I guess means there’s a time slot open for another show about a pawn shop or buying storage lockers or unclaimed, lost airline luggage.  Yayyyyyy!

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‘Glee’ 100th episode celebration at Chateau Marmont in Los Angeles, California on March 18, 2014.

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“Chasing Maria Menounos” – Episode 1

Maria looks like a goddess.
She dresses like a goddess.
She walks like a goddess.
Too bad her laugh seems like a cross between SpongeBob and Woody Woodpecker.

Ok, now that I got that out of the way, let’s talk. Actually I learned a lot about her. She lives with her parents, her boyfriend of 15 years, and her bodyguard- a former street fighter who is a friend of her boyfriend. Hmmm… I had to pause a bit when I saw that. I’m not sure why he lives with them. Maybe we’ll find out.

The overriding theme is this- Maria is about to be 35 years old but isn’t married and has no kids. Her parents seem to talk about nothing else, and bring it up seemingly at every opportunity, including dinner. This causes conflict on a number of levels. Maria supports everybody financially, and loves what she does for a living. As she says, she has worked very hard for a long time and doesn’t want to give up her career. Her boyfriend- who acts as her manager- doesn’t want to be pushed into any decisions like this.

I already don’t like her boyfriend – former filmmaker Kevin Undergaro. He says that since Maria’s career took off, he put his career on standby to help her manage, and advance, her career. I believe he’s now about 49 years old. Very quickly, I had the impression that he was riding the gravy train and doesn’t want anything to come between him and his meal ticket. He seems awfully whiny to me. While out driving with Maria, he complains that all his life he’s always been told what he should do and when and he doesn’t like being pushed into anything. Jeez, he’s 49, lives with a beautiful, sexy woman who pays the bills for a very nice lifestyle, and he doesn’t want to be pushed into anything. I’m getting the impulse to want to smack him.

I admit, I wasn’t expecting to hear a lot of the things that were discussed – such as (at have at least seemingly) casually mentioning to her best friend that she and Kevin “have been having unprotected sex” but she still hasn’t gotten pregnant. When she tells this to her gynecologist, her doctor recommends that Kevin should see a urologist.

If I sound disappointed it’s because I am. I hope there is some mention now and then about something other than the various family members’ reasons for or against Maria having a baby. I was also rather surprised to her Maria claim that she loves what she does for a living and has the best job in the world – even telling her mother that she gets to do all kinds of things she always wanted to do- yet later complain that she works seven days a week and is always so tired – so how would she have any time or strength to be able to take care of kids.

Of course I’ll keep watching the show. I have to. It’s Maria, after all.

“Chasing Maria Menounos” – new reality show premieres tonight

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You can bet on this one- this is one reality show I’m going to watch. I ‘ll probably record it, too.

“Chasing Maria Menounos” will follow the “Extra” host’s experienced with her traditional Greek parents, Costas and Litsa, and her boyfriend of 15 years (Surely, one of the luckiest men in the galaxy) Kevin Undergaro.

Of course, her parents want her to get married and have children, and as she nears 35, her parents to have her settle down is stronger than ever.

The show will also chronicle the not-so-glamorous aspects of her life. Menounos remarked that she may be dressed up for the Academy Awards one night, and with her family at Chili’s the next night.

Menounos is also quite eager to show viewers her Greek family. I think it’s nice to see a traditional Greek family at home,” she says. “I think it’s nice to see someone who made it in this town and stayed in the same relationship they came in with. I don’t think you see that very often.”

Menounos says that home is a place in which she can take it easy, and get a little distance from her busy life. “I love being at home with Kevin and the dogs and my family,” she says. “And I love cooking. I love watching movies. I love going to the beach.”

Maria, you could eat dinner and watch a movie with me at the beach any time.

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Olivia Wilde joins cast for upcoming HBO rock-n’-roll drama

Olivia Wilde will be part of the cast for HBO’s upcoming rock’n-roll drama. The series – which has been on development since 2010 – was created by Martin Scorsese and Terence Winter, with Mick Jagger. Bear in mind the fact that Scorsese and Winter were the creative might behind “Boardwalk Empire.”

I’ll try to find out some more details, but just on the face of it, having Olivia Wilde in a Martin Scorsese project sounds like a good idea.

Maria Menounos on the set of Extra at Universal City – March 7, 2014

As usual, Maria looks simply incredible, from every angle.

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Danica McKellar arriving for Dancing With the Stars rehearsals

Arriving for DWTS rehearsals in Hollywood – March 7, 2014

As if anyone needed any more proof that the young girl Danica McKellar portrayed on “The Wonder Years” (Winnie Cooper) is long gone and a beautiful woman has taken her place, I present these photos – the first one in particular – as yet more proof.  I don’t usually post comments like this, but Danica has a truly fine behind.  With that in mind, I can’t wait to see the outfits she wears once Dancing With the Stars upcoming season begins.   I keep thinking, “Sweet, sweet, sweet!”

And I still think that Erin Andrews is no substitute for the recently dismissed Brooke Burke.  That was a bad decision!

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Jenna Elfman is back on TV in new NBC sitcom “Growing Up Fisher”

For a couple of weeks I’ve been seeing ads on TV for a new sitcom, “Growing Up Fisher.”  The ads feature veteran character actor J. K. Simmons, who has been seen in such shows as “Law and Order,” and “The Closer,” as well a mostly very clever series of commercials for Farmers Insurance.

The premise has been – perhaps borrowing not so slightly from Al Pacino’s Lieutenant Colonel Frank Slade character in 1992′s “Scent of a Woman” – the situations that dad – who’s blind – gets into – including, just as Colonel Slade did, driving a car.

GrowingUpFisherThe commercials look promising – and I was starting to look forward a bit to seeing the show when it premiered.  What I didn’t know was that – happy, happy, joy, joy! – was that Jenna Elfman is also in tes show!  Boy oh boy, if I wasn’t looking forward to it already, now it’s a “do not miss” and a “Set the DVR!”   Jenna is back!

Elfman came to fame as the Dharma in “Dharma and Greg,” which ran for more than 100 episodes from 1997 to 2002.  Her character is almost without fail referred to as “wacky” and “free-spirited” – and not without reason.

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“Dharma and Greg” 100th episode celebration

In “Growing Up Fisher,” a couple’s split seems to actually bring the family closer together.  Joyce, the mom, played by Elfman,  Joyce displays some of the the same sort of behavior as Dharma, which, ss noted on Today.com, is fun for the audience, but not much fun for Joyce’s teen daughter Katie, played by Ava DeLuca-Verley. “Just when she needs a mom, her mom’s acting like a teenager, and she’s the mom” said Elfman Tuesday on TODAY, where she was joined by DeLuca-Verley.

So far, I’m still on board and looking forward to the show.  I sincerely hope that the commercials don’t show the funniest and best moments of the show.  I also hope – and this time I have a little more faith – that the premise is more believable, and has the potential for a longer life, than the upcoming Halle Berry Series, “Extant.”  Which premise do you find more believable?  Halle Berry as an astronaut (with an android son) who returns from a year in space pregnant with an alien baby, or Jenna Elfman as a sometimes immature divorced mom who tries her daughter’s patience?  This one’s easy.

 Elle's annual Women in Television Celebration Jan. 22, 2014

Elle’s annual Women in Television Celebration – Jan. 22, 2014

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12th annual InStyle Summer Soiree – Aug. 14, 2013

Today’s daily tidbits

Robin Thicke and Paula Patton separating

I’m no fan of Robin Thicke, so this comes easy: Paula is all kinds of delicious. Just take a look at the dress she wore at this year’s Clive Davis pre-Grammy party. http://www.celebutopia.net/forums/showthread.php?t=165393&highlight=Paula+Patton
Wow! Conclusion: Robin must be a rather high-level idiot to throw that away.

Minnie Driver starring in the new NBC series “About a Boy”. In an interview with NBC’s Matt Lauer on The Today Show, she says that she has watched the movie literally hundreds of times. “It is on television constantly and I also own the DVD.” Let’s hope that kind of appreciation translates to success.

I’m rooting for Minnie. I always want to like her, strange ad that may sound. Sometimes she ‘a very photogenic, but sometimes she just does not photograph so well. Then again, can’t we say that about all of us?

Erin Andrews to replace Brooke Burke as co-host on DWTS

Oh, come on now!

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Erin Andrews will be making a return to ABC and its “Dancing With the Stars” show, except this time she’ll be hosting, according to a report.  The Fox Sports sideline reporter is going to be the new co-host of ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars,” two sources tell The Big Lead. The network is expected to make the announcement Monday. An ABC spokesperson didn’t return a call Saturday evening seeking comment.

ABC announced Friday that Brooke Burke, who had been Tom Bergeron’s co-host on DWTS for the last seven seasons, would be leaving the show.  ErinAndrews_DWTS_Maxim_3

Andrews is not leaving Fox Sports, sources say. She will continue her sports duties – sideline reporting, hosting – for Fox, and co-host Dancing with the Stars on ABC during the week. Michael Strahan of Fox Sports has a similar deal – he co-hosts “Live with Kelly and Michael” during the week for ABC.

ErinAndrews_DWTS_Maxim_2 ABC knows Andrews well. She competed on Dancing with the Stars in 2010 and finished in third place. Also, she was a college football sideline reporter and host at ESPN from 2004-2012. In a much-publicized move, Andrews left ESPN for Fox Sports in June 2012.

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So we have our answer.  ABC has decided that Erin Andrews is the cure for what ails Dancing With the Stars.  Yeah, good luck with that.

Long-time journalist Garrick Utley dead, at 74

 

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Gertje Utley said Friday that her husband of 40 years died Thursday night at his home in New York City.  “He has been fighting – as you always call it – prostate cancer for two years,” she said. “He had a very, very rare, very aggressive kind.”

Utley was hired by John Chancelor as an office assistant at NBC’s bureau in Brussels, Belgium.  He worked as a reporter for the Huntley-Brinkley Report, then went to Vietnam to start the network’s office there.  He was the only one there at the time, but by the time he left, there was a staff of 20 in Saigon.

He went on to serve as bureau chief in Berlin from 1966 to 1968 and then in Paris, where he met his wife in 1971. From 1973 to 1979, he was chief foreign correspondent for Europe and the British Isles.
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He was a constant presence at the network, acting as a weekend anchor of “NBC Nightly News” and a moderator of “Meet the Press,” in addition to continuing his work as a correspondent. He left NBC after it was bought by General Electric, moving to ABC, but left  ABC after it was bought by Disney.  He then shifted to CNN, where he worked as a contributor.

CNN Editorial Director Richard T. Griffiths said in an e-mail to colleagues on Friday. “In his calm, measured, voice anchoring on 9/11 and in countless pieces, Garrick delivered thoughtful analysis that always raised the bar.

“Garrick was the consummate gentleman in every encounter. He was relentlessly curious, passionate about storytelling, and unafraid to take on the controversial topics. Those here in those days learned so much from Garrick… He left a mark. We can all hope to do the same.”

Upon leaving CNN in 2002, his farewell message noted advice he had received many years earlier, from Chancellor. “Keep your voice low and your sentences short.”

It’s a damn shame that there are so few on-air reporters who abide by that advice these days.  Instead, we have boatloads of “entertainers” who shout at us and are lost without their clever, clever “signature” catch-phrases and over-animated delivery.  That’s precisely why I appreciate a sportscaster like Vin Scully as opposed to a puffed-up presenter like Chris Berman and the legions of wannabes he has so unfortunately inspired.

Brooke Burke fired as co-host on Dancing With the Stars

Noooooooooooooo!

This is outrageous!  Have the producers of Dancing With the Stars gone completely loco?  Brooke Burke has been eliminated as co-host to Tom Bergeron on the popular celebrity dance competition/reality show – and that makes me steaming mad.

Brooke Burke was the only reason I ever watched that show.  I watch the opening, just to see what she’s wearing, say out loud, “Oh my God!” then flip the channel when she goes off camera.  I certainly don’t want to watch Cloris Leachman or Warren Sapp waddle around the stage, barely moving around, doing very little actual dancing.  I want to see my Brooke!

She joined the show in 2008 as a competitor, and she eventually won the competition.  Here she is, with her dance partner, Derek Hough.  She then replaced Samantha Harris as co-host for Season 10.

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People.com found that she Tweeted her ousting overnight Friday.

weird day….Shocking pre-season elimination …ME. @Tom_Bergeron didn’t even read my name. I won’t be returning to the show this season.

In a statement, she said, “I have enjoyed seven seasons co-hosting DWTS but understand the need for change considering the position of the show at this juncture.”

There have already been a lot of changes made to the competition, which will be enter its its 18th season. This past season, the Tuesday results show was eliminated, with the eliminated contestants being sent home at the beginning of the Monday night episode.

Earlier this month, USA TODAY reported that the producers released its 28-member band and its leader, Harold Wheeler.

Let me ask the show’s brilliant producers – do you really think that Brooke Burke was part of the reason for the show’s declining ratings, and do you really think getting rid of her will help the show vault back to its once-lofty ratings perch?  I don’t think so!  Aaaarrgghh!
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Riviera Maya, Mexico – May 12, 2013

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Pink Party – October 19, 2013

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Dior Party – Hollywood, Jan 8

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“Planes” premiere – Aug. 5, 2013.

The latest bad idea for a movie or TV remake – Remington Steele

I used to watch Remington Steele – a 1980s drama starring Stephanie Zimbalist and Pierce Brosnan, pretty regularly, I would say.  It aired from 1982 to 1987 and featured Zimbalist as a private detective partnered with Brosnan as a shady, shadowy former thief.  They solved crimes and had a seemingly ever-present undercurrent of a romantic relationship.

Now there’s word that NBC, in it’s infinite wisdom, looking to revive this series as potential hit material. They are developing a sequel to Remington Steele.  This version, however, will materialize as a half-hour comedy. Deadline reports that Jay Scherick and David Ronn (Zookeeper, Spin City) are writing the script that will the follow Olivia Holt, the daughter of Remington Steele and Laura Holt, as she reopens her parents’ detective agency. The project is still in the early stages; NBC first has to order a pilot before it has a chance of making the fall 2014 schedule.

A half-hour comedy?  My advice to NBC is to pull the plug right now, before this ill-conceived endeavor has any further chance to fully mature.  After all, their last terrific idea for a remake – Ironside, starring Blair Underwood -

In September 2013 NBC debuted the updated Ironside to a miniscule 1.4 rating among adults 18-49, Ironside ranked as NBC’s lowest-rated fall drama debut ever in the demographic.  Lowest-ranked ever.  Based on that sterling track-record of success, NBC decided to dip into the well again and that’s enough to boggle the mind.  What’s next?  My Mother the Car this time as a crime drama?  NBC, stop the madness!  You’re supposed to entertain your viewers – at least, those who are left – not punish them!

Halle Berry to star in new sci-fi drama on CBS

Following the success of CBS’s “Under the Dome” last summer, “The Eye” network is bringing the series back, beginning on June 30th.  In addition, since their regular prime-time lineup is pretty well solid, they’re focusing at developing more “limited-run” series – perhaps longer than mini-series, but aiming at creating “events” – the kind of programming that viewers really talk about.

Toward this end, CBS will debut a new sci-fi drama called “Extant,” starring Halle Berry.  Berry will play an astronaut named Molly who returns to Earth – after a year-long solo mission in space and has trouble reconnecting with her husband and son.  The last time Berry appeared on network television was in 1991 on “Knots Landing.”  “Extant” was created by Steven Spielberg and is slated to premiere on July 2nd.  The script was written by Mickey Fisher, who will executive produce along with Spielberg, Greg Walker, Brooklyn Weaver, Justin Falvey and Darryl Frank.

According to a statement from CBS, her experiences “lead to events that ultimately will change the course of human history.” Berry will co-executive produce the series.  For Berry, who is considered one of Hollywood’s biggest names, it’s a huge career transition.

“For five months a year I’ll get to live with and play this incredibly intelligent and vulnerable woman, and for the remainder of the year I’ll continue to look for other roles that move me as deeply as this one,” said Berry.

For CBS, it’s a notable star-power signing at a time when award-winning cable network shows such as “Mad Men,” “Breaking Bad,” “Homeland,” and “Game of Thrones” have been dominating the viewership battle.

“There’s only one Halle Berry and we are incredibly honored that she has chosen ‘Extant’ to expand her illustrious career,” said Spielberg.  “As she does with everything she touches, she will bring a deep authenticity to her role and I very much look forward to working with her.”

Camryn Manheim has joined the cast as a series regular, and will play Berry’s best friend, and Pierce Gagnon, one of the stars of 2012′s Looper, will play Ethan, Molly’s son, who is more than he appears to be.

As excited as I am by all of this, one background item nags at me.  According to HuffingtonPost.com, CBS discussed “Extant” at the Television Critics Association winter press tour and reporters noted that Berry’s character would return from her space mission pregnant with an alien baby who “poses a threat to her android son.” That seems like quite a stretch to me, especially if you keep the phrase “lead to events that ultimately will change the course of human history.”  This sounds as if it’s a cross somewhere between “Species” and “Aliens.”  I sure hope the believability factor (or the lack of one) doesn’t prove to be an obstacle that the show can’t overcome.

Top searches for 2013 on Google and Bing

So many of the top searches on Bing for TV shows and movies are for shows and movies that are not my cup of tea, that many just don’t merit any comment.  But the #10 search for TV show on Bng was for Honey Boo Boo?  I generally spend a lot of time defending the collective public intelligence, but information like this makes me not angry, but sad.  Talk about a show with no redeeming quality!  This is depressing.

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Overall top searches

1. Nelson Mandela
2. Paul Walker
3. iPhone 5s
4. Cory Monteith
5. Harlem Shake
6. Boston Marathon
7. Royal Baby
8. Samsung Galaxy S4
9. PlayStation 4
10. North Korea

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1.  Miley Cyrus
2.  Drake
3.  Kim Kardashian
4.  Justin Bieber
5.  Beyonce
6.  Rihanna
7.  Taylor Swift
8.  Selena Gomez
9.  Katy Perry
10. Kanye West

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Top person search

1    Beyoncé Knowles
2    Kim Kardashian
3    Rihanna
4    Taylor Swift
5    Madonna
6    Justin Bieber
7    Nicki Minaj
8    Amanda Bynes
9    Miley Cyrus
10   Barack Obama

Top sports stars

1  Tim Tebow
2  Lindsey Vonn
3  Tiger Woods
4  Kevin Ware
5  Ray Lewis
6  Lebron James
7  Danica Patrick
8  Dwight Howard
9  Derek Jeter
10 Maria Sharapova

Musician

1    Beyoncé
2    Rihanna
3    Taylor Swift
4    Madonna
5    Justin Bieber
6    Nicki Minaj
7    Miley Cyrus
8    Britney Spears
9    Katy Perry
10  Selena Gomez

Song

1   Macklemore & Ryan Lewis – Thrift Shop
2   Robin Thicke- Blurred Lines
3   Rihanna – Stay
4   Imagine Dragons – Radioactive
5   Jason Derulo- The Other Side
6   Bruno Mars – When I Was Your Man
7   Justin Timberlake – Mirrors
8   Miley Cyrus – We Can’t Stop
9   Pink – Just Give Me A Reason
10  One Direction – Best Song Ever

TV show

1   Big Bang Theory
2   American Idol
3   The Walking Dead
4   Downtown Abbey
5   Game of Thrones
6   Dancing with the Stars
7   The Today Show
8   Big Brother
9   The Bachelor/Bachelorette
10  Honey Boo Boo

Movie

1   Iron Man 3
2   Fast and Furious 6
3   Despicable Me 2
4   The Conjuring
5   The Wolverine
6   2 Guns
7   The Great Gatsby
8   Oz: The Great and Powerful
9   Snitch
10  Man of Steel

Amanda Righetti is leaving “The Mentalist” – how did I not know this?

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It seems that I’m a little late to the game – it was announced in August that Amanda Righetti and Owain Yeoman. Somehow I missed the news until now. The two stars have been with the series since it began; Righetti plays Speciall Agent Grace Van Pelt, and Yeoman plays Special Agent Wayne Rigsby.  Bruno Heller, the creator of The Mentalist, said, “I can neither confirm nor deny, but this is the most dramatic and game- changing season and anything can happen.”

Two new series regulars – one male, and one female – will be introduced in early 2014, most likely to fill the vacancies created by Righetti and Yeoman.

Of course, The Mentalist isn’t the only CBS show experiencing some turmoil among its cast members.  Cote de Pablo left NCIS at the beginning of this season, and her absence (as Special Agent Ziva David) has created quite a void.  Which leads me to this – CBS has just announced that they have found a replacement for de Pablo – Emily Wickersham.

Wickersham will play “NSA Analyst Eleanor ‘Ellie’ Bishop, a mysterious mixture of analytic brilliance, fierce determination and idealism, who specializes in international threat assessment and global preparation.”

De Pablo’s announcement that she wanted to leave caught the show by surprise last spring, leaving TV’s biggest drama in the hunt for a replacement, though TV website, TVLine, said mid-September that Wickersham, who had just signed a three-episode deal with an option for full-time employment, was essentially a lock.

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Now, according to executive producer Gary Glasberg, it’s official. “Emily Wickersham’s Ellie Bishop is proving to perfectly compliment the NCIS team,” he said. “Her energy and enthusiasm are contagious. Great things are planned for Bishop and we couldn’t be more thrilled to have her on board.” She joins the show on November 19th.

Wickersham was in the first season of FX’s “The Bridge” (as Annabeth Gish’s characters’s stepdaughter), but more famously (and briefly) was A.J.’s (Robert Iler) girlfriend on “The Sopranos,” Rhiannon Flammer.

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Emily Wickersham

 

Naya Rivera Stuns in White

Most of us had no clue who Naya Rivera was before she starred as the sexy, bitchy, cheerleading lesbian hottie on the hit television show Glee.  Now we just can’t get enough of her. Recently Ms. Rivera was engaged to her long time boyfriend Big Sean. You can tell that she is extremely happy and Big Sean is a very lucky man. Based on what I see in these pictures. A VERY lucky man. You better treat her right Big Sean. Don’t make her go all Lima Heights on your sorry ass..

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Glee’s Tribute To Corey Monteith To Be Name “The Quarterback”

Cory Monnteith

Cory Monteith

Since the death of Glee megastar Corey Monteith the Gleeks around the world have been wondering how the execs at Fox would handle his untimely death. The episode titles The Quarterback has begun being filmed and according to Naya Rivera (Santana Lopez), the mood on set is somber. Jane Lynch (Sue Sylvester) has reportedly said that when she received the script that is was the most beautiful thing she had read. Ryan Murphy and the staff had tossed around the idea of Finn’s death to mirror his real life death but have changed their minds. Apparently it will be an episode dedicated to his character but it is still unsure how they will handle his on screen death. I am thinking that they might have him commit suicide. Being that Finn was always down on himself with a lack of a clear future, they might play that into his death. That is just a guess though since nothing has been released about it. I for one cannot wait for Season 5 to start. It won’t feel the same without Finn. I still think there is a lot to do with it and a lot of talent that can take the show in a different direction. Who knows? Only Ryan Murphy knows exactly what is going to happen.

VMA 2013 Winners

VIDEO OF THE YEAR Justin Timberlake Mirrors


Best Hip Hop Video: Macklemore & Ryan Lewis


Best Pop Video: Selena Gomez Come and Get It


Best Femal Video: Taylor Swift I Knew You Were Trouble


Best Video Social message MackleMore & Ryan Lewis Same Love


Best Song of the Summer One Direction Best Song Ever


Best Artist as Voted By You Austin Mahon

Best Male Video Bruno Mars Locked Out of Heaven


Artist to Watch Austin Mahone What About Love

Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award (Lifetime Achievement)

Justin Timberlake

Best Visual Effects Capital Cities Safe and Sound

Best Editing Justin Timberlake Mirrors

Best Direction Justin Timberlake feat. Jay-Z Suit & Tie

Best Cinematography Macklemore & Ryan Lewis feat. Ray Dalton Can’t Hold Us

Best Choreography Bruno Mars Treasure

Best Art Direction Janelle Monae feat. Erykah Badu Q.U.E.E.N

Best Rock Video Thirty Seconds to Mars Up in the Air

Best Collaboration P!nk feat. Nate Ruess Just Give Me a Reason