Saturday, February 19, 2011

Best of the Week - 2/19/11

Quote of the Week: I don’t drink. I don’t smoke. I don’t do drugs. I don’t have crazy, reckless sex with strangers. If Charlie Sheen outlives me, I’m gonna be really pissed. (Chuck Lorre – Two and a Half Men)

Song of the Week: Reading Rainbow Theme Song - Tina Fabrique (as sung by Troy and LeVar Burton, Community)

Big News of the Week: Adrianne Palicki is You New Wonder Woman: Please if you will, step into the 9th Green time machine all the way back to October of 2010 when hearing that David E. Kelly was working on a Wonder Woman television show I commented,
“No word on who will fill Lynda Carter’s spandex, but if I were a casting director, I would definitely screen test the recently unemployed and currently brunette Tyra Collette.”
Keep in mind that the show just got picked up for a pilot and there are no guarantees it will make it to air and no live action actress has donned the golden bracelets since Lynda Carter hung up her lasso of truth thirty two years ago (but this is NBC and they have been throwing everything at the wall the last couple seasons).

The casting comes shortly after another casting I suggested that Trya’s nemesis Lyla Garrity become one of Charlie’s Angels for ABC’s reboot. Unfortunately the casting director didn’t take my other suggestions of Veronica Mars and Lana Lang to fill out the trio. But with my tract record of finding role for Friday Night Lights alums, now I need to scourer the trades to find Coach and Mrs. Taylor some work. Or maybe Parenthood should take up my suggestion that the Taylors should move to California to coach Drew’s football team.

Gratuitous Token Hot Chick(s) Picture of the Week:

Yvonne Stahovski and the C.A.T. Squad

Free Download of the Week: Happily Ever After – He Is We (iTunes): Don’t ask me what the band name is, but I found the song sugary sweet. For your previewing pleasure, here is an acoustic version of the song.

New Album Release of the Week: 21 - Adele

New DVD Release of the Week: All-Star Superman

Video of the Week: After the cinematic masterpiece that was Blue Crush, I assumed that we would get a chicks surfing movie once a year for a while, but no luck, not even a crappy straight to video “sequel” that has nothing to do with the orginal aside from the name and stolen plot. Finally almost a decade later Hollywood is going back to the beach with Soul Surfer.

Soul Surfer Official Trailer

First, if this chick is willing to amputate her arm for a role, just give her an Oscar now. Second, Carrie Underwood? What? Third, I had no clue that was Helen Hunt until they credited her. What has she been up to since Mad About You ended?

Next Week Pick of the Week: Episodes, Tomorrow at 9:30 on Showtime: With all the hype of the Friends returning to television, it doesn’t look like they will spend much time of the schedule together with Chandler replacing Monica and Joey’s show ending its season already. The press release teases
“Deeply regretting her tryst with Matt (Matt LeBlanc), Beverly (Tamsin Greig) returns home to find Sean (Stephen Mangan) waiting with open arms. As the pilot for the “Pucks!” pilot wraps, Sean and Beverly prepare to return to London. A final goodbye between Matt and Sean, however, takes an unexpected turn involving a missing Jaguar, a red-nosed reindeer and the smell of cinnamon.”

Friday, February 18, 2011

Around the Tubes - 2/18/11

I have gotten a plethora of cool press releases have been flooding my inbox recently that you may find interesting. This post will include blurbs on Are We There Yet?, Being Human, Big Love, Battle: Los Angeles, Secret Service Files, January Jones, Portlandia, Pretty Little Liars, and The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills.

- Before the new episode of Are We There Yet? series stars Terry Crews (Nick), Essence Atkins (Suzanne), Teala Dunn (Lindsey), Coy Stewart (Kevin), Keesha Sharp (Gigi) and Christian Finnegan (Martin) will answer questions submitted by fans. Head over to or the show’s Facebook page at 9:30 next week to participate.

- A new episode of Being Human is hitting Syfy this Monday at 9:00, here is a sneak peak:

It Takes Two to Make a Thing Go Wrong

- I finished season four of Big Love this weekend and now ready for the DVD of the final season to hit shelves. For those watching in real time on HBO, here is a recap of the last episode to get you ready for the next episode on Sunday. And do not forget Margene’s blog who’s latest entry is a Girl’s Gotta Dance.

- For those looking forward to the upcoming Battle: Los Angeles (or just like winning stuff like a PS3) visit the movie’s Facebook page to play Battle: LA W.A.T.C.H.

- There are a couple new installments of the Secret Service Files coming up with four episode spread across Sunday and Monday on the National Geographic Channel starting at 8:00 each day. Here is a preview of what you can expect:

Secret Service Argent Training

- AOL Moviefone recently talked to January Jones about the grace Kelly comparisons, just how revealing her X-Men wardrobe is, and what is next for Betty Draper.

- It was announced this week that IFC’s new series Portlandia has been renewed for a second season for ten episodes starting January 2012. And on tonight’s episode will feature the band Echo Echo.

- What better way to celebrate President’s Day than a Pretty Little Liars marathon. Starting at 1:00 PM on ABC Family with the midseason premiere going all the way up to 8:00 with a brand new episode. George and Abe would certainly approve this message.

- recently nabbed an interview with Camille Grammar who revealed she tried to quite in the middle of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills.

Thursday, February 17, 2011

First Impressions: Survivor: Redemption Island

The cast of Survivor: Redemption Island

Survivor: Redemption Island poises the question can the unredeemable actually be redeemed? For its new season Survivor brought back two of its biggest doushebags ever for another go around. Boston Rob gets his fourth go around even though he failed to make the jury on two of his previous season. Then the other contestant is the one person that can make Rob seem sympathetic, Russell who gets to play for the third time (and most likely last since it has been brought to light that he spoiled his first two seasons, which is a breach of contract that could cost him millions) who played the dumbest game ever only to repeat it on the second go-around and got completely outplayed by two girls.

Of course Redemption Island has less to do with the two returning contestants and more with the place voted out contestants go to battle in hopes to reenter the game. We will have to wait until next week to see how it fully works after a second contestant gets voted out (or possibly the third episode depending on when exactly the competition takes place). But from the preview it looks like something out of MTV’s The Challenge and it looks like Francesca Hogi will be taking on a dude (though the thick leg in the preview could be a production personal doing a run-through or someone from a later challenge) and hopefully it is Russell.

Then at some point during the season, the person left standing on Redemption Island will be released back into the game. I originally assumed that it would be around the merge, but the Redemption Moments were all of jury members who went fairly deep in the game. So I wonder when they get to the jury, will the person still on Redemption Island be able to sit in on Tribal Council? Hopefully they are not let back in late in the game because the later the less I like the idea of Redemption Island.

Andrea_Boehlke: I'd hit that even if she hasn't showered in a monthAfter a poorly cast Nicaragua season, there were plenty of standout characters from Redemption Island including redneck Ralph Kiser and an overabundance of eye candy highlighted by Andrea Boehlke but former Special Agent (?) Phillip Sheppard was the breakout star of the premiere episode. He bragged about his ability of being able to read people thanks to his federal agent (?) yet he has the social skills of Sheldon Cooper. His blowup was one of the more entertaining tribal councils in a while. Hopefully he somehow manages to stay awhile but sure dumb luck.

Contestant I’d Most Like to Have Dirty, Dirty Sex with Even if She Hasn’t Take a Shower in a Month: Andrea Boehlke

Winner: Andrea Boehlke

Back Up Choice: Mike Chiesl

Survivor: Redemption Island airs Wednesdays at 8:00 on CBS. You can stream episodes on You can also download Survivor on iTunes.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

I Want My Music Television - 2/16/11

There have been a couple of videos that have caught my eye lately so I thought I’d give them some love since the death of Musical Television left a void for a forum on the art form. If you are interested in buying the video through iTunes, click the title link (where available). If you are interested in buying the song, look for a link in the analysis.

Howlin’ for You – The Black Keys

Seriously, if Robert Rodriquez can turn a trailer he made for Grindhouse in the full length feature Machete, how about turning this Black Keys music video into feature film. I’d plop down money for the blu-ray just to see more of Sir Todd Bridges as a preacher.

Good Man - Raphael Saadiq

Ooo, Raphael Saadiq goes dark. Speaking of music videos that need to be turned a motion picture, someone create a Blaxplotation film to put this song on because it would make the best soundtrack since Curtis Mayfield.

White Limo – Foo Fighters

I do not know about the new Foo Fighters song or the homage to Journey’s Separate Ways video but the awesomeness of the video can be summed up in one word: Lemmy!!!

And lastly, here is my favorite performance from this year’s Grammy awards.

And for your downloading pleasures, here are the studio versions of the songs performed in order:

The Cave – Mumford and Sons
Head Full of Doubt / Road Full of Promise – The Avett Brothers
Maggie's Farm – Bob Dylan

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Lyrics Quiz: Crazy

About a month ago, I declared Crazy by Gnarls Barkley the Greatest Song of the 00’s (check out the list for the other 999 that made my list). In honor of the accomplishment I thought I would run Crazy through iTunes’ Genius function and here are the songs it gave me. Well, with the exception of Green Onions which I could add to the Lyrics Quiz considering it lacks any lyrics. With Crazy’s eccentric pop leaning I was a little surprised at the old school R&B heavy playlist Genius came up with (hint, hint). But anyway. As always leave your guesses, both artist and song title, in the comment section or e-mail me. If you are correct I will un-bold the lyric and give you credit. Please keep in mind the lyrics quiz is for entertainment purposes only so please only use your own meandering mind to guess them.

1. I cannot play myself again, I should just be my own friend, not (expletive delete) myself in the head with stupid men.
2. There’s nothing that I wouldn’t do. I’d twist through fire for you. Anything you asked me to. But I’m tired of living this lie, it’s getting harder to justify.
3. I won’t let my guard down for anyone but you. We do it all the time, blowing my mind.

4. I’m just straight ill, riding my motorcycle down the streets while politicians is sounding like strippers to me. They sayig but I don’t wanna hear it. (Lapdance - N.E.R.D.; guessed by Doug)
5. Who you going to tell when the reprocussions spin? Showing off you (expletive deleted) ‘cause you’re thinking it’s a trend. Girlfriend let me break it down for you again.
6. People say that I’ve found a way to make you say that you love me. But baby you didn’t go for that, me, it’s a natural fact that I wanna come back. Show me where it’s at, baby.
7. Oh, what did you do? What did you say? Did you walk or did you run away? Where are you now? Where have you been? Did you go alone or did you bring a friend?
8. She saves her lovin’ early in the morning just for me, oh yeah. She saves her lovin’ just for me. Oh she loves me so tenderly.
9. But here are some of music’s pioneers that time will not allow us to forget. For there’s Basie, Miller, Satchmo.
10. My brother sit me right down and he talked to me. He told me that I ought not let you just walk on me. And I’m sure he meant well.
11. I remember way back, way back when. I said I never wanna see your face again ‘cause you were loving, yes you’re loving somebody else.

12. And we should be together but we’re not. I play it off but I’m dreaming of you. I’ll keep it cool but I’m feenin’. (I Try - On How Life Is - Macy Gray; guessed by Doug)
13. Father, father, everyone thinks we’re wrong. Oh, but who are they to judge us simply because our hair is long.
14. I guess I must be dumb ‘cause you had a pocket full of horses, Trojan and some of them used.
15. I remember when I was sitting home alone waiting for you until three o’clock in the morn’. And when you came home you’d always have some sorry excuse.
16. When I hold you in my arms, I know I can’t do no wrong now. When I hold you in my arms, My love can’t do me no harm.
17. Sometimees these feelings can be so misleading. He turns and says, “Are you alright?” Oh, I must be fine ‘cause my heart’s still beating.
18. I’m pumping louder please don't tell me you don't like the flow. You cry to me to put this down so lemme step it – yo.
19. Hey, we don’t know each other well so why I keep picking up my cell. Memories just keep ringing bells.

20. Attracting honeys like a magnet, giving ‘em eargasms with my mellow accent, still moving this flavor. (No Diggity - Blackstreet featuring Dr. Dre; guessed by Doug)
21. I don’t think you’re ready for this jelly. (Bootylicious - Destiny's Child; guessed by Doug)
22. All you gotta do is man; hold her where you want her. Squeeze her, don’t tease her. Never leave her.
23. The low pro (expletive deleted) should be cut like an afro. See what you’re saying, huh? She’s weighing but I know she’s a loser. How do you know: me and the crew used to do her. (Poison - Bell Bive DeVoe; guessed by Doug)
24. Now I heard a crying man is half a man with no sense of pride. But if I have to cry to keep you, I don't mind weeping if it'll keep you by my side.
25. Don’t you ever be sad. Lean on me, when times get bad. When the day come, and you know your down in a river of trouble, you’re about to drown.

Monday, February 14, 2011

We on Award Tour: 2011 Grammy Awards

- What a way to attract an audience that an Aretha Franklin tribute. Why they introduced everyone involved twice. And poor Christina Aguilera, first she flubs the national anthem then falls on the Grammys. It almost makes up for having to sit through Burlesque.

- The first award goes to Train and is the only award given out in the first hour which is why the Grammys is the only award show worth watching. Instead of expanding Best Movie, the Oscars should make Best Song ten to fifteen nominees and perform them all and push most of the awards to “handed out before the telecast.”

- Lady GaGa’s performances are known for being painfully to watch with her smearing herself with fake blood or fake ash, but Born This Way is most notable for just being painfully boring. And “Don’t be a drag, be a queen” may be the lamest chant in a song ever. Hopefully this is the official end of the Lady Gaga era.

- Marky Mark is officially off the hook for worst use of Walk on the Wild Side because that HP now holds that honor.

- I wonder if Muse gets asked to perform if the lead singer didn’t knock up Kate Hudson.

- It is a shame Janelle Monáe isn’t bigger than she is, she is the female embodiment of James Brown. And I really enjoyed the do-wop version of Grenade. Also, bonus points to B.o.B for rocking a monocle.

- Wait, Jewel is a country artist now? Was that common knowledge?

- Odd that Eva Longoria came out just as Desperate Housewives was starting on another station.

- What was with the Sub Zero dancers during the Justin Bieber performance?

- Speaking of Beiber, Donny Walberg is in no position to scoff at the crappy teen starlet because he was ten times worse.

- I liked how Selena Gomez hightailed it out of there after she announced Lady Gaga as the winner. I would too.

- Despite Bob Dylan being even more gravelity voiced than usual, the Mumford & Sons / The Avett Brothers stole the show with the best performance of the night.

- Teddy Pendergrass deserves better than having one line song in honor of him. And didn’t Lady Antebellum sing Need You Now last year?

- Kings of Leon did not look happy that they were paired with Miley Cyrus. And speaking of Cyrus I am completely against her hosting Saturday Night Live because The Miley Cyrus Show is the break out sketch of the season and I fear her showing up on it with ruin it.

- Apparently the Grammys made Cee Lo Green change so many lyrics that he actually forgot them. Or maybe he was distracted by his Elton John costume.

- Just when you thought Katy Perry couldn’t get any worse she breaks out a balled featuring pictures of Russell Brand. Eww.

- I liked how they referred the Cee-Lo song as “The Song Otherwise Known as Forget You” much more entertaining than simply “Forget You.”

- Lady Antebellum wins Song of the Year. Keep in mind this is a songwriter’s award, which went to a song about drunken dialing.

- When Seth Rogan said Adam Levine was part of the Eminem / Rihanna / Dr. Dre performance I thought he was joking, but there he was at the piano. And Dre, it time to stop teasing us and give us an official release date for Detox.

- At least they spruced up the token old white guy moment this year by playing music over him. Now he knows how long winded award winners feel like. Although it was odd how he talked about accepting free speech right after a heavily censored Eminem set.

- I am not the biggest The Rolling Stones fan out there, but Mick Jagger tore the roof off the place. Too bad Raphael Saadiq get mentioned as the guitar player.

- Okay, Lady Gaga wasn’t as boring as Barbra Streisand. It’s too bad Duck Sauce didn’t come out and perform with her.

- Walk Up is a good song and all, but I have never gotten Arcade Fire as a whole.

- If Arcade Fire wins Album of the Year but lost Best Alternative Album to The Black Keys, doesn’t that mean Brothers is really the true Record of the Year?

Sunday, February 13, 2011

57 Channels and Only This Is On - 2/13/11

Shameless: It’s parent-teacher conference tonight on Shameless and not surprisingly Frank is opposed to the idea despite many people needing him to show up. Someone will also get the Suge Knight treatment sometime during the episode. And for anyone who just watches in hopes to see Emmy Rossum in various states of the undressed will not be disappointed with tonight’s episode.

Chuck: Sarah and Chuck cannot elope because they have to have a big wedding with Jeffster as their house band. And who would be against a lengthy guest stint from Gary Cole. Which begs the question; do we know what happened to her mother? I do not remember her ever being brought up. I may have to re-watch the original Gary Cole episode to see if she was mentioned at all. You can stream recent episodes on Hulu. You can also download Chuck on iTunes.

How I Met Your Mother: I didn’t think this show could find a worse actor than Britney Spears, but Katy Perry managed to be even more painful to watch. She even made Jennifer Morrison’s comedic styling compliant. And hopefully Marcus visits Marshall frequently when he goes back to New York. You can stream recent episodes over at You can also download How I Met Your Mother on iTunes.

Pretty Little Liars: What a weird turn face from the swimming teammate, a rain soaked apology followed by a biking accident. I thought she was going to blame the accident of the lesbian, but no, she just had to learn to swim for herself. Alrighty. You can stream recent episodes on Hulu. You can also download Pretty Little Liars on iTunes.

Greek: I really thought Casey would be mad that Cappie took advantage of her last week, but I guess the writer are not waiting for the series finale to get the two back together. And just when I thought Ashleigh hooking up with Dr. Burton would be icky, Rusty joined the love triangle. Double eww. You can stream recent episodes on Hulu.

Greek on iTunes

Castle: If I won the lottery, I would buy a mansion with a Silver Spoons style train in it. You can stream recent episodes on Hulu. You can also download Castle on iTunes.

Harry’s Law: They are not really going to hagve Shooter McGavin hook up with Kathy Bates are they? You can stream recent episodes on Hulu.

Lights Out: They cut off the episode about five minutes too early because I really would have liked to see the conversation between Hal Brennan and Barry Word. I wonder if Brennan was the one who actually put the concrete in the punching bag. You can stream recent episodes on Hulu. You can also download Lights Out on iTunes.

Modern Family: It is always good to see Dylan back (though I wish we would have gotten more of his song) but I wonder if had seen Hayley lately before going Jon Cusack on her lawn because she was looking really frumpy this episode to the point I did not even recognized her on the couch and thought maybe she was a friend of Manny. You can stream recent episodes on Hulu.

Modern Family on iTunes

Mr. Sunshine: A solid start and it clear the Allison Janney’s crazy version of Marge Schott is the breakout star of the show. And I would mind more of the psycho assistant. But less of the co-worker with benefit, I am not sure how she still gets jobs on sitcoms considering she isn’t very funny. You can stream current episodes on Hulu. You can also download Mr. Sunshine on iTunes.

Justified: That is the first time I remember a show opting just to show the previous episode’s late couple minutes in lue of the usual “Previously On” segment. And I guess growing up the son of a con man gets you in with a pretty bad crowd being good friends with the Crowder family and the new weed family. Ava and Winona must be very good in the bed because I cannot think why he would want to stay in Harland with these families when he was offered his job back in Florida. But I liked the ending with Boyd once again uttering the title of the story the show is based on, “Fire in the whole.” Can’t wait to next week to see what he is up to now. You can stream recent episodes on Hulu. You can also download Justified on iTunes.

The Big Bang Theory: Just when I thought nothing would get ickier this week than Dr. Burton hooking up with Ashleigh, Lucille Bluth had to go and seduce Lenard. Now if you excuse me, I need to go and wash my eyes out Alex Dunphy style. You can stream recent episodes over at

Community: Just how hard is it to get shows On Demand the next day? It seems like every other week Community and Outsourced take different amount of days getting On Demand (where I tend to watch them) which makes little sense to me. And as I write this, Community still is not available. Technology should makes thing easier not harder. You can stream current episodes on Hulu. You can also download Community on iTunes.

Outsourced: By bringing new meaning to a double date, Manmeet has officially upgraded to G status. You can stream current episodes on Hulu. You can also download Outsourced on iTunes.