Tonight's Chuck Lorre Vanity Card as seen on 'The Big Bang Theory'
Whenever I’ve gone through tough times, well-meaning people have told me that God/the universe does not give us more than we can handle. Well, I’ve been going through a tough time recently, and sure enough, that old saying has been tossed my way on several morose occasions. After some careful consideration, I’ve decided it’s bull$#*!. As an aphorism, it only makes sense in hindsight – after you’ve managed to crawl from the wreckage of whatever calamity that God/the universe decided to toss your way. No one can ever use it to comfort someone who’s been hit by a bus or turned into a puddle of goo by flesh-eating bacteria (although in the right circumstance, that could be a hoot). Another thing I hear a lot is, “this too shall pass.” Again, I know these are words meant to reassure, but somehow they always leave me feeling that heartbreak, rage and grief are going to come shooting out of me like kidney stones through an inflamed urethra. For someone in crisis, I think a more accurate and helpful assessment of reality would be, “Love, sex, food, friendship, art play, beauty and the simple pleasure of a coup of tea are all well and good, but never forget that God/the universe is determined to kill you by whatever means necessary.” Consider trying that next time you’re called on to do some consoling. If you’re feeling impish, you might also try, “According to the rules of comedy, your suffering will be funny after an undetermined length of time. Maybe not while you’re having your gangrenous leg sewed off, watching your home burn down or learning how to be intimate with your cellmate, but in the big scheme of things, soon.
- FriendZone, a reality show in which teenagers ask their best friend to help them prepare for an upcoming blind date. After asking for advice on style and how to make all the right moves, they reveal that the date is actually intended for the two of them.
– Savage U, which follows columnist Dan Savage as he gives advice to college students while touring different campuses.
– The Substitute, which is sort of like a school-based version of Cash Cab—a substitute teacher (Jon Gabrus) surprises unsuspecting students by transforming their classroom into a game show.
- Money From Strangers, another game show in which guest comedians convince contestants to pull pranks on strangers.
Our worst fears have not been realized. Cigars and scotch for all!
After a protracted standoff, AMC, Lionsgate andMad Men creator Matthew Weiner have reached an agreement for seasons five and six of the Emmy-winning drama.
Weiner, who will return as showrunner, has also signed a new long-term deal with Lionsgate. As a result of the negotiations, however, season five isn’t expected to air until next year.
“I want to thank all of our wonderful fans for their support,” Weiner said in a statement. “I also want to thank AMC and Lionsgate for agreeing to support the artistic freedom of myself, the cast and the crew so that we can continue to make the show exactly as we have from the beginning. I’m excited to get started on the next chapter of our story.”
“Maybe I had low energy. I honestly played those lines as well as I could…[At least] they didn’t say you were stoned. People said I was under the influence. I’ve thought about it. I think I know why. I love her, but Anne Hathaway is so energetic, I think the Tasmanian Devil would look stoned standing next to Anne Hathaway.”—
Still, fans of the original stage musical will be relieved to know that Boneta actually got his start as singer in Mexico - and, like Rock of Ages' Drew Bowie - escaped an embarrassingly kitschy boy band before hitting it big in 2008 with his single, “Perdido En Ti” (“Losing Me”) from EMI.
Any high school theater kid can tell you about the dirty version of Grease. The one that goes, “the chicks’ll cream for Greased lightning…she’s a real pussy wagon." But little do they know how deep it goes.
A new (old) production of the show is opening in Chicago that brings the tuner back to its roots, before it got cleaned up for Broadway. With help from co-creator Jim Jacobs, Playbill has a brief history of the fascinating real version.
The 12 episode half hour series is called Betty White’s Off Their Rockers, will be exec produced and hosted by White, and feature seven senior citizens who make it their mission to play pranks on unsuspecting younger people.
And we’re all going to watch it because it sounds amazing.
You’re right, I’m not trying to be a dick and discount what you do. I really like PCB. But I do think there is no justification whatsoever for not hiding it behind a spoiler link. I got home from LCD Soundsystem last night at 1:30am, woke up at 8am to work, and this was literally one of the first things my hungover ass saw. My options for not having this ruined were 1) Not sleeping or 2) Not working, which both seem like extreme options for just enjoying some stupid guilty pleasure TV show.
In conclusion: TOP CHEF AND THE INTERNET, VERY SERIOUS BUSINESS.
Basically. Thanks Adam. It’s good to get called out on bullshit every once in a while.
My spoiler policy for television is after it airs on the west coast it’s fair game. The picture went up at 2 am. If you’re reading Tumblr or Twitter or Facebook (or any source for current events whether it be sports, news, entertainment, etc), if you’re on the Internet in general, you run the risk of spoilers. In this particular case, the winner of a reality show, that to me is like the Oscars or a big game.
With DVR, DVD, and time shifting there’s too much grey area regarding the grace period for spoilers. There’s no way to please everyone. Is one day enough? Is two days enough? What about someone who was planning to watch it this weekend? Personally, I try to watch things on the same night, but am aware that if I don’t, I could see spoilers. It’s the individual’s responsibility.
Yeah, if you want to watch something one day later, just avoid the entire internet for a day! That’s a reasonable solution. After all, it is very important to just post a photo of the winner on Tumblr so anyone who didn’t watch it live gets it ruined. It adds a lot to the conversation!
Disagreeing with Frucci is tough but I’m gonna try to do it anyways.
People who openly post spoilers are dicks. And not just the day of or the day after! With DVR, Netflix, etc. I’ll always have a friend who’s watching Twin Peaks for the first time and doesn’t know who killed Laura Palmer. So to even post a spoiler 20 years later would make me a dick.
You could argue that Pop Culture Brain is a news source so they’re just doing their job. Yeah, maybe, but you can still do your job with invisotext or “Photo of Top Chef Winner After the Jump!” So that was lame - even after waiting for it to air on the west coast. Lesson learned.
But to the folks who get pissed off- TV events (I’ve never seen Top Chef but apparently this was an event) are newsworthy. It is infinitely easier for one person to not check Twitter or Tumblr for a day then to ask the millions of people who watched it live to keep a secret. They should keep a secret but, invariably, there’s someone who never learned this. Plus, where do you draw the line? Am I not allowed to Tweet during the Super Bowl? Cause I do know somebody who waited till he got home from work to watch. Should I stay silent the whole game so he can find out how terrible the Black Eyed Peas are on his own?
(Sorry if I just ruined the Black Eyed Peas performance for anyone.)
Comparing Top Chef to the Oscars or the Super Bowl is a pretty lousy way of justifying this. No one watches the Oscars or the Super Bowl on DVR the next day. Top Chef is a reality TV show; the results aren’t “news.” To post the winner as news, who is that for? Who wants that news? If you’re a fan of the show, you either watched it and already know, or you are planning on watching it and in no way want to know. If you aren’t a fan of the show, you could give a fuck because it is not news at all. It is the results of a TV show.
My job is unique in that I need to read Tumblr and Twitter and such all day, so just not going online is not an option. Maybe for some people it is. That’s fine! But really, I wouldn’t have had to avoid everything to not get this spoiled, just this one Tumblr post. And what pisses me off the most is that the post that he’s defending is literally of zero value to anyone. It is a photo, and it says Top Chef underneath it. For those who knew the results, it offered them a brief chance to say to themselves “oh yeah, I saw that last night.” For everyone else, it was a kick in the pants spoiler. If he had even written a single sentence that added something to it, some sort of insight, anything, maybe that’d be more justifiable. But it was just a picture, just a pure spoiler with no additional value whatsoever. How is that worth defending? Who is this for? What’s the upside?
I see where you’re coming from and you’re right. It’s unfair of me to ask anyone to stay off the Internet completely and yeah, the winner of Top Chef isn’t urgent news. I am sorry to those I spoiled it and would be upset if I was in your shoes.
But to say it has literally zero value to anyone is unfair and vindictive. My albeit brief commentary was that it was the “most gratifying finale ever.” It may not have been Pulitzer winning journalism, but I wanted to weigh in on what in the history of the series was a thoroughly cathartic moment. And I’m sure a lot of fans would agree.
In the end as Doug Benson would say, if you can’t stand the tweets unfollow the kitchen.
'The Pacific' Aired on HBO Peabody writeup: The Pacific theater of World War II proves to be gripping theater indeed in this richly detailed miniseries.
'Temple Grandin' Aired on HBO Peabody writeup: Claire Danes is remarkable as the autistic animal-expert and author, and the biography is further enriched by visual creativity that lets viewer occasional glimpse the world as Grandin experiences it.
* 'Great Performances: Macbeth' Aired on PBS Peabody writeup: Director Rupert Goold takes Shakespeare’s bloody tragedy on location to the countryside and the trenches to riveting effect.
* 'Justified' Airs on FX Peabody writeup: Part morality play, part character study, this engrossing modern-day Western drama sets its showdowns in the wild, wild east of Appalachian Kentucky.
'Sherlock' Masterpiece Aired on PBS Peabody writeup: The venerable Victorian sleuth is audaciously updated for our high-tech times, and the game is afoot all the quicker.
* 'Men of a Certain Age' Airs on TNT Peabody writeup: A series about three longtime pals, “regular” guys, navigating middle age, it’s comical, poignant and harrowing, sometimes all at once.
* 'The Good Wife' Airs on CBS Peabody writeup: In this densely layered dramatic series, the dutiful wife of a disgraced politician resumes her legal career and finds satisfaction, self-worth and moral quandaries of her own.
'Wonders of the Solar System with Brian Cox' Aired on Science Channel (repeats airing now) Peabody writeup: In this amazing, simulated travelogue, the boyish physicist flies us to the moon and lets us play among the stars. And gawk.
* 'Degrassi' Airs in the U.S. on TeenNick Peabody writeup: [The show won for a two-part episode called ‘My Body Is a Cage’] True to its history, the durable high-school serial’s two-parter about a transgender teen neither trivializes nor overdramatizes its subject.
Actor deals on 20th TV pilot include pay TV-style clause — Actors on the NBC drama pilot “Playboy” could conceivably bare more than their souls for the camera.
Say what? Whether they attempt to push the boundaries of broadcast or not, good on NBC for taking the risk. They could learn a thing or two about their own history, particularly the 1980s and a little show called Hill Street Blues.
Speaking of the Emmys, Showtime has revealed to Gold Derby the following category placements for its new series. Speculation that Shameless would submit as a drama is confirmed. Also, I had completely forgotten about Episodes - could three-time Emmy nominee Matt LeBlanc be nominated for playing a characterized version of himself?
“The Big C” Comedy Series Comedy Actress: Laura Linney Comedy Supporting Actor: Gabriel Basso, John Benjamin Hickey, Oliver Platt Comedy Supporting Actress: Phyllis Somerville Guest Comedy Actor: Idris Elba, Liam Neeson, Reid Scott Guest Comedy Actress: Cynthia Nixon, Gabourey Sidibe
“The Borgias” Drama Series Drama Actor: Jeremy Irons Drama Supporting Actor: Francois Arnaud, Colm Feore, Derek Jacobi Drama Supporting Actress: Holliday Grainger, Lotte Verbeek, Joanne Whalley
“Episodes” Comedy Series Comedy Actor: Matt LeBlanc Comedy Supporting Actor: Stephen Mangan, John Pankow Comedy Supporting Actress: Tamsin Greig, Mircea Monroe, Kathleen Rose Perkins
“Shameless” Drama Series Drama Actor: William H. Macy Drama Actress: Emmy Rossum Drama Supporting Actor: Justin Chatwin, Ethan Cutkosky, Steve Howey, Cameron Monaghan, Jeremy Allen White Drama Supporting Actress: Shanola Hampton, Emma Kenney, Laura Slade Wiggins Guest Drama Actress: Joan Cusack
Submitting Shameless as a drama was a very smart movie. But why is Joan Cusack a guest actress?