Food Network has been the background noise in my house for a long time.
But lately I find myself losing patience with the shows that used to be appointment TV.
Case in point: Chopped, hosted by Ted Allen.
I can’t count the number of hours I have lost watching this program. When weekend marathons come on, my previous plans fall away. This food competition has had a spot on my DVR list since I purchased the technology.
Yet now I find myself hitting fast-forward, impatient for it to be finished. The format has become too familiar, the judges’ comments tired, the visiting chefs look-a-likes.
(And by this point, even I have a pretty good idea what to do with the basket ingredients, no matter how weird.)
I’m not the only one — Jesse David Fox at Vulture has had his own Food Network burn out. It’s an interesting read.
Take a look.
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Lately, I have been craving Pringles.
This vintage TV commercial makes them look even better.
You go, Brad.
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Tagged advertising, Brad Pitt, celebrities, entertainment, food, Humor, life, Pringles, snacks, Television, TV, tv commercial
I did a spit take this morning — not on purpose, you understand.
It was Wayne’s fault.
I was working in the living room and Let’s Make a Deal was on TV.
That show be crazy.
If you haven’t watched Deal since the Monty Hall days, there are still bad costumes, big boxes, curtains, envelopes of cash and ZONKS. But Brady and his crew have given it a touch of improv that gives you the sense it could all go off the rails — and sometimes does — at a moment’s notice.
They sing. They dance. They do sketches, often using the audience members as part of the fun. I like having the TV on while I’m working for the background noise, but I gotta admit –
Wayne sometimes steals focus.
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As your days on Late Night wind down and you prepare to take over the storied seat behind the Tonight Show desk, I want to offer a word of advice.
(As someone who has watched you grow and change on LNJF…and who watches all your late night competitors, too.)
Pare down your monologue.
It used to be short. I can remember early monologues that were five jokes. Maybe that was too quick, but now your opening is too long. The quality of the jokes has improved, but it’s still not your strong suit. You know what is –
Games. Music. Sketches. Long-form pieces. And your relationship with the celebs you’ve invited…but currently rush in and out because you don’t have any time.
I think we just found some.
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Tagged celebrities, comedy, commentary, entertainment, games, Humor, Jimmy Fallon, jokes, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, life, LNJF, long-form comedy, monologue, Music, review, sketches, Television, time machine, Tonight Show
From the outside looking in, the business of show seems like it gets smaller all the time.
Actors and directors want to work with folks they like. So once they have a good experience, they get paired up again and again. Relationships form. Money is made.
Endings are happy.
Until things go wrong…and that ‘small world’ can turn around and bite you in the butt.
But if you’re lucky — and you and your ex- are both funny — being forced to work together after the breakup can be fun for everyone.
So glad we get to watch!
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Tagged actors, bite you in the butt, breakup, breakup to makeup, celebrities, comedy, directors, entertainment, happy endings, Humor, Relationships, show business, small world, Television
If you watched Conan last night — or this morning on DVR like me — you saw his interview with astronaut Colonel Chris Hadfield, who recently retired after his return from a six-month stint on the International Space Station.
While he was there, he conducted experiments on the impact of low gravity on human biology.
But that didn’t score him a guest shot on Conan.
No, Hadfield used Twitter and Facebook to chronicle life on the space station in video and pictures. In fact, his cover of David Bowie has received over 18 million hits on Youtube.
Let’s add a few more.
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The word of the moment is…
I’ve heard it used over and over this week.
On last night’s episode of Scandal — in what was arguably the line of the night — James said, “You’re a shameless monster!” to Cyrus….to which he replied, “Who loves you dearly!”
Well, that makes it all better.
And I just read this morning that Bob’s Burgers own Kristin Schaal, who provides the voice for bunny-eared Louise, sold a sitcom to ABC called — what else — American Monster.
Plus, there’s a #monster hashtag on Twitter floating around that links to all kinds of scary posts and pics.
So…be hip. Be happening.
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Tagged ABC, American Monster tv show, be warned, Bob's Burgers, celebrities, entertainment, happening, hashtag, hip, Humor, Internet, Kristin Schaal, life, links, monster, pics, posts, Scandal tv show, shameless monster, Television, tv sitcom, Twitter, with it, word of the day, writing
TV insiders have NBC’s Sean Saves the World on the not-long-for-this-world list. I’ve watched the series to date, and I tend to agree.
It’s not like the show is short on talent. Sean Hayes. Linda Lavin. The ever whackadoodle Thomas Lennon.
Unfortunately, the writing is not at the same standard. It seems familiar and dated…and the look on Sean’s face says he knows it.
That’s too bad…especially for the supporting cast members, who are so strong and deserve to be on television.
I especially hope that Echo Kellum [left] finds a sitcom worthy of his talents.
He was so funny on the short-lived Ben and Kate on FOX, and now adds his unique comedic timing to Sean’s office.
Give this guy a good show, fates…and keep him around!
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Tagged Ben and Kate sitcom, bubble list, celebrities, comedy, Echo Kellum, entertainment, FOX, Humor, life, Linda Lavin, NBC, Sean Hayes, Sean Saves the World, sitcom, supporting cast, Television, Thomas Lennon, tv series
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon just keeps finding more and more ways to get their audience involved in the show.
Hashtags. Screen grabs. Instagrams.
The show producers always pick the funniest ones…and who doesn’t like the idea of maybe seeing their idea on the show?
But think about it — we are creating content for Jimmy. Entire segments of the show. He gets thousands of entries, all written by us — the audience — for free. Oh well, it does give him and his staff more time to focus on new parody songs, shows and series.
Still. Brilliant way to play us, Jimmy.
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I was in Boston the past five days sans DVR. That meant no late night talk shows in the morning.
Oh, the humanity.
Since I can’t really stomach Today even more, I started channel surfing and discovered a different kinda morning show–
It’s a morning show on The Golf Channel.
They talk golf, and only golf. Just golf. Lots of golf.
I like golf, but even I was fascinated at the minutiae of golf they discussed. And maybe they were starting to feel the same way, too. Because earlier this week, they did a live shot from their own parking lot…
…to expose the bad parking job of Holly Sonders, one of the hosts.
What does this have to do with golf? On the surface, nothing. But to the Morning Drive team, it gave insight into her golf swing.
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Tagged bad parking, channel surfing, duffers, entertainment, golf, golf swing, Holly Sonders, Humor, life, minutiae of golf, Morning Drive, Sports, Television, The Golf Channel, Today Show