Thursday, September 10, 2015

Dark & Sinful: His & hers & yours

Posted By on Thu, Sep 10, 2015 at 1:30 PM

HOT PEOPLE & THE PEOPLE HOT PEOPLE LIKE: The foolproof formula for WAGS on E!
  • HOT PEOPLE & THE PEOPLE HOT PEOPLE LIKE: The foolproof formula for WAGS on E!
When I was 5, no one could convince me that I was not going to marry Cal Ripken. It didn’t work out, him being 25 and all. Then there was Allen Iverson at Georgetown. Then Tobey Bailey balling for UCLA. Next, Mike Mussina, who pitched for my O’s, went rogue and pitched for the Yankees. Mike Bibby. Stephen Curry. Jacoby Jones.

The closest I got to a relationship with an athlete was with Delino DeShields at Orioles Fan Day in 2000, when my girlfriend snapped a picture catching him looking at my tits. Maybe I should count Tony Green, a star basketball player at my high school. I thought he’d go pro. He said he wanted to do me.

He didn’t go pro.

Nothing got done.

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Sunday, September 6, 2015

The Weekend Shift: TV's fantasy Florida

Posted By on Sun, Sep 6, 2015 at 9:49 AM

Florida is a lovely place to call home, but it’s not without its discomforts. We are intimately familiar with swamp ass and sweaty underboob. We know the punch-in-the-face blast of humidity every time we leave the blissful comfort of an air-conditioned building. We smell the red tide. We step on the damnable sand spurs. We blow out our flip-flops by stepping on pop-tops.

Yet almost any fictional television show set in Florida conveniently glosses over the reality of living here. It’s probably why so many Northerners come. Maybe they get the impression that they’re moving to a tropical, Art Deco, 75-degrees-all-the-time paradise when they transplant to the Sunshine State, complete with dolphins that seek out their friendship.

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Sunday, February 2, 2014

Best of the Day - Super Bowl XLVIII

Posted By on Sun, Feb 2, 2014 at 4:40 AM

Resistance is futile. Only the most hard-headed of contrarians will be able to resist the Super Bowl (6:25 p.m. Fox 13-WTVT). This year's model is definitely exciting on paper, as the teams with the best records in their respective conferences, the NFC's Seattle Seahawks and the AFC's Denver Broncos, battle it out in the championship game of America's most favorite pastime (The Broncos are a two-point favorite).

For those who aren't hardcore football fans, there's certainly other things that should capture your interest, such as the mini-film festival of various commercials, all major productions that will be airing throughout the 3.5 hour broadcast. Or there's the halftime show, which this year features the too strange to contemplate musical mixture of Bruno Mars with the Red Hot Chilli Peppers.

Recent articles have focused on how the NFL is now creeping back to presenting more contemporary artists after a series of safe classic rock performances by artists on the backside of their careers (i.e., the Who, the Rolling Stones, Tom Petty, Bruce Springsteen, Madonna). This trend all began after the infamous Janet Jackson "wardrobe malfunction" that occurred at the 2004 Super Bowl in Houston.

But that changed last year in New Orleans with Beyonce performing at halftime, and now comes 28-year-old Bruno Mars. But the question of whether he is a big enough star to pull of an entertaining 12-minute set seemed to be undermined when long time punk-funk rockers the Red Hot Chilli Peppers were added to the bill. That should happen sometime between 8:00-8:15 p.m.

If you don't already have plans to watch the game with friends but don't want to stay at home and watch the game, go to a bar - any bar. Many of your local watering holes will be pulling out all the stops for the single biggest televised event of the year.

Of course, if you're really not into the game, you do have some alternatives on television: PBS will be airing the 5th episode of this season's edition of Downton Abbey. But alas, True Detective fans, HBO will not be airing the 4th episode of this truly revolutionary murder-mystery program, one of the darkest meditations on the human condition ever aired on American broadcast television.

But all of that happens later tonight. The weather in the Tampa Bay area is expected to be good, so enjoy your Super Sunday all day long.

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Monday, December 30, 2013

Netflix dumps a slew of titles (with a few new ones on the way)

Posted By on Mon, Dec 30, 2013 at 4:29 PM

NO MORE CHICKEN LADY? Episodes of Kids in the Hall wont be available from Netflix starting Jan. 1 — unless theyre renewed.
  • NO MORE CHICKEN LADY? Episodes of Kids in the Hall won't be available from Netflix starting Jan. 1 — unless they're renewed.
Some diligent employees at Reddit have helped couch potatoes keep track of films and TV shows that are currently on Netflix Streaming but will no longer be available Jan. 1 and thereafter.

So Netflix watchers have one day to catch some classics and camp hits like Cheech and Chong's Up in Smoke and Breakin’ 2: Electric Boogaloo.

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Monday, December 2, 2013

Movings and shakings in TV land

Posted By on Mon, Dec 2, 2013 at 3:56 PM

TOTALLY CANCELED: Kamau Bells Totally Biased news, media and pop culture show fell through the cracks during the FX to FXX spinoff.
  • TOTALLY CANCELED: Kamau Bell's Totally Biased news, media and pop culture show fell through the cracks during the FX to FXX spinoff.
A lot has happened in the world of television recently.

Here's a quick rundown.

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Monday, September 23, 2013

The 65th Emmys brought to you by the Share-O-Sphere

Posted By on Mon, Sep 23, 2013 at 4:06 PM

INSANE MUSICAL POSSE: Jason Segel, Neal Patrick Harris and Sarah Silverman perform a comical number at the 65th Annual Emmy Awards.
  • INSANE MUSICAL POSSE: Jason Segel, Neal Patrick Harris and Sarah Silverman perform a comical number at the 65th Annual Emmy Awards.
Love 'em or hate 'em, award shows really can be fun to watch, whether it's to snarkify, swoon or root for favorite celebs and shows. Last night's 65th Emmys had all that and a bag of awkward meta humor, hit-or-miss wins and Nazi-truncated acceptance speeches, offering as much confusion as delight.

Neal Patrick Harris was a charming host, but some bits during his intro recalled SNL scripted monologue fillers, such as an interlude with Jimmy Kimmel that fell flat. One audience bit with a maniacal Kevin Spacey in House of Cards mode worked especially well. Of course, we loved the-3-D-glasses-and-popcorn-chomping Amy Poehler and Tina Fey — who were like a female version of Waldorf and Statler on The Muppet Show.

We also loved the cray-cray musical number (pictured above), Will Ferrell's bit at the end with the kids; the teary In Memoriams of James Gandolfini, Jean Stapleton, Jonathan Winters and Andy Griffith; Stephen Colbert unseating Jon Stewart as the variety show favorite and Michael Douglas' saucy acceptance speech (for his mini-series actor win for Liberace: Behind the Candelabra).

Big winners included Breaking Bad for Most Outstanding Drama, which made both me and our TV writer Erik Hahmann very happy. Modern Family, an erstwhile personal favorite, won for comedy series for the fourth time, rousing suspicions that the execs of the ABC sitcoms have compromising photos of all of the judges shot on Melrose. I myself had no interest in the category. I was sour grapes because my favorite, Parks and Recreation, wasn't even nominated. Stars Anna Gunn, Bobby Cannavale, Jeff Daniels, Jim Parsons, Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Claire Danes took home statues. HBO dominated with 27 awards total. For more, click here.

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Thursday, August 29, 2013

Testosterone fueled Breaking Bad's "Confessions"

Posted By on Thu, Aug 29, 2013 at 6:21 PM

After taking a backseat to the women of the show last week, the three prominent male leads return to the forefront in “Confessions”.

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Thursday, June 20, 2013

Remembering James Gandolfini, 1961-2013

Posted By on Thu, Jun 20, 2013 at 12:11 PM


James Gandolfini, Emmy Award-winning actor, best known for his work as Tony Soprano on HBO’s The Sopranos, died Wednesday. He was 51.

Mr. Gandolfini was found dead of an apparent heart attack while vacationing in Italy. He is survived by his wife Deborah, daughter Liliana and son Michael.

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Wednesday, June 12, 2013

The worst thing Don Draper has ever done?

Posted By on Wed, Jun 12, 2013 at 11:24 PM


Don Draper isn’t an inherently bad person. He’s just broken internally, lacking a solid moral compass. That type of thing tends to happen when you’re a fatherless son of a whore, raised by an abusive step-mother.

Despite the rough upbringing Don has done a few very generous acts over the years. He aided Peggy after the birth of her child and promoted her to copy-writer when she was just his secretary. After finding out Lane Pryce was embezzling money from the company, Don allowed Lane to quietly resign instead of going to the police. Although that led to Lane hanging himself, it was a very kind gesture on Don’s behalf. [Spoiler alert; information going forward has details about Sunday night's episode.] Just this past week Don pulled a lot of strings to spare Arnold and Sylvia’s son Mitchell the horrors of Vietnam.

All that being said, Don has mostly done terrible things over the course of the series, none worse than what poor Sally Draper witnessed Sunday. One thing is for certain, Sally is going to need a lot of therapy when she gets older. Betty and Don weren’t model parents when they were together, and it’s been worse since they’ve been divorced. Sally has grown to rebel against and resents her mother but has always had a special respect for her father. Don has treated nearly everyone he’s ever had any type of relationship with poorly, but he’s had a different rapport with his children. Sally knows he isn’t the best father in the world. Catching him mid-coitus with the downstairs neighbor is a different story. The image of her father the hero came crashing down in front of her. His hollow apology did little to mend any fences.

That ranks as the worst thing Don has ever done, though it’s not lacking in competition.

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Tuesday, May 28, 2013

UT grad freaks the cluck out of So You Think You Can Dance? judges

Posted By on Tue, May 28, 2013 at 8:58 AM


"This chick can dance!" exclaim the viral posts about dancer Lea (pronounced "Lee") McGowan, circulating around the web o'spheres' big cyber hen party.

Reality TV fans are squawking about University of Tampa grad Lea McGowan, who auditioned on the reality show in a chicken costume. The multitalented actress, comedian, aerialist, performance artist, dancer and more, is now based in Manhattan, and has posted a slew of offbeat and impressive performance videos of many types online since graduation, so the piece is no wild departure for McGowan if you've followed her past work.

She even has a meme dedicated to her:

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