Kevin Clash, the puppeteer who has long played childlike red monster Elmo on the kids’ show Sesame Street, has decided to leave the program after having been seemingly exonerated on claims of sex with a minor. Read More
So technically, the new Channel 4 green-lit show Drifters is a spin-off of The Inbetweeners, a popular British sitcom about lackadaisical male 20-somethings that was eventually turned into a movie, and is about to get its own bastardized American version, à la The Office.
But Drifters–which stars three of the actresses who appeared in The Inbetweeners film–sounds a lot like a certain American pop culture zeitgeist retooled for British fans. Including the fact that one of the star’s of the show–Jessica Knappett–is also its writer. Read More
We’re not sure how many of you out there actually saw Catfish, the pseudo/documentary directed by Ariel Schulman and Henry Joost of Paranormal Activity 3 and 4 fame. It was a very hyped film in 2010, especially after it received a Sundance buzz-bump that led to Brett Ratner’s company Rogue Pictures acquiring the distribution rights and creating a marketing campaign in the style of The Blair Witch Project, which played up the film’s ambiguous placement on the reality spectrum.
Ostensibly, the film began as a chronicle of “Rel’s little brother Yaniv (‘Nev’), and his relationship with Megan, a girl he met online.” It soon devolves into one of those “too unbelievable to be true” (except they say it is) narratives about the perils of trusting the identity of anyone you meet on the internet. Read More
The Carrie Diaries, the struggling-upward-teen-in-New-York Sex and the City prequel, is taking the Monday 8 p.m. time slot of the wealthy-teens-in-New-York soap Gossip Girl, once that show goes off-air at the end of the year.
Diaries and its time slot predecessor share executive producers in the form of Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage, but hopefully the new Read More
They both talked a great game during this election cycle, but forget Ann Romney and Michelle Obama. Anyone looking for a woman who understands the struggle to make ends meet, an aspirational figure to identify with in stressful times, look no further than Mama June, the mother of pageant queen aspirant Alana Thompson, a k a TLC Network star Honey Boo Boo. Read More
Saturday Night Live, which kept airing planned episodes in the wake of Sept. 11, 2001, won’t be stopped by a hurricane. The show has announced two upcoming episodes: Anne Hathaway will appear on the November 10 episode (the first after the election) with musical guest Rihanna, while Jeremy Renner and Maroon 5 will appear November Read More
We all recall the Cola Wars of the 1980s: so many dollars bled on advertising by Coca-Cola and Pepsi in order to convince the nation to choose their particular brown sugar water over their competitor. (We will not say that the two are essentially indistinguishable, as so many have, for Diet Pepsi is America’s Best Drink.) Read More
The Hollywood Reporter brings us news of Oprah Winfrey’s latest television venture–and it’s not for her gradually improving cable network OWN. Her Harpo Films banner is producing an untitled drama about a black college president who attracts controversy on a national level.
As she prepares to work with a new network entirely, Ms. Winfrey has seen Read More
No surprise here: Showtime has renewed its Emmy juggernaut Homeland for a third season of twelve episodes. Last night’s episode was the series’s highest-rated ever, with 1.75 million viewers. Read More