Al Roker, who is a very famous weatherman (or so we’ve been told), admitted on Dateline last night that he pooped in his pants at the White House after his gastric bypass surgery in 2002.
“I probably went off and ate something I wasn’t supposed [to], and I was walking to the press room, and I thought I had to pass a little gas,” Mr. Roker told NBC’s Dr. Nancy Snyderman. “And I thought, ‘Whose going to know?’ Only, a little something extra came out.”
Dr. Snyderman took this in stride. “You pooped in your pants,” she shrugged, like a real doctor would.
“I pooped my pants,” he concurred.
Former Vice President Al Gore’s pet TV project, Current TV, is in the news for all the wrong reasons these days. Current, which Mr. Gore and business partner Joel Hyatt seek to turn into a rival to the likes of MSNBC, just fired firebrand Keith Olbermann for, well, being Keith Olbermann, and Mr. Olbermann will likely sue them for the pleasure. Now Reuters reports via “three sources with knowledge of the situation” that Current may not meet Time Warner Cable’s “minimum threshold” for average number of viewers per quarter:
Without opening the whole can of worms of whether or not last year’s Sundance darling Catfish was like, a real-real documentary or a pseudo-documentary or a fake documentary that fooled nobody and that was the point, one thing can be said for the film: It did for Internet dating what Fatal Attraction did for having affairs with really high-strung women with bad perms. Without giving too much away–though if you still are worried about Catfish spoilers maybe you should just go Netflix Catfish already?–the documenting of Nev Schulman’s Facebook relationship with long-distance girlfriend Megan made us all want to go home and unsubscribe from every dating site and social network we’ve ever been a part of. Then that feeling passed, and we were back on JDate within 24 hours.
Which is all to say good luck to Nev on his latest endevour, an MTV “docu-series” where he help couples find love over the Internet. And just to avoid any confusion, this show will also be called Catfish.
Bravo has just released a few details about the second season of its popular reality show Work of Art. The first episode will debut on Wednesday October 12. China Chow, Bill Powers, Jerry Saltz, Simon de Pury all return to the show, with planned guest spots by KAWS, among others.
Jerry Saltz announced the news Read More
By now the chances are good that you’ve heard about the new reality show Gallery Girls, which promises to put the art history majors who sit behind desks at galleries under the Real Housewives/The Hills/PoweR Girls microscope. The show is being developed for Bravo by Magical Elves, the company that makes Top Chef, Project Runway Read More
Kelly Cutrone, the fashion publicist turned reality-TV personality (The Hills, The City and Kell on Earth), self-help author and Dr. Phil protégé, is still diversifying. She recently announced plans to start her own fashion line, Electric Love Army, backed by Christopher Burch, which will launch with three stores in New York next year. And now Read More
We stopped by HGTV’s Wine and Design party last night and chatted with some of their real estate experts, who were eager to offer advice and predictions about the market.
Trends they’ve noticed? Foreign investors buying property and people becoming more optimistic about the rebound.
And, of course, the common refrain was: “New York is New York,”—people will always want to buy here. Who knew?
Michael Aubrey, a realtor on Real Estate Intervention, on the rental market:
Underwriting standards are tenuous so [people] can’t get loans, so they’re going to rent. I think rentals will rise by 40 percent in the next three years in metro markets as a whole. … Leases are going to jump.
Shortly following last week’s departure of football-chucking NBC Sports Chairman Dick Ebersol, President Ken Schanzer has announced his departure from the network after 13 years as President, said NBC in a press release. Mr. Schanzer’s accomplishments included work with the Triple Crown of horse-racing and NHL. NBC is currently in the process of Read More
The novelist and Columbia MFA teacher Sam Lipsyte has nabbed a deal to develop a show for HBO, says The Hollywood Reporter.
People City, THR writes, “centers on a 25-year-old man hired by an eccentric New York couple to be their child’s caretaker.” As an author at HBO, Mr. Lipsyte joins Michael Read More
HBO plans to turn Jennifer Egan’s Pulitzer-prize winning book A Visit From the Goon Squad into a television series.
Ms. Egan joins Neil Gaiman, Michael Chabon, Sloane Crosley and Malcolm Gladwell as an author with a series in the works, but since the book is essentially comprised of interlocking short stories, it’s a somewhat unconventional Read More