Bob Barker is Retiring
Tuesday, October 31, 2006
Sad news for fans of the "The Price Is Right." Bob Barker is planning to retire at the end of this season. Barker tells the Associated Press that his last show will air June 7, 2007 after 35 years hosting the game show. Barker jokes that he wants to step down while he's "still young." He turns 83 on December 12th. Barker admits he'll miss the show and is "frightened by the thought of getting up in the morning and there will be no more shows." A search for a new host has been going on for two or three years. By the time he retires, Barker will have been appearing on television for half a century and he says he's "enjoyed every moment."
Labels: daytime tv
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Former presidential candidate John Kerry causing the controversy of the week by insinuating that U.S. troops are not educated. Kerry spoke to a group of student in California yesterday, telling them to get an education or you'll get stuck in Iraq. "You know, education, if you make the most of it, you study hard, you do your homework and you make an effort to be smart, you can do well. If you don't, you get stuck in Iraq," Kerry said. Kerry says his comment was aimed at President Bush and is not apologizing. "I apologize to no one for my criticism of the president and of his broken policy," he later said at a news conference in Seattle.
Of course, the Republicans are furious. President Bush spoke out against Kerry's comments at a rally today. "Our troops did not enlist because they did not study hard in school or do their homework," Bush said. "The men and women who serve in our all-volunteer armed forces are plenty smart and are serving because they are patriots."
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WeekEnder: October 22-28
Saturday, October 28, 2006
LETTERMAN VS. O'REILLY: ROUND TWO
More fireworks as Bill O'Reilly appeared on David Letterman again last night. Earlier in the year, Letterman made headlines when he sharply criticized O'Reilly's stance on Iraq on his show. It was more of the same last night as Letterman went after the FOX News host from the moment he sat down. O'Reilly tried to break bread with Letterman by coming out with a toy sword and shield. But Letterman didn't want to play, saying: " "You guys over there at Fox and guys like Rush Limbaugh, you guys know it's all just a goof, right? You're just horsing around. You're doing it 'cause you know it'll be entertaining?"
Things got heated again later when the topic of Iraq came up again. "It isn't so black and white, Dave -- it isn't, 'We're a bad country. Bush is an evil liar.' That's not true," O'Reilly said. Letterman responds: "I didn't say he was an evil liar. You're putting words in my mouth, just the way you put artificial facts in your head!"
O'Reilly appeared on "Oprah" earlier in the day. It's too bad Letterman couldn't have had the same type of intelligent conversation with O'Reilly as Oprah did.
- New York's Univision affiliate WXTV is closing in on having the top-rated 6 o'clock newscast in the city, beating out all the other English newscasts except WABC's.
- The Cardinals win the World Series beating the Tigers in five games.
- Michael Jackson will speak with "Access Hollywood's" Billy Bush this Thursday for the first time he was acquitted on child sex allegations. Looks like he'll be talking about music, not any of the good stuff.
- All new shows for a month! November sweeps starts this Thursday, November 2nd and goes through the 29th.
- Howie Mandel will host a Canadian version of "Deal or No Deal" starting in the new year.
- Dick Clark is still recovering from a stroke, but that's not stopping him from co-hosting this year's "New Years Rockin' Eve" show on ABC. Co-host Ryan Seacrest and musical guest Christina Aguilera will join Clark to ring in 2007.
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Going To Hell
Friday, October 27, 2006
Trey Parker and Matt Stone are going to hell. The above cartoon of the deceased Crocodile Hunter was featured in this week's episode of "South Park." And you can see what's coming out of his bloody chest. The epsiode was about Satan preparing a Halloween party in which he invited dozens of dead celebrities. Comedy Central is defending the episode saying, "It (South Park) has offended people in the past and probably will again. Regular watchers would not be shocked."
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An assistant coach for the Dallas Cowboys is suing his local McDonald's after his wife and live-in babysitter said they found a dead rat in their salad. Todd Haley says the two had already started eating the salad when they found the rodent mixed in with their greens. The rat was found lying on its back with its mouth wide open. Haley is now suing the Texas golden arches for $1.7 million dollars. The suit claims the women became violently ill and had long-lasting physical injuries. It also alleges that McDonald's did not follow through on promises to make things right.
Labels: good grief
posted by jc @ 8:50 AM, ,
Day Two: Free Howard Stern
Thursday, October 26, 2006
Day two of Howard Stern's free online trial began with Howard reading emails from listeners around the world who have rediscovered the show thanks to the Internet streaming. Howard also mentioned that Pete Townshend's walk out made the New York Post and The Daily News. The big celebrity guests of the day were Sharon and Ozzy Osbourne. Sharon admitted she's had lots of plastic surgery to her face and has always struggled with her weight.
The big event of the show: the Gary Roast. Longtime Stern show contributor Jackie the Jokeman Martling returned to the show just to slam Ba Ba Boey. Comedians Lisa Lampanelli and Greg Fitzsimmons also took part in the roast, which many said was the show's best roast yet.
posted by jc @ 11:03 PM, ,
Day One: Free Howard Stern
Wednesday, October 25, 2006
Howard Stern is going all out for the free two-day internet trial of Sirius Satellite Radio. Today's big show began with an appearance by Danny Bonaduce. The reality star discussed his show, "Breaking Bonaduce," saying he hates the show's therapist. He later shocked everyone in the room when he put a lit cigarette out on his tongue. Amazingly, Bonaduce said it didn't hurt. Next, The Simpson's co-creator Sam Simon debuted his radio sitcom, "The Bitter Half," which features the cast of the Stern show.
The big moment of the show came when The Who's guitarist, Pete Townshend, walked off the show. Howard was scheduled to interview him live from a recording studio in London, but Townshend got upset when the crew began talking about his child porn allegations. Howard said he wished Townshend would come back because he agreed to perform two songs. Fortunately, it wasn't a total loss. Howard got to speak with The Who founder and frontman Roger Daltrey, who happened to be hanging out with Townshend in the London studio. After much convincing, Daltrey sang for them.
posted by jc @ 11:21 PM, ,
Rush Limbaugh is coming under fire for a radio rant where he accused Michael J. Fox of faking the symptoms of Parkinson's disease. Fox appeared in a 30-second spot, swaying uncontrollably as he urged Missiouri voters to support stem cell research. While most people would feel bad for the beloved actor, Limbaugh thought it was all a fraud. "In this commercial, he is exaggerating the effects of the disease. He is moving all around and shaking. And it's purely an act," Limbaugh said on his radio show. The Republican blowhard later apologized after listeners told him Fox was not acting.
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WeekEnder: October 15-21
Friday, October 20, 2006
TAG: BANNED AT TWO MASSACHUSETTS SCHOOLS
Two Massachusetts schools have banned the game of tag on their playgrounds. School officials at an Attleboro elementary school and a Framingham school say the game is just too dangerous for children. God forbid: kids may get hurt doing what kids are supposed to do! Even more priceless: the Framingham school says kids CAN play tag, they just can't touch each other! How the hell do you play tag without touching each other? How many kids have suffered life-long injuries from a game of tag? ZERO! Just another sad case of parents thinking they know what's best for this generation of kids. It would be funny if it wasn't so sickening.
Update: After a public outcry, officials at the Attleboro school decided to let kids play tag.
- NBC Universal is restructuring in response to its primetime troubles. Some 700 layoffs are expected.
- The "Flavor of Love 2" finale was the highest rated show in the history of VH1, with 7.5 million people tuning in.
- The population of the United States hit 300,000,000 last Tuesday.
- Former ABC News co-anchor Bob Woodward is working on a special to air next spring. It will focus on his recovery since he was injured by a roadside bomb in Baghdad last January.
- The divorce of Paul McCartney and Heather Mills gets nastier. British tabloids say he stabbed her with a wine glass, did not want her to breastfeed their baby daughter and drank and used drugs. McCartney's lawyers say the allegations are rubbish.
- Does anyone care that Madonna adopted an African baby? Enough coverage of this. Talk about a publicity stunt. Madonna should have disappeared after the '80's. She's a snooze who couldn't sing her way out of a paper bag.
- Ratings for new daytime shows are less than encouraging. Rachael Ray is leading the pack, but only with modest numbers. Greg Behrendt, Dr. Keith Ablow, Megan Mullally and Judge Maria Lopez all have such low ratings that they will more than likely be cancelled.
- Miss listening to Howard Stern? The Stern show will be available for FREE this Wednesday and Thursday (Oct. 25/26) through the Sirius Satellite Radio website.
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Wednesday, October 18, 2006
Some people just need to take a few deep breaths and lighten up. Chris Rock's mother, Rose, is one of those people. She's enlisted the help of Al Sharpton to announce she may be suing Cracker Barrel restaurants. Rock claims the restaurant sat her and her daughter down back in May and didn't serve her for a half-hour. The restaurant says it was a misunderstanding, but Rock thinks it's racism. Again, the alleged incident happened back in May, yet they are filing suit NOW, five months later! Why the wait? And why is this racism? I'm a white guy who has had his fair share of waits at restaurants. If I was to file a lawsuit for everytime I had a long wait at a restaurant, many restaurants would be out of business. Some restaurants are just plain busy or the staff is awful. Bad service does not mean you're a victim of racism. Ms. Rock, your son is a brilliant comedian, but with all due respect, you need to lighten up.
Labels: good grief
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John Mark Karr Speaks Out
Tuesday, October 17, 2006
John Mark Karr spoke out in a very shady interview today. Last summer, he said he was there when Jon Benet Ramsey was murdered. His DNA did not match DNA found at the crime scene, so Karr was let go.
Today, he appeared in a highly editted interview with Dr. Keith Ablow. Karr and his lawyer sharply criticized the show before the interview even aired. They claimed producers got him drunk off several glasses of wine, so he didn't know what he was saying. Dr. Keith denies that. Karr's lawyer also claims the show taped him without his knowledge. Incredibly, Dr. Keith admits his show did that. The show sat him down for an on camera interview, but they also set up a camera to capture what he thought he was saying off the record. Seems like the Dr. Keith Ablow show may soon be the subject of a lawsuit.
The whole show was just bizarre. They bragged about getting this big interview but instead of airing the interview as is, it was short clip after short clip. Each clip was interupted by Ablow and his guests. We barely heard from Karr. When we did, of course, he was creepy. He said he loves children's films and remembers having an orgasm when he was only four years old. But nothing he said was all that suprising and it definitely seems the show was trying to dupe Karr just to get the big interview.
Labels: daytime tv
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AIDS: Hollywood's Epidemic of Choice
Monday, October 16, 2006
October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
And while they're at it, how about helping some folks in America? Helping the USA is not the trendy thing among many globalist celebrities, but if you're going to take our money, how about giving back to the U.S. for a change?
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WeekEnder: October 8-14
Saturday, October 14, 2006
OUT OF REHAB AND NOT SAYING MUCH
Robin Williams and Mel Gibson are fresh out of rehab and talking. Sort of. Robin Williams made the rounds this week, talking about his new movie. He appeared on David Letterman, but when Letterman asked him about his time in rehab Robin Williams was, well, Robin Williams. All schtick and no serious answers. It's nice that Williams can make light of a serious situation, but it would have been great to hear him answer a few questions without all the comedy.
For a week, "Good Morning America" bragged about scoring the first interview with Mel Gibson since he went on a anti-semitic drunken tirade. They dragged their big get out for two days, but the whole thing was a snooze. Gibson came off like an arrogant, unremorseful buffoon. Gibson called his remarks the "stupid rambling of a drunkard," but offered few apologies. He also revealed that he had enough presense of mind to run a little water through his hair so his mugshot wouldn't look bad. What a vein bastard. Hmmm, if he had the smarts to clean up for his mugshot, then why didn't he have it together enough to shut his mouth when he was arrested? Me thinks he knew exactly what he was saying to the cop that night. Just shameful.
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"Why don't you shut the fuck up! If you can't take a joke, why don't you leave and get your money back." - Barbra Streisand to a heckler who didn't like her making fun of President Bush at her concert
- CBS is taping a new version of Name That Tune, with Donny Osmond as host. The latest incarnation of the classic quiz show will air in 2007 with the chance to will $1 million.
- NBC's new game show, "1 vs. 100" hosted by Bob Saget is worth checking out. It tests contestants pop culture skills with a fun format that encourages viewers to play along at home.
- Classic episodes of Baywatch will again air in syndication starting in fall 2007
- NBC is getting into the late-night poker business with a new Monday-through-Saturday series, "Poker After Dark." Based out of Las Vegas, it will feature six poker professionals going for a winner-take-all $120,000 first place prize. "Poker" debuts January 2 at 2:05am/est
- The former suspect in Jon Benet Ramsey's murder, John Mark Karr, is appearing in his first interview this week. He's not talking to Barbara Walters or Diane Sawyer. He's talking to Dr. Keith Ablow! This should give the ratings-starved talker a boost, if only for a day. Dr. Keith swears his show did not pay Karr or liquor him up before the interview. The New York Post claimed Karr was given several glasses of wine, but Ablow says all he drank was juice. See it for yourself. The interview airs on "Dr. Keith Ablow" this Tuesday.
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Tyra Takes On Hate
Thursday, October 12, 2006
Shirley Phelps is one sick bitch. She is the spokesmouth for the Westboro Baptist Church, which holds hateful "God Hates Fags" signs outside the funerals of soldiers. Today, Tyra Banks confronted her and two of her 11 children on her show. Shirely says they protest soldiers funerals because God must have been mad at them for ending their lives so early. "Those children were cut off by a raging mad god before their life got started," she said.
Things got heated between Tyra and Shirley when Shirley kept accusing Tyra of cutting her off. Tyra yelled at her saying, "I'm not going to sit with you and fight on my stage! So, please be quiet Shirley!" Of course, the audience gave Tyra a roaring applause for standing up to this sick freak.
Later, Shirley's children, Megan and Rebekah, accused Tyra of being a "fag enabler" because of all the gay people she has on "America's Next Top Model." Megan said her mom has taught her to hate since she was young. At five years old she was forced to hold the churches hateful signs. Just sickening. One real shocker: the girls told Tyra that they don't have any friends outside of their hateful church. Another big shocker: their church has been bombed and they've been shot at.
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Yanks Pitcher Killed in NYC High-Rise Plane Crash
Wednesday, October 11, 2006
A frightening scene in New York City after a small plane crashes into a high-rise condominium, killing two people. Yankees pitcher Cory Lidle and a flying instructor were killed. Smoke and flames poured out of the 52-story building in Manhattan's Upper East Side after the crash. More than 100 firefighters were sent to the scene, conjuring up memories of Nine-Eleven.
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Dr. Phil is going to have to go house-hunting. The good doctor's television house has been shut down because of bad behavior. The show's production company bought a house in a quiet Los Angeles neighborhood and rigged it with 45 cameras so Dr. Phil could monitor his unruly guests. Neighbors say the house was out of control. There was non-stop noise, yellign and swearing pouring out of the Dr. Phil House. Not to mention, a neighbor says "Dr. Phil" violated the city's ground rules by taping past midnight many nights and starting up again before 7AM. He also says some of the production staff were rude and uncooperative. Tired of the disturbances, 76 residents signed a petition to rid their quiet neighborhood of the dysfunctional Dr. Phil House. They met with city officials last month and production was quickly shut down. The show claims they left because they had already wrapped.
Labels: daytime tv
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Smallville Star's Naked Parties
Monday, October 09, 2006
Erica Durance has played Louis Lane on "Smallville" for years. It's one of Howard Stern's favorite shows. But he didn't want to talk about Superman today. Turns out, Erica and her husband host clothing optional parties for friends at their home. She said the parties are innocent, but Stern and the crew could not understand how friends walk around naked together. Erica acted like the naked parties were no big thing and wanted to brush off the subject, but everyone wanted to talk about it. As soon as the show went to break, Erica stormed out in tears and refused to talk to the show's news crew. Apparently, she wanted to discuss something other than her bizarre get togethers. Stern said he did not understand why she was so uptight.
Labels: howard stern
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Week Ender: October 1-7
Saturday, October 07, 2006
- Google is in talks to buy YouTube.com for $1.6 billion dollars.
- William Shatner is going to host ABC's new trivia game show, "Show Me The Money." The show is being developed by Endemol USA, the same company that puts on "Deal or No Deal."
- "American Idol" fans can now relive the first season of the show on "American Idol Rewind." The show airs in syndication on weekends.
- Check out the biggest trainwreck on television, "Midnight Money Madness." This live interactive game show is plagued by technical difficulties. Callers are never there, the hosts are terrible and props have fallen apart live on the air. Because of all this, MMM has had to quickly cut to break a few times. Once, the show didn't come back at all! This disastrous mess airs weeknights at midnight on TBS.
- Farrah Fawcett confirms she is battling intestinal cancer.
- Tower Records is going out of business. All stores will close and about 3,000 people will lose their jobs.
- "The View" gets its best September ratings ever after Rosie O'Donnell joins the show.
- Mel Gibson will speak out about his drunk driving arrest on "Good Morning America" for the first time this Thursday.
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Child Stars Revisited
Friday, October 06, 2006
Tyra Banks caught up with some of the stars of 90's television on her talk show today. First up, the great Dustin Diamond of "Saved By The Bell." He didn't talk about his sex tape, but he did discuss the shirts he's selling to save his house. The show bought enough shirts for everyone in the audience. Remember Topanga on "Boy Meets World?" Actress Danielle Fishel talked about her 7 years on the show. More interestingly, she said she dated Lance Bass for about a year and never had a clue he was gay. Somehow, Jonathan Lipnicki from "Jerry Maguire" has grown up. At 16, Lipnicki says he goes to a normal public school just like anyone else. And, one of the darker stories. Remember the second daughter on "Family Matters" who disappeared after two years? Jamie Foxworth said she was never told why she was written of the show. Because of the rejection, she turned to porn at 19 years old. Foxworth said doing porn made her feel degraded and embarassed.
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The Big Six
Wednesday, October 04, 2006
General Electric, Time Warner, Walt Disney, Newscorp, CBS and Viacom control the media in the United States. Here's what is controlled by ownly six mega-media corporations:
NBC Networks, Telemundo, A&E, History Channel (part), Biography Channel, NBC Entertainment, NBC News, NBC Sports, NBC Television, NBC Universal, CNBC, MSNBC, Bravo, Mun2TV, Sci Fi Channel, Sundance Channel (part), Trio, Telemundo, USA Network, Universal HD, and Weather Plus, NBC Network New, A&E [part], The History Channel [part], NBC Universal Television Studio, NBC Universal Television Distribution, Universal theme Parks
AOL, Warner Bros. Entertainment, Telepictures, Mapquest.com, The CW, CNN, HBO, Cinemax, Court TV, TBS, TNT, Cartoon Network, Atlanta Braves baseball team, New Line Cinema, Castle Rock Entertainment, DC Comics, more than 150 magazines including: Time, People, Entertainment Weekly, Sports Illustrated, MAD Magazine, Fortune, Money Magazine
ABC, ABC Family, ESPN, SoapNet, Lifetime, Touchstone Television, Walt Disney Television, Buene Vista Music Group, Walt Disney Records, Mammouth Records, Lyric Street Records, Hollywood Records, Pixar Animation Studios
FOX, all FOX cable channels, Speed channel, MyNetworkTV, MySpace.com, several FOX affiliates, several magazines/newspapers, 20th Century FOX, TV Guide (part), HarperCollins Publishers, Regan Books, New York Post, UK's The Sun
VIACOM (spinoff of CBS Corporation)
MTV Music Television, MTV2, Nickelodeon, Nick at Nite, TV Land, VH1, Spike TV, CMT: Country Music Television, Comedy Central, MTV U, LOGO, MTV Films, Nickelodeon Movies, Paramount Comedy, The Box, Game One, Viva, TMF (The Music Factory), MTV Network Europe, BET, Paramount Pictures, DreamWorks, Republic Pictures, MTV Films, Nickelodeon Movies, Go Fish Pictures
CBS, The CW (co-owned with Time Warner), Showtime, The Movie Channel, Sundance Channel, FLIX, CBS Parmount Television, Big Tickey Television, Spelling Entertainment, Viacom Productions, Kingworld Productions, CBS Productions, several CBS-affiliated TV stations, CBS Radio (O&O of more than 180 stations, manages Westwood One radio), Simon and Schuster Books, several local TV stations
With six corporations controlling the media, there's plenty of room for cross-promotion. The problem is, many times you don't even realize companies are plugging their own shows/magazines, etc. For example, Entertainment Tonight does a segment on Rachael Ray's new show just about every night. It's not because ET producers love her show. It's because "Entertainment Tonight" (Paramount Studios) and the "Rachael Ray Show" (King World) are all under the same Viacom/CBS Corp umbrella. They are simply using one show to promote another. Very sneaky, but very common!
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Tuesday, October 03, 2006
These companies won't run!
Labels: pop culture
posted by jc @ 11:15 PM, ,
MTV, Mondays 10pm/ET
Based on a popular documentary film, this weekly series follows people who are in online relationships. They meet their longtime loves with the help of the show, but things aren't always what they seem.
FAST FOOD MANIA
DESTINATION AMERICA, Sundays 10pm/ET
If you listen to the Howard Stern show, the you already know that Jon Hein is the biggest fan of fast food around. Join Jon as he checks out the best places to chow down for cheap on this new show on the new network, Destination America. If you're not craving something greasing after watch this show, then something is wrong with you.
Trisha Goddard hosted talk shows overseas for years. Now, she's the star of her own show, a spin-off of Maury, here in the states. Topics have included a man with 5 wives and women who eat strange objects like drywall and dirt.
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