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18 Hours And 5 Minutes Of Your Life You’ll Never Get Back

Every year I get excited for the NFL Draft, and every year it leaves me with a bit of a “blech” feeling about two hours into it. On Saturday, I got the feeling a little earlier than usual, thanks to Keyshawn Johnson in ESPN’s booth. [Update: It seems the Carolina Panthers felt the same.] It was a beautiful day here, so after I saw Wisconsin’s Joe Thomas taken at No. 3, I decided to let the DVR handle the rest of the first round for me. (A DVR makes the draft so much more tolerable.) I went to the zoo, […]

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The 4th OT: Release The Mel Kiper!

So perhaps you’ve heard that the NFL Draft is this weekend. Twenty years ago, people who watched the draft might have been called “dorks.” Now they’re called “guys.” And thank you, Gary Thorne, for reminding everyone about Curt Schilling’s bloody sock, because we didn’t hear enough about it three years ago. Fortunately, Schilling likes to avoid confrontation and spectacle, so this matter should be quickly forgotten.* [Update: Like I was just sayin’.] *May contain sarcasm Stuff going down this weekend: Tonight NBA Playoffs: A trio of Game 3s — Toronto Raptors at New Jersey Nets (ESPN2), Chicago Bulls at Miami […]

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Reality TV

Who Loves Chachi?

When I heard the fantastic news about Scott Baio’s pending reality dating show Scott Baio Is 45 … And Single, a quick Google took me to an even more fantastic article from Radar Magazine. Chachi was promoting his 2005 stint on Arrested Development, but it’s his definitive answer to the “Would you ever be on The Surreal Life?” question that’s the real kicker. “No. I just think it’s very indulgent, self-serving. It’s just not what I want to do with my life. I don’t want to be that guy. I don’t have to be that guy. I know this is […]

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Drama

The Delicious Dark Side Of “Everwood’s” Good Doctor

As one of the dearly departed WB’s most endearing dads, Treat Williams specialized in heartfelt speeches, kindhearted gestures and crinkly-eyed smiles. In his new Lifetime movie, premiering April 15, however, Dr. Andy Brown will be notably absent. “Every time I do something like Andy Brown, I have to go and play a villain,” Williams says. “Those are the juicy parts!” That juicy part this time is Michael Peterson, the enigmatic center of the based-on-a-true-story The Staircase Murders. A best-selling author and one-time mayoral candidate, Peterson was thrust into a different kind of spotlight in 2001 when his frantic 911 call […]

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Reality TV

All Dolled Up

I didn’t want to watch Pussycat Dolls Present: The Search for the Next Doll. I even blogged about the premiere and how awful it was, what with Robin Antin’s scary lips and the Dolls’ messed up message. Then, I watched it again. And again. And somewhere along the way, I fell in love with a little underdog named Chelsea. She used to be overweight! She’s “not a trained dancer!” She looks great with big, blunt bangs! As Asia, Melissa R. and even too-big-to-be-a-Doll* Anastacia danced circles around Chelsea, she worked her ass off, and I kept my fingers crossed that […]

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TV News & Program Updates

“Idol” Gives Something (Besides Headaches To Me)

Hey, all, I know I’m in the minority as a person who doesn’t watch American Idol, but I have to admit that they are finally doing something worthwhile. Tonight and tomorrow night FOX is airing Idol Gives Back, a fundraiser special to help children and young people in extreme poverty in America and Africa. On tonight’s performance show, the top six show finalists will sing “life anthem” songs of hope (can I predict a “We Are the World” cover?). On tomorrow’s two-hour results show, Ellen Degeneres hosts a star-studded evening with Celine Dion, Kelly Clarkson, Pink, Gwen Stefani, Earth, Wind […]

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Sports

The 4th OT: “I Love Stealing”

Hopefully you’ve had a chance to see the Gatorade “inner voice” commercial with Derek Jeter and Harvey Keitel, in which Keitel goads Jeter into stealing bases. It’s not online yet, but give it a few hours. [Update: Here’s a link to the YouTube. And this isn’t the first time I’ve misquoted Harvey Keitel. I’ve been misquoting Monkey Trouble for years.] Alas, the Pittsburgh Penguins have been eliminated from the NHL playoffs. The guy who operates NBC’s “Crosby Cam” is hitting the bricks today. Here’s what’s on this weekend: Tonight NASCAR Busch Series Bashas’ Supermarkets 200 at Phoenix International Raceway, ESPN2. […]

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TV News & Program Updates

The Rock Pulls A Stunt, While PBS Seeks More “Lives”

AMC just announced its coverage of the 2007 Taurus World Stunt Awards on May 25 at 10:30pm ET. Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, the 2005 host, returns to headline the festivities. This year, Jeanne Epper becomes the first woman honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award. Epper’s 50-year career as a stuntwoman includes work on TV series like Wonder Woman and Charlie’s Angels, and such films as Armageddon and Kill Bill: Vol. 2. Also receiving this award is Burt Reynolds, who’s done many of his own stunts in films like Smokey and the Bandit and Cannonball Run. On the more current front, […]

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Sports

NBA Playoffs Preview: “Shaq Must Be Spinning In His Grave”

I owe the title of the NBA playoff preview post to TNT’s NBA analyst Reggie Miller. This is the same Reggie Miller who, during a pregame show, asked guest Stevie Wonder, “What do you expect to see in tonight’s game?” Keep up the good work, Reggie. The playoff matchups are set and the first games get started on Saturday. Here’s the weekend’s schedule of Game 1s, along with our pick for the series winner: Saturday (All times Eastern) New Jersey at Toronto, 12:30pm, ESPN. Our Pick: Vince Carter will not get a nice welcome back in Toronto, and the Raptors […]

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7 Questions With...

8 Questions With … Walton Goggins

1. What has been your strangest fan encounter? Walton Goggins: Whenever you pass people, you get that stare — that look, and you know that it’s about to come. [A] guy ran up to me in New York and says, “Speak! Speak!” And I said, “Please, get out of my face!” And he said, “Oh, I’m so sorry, I’m so sorry. I’ve only heard you speak in an Italian accent!” He was from Italy and he was a big fan of the show. 2. You’re at a magazine rack and can pick three magazines. What are they? This is exposing […]