by Jac Kern
Posted In: TV/Celebrity
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Jac's roundup of pop culture news and Internet findings
Dumb Starbucks, we hardly knew you!
The “parody” coffee shop, which mimicked the
real Starbucks' name, logo, menu (Dumb Frappuccino, Dumb Espresso, served in
Dumb Tall, Dumb Grande or Dumb Venti), everything
— even font — opened in L.A. Friday only to be shut down by the Los Angeles
Health Department Monday. Forbes posted Dumb Starbucks’ “frequently asked
questions,” which explains that by adding the word “dumb,” it’s protected by
parody law. Therefore the “coffee shop” was actually recognized as an art
gallery and the coffee, art. Guests, who lined up out the door and around the
strip mall where Dumb Starbucks set up shop, were treated to friendly service
and free coffee and pastries (there were even CDs for sale at checkout,
including a “Dumb” Norah Jones album). The real Starbucks acknowledged the
parody shop, explaining the two had no connection and they were pursuing legal
Word about the stunt (which it obviously was, dummies) spread across the
Internet via various comedians’ Twitters, so some it was no surprise that a
comic was at the helm. Nathan Fielder, deadpan genius with the Comedy Central show in which he “helps”
struggling business by offering ridiculous ideas (among other meta satirical
“pranks”), revealed himself as the owner with this video:
Now I really can’t wait for
the next season of Nathan For You.
Some big changes are happening to NBC’s long-running late-night shows,
and you can read all about them in this week’s TV column.
After some sad goodbyes (Jay Leno’s
final episode of Tonight, Jimmy
Fallon’s last time hosting Late Night
and Seth Meyer’s final Weekend Update segment), there’s a lot to look forward
to. Fallon brings house band The Roots and announcer/sidekick Steve Higgins
with him — hopefully the same goes for all the celebrity drinking games and
generally bizarre bits and skits. Like this gem:
Fallon’s first week of guests includes Michelle Obama and Justin
Timberlake, so fingers crossed for another Evolution of Mom Dancing
and History of Rap.
As for Late Night, Seth Meyers
starts his run Monday, Feb. 17 and in a total surprise announcement, Meyer’s
old SNL buddy and modern comedic god
Fred Armisen will be the show’s band leader.
The Olympics have taken over NBC (miss you, Parks and Rec) and oh, what a hot mess they’ve been! Plumbing
problems and strange bathroom setups in the Sochi hotels,
the Olympic rings mega-fail
during the opening ceremony, the fact that it’s actually too warm for any of these damn outdoor winter sports — the list goes on. C’mon, Russia, you can’t even get winter right? At least
we’ll always have this:
I'm not ashamed to admit VH1's Couples Therapy is one of my favorite shows on right now. With The Real L Word disappearing without a trace, I am finally able to get my Whitney-Sada fix (the couple is featured on Therapy), plus Jon Gosselin is apparently dating another mega-bitch and "Teen Mom" Farrah Abraham is equally intriguing and frustrating and alienesque. But the true star of the show is Ghostface Killah's girl, Kelsey Nykole...'s hair. #flawless
Remember Celebrity Death Match?
The MTV claymation classic pitted musicians, actors and other famous people in
pop culture or the news against each other in an over-the-top gruesome fight to
the death. Showdowns included Marilyn Manson v. Charles Manson, Mariah Carey v.
Jim Carrey (featuring Drew Carey) and Lil’ Kim v. Little Richard. Well, a few
years after its 1998 debut, Fox presented a toned-down real-life version with Celebrity Boxing, which went down as one
of TV Guide’s worst shows of all time. Has-beens like Danny Bonaduce and Barry
Williams (of The Partridge Family and
The Brady Bunch, respectively) took
to the ring in what usually just a really sad battle. Only two episodes aired.
So how do you take a bad idea like Celebrity
Boxing to another level of shame? Add in the man at the center of one of
the most controversial murder trials in recent years!
George Zimmerman was set to box rapper DMX in a televised match, but
both DMX and boxing promoter Damon Feldman have backed out, presumably after
thinking about it for three seconds. The fight is still on for now and will be
broadcast from a secret location this March, Zimmerman just needs an opponent.
In completely unrelated news, Brooklyn
Nine-Nine co-stars Andy Samberg and Chelsea Peretti used to be childhood
0 Comments · Wednesday, February 12, 2014
A new era in NBC late night begins this week as Jay Leno passes The Tonight Show on to a new host, Jimmy Fallon. Fallon previously hosted Late Night beginning in March 2009 through last Friday’s final show.
0 Comments · Tuesday, December 31, 2013
New year, new shows! After holiday
hiatus, primetime programs continue, new series begin and established
shows return with new seasons. Here’s a look at what’s to come, plus
additional premieres in this week’s listings.
0 Comments · Wednesday, November 14, 2012
In Catfish The TV Show, Nev Schulman helps
young folks track down and meet their long
distance loves in person. The series has potential to tread some new
waters and take subject matter just a little bit seriously. Of course,
in true MTV style, it could also seem incredibly scripted or
0 Comments · Wednesday, October 24, 2012
Love it or hate it, regardless of age, Halloween is a fixture
in American culture. Whether you’re avoiding the holiday bar scene or
just want to get in the Halloween spirit, this week’s TV picks celebrate
(and poke fun at) Oct. 31 and all the laughs and frights that come with
0 Comments · Wednesday, October 10, 2012
Blending violence and gore with drama and heart, The Walking Dead (9 p.m. Sundays, AMC) is the perfect seasonal scare-fest for grown-ups. Returning for its third season, TWD picks
up a few months after the finale left off, with Rick and the crew
attempting to take over a nearby prison.