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Summer TV Preview

0 Comments · Wednesday, June 5, 2013
When fun in the sun loses its draw, it’s nice to retreat in the AC with some quality TV. Here are some returning favorites and new picks to watch out for this season. HBO Documentary Film Serie  
by Jac Kern 06.04.2013
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I Just Can't Get Enough

Jac's roundup of pop culture news and Internet findings

The Real World is in its 28th season (!), which got me thinking about how the show has degenerated over the past 20-plus years from a truly groundbreaking docu-series to just another pseudo-reality shitshow with weird green-light PG-13 sex scenes. But remember Season Three with Pedro? That season, filmed in San Francisco, dealt with AIDS in a mature but relatable way when the disease was still misunderstood and extremely taboo. They all had real jobs. When some of the housemates when to mass, others engaged in different forms of worship while the remaining roomies engaged in natural discussions on God and religion. Sure, the early seasons lacked the naked three- (and four- and five-)somes and catfights of The Real Worlds to come, but I miss the real Real World, where normal-looking people with average backgrounds came together to work, play and explore a new city.Fast forward a couple decades to the current season, which takes place in Portland, Ore. Funny, between Portlandia and an as-mainstream-as-it-gets MTV show, this hipster capital of the world’s coolness bubble is about to burst. But I digress. Portland is an awesome city to transplant a group of 20-somethings for a couple months. It’s known for being easy to traverse via bikes or public transport, the dining and nightlife scene is bustling with offerings and you’d think there would be endless festivals, arts, outdoorsy stuff and other events to keep you occupied for the 24 hours you’re being filmed each day. But no. These douchers have managed to visit the same handful of neon-lit night clubs, sushi joints and SUBWAYS (pretty sure it’s in their contracts to eat at least on six-inch sub per day) through the past 10 episodes (…yet I still watch. I don’t know, I’m a masochist).                             Pictured: Rejected applicants from The Bachelorette, Survivor, Big Brother, Amazing Race, Bad Girls Club and Judge Judy. I originally tuned in to scope the digs (though the allure of the The Real World space and home décor is starting to fade), see what kind of quirky job the roommates would end up with (they all work at a normal pizza shop, except two girls who were too inept to even bus tables; they serve frozen yogurt out of a cart. I repeat, they’re in their 20s.), or find any other example of ripe Portland weirdness. Last week, my watching finally paid off as Averey, Johnny and Jordan attended a totally awesome overnight zombie survival course at Portland’s Trackers Earth — and I think we finally got a glimpse at the real Portland. For the first time this season, the people in the background didn’t look like extras from a Smirnoff Ice commercial! Check out the full episode here. Nathan Fielder, the comedian behind one of my favorite shows to come this year, is all about messing with people to get some laughs. Not so much Punk’d, but in more of a social experiment sort of way, which was on display in his hilarious Comedy Central show, Nathan For You. Perhaps he’s warming up for Season Two, or maybe he just wants to ruin some lives — either way, Nathan’s been taking to Twitter with some interesting was to prank people you love, then show the world and laugh at them. Back in April, he encouraged people to freak out their folks with this text prank:   This week, he put relationships to the tests with another “experiment”: Here were some great responses:  The number of people who actually save pet names with Emoji icons in their contacts is disheartening.When in doubt, or if you don't have a significant other, always text mom.This prank actually happened for the best, in this couple's case. #bitchesbecrazy                              Ya been caught!It’s been a hot minute since we’ve gotten a song from comedy music trio The Lonely Island — the guys behind “Dick in a Box,” “I Just Had Sex” and “Lazy Sunday.” They drop their third album, The Wack Album, Friday, with tracks including “3-Way,” featuring Justin Timberlake and Lady Gaga, “YOLO” featuring Adam Levine and Kendrick Lamar and this new song featuring Dance Pop princess, Robyn. “Go Kindergarten” makes fun of all those stupid instruction club hits…while also being quite twerkable in its own right. (Lyrics NSFW, if “whipping yo dick out” isn’t cool where your work.) I really like, “So raise your glass, then break the glass/Then stomp your bare feet on the glass.” Everyone’s freaking out about this picture of a Taco Bell employee licking taco shells that were probably then served to customers. Am I the only person that thinks this is possibly the least unsavory “Taco Bell: Exposed” type of thing? Yeah, pre-licked taco shells are gross, but isn’t that a risk we all take when we take that late-night Taco Bell tango? At least he didn’t lick all the nacho cheese dust off the Doritos Locos taco shell. Speaking of health and wellness, it’s bathing suit season and we at CityBeat have taken on a new workout regime. Prancercise, bitches.   Anyone reading this either watched or heard about Sunday’s shocking, bloody and devastating episode of Game of Thrones. Without dropping any spoilers here (no promises in the links!), io9 collected some of the best tweets about the ep.  I think I speak for all of us when I say fuck you, George R. R. Martin. Fuck you very much, you heartless bastard. Gold Medal tweet goes to: Finally, I’m late in the game but just started catching up on Hannibal. It’s so good! How is NBC getting away with such a smart graphic show? Tune into that shit. (Thursdays at 10 p.m.)
 
 

Go Behind the Scenes of Cincinnati's 'Antiques Roadshow' Episode

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 29, 2013
After a three-week run of episodes (April 1-15) taped at the Duke Energy Convention Center last summer, Antiques Roadshow will premiere behind-the-scenes footage from the show’s Cincinnati stop (8 p.m. Monday, CET).   

Tom+Chee Founders to Swim with the Sharks

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 15, 2013
Tom+Chee, the local gourmet grilled cheese and tomato soup restaurant, will be featured on this week’s episode of Shark Tank. Founders Trew Quackenbush and Corey Ward will pitch their business proposition to a panel of entrepreneur-investors (“The Sharks”) in hope of striking a deal and expanding the franchise.   

The Return of AMC's 'Not Suitable For Work'-place Series

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 8, 2013
I was tricked into watching Small Town Security (10 p.m. Thursdays, AMC) during its premiere last summer. The reality workplace comedy following a Georgia private security company immediately followed each episode of the first half of Breaking Bad’s final season.  
by Jac Kern 05.07.2013
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I Just Can't Get Enough

Jac's roundup of pop culture news and Internet findings

Everyone’s talking about the punk-themed Met Ball today, but I’m still in awe from last night’s RuPaul’s Drag Race season finale and reunion, where America’s Next Drag Superstar was crowned in true pageant style. It’s easy to confuse the two: both are over-the-top parades of outrageous fashion, debut ‘dos and bodies squeezed into numerous pairs of Spanx, but only one event has RuPaul, so I’m focusing on that one. The spotlight was on the final three dragsters, Roxxxy Andrews, Jinkx Monsoon and Alaska, but I couldn’t take my eyes off Penny Tration, Cincinnati’s own queen supreme who was voted onto this season by viewers — only to be eliminated in the first episode.via Homorazzi Like any good queen, Penny varies up her looks, but I’ve never seen her like this before! E! put Penny on their worst dressed list, but any press is good press, right? With a leotard made from the fabric of the dress she wore when she was eliminated, manic makeup and a tiny tuft of hair on her big bald head, homegurl looked like a pageant baby Treasure Troll on crack, and by that I obviously mean she looked amazing.via Homorazzi Detox, who I originally pegged as the winner but only made it to the final four, also stole the show with this incredible black-and-white look. No Photoshop! And Season 4 winner, Sharon Needles, served up Pee Wee Herman realness in this hot little number: In the end, the camptatstic Jinkx, “Seattle’s premier Jewish narcoleptic drag queen” took the crown!                                             #wateroffaduck'sback The full trailer for True Blood’s sixth season is here. All hail Billith! This shit is so far beyond, but I don’t think any amount of supernatural caca could keep me from indulging in this mess year after year. Season Six premieres June 16. Ever since the unveiling of that crazy Tupac hologram at 2012’s Coachella fest, there have been rumors of similarly reviving other dead musicians and performers, including TLC’s Lisa “Left Eye” Lopez. With a TLC reunion on the horizon, the idea has come up again but for now we can just settle for this peek at VH1’s upcoming TLC biopic. I am not familiar with two of the actresses, but Lil Mama plays Left Eye. I just can’t right now. RIP Marge Simpson! Simpsons creator Matt Groening’s mother, Margaret, the inspiration for the iconic blue-haired matriarch, has passed away at age 94. Looking at her obituary, I learned Groening tucked a bunch of autobiographical bits into The Simpsons. The real Marge was actually married to a Homer, and had daughters named Maggie and Lisa. Her maiden name, Wiggum, is used in the show as the resident police chief’s name. Has anyone else noticed that Shae from Game of Thrones kind of looks like Megara, the goddess from Hercules? Since Baz Luhrmann’s Romeo + Juliet soundtrack was basically the playlist of my childhood, I figured the music selections for The Great Gatsby would be on-point. I was right. Stream the whole soundtrack, featuring Beyoncé, Andre 3000, Fergie, Lana Del Rey and a heavy coat of flapper Jazz, via NPR. Miss this week’s Mad Men? Here’s all you need to know:
 
 

How to Get to Abigail Street

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 1, 2013
America’s Best Bites (4:30 p.m. Saturday, The Cooking Channel), hosted by Natalie Forte, is in its first season, and Abigail Street’s Chef Dan Wright and his wife Lana will be featured on the third episode.  

It’s Hard Out Here for a Veep

1 Comment · Tuesday, April 23, 2013
It’s often said that the vice president of the United States is “one heartbeat away” from the role of commander in chief. But if Veep (10 p.m., Sundays, HBO) is any indication, sometimes second-in-command is actually much further down the totem pole.  

Please Pay Attention to Nathan Fielder

0 Comments · Wednesday, April 17, 2013
Nathan Fielder goes beyond poking fun at these “expert takeover” series to reveal these little cultural phenomena, like what it takes to become a viral sensation or what some people are willing to do in order to be on television.  

Logo Highlights What's New, Now, Next

0 Comments · Wednesday, April 10, 2013
Did you think awards season was over? If you like your awards shows with little more camp, tune in to the over-the-top tribute to the year in pop culture, the NewNowNext Awards (10 p.m. Monday, Logo).  

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