by Jac Kern
Jac's roundup of pop culture news and Internet findings
A role on a Law and Order episode is a rite of
passage for actors — it won’t necessarily guarantee success, but nearly every
major TV actor has done time in the Law
and Order franchise. I mean honestly, if you haven’t portrayed a bludgeoned
child prostitute, an over-affectionate music teacher or an undercover crack
dealer, I’m really not interested in the rest of your body of work.
Who doesn’t love
recognizing actors before they made it in old SVU reruns, or seeing more established actors guest-star on new
episodes? One minute it’s, “Hey, isn’t that bailiff the neighbor from Shameless?” Next thing you know, it’s 3
a.m. on a Tuesday and you’re in an IMDB black hole. We’ve all been there.
Thankfully for fans of Orange Is the New
Black that are obsessive TV watchers, someone has cross-referenced the
L&O archives to create this list of every Orange character’s appearances on everyone’s favorite
Fun Fact: OITNB star Taylor Schilling has never
appeared on L&O — and her IMDB page starts in 2007. Newbie!
Fun Fact No. 2: Taylor
Swift recently got a cat and named it Olivia Benson, so. It’s been a very Dick
Since TV and food go
together like Benson and Stabler (never forget), Ben & Jerry’s is releasing
a line of Saturday Night Live-inspired
ice cream flavors.
Lazy Sunday — named after the Andy Samberg/Chris Parnell rap video that put the
SNL Digital Shorts on the map in 2005 — is not
flavored with Mr. Pibb and Red Vines (missed opportunity), but rather yellow
and chocolate cupcake pieces in vanilla cake batter ice cream with a chocolate
frosting swirl (I seriously gained four pounds typing that). Gilly’s
Catastrophic Crunch, a chocolate and sweet cream ice cream swirled with
marshmallow, fudge-covered almonds and caramel clusters for no apparent reason,
pays tribute to Kristen Wiig’s prankster schoolgirl character. Two additional SNL flavors will roll out later this
Double Dare was a gem of a game show from Nickelodeon’s heyday. But stacked up
against today’s sophisticated offerings like American Ninja Warrior, the family-friendly DD
probably wouldn’t work in the new millennium.
At least we’ll always have Marc Summers and these faaaabulous pri-zes!
History will be divided
into two times: before there were selfies and when everyone just gave up on
life. If this is true, Susan Sarandon and Geena Davis will find themselves on
both sides of history, as they recently recreated their famous selfie
Polaroid self-portrait photograph from Thelma
Athletes are no strangers
to hecklers. Take a pastime that’s revered on a religious level for many fans,
then add alcohol — it’s not always going to be classy. During last week’s
rain-delayed Reds game against the Pirates in Pittsburgh, one spirited Pirates
fan took to heckling Joey Votto and Brandon Phillips. His taunts echoed in the near-empty
stadium, ringing loud and clear for an amused Phillips. The second baseman
responded by signing a ball for the heckler, thanking him for the support and
asking him to kindly “shut the phuck up,” and posing for a picture.
This will go down as the
friendliest interaction between a Cincinnati athlete and a Pittsburgh fan,
In news that makes us say,
“What, w-why?” Lifetime is making a TV movie about the making of Saved by the Bell. There’s already been
an E True Hollywood Story on SBTB (why yes I can confirm this, having
seen it multiple times – don’t judge me), so there really is no need for
another dramatized look at the ‘90s hit. The stars (aka “Who?” x 6 — see them
all here) look like Bratz Babyz versions of the originals, but they were selected by
original SBTB casting director Robin
Lippin, for whatever that’s worth. It’s going to be terrible. And I’m going to
watch it as soon as it premieres.
0 Comments · Wednesday, May 14, 2014
The long-awaited summer is upon us, and
with it comes new series and seasons of shows worth checking out between
beach vacations and barbecues.
0 Comments · Tuesday, April 29, 2014
After nearly two years off the air, Louie
C.K. is back on the small screen, presenting another season of
brilliant dark humor with Louie (Season Premiere, 10 p.m. Monday, FX).
0 Comments · Wednesday, April 9, 2014
It’s the beginning of the end for Don Draper, the ’60s and another quality AMC drama as Mad Men (Season Premiere, 10 p.m. Sunday) embarks on the first half of its final chapter.
0 Comments · Wednesday, April 2, 2014
When it comes to a series that transports
viewers to another world and forces us to connect with countless
characters, only to have them hurled into a different direction (cue
the “Red Wedding” reaction reel), Game of Thrones (Season
Premiere, 9 p.m. Sunday, HBO) is king.
0 Comments · Wednesday, March 26, 2014
In 2030, a man sits his children down to
tell them the story of how their parents got together. Nine seasons
later, audiences are still eavesdropping on the Longest Story Every
Told, How I Met Your Mother (Series Finale, 8 p.m. Monday, CBS).
0 Comments · Wednesday, March 5, 2014
Matthew McConaughey’s star power has
exploded over the past couple years, capped off with Sunday’s Academy
Award win for Best Actor in Dallas Buyers Club.
0 Comments · Wednesday, February 26, 2014
The dark and decadent dinner party that is Bryan Fuller’s Hannibal (Season
Premiere 10 p.m. Friday, NBC) returns this week, continuing its
grotesquely beautiful take on the story of Dr. Lecter, his companions
0 Comments · Wednesday, January 29, 2014
The Super Bowl has evolved from a
football championship game to an annual popular culture event. Even
people who aren’t sports fans host Super Bowl parties and watch for the
big-budget halftime performances (this year it’s Bruno Mars and Red Hot
Chili Peppers) and some of the most entertaining commercials of the
0 Comments · Wednesday, January 22, 2014
Could this third season of Girls
(10 p.m. Sundays, HBO) be the strongest yet? We’re only two weeks and
three episodes in, but it’s obvious the show is evolving — along with
the Girls themselves.