0 Comments · Wednesday, October 2, 2013
Homeland has always been a psychological drama. The series began as a
mind-bending story centered on “turned” prisoner of war Nicholas Brody
and CIA officer Carrie Mathison (the role for which Claire Danes just
nabbed another Emmy). But the bombing in last season’s finale has turned
Homeland on its head, along with most of the show’s characters.
0 Comments · Wednesday, September 25, 2013
Get ready to treat yo’self, because Parks and Recreation (8 p.m. Thursdays, NBC) is back with an hour-long premiere this week. This sixth season opens with the Pawnee
crew in London, where Leslie is honored with an international “Women in
Government” award. Expect Leslie, Ben, April and Andy to take in the
sights as Ron preaches his disdain for all things European.
by Jac Kern
Jac's roundup of pop culture news and Internet findings
With two episodes of Breaking Bad left, everyone’s gone a
little Walter White crazy — you’d think actual meth fumes were being released
from our televisions. Jimmy Fallon & Co. have had a Breaking
Bad spoof in the works for a while now, teasing fans all the while with
photos and hashtags like #JokingBad.
The nearly 13-minute sketch is a hilarious Late Night take on Bad,
starring Fallon as Walt and (Steve) Higgins as Jesse and complete with all the references
you’d expect, plus some cameos you wouldn’t. Bask in the glory that is “Joking
Bad!” (Mild spoliers from seasons 1-4, if you’re being picky.)
And while we’re at it, check out
Drakeing Bad — a blog of illustrations by Barry Schwartz and Shea Serrano (who
brought the world Bun B's Rap Coloring and Activity Book)
featuring iconic Breaking Bad scenes…with
rapper/former Degrassi High student Drake randomly inserted, replacing various
characters. Again, sort-of spoilers abound, so anyone who intends to watch Bad but isn’t caught up should proceed
with caution (if at all). And may god have mercy on your soul.
Saturday Night Live returns to NBC
for its 39th season Sept. 28 (Tina Fey will host; Arcade Fire is the
musical guest) and with the new season comes lots of changes. We already know Fred Armisen, Jason Sudeikis and Bill Hader will no longer be gracing
the SNL stage with their presence this year, and now newcomer Tim Robinson has been banished to the writers’ lair (JK, maybe it's really cool there). The rest of 2012-2013’s
cast, including soon-to-be Late Night
host Seth Meyers, is sticking around.
New people: Fresh featured players
will include Beck Bennett (that suited dude in the AT&T commercials
who spends far too much time in children’s
classrooms), Kyle Mooney (he and Bennett are in comedy group Good Neighbor), Upright Citizens Brigade member and Cracked contributor Noel Wells (the only new female to join the
cast), SNL writer Mike O'Brien, Comedy
Central’s comic to watch Brooks Wheelan and John Milhiser, another UCB-er.
Meyers will retain his Weekend Update duties until he takes over Late Night in February and, possibly,
throughout the full season. Last year’s featured player Cecily Strong will join
him at the desk and take over Weekend Update when Meyers eventually leaves.
Strong was probably best remembered for her character, Girl You Wish You Hadn’t
Started a Conversation With at a Party (which I still think is kind of meh) and
a pretty accurate interpretation of a porn star-turned-home shopping model.
We’ll see how she transitions into this much larger role!
Confession time! I’m kind of seriously into Insane Clown Posse Theater on Fuse. I
turned it on as a joke once, but now I actually find it pretty hilarious. (Note:
If anyone sees me rocking JNCOs and cornrows while drinking Faygo, send help!) It’s
basically Mystery Science Theater 3000 but with ICP’s Violent J and Shaggy 2
Dope unleashing their offensive insights on an array of music videos.
They also bring on
guests like Tom Green, Coolio and comedian Jim Norton, talk with them for a
little bit, react to more videos and then awkwardly tell them to leave. I never
would have guessed ICP could be so entertaining and —dare I say — likable! I
mean, I’d think they would just objectify video vixens, which they certainly
do, but there’s an equal amount of homo-erotic comments I’d never expect. And their constant
inaccurate facts that have to be corrected onscreen get me laughing every time.
At the very least, add this to your “drinking show” watch list, because that is
a perfectly acceptable pastime as well as a good way to categorize TV shows,
OK? Catch ICP Theater at 11 p.m.
Wednesdays on Fuse.
Taystee from Orange
Is the New Black (Government name: Danielle Brooks) is gonna be a Girl,
the series’ first black female character.
Every mother and girlfriend’s worst nightmare was was released Tuesday
as Grand Theft Auto V. The game
allows players to wreak havoc on the streets of San Andreas, get high and drunk
and even check out a strip club where dancers in private rooms give a topless
show (digital boobs!). So yes, the infamous game has and will continue to spark
controversy and backlash over the amount of violence and overall incorrigible
behavior, but anyone with half a brain cell who watches or plays the game can
see it is rife with satire, almost making fun of the culture it represents. The
visuals, attention to detail and amazing pop culture and allegorical Easter
eggs woven in the game are nothing short of astounding. Get your character this Drive-esque jacket and crush skulls in style!How often do you think, “Good job, fast food restaurant,” or “Smart
advertising, national chain eatery!”? Probably never, and that’s why Chipotle’s
new promo, The Scarecrow, is getting so much attention. The
fast-casual Mexican chain has cut ties with McDonald’s (its former majority
partner) and plans to be the first U.S. restaurant chain to go GMO-free. Now,
with this haunting anti-factory farm ad (with a little help from Fiona Apple on
vocals), Chipotle is taking its “Food With Integrity” motto even further.
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Happy YouTube Comedy Week! Celebs, comedians, YouTube sensations and other funny people have created a
ton of content to unfurl daily through May 25. As if the Internet doesn’t provide enough
distractions to laugh at throughout the workday.
I recently watched Parks and Recreation in its entirety over the past two weeks, so if
I cancelled plans with you, it’s not because my cat was sick. I was watching
hours and hours of Netflix. Sorry. It goes without saying that I’m now fully
obsessed with Nick Offerman (Ron Swanson), who, as it turns out, actually is married
to Megan “Tammy Two” Mullally and actually is a
master woodworker. Anyway, Offerman was on Jay Leno last week to promote his
upcoming film, Kings of Summer. He
also performed a song he wrote for his wife (NSFWish), "Rainbow Song." Apparently
he’s sung this ditty on a few other talk shows, but I’ll take anything to get
me through to P&R Season Six — which has been confirmed!
Saturday’s SNL finale was filled with lots of weirdness and sads. Ben Affleck
did a so-so hosting job, but there were a lot of awkward moments from the
start. Ben’s monologue referred back to his Argo
Oscar acceptance speech (is that really as timely as your could get, SNL writers? Oh, wait. There was also a Gigli joke. Oy.) about how he loves his
wife but marriage is work and blahblahblah because I guess some people thought
that was kind of shitty for him to say. Well, Mrs. Affleck, Jennifer Garner,
came out to faux-bicker with him but it mostly came off as a desperate “We’re
married and we love each other, OK?!” confirmation. Was anyone even worried
about them? Also, it really looked like he was crying when he introduced musical guest, Kanye
West. Kim K's baby daddy debuted two songs from his upcoming album, Yeezus, and he was in full performance art mode (also, the censors
let hella N-words slip through the cracks.)
Then came the tears. Last week it was
announced that Seth Meyers will be leaving the show to host Late Night next
year; Bill Hader also said this would be his last season. The two went out with
a bang during a Weekend Update segment with Bill’s flamboyant city correspondent,
Stefon. (Oh, and Amy Poehler co-hosted Update for old time’s sake.) Stefon took
us on a wild ride that included a wedding, Anderson Cooper and all those crazy,
presumably made-up characters from his club reviews (including Menorah the
Explorer and human traffic cones).
There had also been additional reports that
Jason Sudekis and 11-year vet Fred Armisen were heading out. Though Jason
hasn’t made an official announcement, he joined Fred and Bill onstage for a
reprisal of Fred’s fictional Punk pioneer, Ian Rubbish. Fred’s Portlandia co-star Carrie Brownstein,
Kim Gordon, Aimee Mann and others rocked the stage with The Bizarros. :'(
Beyoncé may or may not be pregnant — Gawker
considers all the possible “conspiracé theorés” here. As I go set up Google alerts for an official announcement (and ponder if/how
this would affect her summer U.S. tour, specifically the Nashville concert that
I will be attending), go look up the name of your Destiny’s Child with the Bey Bey Name Generator. And check out her
newly leaked single, “Grown Woman” (the song from that epic Pepsi commercial).
Spinderella cut it up one time! The true
star of Salt-N-Pepa, DJ Spinderella, will be in town at the Aronoff Center with
Shaquille O’Neal and a slew of comedians for Shaq’s All-Star Comedy Jam June 1.
Seriously, that’s a real thing.And here's Taylor Swift being grossed out by Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez's Billboard Awards PDA:
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.
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
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.
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).
0 Comments · Wednesday, April 3, 2013
With this sixth and
penultimate season of Mad Men comes a new work space, an updated group
of partners and a fresh start for SCDP, the people who work there, and,
likely, the other “mad” characters that make this show so captivating.
by Jac Kern
Jac's roundup of pop culture news and Internet findings
A Parisian bridge
covered in padlocks was featured on two reality shows in the last week or so — Real Housewives of Beverly Hills and Kourtney and Kim Take Miami (1. Don’t
judge me. 2. Isn’t it weird that both shows ventured outside their titular
cities to the same destination?). Kyle and Mauricio (RHOBH) and Kourtney and Scott (KKTM)
visited the Pont
des Arts in their respective (but not respected!) shows to take part in what
appeared to be a romantic tradition of signing a lock, attaching it to the
bridge’s chain-link structure and tossing the key into the Seine below. Ah, c’est
I had never heard of this tradition, but I've never been to Paris, so
what does my uncultured ass know? Apparently this is just another annoying
tourist attraction trampling over French culture. What started as a private, inconspicuous act of love done at night has become
nothing more than a photo op that is starting to endanger Parisian architecture.
Good news: a Machete sequel is coming this summer!
Bad news: my arch nemesis Sofia Vergara is in it and it looks like she took Katy Perry’s discarded firework-shootin’
boobs and souped ‘em up.This has not been a good year for Saturday
Night Live. Kristen Wiig, arguably the show’s strongest player, stepped
down after last season along with the awesome Andy Samberg. The non-topical skits
have been just off ever since and even hyped-up hosts like Jennifer Lawrence and
Christoph Waltz fell flat. But this 38th season just may have been saved by
Justin Timberlake’s recent episode.From the throwback skits (JT’s now-famous
food mascot and the “Dick in a Box” bit with Samberg) to his performances
(Jay-Z made an appearance during “Suit and Tie!”),
the entire episode was wholly entertaining. I’m going to stop blaming the
writers now and assume Justin agreed to host for the fifth time in
exchange for every good skit idea for an entire season, plus at least five
cameos. The monologue featured a skit about the Five-Timers Club — an exclusive
group of guests that have hosted at least five times. Paul Simon, Steve Martin,
Dan Aykroyd (he’s only a bartender because he actually has only hosted once),
Martin Short (just a waiter; only hosted three times), Alec Baldwin, Candice
Bergen, Tom Hanks and Chevy Chase all swung by. Did you want a ‘Wild and Crazy Guys’
reprise? Done. How about a Three Amigos
reunion? Got it. Go here
to watch the full episode.
Need an extra kick
with your morning coffee? Meth: It's what's for breakfast! (via Rebel Donut)Albuquerque, N.M.’s Rebel Donut offers a special “Blue Sky” Breaking Bad donut sprinkled with the
signature blue rock made famous on the AMC hit. OK, it’s not really meth, but
blue rock candy, like they use on the series. Breaking Bad (which is set in Albuquerque)
returns for its last season this summer. Go here for a behind-the-scenes look at the final eight episodes.
Silverman, Michael Cera, Tim Heidecker, Eric Wareheim and Reggie Watts created
a new YouTube comedy channel, JASH. What is JASH, you ask?
Also this week: Former ‘Girl Next Door’ and Hugh Hefner humper Holly Madison made a baby and
named her Rainbow. Russell Crowe saw a UFO.