Thursday July 25, 2013

If you're not watching John Oliver on The Daily Show , you're missing out.  His take on the whole Anthony Weiner scandal was brilliant.  BTW, how many fantasy football teams will be named Carlos Danger this season?

I am going to start periodically doing a where are they now for as random a past reality show contestant that I can find.  Today, we check in on Sucklord, who was a contestant on season 2 of Bravo's Work of Art.   According to his Tumblr account, Sucklord is still creating figurines and even showed off his craft at Comic-Con last week.

Jason Sudeikis told David Letterman that he's leaving Saturday Night Live :

Dave: And how long will a person continue with this?

Jason: A person in general or me, specifically?

Dave: Whatever you’d like. Either way. Or both.

Jason: Well, a person can go as long as they want. I mean, Lorne’s been kicking butt at it for 33 out of the 38 years. But me, yeah, no, I’m definitely done. I’m not coming back in the fall.

Dave: Now do they know that? Have you run this by someone?

Jason: I don’t know what kind of ratings you’re getting these days, but I would hope someone would tell them after [this airs].

Dave: You should have called first.

Jason: I should have, right?

Bravo has green-lit yet another lifestyle reality show about grown women competing in beauty pageants. "These wives and mothers live like royalty with wealthy husbands, grand homes and couture gowns, but they are not satisfied without a title and a crown to top it off," reads Bravo's emetic press release.  Another step in the wrong direction.

Vulture.com explains why Franklin & Bash is the perfect "pop culture punchline." 

Grantland's Andy Greenwald offers up 10 shows you should be watching while awaiting the return of Breaking Bad. 

A group of 10 African-American former American Idol contestants have sued the Fox show, claiming that producers dug up their arrest histories to get them thrown off because of their race, according to TMZ.

The contestants say they were unfairly painted as criminals and sexual deviants – despite that none was ever charged with a crime for which they were arrested, according to the report. What's more – they say only blacks were targeted with the smear campaign.

Plaintiffs are Jaered Andrews (Season 2); Terrel and Derrell Brittenum (Season 5); Corey Clark (Season 2); Thomas Daniels (Season 6); Chris Golightly (Season 9); Ju'Not Joyner (Season 8); Jacob John Smalley (Season 2); Akron Watson (Season 6) and Donnie Williams (Season 3).  The plaintiffs are seeking $25 million each in damages for the show's alleged discrimination and other misdeeds. They also seek to force 
Idol to adopt new anti-racism regulations.

I have so much to say about this, none of which is appropriate, so I'll reserve comment, for now . . . .  

Here's some scoop on season 4 of The Walking Dead , including a hint that Daryl might get killed off.

From OWN: "It’s Prime’s Time (working title) is the hilarious and compelling real life story of Deion Sanders, the football legend, baseball great, broadcaster, Hall of Famer, international superstar, businessman, educator and father, as he strives to keep all the facets of his complicated, crazy and chaotic life in balance and under control.  Deion faces the challenges of raising his five children in a household that also includes his mother, her foster children and his aunt and uncle, while guiding the future of Prime Prep Academy, the charter school he created to try to make a lasting impact on the lives of children in underserved areas.  He plays the role of father, leader, bread-winner, coach and teacher for everyone around him.  And in those rare instances when he gets a little overwhelmed, his girlfriend, producer and businesswoman Tracey Edmonds who has two sons of her own, is there to help pick up the slack.  The series is produced by Edmonds Entertainment, Prime Time Media Ventures and Rogue Atlas Productions in association with Lionsgate.  Executive producers are Eli Frankel, Tracey E. Edmonds and Deion Sanders."

I'm ALL for shows featuring professional athletes and have made a living off it, but this one is a surefire failure in waiting.