We will never own one of these. Whee, the 62nd Annual (Primetime!) Emmys have been announced. There aren't that many surprises: As usual, HBO rocks, as does Mad Men, True Blood, 30 Rock, Glee, Neil Patrick Harris, and Tina Fey. Losties may get another chance to see the objects of their affect ... More >>
Keith WagstaffCulinary types discuss culinary television programming.Michael Pollan's New York Times article "Out of the Kitchen, Onto the Couch" hung heavily over the "Food on the Tube: How TV Shapes the Way We Think About Food" talk Tuesday night at the 92nd Street Y. In attendance: Padma L ... More >>
Ben Clark/NickelodeonBottom row: Christian Jacobs, DJ Lance Rock, and Scott Shultz. Top row: Brobee, Muno, Plex.The characters of the Nickelodeon preschool children's show, Yo Gabba Gabba!, recently barbecued with riff-rockers Them Crooked Vultures: picture a gap-toothed cyclops (Muno), a pin ... More >>
Hey, look, it's freaky little imp Aaron Kelly. CR: Michael Becker / FOX. Oh boy. Here we go. Sinatra Week. What a muddled and ill-conceived concept, even in a season that's attempted to grab attention by grabbing every iconic name off the shelf (Beatles, Stones, Elvis). I honestly can't imagi ... More >>
On this fine Friday, we turn our thoughts from food to follicles. Among the many, many reasons to watch televised cooking shows are the coiffures sported by their hosts and contestants. Top Chef wouldn't be Top Chef without its dependable supply of fauxhawks and Sapphic mullets, or, for that matter, ... More >>
Fluff that hair high for Snooki!
Laughing for a good cause
Well, that's that. According to the terms of the contract, Conan gets $44 million and has to lay low for eight months, and then can go back to TV, unless he's wised up by then and taken our career advice. In the meantime, America's Sweetheart, Jay Leno, will take over The Tonight Show (insert ran ... More >>
Rachel Coleman: Brooklynite, bad cookYes, friends, it's another food reality television show--Worst Cooks in America premieres on the Food Network on January 3. It turns the Top Chef paradigm on its head--instead of being covertly invited to snicker at the flailings of chefs who are meant to ... More >>
Sesame Street via Lafayette Avenue
As often happens in the madhouse that is the rightwing blogosphere, a conservative recently got mad about an old TV show: Big Hollywood denounced Sesame Street for a 2007 episode in which Oscar the Grouch said, "I am watching 'Pox' News. Now there is a trashy news show." The episode actually ... More >>
Photo courtesy Alberto Tolot/HBO Way back during the Clinton Administration, Bill Maher had the wonderful idea of letting a comedian -- himself -- talk regularly with politicians and political commentators about current events on TV. Politically Incorrect turned poli-chat into something non-wonks ... More >>
Mike Licht/NotionsCapitol.com/flickrYesterday, NYU held a panel discussion entitled "Food Show: When Performance Becomes Lunch and Why We Finally Have an Appetite for a New Sort of Cooking Show." Though the title could have used a bit of editing, the panelists were a well-curated bunch: Harol ... More >>
"Takes a tough man to make a tender forecast," says legendary Fox 5 News Anchorman to his weatherman, Nick Gregory. "Keep fucking that chicken." Co-anchor Dari Alexander's reaction is choice, as we're sure was her reaction off-camera when Anastos said as a film bumper showed her working out, "Hey, ... More >>
Jokes for a good cause
A few afternoons ago I had the pleasure of hearing Jacques Pepin discourse on his friendship with Julia Child, whom he met in 1960. He recalled their opportunity to work together on a show called Julia & Jacques Cooking at Home, created in 1999 in Boston and featuring both of them in the kitc ... More >>
BravoOut of the frying pan, into the fire: Variety is reporting that Padma Lakshmi will be leaving Top Chef after its sixth season for her own sitcom on NBC. The show will reportedly "star Lakshmi as a woman working in the culinary world," and is tentatively titled--lord have mercy--Single Serving.D ... More >>
This is how they did big-time TV news in 1973: Getting the story however it came in -- phone, telex, slips of paper, whatever -- and dishing it out as quick as you could. Walter Cronkite, who passed away today at 92, had a lot of practice at it. He dropped out of college during the Depression to t ... More >>
Emmy-nominated The Family Guy featuring Emmy-nominated Seth MacFarlane. For us the joy of the Emmy Nominations, announced this morning, is in the less-well-known categories. We see that there are only two shows, for instance, up for Outstanding Children's Nonfiction Program: Grandpa, Do You Know ... More >>
This week in chef news... Top Chef season four's Antonia Lofaso and Iron Chef Kevin Rathbun will be in St. Croix April 14-18 for a fundraising event called "Iron Chef, Top Chef, Island Chef." The two TV chefs, along with a local chef, will compete to make the best 30-minute meal, each with the same ... More >>
I was aware of, but before last night had never seen, the DirecTV commercials in which actors hawking the satellite service are superimposed via blue screen technology into scenes from their old films. In the spot I watched, Christie Brinkley, treading water naked in a motel pool, tempts Chevy Chase ... More >>
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