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Every week, when viewers tune in to American Idol, one question is the most prevalent: “Is Paula Abdul on drugs?” Along with Abdul’s infamous affair(s?) with contestants, incoherent ramblings, ill-timed giggling fits, and federal crimes committed in airports, a rash of new rumors are circulating regarding her alleged near-firing from the show.
Sources recently told US Weekly that the producers of American Idol have reached the limits of their patience with the former pop star, and are considering replacing her with Jessica Simpson or Britney Spears. Other sources, of course, deny it. But one thing can’t be denied - Paula does seem pretty weird. Here’s an example of a recent Abdul-ism: “Simon said…he always refers to a fortune cookie and says the moth who finds the melon finds the cornflake always finds the melon and one of you didn’t pick the right fortune.”
Hmm. What do you think? Paula Abdul: Crazy, under the influence, or adorably eccentric?
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Few television series live to see their fiftieth anniversary of broadcasting. NBC’s Meet the Press and Today are two exceptions. On April 2, CBS-TV’s daytime drama, As the World Turns, joins their ranks. The series will celebrate by airing special episodes on both Friday, March 31, and Monday, April 3. People and things have changed dramatically since the Eisenhower-era series premiered on April 2, 1956. One constant, however, has been As the World Turn’s no-nonsense matriarch Nancy Hughes, played since Episode One by still lovely Helen Wagner. Set in the fictional community of Oakdale, Illinois, the ever popular series was the Number 1 daytime drama from 1959-1971. Well done, World. Keep turning.
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If you’ve longed to embarrass yourself in front of America and receive scathing insults from Simon Cowell, but just don’t have the pipes to audition for American Idol, you may have your chance in America’s Got Talent. Cowell’s new talent show is open to anyone, at any age, with any sort of talent. The acerbic Brit welcomes anyone from age 2 to 100 to audition. I wonder if he knows what he’s getting into? If singers so easily annoy him, what will he do in the wake of contestants brandishing tap dancing and pig calls? At any rate, it should prove to be another hit for Cowell and a chance to humiliate the contestants, which of course means entertainment for us. Do you have an undiscovered talent? You can go here to find audition locations and dates.
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Two weeks ago, I told everyone how extremely upset I was at the judges for not realizing that Chris Daughtry had ripped off the Red Hot Chili Peppers with his rendition of ‘Higher Ground’. And no—it was not because I thought the performance was necessarily bad. It was because the judges gave him props for making the song ‘his own’.
Last week I said I was hesitant about giving Chris a compliment because I wasn’t entirely sure if he had ripped off someone else again. Not surprisingly, the judges ate his original version of ‘I Walk the Line’. They praised him for separating himself from the rest of the group.
Fast forward to this week—when I found out I was right!!! Chris is a big phoney. Do I think he’s a bad singer? No. Do I think he should be headlining a local cover band at your neighborhood bar? Yes. Apparently the Idol chatrooms have been all buzzing since his appearance last week. Seems the judges gave him props way too soon. According to those familiar with the works done by the band Live, Daughtry’s rendition was just another rip-off of something they did back in 2001. As one message read: “This guy is rip off. Judges are plain dumb.”
On American Idol last night, they confronted the controversy by having Ryan Seacrest simply ask Chris if his rendition of “Walk The Line” was Live’s version, which resulted in Chris and Ryan talking about how Live is one of Chris’ favorite bands.
(You can find all the American Idol 5 posts here.)
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On Sunday, April 9, a television legend will be ringing Bree Van De Kamp’s Wisteria Lane doorbell. That’s when Carol Burnett guest stars on Desperate Housewives as Bree’s bad seed stepmother Eleanor Mason. Don’t expect the veteran comedienne to be the spoonful of sugar that makes the medicine go down on Wisteria Lane. At Carol Burnett’s request, Marc Cherry, Housewives’ creator and executive producer, is writing Eleanor as an evil woman. In that case, she’ll be a good match for Bree’s son, Andrew, or he is more commonly known at my house, Satan’s Spawn. Should Burnett’s evil turn catch fire with viewers, TV’s legendary funny lady is open to reprising the role in subsequent episodes.
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If the writing on the wall wasn’t already obvious for ABC’s Commander in Chief, it’s clearly evident now. The troubled show is now being moved to the competitive 10pm Thursday night time slot— during May sweeps. Due to the bump, Primetime will temporarily move to Thursdays. You can watch Geena Davis again (or not) starting Thursday, April 13th.
If after eyeballing Sharon Stone this weekend at your local multiplex in Basic Instinct 2, you want to see even more of the sexy siren, relax. La Stone is coming to a television screen near you on Sunday. The blond bombshell, who makes 48-years-old look like the new 30, has a three-episode story arc on Showtime’s Huff, beginning with Sunday’s season premiere.
Sharon plays a hard-drinking public relations executive who dumps her legal woes, and herself, in the well-deserving lap of the attorney played by Oliver Platt. Does Stone go all the way? Let’s just say, once again, the star follows her basic instinct, and she doesn’t leave in a huff.
I can almost hear the great big cosmic laugh emanating from some metaphysical location. The source of the laughter is gay-closeted, deceased The Brady Bunch patriarch, actor Robert Reed. In addition to the guffaw, he’s giving his two eldest television sons a “thumbs way up.” Barry Williams and Christopher Knight, brothers Greg and Peter Brady on The Brady Bunch, are together again, this time, playing a gay couple on the “Josh and Jeff” episode of Fox’s That ‘70s Show. Taped in January, the episode, in which the former Brady siblings share a screen kiss, is scheduled to air on April 27. We know Robert Reed approves. But what would Marcia say?
Watching Paulie Walnuts barge in on Colombian money launderers in the opening moments of this episode evoked memories of Eliot Ness busting Al Capone in The Untouchables. Of course, Paulie doesn’t look much like Kevin Costner, and Ness didn’t limp away with a million in cash and a wounded nut-sack. At “Mafia General Hospital,” Carmela and her children waited impatiently for Tony’s vitals to stabilize. Did viewers believe for a nano-second that Tony would die? Let’s get real. Without Gandolfini’s full participation, Season Six of this series wouldn’t have happened.
I love Monk on the USA Network. For one thing, Adrian Monk, the obsessive-compulsive, but lovable, detective played to Emmy-winning perfection by Tony Shaloub, reminds me of some of my own obsessive-compulsive, but lovable, family. For another thing, I’m fascinated by the thought processes that allow Monk to solve San Francisco’s most puzzling crimes.
I loved the series even more when his nurse-assistant was Sharona Fleming, played to perfection, if not Emmy-acknowledged, by Bitty Schram. Beginning in the second half of Season Three, Monk’s sidekick became Natalie Teeger, well-limned by Traylor Howard. The chemistry between Shaloub’s Monk and Howard’s Teeger is very good. The chemistry between Shaloub and Schram was Brangelina great.
In announcing Schram’s departure in the Summer of 2004, USA claimed producers were looking to take the series in a different direction. But rumor was Schram believed that she wasn’t getting enough screen time. I hope the rumor was untrue. With 99% of the Screen Actors Guild living below the national poverty line, mental cruelty, illness, family emergencies, and better roles, should be the only reasons for an actor to quit a hit, award-winning gig. As for screen time, how much has Bitty Schram grabbed in the two years since leaving the goose that laid her golden, award-winning egg?
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