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Veronica Santiago and Neil Estep review Hairspray, Chuck & Larry, and Premonition in this episode of FilmCrunch.
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Aubrey O'Day-Levi Johnston may be done with Playgirl, but there’s still a family to feed. Now, Johnston and fiancee Bristol Palin are shopping around a reality show. Interested parties have to commit to a full series - not just a pilot.

-Meanwhile, Aubrey O’Day already has another program in the works. The former Danity Kane singer and Making the Band star will now front The Aubrey O’Day Project. The Oxygen show will focus on O’Day’s attempt to make a comeback in the music industry.

-Who’s the hottest guy on Comedy Central? It’s not Stephen Colbert or Jon Stewart. It’s Daniel Tosh. Tosh.0‘s second season has been topping both The Daily Show and The Colbert Report in viewers and demos.

-Teen series Degrassi is introducing a new first this school year: the show’s first transgender character. The groundbreaking series began its latest season last night on TeenNick.


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My Boys DVDHere are some of the options available this Tuesday:

  • Being Human (Season 1)
  • Courage the Cowardly Dog (Season 1)
  • Degrassi: The Next Generation (Season 9)
  • Jersey Shore (Uncensored) (Season 1)
  • Look Around You (Season 1)
  • Matlock (Season 5)
  • My Boys (Seasons 2 & 3)
  • My Bride is a Mermaid (Season 1, Part 1)
  • Rin: Daughters of Mnemosyne (Complete Series)  **Blu-ray**
  • Super Friends! (Season 1, Vol. 2)
  • Tin Man (TV Miniseries)  **Blu-ray**

Make sure to also check out the DVD and Blu-ray film options for this week.

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The Real Housewives of Atlanta

(You can view TV Envy’s Fall Television Programming Schedule here.)

 

MONDAY (10/6)
  • Two and a Half Men (CBS, 9pm):  “Alan tries dating two women at the same time.” I remember when Ducky was pining over just Molly Ringwald. He’s all growns up now.
  • Prison Break (FOX, 9pm):  “Sara learns something disturbing about Michael.” She realizes that if it weren’t for his steely gaze and tattoos, Michael would just be your average white guy.
  • I Want to Work for Diddy (VH1, 9pm):  Series finale. “The final contestants train with Marcus Buckingham and are interviewed by Diddy.” If they mistakenly admit their loyalty for McCain, Diddy will retreat back under the covers.
  • Exiled (MTV, 10:30pm):  “A hip hop star’s daughter is sent to the island nation Vanuatu to live in a bug-filled jungle in the shadow of an active volcano.” Had she wasted her youth watching Survivor: Vanuatu, she would have been prepared.

Click to continue reading This Week on TV (10/6-10/12)


Saving Grace

(You can view TV Envy’s Summer Television Programming Schedule here.)

 

MONDAY (7/14)
  • Top Gear (BBC, 8pm):  Season premiere. “A game of car soccer is played.” No wonder kids are too fat these days. They can’t even get out of their car to actually kick a ball!
  • American Gladiators (NBC, 8pm):  “In the ladies tilt, a student tries to make the grade against a future figure skater.” As we’ve learned from , figure skaters come with an unfair advantage.
  • The Closer (TNT, 9pm): Season 4 premiere. “Fritz and Brenda’s new duplex forbids the presence of pets, but that doesn’t stop Brenda from keeping Kitty on the premises.” If Kitty is the pet, what’s Fritz?
  • Saving Grace (TNT, 10pm):  Season 2 premiere. “Grace gets busy on her day off: She works to unlock the secrets of her her haunted past, but instead ends up apprehending a criminal on the FBI’s Most Wanted list.” And I’ll bet she doesn’t get paid for doing all that work on her own time.

Click to continue reading This Week on TV (7/14-7/20)


Burn Notice

(You can view TV Envy’s Summer Television Programming Schedule here.)

 

MONDAY (7/7)
  • The Bachelorette (ABC, 8pm):  “In the season finale, DeAnna has a choice to make between the two finalists after taking her two suitors to a Grand Bahama Island and home to Georgia to meet her family.” In the event of a tiebreaker, the most photogenic candidate should always be chosen. Good wedding photos last forever.
  • Jon & Kate Plus 8 (TLC, 9pm):  “As the sextuplets turn 4, Jon and Kate take them to a bakery to decorate their own birthday cupcakes with the stipulation that they can’t eat them until after dinner.” Cupcakes? Note to the Jolie-Pitt clan. More kids = smaller birthday celebrations.
  • Verminators ( Discovery, 10pm):  “Jamie has to tackle his fears when he is called in to deal with a black widow.” Apparently someone needs to work on his rochambeau skills.
  • Psychic Kids: Children of the Paranormal (A&E, 10pm):  “A story of ReAnna Kelly, a girl supposedly visited by spirits, including that of her deceased grandmother, jazz singer Nina Simone.” There are times when hearing the song ‘Sinnerman’ is not so cool.

Click to continue reading This Week on TV (7/7-7/13)


Here are some of the options available this Tuesday.

Degrassi: The Next Generation, Season 6

  • Absolutely Fabulous - Absolutely Everything
  • The Adventures of the Black Stallion (Season 3)
  • Degrassi: The Next Generation (Season 6)
  • Frontline: Bush’s War
  • The Grand (Complete Collection)
  • Gunsmoke (Season 2, Vol. 2)
  • Intervention: Then and Now (Season 1)
  • Lipstick Jungle (Season 1)
  • Monsterquest (Season 1)
  • One Piece: First Voyage (Uncut) (Season 1)
  • Rawhide (Season 3, Vol. 1)
  • WWE: Backlash 2008

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Here are some of the TV-on-DVD options you can find on the shelves this Tuesday:

Family Ties

  • Degrassi High (The Complete Collection)
  • Roots (The Complete Collection)
  • Roots: The Next Generations (Four-Disc Set)
  • Stargate SG-1 (The Complete Series)
  • Everybody Hates Chris (Season 2)
  • Family Ties (Season 2)
  • Girlfriends (Season 2)
  • CSI: NY (Season 3)
  • Murder, She Wrote (Season 7)

Click here to see the Movies-On-DVD options for this week.
Click here to see the new titles released on HD DVD and Blu-Ray.

 


30 Rock

 

MONDAY (10/1)
  • Everybody Hates Chris (CW, 8pm):  Season premiere
  • Aliens in America (CW, 8:30pm):  Series premiere
  • Girlfriends (CW, 9pm):  Season premiere
  • The Game (CW, 9:30pm):  Season premiere
  • Dr. Steve-O (USA, 11pm):  Series premiere

Click to continue reading This Week on TV (10/1-10/7)


Ugly Betty  The CW let America’s Next Top Model kick off the new network last week—now they’re hoping you’ll stick around to see the other premieres they have to offer.  Also up, the much-hyped debut of Ugly Betty.  Will the stellar reviews have any effect on last season’s best comedy,The Office?


MONDAY
Heroes (9pm on NBC)
7th Heaven (8pm on CW)
Runaway (9pm on CW)

TUESDAY
Gilmore Girls (8pm on CW)

WEDNESDAY
One Tree Hill (9pm on CW)

THURSDAY
Ugly Betty (8pm on ABC)
Smallville (8pm on CW)
Supernatural (9pm on CW)

FRIDAY
Degrassi (9pm EST on The N)

SATURDAY
Saturday Night Live (11:30pm on NBC)

SUNDAY (10/1)
Everybody Hates Chris (7pm on CW)
All of Us (7:30pm on CW)
Girlfriends (8pm on CW)
The Game (8:30pm on CW)


Description  The ending of Will & Grace has taken away two gay roles from our boob tubes this season—and those who care about equal representation for gays should be concerned.

Did you know that of all the regular characters on major networks last year, less than 2% of them in primetime were gay, lesbian or bisexual?  And the numbers don’t fare much better this year.  GLAAD (The Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation) has been analyzing the numbers for several seasons now.  Of the 95 Fall shows announced so far (for ABC, NBC, CBS, FOX, CW and MyNetworkTV), only 9 of the regular characters are gay or lesbian.  That’s down one from last year.  In other words, out of the 679 roles—only 1.3% are homosexual.

Keep in mind—this study only applies to the major networks.  Maybe that’s why cable is increasing in popularity.  We need to turn to shows like The L Word and Degrassi to see greater diversity.

Trivia question:  Of the 9 gay/lesbian roles this fall—only 3 are from returning shows.  What are those shows?  AnswerDesperate Housewives (Andrew), ER (Carrie) and The Office (Oscar - the closeted gay).

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