Monthly Archives: June 2008

Ox Notes: June 30, 2008

The Screen Actors Guild’s contract expires at midnight, and it doesn’t look like a deal will be made by day’s end. There’s no official word yet on whether a strike is imminent.

Looks like casting for Dancing with the Stars 7 is underway. Recently retired NFL defensive lineman Warren Sapp — who once lost his job to a man named Booger — says he has been asked to appear on DwtS, and he will likely accept.

Congratulations to Chris Kattan, who married a model in Yosemite this weekend. Somehow, the celebrity supercouple was able to keep the paparazzi at bay. For all you lonely lads out there, this has been a very inspirational week in celebrity news. In a world where Mini-Me can have a sex tape and Mango can marry a beautiful model, anything is possible.

Buffy/Angel/Firefly/Dollhouse creator Joss Whedon’s online musical, Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog, has set a debut date for its first episode: July 15. The show — which stars Neil Patrick Harris, Felicia Day, and Nathon Fillion — has a teaser trailer online at its official site.

The first season of Mad Men arrives on DVD tomorrow. I’ve never seen the show, but I’ve heard so many good things about it that I’ve already got the set pre-ordered at Amazon.

Finally, Bob Saget will become Comedy Central’s latest celebrity roast victim, when he gets flambéd on August 17. In a way, it’s a weird choice, because Saget is the former Full House cast member whose real life least lends itself to ridicule. But I’m excited, if only to hear Saget’s rebuttal at the end of the show; he’s actually a great comedian. Here’s a long clip of Saget in action, from the movie The Aristocrats, the tale of the world’s dirtiest joke. (Fair warning: this clip is about the filthiest thing I’ve ever heard. Seriously. Avoid it if you’re capable of being offended by, well, anything.)

Ox Notes: June 27, 2008

CBS announced its fall premiere dates. The season kicks off on September 18 with the debut of Survivor: Gabon.

The Emmys announced the top ten finalists being considered for nomination in the categories of TV drama and comedy.

Jeff Goldblum will replace Chris Noth on Law & Order: Criminal Intent.

Because nothing brightens your day like a Bateman, here’s a link to video of an interview Jason Bateman did with Entertainment Tonight, as well as video of his recent appearance on Countdown, where he was joined by fellow Arrested Development cast member, David Cross.

Transitioning from Bateman to Batman, here’s an interview with Adam West.

Video game maker Activision is working on Dancing with the Stars: Get Your Dance On! for the Wii and Nintendo DS. I played Activision’s first DwtS game on the Playstation 2, and it was one of the worst, most hastily assembled games I’ve ever played. I’m not sure why it merited a sequel.

ET has a short interview with DwtS alum Marissa Jaret Winokur, as well as a home video shot by Cristian de la Fuente & Cheryl Burke when they reunited to teach a dance class. Even after several weeks apart, Cristian & Cheryl still seem like good buddies.

Zap2It has a recap of last night’s So You Think You Can Dance results show. Did the right dancers go home?

Ox Notes: June 26, 2008

It’s a big day for televised sports here at MOIB HQ. The NBA Draft starts at 7:30 p.m. ET on ESPN, and Spain takes on Russia in the Euro 2008 semi-finals at 2:30 ET this afternoon, also on ESPN.

Hopefully, today’s soccer broadcast won’t be interrupted like yesterday’s match was. Lightning knocked out power to the international broadcast center, depriving me of seeing the last 14 minutes of the game in which my pick to win, Turkey, lost to Germany.

Wipeout put up good ratings for ABC on Tuesday.

Swingtown‘s Grant Show gave TV Guide an interview about his mustache.

EW posted the complete list of its 100 New TV Classics.

USA Today has a list of 12 shows to watch on the Web. Twin Peaks might not be as scary on a small computer monitor.

So You Think You Can Dance judges Mary Murphy and Dan Karaty gave their thoughts on last night’s performances to Us Magazine.

Here are links to videos of all of last night’s SYTYCD performances: Courtney & Gev, Katee & Joshua, Chelsea & Thayne, Kourtni & Matt, Jessica & Will, Comfort & Chris, Kherington & Twitch, and Chelsie & Mark.

Ox Notes: June 25, 2008

Last night’s premieres of Wipeout and I Survived a Japanese Game Show fulfilled every hope I had for them (links lead to full episodes, available for viewing at ABC’s website). Wipeout is like American Gladiators with a sense of humor and less testosterone, and Japanese Game Show has nice a cultural "fish out of water" element akin to The Amazing Race.

The Mole will air one more new episode this coming Monday before taking a break on July 7, returning with a special recap episode on July 14. New episodes presumably return the following week.

Drew Lachey has started a Broadway run as part of the cast of the musical Spamalot.

Dancing with the Stars alums Jerry Springer and Mel B will host the Miss Universe Pageant, which airs on NBC on July 13.

Variety’s Brian Lowry writes about the growing sentiment in Hollywood that SAG should stop hoping that they can negotiate a better contract with the studios than AFTRA did, and avoid another lengthy strike.

Entertainment Weekly posted shows #75-51 on its list of 100 New TV Classics. Has anyone younger than 25 even heard of Wiseguy, which EW ranks at #74?

MSN has a list of ’80s personalities worthy of their own reality shows, including inspired choices like Yahoo Serious and William Zabka, a.k.a. Johnny from The Karate Kid. He’ll decide when you’ve had enough.

Ox Notes: June 24, 2008

The night I’ve been looking forward to for weeks is finally here: Wipeout and I Survived a Japanese Game Show premiere tonight! The hour-long shows start at 8 ET on ABC. In their honor, MSN compiled a list of the most accident-prone TV shows ever.

Also premiering tonight is NBC’s Celebrity Family Feud, which Variety’s Brian Lowry describes as "harmless but tepid at-best." Lowry says that there is only one memorable moment from the debut episode, and People conveniently posted a video clip of the moment at their website, so now you don’t even have to watch the show.

OK! Magazine reports that Cameron Mathison’s TLC game show, Your Place or Mine, is in danger of being canceled.

Speaking of canceled shows, The Hollywood Report blog Live Feed reports that there is absolutely no chance that CBS’s Moonlight will be resurrected by another network.

The Futon Critic has a development update with news about several shows, including Big Love and Dexter.

Entertainment Weekly compiled a list of its "New TV Classics": 100 shows made since 1983 that they think will stand the test of time. The magazine posted numbers 100-76 online, and considering that Saved By the Bell and The Arsenio Hall Show made the cut, they probably should’ve gone with a shorter list.

CBS Paramount recently released the second season of The Fugitive on DVD, but with an entirely new background score. This Variety article on the angry backlash from fans of the classic series provides an excellent tutorial on the tricky issue of securing music rights for digital releases — the main reason why Dancing with the Stars will likely never come out on DVD.

Ox Notes: June 23, 2008

It’s a slow news day in TV-land. The big industry news of the day is that Mark Burnett Productions is for sale for $400 million.

Supernatural creator Eric Kripke signed a two-year development deal with Warner Brothers, which may include a Supernatural spin-off series set in the Old West. Perhaps audiences will get to see exactly how and why "The Colt" was created.

ESPN announced the anchor lineup for its new, all-day version of SportsCenter, which premieres on August 11. Too bad one of my favorite anchors, Linda Cohn, is scheduled to host while I’m still asleep, from 6-9 a.m. ET.

So You Think You Can Dance judge Mary Murphy talked about her infamous laugh with Chelsea Handler.

Entertainment Weekly’s SYTYCD recapper wasn’t happy about Marquis’ elimination last Thursday.

Adam Carolla stopped by The Soup on Friday to promote — what else? — the DVD release of his movie, The Hammer.

Ox Notes: June 20, 2008

Studios are preparing one final offer to present to SAG before ending negotiations with the actors union. SAG is reluctant to make any moves before AFTRA announces on July 8 whether its members have approved their new contract.

Jim Carrey is producing a new show for HBO starring one of my favorite comics, Lisa Lampanelli.

Several other noteworthy comedians have signed on for TBS’s revival of Match Game, including Sarah Silverman, Norm MacDonald, and Super Dave Osborne.

Reality show has-beens are getting a few more minutes of fame courtesy of two new shows in the works. Fox Reality Channel is producing Gimme My Reality Show!, in which notable contestants (e.g., Project Runway‘s Santino Rice) will compete in challenges. And VH1 is bringing back losers from the shows Flavor of Love, Rock of Love, and I Love New York to compete for cash on a show called I Love Money.

Weekend dance party Soul Train is getting new owners who hope to expand the brand and reach a younger audience.

Next season, Smallville will introduce the villain Doomsday as a "charismatic paramedic," according to TV Guide. Wow, they’ve really run out of bad guys. Look for the charismatic paramedic to team up with a kindhearted florist and a humble baker in the season finale.

E! explains why stars insist on driving themselves, instead of just hiring drivers who won’t treat their vehicles like Bumper Cars.

Jason Taylor will guest star on Sesame Street when its new season kicks off on August 11.

Mario Lopez’s Broadway run in A Chorus Line has been cut short because a bigger star — Katie Holmes — needs the theater. According to the MSNBC report, Mario is pissed: "Let’s face it, he doesn’t have much going on right now."

Mario’s ex, Karina Smirnoff, is accepting resumes from "single, good guys" who would like to be her boyfriend, she told Us magazine.

Ox Notes: June 19, 2008

It’s Half-Naked Guy Day at My Ox Is Broken!

I didn’t intend for today’s Ox Notes to have a theme. While thinking of ways to encourage MOIB readers to watch the Euro 2008 soccer tournament (tomorrow’s match between Turkey & Croatia should be great), I figured I’d write something like, "If you thought Jason Taylor was hot on Dancing with the Stars, check out Cristiano Ronaldo of Portugal."

I noticed that all of the gossip mags are covering the release of the new Georgia Armani underwear ads featuring David Beckham. That fits in with the football theme, so nothing wrong with linking to pics of Becks in his skivvies.

And then, posted a photo of Mario Lopez’s centerfold spread for People magazine’s Hottest Bachelors issue. Mario’s completely naked, with only his hand covering Little Mario. It’s way more Slater than I ever wanted to see. Straight guys should not click on the link, unless "Gouge Own Eyes Out" was already on today’s To Do list.

With all of the attention he’s getting these days, you’d think someone would tell Mario Lopez to stop talking so much. He told The Insider that he wishes he would have dated Eva Longoria Parker before she got married.

Former Twin Peaks (and, less notably, Viva Laughlin) star Madchen Amick has been cast as the older woman interested in Nate on season two of Gossip Girl.

A new t-shirt featuring Andrew’s famous phrase, "I have a culinary boner," was revealed on last night’s Top Chef: Chicago Reunion. The shirt is available for purchase here.

Variety has an article about L.A. fashion designers featured on past seasons of Project Runway.

Last night’s episode of Countdown with Keith Olbermann featured a helpful explanation of why gas prices are so high. It all has to do with something known as the "Enron loophole," which you can safely assume is not good.

Finally, here are links to videos of performances on last night’s episode of So You Think You Can Dance: Comfort & Chris, Kherington & Twitch, Kourtni & Matt, Jessica & Will, Chelsie & Mark, Katee & Joshua, Courtney & Gev, Susie & Marquis, and Chelsea & Thayne.

Ox Notes: June 18, 2008

Mario Lopez — who spent the last year cheating on Karina Smirnoff with a Hooters waitress who’s a member of the cast of I Survived a Japanese Game Show — is People’s Hottest Bachelor of 2008. The cad told People that he’s looking for a girl from a "modest sort of upbringing." I’m sure he’ll be ready to settle down as soon as he finds her.

The Top Chef: Chicago Reunion airs on Bravo tonight at 10 ET. After Elton has an interview with Lisa Fernandes, who sounds far less villainous than she appeared on the show.

TV Guide writer Carita Rizzo tried her hand at the stunts seen on Celebrity Circus.

Yahoo! has a list of musicians whose careers were resurrected by reality TV.

A Variety article explains the technicalities of what will happen after SAG’s contract with the studios expires on June 30.

The A.V. Club has a fascinating interview with Robert Smigel — who’s probably best known as the voice of Triumph the Insult Comic Dog — about the process of writing a comedy film.

This may only be of interest to my husband, brother, and brother-in-law, but the blog The House Next Door has an in-depth discussion of the movie Krull. And, yes, that really is Liam Neeson riding a fire mare in this scene from the movie.

If you’d like to completely ruin your productivity for the rest of the day, watch this webcam of a lioness and her cubs in their den at a zoo in Norway. "Adorable" doesn’t do these kitties justice.

Ox Notes: June 17, 2008

Production of TV pilots and shows scheduled to return in the fall is slowing down,as it looks increasingly likely that actors will go on strike in the next few weeks.

MSNBC has a list of five celebrities who should consider retiring from reality TV.

Top Chef is going on tour.

In other Bravo show news, Heidi Klum makes nearly $1.6 million each year for her work on Project Runway.

Adam Carolla, late of Dancing with the Stars, will host NBC’s Americanized version of the U.K. hit Top Gear.

DwtS pro Karina Smirnoff teared up as she told E!’s Chelsea Handler about recently finding out that Mario Lopez spent the last year cheating on her with a Hooters waitress.

Julianne Hough spoke with Entertainment Tonight about life as a touring country musician.

Thanks to MOIB reader Deb, who found a video of Julianne’s bro, Derek, performing with Mark Ballas at "Dancing with Desire" on Thursday (here’s a video of Elena Grinenko & Tony Dovolani dancing at the same event). Fellow DwtS pro Fabian Sanchez sang lead vocals as Derek and Mark played "La Bamba," with accompaniment by Tony, Maksim Chmerkovskiy, and Jesse DeSoto. Enjoy!