Monthly Archives: June 2008

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!

Ox Notes: June 16, 2008

Top Chef: Chicago winner Stephanie Izard has been besieged by interviewers since her victory. MSN, People, and the Chicago Tribune all interviewed the chef. The Trib also posted video of an online chat they did with Stephanie, who told the A.V. Club that contestants kill time in the "stew room" while the judges deliberate by "playing with the Gladware."

Fox has signed Jason Bateman to a one-year TV development deal.

Gossip Girl‘s Jenny Humphrey character may get her own spin-off series.

Mel B’s skimpy outfits on Dancing with the Stars no doubt prepared her for her new career as an underwear model.

NBC has moved up the premiere of its poorly cast Celebrity Family Feud to June 24 at 9 ET, putting it up against the debut of one of my most highly anticipated summer series, I Survived a Japanese Game Show. Raven-Symone versus Wayne Newton, or a game called "Chicken Butt Scramble" — the choice is obvious.

I Survived a Japanese Game Show should benefit from a lead in by another new game show premiering that night called Wipeout. If you’ve watched anything on ABC in the last month, you’ve probably seen the promos with contestants jumping onto giant red balls and falling helplessly into the mud. I am not exaggerating when I say that I laugh out loud every time I see one of the commercials.

Just in case you’re not familiar with the show, here’s a preview of ABC’s Wipeout:

Ox Notes: June 12, 2008

I confess: I was planning on skipping this season of So You Think You Can Dance. I’m still a little burnt out from the unbearably long episodes of Dancing with the Stars 6, and I thought summer would be a nice time to do some reading. But I flipped through the channels last night and fell victim to SYTYCD‘s secret weapon: Mary Murphy. I’d forgotten how hilarious she is, and now I’m doomed.

In case you missed the show, here are links to videos of the performances: Susie & Marquis, Kourtni & Matt, Comfort & Chris, Chelsea & Thayne, Chelsie & Mark, Rayven & Jamie, Katee & Joshua, Jessica & Will, Courtney & Gev, and Kherington & Twitch.

I’m very happy with the results of the Top Chef: Chicago finale. has a blog post about the finale by judge Ted Allen, as well as an interview with the winner.

Don’t forget, you can chat with Top Chef finalist Stephanie today at 1 p.m. CT, courtesy of the Chicago Tribune.

Even though he didn’t make it to the finale, Top Chef: Chicago‘s Spike is still a winner. His restaurant, Good Stuff Eatery, is scheduled to open in Washington D.C. by June 24.

Hoping to capitalize on the success of Top Chef, Bravo has two new food shows in the works, including Top Chef Junior and an untitled project starring celebrity chef Jean-Christophe Novelli.

The matchups for NBC’s Celebrity Family Feud have been announced, eliminating any desire I had to watch the show. Kathie Lee Gifford and family vs. Duane "Dog the Bounty Hunter" Chapman and family? That’s the best you could do, NBC?

Marlee Matlin is writing a book, set to be released some time in 2009.

The A.V. Club has an interview with the always hilarious host of The Soup, Joel McHale.

SAG president Alan Rosenberg told Variety that he doesn’t think the union will have a new contract in place before the current one expires on June 30.

Yahoo! has a well-considered Summer Viewing List of TV shows on DVD, including suggestions for further viewing: "If you like Arrested Development, also check out Curb Your Enthusiasm." The list is full of great shows, although I recommend skipping Wonderfalls, one of the "also check out" suggestions under the entry for the excellent Freaks & Geeks.

This isn’t TV news, but People has a video featuring the new lead singer of Journey — a guy from the Philippines that the band found on YouTube. The singer, Arnel Pineda, sounds exactly like Steve Perry.

I’m taking tomorrow off. Have a great weekend!

Ox Notes: June 11, 2008

The Top Chef: Chicago finale airs tonight at 10 ET on Bravo. I’m rooting for Stephanie to win, and so is the rest of Chicago. She recently did an interview with the Chicago Tribune, and she will be video chatting with fans of the show at the newspaper’s website on Thursday at 1 p.m. CT. You can submit questions for the chef here.

Stephanie’s fellow Top Chef: Chicago contestant, Antonia, spoke with People about getting cut just shy of the finale.

The hosts of Top Chef are getting nearly as much press as the contestants. Salon has an interview with Tom Colicchio, and the Los Angeles Times interviewed Padma Lakshmi.

Frequent Top Chef guest judge Ted Allen will host Food Detectives on the Food Network. The new show — which sounds like a culinary version of Mythbusters — premieres on July 29 at 9 p.m. ET.

Foodies out there might be interested in this MSNBC article about up-and-coming Chicago chef Grant Achatz and his battle with tongue cancer.

Also on the tube tonight, the Top 20 dancers of So You Think You Can Dance 4 take the stage. OK! Magazine interviewed judge/producer Nigel Lythgoe, who says the breakers are the dancers to watch this season. Leave a comment below if you’d like me to open up the MOIB Chat Room during tonight’s show.

It’s a slow day for news about that other dance show, Dancing with the Stars. Mario Lopez was recently seen driving the Oscar Meyer wiener mobile, and Marissa Jaret Winokur still isn’t ready for the birth of her first child.

MSN had a neat article about TV’s Hall of Shame — shows that aired two episodes or less before getting canned. I wonder if The Mole will be added to that list; The Mole’s second episode lost 16% of its viewers, giving it an audience of 3.97 million.

Ox Notes: June 10, 2008

Members of the Writers Guild joined SAG members at a solidarity rally yesterday, where speakers urged SAG members with dual membership in AFTRA to delay voting on AFTRA’s new contract with the studios. However, SAG’s own leadership is split over the new anti-AFTRA strategy.

I’m waiting to see if The Mole‘s ratings improved on last week’s dismal numbers. After watching last night’s new episode, I realized that part of the problem inherent in the format is that viewers have no way to predict who will be eliminated, nor any idea why the eliminated player was sent home. Reality Blurred suspects that unlikeable players like Paul might also keep viewers from investing in the show.

Reality Blurred also has a list of the reported cast members of Celebrity Rehab 2, which inexplicably includes police brutality victim Rodney King.

Brody Jenner of The Hills is looking to add a member to his entourage via an MTV "dating" show titled Bromance.

Speaking of MTV shows, Shane Sparks says his duties on America’s Best Dance Crew won’t keep him from participating in So You Think You Can Dance. Sparks is choreographing a group hip-hop number for the June 17th episode of SYTYCD.

The second season of America’s Best Dance Crew premiered on Saturday, featuring the Xtreme Dance Force — a group of guys who honed their craft on the mean streets of north Naperville (assuming that a street with a Gap Baby store on it can also be mean). Vote for the boyz from my ‘hood here.

Another SYTYCD choreographer, Tyce Diorio (whose real name is Keith), made his debut as a judge on last night’s premiere of TLC’s Master of Dance. The show, hosted by Dancing with the Stars vet Joey Lawrence, got a negative review from the Boston Herald. The first two half-hour episodes will rerun on Sunday night at 9 ET.

DwtS vet Stacy Keibler has joined the cast of ABC Family’s Samurai Girl. And DwtS pro Cheryl Burke is looking forward to taking her first vacation in three years.

Sharon Osbourne has reportedly signed on for the next edition of the U.K.’s Strictly Come Dancing.

Bill Moyers, host of the best news program on television, will appear on tonight’s episode of Countdown with Keith Olbermann (MSNBC, 8 ET) to talk about being ambushed recently by a producer for Fox News’ The O’Reilly Factor. Several news outlets were on hand to record the naive producer get politely, but decisively, owned by Moyers. It’s worth watching the below video just to see the producer slink off after having his ass handed to him in front of about a dozen reporters.