Archive for April, 2008

High-school drama = the best kind of drama [Friday Night Fights – The Paper]

Posted in North Americana, The Paper on April 30, 2008 by jetsamjr

If you’re not already watching The Paper, go watch it here. Seriously, if you’re reading this right now bored out of your mind searching for something to do, go watch it. No other reality show has so successfully captured the essence of high school.

So in this week’s episode the managing editor of the school paper, this charmingly irritating Tracy Flick-type called Amanda, worried about her deteriorating friendship with the co-editor Alex – not realising he bitches about her behind her back all the time. Ha!

So as Amanda is desperate to patch things up with Alex, on whom she harbours this completely obvious monster crush, he’s off asking out this other girl via text message. So fabulously embarrassing. I seriously can’t wait till next week, when Amanda finds out Alex is dating someone else. Dramas!



Girls Gone Stupid [Gossip Girl – Desperately Seeking Serena]

Posted in Gossip Girl, North Americana on April 30, 2008 by jetsamjr

In this week’s episode, the girls’ brains all fell out and slithered ungraciously around on polished checkerboard marble floors. Continue reading

Before they were glamorous [Gossip Girl]

Posted in Gossip Girl, hee!, North Americana on April 30, 2008 by jetsamjr

Cute. Cute! Cuuuuuuute!

Us has a hilarious collection of snaps of Queen B, Lonely Boy, Little J and the rest of the Gossip Girl main players taken before they moved to the Upper East Side and dolled themselves up. Aww, Penn Badgley still has his funny little front teeth!

Meanwhile, E! Online reckons that Queen B herself, Leighton Meester, will soon reprise her Entourage role of virginal pop princess Justine. OMFG, I totally forgot Leighton was ever in that show!


Gangy moves to Beverly Hills [90210]

Posted in 90210, Arrested Development, casting, North Americana on April 30, 2008 by jetsamjr

The 90210 remake just doubled its awesomeness.

Jessica Walter, best known for playing sozzled family matriarch Lucille Bluth in Arrested Development, has signed on to play sozzled family matriarch Tabitha Mills in 90210 2.0. If you’ve never seen Arrested Development, let me tell you: this is a role Jessica Walters plays to perfection.

(Actually, if you haven’t seen Arrested Development… what are you still doing reading this blog? Go buy the DVDs and then watch them repeatedly, stupid.)

Ol’ Tabby is a washed-up, faded Hollywood superstar who’s grandma to Annie and Dixon, the spin-off’s Brenda and Brandon equivalents. The CW is rushing the remake to TV later this year, and it’s starting to look like it might be awesome.


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Annoying Idol cliches not just confined to America [lists]

Posted in American Idol, Australian Idol, lists, North Americana on April 30, 2008 by jetsamjr

AOL TV rounds up American Idol‘s most annoying habits, and almost all of these could easily be transferred across to Australian Idol: The “Head Up, Arm Out” High Note, Results After the Break, and Number Fingers, which is godawful on any reality show.

Unfortunately the list leaves off what I reckon is American Idol‘s most annoying habit ever, which I already blogged about here.


Heroes hooked on speed [Heroes]

Posted in Heroes, North Americana, spoilerama on April 30, 2008 by jetsamjr

Kristin reveals that one of the baddies showing her face in the third season of Heroes, appropriately subtitled Villains, is a “nymph-like” lass named Joy. “Her power is superspeed—she’s lightning-fast, like the Flash. Hiro meets her in a museum. He asks her if she has powers and if she is trying to steal some art. She convinces him she’s on the up-and-up… and then makes off with a bunch of paintings.” Ooh! Should be interesting to see Hiro use his time-bending mojo to stop Joy in her tracks.


Jump the shark [lists]

Posted in 24, Heroes, lists, North Americana on April 30, 2008 by jetsamjr

The Boston Globe rounds up 14 of TV’s most notorious shark-jumps, rightly putting Kim’s mountain-lion attack on 24 at the top of the list – that was some cringey storytelling. (But 24 later improved and even won an Emmy Award, so I’m not sure if it counts as jumping the shark.)

Weirdly, the finale of Heroes‘ first season earns second place. Am I the only person in the whole world who actually enjoyed that episode?


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