Jon Hamm hams it up [30 Rock]

Posted in 30 Rock, North Americana, spoilerama, video on January 31, 2009 by jetsamjr

A sneak peek at Jon Hamm in 30 Rock, playing Liz’s new love interest (hopefully he won’t turn out to be her long-lost cousin):

He handsome.


“I’m so bored I could die” [Sex and the City]

Posted in casting, North Americana, Sex and the City, video on January 31, 2009 by jetsamjr

When I first read that Kristen Johnston might play Patsy in the long-rumoured US remake of Ab Fab, I wasn’t sure if she was up to playing a washed-up booze bag. Then I remembered this scene from Sex and the City, and decided she’s juuuuust right for the role:


And you thought the real Paula Abdul was a nutbag… [American Idol]

Posted in American Idol, North Americana, WTF? on January 31, 2009 by jetsamjr

American IdolThis is the point where I stop pitying Paula Goodspeed, the Paula Abdul stalker who committed suicide outside the front of the American Idol judge’s home last year, and go back to thinking that she was just a crazy weirdo:

A post-mortem examination of Goodspeed’s body revealed a variety of piercings and body art, some of which were “artificial” tattoos drawn with makeup or paint. Vladimir Levicky, a deputy medical examiner, noted that during the autopsy “another tattoo is found over the inner aspect of the lower lip. It appears to read the name ‘Paula Abdul.'”

She had “Paula Abdul” tattooed inside her mouth?! That poor woman. (Aww… see, I do feel sorry for her after all.)

Gratuitous nudity alert! [Underbelly]

Posted in Australiana, neat!, Underbelly on January 30, 2009 by jetsamjr


Regular transmission of this blog resumes now that I have my Macbook back from the repairnerds after it broke again.

Speaking of things that are criminal, I previewed the first four episodes of Underbelly on Wednesday, and it’s good. My official review is here, but if you can’t be bothered clicking your mouse (which, let’s face it, is a lot of work) lemme just say that it’s entertaining, compelling, and features lots and lots and lots of boobs and bums.

… one of which belongs to Matthew Newton. It’s onscreen for one continuous shot that lasts at least 10 awkward seconds. You have been warned.

I’m not looking forward to the retro ’80s fashions this spin-off will inevitably reintroduce to society [Gossip Girl]

Posted in Gossip Girl, news, North Americana on January 16, 2009 by jetsamjr

Gossip GirlI’ve never really been into the idea of a Gossip Girl spin-off. Now that said spin-off is more or less a certainty, I’m… not particularly enthused. Isn’t one ridiculous teen drama with lots of melodrama and sex enough?

But. If The CW is going to force Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage into doing a spin-off, and if the spin-off must be about Lily (yawn) and Rufus (yawner), then they could do a lot worse than the 1980s-flashback idea they’ve come up with:

the spinoff will center on young Lily Rhodes (her maiden name) who, after a falling out with her parents, is forced to move in with her sister, the black sheep of the Rhodes family. Overnight, Lily has to transition from a life of luxury and education at a wealthy Montecito boarding school to living deep in the San Fernando Valley she once made fun of and going to public school. Caught between two worlds, Lily dives into the fast-paced Sunset Strip and the Hollywood lifestyle of the ’80s, journeying over the hill to a world of wealth and excess that used to be her own.

Eventually, she meets rocker Rufus Humphrey (played on “Gossip” by Matthew Settle) for a fling that will result in Lily’s secret pregnancy, but “that wouldn’t be for quite a while in the run of the show,” Schwartz said.

That actually sounds kind of interesting! Maybe Young Lily (or whatever its title turns out to be) will turn out to have the same nuance and attention to period details as Mad Men. (Ha ha ha!)

Ersatz Blake Lively [Gossip Girl]

Posted in Gossip Girl, North Americana, WTF? on January 14, 2009 by jetsamjr

Blake Lively is on the cover of Vogue… or rather, a young women who kinda looks like Blake Lively is on the cover of Vogue:

Gossip Girl

Seriously, who is this girl? Is it possible that Blake is really nothing without her great set of wild and luxurious blonde hair extensions?

Sawyer traumatised, naked [Lost]

Posted in hotness, Lost, North Americana on January 14, 2009 by jetsamjr

LostLost‘s Josh Holloway revealed that he and his wife Yessica were victims of a “brutal” home invasion in 2005:

“Having a gun held to our heads when we’re naked in our bedroom at four in the morning is never going to happen to my wife and me again… I took the FBI training course. I have home protection.”

That… sounds kind of hot, actually.