Hollywood never ceases to amaze us with the industry's routine absurdity, and this week is no different: In its latest issue, Us Weekly reveals that some of the new 90210 actresses are too thin. But, let's be serious here, there's no way these girls were cast for their acting abilities ??? the producers obviously picked who would best represent the young and beautiful. The show's leading lady (besides Lucille Bluth, of course), Shenae Grimes, is 5-foot-3 and comes in at an astonishing 90 pounds; co-star Jessica Stroup is 5-foot-8 and 100 pounds. Apparently this is alarming (you think?), so the show's producers and stars are "poised to take action," whatever that means.
Hey, remember the days when the beautiful 90210 girls actually weighed more than a feather? Poor Brenda Walsh would be shunned for being "the fat girl" if she were part of today's high school crew.
'DAILY SHOW' GETS EX-BRITISH PM "Former UK Prime Minister Tony Blair is to appear on US satirical TV show The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. Mr Blair guests on the late-night show, which will be broadcast to a national television audience on Thursday. He is the sixth current or ex-leader of a country - including two former US presidents - to have been on the show."
'SEVEN DWARFS' DRAMEDY IN THE WORKS "Heigh-ho! Fox is developing a contemporary take on the classic Walt Disney tale of 'Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs' … Tentatively titled 'Georgia and the Seven Associates,' the hourlong dramedy, produced by ABC Studios, is tonally described as 'The Devil Wears Prada' meets 'Taxi' set in Los Angeles' legal circles. It centers on Georgia Burnett, a young lawyer who is banished from a top law firm run by her stepmother and forced to team up with seven quirky lawyers at a storefront legal office. … The associates at the firm will have the personalities of the Seven Dwarfs. For instance, Doc is an ambulance chaser who carries neck braces in his trunk, and Sleepy is a bike messenger who parties at night and naps in the office. Some of the legal cases will be modernized fairy tales, like one about three people whose homes were taken away by Wolf Corp."
I'll admit that I never watched the original 90210 (I know, I know), so the revelation of the father of Kelly's baby really didn't provide much suspense for me. I do, however, know that the original characters are the only reason this new version of the show is mildly popular, and the rest of you are likely on the edge of your computer chairs in anticipation. For the answer, watch the end of the provided clip. (Spoiler alert, obviously.)
A couple of months ago it was Gisele Bundchen, now V Magazine enlisted the always lovely Tyra Banks to appear on the cover of the latest issue. It never ceases to amaze us that a woman who took off her pants on national television is still taken seriously.
Click through for the rest of the pictures from her shoot, which features some serious smiling with the eyes.
MTV's Total Request Live, the music video countdown show that seemed really amazing back in 1998 and then rapidly became worse as everyone grew older, will go off the air in November.
The show's 10-year run will end in a two-hour Saturday afternoon special. But don't cry yet: TRL's executive producer promised the show isn't ending for good ??? it's simply taking a break. Perhaps when the show returns it could be, oh, we don't know … filmed live? Instead of on a Monday morning? And it could focus on an actual countdown, like the premise suggests? Yikes, we sound old.
TV GETS A NEW, SWEATY 'SOUP' "E! Entertainment's 'The Soup' franchise is cooking up a new sports-flavored edition for sibling cabler Versus. 'Sports Soup,' which bows 10 p.m. Oct. 14, will be shot in L.A. and produced by the team behind 'The Soup.' Comedian Matt Iseman has been tapped to host. … "Sports Soup' will offer viewers an undistorted glimpse into sports,' said Marc Fein, exec VP of programming production and business operations at Versus. 'It's our way of providing a voice to sports fans as the show will say what we are all thinking but no one is actually saying."
'THE VIEW' FROM THE RIGHT What a freakin' America in which some of the toughest questions political candidates are forced to face come not from the anchors on CNN, MSNBC, Fox, or from the American people themselves, but from daytime coffee klatch The View. Click here to see Barbara Walters et al very awesomely grill Senator John McCain about his bullshit claims that Obama called Palin a pig and how soon after being elected he's going to make sure women can't do with their bodies what they see fit. The orange background is funny, because we really do think this was Johnny's version of hell.
Tina Fey is in talks to return to Saturday Night Live to play vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin. Lorne Michaels admitted during a Thursday afternoon conference call that "there are discussions" and "they are ongoing."
Pair that with the promise of a terribly awkward hosting job by Michael Phelps, and Saturday night is sure to be glorious.
Sad news for 90210 fans: Shannon Doherty announced that her character, Brenda Walsh, only filmed four episodes and is unable to stick around for more due to other projects. Um, Shannon? We're not the actors here, but it's probably wise to stick with what works, and Brenda Walsh will always work. This TV pilot you're working on will either a) not get picked up or b) get the axe after one season. If you don't believe us, the series is titled The Lost Treasure of the Grand Canyon. That says enough.
To see how she did on the pilot episode of the new 90210, watch at left.
We don't watch Grey's Anatomy because we just don't, so we have no idea what exactly is going on in all these ads on the site. In all seriousness – and we need to know this like Matt Damon needs to know if Sarah Palin believes an old man made us all out of clay – do they really say "poignant" things like "You're my person" on that show?
This time last year, everyone was discussing Britney Spears' disastrous "comeback performance" at the VMAs, something we called a "calamitous waterloo." One year later, last night Spears won all three Video Music Awards for which she was nominated, spoke without incident and read all the big words on the teleprompter. Basically, she behaved like a normal person in abnormal circumstances, which is all anyone has ever asked of her.
RUSSIA SEEKS TO FURTHER BAN LAUGHTER "Prosecutors in Russia want to ban the award-winning satirical U.S. cartoon South Park, calling the series 'extremist' after receiving viewer complaints, a spokeswoman said on Monday. … The Russian Union of Christians of Evangelical Faith had asked prosecutors to ban South Park after it said 20 experts had studied the show for its effect on young viewers. The group's leader, Konstantin Bendas, said 'South Park is just one of many cartoons that need to be banned from open broadcast…as it insults the feelings of religious believers and incites religious and national hatred.'"
Shane West showed up at the launch of the Nylon magazine TV issue, and he was sporting an unfortunate new hair cut. Remember when he used to be slightly good-looking? The great news is the cast of 90210 also showed up, further cementing their path on the road to quickly becoming has-beens. CONTINUED »
BRATS IN BEVERLY HILLS BEAT BRATS IN MANHATTAN "The famous zip is still hip. Young auds returned to '90210' on Tuesday, as CW's update of the iconic Fox sudser 'Beverly Hills 90210' set network records for a premiere. In its debut, according to preliminary Nielsen estimates, '90210' averaged a 2.6 rating/7 share in adults 18-49 and 4.9 million viewers overall, winning in the net's target demo of adults 18-34 (3.0/9) as well as women 18-34 (4.3/12). And in a good sign, '90210' built its audience a bit from its first hour to its second."
Very raggy rag Star magazine has done some digging and discovered that Leighton Meester, funny surname owner and Gossip Girl beeotch, was born in a halfway home while her mother was incarcerated for drug charges. Not sure why Star felt it necessary to bring this information to light, but now that it has, how much more respect do you have for this Leighton Meester lady, who maybe you once considered a throwaway, or didn't consider at all? We still can't produce a nugget of care for Gossip Girl, but good for her.
There was something off about last night's premiere of the new 90210, but I couldn't put my finger on it. While it wasn't necessarily bad ??? I'll definitely watch again, because my standards for television are quite low ??? I spent most of the two-hour show rolling my eyes. It may have something to do with the fact that the main character is a dead ringer for Ali Lohan.
Did anyone else watch? Care to review the premiere?
The ratings are in! The ratings are on it! Gossip Girl survived, and indeed flourished, during its second season premiere last night. Despite that stupid plotline with Blair and the British lord, GG saw a 6 percent increase among adults 18-49 and pulled in a total of 3.4 million viewers.