Aubrey Loots, left, and Danny Leclair, standing next to notary public Marilyn Townsend, display their signed marriage certificate just days before their Rose Parade wedding. Loots and Leclair will wed on the AIDS Healthcare Foundation's float on New Year's Day.
If watching the Rose Parade is your New Year's Day tradition, Wednesday's broadcast will also make history. Aubrey Loots and Danny Leclair, a gay couple who have been together for 12 years, plan to tie the knot atop a giant wedding cake on the AIDS Healthcare Foundation float when it stops at the Rose Parade's reviewing stand on Wednesday. Hundreds of thousands of people line the 5-mile parade route through Pasadena and an estimated 80 million more are expected to watch on TV from around the world. The American Family Association has issued a warning to parents about the content, "Rather than risk exposing your children to the blatant promotion of a sinful lifestyle this Wednesday morning, we urge your family to simply skip watching the entire network televised parade altogether."
Despite the protests, The Pasadena Tournament of Roses, which puts on the parade, said in a statement that it is proud to have the AIDS Healthcare Foundation's float, adding it clearly represents this year's parade theme, "Dreams Come True." …Full Story
Staying in Tuesday night? If your idea of a hot New Year’s Eve date is soft jammies and a TV remote, we have some choices as you channel-surf your way into 2014.
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Back in the day, Jane Pauley and Bryant Gumbel were the anchors of the most profitable franchise on network TV. They will reunite to co-achor the Today show on Monday.
Remember when NBC's Today show was a monster in ratings? Think hard now. It was the '80s and the hosts, Jane Pauley and Bryant Gumbel, were as comfortable as a soft sweater but made it feel like the smart kid at school had read the paper for you and was filling you in. Set your TiVo to NBC Monday morning if you, like most of America, stopped watching this morning news program in recent years. They are getting the old band back together to co-anchor the morning show, for Monday at least.
Things may seem eerily similar for Gumbel and Pauley since they were co-anchors of Today back when the show played second fiddle to ABC’s Good Morning America in the ratings. Their pairing is credited with putting Today back on top.
Matt Lauer, who took over Gumbel's spot in 1997 when he left to anchor a primetime news magazine on CBS that never caught on, will be on hand Monday as well. Pauley left the show — or was eased out for the younger Deborah Norville, depending on your point of view – in 1989. She still appears on the show monthly for a segment in which she spotlights Americans over 50 embarking on new careers.Full Story
In case you missed the news this summer, Netflix made it a lot harder to find out when shows or movies will be expiring from the service. Luckily we have the interwebs and people with a lot of time on their hands, like this Reddit site that lists the notable movies and TV shows set to expire on Jan. 1. But you should note that Netflix seems to have very fluid agreements so some of these may only disappear from the site for a few months, a few days, or maybe even just a single day or a few hours. So all is not lost, necessarily, if you can't binge watch over the next few days.Full Story
Challenge accepted! Kathy Griffin aims to embarrass Anderson Cooper every New Year's Eve, like she did in 2012.
If your idea of a hot New Year’s Eve date is soft jammies and a TV remote, we have some choices as you channel-surf your way into 2014:
CNN’s New Year’s Eve from Times Square Anderson Cooper is a sucker for punishment because you know that Kathy Griffin will make it her life’s mission to once again embarrass the news man (like she did in 2012, above, when she stripped down to her lace bra). They will again host CNN’s coverage from Times Square from 9 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. ParentsTV.org already has a petition going, noting Griffin’s “love of graphic and totally inappropriate content is well-known.” Kathy should send them some flowers for that plug. Over the years, there has been semi-nudity, saucy language and plenty of sex talk. Last year, Griffin kissed Cooper’s crotch. In a statement, Cooper said, “Wait ... what? CNN hired her again? For real?” Griffin, humble as always, said, “I’m so thrilled Anderson Cooper has agreed to be my assistant once again as I single-handedly host New Year’s Eve on CNN for my global adoring audience.” …Full Story
We get it Miley Cyrus, you are all grown up now. The former Disney princess released a new music video today for her single Adore You and it's more of the same attention-grabbing (and crotch grabbing) antics we've come to expect from the Milester.
In this one, the 21-year-old singer is rolling around in bed in a nude-colored bra and panties and seems to be finding a lot to... explore. She shown filming herself on a handheld camera, then steaming up a milk bath while wearing a lace bodysuit. Couple of head-scratchers there for what she's going for. She bites the sheets a lot, chews on her fingers and writhes around while singing "You and me were meant to be in holy matrimony. God knew what he was doing when he led me to you." I don't think this is going to be making any wedding playlists.
The song, it should be noted, once again shows she is a good singer. Certainly good enough not to keep putting on these sad displays of attention seeking. I'm looking forward to the day she knocks off these antics meant to shock her Disney fans and just takes herself seriously as an artist. Because she really does have the potential. …Full Story
Chevy Chase is searching for 'That Spirit of Christmas' -- and a way out of the attic.
Yesterday, we celebrated the hairy hosannas of Billy Squier and his 1981 MTV-tastic hit Christmas Is the Time to Say I Love You. Today, we stay stuck in those merry '80s for another underrated holiday goodie: Ray Charles' 1985 heartwarmer That Spirit of Christmas, which soundtracks the slapstick-but-sweet attic scene in National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation. You can watch Chevy Chase's yuletide classic ("Clark, that's the gift that keeps on giving the whole year") on ABC Family on Christmas Day at 1 p.m. and 9 p.m. And you can hear Brother Ray's seasonal gem right here, right now, a chummy nod of love and thanks from your pals at the Feed. Full Story
Billy Squier firmly believes the holidays are an opportune time to tell a special someone how much you care about them.
On a recent bawdy boys trip to Miami, we were pleasantly, and constantly, visited by a certain ghost of MTV past: Billy Squier, whose The Stroke, Lonely Is the Night and Everybody Wants You found me via radio, TV, bars, stadiums, you name the glorious guitar-riff delivery system. It was the weirdest darn thing -- but kinda awesome, too. The one Squier classic I didn't hear, however, was the one I wanted to hear most of all: Christmas Is the Time to Say I Love You, which MTV helped make a hit when the hirsute underrated rock star famously visited the cable channel's set in 1981. This loose, awesomely amateurish office-party video features all manner of old-school veejays, including Martha Quinn and Nina Blackwood. God bless you, Billy Squier. And God bless us, everyone. Full Story
Gilbert Gottfriend is known for both family-friendly kid shows and the Aflac duck and really filthy standup comedy.
Back in 2008, I interviewed Gilbert Gottfried, who is performing stand-up in Clearwater this Sunday, and I marveled at his balancing act. He was still the voice of the Aflac duck at the time and managed to pull off parts in Disney movies (as Iago the Parrot in the Alladin movie and TV show) in kid shows on the Nickelodeon channel and his standup special, Dirty Jokes, which was one of the rawest, filthiest collection of foul humor ever recorded.
"I like to say my career walks the line between early morning children’s programming and hard-core porn,” he said.
In March of 2011 he crossed that line when Aflac fired him after he tweeted a series of jokes after the Japanese earthquake and tsunami, such as “Japan is really advanced. They don’t go to the beach. The beach comes to them,” and a dozen more, many of them pretty raunchy.
The mystery isn’t why Aflac sacked him, but why they never saw it coming. He’s a longtime purveyor bleak humor and he’s beloved for it in comedy circles. …Full Story
This year marks the Christmas Story marathon’s 17th run.
If ever a day was made for lying around in your jammies binge-watching your favorite shows, it’s Christmas. The pressure is over, the stores are closed and it’s time to catch up with or revisit some TV gems.
A Christmas Story (Dec. 24-25), TBS Did you realize that Bob Clark, the director of this totally charming and lovable Christmas film, is also the director of the raunchy Porky’s? The cult classic comedy set in the 1940s about the family life of young Ralphie as Christmas approaches has a loose plot that makes it easy during TBS’ annual marathon to check in at any point, watch a scene or two that you like, then go back to getting the pies out of the oven. This year marks the marathon’s 17th run and it remains one of the most popular bits of holiday programming events on cable, drawing more than 50 million viewers at some point in the marathon.
Breaking Bad (Dec. 27-30), AMC What? You didn’t get the $400 collector’s edition package for Christmas? Invest some time instead as AMC airs all five seasons of the masterful Emmy-winning drama, the last time you can see the whole series for free. Tread lightly, Bad fans. Starting at noon each day, the episodes will run Dec. 27-30. …
This week's list of top TV picks has some holiday favorites, natch, like It's a Wonderful Life and Disney's Christmas Day parade, but there's also new episodes of The Sing-Off and Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives. (Can Guy Fieri's Full Throttle Christmas Special PLEASE be a real thing?)
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Oh, it is on like Ducky Kong. the Duck Dynasty family issued a statement Thursday evening supporting patriarch Phil Robertson and throwing the future of their successful hit reality show into question.
The family thanked fans for their support, and acknowledged that some of Phil Robertson's comments to a GQ reporter were "coarse" but "grounded in the teachings of the Bible." The family made it clear that it isn't happy about the cable channel's decision to put patriarch Phil Robertson, 67, on "indefinite" hiatus from filming after anti-gay remarks he made in the January issue of GQ that also pined for the days of Jim Crow laws when blacks were happy. The uproar has prompted a debate about free speech and the consequences of speaking freely when you are a public figure.
"We have had a successful working relationship with A&E but, as a family, we cannot imagine the show going forward without our patriarch at the helm. We are in discussions with A&E to see what that means for the future of Duck Dynasty."Full Story
Season 5 of the series is set to debut Jan. 15. Filming has finished and Robertson is featured in the 10 episodes. The series regularly sets cable TV rating records for A&E. …
Two of our all-time favorite people are teaming up for Saturday’s Saturday Night Live: Jimmy Fallon and Justin Timberlake. Former SNL castmember and soon-to-be Tonight Show host Fallon is returning to the SNL studios to host the final show of the season, and Timberlake, himself a five-time host, is the musical guest. (Fallon hosted the Christmas show two years ago to glorious effect.) The promos for the show are out, and are suitably hilarious, though JT is missing for some reason (but certainly not in spirit!).
Fallon and Timberlake have been working together in the world of sketch comedy for years now, so we’ve got to think Justin will join Jimmy for a few sketches Saturday. We hope so, the two have great chemistry. Here are some of our favorite things the funny BFFs have done together:
History of Rap
One of the guys’ most classic collaborations, they’ve done a handful of History of Rap segments together now on Fallon’s late-night show. The first is still our fave.
Justin Timberlake, Jimmy Fallon and The Roots Perform "A History of Rap" from Nate on Vimeo. …Full Story
From left, Jacquie Lee, Will Champlin and winner Tessanne Chin.
Well, we have a winner for The Voice's fifth (and maybe its best) season: Jamaican powerhouse Tessanne Chin. Chin (Team Adam) took home the top prize on Tuesday night with the majority of America's votes, followed in second place by 16-year-old Jacquie Lee (Team Christina) and Will Champlin (also Team Adam) in third. The results were a bit surprising in that The Voice usually favors younger singers like Lee. But Chin was hands-down the most consistently great contestant throughout the competition (she went toe-to-toe on a duet with freakin' Celine Dion on Tuesday's show), and we're especially glad she won after her spectacular performance of Whitney Houston's I Have Nothing on Monday night.
Perhaps most notably, this marks the first time since the show's first season that three-time winner Blake Shelton hasn't won as a coach. Heck, he didn't even have anyone in the finale! Coach Adam Levine gets his second win, and another prize to add to his stellar year. Wonder where this ranks among that Sexiest Man Alive title and his impending marriage to a model?
What do you think about the win? Were you pulling for Jacquie, Tessanne or Will?Full Story
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Would 'L..A. Law' fit in with today's Golden Age of Television?
A winner of 15 Emmy Awards and four Golden Globes, L.A. Law was the smart, slick, sexy, well-acted soap-operatic watercooler drama of its time. The travails of the law firm of McKenzie, Brackman, Chaney & Kuzak ran on NBC from 1986 to 1994, and such was the one-hour drama's so-pretty star-wattage cast (Harry Hamlin, Susan Dey, Corbin Bernsen, Jimmy Smits, Michael Tucker to name just a few) and its crack writing (hall-of-fame writer/producer Steven Bochco), you have to wonder where it would fit in today's pantheon of top-notch television. I'm not saying it was as stellar or as revolutionarty as Mad Men or Breaking Bad -- L.A. Law was limited by the strictures of network television, not to mention the moral and censorious boundaries of its time -- but it's definitely worth rewatching again for its strengths. And now, thanks to those retro-minded TV geeks at Shout! Factory, L.A. Law will finally be available, for the first time ever, in DVD format. Season One, which encompasses 22 episodes plus bonus interviews over six discs, gets its release on Feb. 25 and should cost about $30. At the very least, maybe we'll finally discover the true details of the "Venus Butterfly." (Ask your parents.) Full Story