Sunday, August 27, 2006

Real time Emmys coverage

7:58: Full disclosure: We love Ryan Seacrest.

7:59: Alanna, how naive of you to think that that one simple statement can properly convey the strong feelings that have overcome me in my indepth watching of a full hour of Emmy pre-show. I started out on NBC's pre show, featuring the likes of Billy Bush and Nancy O'Dell, where journalistic improv resulted in the following interview:

Nancy O'Dell: So, John Voigt, since you played the late pope, do you think he will help you out with some divine intervention?
John Voigt: Nancy, that was inappropriate for television. And I know all about what is inappropriate for television what with my propensity to air all familial grievances on the air instead of say, picking up a telephone. I LOVE YOU ANGELINA! GIVE ME SOME MONEY!

RYAN SEACREST IS GOD!

Eagerly awaiting Conan's monologue any second now...-Jeanette

8:03: Opening TV medley spoof thing. Chloe is my FAVORITE character on 24. She's the most believable computer geek.

AH YES HOUSE. It's true, Conan is probably the strangest looking man ever. He has any range of birth defects, including albinism, giantism, and Sudden Infant Death Syndrome.

To Catch a Predator... brilliant. Did you see the one where they busted a rabbi? Dude was all up in the Roman Catholics' territory.

Gibson on Al-Jazeera. Right on. As my friend Josh said after his "Melibu" fiasco, "What's he gonna do next, make a movie about how the Jews killed Jesus?"

Two and a Half Men is NBC's highest rated show? More like Two and a Half pieces of shit. Mmm now I want to get back to my fries. Emmys and McDonalds: What could be more American? Back to you, Jeanette. (AS)

As Conan instructs us on how to watch the Emmys, I will give a shout out to Conan's pants, featuring a ribbon down the side a la 1970s.

Ahhh a Music Man parody of NBC's ranking...nooooo comment from Jeanette...

In conclusion, thank you Conan, for an excellent start to an unnecessarily long evening...

8:15 BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A COMEDY presented by Ellen "Poor Man's Renee Zellweger" Pompeo and Patrick "Dr. McDreamy" Dempsey present the award.
Winner: Megan Mulally
Analysis: Looks like it's going to be an evening awarding the sentimental favorites that are now gone. They'd better include Arrested Development.

Alanna taking the helm...
8:18 BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A DRAMApresented by Seah Hayes and a very nicely dressed Julia Louis Dreyfus
Winner: Alan Alda (The West Wing). I think West Wing is fucking boring, but I heart Alan Alda. He's a feminist. And I recently saw him in a Barnes and Noble, which was exciting because there had previously been a serious dearth in my NYC celebrity sightings.

Jeanette here...
8:24 Conan takes on the age old joke of how long award shows are. Usually, not funny. However, placing Bob Newhart in a tube with enough air for only three hours is definitely hilarious. But why Bob? Was Abe Vigoda busy?

8:26 It's nice to see Charlie Sheen out and about again, living normally, as if he wasn't a porn fiend of a delinquent father.
BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A DRAMA SERIES presented by Papa Charlie and his papa, Martin Sheen
Winner: Blythe Danner for Huff
Analysis: Ever since Gwyneth Paltrow has given up the public eye in exchange for raising Apple and Mo, I have seen more of Blythe than the Lindsay Lohan and Paris Hilton combined. TALK ABOUT A STAGE MOM!

8:28 PM: Jamie Presley (fresh off a loss) and Jason Lee present the award for BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A COMEDY SERIES
Winner: Jeremy Piven
Analysis: Should Will Arnett have won? Yes. But will it hurt to see Ari Gold on stage? No. At least we didn't have to see Sean Hayes ride the Will and Grace train any further. That thing is running out of steam! (JD)

Alanna here... While Arnett is quite hilarious, Piven works his ass off on Entourage. I also think he is so sexy. What can I say, sometimes I can't resist a good Jewish boy. Evidence:


Detective Stabler on a Segway! WTF? Love it.

BEST ACTRESS IN A MINISERIES: Wow, it's the tired old broad parade. And Kelly McDonald (Girl in the Cafe) wins! Lovely dress, nice natural makeup. Awesome Scots accent as well. I think I'd look hot in the dress, but would probably sound silly with the accent.

...We will not be watching the Barry Manilow performance. (AS)

Jeanette...
Oh, Alanna, you and I are compatible in regards to most things, but you know how I work. Not only will I watch Barry Manilow's performance, but I will probably sing along.

WHEN IS HEIDI KLUM NOT PREGNANT!
BEST MUSIC OR COMEDY MINI SERIES/PERFORMANCE WHATEVER: The Daily Show takes it again! I'm sure him and Stephen Colbert will tuck it into bed in between them tonight, so it is like they both won.

Oh look, it's the fake celebrity parade, with your Grand Marshal Jennifer Love Hewitt.

8:48 Alanna just asked if Clorios Leachman was a Golden Girl. Honestly, her TV blogging license should be SUSPENDED!

Quoting Alanna on Mark Buckland's bar mitzfah reference: "See Mel, they're everywhere!"

8:51 Okay, My Name is Earl, you saved NBC's patoot for now, but best writing over Arrested Development and The Office? No. (JD)

8:57 Well Jeanette, I may not be familiar with Chloris Leachman's resume, but at least I know how to spell her first name! ZOUCH!

So I'm glad we're frantically trying to transcribe this entire ceremony, all to the tune of ZERO FRIGGIN COMMENTS. T-minus three minutes to the Deadwood finale. Sorry folks, but I will have to take an hourlong hiatus and leave the liveblogging to Jea- OH MY GOD WHAT IS SIMON COWELL WEARING? HIS SHIRT IS OPENED ALL THE WAY TO HIS PUPIK.

See you at 10 PM, cocksuckers. Give Hugh Laurie a kiss for me! (AS)

Jeanette is in charge for the next hour. MUAHAHAHAHHAHAAHHAHAHAHA.

Dick Clark, as a child voluntarily raised by television, you have been a huge part of my life. And as you get your lifetime achievement award, I can't help but think of how great and respectful Ryan Seacrest is with that full page he took out in Variety on Friday congratulating you.

9:03 And rounding off the old people appeal segment of the Emmys...Barry Manilow! Hey, is that Wayne Brady with dreds getting work as a backup singer behind Manilow?

9:10 Tina Fey and Tracy Morgan...the next Sonny and Cher for sure, presenting the award for BEST PERFORMER IN A VARIETY SHOW BLAH BLAH
Winner: Barry Manilow
Analysis: What did they count Aaron Spelling's vote 2,000 times, just because he died? This concludes tonight's old man of the Emmys...hopefully.


9:25 I like taking every opportunity possible to out Howie Mandel as a Germaphobe. And Vivian likes to take every opportunity possible to point out crappy boob jobs on Deal or No Deal girls. Way to have lopsided breasts, # 3.

9:29 Possibly my favorite part of the Emmys...seeing how the writing staffs of the shows nominated for Best Comedy/Variety Series Writing present themselves. The winner in this fake category...Late Night with Conan O'Brien's implication that their writing staff is an outsourced, Indian telemarketing center. Actual winner...Daily Show with Jon Stewart.

9:33 I STILL LOVE RYAN SEACREST!

9:38 HUGH LAURIE TIME! OH MY GOD HE IS SPEAKING FRENCH! HE IS MOST DEFINITELY A JACK OF ALL TRADES, ESPECIALLY IF BY ALL TRADES YOU MEAN HAVING SEX WITH ME!

9:42 Time for OUTSTANDING LEAD ACTOR IN A COMEDY SERIES
Winner: Tony Shaloub for Monk
Analysis: We get it. What should be viewed as a handicap results in an acute attention for detail. Tony himself just said, "There's been a terrible mistake..."

9:50 The atavisitic sounds of groaning and stomping coming from the TV viewing center in the upstairs of our East Village, mouse infested duplex can only mean one thing...our HBO cut out during the Deadwood finale. I wish I could relate, Alanna, but Reverend Camden is on the Emmys right now, so I am overcome by the uncontrollable urge to do good for others and to also be a really bad actor. See what I did there? Seventh Heaven has a REALLY HORRIBLE ensemble cast!


9:43 Tribute to Aaron Spelling. I know you were good at what you did, Mr. Spelling, but the only thing you did for me was make me look really uncool as I had to fake caring about what had happened on 90210, secretly knowing the only thing I had watched the night before was Britcoms.

Alanna back! Profane, yet eloquent rantings about HBO cutting the fuck out during the decisive fucking moment of the best goddamn show on TV's series finale to arrive tat some later fucking juncture.

James Woods, you sleaze. We all know you are dating someone young enough to be your granddaughter. BEST TV MOVIE IS The Girl in the Cafe. Uh, we don't watch TV movies. The lady making the speech is British british british.

Stephen Colbert and Jon Stewart! A delightful duo of nerds I wouldn't throw out of bed. Colby is doing his wingnut schtick. He's hilarious, but his show may be a one-trick pony... time will tell. This is the best presentation I've seen yet, though. BEST REALITY SHOWS IS... The Amazing Race. I never watch this, but Jeanette says:

"It isn't amazing! Stop giving Emmys to the Amazing Fucking Race! Give an Emmy to the Mediocre Race!"

Yeah, I don't really get it either.

Omar Epps is one fiiiiiiiiiiiine man. Katherine Heigl just oozes charisma. ::Shakes head no:: BEST DIRECTOR FOR MOVIE OR MINI-SERIES... eh, not worth blogging. Go to Emmy.com or whatever if you really need to know. Tony and Carmela Soprano are introduced creatively... As L-train, our favorite commenter, notes, "soPRAAAAAAAAAAAHnos... who says that?"

There's a cutie patootie sitting beside Helen "Bag of Bones" Mirren that they keep cutting to... who is he

10:22 DEAD PEOPLE TIME, YEEHAW! We don't recognize a single person. Oh wait, Maxwell Smart! I'm down with that dude. Agent 99 was a hottie; think he ever hit that? Oh, Emmys. Writers and producers don't count as dead people worth memorializing. Let's reserve this segment for the Brandos and the Hepburns. Aww, but Pat Morita gets to stay.

Jeanette recognized 13 out of the 29 corpses, in case you were wondering. I had to listen to her count that off over and over. Good times.

Jeanette's back...

10:31 Wow, Helen Mirren may be a "bag of bones" but she has managed to maintain her "bags of fun." Aww, now she's ackonwledging she's old. This is where we'd feel bad for making fun of her if we had souls.

10:33 You know how when Medium shot an episode in 3D last year, NBC gave out 3D glasses for home viewers. Well, NBC should have done the same thing keeping in mind that Colin Ferguson would be presenting. Except replace 3D glasses with wooden spikes, so viewers could have gouged out their eyes and ears.

10:34 Marishka Hartgitay won BEST ACTRESS IN A DRAMA.

Alanna...

We're on commercial so here's a photo of 1966 Ian McShane:


Ooh, smoldering. Ian, we hardly knew ye... BECAUSE TIME WARNER CUT OUT DURING THE FUCKING FINALE. Anyways.

Oh hey it's Tyra Banks and her fivehead. BEST ACTRESS IN A SHITCOM, I MEAN SITCOM IS... Julia Louis-Dreyfus, yay! She's aged quite well. A little flutter of the 'Tox here and there perhaps, which her husband has OBVIOUSLY declined for himself.

Virginia Madsen, you's a ho, but she can rock that. Ray Liotta looks like a wax museum escapee. I loved him as Shoeless Joe in Field of Dreams. I don't even like baseball and that movie makes me weepie. OK, Chris Meloni won't win because he never cries on the show. KIEFER WINS BEST ACTOR! KIEFERRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR! OK, his 24 performance isn't exactly nuanced, but he's a likeable sort.

Viv steps in for a moment... 10:45 Ironically, Chris Meloni becomes the special victim of a television crime, when K. Sutherland plunders the much-coveted Emmy for Best Actor in a Dramatic Series. Just thinking of this, makes me cry...

Alanna's bbback. Oh, it's Bob "Withering Away" Newhart introducing BEST COMEDY SERIES... it's The Office! I knew an Arrested Development win was a pipe dream, but this is a more than acceptable alternative. Shut up Exec Producer, I want a Steve Carrell speech! Ah, props to Ricky Gervais and Steven Merchant. Nothing on television has made me feel as awkward as these guys since Halle Berry's screamtastic acceptance speech at the 2003 Oscars.

Annette "Adorably Over-the-Top" Bening presents BEST DRAMA SERIES... 24. Really? REALLY?!? I've watched every season and this last one was by far the weakest, so much so that I may have to cross it off my list for good. OK boring speech time. This was fun, though Carpal Tunnel-inducing. Hope y'all enjoyed.

Saturday, August 26, 2006

The Sweet Sixteen

We at the Boob Tubers have no problem appropriating the work of other, more successful blogs. Hence, we've stolen the idea of ranking our favorite TV hotties from a recent post at The Film Experience. You might know The Film Experience as the blog where everyone ignores my comments because I always hate on Moulin Rouge.

ANYWAY. Without further ado, the First Annual Boob Tubers Sweet 16 of TV Hotties:

1. Hugh Laurie as Dr. Gregory House (House, M.D.) At least 2 out of 3 female Boob Tubers would be willing to get rid of their strict, "exit only" policies for House's cane...

2. James Marsters as Spike (Buffy) He got a little funky toward the end there, but we remember him for his early days as a dashing, bleach-blond creature of the night who was just too sexy to stake.


3. Joe Lando as Byron Sully (Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman) Sure, there was only evidence of Sully bathing about once ever season, but that just made his buffalo hide pants stick to his sweet, sweet rump all the better.

4. Timothy Olyphant as Sheriff Seth Bullock (Deadwood) The hottest man to ever sport a handlebar mustache, Bullock nails society ladies and shoots bad guys with Wild Bill. Swoon.

5. David Cassidy as Keith Patridge (The Patridge Family) When you think you love him, there's nothing to be afraid, especially not being unsure of a love there is no cure for. (See what I did there? What? You don't? I'm the only one even remotely familiar with David Cassidy lyrics? OK.)

6. George Clooney as Dr. Doug Ross (E.R.) If he were my child's pediatrician, I'd dump the kid on the hubby and gallop off into the sunset with the doc.

7. Chris Meloni as Det. Eliot Stabler (Law and Order: SVU) We want Detective Stabler to specially victimize us with his unit.


8. Jason Lewis as Smith Jerrod (Sex and the City) Normally I trust a blonde man as far as I can throw him, but Smith Jerrod was a modern day Greek God for sure.

9. Tie: Jesse L. Martin and Benjamin Bratt as Det. Ed Green and Det. Rey Curtis (Law and Order) After Stabler, we'll take a dose of protecting and serving from these two any day.

10. Danny Gerard as Alan Silver (Brooklyn Bridge) So apparently Danny Gerard has disappeard off the face of the planet, leaving no photographic proof of his 1950s, slick hair, tucked in shirt cuteness. Take my word for it.

11. Josh Holloway as James "Sawyer" Ford (Lost) As television's most lovable prick, it's no surprise the Lost producers make Josh take off his shirt as much as possible.

12. Jared Leto as Jordan Catalano (My So-Called Life) Teen angst never felt so good, and never since has there been a TV high school student more worth popping a zit for.


13. Neil Forrester as Himself (The Real World: London) Neil was the most xhardcorex Real World housemate. Despite tongue amputations and pig hearts, we just knew there was an adorable softie somewhere in there.

14. B.D. Wong as Father Ray Mukada (Oz) You can't go wrong with a Gaysian priest in a maximum security prison.

15. Jake Epstein as Craig Manning (Degrassi: The Next Generation) We know you're wondering what we could be thinking aboot, putting a minor on this list… but Craig certainly has a way with the ladies, when he's not too busy having an "episode."

16. Adrian Grenier as Vincent Chase (Entourage) Sure, he is completely clueless and lacks any evidence of common sense, but when you look like him and hang out with only ugly guys, you're a prize.

Tuesday, August 22, 2006

I love the smell of explosive rage in the morning

Spike Lee's Katrina documentary, When The Levees Broke: A Requiem in Four Acts, premiered on HBO last night. I can't imagine that the second half airing tonight will close the story on a promising note, given the relentless images of devastation and outrage in the first two acts.

When The Levees Broke is not exactly chock full of new information, but it does serve as a necessary reminder of the shameful mucking about of our administration while people's homes and lives were being uprooted. Some of the diverse group of New Orleanians recall their stories in a formal setting, while others scream in front of their ruined houses about the incompetence and disrespect of their representatives. There is also plenty of footage that will be familiar to anyone who was glued to CNN in late August last year. A few of the Katrina survivors return to the infamous sites where they were herded like cattle and denied food, water, and medical treatment: the Superdome, convention center, and airport. Though it appears now that these places were never home to disaster, the interviewees' anger has hardly faded.

The politicians get a chance to speak for themselves, but even then they can't keep from looking foolish. Mayor Ray Nagin speaks in slang that seems carefully manufactured to portray him as "down" with his constituents, and it comes off about as genuine as President Bush's familiar "aw, shucks" routine. Governer Kathleen Blanco pays a lot of lip service to her desperation and pleas for help at the time, but political analysts seem to think she was more concerned with her long-held grudge against Nagin. Most infuriatingly, Bush's smirking, simpering face is intercut with images of corpses floating in stagnant water and recollections of elderly people being left for dead outside the convention center. We are reminded that the president took his sweet time getting to New Orleans, and that his underlings (Cheney, Rove, Rice) were more concerned with business meetings and shopping for Ferragamo than averting a crisis. At this point, if you don't want to reach through the TV and slap them like you're a Jerry Springer guest, you're a better person than me.

There are a few missteps in this otherwise wrenching film; for instance, Nagin at one point implies that Katrina was a worse disaster than 9/11. Playing the "Who had it worse?" game isn't productive. But as a most nagging reminder, Levees reveals the continuing struggles and injustices with which Katrina victims must contend, and perhaps tonight's segment will offer some suggestions on where to go from here.

Friday, August 18, 2006

Your Tribe Has Spoken: Getting the Boot while America Watches

My week was more or less void of television with the exception of watching Nicki Cox on my Las Vegas in-hotel channel inviting me to try all available amenities and a B/C list celeb spotting in a locals casino coffee shop (star of stage and small screen, sans the stage, Tom Green, who wowed me with his wit as he asked me “Hey, how are ya doin’?).

Last night, as I drifted off into a much needed post red eye flight/day of work sleep, my inauguration back into TV Land came as I watched HGTV’s reality jaunt Design Star. The formula is the same as every other competition show since Survivor’s launch: contestants face challenges and then, based on their performances, are eliminated by a panel of their peers and/or esteemed judges (this time including everyone’s favorite Gaysian*, Vern Yip of Trading Spaces fame).


When Texas native and former flight attendant Donna Moss was eliminated this week, she was told to leave with the simple catch phrase that her show had been cancelled while remaining contestants waited in a green room.

Wait. That’s it? This is a show about interior design. Couldn’t the contestants have been waiting in the architectural drafter’s den? Or maybe the color scheme salon. Or maybe we could get some corporate sponsorship and stick them in the Loews lair of fabric layering. The Benjamin Moore master suite. I COULD DO THIS ALL DAY!

Seriously, though, the elimination is what makes it reality television. Nothing is more indicative of real life than rejection, alongside the minute chance of success. Let’s look into the past (The past, Conan?) and recall some classic, reality show elimination scenarios.

Survivor. The tribal council remains the defining standard for reality show suspense. At least 60 seconds of footage is granted every episode solely to watching the survivors canoe and hike to the council’s location. INTENSE! Tribe members from season one and Jeff Probst alike have attested to the fact that at each council, the torch of the contestant about to be eliminated would somehow blow out before Jeff had the chance to perform the symbolic deed himself. OMG! NO WAY! What are the odds that on the freaking Galapagosahamian Islands there would be some sort of natural occurrence like wind or rain strong enough to blow out a small flame.

The Weakest Link. Haled as being the latest British Invasion back in 2000, Anne Robinson gave me catch phrase chills with her no-Anglo-nonsense quip, “You are the weakest link, goodbye!” It would take four years and Trump’s no nonsense “You’re fired!” to give my T-shirt collection a comparable boost!

But my favorite, all time, reality show elimination process can be found on

Making the Band Three, Seasons One and Two. Reality TV, Diddy style takes the dreaded and beloved elimination segments of yore, stomps all over them with Tims, drives repeatedly on top of them with Yukon Denalis, and then eats them for lunch…with fried chicken, of course. Imagine chaos as described in Milton’s epic poem Paradise Lost, except with Diddy at the reigns and you have MTB’s process of elimination…as in there is NO PROCESS! Watch the show now and you see the finely edited antics of Danity Kane. If you watched back in season two, Diddy would just saunter in during random moments of girl band bootcamp, point to people, sometimes with a cane, and tell them to leave for varying reasons, including weight and tone deafness. Other times he would point to white girls and accuse them of being at least quadroon, because there was no way a white girl could dance like they were. Okay, maybe he didn’t use the word quadroon, but you get the point.

Way to Endorse democracy, Sean Combs!


*I will entertain arguments that B.D. Wong holds this title

Thursday, August 17, 2006

Deadwood 8/13/06: Like a history class, only I don't fall asleep

When I was very young, my parents for some reason submitted me to IQ testing. No, this wasn't done in the hopes of getting me into an elite Manhattan pre-school. We're not *that* Jewish. Anyhow, it turned out that I was an all-around clever kid (by which I mean I tested well), but the section on memory was my stand-out: I tested at genius levels. This flicker of brilliance has been helpful in some ways (i.e. holding grudges, remembering exactly how much money someone owes me) and unfortunate in others (the crystal-clear recollections of my junior high school torment).

My Mensa-worthiness falters, however, when it comes to particular subject areas. For instance, the only thing I recall from four years of high school history classes is the phrase "Tippecanoe and Tyler Too." Just the phrase; I have no idea what it actually means. I guess I'm a sucker for alliteration. I chalk this up to the fact that I spent the majority of my time in history class doing one of the following:

* Sketching the intricate network of lines on my palm, which were far more interesting than the Spanish-Indian War (is this an actual war or am I making it up? I really don't know);
* Wondering what my formidable history teacher, Mr. Ehrman, AKA The Ehrmanator, must have been like as a child;
* Sleeping

Funny then, that my weekly Deadwood viewing should serve not only as entertainment, but as the fabulous American History lessons I never had. The shout-y, ominous Al Swearengen even serves as a stand-in Ehrmanator: I find my mind wandering back to the old photos I found of a thirty years younger Ian McShane, when he was HOT! WHAT??

Throughout the past three seasons of Deadwood, there have been frequent, contemptuous mentions of "The Pinkertons," AKA the agents of the powerful Pinkerton Agency. Clearly detrimental to working men, would-be unionists, and those who aren't shy about slitting a throat now and then, characters usually refer to the Pinkertons as "shitheels." Intrigued, and a little ashamed that the casual discussion of Pinkertons meant that I should know who they were, I did a little research on The Internets and discovered some fascinating info on the Pinkies (as I call them).

These guys had a hand in every sinister undertaking of the 1800s, including the Haymarket Square Riot and the quashing of the Molly Maguires. They were founded by a reactionary and hired out by bigwigs like Andrew Carnegie to keep the poor folk in line. And check out the Pinkerton logo at the bottom of this entry. EEEEP! Even more interesting, the Pinkerton Agency still exists today, under the auspices of another security force called SECURITAS, which sounds a little Orwellian to me. You have to wonder whether there are any Pinkertons mucking about in Iraq, eh?

All this is to say, perhaps if The Ehrmanator had begun classes by calling all the students c*cksuckers, shooting someone in the foot, and then using the shooting as a metaphor for the bloody origins of capitalism, I would remember which President authorized the dropping of the atomic bomb.

Wednesday, August 09, 2006

Qué fantástico

Hope no one minds if I use this blog to write about television, rather than to engage in adorable Internets battles with my significant other! Oh, that Jeanette and Langlieb. When will they ever learn?

In the midst of the summer pop culture doldrums, in which the best the average American viewer can hope for is another Lohan hospitalization, one little show soldiers on. The program, hosted by the silver fox Don Francisco, has held steady week after week, on one network, for twenty years. There has never been a repeat. The show incorporates elements of practically everything else on TV: Idolesque singing competitions with Gong Show finishes, Jerry Springer Schadenfreude, the hard bodies of Baywatch's halcyon days, and the leadership of Don Francisco, a man leaking the charisma of a Conan O'Brien - Fidel Castro lovechild. The show, of course, is Sábado Gigante, a mega variety show with the staying power of the Law and Order franchise.

Sorry ladies, no Latin-flavored Detective Stablers for you to drool over here. However, the menfolk will be more than taken care of, with Don Francisco's menagerie of raven-haired, ample-bosomed assistants spicing up Univision's Saturday mornings. I must confess that I did not first discover Sábado Gigante in my college "Hispanics in the U.S." class, when we were all assigned various telenovelas and Spanish talk shows to study. Nay, Sábado and I first met one day when I heard frenetic Spanish chatter blasting from my parents' kitchen TV, and entered the room to discover my father sipping coffee, eyes glued to the set.

"Why are you watching this?" I asked my monolingual father, who insists on calling all Latinos (including Brazilians) "Spanish people."

"These Spanish girls have big bazoombas," he said.

So they do, Dad. So they do. And since that enlightening weekend morning, I know to leave my old man to his Sábado Gigante, because everyone needs a little guilty pleasure. Even when you are so far out of that guilty pleasure's target demographic, it's not even funny.

Monday, August 07, 2006

Getting it off my chest

One of the downsides of having a complete idiot for a girlfriend is her tendency to post half-naked photos of you on her television blog. The good news is that I have several snapshots of the illustrious Jeanette in positions far more compromising than what is posted below. I have photos she doesn't even know about since they were taken while she was asleep or otherwise occupied in the bathroom of a Burger Heaven.

These photos will be making appearances in my periodic Sex and the City posts. They may seem apropos of nothing, but don't be fooled. Consider the preceding towel shot Pearl Harbor, and anticipate a series of Nagasakis and Hiroshimas in the coming months. Petty revenge or site traffic-improving gimmick? You decide.

Ultimately we must confront the reality that the internet has added permanence to our mundane daily lives. There was a time when I dreamed of running for alderman in Brooklyn's third ward. But with that easily searchable chest-bearing photo online for all the world to see, I suppose my political aspirations are finished. Or are they?

Truth be told I'm not really mad at Jeanette because I'm not ashamed of my body. And why should I be? I look half my age, which is quite an accomplishment when you're 23. Also, chest hair can be removed, which is more than I can say for the deep seated emotional problems that fester inside Jeanette like an infected sore.

LOL!

Friday, August 04, 2006

Deconstructing "Harry"

Well, if you haven’t noticed, loyal readers, the late summer television lull has caused a lack of relevancy in the boob tubers’ recent posts (see Viv’s rant about our neighbor).
We will be back in the proverbial saddle when Fox gives meaning to life once again with the September 5th premiere of House.

Until then, please bear with us for some more syndication fodder as I wax poetic about our resident Sex and the City expert, Langlieb…

It may strike you as odd, dear readers, that even though we have plenty of people within SATC’s target demographic (read: BOOB tubers), our SATC commentary comes from a twenty something, seemingly heterosexual male. What is the appeal for him? Is it that Carrie’s shoe obsession reminds him of those lazy, kindergarten afternoons spent trying on shoe after shoe from mom’s closet? No. Is it the opportunity to see the prototype of modern-day female beauty in all its [nude] glory? Most definitely not. We are all waiting with baited breath for the day when Langlieb, a self admitted fan of junk in the trunk, rants about being able to see one too many of Samantha’s ribs during a Richard, cunilingus scene.

Instead, I think The Turner Broadcasting System may have struck a chord as to why Langlieb’s got Carrie fever. Each commercial break of the series that airs on TBS comes complete with commentary from the MEN of sex and the city because…well, let’s face it, Mario Cantone certainly has less of a career than EssJess Parker (see what I did there?). But maybe, men all over America are not musing about whether or not they’re a Miranda or Charlotte, and instead wonder if they’re a Steve or Aidan? And Langlieb’s answer, well, he’s a Harry.

Firstly, there is the fact that Langlieb’s entire previous post justifies Harry’s presence with so much passion, it is almost as if to curse Jennifer McNamara for not casting Langlieb himself. I hear she is a huge fan of his work as a child actor, particularly the commercial for Tiger Toys!!!

Secondly, I think it is time to investigate Langlieb and Harry’s uncanny physical resemblance. Especially once Smith entered the scene, Harry has been deemed the unattractive SATC guy by slumber parties everywhere. But really, nowhere is there a finer example of Judaic features:


Except for one place...here...


I mean come on, shave Langlieb's head, and I guess Langlieb in general, and you are dealing with two, identical specimens of the anti-master race.

So we have our Harry, but gentlemen, which one are YOU?

Thursday, August 03, 2006

DR. WASHING MY PANTIES, or how I came to hate the creepy SVU-Episode-Waiting-To-Happen guy down the hall

Something I learned just now, briefly after having returned from picking up my laundry: there are truly only two people in the world whom I sincerely mind washing my underwear... my father and the creepy SVU-Episode-Waiting-To-Happen guy who lives down the hall. Paternal being a normal taboo, I hope we understand. But MY GOD, I fucking hate the creepy SVU-Episode-Waiting-To-Happen guy who lives down the hall with the fires of Satan's unresolved yeast infection.

Right now he is sleeping on his floor and snoring loudly to the melodies of RIDICULOUSLY-VOLUMED television/radio. I know this for a fact because his fucking door is open and in so being, wafting the aromas of already-smoked marijuana--to which I protest (in my head), "CLOSE YOUR EFFING DOOR!!! I am uninterested in seeing your bare ass two inches from our communal hallway!" and, "As much as I am generally tempted by the smells and tastes of a good toke, the very idea of sharing a marijuana cigarette with you repulses me in way paramount to the time I aborted a direct descendent of J. Christ and wrote a poetic sequel to "The Da Vinci Code" (sestina) in a frenetic moment of catharsis. GOD! I hate that guy!

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In fact, just thinking about creepy SVU-Episode-Waiting-To-Happen guy washing my panties makes me want to cry...

Wednesday, August 02, 2006

Here's a haiku, kiddos.

I quit my job to
watch SVU. Not having
money makes me cry.