All the tube news that’s fit to surf …
– Billboard has 10 hints about what happens in the Glee season two premiere.
– The Paley Center in New York is launching a TV awards show to rival the Emmys. If they’ll give Katey Sagal the nomination she is past due for Sons of Anarchy, I’ll promise to watch their alt-Emmys show.
– Psych‘s mid-season finale airs tonight, but when the show returns on Nov. 10, the last half of the season will include an homage to Twin Peaks, one of series star James Roday‘s favorite shows. EW.com reports that Peaks stars Sheryl Lee and Sherilyn Fenn are among the cast members who will guest star in the Psych ep.
– Is House star Jennifer Morrison the titular mama in How I Met Your Mother? Could be …
– Actor Glenn Shadix, best known for his role in Beetlejuice (though I remember him best from Seinfeld, as Harold, one of Jerry’s landlords in season two), has died.
– Ken Jenkins, a.k.a. Dr. Bob “What has two thumbs and doesn’t give a crap? Bob Kelso!” Kelso on Scrubs, will reunite with Scrubs guest star Courteney Cox on Cougar Town this season, where he’ll play her character’s dad. PS – ABC has released the first pic of Jennifer Aniston guesting on pal Cox’s show … makes you long for a Friends reunion, no?
– Jersey Shore‘s Snooki has been fined $500 for annoying people. I have no doubt she’ll be a repeat offender.
– And Judd Apatow‘s coming back to TV, as a producer, on a new HBO coming-of-age comedy. The Freaks and Geeks and Undeclared creator certainly knows that genre well.
All the tube news that’s fit to surf …
– ABC is holding a live press conference, with reporters, during the Aug. 30 episode of Bachelor Pad, to announce the next cast of Dancing With the Stars. This better be soooome cast, with all that hubbub. Among the many names that have been rumored to be contestants for season 11: Betty White (who’s pretty much rumored to be cast in everything these days … wishful thinking, usually), David Hasselhoff, Real Housewives of New Jersey stars Teresa Giudice and Danielle Staub, Richard Simmons, The Situation from Jersey Shore, Hilary Duff, Brandy, Ali Fedotowsky, Jennifer Grey, NFL vet Kurt Warner and Ryan Seacrest (where would he find the time?).
– Speaking of The Hoff, last Sunday’s Comedy Central roast of David Hasselhoff was the network’s fifth highest-rated celeb roast ever. What did you think? I loved Seth MacFarlane as host — dude should have his own talk show — but the rest of it was a little low-key. And the ending, with The Hoff singing, was just weird.
– Another big ratings winner: Showtime’s premiere of The Big C on Monday, which was the network’s highest-rated premiere in eight years.
– And, speaking of Real Housewives Jerseyites Teresa and Danielle, they both may need jobs on DWtS, or anywhere else they can get paid. One of them — Danielle — reportedly hasn’t been asked to return to RHoNJ for the show’s third season (the season two finale airs Monday, Aug. 23), while the other’s (Teresa) bankruptcy case has taken another bad turn, as the court now has proof that Giudice and her husband went on a $60,000 home furnishings shopping spree after filing for bankruptcy.
– Betty White has signed a deal to write two new autobiographies.
– “More pie, Andy?” There’s definitely more Andy, Andy, as TV Land is asking viewers to vote for their fave Andy Griffith Show episodes, which will make up a 50-episode marathon to celebrate the show’s 50th anniversary, in September.
– The Kids in the Hall have reunited for a miniseries, Death Comes to Town, which aired in Canada earlier this year, but debuts in the U.S. on IFC this Friday.
– The Brits love them some Glee, apparently: A new Glee FM radio station in Oxford will play only songs from the show.
– And have you seen the new Glee Slushee poster?
– Did you know Lindsay Lohan is in a movie with the Shamwow dude? Me neither. The Hollywood Reporter, uh, reports, that her appearance in Vince “Shamwow Guy” Offer‘s The Underground Comedy Movie is one of the many pathetic ways people, including Lohan, will be trying to capitalize on her downward spiraling life when she gets out of rehab.
– CBS’ Undercover Boss is getting a new companion series, which will pit two employees against each other in the name of getting a promotion.
– E! Online reports that ABC wants recent Bachelorette runner-up Chris Lambton to be the next Bachelor, but he, sanely, wants to simply return to his pre-reality TV life. That actually kinda makes him an even more appealing Bachelor, no?
– Who Wants to Be a Millionaire, which kicks off its new season on Sept. 13, is getting some major changes. The biggest one: no more hot seat … the contestants will now stand for the competition.
– And, this is awesome: Rapper Wale has made another album that was inspired by Seinfeld. And it turns out everything from 24 and Lost to The Dukes of Hazzard and Married … with Children have also inspired rappers.
R.I.P. New York Yankees owner George Steinbrenner, who died early this morning in Florida. As a Seinfeld fan, I can’t help but think about the show’s running spoof/homage to Steinbrenner, who was played by series co-creator Larry David:
The real-life “Big Stein,” as the Larry David version referred to the character, even filmed a cameo for the Seinfeld season seven finale, but the scenes were edited out because of time, and because the Yankees honcho reportedly didn’t like the storyline in which George Costanza’s bride-to-be, Susan, was killed off. The scenes appeared on the season seven DVDs, though, and have popped up on YouTube:
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It’s my favorite TV show of all time, so Seinfeld had to be represented in TVScreener.com‘s It’s a Very TVScreener.com Christmas 25-Day Giveaway. And we’ve saved one of the best giveaways for last: Seinfeld Monopoly and a Festivus t-shirt!
The Seinfeld Monopoly is the best entry in Monopoly’s long line of pop culture versions, from the game board with all the persons, places and things from the Seinfeld universe to the cool pewter game tokens, which have also been Seinfeld-ized.
Among the stops on the game board: The subway, a limo, a taxi cab and a Central Park horse and carriage (led by the Beefarino-eating Rusty the horse, of course) fill in for the Monopoly railroads, while the high-rent Boardwalk and Park Place have been replaced by Jerry’s apartment and Monk’s diner.
And the tokens? Adorable. Each of the following Seinfeld goodies is represented in pewter: Jerry’s Puffy Shirt, Frank and Kramer’s Bro/Manzier, Kramer’s Fusilli Jerry, the infamous Marble Rye the Costanzas gifted to and stole back from Susan’s parents, Elaine’s ill-fated Urban Sombrero and Kramer’s Coffee Table Book (about coffee tables).
And, because we’re talking Seinfeld and it’s Christmastime, we’re also including a festive Festivus t-shirt, an ode to that special holiday created by Frank Costanza (and in the real world, created by the father of Seinfeld writer Daniel O’Keefe, who penned the episode “The Strike” that introduced the rest of the world to Festivus).
And now, to enter for a chance to win Seinfeld Monopoly and a Festivus t-shirt, remember:
– Leave a comment on this post, with your name, your favorite Seinfeld episode or catchphrase and an e-mail address where we can reach you
– Deadline to enter to win Seinfeld Monopoly and the Festivus t-shirt is December 18 at 8PM ET (according to recorded comment time)
– The winner will be chosen by random, using Random.org’s Random Number Generator
– The winner will be announced on the evening of December 18, as an update to this post
Good luck, Seinfans, and thank you so much for all your entries in our It’s a Very TVScreener.com Christmas 25-Day Giveaway! There are several giveaways still going, so check ’em out and throw your name into the mix.
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