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"Anger Management" star Charlie Sheen and his ex-wife Denise Richards are having a birthday party Sunday night for another of Charlie's exes Brooke Mueller. the event will include all of their extended family members together to celebrate Brooke's big day.
Radar Online reported that a source close to the group stated, "Charlie and Denise decided to throw Brooke a birthday party in honor of her 35th birthday, Charlie's kids with Denise, Sam and Lola, and his kids with Brooke, twins Bob and Max, along with Richard's adopted daughter, Eloise will be in attendance."
In an attempt to keep the family feel among the group, and allowing all the siblings a chance to get together and enjoy the day, there s no greater occasion for all of the adults to make a good example on getting along well for the children.
Brooke Mueller and country music star Jaron Lowenstein have been pretty much living together in Tennessee along with the twins.
"Charlie, Denise, and Brooke all get along extremely well. They want what is best for their kids, and truly love and support each other. Brooke is looking ahead to an exciting year, and is dedicated more than ever to being the best mom she can to Bob and Max, and knowing she has the support of Charlie and Denise truly means so much to her," the source says.
Do you think that this is a good idea, or do you believe this will end up like a dysfunctional form of the Brady Bunch?
Since 1996, DoSomething.org has honored the nation’s best young world-changers 25 and under. Do Something Award nominees and winners represent the pivotal "do-ers" in their field, cause, or issue. In 2012 (up to) five finalists will appear on the Do Something Awards on Vh1 and be rewarded with a community grant, media coverage and continued support from DoSomething.org. The grand prize winner will receive $100,000 during the broadcast.
The 2012 Do Something Awards isn't about who wore it best or which movie made us laugh the hardest. It will feature these 5 finalists making social change. One of them will walk away with $100,000 for their project.
Manyang Reath Kher, 23
Humanity Helping Sudan
Manyang’s earliest memories are of war, dead bodies, and of his own uncle trying to save his life. At age 3 Manyang became a refugee of the Sudanese civil war. He is one of The Lost Boys, a group of 20,000 boys who were displaced and orphaned. Manyang’s father was one of the two and a half million people killed and he was separated from his mother and sister. For 13 years he lived in refugee camps along the Sudanese and Ethiopian border, where homelessness, hunger, fear, and abuse were part of his everyday life. At age 17 Manyang was brought to America where he learned English and eventually enrolled in college. He started Humanity Helping Sudan to improve the lives of Sudanese refugees and attempt to battle the problems of an entire displaced population. Humanity Helping Sudan runs on the ground programs at refugee camps where they provide fishing nets, agricultural programs, and community gardens, reaching 40,000 displaced people.
Meg Bourne, 22
At age 19, Meg created Art Feeds to promote creative healing and encourage development in children who were disabled or had experienced trauma. On May 22nd of 2011 Meg’s life changed forever, when at 5:41 pm one of the largest tornadoes in America’s history ripped through Meg’s hometown of Joplin, Missouri. The EF-4 tornado left a six-mile path of devastation with 162 people dead and 7,500 homes destroyed. Two children from Meg’s art classes were killed and Meg lost her own home, as well as the Art Feeds van from where she worked. The Art Feeds programs were needed in Joplin more than ever before and Meg has now worked with over 800 volunteers and 8,000 children.
Danny Mendoza, 23
Together We Rise
While in college, Danny learned that his 9 year old cousin, Roger, was living in a car. After lots of maneuvering Danny helped him move from the Honda to a house, but was deeply disturbed by the little control Roger had over his own situation. Danny took action and created Together We Rise, a youth led organization dedicated to running programs that not only bring a sense of normalcy and stability to children in foster care, but also allow foster children to make their own choices. Through programs like music lessons, mentoring, sports and athletics, resume building, and job-readiness, Together We Rise provides the resources for foster kids to prepare for success at age 18 when they are kicked out of the foster care system, and left to fend for themselves. With the help of Danny and Together We Rise they have reached 3,000 foster care youth through these programs, providing a better opportunity for long-term success.
Katia Gomez, 24
San Leandro, CA
Katia grew up in a single parent home where her mother always found time and money for Katia’s education. While on a volunteer trip to Honduras, the third poorest country in Latin America, Katia saw the effects of a young population in extreme poverty, where almost half of the population is 16 years and younger and over half of all Honduras survive on only $2 a day. Katia took her own passion for education and created Educate2Envision to provide education for youth of Honduras, and show the opportunities that education can bring. Educate2Envision is working in three remote communities in Honduras where she has brought secondary education to over 450 students.
Seth Maxwell, 24
Los Angeles, CA
The Thirst Project
Seth was a 19-year-old acting student in Los Angeles when a brief meeting with a friend who’d just returned from Africa changed the course of his life forever. Upon learning that almost one billion people lack access to clean water and that water-borne illnesses account for more than 80% of all global disease, he gave up acting to focus on water education. The Thirst Project is a movement of young people who are raising awareness of and bringing solutions to the global water crisis. Combining outreach and water well implementation, The Thirst Project has completed 788 freshwater development projects across the globe and reached 250,000 American students with its eye-opening educational programs.
You'll also see celebrities being honored for their charity work. Star presenters include:
Sneak peek of, uh... future backstage shenanigans!:
Bella Thorne and Tristan Klier
Sophia Bush and Lea Michele
Ne-Yo and Kelly Osbourne
Maria Menounos and Harry Shum Jr
Adam Scott and Aubrey Plaza
Joel McHale, Bryan Cranston, and Olivia Munn
Nikki Reed, Dax Shepard, and Kristen Bell
Hope Solo and Will I. Am
Flo Rida and StayC
Ben Affleck and Bryan Cranston
John Cho and Nikki Reed
Tune in Aug 21st on VH1 to see who takes home "the shoe."
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This aired tonight. Why didn't they just show it live? Oh, well, I guess it's for a good cause.
Rihanna has not only forgiven Chris Brown, the "Talk That Talk" singer has admitted to still being in love with him.
"I'm single but we have maintained a very close friendship since the restraining order has been dropped," Rihanna said in an interview Sunday. "It's not easy."
As previously reported, the Grammy Award winning singer and actress joined Oprah Winfrey for a no-holds-barred interview in Barbados. Open and honest, she also confirmed rumors that she and Brown reconnected in St. Tropez earlier this year.
"We went to a mutual friend's party on a yacht. It's awkward because I still love him," Rihanna said while admitting that her "stomach drops" when she's around him. "I have to maintain this poker face."
While they have reconnected, not just in person but via music on the remixes to their songs "Birthday Cake" and "Turn Up The Music," Rihanna has moved forward but still cares about Brown's well being.
Calling him the "first love" of her life, Rihanna says "I'm not at peace if he is unhappy."
"I truly love him and the main thing for me is that he is at peace," says Rihanna. "I'm not at peace if he is unhappy or he is still lonely. I care. It actually matters that he finds that peace."
While appearing "Oprah's Next Chapter" Rihanna also had a few special moments, including giving her mother a house and visiting her childhood home.
While one “Jerseylicious” star is hoping a naughty video can make him a pretty penny, another is putting her foot down to make sure it never sees the light of day.
According to a source, Lorenzo Gangala , a fixture on the Style Network reality show that follows the travails of the Gatsby Salon in Green Brook, N.J., is shopping a hardcore, “two-hour sex tape” that features himself and Olivia Blois Sharpe .
“It’s one of the steamiest sex tapes I have ever seen,” says the source.
But Bloise Sharpe, who just happens to be Gangala’s ex-girlfriend, is refusing to cooperate with her former flame and the company interested in purchasing the explicit video.
Gangala, says our source, is looking to bank $100,000 from the sale of the tape, which was made before “Jerseylicious” debuted in 2009. The dirty.com reported late last year that Gangala was looking to sell the tape, but we’re told that Vivid Entertainment, a pornographic film production company, is very interested in snapping it up.
But for the sale to go through, Vivid is requiring Blois Sharpe give the production company her blessing in the form of her John Hancock.
And, according to our source, that just might be the hardest sell of them all.
“Olivia is freaking out and refusing to sign a release,” says the source.
The Los Angeles-based Vivid, one of the biggest names in the porn industry, is famous for distributing the Tommy Lee and Pamela Anderson sex tape, “Pam & Tommy Lee Hardcore & Uncensored,” in 1998 and Kim Kardashian ’s sex tape with Ray J , “Kim Kardashian, Superstar,” that rocketed her to fame in 2007.
“Olivia does not want this out,” says the source.
Adding to the drama, Gangala previously was involved with Blois Sharpe’s co-star and “enemy” on the show, Tracy DiMarco . And Blois Sharpe, whose current boyfriend, Mikey Aktari , also appears on the show, has not been shy in the past expressing her disdain for Gangala.
“He’s a liar, a cheater ,” Blois Sharpe has said on the show. “He's a very good liar and manipulator.”
A rep for Blois Sharpe did not return our request for comment
“Jerseylicious” has been on the air for four seasons. Although the Style Network might not be known for its dramatic reality series, the show has gained attention, and viewers, thanks to its focus on the drama between the salon’s co-workers, which often has led to physical confrontations.
Our attempt to reach Vivid Entertainment owner Steven Hirsch was unsuccessful, and a voice message left for Gangala was not returned before deadline.
Unseen Video of them filming Knight of Cups at Santa Monica beach
Katie Holmes‘s first-ever New York Fashion Week show is buzzy enough, but it’s the venue that’s getting even more attention: the budding designer will reportedly show her Holmes & Yang clothing collection at “the tents,” Fashion Week’s premiere venue at the tony Lincoln Center.
Though designers are free to pick from a variety of venues for their runway shows — studios, theaters, libraries, even some outdoor spaces — the tents are considered Fashion Week central, a spot where heavy hitters like Diane von Furstenberg, Monique Lhuillier and Badgley Mischka show. It’s also where you’ll find celebs ducking into VIP lounges between presentations, hordes of fashionistas snapping photos and major fashion editors sitting front row.
“This is a big deal for Katie to show in the tents, under the full attention of the fashion editors and the glare of media scrutiny,” a source tells the New York Post. “They could have done a small show elsewhere, so this proves she and Jeanne are very serious about their business.”
In an interesting twist, Holmes & Yang is set to show the same day (Sept. 9) as Victoria Beckham‘s eponymous label, Grazia reports. Though the presentations likely won’t conflict — Beckham generally prefers an early-morning slot at the New York Public Library — one has to wonder if these two former besties are still fashion friends.
Holmes & Yang, co-founded by Holmes’s stylist, Jeanne Yang (above), and introduced in 2008, is a luxury label that sells mainly at Barneys New York. “We want to create pieces a woman can wear over and over, and people won’t necessarily say, ‘Oh, you wore that last week,’” Holmes told ELLE.com of the line in 2010. Tell us: Are you curious to see the looks from the first Holmes & Yang fashion show?
Sooo ready for this, I will be sipping bloody marys and hoping they don't kill off Russell!
Lately car companies have been featuring LGBT themes in their advertising—sometimes to reach the gay community and sometimes to just present themselves as progressive to mainstream audiences.
The latest automaker to take a queer turn is Toyota, which cast androgynous male model Stav Strashko, in an ad for the Corolla (known oversees as the Auris). In this clip, Strashko sashays up to the car in nothing but a bikini bottom, saving the big “reveal” for the end.
The commercial is a little vague, but we imagine the idea is that something can appear one way but turn out to be completely different—whether its a sports car that’s really a hatchback, or a sultry bikini model that’s really a mab.
And while Strashko enjoys pushing gender boundaries, he doesn’t consider himself trans: “I’ve never thought about becoming a woman,” says the Ukrainian model. I feel very comfortable in my own body just the way it is.”
The entertainment trade news source Variety reported on Wednesday that British actress Charlotte Riley (Easy Virtue, Wuthering Heights) will play a soldier who fights alongside Tom Cruise and Emily Blunt's characters in the upcoming live-action film adaptation of Hiroshi Sakurazaka's Japanese prose novel All You Need Is Kill.
Viz Media published Sakurazaka's novel in English to launch its Haikasoru imprint for Japanese science fiction and fantasy in 2009. The book's cover art was drawn by Yoshitoshi ABe (Serial Experiments Lain, Haibane Renmei).
What an incredible weekend for The Hunger Games! Early numbers are showing that fans purchased a whopping 3.8 million copies of The Hunger Games Blu-ray/DVD in its first 2 days on sale in the United States and Canada alone.
"The Hunger Games" put life into the stagnant home entertainment market this weekend, as fans snatched up 3.8 million DVDs and Blu-ray discs in the title's first two days on sale in the U.S. and Canada.
That's more than either of the last two "Twilight" films, whose launch pattern" The Hunger Games" mimicked. In February of this year, "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, Part 1" sold 3.2 million DVDs and Blu-rays on its first weekend, while "Eclipse" debuted to 2.7 million units in December, 2010.
However, "The Hunger Games" could not surpass "The Twilight Saga: New Moon,"which sold 4 million discs on its first weekend in March, 2010, when the DVD sales market was somewhat stronger. The first "Twilight" sold 3.8 million DVDs and Blu-ray discs in its debut in March, 2009.
While DVDs traditionally go on sale on Tuesday, "Twilight's" studio Summit Entertainment has successfully turned the DVD debuts for its vampire saga into events for teenagers by launching them on Saturdays. Lionsgate, which acquired Summit in January, followed an identical strategy for "The Hunger Games," to great success.
About 1.3 million of the "Hunger Games" discs bought by fans were high-definition Blu-ray format, which are more profitable for the studio than standard definition DVDs.
(The standard retail price for the two-disc DVD set is $30.98; the two-disc Blu-ray set is $39.99. But most stores were selling "The Hunger Games" at a discount.
Amazon.com and Best Buy were both selling the titles for about half the retail rate.)
The studio launched what executives called their most aggressive marketing campaign ever to promote the home entertainment launch of the movie, which grossed a spectacular $408 million at the domestic box office, more than any "Twilight" picture.
In addition to an aggressive advertising campaign on social media platforms and television, several supporting cast members appeared at Wal-Mart, Toys R Us, and other stores for sales events.
Lionsgate did not release digital sales or rental figures. The company said only that "The Hunger Games" set a record for the most ever sales through Zune, Microsoft's digital media store on its Xbox 360 video games console, the most total sales and rental transactions from Comcast, and the highest ever single day revenue for a Lionsgate title on Apple's iTunes Store.
'I'm not sure if the sounds are a bit too wild to go on this album, but it was a great experience,' Nathan Sykes tells MTV News.
The Wanted burst onto the scene earlier this year with two massive singles, "Glad you Came" and "Chasing the Sun." Now, the U.K. boy band is gearing up to hit the road with those songs and more from their self-titled EP when they join Justin Bieber on his upcoming Believe Tour.
"We are doing a few gigs with him on his tour," Max George confirmed to MTV News when we caught up with the guys at the MixTape Festival in Hershey, Pennsylvania, over the weekend. "We would have liked to have done more [dates], but we have our own shows in South America and stuff like that, so we can't do all of them."
But one thing the British-Irish boy band — nominated for their first Video Music Award in the Best New Artist category this year — has yet to do is release a full-length album in the States. When we asked for an update, the guys told us they're still working on it.
"We've been working on it for, like, the last six months, but it's still not ready yet," Max said. "We're still working away on that and we've got plenty more traveling to do yet, so I'm not actually sure when the album is going to be ready."
And though they know fans want to see the album to hit stores before the year closes out, it seems highly unlikely, according to Tom Parker. "Everyone's talking about like November-ish, but then we were like, 'If the album's not ready for November, then we're going to do it in, like, the first quarter of the New Year,' " he said. "And I think the first single off the new album will come before the New Year."
The Wanted have expressed interest in getting Justin Bieber and Chris Brown on their album, and while those names have not yet been confirmed, the group has been in the studio collaborating with several other artists, including LMFAO.
"Real, real, cool guys, and their production on tracks is just insane," Nathan Sykes said. "They've just been off to Brazil and they came back with all these new fresh sounds; it was cool working with them. I'm not sure if the sounds are a bit too wild to go on this album, but it was a great experience."
For now, fans can look forward to another single off their EP, though they wouldn't say which one. "The new single is coming in a few weeks' time. It should be going to radio and stuff like that," Sykes revealed. "We're doing a video for it in a couple weeks as well in L.A., which is really exciting. We are just trying to lock down all the ideas for it now." (Another single off the EP? WUT?)
The Wanted On The Cover of Coup De Main Magazine (NZ Publication) & Casting For New Music Video!
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The Wanted are also performing on GMA tomorrow morning in Central Park! Can't wait for more album news (and the VMAS)!
Emily Giffin used to be one of my favorite authors. I’ve read all her books, and am in the middle of her new one, “Where We Belong.”
I may not bother finishing it.
It is that book, you see, that has caused Giffin to basically go mad. The author received some bad reviews online (OK, show me an author who hasn’t) and, instead of ignoring the criticism, or addressing it in a mature, professional manner, Giffin’s husband got involved.
But that’s not all.
After “Mr. Giffin” called one reader a “psycho” on Amazon.com, the fairer Giffin encouraged this behavior on Facebook and Twitter. She cheered her husband on and encouraged fans to join in.
Um, yes, you read that right. An author — a grown woman, a mother — cheered people on as they “went after” those who didn’t like her latest book. It didn’t matter if you mixed your message with flattery, or told her you liked her past books but this one wasn’t for you. No, if your thoughts were anything less than puppies and candy canes, Giffin wanted you called out.
But, alas, if you tried to call her out on her Facebook page, she deleted the comments. (Several OTE readers had their remarks deleted). I say this to bloggers all the time when they get defensive: allow people to share their position, even when it’s different from yours, and don’t get defensive. You don’t have to be liked by everyone to be a success.
Until today, I liked Giffin. She told a good story and seemed to be a classy gal. Now, I can’t say the same.
Clearly, she is a woman who can’t accept criticism, who doesn’t encourage an objective world where opinions are welcome and who has skin thinner than a summer peach.
David Koepp couldn't envision a Snow White and the Huntsman sequel without Kristen Stewart — which is one reason he says he's no longer involved in the project.
Koepp — who scripted Jurassic Park, the original 2002 Spider-Man movie and co-wrote and directed this weekend's new bike-messenger thriller Premium Rush — told Movieline that he departed the project because he had worked on a script idea "that I really liked" involving Stewart's character. "And their situation, I hear, changed a little, so they weren't interested in pursuing that idea anymore."
Koepp said that was a sign for him to move on. "I felt like there was a good path with her, but then they wanted to explore a different thing that I had no ideas for," he explained. "If you don't have any ideas, you should probably put your pen in your backpack and go home." As a result, he added, "we agreed to part ways and stay friends."
When I asked Koepp if he could see a sequel to Snow White and the Huntsman being made sans Stewart, he replied: "Well, I couldn't. That was why I felt like I couldn't follow through."
Stewart's involvement in a Snow White sequel has been hotly debated since reports broke in late July that she cheated on her on- and 0ff-screen Twilight love interest Robert Pattinson with SWATH director Rupert Sanders and apologized for it.
On Aug. 15, Deadline reported that, internally, Universal is discussing whether to focus the next movie on the Huntsman character played by Chris Hemsworth, who is fast proving himself to be leading-man material. Universal also bought a crime drama called 90 Church: The True Story of the Narcotics Squad from Hell for Sanders.
It's well acknowledged throughout the media world that female Fox News anchors are typically more, er, coiffed than their liberal counterparts. There are YouTube videos dedicated to Fox women's short skirts, a fully functioning website called www.FoxNewsGirls.com and Allure once penned a feature declaring, "With its bevy of babes, the network should be called the Foxy News Channel."
Miniskirts aside, the main difference is the makeup. The female anchors of Fox News, Liza Mundy writes for the Atlantic, wear significantly more makeup than any other network's anchors. While MSNBC's Rachel Maddow does a light, nearly-no-makeup look and C-SPAN doesn't even have a makeup room, Fox News anchors -- as well as female guests -- get the full bronzer, eye shadow, lip liner, gloss, etc. treatment. When Mundy herself was a Fox News guest, she was coated with "so much [eye]shadow that I felt I should be wearing a sash and tiara."
Mundy's not the only one to have noticed. An online thread entitled "Fox News Anchor Women" features gems such as, "Do they think they are in a Las Vegas floor show?" and "With all that lip gloss, they look like hookers on the make for a trick."
Fittingly, it's been said that Fox is the only network that employs a full-time "image consultant" for its on-air personalities. A female Fox regular told Mundy that "she gets more calls from network management about her hair, clothes, and makeup than about what she says." Fox News Chairman Roger Ailes, after all, once boasted "I hired Sarah Palin because she was hot and got ratings." Fox network execs know how this game works.
But Ailes isn't the only TV executive to acknowledge that sex sells. So why don't C-SPAN, CNN and the rest dip their female reporters in liquid bronzer and touch up their highlights? Mundy suggests that "the best explanation for Fox glam may be the channel’s largely conservative audience." Because, she reasons...
... the Fox News audience skews old. (Ed. note: do old conservatives like pretty women more than old liberals?)
... the audience skews female. (Ed. note: do women like looking at pretty women more than men?)
... "conservative women are typically less squeamish than progressive ones about... using your looks to get ahead."
Mundy invokes Sarah Palin and Michele Bachmann to support this last stance, which seems just steps away from Ann Coulter's assertion that "all pretty girls are right-wingers."
Conjecture all you want (allowing your biases for or against Fox News to heavily influence your opinion, natch). To see for yourself, check out our slideshow of female anchors across several major news networks. Do the Fox News women seem more made-up that the rest? And is that a bad thing?
In the event that you've managed to avoid TNT's summer TV media blitz, allow us to catch you up: Last week, the network's flagship series, and one of the biggest (numbers-wise) cable dramas to ever do it, The Closer ended its seven season run at the behest of star Kyra Sedgwick (who you may also remember from our gallery of The 50 Hottest Female Cops on TV Shows). Immediately following the finale was the premiere of Major Crimes, an instantly pointless sequel series that retains something like 80% of The Closer's supporting cast, with recurring guest star Mary McDonnell now in the driver's seat.
If it were up to the executives at TNT, The Closer would be mapping out plans to take it through season 15 right now, but in honoring their star they've just contributed to the long list of just plain bad ideas. For some reason, TV suits are historically bad at letting good franchises die an honorable death, and the inherently thirsty spin-off is born.
For every Frasier (spun off of Cheers) or Angel (Buffy the Vampire Slayer), there are five more failures that take a character you liked on the original, or the OG series' main concept, and beat you over the head with it until the series is unceremoniously cancelled or manages to bamboozle audiences and execs alike and remain on the air for what seems like forever. We've collected the worst of both. Enjoy The 10 Worst TV Show Spin-offs.
10. The Cleveland Show (2009-present)
Parent series: Family Guy
We can never be mad at Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane, for the good mostly outweighs his bad, but this one was a real headscratcher. It's not surprising that the suits would try and spin off a franchise as successful as Family Guy, but Cleveland of all characters, really? He was never funny!
His contribution to the series can be measured quite simply by this: Do you watch any episode post his departure and say, "This is kind of funny but, damn, where's Cleveland at?" Didn't think so. If his absence doesn't even register on his parent show, why give him his own series?
There is absolutely nothing new or innovative on The Cleveland Show that you can't get from Family Guy, and if it weren't for its lead-in audience it'd probably be cancelled by now.
9. The Ropers/Three's a Crowd (1979-1980; 1984-1985)
Parent series: Three's Company
Thirsty executives at ABC tried to squeeze blood from the stone not once but twice with the Three's Company franchise. First, they forgot that viewers only watched the show for comedian John Ritter's antics (and pull game) alongside his two hot roommates (Joyce DeWitt and Insert Hot Blonde), and assumed audiences would be interested in the senior citizen exploits of ex-landlord Mr. Roper and his randy wife. Surprise: They weren't.
Then, once Three's Company ended, they went the sequel route, following Ritter's Jack Tripper and his boo, Vicky, who was introduced during the final season of the original series. There was just one problem: Viewers wanted to see Jack the Tripper out here crushing these hos, not 'cuffed up.
Not to mention, the normal, domestic man and woman sitcom had more "sit" and way less "com" compared to Jack bouncing off of two platonic lady-friends. We see why they thought a sequel with Tripper would be a slam dunk, but the right pieces weren't in place.
8. Private Practice (2007-present)
Parent series: Grey's Anatomy
If a TV show is on the air but no one is around to watch it, does it actually exist? Look, we know someone out there is actually a fan of this Grey's Anatomy spin-off, which finds Kate Walsh's Addison (McDreamy's ex-wife) unleashing her Seattle Grace patented steely glare at a private wellness co-op in Los Angeles, because it's gone on this long, but if our lives depended on actually naming someone we know who watches this show, we'd be in trouble.
In addition to being less than hot in the streets, Practice barely even registers in the larger TV conversation. Save for a multi-episode arc a couple of years ago that dealt with the fallout of Xander from Buffy assaulting cast member KaDee Strickland, you'd be hard pressed to see news about this show pop up on your favorite entertainment site. In fact, we're betting that we just surprised a lot of you with the reminder that this show exists. And yet, season six will premiere this fall.
7. The Finder (2012)
Parent Series: Bones
"See, there's this guy, and he's, like, really good at finding stuff." That's all The Finder amounts to as a series, which is why it skipped endangered and went straight to extinct in a matter of months.
It's not as if Bones, the saccharine crime-science procedural from which Finder spun off, is much better, but at least it has likable leads and the anthropology angle usually gives the case of the week a cool "Yeah, Science!" twist. Finder has quite possibly the laziest procedural premise ever, compiling everything that seems to work on the likes of CBS—reclusive lead, hot law enforcement chick, lovable delinquent teen, black guy—into one lame pile.
Geoff Stults is wooden as Walter, the titular finder, who has all of those qualities the networks are convinced we like in a procedural lead: He's eccentric! He's quirky! His sense of humor hides a hidden darkness! Well, with the wrong actor, those all add up to a boring lead, which, on top of a boring premise, is a problem. Good luck finding your next job, Geoff.
6. Joanie Loves Chachi (1982-1983)
Parent series: Happy Days
Everyone loved Happy Days, CBS loved money, Joanie Loved Chachi, and nobody loved this show. Granted, a spin-off centered on Fonzie, the actual draw of Happy Days probably would've been a Joey-esque failure as well. But a sum total of zero people were clamoring for a series dedicated to this sickening simp affair. At least it gave Scott Baio a few more years of relevance and furthered his hit-list. Thank God for that.
5. That '80s Show (2002)
Parent series: That '70s Show
Sometimes we really wonder if a bunch of chimps would make smarter decisions than the network brass that green-light pointless crap like this. Apparently the suits at FOX figured That '70s Show was winning not because it had a great, hilarious cast, but because we were all just oh so in love with the series' other main character: the setting.
The decade informs the show, obviously, but FOX found out the hard way that the novelty of a period piece wears off quickly when it's got nothing else going for it. While not technically a spin-off, That '80s Show retained the same basic formula, same writers, and none of the success, with a bland cast that couldn't match even half the hilarity of Fez, Kelso, or Red. And, quite frankly, Chyler Leigh is no Mila Kunis.
4. The Tortellis (1987)
Parent series: Cheers
When Cheers ended in 1993, it spawned an unprecedented spin-off in Frasier, the bar regular and psychiatrist of the same name, who had received the least votes in a spin-off survey offered to audiences. It equaled Cheers with eleven seasons and equal, if not more, acclaim.
The Tortellis, on the other hand? Thirteen episodes and boo's across the board. Wait, viewers didn't wanna see the Vegas exploits of Carla's ex, Nick (Dan Hedaya), and his equally sleazy wife, Loretta? Shocker!
3. CSI: Miami (2002-2012)
Parent series: CSI
You know those parodies of television cops on SNL and the like? Well, David Caruso sure does. One look at his ridiculous, insta-caricature performance in CSI: Miami and it would seem that he studies every trope and cliché to get into character. Over the procedural's run he even created a few of his own.
Nobody sits down in front of a cop procedural expecting HBO levels of character work but there is simply no reason to choose Miami over the original on any given day, not when Caruso is hamming it up like a bad open mic comedian with his crime scene one-liners, or strutting around the 305 and managing to be that rare douche who actually makes sunglasses seem uncool.
Ten-season run notwithstanding, the procedural wave was set back a few steps in respectability when Horatio and his crew set up shop.
2. Joey (2004-2006)
Parent series: Friends
There are many reasons why most spin-offs are destined to fail, but if there's one classic mistake, it's this: Spin-offs or sequels routinely place the burden of lead on the shoulders of a fan favorite character from the ensemble or supporting cast that was simply not built to lead. There's a reason they kill every scene they're in: small doses. The comic relief in the sitcom or the foil in a drama is just one part of a larger machine. So why does every network make the fatal mistake of thinking that piece can run on its own?
Matt LeBlanc's dim-witted yet lovable paisan from the Friends gang embodies the Small Doses principle. The whole reason the original show worked for so long was that each of the six characters added up to one, at times flawless, whole. Really, none of them could have carried their own show, but boy was Joey the worst choice. Who thought audiences would be down to ride with the "How you doin'?" guy for a full half hour per week?
Maybe it could've been salvageable with a strong supporting cast, but even the likes of the great Drea de Matteo and Jennifer Coolidge couldn't turn the tin can into gold, word to Charlie Sheen. We're just amazed it actually got a second season.
1. Saved by the Bell: The College Years/The New Class (1993-1994; 1993-2000)
Parent series: Saved by the Bell
Wasn't it just the worst back in the day when, instead of the OG exploits of world renowned pimp Zach Morris, nerdy sidekick Screech, and dream-girl dime piece Kelly Kapowski, TBS would pull the rug out every Friday with a re-run of this snoozefest?
College Years is simply a rehash of the same shit (minus Lisa, Jessie, and Mr. Belding, plus a couple of wholly bland new people) but with diminishing results, because, well, lightning just doesn't strike twice. Sure, Screech is still hopeless, Zach still slays hos, and Kelly slays Zach's hopes and dreams while cavorting with older men, but it was all so unmemorable. Oh, and Slater discovered he was Latino, so there's that.
At least it retained most of the cast we loved in high school, whereas New Class kept Mr. Belding and added a whole new crop of kids that we instantly hated, with Screech as Belding's assistant from season two on. How this soulless sequel lasted seven years, we'll never know.
History-making 16-year-old gold medal gymnast Gabby Douglas was on TV with Jay Leno and David Letterman. Sat and chatted with Oprah Winfrey. Met First Lady Michelle Obama.
And today she threw out the first pitch at the Mets game. Now that’s impressive.
“I threw out the first pitch at the Iowa Cubs game. This is like major so I’m nervous,” Douglas admitted beforehand, noting her minor league throw “went good, it bounced up and he caught it. It was okay for my first time” and in Queens “everyone tells me just throw the ball hard so I’m going to throw hard.”
No bounce this time. Douglas, who shared throwing the pitch with a corporate sponsor, received a warm, loud ovation from a small pre-game crowd. Her pitch reached home, a little wide and that brought a better response.
Douglas said she hopes to compete again in 2016 in Rio de Janeiro -- and she hoped to be introduced to David Wright, a fellow Virginian (“I want to meet him,” she admitted). With her gold medals “in a safe place,” she was at the Mets game as part of the team’s Citi Field Kids event, sharing her story with kids from the YMCA.
The first American gymnast to win gold in both the individual all-around and team competitions at the same Olympics, Douglas wants her story of hardship growing up to be an inspiration.
“I wanted everyone to know my story, know where I came from, know my background,” she said. “It was not easy. I had to face a lot coming through this journey, a lot of sacrifices, difficulties, challenges, even injuries. So I wanted everyone to know it still is possible in any sport for anyone. I wanted to make them know, never give up and just keep fighting because though times may be tough, sacrifices are not in vain and they do pay off.
“So just keep pushing toward your dream and just love it at the same time and enjoy it.”
Behind the Scenes at an Essence Photo Shoot
Bonus pic of McKayla visiting the HIMYM set:
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I miss the Fierce 5. Let's relive the Olympics please.
What's the best new comedy of the 2012-2013 TV season? Sadly, it's slim pickings this year -- there are a few diamonds in the rough, but there's a whole lotta rough.
The A.V. Club's Todd VanDerWerff said it best: "So this year, most of the comedies are -- can I swear? -- are kind of shitty."
But again -- there are some bright spots. From "The Mindy Project" and "Ben and Kate" on Fox, to NBC's "Go On" starring Matthew Perry and a few random picks in between, HuffPost TV gathered 20 top TV critics from around the country to share their picks for best new comedy.
For those who don't want to watch the video, here's the list:
"The Mindy Project"
premieres Tues., Sept. 25, 9:30 p.m. ET on Fox
"Ben and Kate"
premieres Tues., Sept. 25, 8:30 p.m. ET on Fox
premieres Tues., Sept. 11, 9 p.m. ET on NBC
Watch the pilot on Hulu
"The New Normal"
premieres Tues., Sept. 11, 9:30 p.m. ET on NBC
Sources: HuffPo & YT
Lisa Rinna, who returned to NBC's "Days of Our Lives" on March 8, is ready to say goodbye to her role as Billie Reed on the soap to focus on her many projects -- including a new talk show.
“She's leaving so she can do all of the 500 other things she loves to do. [She's working on] her Belle Gray line for QVC, she’s writing another diet and fitness book, plus she’s developing a vitamin supplement line and lingerie line,” a friend of the actress told me.
“She’s also in talks to do a panel-type talk show.”
Lisa played Billie Reed for more than 150 episodes on "Days," last appearing in 2005 before her return this year.
“At the moment, she’s with her kids and husband, Harry Hamlin, at their island in Canada,” confirms a pal.
“Harry is also very busy, with his recurring role on 'Shameless' this season, where he will be naked all the way through. That naughty boy!”
superior Billie tbh