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On TV this Friday: Cue the pomp and ready the circumstance, because the London Olympic games have arrived! Elsewhere: You can’t go home again, though XIII and Nikita‘s Alex try anyway; Olivia Wilde graces House with her presence and Effie Trinket herself swings by Comedy Bang! Bang!May the odds be ever in your favor, and here are nine programs to check out tonight.

7:30 pm 2012 Summer Olympics: Opening Ceremony (NBC) | It’s unlikely the kick-off will match China’s mandatory citizen participation efforts from four years ago, but the Danny Boyle-directed opening to this year’s summer games will involve a cast of thousands and a performance by Sir Paul McCartney — definitely worth seeing.

8 pm House (Fox)| In this Repeat to Revisit, a collegiate cheerleader who hears his dead brother’s voice is interesting and all, but the real draw is the glorious return of Olivia…

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Sooo sad. R.I.P

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Sherman Hemsley, the man best known for movin’ George Jefferson and family on up to a deluxe apartment in the sky, died Tuesday.

The actor passed away at his home in El Paso, Texas, according to El Paso Fox affiliate KFOX14. No details about the cause of death have been released.

Though he was a stage-trained actor whose television career spanned 38 years, Hemsley was most closely associated with a character he first played in its very beginning: George Jefferson, Archie bunker’s opinionated neighbor on All in the Family. The cocky dry cleaning business owner (and his family) got their own spin-off sitcom when The Jeffersons debuted in 1975. After that show’s decade-long run ended, Hemsley continued to work steadily, including a five-season run as Amen’s Deacon Ernest Frye.

Hemsley took part in VH1’s where-are-they-now? reality show The Surreal Life in 2006, and he and Jeffersons

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Mariah Carey Signs On For “American Idol”


It’s official. Fox has named Mariah Carey as one of the new American Idol judges for Season 12. She was one of the many rumored names being tossed around to become a judge. She will be getting somewhere between $12 to $17 million for the gig. Carey said today in a phone call to FOX president, Kevin Reilly,

I am so excited to be joining Idol. I wanted to be there today and I wish I could have been there myself to tell you. I can’t wait to get started in a couple months.”

No one else has been named to join her on the judges table but I’m sure that name is will be here before auditions start this fall. American Idol season 12 will premiere January 2013.

Kelly Clarkson – Dark Side Video


Yes, just caught the newish video to her new single, “Darkside” from her latest album Stronger. Watch the video now.

It’s so simple. I like it. Wearing little makeup in the simple and intimate video, Clarkson tackles topics like bullying, weight issues and war and shows some of the darker sides of  human behavior. She puts a positive spin on it though and turns it into a positive message at the end.  Kelly looks great. Love a minimalist makeup with the simple pink outfit. Not feeling the green multi-colored outfit. Overall good song and good video.

 

2012 Emmy Nominations Are Here!!!!!


2012 Emmy nominations were announced this morning and there were shocking nominations at all. They were announced by Late Night With Jimmy Kimmel’s own Jimmy Kimmel and Scandal‘s Kerry Washington (chick looked specially fresh-faced for it being 5:30 in the morning L.A time).  Kimmel showed up in his pajamas to read the noms because of the ungodly hour. He was his hilarious self as usual and brought a breath of fresh air to the usually stiff nomination reading.

AMC’s Mad Men and FX’s American Horror Story landed the most nominations with 17.  Hatfield & McCoys (History), Breaking Bad (AMC), Game Change (HBO) and Modern Family (ABC) also earned multiple nominations. There were many first time nominees including Bill Hader (Supporting Actor Comedy, Saturday Night Live, NBC), Zooey Deschanel (Lead Actress Comedy, New Girl, FOX), Max Greenfield (Supporting Actor Comedy, New Girl, FOX),and Lena Dunham (Lead Actress Comedy; Writing For Comedy, Directing For Comedy , Girls, HBO).

Here are the rest of the nominees and a couple of thoughts on some of them.

Best comedy
The Big Bang Theory
Curb Your Enthusiasm
Girls
Modern Family
30 Rock
Veep – Yes this show is soooo funny.

Best drama
Boardwalk Empire
Breaking Bad
Downton Abbey
Game of Thrones
Homeland
Mad Men

Lead actress in drama
Kathy Bates, Harry’s Law – Seriously this nomination could have gone to someone else.
Glenn Close, Damages
Claire Danes, Homeland
Julianna Margulies, The Good Wife
Michelle Dockery, Downton Abbey
Elisabeth Moss, Mad Men

Lead actor in a drama
Hugh Bonneville, Downton Abbey
Steve Buscemi, Boardwalk Empire
Bryan Cranston, Breaking Bad
Jon Hamm, Mad Men
Damian Lewis, Homeland
Michael C. Hall, Dexter – Last season of Dexter was not that great. This spot should have gone to John Noble (Fringe) or Timothy Olyphant (Justified).

Best competition reality show
The Amazing Race
Dancing with the Stars
Project Runway
So You Think You Can Dance
The Voice – Maybe the first season of The Voice should have been nominated but not this season’s.
Top Chef – This show is consistently the best show out of the bunch so it should it.

Lead actress in a comedy
Zooey Deschanel, New Girl
Lena Dunham, Girls
Edie Falco, Nurse Jackie
Tina Fey, 30 Rock
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep – So happy about Veep‘s nomination. This show is sooooo hilarious.
Melissa McCarthy, Mike & Molly – I love her but no this should be someone else.
Amy Poehler, Parks and Recreation

Lead actor in a comedy
Alec Baldwin, 30 Rock
Don Cheadle, House of Lies
Louis C.K., Louie
Jon Cryer, Two and a Half Men – Really? WHY ARE THEY STILL NOMINATING HIM? Joel McHale should be here.
Larry David, Curb Your Enthusiasm
Jim Parsons, The Big Bang Theory

Best supporting actress, comedy
Mayim Bialik, The Big Bang Theory
Kathryn Joosten, Desperate Housewives
Julie Bowen, Modern Family
Sofia Vergara, Modern Family
Merritt Wever, Nurse Jackie
Kristen Wiig, Saturday Night Live

Best supporting actor, comedy
Ed O’Neill, Modern Family
Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Modern Family
Ty Burrell, Modern Family
Eric Stonestreet, Modern Family
Max Greenfield, New Girl – I hope he wins. Schmidt just makes this show a lot of times.
Bill Hader, Saturday Night Live

Best supporting actress, drama
Anna Gunn, Breaking Bad
Maggie Smith, Downton Abbey
Joanne Froggatt, Downton Abbey
Archie Panjabi, The Good Wife – YESSSSS I love Kalinda.
Christine Baranski, The Good Wife
Christina Hendricks, Mad Men

Best supporting actor, drama
Aaron Paul, Breaking Bad
Giancarlo Esposito, Breaking Bad
Brendan Coyle, Downton Abbey
Jim Carter, Downton Abbey
Peter Dinklage, Game of Thrones
Jared Harris, Mad Men 

Best miniseries or movie
Game Change
American Horror Story
Hatfield & McCoys
Hemingway & Gellhorn
Luther
Sherlock: A Scandal in Belgravia

Best variety series
The Colbert Report 
The Daily Show With Jon Stewart
Jimmy Kimmel Live
Late Night With Jimmy Fallon
Real Time With Bill Maher 
Saturday Night Live 

Best animated program
American Dad
Bob’s Burgers
Futurama
The Penguins Of Madagascar: The Return Of The Revenge Of Dr. Blowhole
The Simpsons

Best non-competition reality program
Antiques Roadshow
Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution
MythBusters
Shark Tank
Undercover Boss
Who Do You Think You Are?

Best reality show host
Phil Keoghan, The Amazing Race
Ryan Seacrest, American Idol
Betty White, Betty White’s Off Their Rockers
Tom Bergeron, Dancing With The Stars
Cat Deeley, So You Think You Can Dance – Yes love Cat. She definitely deserves it.

Best guest actress in a comedy
Dot-Marie Jones, Glee
Maya Rudolph, Saturday Night Live
Melissa McCarthy, Saturday Night Live
Elizabeth Banks, 30 Rock
Margaret Cho, 30 Rock
Kathy Bates, Two and a Half Men

Best guest actor in a comedy
Michael J. Fox, Curb Your Enthusiasm
Greg Kinnear, Modern Family
Bobby Cannavale, Nurse Jackie
Jimmy Fallon, Saturday Night Live
Will Arnett, 30 Rock
Jon Hamm, 30 Rock

Best guest actress in a drama
Martha Plimpton, The Good Wife
Loretta Devine, Grey’s Anatomy
Jean Smart, Harry’s Law
Julia Ormond, Mad Men
Joan Cusack, Shameless
Uma Thurman, Smash

Best guest actor in a drama series
Mark Margolis, Breaking Bad
Dylan Baker, The Good Wife
Michael J. Fox, The Good Wife
Dickie Bennett, Justified
Ben Feldman, Mad Men
Jason Ritter, Parenthood

Best lead actress in a miniseries or movie
Connie Britton, American Horror Story
Julianne Moore, Game Change
Nicole Kidman, Hemingway & Gellhorn
Ashley Judd, Missing
Emma Thompson, The Song Of Lunch (Masterpiece)

Best lead actor in a miniseries or movie
Woody Harrelson, Game Change
Kevin Costner, Hatfields & McCoys
Bill Paxton, Hatfields & McCoys
Clive Owen, Hemingway & Gellhorn
Idris Elba, Luther
Benedict Cumberbatch, Sherlock: A Scandal In Belgravia

Best supporting actress in a miniseries or movie
Frances Conroy, American Horror Story
Jessica Lange, American Horror Story
Sarah Paulson, Game Change
Mare Winningham, Hatfields & McCoys
Judy Davis, Page Eight (Masterpiece)

Best supporting actor in a miniseries or movie
Denis O’Hare, American Horror Story
Ed Harris, Game Change
Tom Berenger, Hatfields & McCoys
David Strathairn, Hemingway & Gellhorn
Martin Freeman, Sherlock: A Scandal In Belgravia (Masterpiece)

Best writing for a comedy
Chris McKenna, Community
Lena Dunham, Girls
Louis C.K., Louie
Amy Poehler, Parks and Recreation
Michael Schur, Parks and Recreation

Best writing for a drama
Julian Fellowes, Downton Abbey
Alex Gansa, Gideon Raff, Howard Gordon, Homeland
Semi Chellas, Matthew Weiner, Mad Men
Andre and Maria Jacquemetton, Mad Men
Erin Levy, Matthew Weiner, Mad Men

Awkward Black Girl Episode 2.2 Postmortem


Awkward Black Girl premiered its latest episode this past Thursday and there were a lot of good things about the episode. This one is all about where things are progressing in Jay and White Jay’s relationship. Despite their becoming closer, she is having trouble taking it to the next level. Will that change soon?

Coming off the very lackluster season premiere episode, this one needed to be amazing to keep me wanting more ABG. Well it wasn’t amazing but it was at least better than the last episode. Upon my second viewing of the episode, I thought it was good. I liked the premise of the episode which was Jay’s discomfort with taking her relationship with white Jay to the next level. I think that lots of people relate to these kinds of dilemmas.

It did seem a little out of character for Jay to be this insecure about White Jay. Also did she really have to take all those shots to get comfortable with him? The thing I liked most about their relationship from last season was that while awkward Jay said that she could be herself around White Jay so this kind of sudden discomfort is off to me.

Here is hoping that episode 3, which will be coming August 9, will be the amazing episode I have waited for because these last two have been no where up to par with some of my favorites from last season.

Entertainment News


Some entertainment headlines from the past week.

Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler both announced this week that they will be leaving the American Idol judging panel. There has been speculation for weeks about Lopez’s exit but Tyler’s came a little as a surprise. But not that surprising as there were rumors of major shake ups on Idol coming (Budget cuts, lots of firings). There are even some talks about Randy Jackson moving towards being a mentor towards contestants and not being a judge. Now that these two have left, who is going to take their place? Some of the names being tossed around as replacements are Adam Lambert (season 8 Idol runner-up), Celine Dion, Charlie Sheen, Mary J. Blige and Mariah Carey. I love Mariah and I think she would be great. It still wouldn’t get me to watch the show though. I don’t think anything could.  All these big names they want are expensive though and I don’t see any of them except Lambert taking less than $15 million for the gig. Just to put it into perspective Lopez made $20 million per year as a judge. That isn’t going to save them any money at all. I’m sure that in the coming weeks there will be more speculation and a ton more names thrown out there as replacements. It’s always funny watching the process unfold.

Get ready ladies. Another round of Magic Mike is on the way. Channing Tatum said “Yes, yes and yes!” during a Twitter interview with Glamour U.K when asked about a sequel to the his hit movie. “We’re working on the concept now. We want to flip the script and make it bigger.” Hmmm I don’t know about a sequel to this movie. Granted I liked it and all but there is no need for a sequel. The movie was resolved. If there were to do a sequel Tatum’s character wouldn’t be in it because at the end of the first one **SPOILER** he quits stripping. I mean there is plenty of eye candy there to continue I guess but story-wise it just needs to end.

R&B singer and songwriter, Frank Ocean’s new album, Channel Orange was released a week early this past Monday on Itunes. And while that might not seem like a problem for most people, apparently Target took offense and has decided not to stock the physical album that will be released this coming Tuesday, July 17th. Ocean’s manager, Christian Clancy was not happy about this and tweeted, “Target has refused to carry Frank’s album because of iTunes exclusive. Interesting since they also donate to non-equal rights organizations.” This in reference to Target having made donations to anti-gay political organizations. Ocean essentially came out revealed the week before on his tumblr page and that seems to be the reason Clancy is bringing that up. Target has come out and said their reasoning for not carrying the album is because Ocean’s management team released the album online first and not for any other reason. I would believe Target except Jay-Z and Kanye West did the same thing when they released their joint album, Watch The Throne, last August and Target still carried their album. It doesn’t matter to me though.  I was always going to get the album and it was always going to come from Best Buy who will surely reap all the benefits from carrying the album. Channel Orange is now available on iTunes and in stores this Tuesday. Check out his performance on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.

There is a new Walking Dead trailer for season 3 that came from Comic Con this week. It shows the survivors working together to clear the undead from that ominous prison glimpsed at the end of the last season. The footage also shows a katana-wielding new character Michonne (Danai Gurira) slicing through zombies and teaming up with Andrea (Laurie Holden). The trailer ends with a shot of Michael Rooker’s scumbag character Merle, who escaped from a pair of handcuffs by slicing off his appendage back in the first season. In the third season footage, Merle sports a knife for a right arm.   This looks crazy as hell. Can’t wait for it to start. The Walking Dead season 3 premieres October 14 on AMC.

Yay more Hunger Games news. Lionsgate has announced that they are going to be splitting up the third installment of the series, Mockingjay into 2 parts. They will start with Catching Fire hitting theaters on November 22, 2013, Mockingjay, Part 1on November 21, 2014, and Mockingjay, Part 2 on Nov. 20, 2015. This way, like the Harry Potter and Twilight franchises, every Thanksgiving families can head out to the theaters and see kids kill each other. Entertainment Weekly has a nice article on the possible places where they could split it up. There are many spoilers so if you haven’t read the book don’t even click on the link.

Feeling Very Uninspired


The summer season has been in full swing and I have just been generally uninspired by anything that is on now. Not that it isn’t good but it just hasn’t been great. On top of that there haven’t been any new movies in the past 2 weeks for me.  I am also in the middle of packing and trying to get things finished at work before my move so it’s been a little crazy. I say all this to tell you that I’m sorry my brain is empty and that I have no posts 🙂

While summer is usually a wasteland of really bad reality television there are some good shows on now.To name a few there is the entire USA lineup [Necessary Roughness (Wednesdays 9/8c), Burn Notice (Thursday 9/8c), Covert Affairs (Tuesday 10/9c), White Collar (Tuesday 9/8c), Royal Pains (Wednesday 10/9c), Suits (Thursday 10/9c), Common Law (Friday 10/9c), Political Animals (Premieres July 15th @10/9c)], TNT’s lineup [Rizzoli & Isles (Tuesday 10/9c), Perception (Monday 10/9c), Franklin & Bash (Tuesday 9/8c), Dallas (Wednesday 10/9c), & Major Crimes (Premieres August 13th @ 10/9c)], Awkward (MTV,Thursday 10/9c), True Blood (HBO, Sunday 9/8c), and Newsroom(Sunday 10/9c). So those weren’t a few but you get my drift. Check out some of these shows and I hope you are enjoying the nice schizophrenic summer weather we are having. Also let me know if there is something that you want me to talk about and I will get on it stat.