Me watching the screen with Kathie Lee Gifford and Craig Ferguson (Hoda is out on maternity leave) reminds me of Mystery Science Theater 3000. There were a few surreal moments about this segment. First, I loved the set design. It’s a lot more casual and real. I didn’t touch the popcorn because I knew I wouldn’t get a word out. Two, Craig Ferguson dedicating time to flatter me over my name is absolutely nuts. I guess Detective Rico doesn’t sound so bad, lol. That makes Christian Slater and Billy Bush who have done that. Really nuts. Three, hearing my podcast said out loud on national TV is a point of pride for me since it’s so difficult to market your show to a wide audience. Nevertheless, enjoy the spring shows I selected just for you and read below 5 trivia moments you don’t know about Netflix’s Five Came Back
According to the press release I got, HBO has confirmed the debut date for HIGH MAINTENANCE, with the comedy series slated to kick off its six-episode season on Friday, Sept 16 (11:00 – 11:30pm). It used to be stream on Amazon Prime which I spoke about once on VH1’s Big Morning Buzz, but Viacom took down all the videos… well that’s a whole other conversation for another day.
With the academy awards coming up, Last Week Tonight with John Oliver tackles Hollywood whitewashing in a humorous yet unflinching way. The focus of the video is self-explanatory, but this whole idea that there aren’t enough good roles for people of color is utter balderdash. Even when roles do exist, they still can be played by white actors. Just ask Emma Stone. Her portrayal of a half-Asian woman in Aloha is perhaps the most egregious act of whitewashing in the modern era.Read More
When I heard that Vince Vaughn, a mostly comedic actor, and Colin Farrell, a mostly B actor at best, were starring in season 2 of HBO’s True Detective, my face cringed. HBO never really makes mistakes, but gone are director Cary Fukunaga, one of the most acclaimed actors of the 21st century in Matthew McConaughey and an immensely solid actor in Woody Harrelson… and this new cast is how you up the ante? HBO has earned the benefit of the doubt from fans, but they have a lot of explaining to do. I just can’t understand the cast selection process. Here’s the first trailer of ‘True Detective’ Season 2. What do YOU think?Read More
‘Sex and the City’ has been nothing short of a phenomenon. From the onset, the series, the girls and the city they lived in was an immediate hit, drawing millions of viewers to HBO, later TBS and now the Box Office. The draw is one that is still strong today 12 years later. Proof of this can be seen on Perry Street in the West Village, where one is almost guaranteed to see fans, mostly young and middle aged women, posing in front of a chained-off townhouse with a sign reading “NO TRESPASSING”.
After some deconstruction of the phenomenon, I believe it really boils down to 3 things: fabulousity, nostalgia and hope.
You can say whatever you want about the recent movie ‘Sex and the City 2’ … but one thing is for sure is that the power of the brand remains strong.
So strong that I agree with Sarah Jessica that they should complete the trilogy with a third and final run.
My advice to her though is to remember the three things that made you. 1- Fabulousity. We want fabulousity but we want it to feel real. Abu Dhabi was fun, but in hindsight the Hamptons may have been more authentic. 2- Nostalgia. Tap into this powerful emotion, but do it remembering to be relevant today. Why did we relate? who did we relate to? But keep it real. Don’t go over the top with the characters and don’t forget the times. 3- Hope. Here you have been nailing it. At the end of the day, whatever twists and turns life puts in front of Carrie and her posse… they survive and thrive, holding their cosmos in bejeweled hands.
So here is to the final ‘Sex and the City 3.’ One with “NO TRESPASSING”.