Joe Elliott

Joe Elliott

CulturePop No. 42 - 'Def Leppard' lead singer Joe Elliott, Pt. 1

Listen in for his imitation of Gene Simmons

Hanging out over coffee with Def Leppard lead singer Joe Elliott at the legendary rock 'n' roll hotel Sunset Marquis was already a great start to our morning -- what made it even better was Elliott himself. Laid-back, charming and happy to riff on any subject we lobbed at him, he talked candidly about rocking out after fifty, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Def Leppard's upcoming tour with KISS, and plenty more.

Given how much we loved talking to his band mate Phil Collen, how can we decide which member of the band was a better guest? We can't and yeah, no reason to do it. They're both awesome -- and Elliott had so much to say, we couldn't bring ourselves to cut him off for some arbitrary time limit. Thus, you get part one and part two of our chat with him (part two will be next week). You're welcome. Here's the rundown:

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"Vikings"

"Vikings"

Credit: History

Lagertha and Ragnar unite to fight in these 'Vikings' sneak peeks

It's time to win back Kattegat

It's blood, blood and more blood this week on "Vikings" (airing Thurs. March 17 at 10:00 p.m. on History). Lagertha and Ragnar are coming together once again, but with a goal in mind -- wining back Kattegat from Jarl Borg. Bjorn is in the mix, too -- but good luck impressing dad on the battlefield. Gosh, some things never change, do they? 

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Oprah Winfrey

Oprah Winfrey

Credit: OWN

Oprah Winfrey announces arena tour for fall 2014

Deepak Chopra will appear in select cities

While the OWN network has become increasingly removed from the inspirational, self-help vibe of "Oprah" thanks, at least in part, to Tyler Perry and Lindsay Lohan and a raft of reality TV programming, Oprah Winfrey is taking her show (namely "Super Soul Sunday" and "Oprah's Lifeclass") on the road. Winfrey has announced the Fall 2014 launch of "Oprah’s The Life You Want Weekend," an eight-city arena tour and "transformational weekend" featuring Oprah Winfrey and a team of special guests.

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"Hoarding: Buried Alive"

"Hoarding: Buried Alive"

Credit: TLC

Identical twin packrats live in filth on 'Hoarding: Buried Alive'

Lorrin and Orin share a passion for junk

Identical twins Orin and Lorrin share so much -- the same sullen expression, the same penchant for plaid and, yes, the same squalid living quarters. In this clip from the latest episode of "Hoarding: Buried Alive" (Wed. March 26 at 9:00 p.m. on TLC), Orin and Lorrin get a visit from their landlord and a contractor to assess the mess. What they see? Floor to ceiling squalor and roaches. Lots of roaches. 

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"The Real Housewives of New York City"

"The Real Housewives of New York City"

Credit: Bravo

'Real Housewives of New York City': Was Kristen being fair?

Carole and Aviva aren't done battling yet

So, Carole and Aviva are still fighting about who wrote what, the difference between ghost writers and real writers, and whose feelings have been more grievously hurt. Unfortunately, it all devolves into the other housewives pitying poor, childless Carole, who doesn't have anything else in the world except her poor little computer. I'm not sure how Carole standing up for herself and defending her career became all about her being one step removed from being a crazy lady with cats, but fine. If it makes Sonja and Ramona feel better to pity Carole, let them have their delusions.

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"Grey's Anatomy"

"Grey's Anatomy"

Credit: ABC

'Grey's Anatomy' kicks Tessa Ferrer and Gaius Charles to the curb

The question is, do we care?

So many changes at "Grey's Anatomy," so little time to absorb them. Even as we're gearing up for the exit of Cristina (Sandra Oh), now comes word from The Hollywood Reporter that two cast regulars -- Tessa Ferrer (Leah) and Gaius Charles (Shane) -- won't be back for season 11. For fans of the show, this may or may not be considered bad news.

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"The Originals"

"The Originals"

Credit: The CW

Nathan Parsons howls about 'The Originals,' Hayley and fighting back

This member of werewolf royalty is ready to fight for New Orleans

As werewolf Jackson on "The Originals" (Tuesdays at 8:00 p.m. on The CW), Nathan Parsons is on the cusp of diving into a potentially bloody new battle as the werewolves attempt to rise up and wrest back control of New Orleans from those pesky vampires and witches. It won't be easy, but Parsons has high hopes -- though he, like Jackson, doesn't think Klaus (Joseph Morgan) can be trusted. I talked to the "General Hospital" alum about his role, howling fans and why it's okay for the girl his character was meant to marry -- Hayley -- to hang out with the enemy. 

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"None of the Above"

"None of the Above"

Credit: Nat Geo

9 crazy things you didn't know about 'None of the Above''s Tim Shaw

The TV show host has an incredible past

If you don't know Tim Shaw, the host of Nat Geo's "None of the Above" (Mondays at 9:00 p.m. ET on Nat Geo), it might be because you don't live in the U.K. Across the pond, he's known for pulling some of the most insane pranks on radio and television, as well as for his engineering genius (the guy is an inventor in real life). I've met him a few times now and chatted with him on the set of "None of the Above" (look for that soon), and he's nothing if not affable, chatty and endlessly fascinating. Below are just nine of the crazy things he has on his resume -- see if you don't agree. 

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"Wild Things With Dominic Monaghan"

"Wild Things With Dominic Monaghan"

Credit: BBC America

'Wild Things'' Dominic Monaghan talks pet black widows and buffalo wings

The 'Lost' star says he 'doesn't mind some bites and scratches'

Dominic Monaghan's agent is worried. After all, his client frolics with venomous snakes, spiders and other creepy crawlies on his show "Wild Things With Dominic Monaghan (second season premieres Tues. March 25 at 10:00 p.m. ET on BBC America), which sounds like a career-ending accident waiting to happen. "But it's his job to worry," Monaghan told me during our interview. "I have much more knowledge on the natural world than he does." 

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"Naked and Afraid"

"Naked and Afraid"

Credit: Discovery

'Naked and Afraid' recap: Can Jeff and Eva survive Madagascar?

This odd couple may have been the unluckiest in the history of the show

Every episode of "Naked and Afraid" is tough, but this week's may be the most hellacious I remember seeing that didn't involve a medical intervention. The worst part, though, is that so many of the obstacles Jeff and Eva face are of their own making. Actually, most of them are of Jeff's making, but we'll get into that in a moment.

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