If you missed "Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell" on FX last season, good news. The show is moving over to FXX for season two (debuts tonight at 11:00 p.m.), and it will no longer be on just once a week -- but nightly. It's a big step for Bell, who has added more writers and tripled his production staff for the supersized gig. But for the guy who made rape jokes a hot button topic when he asked comedian Jim Norton and Jezebel.com writer Lindy West to take opposing sides of the issue, coming up with new ideas that make Twitter blow up should be no problem. I talked to Bell during press tour, and here's what he had to say about that pivotal debate, the topic he wants to tackle next, and why he might be just the right guy to do it.
The FXX star talks about what he has planned this season
The snarky judge has lots to say
One contestant just came back from the brink of death
This morning "Dancing with the Stars" announced its line-up of celebrity hoofers, and while there was the usual assortment of sitcom stars, reality TV nuts and at least one ringer, there were a few surprises, too. While we won't get to see who shines and who stumbles until the show returns (Mon. Sept. 16 at 8:00 p.m.), we can definitely start placing bets.
The dancers perform five times - and not every time is a home run
Try not to say awww, we dare you
What's cuter than the "Little Couple" on TLC? Not stinking much. In case you're not sure whether or not to watch the non-stop adorableness of it all tonight, here's an exclusive clip to help you make up your mind. In the episode (airing Tues., Sept. 3 at 10:00 p.m. ET), Jen doesn't seem to be having the best Mother's Day ever -- until she is. There are cupcakes and there is itty bitty Will, just in case you want to choke on how sweet this is.
What do you think?
Can't wait for "American Horror Story: Coven"? Well, you will have to hold it together until Oct. 9, but until then? Here's the first poster! And it looks female-centric, spooky and very "AHS," don't you think?
What do you think? Will you be watching?
Gladiators can get the season 2 DVD set on Sept. 3
Gladiators may be anxiously awaiting "Scandal"'s return on Oct. 3, but the good news is that it's still possible to get a fix a little earlier. The DVD release of season 2 hits stores Sept. 3, complete with an extended episode, a "Hanging with Huck" featurette, outtakes, and deleted scenes in a five-disc set.
Get an early look here with this HitFix exclusive clip, which shows Olivia Pope (Kerry Washington) and Jake Ballard (Scott Foley) getting into a heated argument at the hospital after she suffers a concussion. As if we needed more reasons to be impressed by Olivia, she manages to have a completely coherent conversation while wearing a hospital gown and looking for her street clothes. No wonder the President likes her so much.
If you like "Duck Dynasty," you may want to sample some of these, too
With even the grumpiest critics starting to warm up to "Duck Dynasty" (the 11.8 million people who tuned in for the season premiere can't be wrong), it's enough to make a person want to start flipping around the dial in search of other off-the-beaten path gold. While it's close to impossible to narrow down the list (entire days can be lost just to watching marathons of ghost hunter shows, fish tank building shows, or dangerous commercial fishing shows), here are a few (15, in fact) reality TV shows that you may have missed. Some are weird, some are awesome, but all of them are a little bit of both.
We talk with another Emmy nominee, then dish on the VMAs
This may be the longest, most jam-packed edition of CulturePop yet, and Melinda and I would like to think there's a little something for everyone here. First up, we talk to Laura Michalchyshyn, Robert Redford's producing partner and an Emmy nominee for their project, "All the President's Men Revisited," a documentary exploring the Watergate scandal that brought down President Nixon We talked about Watergate, Ben Stein's on-camera tears and why all need to be good citizens. Then, we switched gears and Melinda and I talked about pop culture. As much as we've loved talking to Emmy nominees this month, we simply couldn't ignore Miley Cyrus, could we? Thus, we give you our very first supersized CulturePop! Here's the rundown:
1:30 Laura Michalchyshyn talks to us about the focus of the documentary and how it came together
4:15 We discuss what the recent release of more Watergate tapes meant to the doc.
5:55 Laura tells us about talking to the players in the Watergate scandal.
7:00 Laura explains how the doc is a celebration of long form journalism.
7:45 We talk about Robert Redford's influence.
8:40 Have we learned from Watergate? Does what's happening today with Wikileaks mean we're repeating history?
9:00 Laura reveals who declined the invitation to be interviewed (not a shocker).
12:05 Laura shares a Nixon Library anecdote.
12:55 We discuss the moment when Ben Stein breaks down crying in the documentary.
14:15 Extra credit materials on Discovery.com!
15:55 We talk about Bradley Manning and Edward Snowden through the lens of Watergate.
19:00 Have things changed since Watergate? Yes and no.
22:00 Being a good citizen -- and why we need to be.
25:10 Watergate as the greatest detective story ever
29:00 The Big 4 meeting -- and how it became a part of the film.
31:00 Her next project (which you may have already seen).
34:05 After signing off with Laura, we get down to business. Time to talk about Miley Cyrus!
35:20 I know, foam finger was in the original video, but still gross.
39:00 Is Lady Gaga over? No, but we agree she made a misstep.
42:30 We discuss "The Real Housewives of New Jersey" and why Teresa and Joe's problems may be too much.
47:15 Melinda brings up Paula Deen, and I think neither of us really cares if she comes back to TV or not.
The judges can no longer save anyone, so who gets cut?
We're down to the top six, and you know what that means -- no more saves from the judges! I'm conflicted about this, as the judges do tend to save the best dancers and not the favorite dancers (mostly) while America votes for who's cutest or has the best story (mostly). But, as we know from years of having it drummed in our heads, this is about who America likes, not necessarily who's best.