Inside TV and Pop Culture with Liane Bonin Starr
Some fans got great makeovers, and some were hot messes
I bet you had the same reaction I did when I saw that tonight was the Superfan challenge on "Project Runway." How lucky these ladies are! They get top-to-toe makeovers and their VERY OWN OUTFITS courtesy of highly skilled (and, yes, highly stressed) designers! They meet Tim Gunn! They meet Heidi Klum! They meet... well, a bunch of judges who aren't Michael Kors! Sure, they have to listen to incessant plugs for L'Oreal hair care, but most gals get a version of that whenever they get their hair cut. What a treat!
It was only while watching the episode that I realized there is no amount of money that would inspire me to walk down a runway rocking a craptastic sofa cover or an unfinished suit that splendidly highlighted my back fat. I would also not care to have a well-meaning designer reveal to all of America that I had gobs of excess skin that needed to be corseted into an arrangement that made me look ]vaguely attractive and not so much like the Elephant Man. And so, with those bitter truths revealed, the dream of being a Superfan withers and dies.
Andy, GinaMarie and Spencer all got the boot
It seems the fallout continues from the racist, homophobic and generally offensive comments made inside the "Big Brother" house this season. Now we know that not only have finalists Spencer and GinaMarie lost their jobs for the slurs they made (jury member Aaryn was also canned from her modeling agency), but so has the inoffensive Andy. Yes, Andy [warning: spoilers ahead].
While there's plenty of fighting, the talent may be better
Having found a formula that works in "The Real Housewives" franchise, Bravo has done its level best to milk it dry before flogging it to death in endless permutations (look for a "Real Housewives" in a town near you!). With the franchise aging and America possibly running low on actual housewives to film, the network has been sniffing around for new territory with mixed results. Very mixed results, mind you.
See the spooky, witchy images from the new season
The enticing (but not revealing) images keep spilling from the vaults for FX's "American Horror Story: Coven." Today we get four new poster images, each one spookier than the last (although I'll say the spookiest has to be Voodoo Queen). Here they are. Consider yourself warned. And oh, remember that the show premieres Wed. Oct. 9 at 10:00 p.m. If you don't watch, there's a chance you will be cursed. Or something.
See the images below:
The 'Dancing with the Stars' pro joins in on a woman's plot
If you're into revenge and weight loss PLUS you'd like to see a cameo from a "Dancing with the Stars" pro, then do we have a clip for you! On tonight's episode of "My Big Fat Revenge" (Oxygen, Tues. at 9:00 p.m.), Lacey Schwimmer joins in with the plot to make a bully cry. Enjoy!
See the poster slither, too
Time for another "American Horror Story: Coven" teaser! This one promises the kiss of death, though no one seems worse for wear in these 28 seconds of creep. Unless you count the snake. If this whets your appetite, so to speak, you can watch the season premiere Wed. Oct. 9 at 10:00 p.m. on FX.
The star says TV's role is to 'provocatively challenge audiences to evolve'
On the surface, "Dads" (premieres Tues. Sept. 17 at 8:00 p.m. on FOX) probably seemed like a basic, even family-friendly, sitcom. Best friends and video game company co-owners Warner (Seth Green) and Eli (Giovanni Ribisi) find their lives derailed when their respective fathers David (Peter Riegert) and Crawford (Martin Mull) move in with them. A home run, right? Not exactly.
Given that Seth McFarlane is the brains behind the operation, it makes sense that buttons would be pushed. What might be more surprising is how unfunny the pilot is. While I wasn't laughing over the small penis jokes and cliched cracks about Asians and Puerto Ricans, nothing else struck me as particularly funny, either -- and apparently I'm not alone in yawning, as plenty of critics have given the show a firm thumbs-down. Still, no one can fault the talented cast doing their best with subpar material -- including Green. I spoke to Green after a heated panel at TCAs, and found his defense of the show more engaging than the show itself. Here's what he had to say about FOX traditions, "All in the Family" and why he thinks the naysayers just don't get it.
It turns out Bill Nye has a very loyal and vocal fan base
It's baaaack! Yes, "Dancing with the Stars" returns, though in condensed form, and with a whole new mess of celebrities! Some of whom can actually dance! Though there won't be eliminations this week, when those start they'll be jammed into the performance episodes, so don't get too comfortable with tonight's casual, languorous pacing. Actually, I'm okay with that going away, actually. After a certain point, this feels less like a show about dancing and more like a show about talking about dancing.
Watch Will being the adorable toddler he is
Could the "Little Couple" be any cuter? In this exclusive clip from the TLC show (airing Tues. Sept. 17 at 10:00 p.m. ET), Will helps his mommy Jen prepare for Bill's very first Father's Day. It's a little more poignant than it seems, as Will won't actually be feeling very celebratory on the day itself -- instead, he'll be having one of a series of surgeries he needs on Father's Day. Still, in this clip Will has other things than icky hospitals to think about, such as running around his room and reveling in his many, many Band-Aids.
Despite all the talk about forgiveness, it looks like a fight is brewing
Gosh, I had been worried that everything was going to be all nutty-twiggy-hugs-and-kisses on "The Real Housewives of New Jersey" after all those bonding exercises and Zennis games in Arizona. I mean, if Teresa and Jacqueline can actually become friends again without one of them suffering a serious head injury first, you have to think hellishly hot weather and trust exercises really can work miracles. But good news! Simmering resentments are surfacing this week, so we can expect Melissa and Teresa to go back to screaming and yelling at one another any minute. What a relief!