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Apr 19, 2012

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Good afternoon, chatters. Lots to talk about. This week we mourned the loss of Dick Clark, celebrated (or ignored) the engagement of Brangelina and learned about a lot of celebrity pregnancies.

So let's chat!

Am I the only one who read that and thought: Whoa! Melissa Joan Hart and Taylor Hanson are a couple?!

Sorry about that! My headline, on this post about Melissa Joan Hart and Taylor Hanson separately expecting more babies, was way too long as it was. 

But my goodness: Wouldn't they have the cutest baby in the world?

Everyone's talking about Bandstand and New Year's Rockin' Eve. But let's take a moment to also remember his long run as host of the $10,000-$100,000 Pyramid. A great game show for '70s and '80s TV celeb-watching. JoAnne Worley, Vicki Lawrence, Adrienne Barbeau, Nipsey Russell, Soupy Sales, and of course Game Show Queen Betty White! So much fun! Always liked Dick Clark's parting salute.

"For now, Dick Clark ... So long."

I'm with you here. I fell in love with "Pyramid" as a kid, thanks to my aversion to sports and the Game Show Network.

Here's a clip, via Grantland, of Dick scolding David Letterman on "$20,000 Pyramid" for using rhymes in the winner's circle. It's pretty great.

Good year for Parker Young, a funny actor who looks like hunky shirtless.  Link

Parker, is that you?

I'll admit it: I had to look up Parker Young. But now, thanks to IMDb, I know he played "Handsome" Hanson on last Sunday's excellent episode of "Mad Men."

It appears he also co-stars on "Suburgatory," which -- here comes another admission -- I haven't seen. Anyone want to yell at me to watch it?

While I get that the writers for SNL were more about mocking Piers Morgan, Ice-T, Ozzie Guillen, Kanye West and Kim Kardashian, but read a bunch of post asking "Was it too soon?" since at the center of this, there's a dead 17-year-old from a shot to the chest. Reading in the comment section, most people realize that SNL was mocking the event itself but the mass media coverage of it yet commentators felt it was too soon. Just curious what you thought? Link

I can absolutely see why people think it was too soon to do a sketch like that, but I didn't feel that way. It was one of the gutsiest things "SNL" has done in awhile and I think it successfully lampooned the coverage, not the case itself.

Here's the clip, if anyone if confused.

I didn't realize her show started tonight. Thanks for the reminder!

You're very welcome!

To catch everyone up, Kathy Griffin's new talk show "Kathy" debuts on Bravo tonight. I'm pretty excited about the show, although the two commenters on the post don't seem to be fans.

But you know what I don't like -- the name. What is up with the shows that are just first names, Hollywood? (Think "Katie"  and"Anderson.")


Any success on locating an order form for a David? I'm going to need one with darker hair, but the same disregard for human morality.

Sorry it took me so long to answer this. I had to recover from the giggling this induced.

Oh, Michael Fassbender. Even as an android, your allure is undeniable.

Is she okay or does she not like us chatters any more?

Jen is great! She needed to take some days off this month, but she'll be back next week to chat with you guys.

Is it just me or is he kind of a hottie? I never knew.

Not just you. Total hottie.

I present these pictures from his Wood Shop as evidence.


...so thank goodness this chat is anonymous: Game of Thrones on HBO is born of one of my favorite book series, and much of the violence and sex are ripped right from the texts. My problem? Why so very many nude young women every week, and the closest we get to good "dudity" (as my friend calls it) is a shirtless 20-something with not too much physique to look at? There are some seriously handsome men on that show, whom I'd enjoy an equally gratuitous look at as the shots aimed at my husband's demographic! Why always scrawny boys? Harrumph!!

Which male "Thrones" characters in particular would you like to see engage in dudity?

My choice -- hands down -- Robb Stark.

I'm not the OP, but this bugs me. For me there are some things that are just not going to be funny. It's really hard for me to laugh at a situation where a kid was shot and killed, no matter how they are making fun of that situation. When I've said as much to others about stuff like this, they immediately jump all over me and say how dare I advocate censoring. And my point has never been that they shouldn't be allowed to do it. I'm just expressing the opinion that it is in really poor taste and I don't think it's funny. This came up a few years ago in the context of Larry David's show poking fun at something to do with child sexual abuse. I just could never find anything about child sex abuse to be funny. Doesn't mean I think Larry David should be taken off the air. It just means I don't want to watch that episode and might not watch his other shows because of it. On the other hand, give me an SNL skit about Conversation Killers and I'm there laughing with everyone else.

I completely see where you're coming from.

The engagement of Brangelina is a boring publicity stunt. Ryan Seacrest can't be the next Dick Clark because he already looks older than Dick Clark did at 82. Beyonce is even more talented than previously thought: she somehow secured a silk scarf around the head of a baby! Demi Moore needs a cheeseburger I.V., stat!

How did I miss the Beyonce putting a scarf on Blue Ivy's head story?! Hands down, best thing I've seen all week.

Let's hope this film has better effects on Channing Tatum's career than Showgirls did for Elizabeth Berkley and Gina Gershon.

Oh man,  I didn't even consider this possible disaster.

Based on the trailer for "Magic Mike," I'd say Tatum's in the clear. The plot looks kind of sappy, but there were definitely funny moments. For the record, I was laughing with him, not at him.

It's not bad. I love Cheryl Hines's over-the-top "real housewife" schtick. I've seen several episodes due to my inertia, being too lazy to change the channel between "The Middle" and "Modern Family." After that, I do manage enough strength to hit the "off" button. Everything that has followed "Modern Family" stank up my living room. The new show is the worst.

One not so glowing endorsement for "Suburgatory" ...

You're welcome. Actually, it's a pretty good show, You should watch it.

... and one very confident endorsement. I'll watch it! The Sisto-Silverstone "Clueless" reunion sold me.

I'm just not believing Daniel Craig's line that it was "necessary" for the film to promote Heineken. What a lame choice since Heineken thinks it's a classy beer, but it really isn't. In the days when Columbia Heights was a "transitional" neighborhood, the streets were littered with Heineken bottles. I've associated that with Heineken ever since.

Well, Heineken has a new line of beer to promote and the movie needs money. It makes sense.

Is there another brand of beer you would have selected? A liquor, perhaps?

Will Eli Manning be as good as his big bro Peyton? Or will he be as lackluster as Michael Phelps and Tom Brady were?

As I mentioned earlier in the chat, I have an aversion to sports so I don't know much about Eli Manning. That said, Peyton did a great job! So maybe we can give his brother some tips.

Any Giants fans out there have an opinion on Manning's "SNL" prospects?

Nothing made me happier than watching Pete get the crap kicked out of him by Lane Pryce. Joan's husband gets all the flack for being a rapist, but remember Pete is a rapist, too (he forced himself on that nanny with the ruined dress back in his apartment-dwelling days).

Enjoy the punch over and over again with this GIF that keeps on giving.

As for Pete being a rapist, I actually didn't think of him that way when I watched the scene originally in 2009. But now that you say that, I'm not sure what to feel! It's odd that that scene doesn't come up more when Pete is being discussed.

You can read all the arguments about whether or not Pete's encounter with the au pair was rape in this Slate blog post.

I have to say, if Halle Berry and Olivier Martinez reproduce, that would also be the cutest baby in the world.

Totally. Those two need to have a kid as a favor to humanity. What the world needs now is more cute babies!

While I will kind of miss Jason Sudeikis's characterization of Vice President Biden, I don't think there is really more to it then what we have already watched. But won't miss his Mitt Romney. Kind of glad he is going. Think Big Bear City native Taram Killam (my cousins went to school with him) will be great this September as former Gov. Romney.

To be fair, Sudeikis hasn't confirmed the report he's leaving "SNL." But I agree, Killam would do a great Romney.

Have you seen this? There is an actor playing the brother of Jennifer Love Hewitt's husband who looks like Tom Cruise's doppelganger. I wonder if he's a long lost son from an illicit affair in the 80s.

I didn't know he had died. I mean. I thought he was incapable of it. RIP Mr. Frid. You scared the bejeezus out of me for years. (I was one of those kids who ran home from school to watch Dark Shadows. Then slept with my hands around my neck for two years.)

What a nice tribute to Jonathan Frid, who died last week at age 87.

no idea who this guy is, but he is NOT a hottie. Please. You are encouraging couch-potato males the world over with this attitude.

I shall agree to strongly disagree with you.

Jon Snow!!!

As he's a member of the celibate Night's Watch, I'd say your chances are slim to none.

I like Jon Snow and Jamie Lannister.

Lannister yes, but hopefully when he's not engaging in incest with his sister.

Or are things pretty slow in the world of celebrities?

It is not just you. It has been a very slow month.

Umm, this isn't the first time, folks. Everybody seems to forget that James Bond is responsible for the invention of the "Vodka Martini". In the books, it was just a martini, until, in one of the early movies, Schmirnoff approached the producers about product placement. As a result, they had Bond order a "vodka martini" -- a drink that didn't exist at the time, BTW -- and it was all downhill from there.

Don't you mean "pants down"?


Just saw a post that Jonathan Frid has died. Dark Shadows was one of my childhood faves. Nice that he got some attention from the upcoming movie.

He makes a cameo in it, as well. I'm guessing that may make the price of admission worth it for some "Dark Shadows" fans.

I don't give a fig for most Hollywood couples (i.e., Brangelina), but I really, really would like to see this sweet pair succeed.

I second this emotion!

Which member of the cast is Charles Dickens's great-great-great grandson? http://www.thisislondon.co.uk/showbiz/starinterviews/the-boy-with-dickens-in-his-blood--harry-lloyd-6380908.html

Of all the people in the Westeros, it had to be Viserys Targaryen.

I think that James Bond, at least in the original conception, was this guy who was educated at Eton and then Oxford so he sort of represented the best version of the British upper classes (sort like how Robert on "Downton Abbey" represents the best version of the British nobility). Heineken just seems a bit too common for James Bond. It's sort of like taking James Bond out of his Aston Martin luxury sports car and then making him drive a Ford F-150 pickup truck.

If only money didn't make the world go round...

007 is the worlds most interesting man; his beer? Dos Equis. duh.

I'm just gonna leave this here.

Well, Eli will have home field advantage, so I'm guessing that an enthusiastic NY corwd might buoy some of the weaker skits with additional, perhaps unwarranted, laugher.

Are New Yorkers really that friendly? (I kid, I kid.)

I really enjoyed the last episode and is it just me, or do you think the writers put more effort into it when the guest host is actually glad to be there and, dare I say it, having fun?

I think the host definitely plays a role in the quality of the sketches. Just look at Maya Rudolph's episode this season? So, so, so good.

TVs Bloopers and Practical Jokes, which was probably a pure money maker and inspired Ashton Kutcher's Punk'd, though not as mean spiritied.

Another great Dick Clark contribution.

I was getting pretty bored with this season until this week. I literally sat up (from laying down) to watch Lane and Pete go at it. It was the most startling happening in the office sine the John Deere account...

Oh, Lois. She brought such great chaos into the office.

Why does anything Joe Eszterhas say even matter these days? Does he have a book to sell? He is old news, as is Mel Gibson. Explain, please.

Oh sheesh. Where to begin?

I don't want to wade into this too deeply, but I think the level of attention the Maccabee project garnered when it was announced last year has a lot to do with the amount of press this he said-he said debacle is getting now.

Also: It's Mel Gibson.

And with that, ladies and gents, I must say goodbye. Jen Chaney will be back next week! As always, it's been a pleasure.

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Sarah Anne Hughes
Sarah Anne Hughes has been a loyal Celebritologist for the past two years, first as an intern and now as Jen Chaney's co-blogger. She occasionally writes about dogs for BlogPost.

She attended American University, where she split her time between studying and watching reality TV.
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