Thursday, January 7, 2016

THERE'S SOMETHING ABOUT MARVY:  Blood-loving funslinger Brett Favre, Terrell Owens, and Isaac Spaceman's favorite running back from The U headline the list of 15 modern-era finalists for the Pro Football Hall of Fame, from whom only five will be inducted this year even though, just like every year, 12-13 of them deserve it someday, plus one if you're supposed to exclude the fact that a nominee might've killed someone.

[My ballot: Favre, Warner, Pace, Faneca, Lynch?]
THIS IS IT...FOR REAL: There's an opening for a building superintendent in Indianapolis. Must be willing to meddle in the day-to-day trials and tribulations of divorcees and their teenage daughters and supply his own tool belt and killer stache.

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

one more: Jamie Poniewozik on tv's last mass entertainment:
It generated tours and albums and enormous ratings, network cross-promotions and product placements. It was a multiplatform bison, no part of which went to waste. 
“Idol” pulled in north of 30 million viewers at its peak, and Fox milked it, expanding the excruciating audition rounds and padding the episodes. Celebrity guests flocked to pitch their wares. It was the biggest thing on TV; at times, it practically seemed like the only thing on TV. Network competitors called the show “the Death Star.” 
But even Death Stars have their vulnerable exhaust ports. Familiarity was one....
THE MERCEDES-BENZ OF FRUITCAKES:  If you're looking for a longread over lunch, I highly recommend Katy Vine's story from the current Texas Monthly about embezzlement from America's most renowned producer of fruitcake, which screams to be made into a movie akin to Bernie or The Informant.
DAVIS AND DAMERON SING "IF I HAD X-WINGS:"  Sadly, the musical guest for Adam Driver's upcoming SNL hosting gig will not be Llewyn Davis, but country star Chris Stapleton (given that they dueted at the CMAs last year, odds of a Timberlake appearance seem higher than usual).  The following week, Ronda Rousey will host with musical guest (and, I'm guess, effective co-host) Selena Gomez.

Monday, January 4, 2016

PUTTING THE "BRO" BACK IN HASBRO**:  You'll never guess which major character is missing as a game piece in the Star Wars: Awakens edition of Monopoly.

**Which, to be fair, is named for the Hassenfeld Brothers -- Herman, Hillel, and Henry.
BUT IT'S THE PELVIC THRUST:  Fox's Rocky Horror Show (not live), which will star Laverne Cox as Frank-N-Furter, will also feature Victoria Justice as Janet and Reeve Carney (Penny Dreadful, Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark) as Riff Raff along with relative unknowns as Brad and Rocky.  Interesting to see that they're not going for any Big Star Names thus far.
IN MY OPINIONATION: Happy 25th anniversary, Blossom!  (Notably, the premiere advertised it as "the savvy and sassy new comedy about growing up!")