Everyone knows that primetime TV is a stronghold of stock characters, gender stereotypes, and cheap jokes. All of which is, ahem, half the reason we love it so much. No matter how far our society seems to advance, stereotypes sell, so they keep popping up on the small screen — even, we’ve noticed, pushing the boundaries of how offensive they can get. Just for analyzation purposes, we’ve picked out ten of the character tropes on modern television, from the epic nerd to the hot girl, that we seem to keep seeing over and over again, for better or for worse. Click through to see our list, and if we’ve missed any of your favorite stock characters, be sure to let us know in the comments! … Read More
With every new TV season, we welcome a fresh crop of characters into our lives — heroes, villains, antiheroes, mouthy city girls, eccentric co-workers, werepanthers. This fall is no different, although in our rush to watch the flood of new programming, we’ve begun to notice how many of these fictional folks actually annoy the crap out of us. So, after the jump, we’re telling freshman sitcoms and beloved dramas alike how we really feel about their overbearing friends and desperate housewives. Let us know which TV characters you find irritating in the comments. … Read More
1. Do Silicon Valley tech geeks have as much reality TV potential as the gorilla juice heads who inhabit the Jersey Shore? A casting call for a new show — which is rumored to be for MTV as well — suggests that someone out there thinks so. [via
Get ready to learn all about the letter ‘G’ with Sue, Rachel, Finn, and er, Mr. Guester. Sesame Street‘s 42nd season premiere airs Monday, and it features a killer parody of Glee that is sure to delight children and parents alike (the episode also includes a significantly more manly parody of The Deadliest Catch, if you balk at musical television but dig puppets). Though Sesame Street has aired parodies of several popular TV shows, including True Blood, Mad Men, and even Law and Order: SVU, we have to admit this one is our favorite, if only for its casual deconstruction of about fifty percent of Glee‘s plotline in the first five seconds, as puppet Rachel blabbers at puppet Finn, “I like you Finn. I’m looking at you longingly!” In addition, Bert and Ernie drama aside, is it possible that this is the first stereotypically represented homosexual puppet to appear on Sesame Street? If so, we can’t think of a better pioneering gay puppet than Kurt Hummel. Click through to watch the video, and let us know what you think in the comments! … Read More
The new season of Glee promises changes a-plenty with new writers, fewer tribute episodes to glorious pop stars, and the impending sadness at the departure of a few favorite characters. Fear not, though. Jane Lynch isn’t going anywhere, and so long as Sue Sylvester is around to torment the singers of McKinley High or take time to star in hilarious PSAs, then we’ll have Glee programmed into the DVR.
Five songs from the season three opener, “The Purple Piano Project,” have found their way online ahead of next week. Sadly, there are no Foo Fighters or Kings of Leon songs to be heard. Still, after the jump you’ll hear New Directions tackle the likes of Tom Jones, The Go-Go’s, songs from Hairspray, Anything Goes, and The Wizard of Oz/Wicked. Not only do they sound great, but they get double bonus points for not singing “Somewhere Over the Rainbow.” Do the new songs get you excited for the upcoming season? … Read More
With the 63rd annual Primetime Emmy Awards coming up on Sunday, just about every TV pundit has posted a list of predictions. But here at Flavorpill, we’re less interested in who we think will win than who actually deserves to bring home the trophy — so we’ve put together a roundup of the nominees we’d give the Emmy to, if the decision were up to us. Remind yourself of who’s up for an award here, then peruse our picks after the jump and tell us who you’re pulling for in the comments. … Read More
“I don’t know why, but I was born with an extra helping of angst,” Jane Lynch writes in her new memoir, Happy Accidents, which hits shelves today. “I would love to be able to blame this on my parents, as I’m told this is good for book sales. But I can’t.” From early struggles with her “gay secret” to a not-so-healthy relationship with Miller Lite and Nyquil, the Glee star has a past that’s filled with inner turmoil and anxiety — but at least the suffering seems to have had a purpose: “Years later, with lots of distance, I saw my young self in one Sue Sylvester. Hell-bent on revenge and out to crush the dreams of the innocent, Sue is always looking for the next fight.” Click through for more fascinating revelations from Lynch’s entertaining new book. … Read More
Well, if you thought that it couldn’t get much worse than Blues Brothers 2000 (which currently sits at a lackluster 45% rating on Rotten Tomatoes), you were wrong. Today brings the news that Dan Aykroyd — who apparently has nothing better to do at the moment other than wait for Ghostbusters 3 not to be… Read More
1. If you were wondering what caused that collective sigh from Apple fanboys yesterday, Steve Jobs stepped down as the company’s CEO, releasing the following statement: “I have always said if there ever came a day when I could no longer meet my duties and expectations as Apple’s CEO, I would be the first to… Read More
Editor’s note: Welcome to The Fug Report! Each week our fashion blogger friends Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan, the sartorial geniuses behind Go Fug Yourself, will feature some of their favorite looks of the week in this space. We hope you enjoy it!