Hollywood has its share of actors who have regretted accepting roles that were embarrassing, but how bad do things have to get for a star to bad-mouth a project? What about an entire television series? We saw that happen yesterday when Two and a Half Men star Angus T. Jones closed one chapter in his life to start a new one. It seems that Jones has found God, which means he wants nothing to do with the “filth” that is the Chuck Lorre and Lee Aronsohn-created sitcom. Even though Jones became the highest paid child star in television several years ago, he wants to get out of his $350,000 an episode contract so he can “walk with God.” We share more about his kerfuffle with the series after the break, and feature other TV actors who bad-mouthed their own shows. Tell us what names you’d add to the list in the comments section. … Read More
Come next year, the erstwhile Brenda Walsh will be starring in her very own WE TV reality series, The Shannen Doherty Project, which will follow the preparations for her upcoming wedding to photographer Kurt Iswarienko. But don’t you worry, “I Hate Brenda” contingent — you won’t have to wait until the new year for an excuse to chuckle derisively at Doherty, because we’ve got one right here. The folks at Warming Glow have spotted her in a fairly humiliating, decidedly low-budget ad for the online university search service EducationConnection.com. Not only is the script weird (“I’ve played the girl next door and the girl and the girl not-so-next-door”), but it also includes some cheesy costume changes and Doherty’s admission that she was so clueless about how to find the right online college for her that she needed a whole different website to help. Finally: Shannen, girl, why did you let them put pastel makeup on your face? Sigh. Well, enjoy the ad after the jump. If you’re mean. … Read More
The folks at World of Wonder have dug up a wonderfully bizarre artifact of 1993: an MTV News segment about the apparently sizable Brenda Walsh/Shannen Doherty backlash. Tabitha Soren (remember her?) reports that, in the few years after Beverly Hills, 90210 premiered, fans grew to hate bitchy Brenda and turn their anger against Doherty. The outrage gave rise to an “I Hate Brenda Newsletter,” in which one Eddie Vedder ridicules Doherty’s attempts to meet him, an enormous Brenda piñata, and a Sub Pop single called “Hating Brenda.” One hater goes so far as to accuse her of “pop-culture terrorism.” The clip also reminds us that Doherty, the Taylor Momsen of her time, once planned to front her own, U2-meets-Pearl-Jam rock band. But, as tended to be the case in the ’90s, Soren’s co-anchor Kurt Loder gets the last word: “She’ll never have as little to do as those people do.” Burn. … Read More
Perhaps because of True Blood’s remarkably high body count, we’ve learned from Michael Ausiello that a whopping six roles need to be filled for the upcoming season. And while filming is still over a month away, we can’t help but start speculating on who will be playing these new characters.
First off, there’s Marnie, a washed up palm reader who is possessed by a witch (perhaps Holly Cleary, the Wiccan waitress?). Then there’s Andy’s sister Portia, a “good-looking lawyer” who will reportedly have plenty of nude scenes. We’re intrigued by the sound of both Naomi, an Asian-American cage fighter/possible lesbian and Queen Mab, the tempestuous ruler of Sookie’s fantasy land. According to Ausiello, Suzanne McKittrick is “a Real Housewives type who throws a hootenanny to bond with ‘her kind.’” (She’s rumored to be a shapeshifter.) And finally there’s a middle-aged African American male character named Emory Broome. We don’t know anything more about him except for the fact that he’s “conservative.”
We know. It’s a lot to throw at you all at once. So take a deep breath, and the click through for our casting suggestions, all taken from other primetime soaps. … Read More