Big Brother 16 Interviews

Jul 10, 2014 / Filed in TV / 0 Comments

This summer’s season of the CBS reality TV show Big Brother has been one of the most entertaining so far. I’m relieved at the way the votes went tonight—I was kind of worried!

Big Brother 16 houseguests

Today I found some YouTube interviews with the house guests that were filmed before the show started. It’s interesting to see how they act outside of the house. I think I was most impressed by Derrick’s video. He seems like a well-rounded and down to earth guy both in the interview and in the house.

My favorite house guest still was/is Joey. Her YouTube video just reaffirms what a sweet and awesome woman she seems to be. I really wish she’d been able to make it further in the game.

Who are your favorites this season and who do you want to win? Sound off in the comments and let me know!

Queer as Folk, 14 Years Later

Mar 4, 2014 / Filed in Gay, TV / 3 Comments

I still remember when Queer as Folk premiered on Showtime in the year 2000. I was sitting in my living room watching it on my 15″ GE tube TV, and I couldn’t believe what I was seeing. Men were having sex and relationships—with other men! Women were raising babies together.

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Before Queer as Folk, the most shocking thing I’d seen on TV was Ellen DeGeneres saying “I’m gay” into a microphone at an airport. Oooh, scandalous! But that’s really the way it was, and just saying those words out loud was enough to start a war. Nobody had ever made a U.S. TV show like this before.

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The Carrie Diaries Pilot Review

Jan 15, 2013 / Filed in TV / 0 Comments

If you’re a fan of Sex and the City, you may be interested in the new TV series on The CW called The Carrie Diaries. It’s a prequel to the original series, based on the novel by Candace Bushnell. Bushnell also serves as one of the producers for the show.

I haven’t read the book, so I can’t give a truly objective comparison. But I’ve seen every episode of the HBO TV series, more times than I can count, so I’m very familiar with the storyline.

The new show’s pilot premiered last night, and I really enjoyed it. Most critics seem to enjoy it too, often citing AnnaSophia Robb’s performance as one of the reasons the show works so well. I have to agree. Robb does an excellent job of portraying a 16-year-old Carrie Bradshaw, growing up in suburban Connecticut in 1984. I think she is perfect for the role. She maintains her innocence while dealing with a complex set of emotions. “Charming” is a word that comes to mind.

The supporting cast pulls their weight too, with a diverse and interesting ensemble of budding young stars. There are also subtle nods to the Sex and the City series, which fans will enjoy. Robb even managed to mimic some of Sarah Jessica Parker’s mannerisms, which made the show more believable as a prequel.

If you missed it, The CW will be replaying the episode throughout the week, and the next episode will premiere on Monday at 8/7C. If you’re a Hulu Plus subscriber, you can watch it online at http://www.hulu.com/the-carrie-diaries.

Please leave a comment and let me know what you think of the show.

The fall TV line-up is beginning. I’m looking forward to my returning favorites, including Two and a Half Men, Desperate Housewives, 30 Rock and Private Practice. I lost track of The Office and Ugly Betty, but I want to get started again.

I’ll always love The Simpsons and Family Guy, so those are a given. I’ll also start watching The Cleveland Show by default. Unfortunately I don’t know much about new shows that are starting, so I’ll have to see what people are watching with those.

What are you going to be watching? New shows, returning shows?

Oh, Bea. I’ll Miss You.

Apr 25, 2009 / Filed in TV / 7 Comments

Bea Arthur, my favorite Golden Girl, passed away today of cancer at age 86. It was always a dream of mine to see her perform. I missed the chance on her last stand-up comedy tour, and I guess I always hoped she would give one more show.

Did Family Guy Go Too Far?

Mar 11, 2009 / Filed in Gay, Humor, TV / 8 Comments

Everyone from gay rights activists to the Parents Television Council is angry about last Sunday’s episode of “Family Guy.” But the show’s fan base, which is filled with loyal gay viewers, thinks everyone should lighten up. So what’s all the fuss about?

The episode, titled “Family Gay,” finds the Griffins in a financial crunch. To make some extra money, Peter Griffin signs up for lab testing. In one experiment, he is injected with a gay gene, which instantly transforms him into a flaming queen.

Activists are angry because they feel the episode squeezed just about every stereotype you could imagine into one episode. Gloryholes, show tunes, fisting, open relationships, orgies, the way gay people dress, the way they speak, the ability to cook, the ability to decorate, the limp wrists and feminine mannerisms… Basically any and every stereotype people have about us made it into the episode.

The Parents Television Council has filed a complaint with the FCC, adding criticism over one scene where a horse licks Peter’s ass (it was a very mild depiction of rimming) and another scene where the baby Stewie ate cereal with horse sperm in it.

My two cents on it…

The oldest trick in comedy is taking a complex issue, blowing it up into a hugely exaggerated joke, and through laughter, we are able to deal with the reality. The episode is actually very “pro-gay” if you pay attention to the dialog. There is one scene that summarizes it when Lois tells her newly gay husband that we can’t choose our sexuality anymore than we can choose the color of our skin. She then gives her full support to accepting that Peter is gay. I loved it! This episode is an instant classic.

As far as the group of parents who are pissed off… Look, you are responsible for what your children watch. It is not Fox’s job to raise your children.

The ratings system was specifically created so that parents can block shows that are rated TV-14. All you have to do is set your TV to block any shows that you don’t want your kids to watch. You have the tools to be better parents — use them!

Watch the controversial episode in its entirety here:

http://www.hulu.com/watch/61211/family-guy-family-gay

Dexter Strikes Again

Sep 27, 2008 / Filed in TV / 0 Comments

Is it that time of year already? America’s favorite TV serial killer, Dexter Morgan, is back for season 3 on Showtime tomorrow night.

I personally enjoyed season 2 much more than the first season. A lot of risky plot lines, and they all paid off with an exciting finale. I’m curious to see where this season takes us.

As usual, Showtime has leaked the first episode online. They do that for every series now. It’s a smart marketing move, at least in my opinion.

Just push play:

(I didn’t upload this, so I don’t know how long it will stay online.)

A Day without Labor

Sep 1, 2008 / Filed in Life, TV / 1 Comment

Labor Day is upon us and so is the month of September. A gentle reminder that 2008 is creeping to a close.

Now the holidays are going to pounce on us. This time of year is always very busy for us. We have a lot of fall birthdays too. And I love Halloween. It’s my favorite holiday.

At the risk of sounding like a couch potato, I’m also looking forward to getting back to my favorite TV shows.

Among them:

Pushing Daisies, Two and a Half Men, The New Adventures of Old Christine, Ugly Betty, Survivor, Desperate Housewives, Family Guy, The Simpsons, The Ellen Degeneres Show.

I have not yet decided if I’ll take the day off for Labor Day. Since I’m self-employed, I can get away with it. But I have a sneaking suspicion I’ll do at least a little work tomorrow, just to stay ahead.

I’m hoping things aren’t tragic for New Orleans. It sounds as if most of the residents have cooperated and left town, so I’m glad for that. When Katrina hit in 2005, the heavy rains made their way all the way here to Tennessee.

What are your plans? Anyone going to work when they don’t want to? Anyone taking a vacation? Where are you going, what are you doing?

Weed Does a Body Good

Aug 4, 2008 / Filed in TV / 3 Comments

This summer, I got started on the Showtime series Weeds. I’ve never smoked a joint, but you don’t have to use drugs to appreciate how humorous this show is. I caught up on the three previous seasons before the new one started.

Hunter Parrish plays one of the main characters, Silas. Here’s how he looked in Season 1:

When Season 4 started last month, viewers noticed some very interesting physical changes. Ahem:

Gay message forums started filling up with snapshots from the show, viewers drooling over Hunter’s toned and muscular new body. He’s all grown up now.

In last week’s episode, we got to see a little more of him:

To the writers and producers of Weeds… thank you.

Homolicious Arrogance

Aug 2, 2008 / Filed in Gay, TV / 2 Comments

If there were ever an award for the most self absorbed person in reality TV history, I feel fairly confident it would go to Jessie Godderz, a current contestant on Big Brother 10.

I really don’t think I’ve ever seen someone who loves himself that much. If you’ve been watching the show, you know what I mean.

Now some very interesting photos of Jessie are popping up on the internet. Included with the photos are rumors that Jessie is gay. I’m not entirely shocked to hear this news. There have been a couple of times when he threw tantrums, and when he did, his hands started flailing around in a way that only we gay men know how to do. Consider it one of our trademarks.

And yeah, these photos are pretty homoerotic. You can always use that excuse “gay for pay”, but I get the feeling he’s really “gay for dick”.

He does look pretty hot in these photos. I love the one with him posing in the kitchen with a can of Febreze and a candle burning. He must have had beans for dinner that night. But anyway, his personality overshadows any physical attractiveness.

The only way this guy could have a relationship would be if he came with a permanent mute button installed.

What do you think? Gay or straight?

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