Tuesday, November 03, 2009

TV Buzz: Meet Your Oscar Hosts, CSI, Kathy Griffin, Gossip Girl, Heroes & MORE!

Meet Your Oscar Hosts: Alec Baldwin and Steve Martin

It's official, as detailed in a press release from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Steve Martin and Alec Baldwin have said yes. Martin has hosted the Oscars twice before, in 2000 and 2002. Martin and Baldwin have worked together several times thanks to their longstanding affiliation with Saturday Night Live. Martin has hosted 15 times -- more than anyone else -- and Baldwin is right behind him at 14. In 2006, Baldwin showed up on a Martin episode, followed a few months later by Martin crashing a Baldwin show, both times with Martin trying to kill Baldwin to prevent him from overtaking his hosting record. (In the Oscar press release, Martin says, "I am happy to co-host the Oscars with my enemy Alec Baldwin.") Martin guested on an episode of 30 Rock, and both actors will appear in It's Complicated this Christmas.

'Gossip Girl' threesome has Parents Television Council really, really peeved off

The Parents Television Council is threatening to declare war on CW affiliates who broadcast next week's Very Special Threesome episode of "Gossip Girl." In a letter to affiliates obtained by TheWrap, PTC chief Tim Winter blasts the scheduled storyline as "reckless and irresponsible" and claims the show is "expressly targeted to impressionable teenagers." The head of the right-wing political action group says CW affiliates that air the episode will be "complicit in establishing a precedent and expectation that teenagers should engage in behaviors heretofore associated primarily with adult films." Winter then makes it clear that local affiliates have the right to preempt programming that doesn't meet the interests of their community. And, most disturbingly, he warns the stations that they will "bear the financial burden of an FCC fine" should the government declare that next week's episode violates decency laws.

Kathy Griffin's new show "Let's Dance"

Two-time Emmy Award winner and NY Times best-selling author Kathy Griffin (My Life on the D-List) is the host of this new LIVE weekly dance-off premiering Monday, November 23rd at 9:30/8:30c, right after the finale of Dancing with the Stars. The competition will be hot (and hilarious) as teams of celebrities pay comedic homage to famous dances while competing for a $250,000 grand prize for their favorite charity. The show will include single dancers, duos and groups, all competing against each other to wow a panel of judges and viewers across America who will be voting each week leading up to the series finale. The panel of judges and celebrity participants will be announced in the next couple of weeks.

Brutalized women as entertainment

The above ad is for an upcoming episode of the three “CSI” franchises. The presentation of the dead female body, in torn fishnets, as simply a prop for the lead male characters is a good example of the way that violence against women (usually involving rape) is served up by these shows as a form of entertainment.

Josh Duhamel denies cheating on pop singer wife, Fergie

Josh Duhamel and wife Fergie are denying another round of allegations from an Atlanta stripper that she had a one-night stand with the actor. "This is not the first nor will it be the last time that a stripper was paid a large amount of money to sell a false story about a celebrity," says Duhamel's rep. "This story is absolutely ridiculous." In her latest interview, Nicole Forrester says she had sex with Duhamel in an Atlanta hotel a week after he came into the Tattletale club, where she works as a dancer. Forrester says she has text messages and polygraph test to back her up. "It's the truth," she says. "I'm not lying about anything. I have nothing to hide and he's just guilty as I am."

The many deaths Of Nathan Petrelli on 'Heroes'

Josh Wigler writes:
Last month, some controversy arose in the "Heroes" department following word that a male series regular — one who had been with the show since its first season — would be unceremoniously written off at some point in the near future.

After weeks of fan speculation, Deadline Hollywood Daily has let the cat out of the bag that the soon-to-be-deceased character is none other than flight-worthy politician Nathan Petrelli, played by actor Adrian Pasdar. It's hard to classify the news as a spoiler, particularly considering Petrelli's death at the end of the last season... and the season before that... and the season before that.

To date, the ill-fated senator has gone through more deaths than any one super-man should have to endure. Here are all of the ones that I can remember...READ MORE


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