Leaving itself wide open for all manner of bad medical-terminology-death puns, Fox has decided to cancel its long-running medical drama House after eight seasons of furrowed brows and sticking it to the man.
Not content to let the world exist only with a show called Californication, Showtime has decided to completely drop all semblance of nuance and introduce a new show called Masters of Sex. In initially puzzling casting news, this show will star Hobbit-esque Michael Sheen, best known for being a fairly forthright, upstanding chap who starred as Tony Blair in The Queen, and also as a vampire in Twilight, but we won’t hold that against him. Continue reading
In the few weeks since Paula Deen revealed she has been living with a diagnosis of Type 2 diabetes for the past few years, it seems everyone has an opinion. Some people have been supportive; other people (I’m looking at you, Anthony Bourdain) not so much. But regardless of how you feel about the situation, it’s evident that the Deen family brand will certainly be evolving. Paula herself has moved beyond selling cake mix with her likeness, and is now endorsing diabetes medication. And now the latest cooking show in the family’s repertoire involves one of Paula’s sons presenting lighter versions of some of her classic meals.
Carrying on the noble (dorky) tradition of my previous Office Breakup post, Mindy Kaling has decided to desert the Fellowship and remain in Rohan to be the wife of Eomer, the horse-lord. And by Rohan I mean Fox. And by Eomer, I of course mean a solo show in which she plays a struggling OB/GYN attempting to “balance her personal and professional life.” Continue reading
As you may know, chef Paula Deen, the woman famous for her southern/deep-fried/buttery/100% delicious recipes, has type 2 diabetes. Hold the phone! Everyone, scramble! How dare she fall victim to the inevitable consequence of her eating habits!
The media frenzy over Deen’s diagnosis underscores a very silly thing we do in this country. For some inexplicable reason, we hold television personalities accountable for our own poor decisions. So Paula Deen pushes fatty, cholesterol-filled, sugar covered, potato chip encrusted, doughnut encircled, heart-attack-in-a-recipe recipes. So she has bazillions of fans hanging on her every word. So what? Does that make it her responsibility to include caveats about healthy eating alongside everything she does?
I don’t want to be fat. I’ve been trying to lose the same twenty pounds for nearly a decade now. I’ll lose ten and put on fifteen. I squeeze into a wedding dress and then indulge on the honeymoon. America is fat and we hate it. Our taste in television shows is indicative of that struggle and our motives to change and improve our health and appearances for the sake of self esteem and self improvement. Some of the most watched television shows of the past several years revolve around the excruciatingly difficult goal of losing not just ten or twenty, but one hundred pounds or more in an effort to reverse the damage and live a higher standard of life. It’s a problem felt by members of the masses, from teenagers to middle aged full-time workers, to single moms and kids in elementary school. Many encouraging and helpful shows are on air to give not only solutions to the battle but to show that it can be done, even if the road is long and the battle tough.
The Biggest Loser
This show’s popularity doesn’t seem to lose any steam whatsoever. Perhaps it’s because so many people nationwide can relate to the emotional and physical battle of finding themselves significantly overweight and overwhelmed by the task at hand. It’s inspiring to see people like us who have been burdened by their weight issue persevere and accomplish what seemed to be impossible. It helps us believe that if they can do it, we can do it too!