On Jeremy Clarkson, ‘Top Gear’ and the bumbling BBC

So here’s the deal. You have a hit television show, one that is often cited as being one of the most, if not the most popular series in the history of your network. Within its simplistic confines – supercar reviews and automotive challenges – are a trio of hosts who gel like no one since more »

Jon Stewart shares his “itch to get back on stage”

In the couple of months since Jon Stewart announced his upcoming retirement from The Daily Show, we haven’t had much of a clue of what he’s planning to do afterwards. Another show? A run for political office? Another stab at directing a movie? All of those seem unlikely, at least in the short term. However, more »

What’s with ESPN and WWE’s sudden cooperation?

WWE and ESPN are both massive media and “sports entertainment” entities, both headquartered in the state of Connecticut, and both came to national prominence in the early days of cable in the early 1980s. Yet, for most of their histories, the two have never had much to do with each other. WWE does its own more »

Jack Huston adds ‘The Crow’ to his growing list of remakes

Jack Huston’s turn as Richard Harrow on Boardwalk Empire turned a lot of heads. He landed the title role in MGM and Paramount’s “Ben Hur” remake, and now will help Relativity relaunch The Crow. Deadline reports he’ll play Eric Draven, a lost spirit seeking vengeance and brought back to the land of the living by more »

Tucker and Buckley: The Carlson boys blow up the Internet

“Whatever happened to Eddie? He was here a minute ago. Joey and Jackie and Bobby and Phil. Bobby and Tommy and Danny and Bill. What happened, *Todd*? And Cody, and Dylan, and Cameron, and Tucker. Hi, Tucker. I’m Todd. “Hi, Todd! I’m Tucker.” Fuck Tucker; Tucker sucks. And fuck Tucker’s friend, Kyle. You know? Yeah. more »

Fin: Ethnic Casting, X-Files in the age of Alex Jones and Ash IS Reagan

I can’t say much more than what’s already been said about Deadline’s “ethnic casting” story debacle. It’s like the “why isn’t there a White History Month” of Hollywood trend pieces (Deadline) As for the Jon Hamm news: It’s good that he got the help that he needs. And if you think this revelation is going more »

Streaming yes, blackouts no: This week in NFL TV news

It may be a lull in the NFL calendar- it’s the offseason, free agency is largely over, and the draft is still a month away. But there’s suddenly lots of news related to the NFL and television. – NFL blackouts are history. For decades, the NFL has had a blackout rule: If a game isn’t more »

Brock Lesnar to remain with WWE, retires from UFC

Ladies and gentlemen, my name is Paul Heyman. OK, not really. But I do need you to know that Heyman’s client, Brock Lesnar, has signed a contract with WWE. He announced in an ESPN interview that he is retiring from mixed martial arts at age 37. “I’m an older caveman now,” Lesnar said. “I make more »


The rank stupidity of fictional presidential opinion polls

, did you hear President Obama has a lower approval rating than House of Cards’ Frank Underwood, not to mention those of the fictitious presents from the West Wing, Battlestar Gallactica and 24? Even the corrupt, adulterous president from Scandal has a prior approval rating than the actual president. That’s according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll more »

Fin: Ted Cruz, country boy, advice from Florida Man and Bill Simmons, brother

Ted Cruz says he “used to like classic rock,” but started listening to country music on 9/11, because “I didn’t like how rock music responded.” What the hell is that about? After 9/11, rock stars hosted telethons and concerts to raise money for the families of the victims. Bruce Springsteen that was entirely about 9/11. more »

NFL may choose Browns, the best ‘Hard Knocks’ team imaginable (UPDATE: Maybe not)

The Cleveland Browns are a hotbed of extreme dysfunction. Their owner (Jimmy Haslem) is under federal criminal investigation. Their hard-partying quarterback (Johnny Manziel) followed up his disastrous rookie season with a stint in rehab. Their wide receiver (Josh Gordon) was just suspended for the season for the second straight year. They’ve had multiple front office more »

Snoop Dogg will executive produce a dramatic series for HBO

Snoop Dogg, a longtime HBO fan who has let his love for Game of Thrones be widely known, will soon serve as executive producer of a dramatic series for the network. Rolling Stone says via a statement that the as-yet-untitled series will be set in the 1980s, and center around a Los Angeles family “whose more »