TV

Fighting fire with fire: We know it’s wrong to attack Natalia Kills and Willy Moon, but why is it so hard not to?

A while back a friend tweeted a link to an article about how twitter has a mob mentality to it. It mentioned that public shaming was abandoned over two hundred years ago, so why did people think it was okay for the 21st century. Because everyone is sitting behind a computer screen of course.

If I had seen what Natalia Kills and Willy Moon, The X-Factor New Zealand judges who are now out of a job due to the blatant bullying of contestant Joe Irvine, had said a few years ago when I was younger than today, I would of been all over it on social media. I would of tweeted non-stop when it happened, and would probably still be going. But up until now I haven’t spoken about the outburst from the couple on the singing contest created by Simon Cowell, the original mean judge himself.

This doesn’t mean I approve or condone what they said. I was confused as to why someone would think it would be okay to say those things. “You’re a laughing stock – it’s cheesy, it’s disgusting, I personally found it absolutely artistically atrocious.” I mean who says stuff like that like. And while it would of been easy to call her a bitch, like many others have, behind my computer screen, I didn’t do that.

Because that would of made me no better than them. Over the days since the attack on Irvine live on air, there have been countless personal attacks on the pair. Which I can understand, because people were shocked as to how someone would say what they did.

But instead of tweeting something about them, just don’t. They don’t deserve anymore of our attention, and soon they will float away into obscurity, because there is no way they will get much of a job or sell many records after this. Down and out they sound like terrible people (Kills spokesman has recently told British tabloid Daily Mirror that “she stands by what she said”) so why give them any more fame out of this than they already have.

I guess the lesson here is only say something online about someone if you were prepared to say it to them in person. If not maybe keep it to yourself. Natalia Kills and Willy Moon didn’t keep their thoughts to themselves and said them in person because well they are shitty people, but that doesn’t mean you have to be.

What we learned from Jerry/Larry/Terry/Garry’s AMA.

On what he took home from the set: “Aubrey Plaza” (in reference to the make out session they had on Late Night).”

On who is the funniest person on set: “Everybody is fuNny but Chris Pratt is killer. He could break us up easily. He never did the same thing twice. I think he’s a bit of a comic genius.”

On working on Friends: “I loved doing an episode of Friends. What I realized was that after all those years they really were friends. I’ve worked a lot of shows where by the end the cast can barely tolerate each other. It was a gift on Parks that we all loved each other and I think they definitely had that on Friends too. A very warm and comfortable set.”

On Harris Wittels who recently passed away: “My first memory of Harris was when I was reading Sarah Silverman’s book. There was a picture of a penis…it was Harris’s. I remember thinking that anyone who would be that bold to allow that is someone I could hang with. Harris was always funny but more importantly…he was always kind. He is and will be forever missed.”

On his character becoming the mayor: “I couldn’t have been happier with Garry becoming the mayor…not just temporarily but for the rest of his life. Such an honor for the guy who was the schlameel and schlamazel of his office for 30 years.”

On his favourite moment on Parks: “I loved doing the Fart Attack. I felt that the only way to make it funny was to play it very real. With craziness going on around me I knew that it would be the best way to handle it. The problem was trying to keep it together when you have Aziz asking if I ate farts for lunch. lol.”

Rolling Stone rank every ‘Saturday Night Live’ cast member

Rob Sheffield has taken on the ultimate challenge of ranking all 141 cast members of Saturday Night Live. Like all lists of this nature, many will debate placements, but the list shows the great talents that have performed for us week after week on Studio 8H.

Below is the top 25:

25. Jason Sudeikis (2005-13)
24. Laraine Newman (1975-80)
23. Fred Armisen (2002-13)
22. Andy Samberg (2005-12)
21. Chris Rock (1990-93)
20. Al Franken (1975-1980, 1985-95)
19. Jon Lovitz (1985-90)
18. Maya Rudolph (2000-07)
17. Adam Sandler (1990-95)
16. Rachel Dratch (1999-06)
15. Chris Farley (1990-95)
14. Kristen Wiig (2005-12)
13. Bill Hader (2005-13)
12. Will Ferrell (1995-02)
11. Dana Carvey (1986-93)
10. Chevy Chase (1975-77)
09. Gilda Radner (1975-80)
08. Amy Poehler (2001-08)
07. Phil Hartman (1986-94)
06. Bill Murray (1977-80)
05. Dan Aykroyd (1975-79)
04. Mike Myers (1989-95)
03. Tina Fey (2000-06)
02. Eddie Murphy (1980-84)
01. John Belushi (1975-79)

The rest can be found at Rolling Stone

Pilots for the 2015-16 season that I would want to watch

ABC
-Drama
The Broad Squad
Inspired by true stories, the project follows the first four women to graduate from Boston’s Police Academy in 1978. Bess Wohl will write and executive-produce with Stephanie Savage, Josh Schwartz, Len Goldstein and Aaron Kaplan.

Kingmakers
When his sister is found dead during her freshman year at an elite Ivy League university, a young man adopts a new identity to infiltrate the school and its century-old secret society – consisting of privileged students, ambitious faculty, and high-profile alums – in order to investigate her death. Sallie Patrick will write and executive-produce.

Mix
A one-hour dramedy that explores the realities of modern-day families—multi-cultural, multi-generational, built through divorces, affairs and adoptions—set against the backdrop of a revered family restaurant at a crossroads. Jennifer Cecil will write and executive-produce with Le Train Train, Rashida Jones and Will McCormack.

-Comedy
Chev & Bev
A comedy starring Chevy Chase and Beverly D’Angelo as two baby boomers who are fun, relevant and living a selfish retirement when their world is turned upsisde down and they are suddenly left to raise their grandchildren. Brad Copeland will write and executive-produce with Aaron Kaplan.

Untitled Dan Savage project
Based on the life of boundary-pushing columnist Dan Savage, a picture perfect family is turned upside down when the youngest son comes out of the closet. What seems like the end of their idyllic life turns out to be the beginning of a bright new chapter when everyone stops pretending to be perfect and actually starts being real. David Windsor and Casey Johnson will write and executive-produce with Savage, Brian Pines and Dan McDermott.

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SNL at 40

Back in 1975 nobody would of imagined the impact Saturday Night Live would have on television and popular culture. Forty years later the show is still on the air, and next week Lorne Michaels is celebrating with a 40th Anniversary Special. The three hour show looks to be a treat with a long list of stars returning to Studio 8H. Lorne and members of the five-timers club also have graced the cover of The Hollywood Reporter this week. Check out the cover and the stars who will be on the 40th special down below. 25562DEC00000578-2940280-image-a-88_1423088844700 Clockwise from bottom left: Alec Baldwin, Elliott Gould, Michaels, Tom Hanks, Chevy Chase, Christopher Walken, Steve Martin and Paul Simon.

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The war for 7.30: Reality rivals go head to head

Every year the three major networks bring out the big guns early to go and get the lead on the competition. For the past few years, Channel Seven’s My Kitchen Rules has been unstoppable, and this year has been no different. The past three nights MKR has had bigger ratings than The Block (on Channel Nine) and I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out Of Here (Network Ten) combined. It is well noted though that MKR’s viewership drops off once the home restaurant rounds are over, meaning viewers could head over to Ten’s I’m A Celeb, giving them the ratings winner the truly need.

Celeb started out well on Sunday night when it was up against sport on opposing stations. The premiere and big reveal of celeb’s pulled 1.2 million, but has dropped every night since rating 0.75 on Monday, 0.68 on Tuesday and 0.58 last night. While they have been dropping fast, they haven’t been far behind The Block each night, so if you can’t get gold, try for silver?

The Block which premiered the week before to try and hold onto viewers, has had low numbers, even in the week with MKR not on. Monday night only 0.8 tune in, Tuesday 0.73, and Wednesday 0.68. Much lower than what the show used to do when not going head to head with MKR.

MKR has pulled in over a million in each of its first three nights. 1.59 million on Monday, 1.4 on Tuesday, and last night they saw better ratings than the premier 1.67 million watching.

Can Celeb and The Block gain some viewers, or will MKR steamroll to another rating victory once again this year?

Chrissie Swan for The Project?

Will Chrissie Swan go from the jungle to a seat on The Project? Anything is possible after she was dropped from the KISS Network (formerly Mix Network), even when her breakfast show with Jane Hall was doing incredibly well up against Nova and Fox FM. With Carrie Bickmore’s due date getting closer, Ten will need somebody to take over the role.

Swan, who first rose to fame at Network Ten over a decade ago on Big Brother, is currently one of the celeb’s that have been flown to South Africa for I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out Of Here, and with her evident popularity on social media over the first two nights, it looks like she may make it to the end, and win the whole thing.

Six weeks on our screens could give Swan a leg up on other competitors for the job. Sydney Confidential are reporting that other choices are Gorgi Coughlan, Fifi Box, and Natasha Belling. All three have been on The Project, but Gorgi is a regular fill in, which would make it easy for her to slip into the role. What ever happens, Carrie will be missed while she is away (if you want to hear about why I think Carrie is amazing click right here), and I’m sure no matter who steps in, The Project will be the same funny, entertaining, and informative program that it has been for the last five years.

My White/Blue/No collar Survivor cast

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As do many other Survivor fans, I enjoy making together my own all star cast lists. With the up coming season having a tribe divide of White Collar vs Blue Collar vs No Collar, I put together a season of returnees with this theme.

WHITE COLLAR
Yul Kwon (13)
Marty Piombo (21)
Andrew Savage (7)
Eliza Orlins (9 & 16)
Kass McQuillen (28)
Corinne Kaplan (17 & 26)

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2K15: What I’m Looking Forward To In The Pop Culture World

Films

The Force Awakens (December)
The hype for this film is massive. I don’t know if I’ve ever seen the amount of press and speculation about a film in my life time. The first thought I had when another trilogy was announced was, if this goes bad, it’s gonna be really bad. As in, Star Wars fans take things super seriously, and something tiny could ruin the film for them. But so far, everyone has been super positive about it, which is a good sign.

Age of Ultron (July)
The first Avengers film took me by surprise. At the time I hadn’t seen any of the five Marvel films that had proceeded it, but I absolutely loved it. And as most sequels go, this one will be bigger and better. On the flip side, some sequels are terrible, but that won’t be the case with this one. With the incredible Joss Whedon in charge we have nothing to worry about. Plus he has been taking inspiration from The Empire Strikes back, only the greatest sequel of all time.

Music

Songs of Experience (Probably not even 2015, more like 2018, because this is U2, right?)
The most hated album of the year was one of my favourites, and ever since Bono mentioned a follow up, I’ve been wanted more from U2.

untitled 7th Kanye album (some time soon)
All through out 2014, there was meant to be a new Kanye West album. We got to end of the year and we had nothing. Now in 2015, it’s looking like a full album will be coming sooner rather than latter, now that a new single “Only One” with Paul McCartney has been released.

TV

Game Of Thrones (April)
The worlds most downloaded show is back again. While I like shows with shorter seasons like Thrones (10 episodes a season), the ten month gap is painful. Luckily the wait is close to over.

Parks & Recreation (January)
NBC’s last decent comedy is nearly over, and they will be missed by many. Blink and you might miss the final season as it will be all over by the end of Febuary. Then all we will have is our memories Lil Sebastian (RIP Lil Sebastian).