NBC has cancelled Lipstick Jungle and My Own Worst Enemy, Fox has cancelled MadTV and The CW picks up Privileged for 5 more episodes according to The Live Feed.Lipstick Jungle with Brooke Shields came back for its second season with weak ratings on Wednesdays, so when NBC moved it to Fridays the writing was on [...]
NBC has cancelled Lipstick Jungle and My Own Worst Enemy, Fox has cancelled MadTV and The CW picks up Privileged for 5 more episodes according to The Live Feed.Lipstick Jungle with Brooke Shields came back for its second season with weak ratings on Wednesdays, so when NBC moved it to Fridays the writing was on [...]
Dear Crabby: What is the one kind of guy every girl has to get over at least once in her life?Dear Couch: Sensitive new-age rocker-wannabe guy with guitar. Trust me, one day you'll have given your personal chef the night off and rocker wannabe will be the pizza delivery guy. But, you know, "The band is sure to take off any day!"We open this Ugly Betty with Betty pacing in her apartment at just past six in the morning. Betty, the only thing you should be doing that early is shoveling in some oatmeal and wondering how you can call in sick for a fourth Friday in a row without it looking "suspicious." She looks outside and sees oh ho-hum, Jesse. Meh. He's kind of boring. Where's Gio for God's sake? He always adds some spice, like grainy mustard.
The same thing happens when you let kids dress themselves. Chaos!
Betty runs out the door and "bumps into" Jesse just as he is getting back from work. He made $34 in tips and "the cook spit on me." Rachel Ray is such a bitch, isn't she? But let's focus on the $34. Where the hell is this guy working that in New York he only made $34 in tips? Even at Starbucks he'd bring in more, wouldn't he? Maybe he deserved the spit. Betty gives Jesse the extra cup of coffee the coffee shop guy just happened to give her - decaf, what Jesse needs because "I know you have to sleep in the morning...I mean he knows." Ah, Betty, smooth as I'm sure your stubbly legs are. Jesse gives her a CD of his band's new songs that are either really good or totally suck. I'm guessing the latter. He dimples her and asks if they fixed the TV in the laundry room. Betty has a TV and offers her to watch while he washes his shorts. Soon they will be co-mingling undies, a good combo of granny panties and underoos.
Of course, Betty shows up to Mode before any models have had the chance to barf up last night's water, which would be much easier for them if they saw what she was wearing. She is freaked to find Amanda running around the office naked. You know, that doesn't sound like it would be as uncommon as Betty makes it out to be. I bet Amanda is naked a lot at work. Betty points out Amanda's nakedness and Amanda says, "And you're wearing a hideous ensemble but I'm not about pointing out the obvious." Yes, leave that to the recapper. Betty, your outfit is hideous! And consider a flat iron!
Yep, pretty much business as usual for Amanda.
Turns out Amanda got "a little evicted," just like when I'm sure she's going to show up "a little pregnant." Security is letting her stay at the office for a little peek at her goodies (and probably more). Why doesn't she just hide in the secret sex room Faye left behind? I bet Faye had a TV and fridge in there.
Yeah, I'm going to need your boobies to talk to my hand.
Betty's at her desk singing horribly at the top of her lungs to what I can only imagine is Jesse's new music. It would have been cool if it had been a Hanson cover song. Also, she's terrible. Betty, if you ever want a title on your card besides karaoke reject, please, please, please for the love of all that is good and holy, have some respect for the people who work around you and hush your mush!
What the bloody hell was that?
Daniel comes up behind her and gives her the Amercian Idol heave ho. She tells Daniel it's Jesse's tune and Daniel says, "What ever happened to the 'No romantic entanglements' rule?" He's got you on that one, Jesse's Wannabe Girl. Betty tells him to shut it, he's just a friend, and now oh-my-gosh guess what, the upcoming Mode party does not have a band. I never thought I'd quote Barney, but is two plus two going to be four?
Either you farted, or your voice sucks. At this point, it's a toss-up.
"Ohhhh," Betty croons, "Looks like Connor's here." Amen to that! I love the fact he comes walking in with a big box of what can only be described as bear claws with colored icing. Just what skinny fashion people want! Caloric intake! I love the slow-mo action they use when he walks and how all the women check out his ass when he passes. Mmm-mmm-good.
Doughnuts or Connor's...can't I have both? At the same time?
"He's so cool. Hiring him was the smarted thing I've ever done," Daniel says. Betty reminds him it probably won't be so cool when Wilhelmina finds out he tricked her to get Connor hired. "I need as many people as possible on Team Daniel, plus we needed someone to run the financial arm of this company." Yes, because God forbid your dad would have thought about that before he sperminated. Daniel mentions Connor was on the crew team and got a lot of tail while at Harvard. Suddenly I get the feeling Connor is now gay, don't ask me why.All the woman are digging into the Krispy Konnor goodness and licking their fingers as Wilhelmina spats, "This is why I hate women, Marc, they're weak." I hate them because that's how it works, we all talk sisterhood then stab each other in the back. Don't mess with thousands of years of devolution, Willie. Her goal is to get Connor to begin to agree with her so she can keep him in her pocket, which is when we cut to Connor saying he agrees with Daniel and Wilhelmina throwing a hissy fit (and her hands in the air), and saying, "AGAIN?!"
I CAN'T BELIEVE THIS ISN'T BUTTER!
Connor tells her doing a photo shoot in the Caribbean makes more financial sense (take me with you!) and that there isn't enough money to fund what she wants. She demands he finds the money which is funny because that never seems to work at work for me either. Connor stands (yay! More ass!) and says he needs to be blunt, "Meade owns too many magazines." I say cut Player if for no other reason than I'm sure Jimmy Kimmel will buy it.
I'm f*#$ing Player magazine!
Wilhelmina is all about dumping a few titles to get her moolah and Daniel disagrees. "We are not selling off a single magazine. They are part of my father's legacy," Daniel says. Well, so is an alcoholic wife, a dead mistress, a playboy son (that's you, Daniel) and a murderous tranny son who tried to ruin his father, so you might want to be careful about talking about legacies, Danny boy. Connor agrees with Daniel, again.Wilhelmina's no dummy. "What the hell is going on here? Why are you two so chummy?" she demands."I think what's going on Wilhelmina, is you got played," Daniel says. Should learn by now he should keep a secret, but this will be more fun, I'm sure. "Why don't you try one of Connor's doughnuts, they're really good." I bet his munchkins aren't bad either. Back at Betty's apartment, she says she has chips and dip and carrot sticks in case "he's that guy." He is, Betty, he is. "Should I light candles, or is that too much?" she asks Hilda who is clearly taking a well-earned vacation day. Betty, Glade candles would be okay, tapers in a candelabra would not be. Hilda says Betty's crushing hard. Oh, it will be a hard and painful crush, I just know it. "How do I know he'll like me?" Hilda reminds Betty that Henry and Gio were crazy about her. That's right, Betty, 3, Crabby, zero. Thanks ABC.
Either Mary Tyler Moore or Maude, take your pick.
Justin says, "It's not that I don't love what you're wearing now, it's very you," (pause), "but uh, maybe tonight we could go a little simpler." Justin, you are a stylish little wood nymph. Betty will have none of it and thanks them by shooing them unceremoniously out the door. The doorbell rings and she checks herself in the mirror with the big B on it. Unfortunately, it's not Jesse, it's Amanda and her hairless cat-dog who have come to live with Betty because she's a doormat. And, because it turns out Amanda has no friends and no, she doesn't want to ruin her friendship with Marc by living with him. It's a win-win-lose situation for everyone.Betty stops by Jesse's apartment to tell him she has to "cancel" that evening with him (to which he looks sort of confused - was there a plan or was it in Betty's little head?). He says he wouldn't have been very good company anyway since he band just lost a gig to another band, Buffalo Hump. You kids and your music nowadays. Doesn't anyone listen to the accordion anymore? Jesse's all poor-me and my Heineken, I'm sure a soulful singer, blah, blah, blah and Betty gives him the pep talk about how his band is so great and she's sure they're going to make it. Ladies, nod your head if you've ever uttered that phrase to some guy. Yep, I thought so. He says, "You know what's cool about you, Betty, I really think you mean that. See ya!" and he sort of slams the door in her face. I actually thought that maybe he had a girl in his apartment or something.
Yeah, peddle your religion somewhere else.
In Daniel's office, he and Connor are toasting to their XY chromosome combo with beer and the fist-bump. Connor has some ideas for Daniel to save money and Daniel makes the boneheaded move of telling Connor he "doesn't have to run every idea" by him. Great, now Connor is going to go rogue! Wilhelmina, watching, echoes my thoughts (it's like we're twins except I'm pasty white with no cleavage and I adopt dogs instead of kicking them) says, "I hate that stupid fist bump." Marc comes flying up to her, wearing what I can only imagine are Jackie O's other set of pearls, the single strand. He probably has a man purse too. "Talk to me," she says to Marc. Unfortunately, they can't get out of Connor's contract without a huge buyout. Wish I had that option sometimes! Wilhelmina "put that in there to screw Daniel, not me!" Don't close the door to that idea so quickly Willie! She wants dirt on Connor because doesn't want to be overruled by "two silly white boys." Speaking to the choir and no worries - January 20th is right around the corner! Marc tries to fist bump her and she smacks his fist into his nose. Nice shot.
My deviated septum - completely fixed now!
Back at Betty's, she shows up the reason she's not getting any action: She's in PJs with what I can only assume are attached feet and her hair looks like Pocahontas, which is harder to spell than you'd think. Schexy! Walking out of her bathroom - wait, hold the freaking phone, she has a toilet and sink in a bathroom, but the tub is in the living room. Oh zany dramady, does it ever end? Anyhoodle, she walks out of her half bath into her full bath and sees pictures of Amanda and Marc everywhere. "Oh my God," Amanda says, "we totally match." Only if you were matching the pages of Garanimals and Victoria's Secret in some sick parallel universe. Amanda is wearing a bra and panties set with matching garters and red hose, always so comfy for sleeping. "You and I are going to have so much fun," she says, awkwardly hugging Betty. Guys everywhere don't know whether or not to be aroused or sickened or a little of both. Of course, if they're watching this show, they probably don't care.
If you scratch fast enough, Amanda will twitch her leg!
Amanda is, as expected, a bad roommate. She lets Halston the cat-dog eat Betty's lunch, then snuggles up with Betty in bed because the sofa isn't comfortable. I would imagine Betty's hairy legs and Brillo-pad eyebrows would be really itchy, so I'm not sure how much of a step up that was. Betty is complaining to Christina who by the way is no friend if she continues to let Betty wear that particular vomit-green jacquard 80s bolero-y thing with the hot pink printed blouse.
Are you sure you don't want to buy from Amway?
Amanda shows up just in time to hear Christina mention Betty's crush. "I knew it. It must be someone from the building, you're always darting in and out all sweaty and mysterious." No, that just sounds like she's taking out the garbage. Amanda is wearing Betty's leggings...as a dress, with the other legging as a scarf. Betty, you have fat legs. And? They look better on Amanda. And seriously, is Betty channeling Asian tourist because she's wearing 3 majorly bad patterns in one outfit, and I haven't even seen her hose or shoes. Where is What Not To Wear when you need them?Amanda tries to help Betty by recommending she invite Jesse to the Mode party to check out if he's a serial killer. If he is, he can "just find someone else to cut into pieces," much like your leggings. Betty agrees. This so cannot go wrong!Cliff's face pops up on the screen as he calls Marc "sexy" and Marc calls him "Big Tiny" back. Wha-huh? That does not sound like something you'd want to call your boyfriend, or for him to want to be called. Marc wants to meet at Prune later for a parsley and dandelion salad. Cliff asks Marc to move in with him. Excellent segue, Big Tiny. Marc bristles. "We spend all our time together, doesn't it make sense?" I spent all my time at home, doesn't mean I'm ready to move in...oh, wait. Nevermind.
He clearly appears as though he should be dating Betty. No, wait, he matches. Nevermind.
Stalker Betty is looking out her keyhole viewer a.k.a. "Peephole" for Jesse. There he is, run! Run! Run with that half bag full of garbage. "Hi Jesse, I was just thinking about you," I bet you were. He has to be both skeeved out and a little flattered at the same time. Not really the best combo. She invites him to the Mode party but happens to mention she's in charge of the party and finding the band, and suddenly he thinks she wants him to play because like all lead singers it's all about him. D'oh! "You're a snow day, Betty." He did say snow and not blow, right? Back at the office, Betty is trying to figure out how to get Jesse's band to play at the Mode party even though they already booked Mariah Carey because Connor knows her. Uh, fire Mariah and bring in Jesse's band. It's not that hard and trust me, no one will miss her. Do we miss her now? But Daniel is having none of it because he's hoping to do Mariah later (I'm surmising, he doesn't actually say anything).Marc is having a crisis of conscience about moving in with Cliff, but it's really a crisis of style because let's face it, Cliff is a bit of a style-less buffoon. He is! I love his character as much as you do, but he's just a mess, not someone Marc would be with in his current form. Amanda completely understands that "living with a fattie is hard. They're always hogging the bed and making a mess and borrowing your clothes." Speaking of which, Marc loves her dress. It's one of Betty's shirts but Amanda belted it and it looks fine. You know why? BECAUSE SHE'S ONLY WEARING ONE PATTERN, that's why!
Oh, Connor, you naughty, naughty boy. Call me!
Wilhelmina shows up looking like she just stopped by from the planet of Vulcan with that dress and Marc has exactly what she needs. Dirty, dirty scoop on Connor. Delish! She wants Marc to make an appointment for her after work with Connor so he knows who he should be aligning himself with. Dun-dun-dunnnn!Betty and Christina are in the park lunching on something I don't even understand when Amanda shows up. This show has a lot of stalkers and yet I can't get anyone to follow me around. She sees Betty is upset and says, "So why the brown face?" Ha, can't wait to use that on my dogs. Christina spills to Amanda and Amanda recommends that Jesse plays at the after-party. Which one? The one Betty and Amanda are having on their rooftop! Jesse will get to play and Amanda will charge people to help pay off her credit card debt. Good thinking. A lesser woman would have just filed bankruptcy.Back at Mode/Hot Flash, Claire is all pissed off because she has to use glasses for her water versus just sucking down some from a plastic bottle. Oh, call a bloody wahhhbulance, Claire. She's upset because this is one of Connor's ideas to save money. Seems like if she's that upset about it she could, I don't know, use some of her own fortune and plunk down $8 on a case of bottled water?
Sucks when your motherly advice comes back to bite you in the ass. But as a kid, it's totally schweet when that happens to a parent!
Claire recommends putting a water bottle in the corner so they can all take turns sipping on it like hamsters. Having grown up with hamsters, there is nothing cuter than seeing their little tiny tongues lick drops of water. It would be kind of funny to see models doing that. She's also livid that they now have to sign a key out for the supply room, as if Claire even knows where that is. By the way, you're the one that wanted to save some money, so it's not going to just affect the little people like paying taxes does.Daniel says he told Connor that not everything had to be run by him. "Be careful, Daniel, this is a pattern with you. Whenever you admire someone you tend to give your power away," Claire says, ironically fulfilling her own power of being passively-aggressively loving. "Just like you did with your brother." Oh, burn, Claire...except, where's powerful Alexis now? Living in exile in France? And by the way, I did hear that the show has officially cut Rebecca Romijn out of the show which is sort of a bummer, but maybe she didn't want to come back what with her twin girls due like in the next 20 minutes. I hear kids put things into perspective. I try to be drunk around them to put up with their shit, so my perspective is somewhat blurred.Daniel says he hired Connor because he's the best and he trusts him. His mother says, "Good, then I guess you aren't worried that he and Wilhelmina are meeting tonight? Privately." Privately worried or they are meeting privately? Watch your modifiers, passive-aggressivo. "Did you not know that?" Claire, of course he didn't, you brought it up to poke him. Go back to drinking. "You see, I make it a point to know everything Wilhelmina Slater is up to. And if they're meeting...alone...I don't like it." Again, Harvard my ass! I'm going to have t-shirts made.AAAAAAAAACK! Oh my God, Betty has put together the worst invite ever. First of all, it includes rainbow colors, second and much more egregious in my opinion, her face is on it! Even in all my dorkiness I never put my face on any invitations I've sent out. "It looks like a flyer for a rodeo at a women's prison," Amanda says. Amen. Best triple-dog dares her to come up with a better one, which she does immediately and as a marketer, I'm impressed! The invite reads: "the roof. Friday. get on the list." They are going to be packed and the roof will cave in. The end!Betty doesn't get it because it doesn't have a who/what/where/when/what party favors to bring, so Amanda has to explain to her how cool things work. You can see Betty still no comprendo, but within minutes people all over Mode are texting and IMing to figure out what it's all about and 300 people are signed up. And we all thought Amanda was just pretty.
Admit it, you want to go.
Later that evening in Wilhelmina's lair, she's telling Connor that she wants to get to know him better and judging by the provocatively open-legged way he's sitting (good one, director!), he's all over that idea. She is talking to him and he says, "Just how bad is that headache?" and we all notice she's got Excedrin written all over it. "You've been doing that," he says, making the rubbing head motion, "a lot."
There's the money shot!
"It's been quite a day," she says, smiling. Aw, someone cares about her. No wonder he's all the rage!"I can get rid of that for you," he says. And when you're done stop by my house, I think I have a migraine, baby!
That's a load of rich creamery butter...slathered on Connor!
"No thank you, that's what drugs are for," she says. No, drugs are for kids to knock them out so you can get some peace and quiet! He reaches for her hand and begins to rub it, saying, "I'm better for your liver." Liver be damned, get over her now! He tells her she gets the headaches because she has too many ideas each day and not enough time to get them out. I usually just get them because people bug the shit out of me each day, and there isn't enough time to kill them, plus, you know, my manicure would get ruined.
The magic touch. He should bottle it!
He goes on to say who would Wilhelmina tell her ideas to when she really can only depend on herself? She looks intrigued. "I get headaches too," he says. They have bonded! With the common denominator of headaches. I bet that's one of the Match.com questions. What do you know? Her headache is gone. He stands up very closely to her recommending they continue their talk. Damn, he is good. "Now my guess is a woman such as yourself has a bottle of '61 single-malt scotch floating around the place somewhere," he says. She motions to her credenza with her eyes and says, " '48." He tells her older is better and she says she wouldn't know since she's been the same age for years. Yeah, 666, but let's keep that under wraps for right now.He pours them each a glass and tells her he came to Meade because of her and that he could learn a lot from her. She takes the glass from his hand, touching it as "Let's Get It On," begins to play and I laugh so hard my dogs wake up yet again. They hate that part of Thursday nights. Willie and Connor gaze longingly at each other and he goes in for the kiss! Okay, I have to tell you I thought this was awesome for both of them! And we needed some non-Brillo love, if you don't mind me saying (sorry Betty). My only concern? There are windows everywhere in that office and certainly someone is going to see this.
Did you have a doughnut this morning?
"Are you okay? You seem distracted," Connor says, jamming our heads back into reality. It was a daydream! Son of a bitch!Wilhelmina stutters that she just remembered she had a dinner date and she doesn't want to be late. She'll reschedule their meeting. Connor looks confused but buddy, you've got two drinks of single malt scotch to yourself. Drink up and GET OVER HERE ALREADY. Let me Google-map it for you.
Sorry, George, it's over between us. It's not you, it's me. Except it's Connor.
Casa Suarez is in turmoil because now Papi has to cook enchiladas and mole for 300 people. Betty is worried because she can't afford this party, but dumbass, it's a Mode after-party, not a Betty-after party. No one wants to attend that. Hilda recommends sangria - cheap wine, old fruit, a box of sugar. "People don't care, they'll get drunk," she says. Hilda, you are one ounce shy of true klass.Their theme? South of the border! They'll use the decorations from Betty's 15th birthday party (yes, I know what the hell a quinciera is, people), although it's very sad they've kept those decorations for almost 10 years, isn't it? "Mexican stuff is so kitschy," Justin says, followed by, "What? It's my heritage," when he gets the evil eye from Papi and Hilda.Marc is waiting for Wilhelmina in her office and when she walks in, wants to know if she made Connor cry. No, but I bet if she had stayed she could have! "Do I need to offer him a comforting hug?" Marc hopes. Instead, Willie says she didn't use the dirt he dug up on Connor and that Marc should just do as she says and not ask any questions. See what happens when you don't get good sex? Your mood sucks.
Heeee, heee, heee, heee, I hope Gloria Steinem isn't watching, heee...wait, am I channelling ugly?
Connor stops by to tell her he'll be out most of the day and wonders how her dinner party was last night. She says "fun" and "delightful" and Marc is completely confused. "You didn't have a dinner last night. You don't even eat dinner....(gasp) OH MY GOD YOU LIKE HIM!" Marc is almost in convulsions. She denies it because she doesn't want to be seen like those other women (a.k.a. me). She had a momentary lapse in judgment but now her ambition is back. She plans to use her evil for evil tonight at the party.Marc bumps into Cliff at the office and of course Cliff wants to talk. He is not amused. He wants to know why moving in is such a big deal and Marc says, "It's just big," and I have to agree with him here. He says it's like deciding to get a kid, "How do you know it's the right time or what kind to get? Do you go Russian or Chinese, or stay local and go South American." Is he talking kids or food? "And what if you are wrong and it clashes with your furniture?" Again, food or kid? Because...really? Both would work here. Unfortunately, neither is what Cliff was looking for and he leaves, forlorn, which isn't a hard look considering how he normally looks.Betty is telling Daniel that he can leave his party at 10 and be to the after party by 10:30. I'm sorry, is Mode giving an 8th grade party, because that sounds like the right kind of hours. Daniel is whining that he can't get ahold of his new boyfriend, Connor. He tells Betty to go home and get ready for her party since she clearly won't be at her job-related one. She thanks him for his "donation" to her party and I have to bring up once again, it is the MODE after party, so I think that is called a business expense, not a donation, unless Betty is now a 501(c)(3)which judging by her outfit she should be. "I had to...I hear the singer in the band is just to die for," he says. I guess he's over Connor.(h4 blogdiginternal=center>
Stop by Hilda's Beautilities! I'm there 2 hours a week!
Later that night, the after party is rocking with hip decorations (Betty's party must have been a blow-out) and music. Amanda is collecting money left and right and the place is rocking. Hilda looks like a slut as could be expected, and Papi is running around saying "Yo quiero Taco Bell." Jesse's band is called "Dark Sexual Chocolate" or some such nonsense and Betty goes to find him so you know, he can get paid. In the limo on the way over to the after party, Claire is bitching about Scar-Jo giving a speech on global warming and Daniel is all happy Connor left him a message that he'll see him at the after party.
Wait, don't barf on the garbage!
However...turning on the TV in the limo (great cost savings, you could have taken a cab!), Suzuki St. Pierre is giving the latest fashion news that Connor Owens is shopping some of the Meade magazines around town, including at Conde Nasty. Daniel mistakenly thinks Connor is working with Wilhelmina, but my guess is when Daniel told Connor he didn't have to run things by him anymore, he assumed he didn't have to run things by him anymore. Silly boy, you should know Wednesdays are Daniel's opposite days!Betty steps out front of the building to tell Jesse the band is ready to start, and he's turned into a major puss with stage fright. You must be kidding me. He says playing for Mode is too big. "What if I suck? I'm a fake, Betty, I just don't think I have it." Oh my God, you are a total and complete tool and I totally tried to date you in college. Betty gives him the old pep talk and now he's a believer. "God Betty, you're so beautiful," he says. He is totally playing her. He heads upstairs with the strength of Zeus. I hope he does suck, but I know he won't because the party needs to continue to rock until everyone sees/talks to/man-handles Connor in some way, shape or form.
And she helped me find my baaaalls...she's a snow day!
Jesse rocks the roof and I'm praying a strong wind knocks him onto the street. "Isn't he amazing?" Betty screams to Justin and some guy I believed was the reincarnation of John Lennon until I saw he was holding a guinea pig and realized it was Betty's neighbor. How'd he get in? And I wonder who is actually doing Jesse's vocals?
Really Papi? That's the way you want to go?
Amanda pops over to Marc and says she's pretty sure Betty's crush is "the old guy over there," and we see Papi in a sombrero passing out mole to some trannies. "That's her father," Marc says. He's all upset because he's left tons of messages for Cliff but hasn't been called back. He doesn't want to move in with Cliff at all and Amanda says maybe it's not the moving in, but just the fact that he's having doubts about the relationship. Then someone waves something shiny and she goes running off while Marc makes eyes at some meat cleaver across the way. Say it ain't so, Marc.
I'm so complex, love me, love me!
Oh, it's Dark Sexual Journey. Jesse is sooo totally still a virgin. He decides to "go solo" to sing a song to "someone special." I hope it's to his bassist, because you know, no one ever goes for the bass player. He sings this song about how she's his snow day. Again, make sure it's snow. Papi would not be pleased otherwise. Betty's all a-twitter because she knows it's for her (or is it? I had a sneaking suspicion during this whole thing some hot little number was hanging around unbeknownst to Betty). OH MY GOD, Betty has a huge B attached to her jacket. She's sort of narcissistic, isn't she, what with all the Bs everywhere. Hilda tells Betty to go ask him out and Betty runs like a nerd to go find him. Wilhelmina shows up all decked out and Justin is all up in her business. She looks at him as though she's trying to figure out whether to indulge him or mace him. Some lady asks Willie if she's friends with Betty then finds out she's on Betty's roof. Still better than the basement, no?
I could have sworn I saw the bat message in the sky...
Willie gets a pained look on her face until...Connor shows up. Dip him in mole, fast! She looks at him, he looks at her...Daniel sees them both. He tells her she looks beautiful and she says she's done with the charm. She knows he's in bed with Daniel (who isn't?), "So let me be blunt. You start playing for my side or I will reveal things you probably don't want people to know." He wants to go talk with her but then Daniel comes running up like the petulant child he is, snarling, saying he knows all about Connor's meetings with Conde Nasty. "What the hell happened to our deal?" He asks. "I'm not going to have the two of you conspiring behind my back. I don't care what your contract says, I want you out of here." Just like the editor position. Wilhelmina reminds Daniel of how much it will cost to fire him."You won't need to, I'll walk right now. God you two are children!" Maybe they need to be spanked for their naughtiness? Just a thought..."I played your game to get the job but that's where it ends. I took the meeting because you asked me to exercise my judgment which is this: Selling off a couple of magazines makes financial sense, more sense than preserving your father's legacy at any cost." He turns to Wilhelmina.
Which one of you babies needs your diaper changed?
"And you. Whatever you think you've got on me, let it out. I'll tell you what, I'll even help you. Drugs? I've done pretty much everything. Slept with my best friend's wife. Oh here's a great one. My first job at Smith Barney, I overhear two guys in an elevator trading stock tips. I end up losing my shirt and almost going to jail." Oh, he's be worth a lot of cigarettes. He continues to say he turned his life around and is proud of what he's done. If they want to keep him to do this job, fine, he's not picking sides: "I'm nobody's bitch." He goes to get a drink and sleep with someone's wife.Betty knocks on Jesse's door but he's not there. She hears commotion in her own apartment which is unusual since it's so commotion-free, and you know it is not going to end well. She sees Amanda making out and apologizes for interrupting when she sees who Amanda is with - Jesse. A lead singer with a hot blonde? No way!
I'm so soulful and sensitive...just not to your feelings.
Betty runs out of the apartment and Amanda is like oh, so sorry, I'll leave a bra on the doorknob next time. "You are the worst roommate ever. You are selfish. And insensitive. And I want you out. Just be gone by tomorrow morning," Betty says. I bet she could stay with Jesse.Back at the party, Connor looks less than cool drinking out of a blue plastic wine glass. Willie comes up to him and apologizes. She says, "I always blackmail people when I get nervous. It's kind of my go-to." My go-to is bourbon, but blackmail probably leaves less of a headache. He smiles at her and she melts faster than I do. She says there aren't a lot of people in the business who are nice and she didn't expect to meet someone who had integrity.
Yes, glass of crow, double.
"Thank you," he says. She tells him that if he decides to stay, she wants to start with a clean Slater. I mean slate. He agrees as long as "I don't have to knuckle-bump with Daniel anymore." I know, right? She reminds him they still have to try that scotch, but something tells me he didn't pour it back in the bottle. "It's a date," he says. Good for Willie! I'm sure he's up for being a baby daddy for Daniel's half-brother.His phone rings. Hope it's Conde Nasty asking for Player. "Would you excuse me? It's my fiancé." WHAT THE HELL? You lousy son of a bitch, playing on Willie's (and my!) emotions like that. You can see Willie is crushed. The only thing that would make this work? If he's engaged to Daniel's "sister." Now there's a telenovela for ya!
The exact moment Wilhelmina's heart breaks.
Marc walks out of the apartment of meat cleaver, giving him a phony name. I'm so bummed Marc gave into anonymous sex, that's very disappointing. He really doesn't deserve Cliff. Speaking of...Cliff is at the party. He calls Marc sweetums. Ick. Cliff says all that matters is they love each other. Marc responds by asking Cliff to marry him. Oh, that is never a good move, even when you're in love and want to spend the rest of your lives together. Tsk, tsk, Marc, you made the coward's move!
I've never done it this way with Cliff...interesting!
Betty is out front sitting on garbage, I'm guessing. Daniel comes down the stairs and tells Betty he made a fool of himself in front of Connor, like we haven't heard this song and dance before. Betty wipes her eyes because the garbage smells so much. No wait - she's upset about throwing a party for Jesse. Daniel steps outside of himself for a split second and realizes she's crying. "I am so stupid to think that he would like me," she says. "Of course he likes Amanda. I walked in on them and they were kissing. I should have known that when he said I was beautiful, he meant on the inside." Well, I hate to bring this up, but this show isn't called Waxed and Polished Betty, it's Ugly Betty. The concept of "on the inside" is sort of built right in."You are," Daniel says."You don't have to say that," she says. "I'm fine with who I am." Seriously, if you actually read the magazine you worked for, you'd realize there are things called conditioner and tweezers and side-swept bangs. No offense, but look around, be observant, stay ALERT. "Men go for the obvious," Daniel tells her. "They always do. I should know." Oh, right, he did Amanda too, although if memory serves me correctly she seemed more enamored of his shower massage than she did of him. "It's okay to have a crush and act stupid. But you have to believe me. You are beautiful." Really more on the inside, though.
BEST roomie ever!
Betty walks back into her apartment and Amanda has a bagful of cash, which actually makes her a great roommate. She gives it to Betty so she can use it towards rent. Betty continues to clean up without saying a word. Damn, hire help to do that shit. Amanda says she's totally over that guy she was kissing because "he's sort of stupid," which given her expertise level, Amanda would know. "He is so not worth it. Betty, I am so sorry." Betty tells her she can stay until she can get on her feet which we all know would never happen because Amanda would be staying over at Jesse's. She tells Betty she's lucky, when someone falls in love with her it will be for real. "I never know if someone loves me because of who I am or because I'm so pretty," Amanda says. Nice backhanded compliment, beyotch. Betty shakes her head and laughs. She makes Amanda clean up. Betty goes upstairs and it is almost light out. Why didn't she hire help to do this? Oh, right, she's Mexican. It wouldn't have occurred to her. She sees Willie sitting along on a table and turns to leave. "Betty," Wilhelmina says. "Have a seat." Betty walks over and sits next to Wilhelmina who has been drinking a can of beer (Foster's since she can't have the real thing?). She hands the can to Betty who sips and passes it back. Great, now it's going to taste like tamales!
Cheers bitches. Uh, George, I want you back as long as you continue to fear commitment.
The sit on the table together and look at the city streets, both crushed. Great music playing, though.Next week, Betty's dressed like Lil' Kim without the panache or class and seems to be fanning herself with the Benzened papers of the magazine. Wilhelmina has a gun, Marc, Amanda and Betty all seem to be grabbing for the same steering wheel, and Suzuki is calling some situation a "disaster" and "it's name is Betty." No, Suzuki, it's name is actually "her outfit." See you next week for another great episode!
What I thought was going to be a short one this time around for a couple of reasons. First, I spent Friday and Saturday getting my brother mostly moved out of my house and into his new (to him) home. And in typical Greg fashion, this meant loading and unloading a trailer late into the evening (the last load on Friday went out of here at 10 at night ? you try loading a trailer from a garage with no lights into a trailer which obviously had no internal lights at that time of night). And also typically, in Greg's view I am totally incapable of doing even the simplest chores correctly. Oh well, at least I can reclaim the use of the HDTV and the PVR on a more regular basis than I could when he was around and watching what he wanted ? usually whatever sports were in season.
The second reason why this is short ? well okay, shorter ? is because there seems to be something wrong with the links at the PTC's website, which affects one article and the video clips. Clicking on the link to the article CBS Breaks Its Decency Pledge: Part 2 of 2 gets an error message: "Microsoft VBScript compilation error '800a0409'." Clicking on the video links in the articles on Gossip Girl and Skins gets this message: "Directory Listing Denied This Virtual Directory does not allow contents to be listed." Clearly someone at the PTC isn't doing their coding properly. Now admittedly I think I can probably guess why the PTC thinks that CBS has broken its "Decency Pledge" ? the words "F-word" on Big Brother, "fleeting penis" on Survivor, "lap dance" on Two And A Half Men, "consent decree" and probably "Supreme Court" will be prominent ? but not actually being able to see this article to be able to ridicule it is probably the biggest loss in this. The video clips are a lesser loss ? particularly the Gossip Girl clip, since this is American broadcast network TV after all ? but at least in the case of Skins I'd like to see just how much there is that anyone outside the PTC would object to. Oh well, as the song says, "We'll have to muddle through somehow." Meanwhile, to the unpaid PTC intern who reads blogs for mentions of the organization a message: will you please tell your IT guys to be more careful in coding from now on!
Taking a slightly different approach than I have in most of these PTC posts I'm going to start with the Worst Broadcast Show Of The Week. It's Gossip Girl again, and for a reason that I inevitably find a bit perplexing. They start off by looking at the show's self-promotion as a risqué (or is it risky) show: "In its advertising for the program, the network has proudly flaunted legitimate criticism of the show, placing phrases like 'Very Bad for You,' 'Every Parent's Nightmare' and (the PTC's contribution) 'Mind-blowingly Inappropriate' on websites, magazine pages, buses and billboards everywhere." Of course the only quote that the PTC is willing to give a source for is their own, so we aren't even sure where those phrases come from. It could be organizations like the PTC, it could be a TV critic, or it could be The CW's own publicity machine. We don't know.
But then that's not the point of the PTC's piece, it is the November 3rd episode, which the organization claims, "lived down to its billing." In the episode Blair, a high school senior with ambitions of going to Yale is serving as a chaperone for fifteen year-old Emma who is the daughter of "an elite Yale donor." Emma wants to lose her virginity ? that night! It seems that Emma is as competitive with a girl named Muffy as Blair is with Serena (?) and Muffy has arranged to lose her virginity the same night, to the captain of her school's lacrosse team: "'They call him the De-Virginator!' Emma squeals." The article quotes Emma as saying, "I want Bacardi and a boy. This body's open for business!" It's cheesy dialogue but what I find difficult to swallow is the Council's interpretation of Blair's response: "Emma attempts to enlist Blair's help, but Blair is rightly concerned ? about her own future: 'She determined to become a woman on my watch. And if I don't help pimp her out, she's going to character assassinate me to the dean.'" So in other words for Blair to be able to have Emma on her side, all she has to do is find a guy for Emma to have sex with, and make sure that no one finds out. This doesn't seem to me to be too difficult a thing to accomplish. And yet as the PTC points out, Blair doesn't help Emma lose her virginity but manages to persuade the younger girl that the "first time" needs to be about more than just being in a competition with Muffy: "Having sex for the first time shouldn't be part of a competition to beat Muffy the Lacrosstitute."
One would think that the PTC would be happy about this ? a character on the show talks someone else out of having casual sex, a victory for chastity or at least some version of virtue. Ah, but that would blunt the PTC's righteous indignation over this show ? not to mention their efforts to promote a Rand Corporation study on the effects of "frequent exposure to TV sexual content." Instead, the PTC describes Blair's efforts to keep Emma a virgin as "the rankest hypocrisy on the part of the program"! Why? Because "Blair herself, though only a high school senior, has been shown to have had sex with multiple men in past episodes." Setting aside the fact that as a high school senior Blair is above the age of consent in most of the United States (17 is the age of consent in New York where the series is set ? there are only about twelve states where the age of consent is 18, while in thirty states and Canada the age of consent is 16), the PTC is saying that Blair's admonitions to Emma about giving up her virginity is invalid because Blair herself is deemed by the PTC to be promiscuous. Of course, we don't know the circumstances of Blair's first sexual encounter; whether her admonitions were because her first time was a "special" romantic event (to her if not for the boy), or because she was in the equivalent of "a competition to beat Muffy the Lacrosstitute" and she has come to regret it since. No, Blair is a slut, and therefore using this character to warn Emma away from a too young first sexual experience (while at the same time protecting her potential entry to Yale) is "the rankest hypocrisy on the part of the program." And I for one find that attitude on the part of the PTC to be the rankest hypocrisy ? it's not enough to offer a message against sexual activity at the age of 15, that message has to come from someone that the PTC deems to be "worthy."
When it comes to the Cable Worst Of The Week ? another dip into BBC America's Skins ? I suppose that the PTC has slightly more to be upset with. Now remember I haven't seen this series. In fact it airs on one of the premium movie channels (Super Channel) up here that I don't subscribe to. The episode in question, the fourth of the second season, deals with the relationship between Tony and Michelle. Tony was hit by a bus at the end of the first season while he was trying to regain his cell phone signal ? he was talking to Michelle and trying to tell her he loved her. In this episode Michelle is trying to reignite the sexual part of their relationship, although Tony's memory has been hampered by the accident and he has developed erectile dysfunction. She also has to deal with Scarlett, her new step-sister, to whom she takes an immediate dislike. On a camping trip (onto which Scarlett has invited herself), Michelle has sex with Sid, Tony's best friend who has had a secret crush on her. They have sex which leads to an orgasm for Michelle ? her first with a partner ? in part because he's both grieving for Tony and has broken up with his long time girlfriend Cassie, who is in Scotland now (or so he thinks).
This is all pretty mature stuff of course, and the show is rated by BBC America as TV-MA, which means that parents who use the V-Chip shouldn't have any difficulty keeping their kids away from it while those who don't should at least know that with that rating it isn't something that their teenagers should be watching. The 10 p.m. Eastern time slot should also be a clue that this show isn't intended for most teenagers. Ah, but none of this matters to the PTC. To them the logical steps seem to be: TV show is about teenagers therefore the target audience must be made up entirely of teenagers. Thus they make sure to paint, in the most horrified of clarity ? even if they have to make up some of the motives for the actions of the characters entirely out of their own filthy minds (and since they see the worst in every action on TV those minds are obviously filthy) ? the depravity of the characters, and the writers and directors responsible for them. Thus we have this description of Michelle's desire to have sex with Tony: "Tony has recently been hit by a bus and suffered a head injury which affected his memory and bodily responses; but rather than being sympathetic and helpful, teenager Michelle's greatest concern is Tony's inability to have sex with her." They then go into some of the dialog, making sure to titillate by inserting the words that were covered up by the people at BBC America:
Michelle: "You used to say one (muted t**) was bigger than the other. Look at me, for (muted f***'s) sake!"
The topless Michelle straddles Tony, reaching inside his underwear. Her hand is seen moving about inside his shorts as she fondles him. Tony is unable to have an erection, causing Michelle to erupt in rage and slap him:
Michelle: "It's all (muted f*****) up forever? You bastard! What the (muted f***) were you doing in the road? You idiot! You (muted f******) idiot!"
One obvious interpretation of how this scene is written is that Michelle's "rage" at Tony has less to do with Tony's inability to perform than it does with Michelle's own inability to cope with Tony's sudden disability (and the fact that he is not able to act in the one area where their relationship seems to function best) and the unfairness of it all. Onto which is added her mother's new marriage and Michelle's new step-sister Scarlet. The PTC has something to say about this of course: "Michelle is graphically presented with evidence of her mother's sex life, as a workman drops a box containing her mother's vibrators and other sex toys (including a mechanical hand which "walks" about on its fingers). Michelle also watches as her new step-father gropes his own daughter Scarlet's rear, then gets into a hot tub with her, both of them naked." The latter description is probably the most genuinely shocking part of this as it implies an incestuous relationship between Scarlet and her father that apparently isn't dealt with in much more depth. Michelle having sex with Sid is dealt with by the PTC in a typical fashion: "Ultimately, Michelle does manage to quench her desires, though it is with Tony's best friend Sid: Michelle: 'Wasn't that the best night ever?...You made me come, Sid. Nobody's ever done that before!'" The PTC's interpretation of Michelle is that that she is obsessed with sex and is using Sid to satisfy her selfish desires. A different interpretation is that Sid and Michelle ? the two people in the group closest to Tony ? enter into this event emotionally overwrought by the changes in their friend, and their inability to cope with the changes that the accident has brought. But of course that's too deep for the PTC, or maybe just not tawdry enough.
Here is the PTC's conclusion on Skins. After again citing the Rand Corporation study on the effects of "frequent exposure to TV sexual content" they bring this up: "Skins is aimed directly at teen viewers; and BBC America is doing everything it can to promote the sex-filled program: 'Forget all the predictable controversy of Gossip Girl -- the cool kids have moved onto Skins!' blares one of the network's ads for the show. Given the scientifically documented influence that such programming has on teens, BBC America's continued enthusiasm for the program moves from economic self-interest into willful [sic] negligence." The claim that the show is "is aimed directly at teen viewers" would seem to be contradicted by the network's decision to give it a TV-MA rating which, as Wikipedia notes, means that "This program is not intended for children and therefore may not be suitable for children under the age of 17.... The program may contain extreme graphic violence, strong profanity, overt explicit sexual dialogue, nudity and/or strong sexual content." As for the ad for the show, it is troubling to an extent if it is indeed marketing the show to the teenage viewer. However, what isn't clear (at least not to me, since the only reference I have is to what the PTC says the ad says, and not to the visual imagery) is exactly who "the cool kids" refers to; is it ? as the PTC claims ? the teenaged viewing audience, or are they the characters on the show?
Since the PTC is making so much of it, it might be appropriate to look at the Rand Corporation study. Or rather what we're able to find out about the study. It was done for journal Pediatrics and published in the November 2008 edition. According to the study's fact sheet (which is where the link above goes to) the study used "data from a national longitudinal sample of youth 12?17 years old at initial sampling. The youth were interviewed first in the spring of 2001 and then reinterviewed one year and three years later. Researchers focused on 23 popular programs that were widely available on broadcast and cable television and contained high levels of sexual content (both depictions of sex as well as dialogue or discussion about sex). The shows included drama, comedy, reality, and animated programs." It was also stated that the study adjusted for other contributing factors, "including living in a single-parent household and engaging in problem behaviors such as skipping school." The researchers claimed that, "the proportion of teens who are likely to become pregnant or be responsible for a pregnancy in their teen years is two times greater among those who view high levels of televised sexual content (those in the 90th percentile) than among those who view low levels (those in the 10th percentile)." A graph provided with the fact sheet showed that the percentage of teens expected to become pregnant or be responsible for a pregnancy at the time of the final interview at age 16 was 5% at the low level and approximately 12% at the high levels. At age 20 at the time of the final interview the percentage for the low percentile group was 10% and for the high percentile group 25%. For the medium exposure group (the 50th percentile) the figures were 7.5% at age 16 up to approximately 15% at age 20. One interesting aspect of the study is that the percentages for each group listed were roughly parallel throughout the age groups.
The study offered four recommendations:
TV industry leaders should examine how programming can include messages to teens about the consequences of sexual activity.
Media literacy instruction in middle and high schools can help teens think more critically about the relative absence of negative consequences of sex in TV portrayals and encourage thinking about alternative outcomes to those seen on TV.
Training for pediatricians should include intensified efforts to teach about the effects of media exposure on children's health.
Parents need to monitor their teens' TV viewing and provide education about the consequences of sex. Tools that can help them review television content may be helpful.
I can't imagine the PTC being overly enthusiastic about any of these recommendations, particularly the first, which seems to indicate that there is a way to present content that deals with sex and sexuality that goes beyond banning such programming regardless of when the show airs. Certainly they aren't particularly sympathetic to the existing tools that can help parents review and monitor teens TV viewing (the V-Chip being the prominent one), and one can scarcely expect them to embrace the idea of "media literacy instruction in middle and high schools" as a way to get teens to think critically about the depictions of sex in TV portrayals.
While there are aspects of this study that I would like to see more information on ? specifically regarding sample size, socio-economic groupings (since teen pregnancy seems to be more common in poorer economic groups), availability or willingness to use contraceptives, and most notably the identities of the programs defined by the study as having high levels of sexual content ? there seems to be some validity to the study, particularly when you consider a 2004 study by the Rand Corporation entitled Does Watching Sex on Television Influence Teens' Sexual Activity? According to that study, there was a correlation between teens watching a lot of shows that contained sexual content ? both depictions of sexual activity and sexual talk ? and whether they have their first sexual activity in the next year. However there was also evidence of a correlation between shows that offered information about the risks of sexual activity. The study was based on the reactions of teenage viewers to an episode of Friends in which the efficacy of condoms is discussed (the episode is The One Where Rachel Tells...). The researchers drew an interesting conclusion: "The study did not find dramatic changes in teens' sexual knowledge or belief. However, it looked at only a single episode of television, and one that included the somewhat complicated message that condoms almost always work, but sometimes fail, and with huge consequences. The researchers concluded that entertainment shows that include portrayals of sexual risks and consequences can potentially have two beneficial effects on teen sexual awareness: They can teach accurate messages about sexual risks, and they can stimulate a conversation with adults that can reinforce those messages." Needless to say, it is likely that the PTC would condemn this episode of Friends for discussing sex at all.
Moving from sex to language, the PTC has released a new study that claims that the broadcast networks are airing an increasing amount of "harsh profanity." They certainly make this study sound scientific. According to the press release, "This Parents Television Council analysis of foul language on television is based on a comprehensive and exhaustive look at all primetime entertainment programming (sports and news programs excluded) on the major broadcast networks (ABC, CBS, Fox, NBC, CW, MyNetworkTV, UPN and WB) between 1998 and 2007. Every instance of unbleeped or partially-bleeped foul language selected for this analysis was recorded in and retrieved from the PTC's custom-designed Entertainment Tracking System (ETS) database and sorted by word, year, network and timeslot." It certainly sounds impressive and scientific, and the results sound shocking:
In total, nearly 11,000 expletives (hell, damn, ass, piss, screw, bitch, bastard, suck, crap, shit, and fuck) were aired during primetime on broadcast TV in 2007 ? nearly twice as many as in 1998.
Milder expletives like hell, damn, crap, etc., are starting to take a back seat to harsher words. In 1998, 92% of the foul language on TV was comprised of milder expletives. In 2007, 74% of the foul language could be categorized as mild, however, more than a quarter of the expletives a child will hear on TV today will be some form of the f-word, s-word, or the b-word.
The f-word aired only one time on primetime broadcast TV in all of 1998 ? yet it appeared 1,147 times on primetime broadcast TV in 2007 on 184 different programs.
The s-word, which appeared only two times in 1998, aired 364 times in 2007 on 133 different programs.
Usage of the b-word on primetime television has increased 196% from 1998 to 2007 (431 to 1277). The number of programs using the b-word likewise increased from 103 in 1998 to 685 in 2007.
The f-word first aired on a UPN show in 1998 at 8:00 p.m. In 1999, the number of times the f-word aired on broadcast television during primetime increased to 11.
In 2007, 52% of the programs that contained the f-word and 55% of the programs that contained the s-word aired during the 8:00 p.m. Family Hour.
In 2007, the f-word aired in 96 shows during the 8:00 p.m. hour. CBS and Fox accounted for almost 60% of all shows airing this expletive.
In 1998, no shows on broadcast television aired the s-word at 8:00 p.m. or 9:00 p.m. By 2007, the s-word appeared in 73 shows at 8:00 p.m. and 52 shows at 9:00 p.m. Fox and ABC accounted for 77% of the shows airing the word during the 9:00 p.m. hour (46% and 31% respectively).
Nearly a quarter (24%) of the programs that aired the f-word and 25% of the programs that aired the s-word in 2007 did not carry the L-descriptor, which would have triggered the mechanism in the V-chip to allow families who do not wish to be exposed to such content to block the programs from coming into their homes.
In 2007, 29% of programs aired the b-word without an L-descriptor, which was more frequent than the f-word and s-word. This may indicate a growing comfort with the word in the networks' standards and practices departments and their failure to even recognize the word as offensive.
Okay what to say about this one. I mean besides "what the H-E-Double Hockey Sticks is the 'B-word?" Okay, how about this one; the PTC is full of 'S-word" on this one. For the most part we aren't hearing these words thanks in no small part to the actions of the networks and their standards and practices divisions in bleeping the most offensive words. Which they've been doing since even before the PTC was a gleam in Brent Bozell's eye by the way. But here's the big thing. The PTC notes an increase in the use of the "f-word" and the "s-word" between 1998 and 2007. Now what has happened in this time period? Well of course it's the rise of the reality shows. The degree to which these shows are "reality" is and has been debated from the time that Richard Hatch hit the beach in Pulau for that first episode of Survivor but the one thing that is obvious is that the people's words are their own, expletives and all. Given that these are real people the stark truth would seem to be that this is how people actually talk. And with one notable exception ? which I'm certain was a result of the muffled nature of the word ? those words are bleeped. With rare exceptions, such as Dr. Mark Greene saying "shit" on an episode of ER (at a time when that word is probably the only appropriate response ? the man realises that he's going to die very soon), scripted programming doesn't even try to use the "harsh profanity" like the "s-word" and the "f-word" (not to mention the two "c-words") ? I don't know about the "b-word."
But here's the big thing: the PTC complains that "nearly a quarter (24%) of the programs that aired the f-word and 25% of the programs that aired the s-word in 2007 did not carry the L-descriptor, which would have triggered the mechanism in the V-chip to allow families who do not wish to be exposed to such content to block the programs from coming into their homes." But remember that we still aren't actually hearing the words in question. We're hearing a bleep, or nothing at all as the word is edited out. Often we aren't even able to read the lips of person saying the words because their mouths have been blurred or pixellated. So why should there be an L-descriptor added to a show where the offensive words can't be heard or seen but only inferred? To my mind the broadcast networks ? while they are increasingly airing shows that include profanities of various strengths including some like "crap" and "suck" that I don't consider to be expletives ? are acting responsibly in this matter. The people who aren't acting responsibly are the PTC. This particular press release is designed to inflame their base with a mixture of scare tactics and misinformation.
And just to prove that people on live TV occasionally let a word slip out that they don't intend to, I present this clip from MSNBC's Morning Joe in which Joe Scarborough says "fuck you" and doesn't seem to realise that he has said it even though the other people in the interview react. This particular incident is of some importance because Scarborough has been a strong and vocal advocate of the FCC fines following the Janet Jackson incident, increased FCC fines for indecency, and just about any use of "the f-word." Indeed Glenn Greenwald of Salon.com goes into great detail about Scarborough's activism on this issue, concluding (erroneously as it turns out since MSNBC is a cable network and not subject to FCC fines) with the following: "Using Scarborough's outraged crusades from the past, one would have to conclude that it insufficient that he merely apologize for what he said, and instead, MSNBC must be severely fined for what Scarborough said ? especially since it was heard during the morning when many of America's children could be watching. After all ? as he so eloquently put it ? 'what does it say about our FCC that we've come this far or you could say gone this far backward that somebody could say the "F" word on TV and get the federal government's approval?'" (In fact, although under no legal obligation to do so, MSNBC has imposed a seven second delay on the Morning Joe show.)
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After 14 years on the air, Fox has finally decided to pull the plug on Mad TV. I can't say I was an overwhelming fan but I did watch one or two of their early shows and got a chuckle out of it. The sudden revitalization of SNL's popularity was probably the final nail in that coffin (thank you, Tina Fey).
Let me eulogize for a moment. Others have tried to take on the Saturday Night Live juggernaut through the years and failed much more quickly. This show lasted 14 years against it. Pretty impressive, if you ask me. It also helped launch the careers of several comedians/actors, including Alex Borstein, Orlando Jones and Artie Lange.
While I don't think Mad TV was the worst show on television, it wasn't the best either. It amazes me that this show lasted 14 years on Fox while Firefly was canceled before the first season finished broadcasting.
I was telling a friend the other day that Taylor Swift’s “Fearless” was going to be one of the top country albums of the year, despite the fact that it’s coming out in October. And after one day, it looks like I could be right.Billboard says that Swift’s sophomore album will not only be the [...]
Soap operas have been having a rough time lately with bleak futures and cancellations like "Passions", but long-running "Days of Our Lives" has been given it's 18 month extension.
18 months may sound like a long time but for "Days", it's actually pretty short. Last time they got a new contract it was for 5 years. Seeing as how it's been around for 43, 18 months is hardly a long haul.
With the renewal also comes some casting changes, according to executive producer Ken Corday. However, he's not willing to spill all of the details on that yet.
This might sound like "Days" is on it's way out but seeing as how it's tied for first among 18-34 year old women, I think it's safe to say the soap will be around for a lot longer, so feel free to keep getting caught up in the Salem story line.