Here are a few things I figured out while watching TV last night:The show Kell On Earth is about a team of people trying to make a list or something. It’s not exactly Lost in it’s complexity, but it is fun to watch them try and do things.The band The Monkees were such a colossal [...]
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The tables were reversed on Jack on 24.8.8 tonight - he was the one who was tortured. But unlike all of his victims in prior seasons, Jack breaks lose and kills his torturer.He also does a good job in getting Bazhaev to turn around, and tell[...]
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Ladies and gentlemen, remember that if you plan on appearing on the biggest reality show on television, be sure that you don't have an arrest record. Apparently, one of the 'American Idol' hopefuls named Danielle Hayes was ousted because she has had, among other things, a DUI, theft, driving with a suspended license and marijuana possession.
It's not that big a deal, particularly if she isn't a repeat offender. 'Idol' is likely just afraid of tarnishing its squeaky-clean family-values image, particularly if she ended up getting to the finals or even close to them. Given how drugs and booze are usually associated with the music industry, perhaps they should just let her go directly into the final round.
This is a show that made William Hung and Sanjaya into stars. How could they not let Ms. Hayes audition? At the very least, it would lead to some good drama.
Earlier today I was lucky enough to chat with some of this year's Oscar nominees at the annual luncheon in their honor - Pop's got lots of photos here. After Gabby Sidibe professed her love for Steve Martin, Sandra Bullock got serious about her career, football, and why she truly didn't expect a best actress Oscar nod for her role in The Blind Side. Here's what she had to say:
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'Late Night' host Jimmy Fallon really has come a long way in a short while. His comedy has been very focused, imaginative and (above all else) funny enough to stand on its own two feet. That makes it an even more perfect time for Fallon and company to spoof the dramatic mindf*#&ery of shows like 'Lost'.
Take a look at the show's first in a long series of 'Lost' spoofs appropriately titled 'Late'.
Here's the TV.com description of "The Shelter", a third season episode of 'The Twilight Zone':
When a nuclear attack appears imminent, several suburban friends and neighbors fight over control of a single bomb shelter.
(I could have printed the full summary, but the whole point of 'The Twilight Zone' is the twist you never see coming. I will say this - "The Shelter" was one of the more realistic episodes....)
Dr. Bill Stockton and his family lived in a suburb of New York City, within a forty mile radius from the Big Apple. And since his small town wasn't named in the episode, I think we're free to give it a name; give it a theoretical link to another TV show which took place within a forty mile radius of NYC.
That's why I'm declaring the Stocktons, the Harlowes, the Hendersons, and the Weisses to be all living in Dunn's River, Connecticut. You may know the town as the location for most of the action on 'Soap' over thirty years ago.
This is where the Tates live.....
And the Campbells live here.
If I had to hazard a guess, I'd say that this home owned by Dr. Stockton and his family is just a few blocks over from the Campbells, closer them perhaps than to the Tates.
My reason for the hometown of the Stocktons is that it had to be close enough to Manhattan for all the restaurants visited by the characters in 'Soap'.
Best of all, it may be a small town, but still big enough that nobody ever had to mention Bill Stockton or Marty Weiss or Jerry Harlowe. And they weren't about to go around bragging about that dark night back in 1961, so there's no reason for the Tates and the Campbells to know about it or discuss it.....
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Just how accurate is the unadulterated Jerseyness that is MTV's 'Jersey Shore'? Not very, according to this lady.
Florence Lazar, known to many circles of the Internet as the "NJ Lady," has watched the MTV reality show and she more than a few choice words for how the show portrays her native soil. And unlike the reality show, none of them had to be censored.
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Here's another theory of relateeveety, thanks to the adaptation of "Wisteria Lodge" with Jeremy Brett as Sherlock Holmes. (I caught it on one of the local PBS stations the other day.)
Sherlock Holmes thought he was going to contend with a police detective who would get in his way. But instead he encountered Inspector Baynes - a countryside detective in Surrey who more than measured up to Holmes' own methods (Holmes being used to bumblers like Lestrade).
Here's how he's described in Wikipedia:
Inspector Baynes of the Surrey force appears in the two-part series "The Adventure Of Wisteria Lodge", named (i) "The singular experience of Mr. John Scott Eccles", and (ii) "The Tiger of San Pedro". He is the only uniformed police officer to have matched Sherlock Holmes in investigative skills. In this story, the reader finds that even though both these people work in different lines, finally both of them are there when the dreaded criminal meets his end. Baynes had misled even Holmes as he used a method similar to one that Holmes often used when Baynes arrested the wrong man and gave inaccurate information to the press in order to lull the true criminal into a false sense of security. Holmes congratulated this Inspector, and believed that he would have many more chances in Scotland Yard.
It's going to be the Toobworld contention that his grandson was Jeremy Baines a student at a school for boys in 1913. Jeremy's body was taken over by an alien life-force - as seen in the 'Doctor Who' two-parter, "The Family Of Blood" and "Human Nature".
Freddie Jones portrayed Inspector Baynes, and Harry Lloyd played the part of young Master Baines.
In 1913, Jeremy Baines was a school boy attending Farringham School for Boys in Norfolk. As the Doctor Who Wiki pointed out, he "had a nasty personality, bullied people and was racist" - and yet still was considered the proper lad to become the school prefect, in charge of the other boys.
According to Dr. Watson, "The Adventure of Wisteria Lodge" should have taken place in 1892. But that was obviously faulty research on his part, as Holmes had not yet returned from his "Great Hiatus". William S. Baring Gould places the tale in 1890, while other Holmesian chronologists look at 1895 as the date. The Toobworld timeline would be happy with either entry.
And as portrayed on television by Freddie Jones, Inspector Baynes would have been about 61 years of age when he investigated the murder of Mr. Garcia. At that age, in that window of opportunity in the timeline, there was plenty of time for a son of Baynes to father a male heir; one who would grow up to become the prefect of Farringham School by 1913.
But as mentioned earlier, Jeremy Baines was a bully and just nasty all around. Unless forced to do so otherwise, he was the type to only pay lip service to the conventions of society - and that could have included honoring his own family. Changing one's name is not uncommon, and especially back then when people weren't all trapped by numbers in computer databases. And I could see Jeremy changing his surname from "Baynes" to a more anglicized "Baines" as an act of rebellion against his father as well as his grandfather.
Had he lived, Jeremy Baines might have grown up to survive the "war to end all wars" and go on to either a career as a writer or ruthless capitalist... or find himself leading a life of crime.
But "The Family Of Blood" arrived and needed human forms to blend in with the rest of human society in Norfolk. And so they killed Baines and "Son of Mine" inhabited the body. When the Gallifreyan Time Lord known as the Doctor defeated the Family of Blood, he left "Son of Mine", still in the body of Jeremy Baines, frozen in Time and disguised as a scarecrow out in a field. (For the safety of the planet, I'm fairly certain the Doctor couldn't leave him there for long - encroaching development might have taken over that field by the 1950s.....)
A sad ending for one so young, but perhaps in the long run a lot of people's lives were spared any potential dangers from crossing the path of Jeremy Baines.
And by that time in 1913, I would think that Inspector Baynes had passed away and so would never have to bear the heartbreak of how his grandson had turned out......
We can make one other theoretical connection to that "Human Nature" story of 'Doctor Who', based on its location in the Norfolk area. Since this claim doesn't contradict anything to be found either in that two-part episode or in the series 'Kingdom' starring Stephen Fry, we're going to state that the Farringham School for Boys was not too far from the town of Market Shipborough.....
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Today's Twitter Me This quiz revolves around the weekend holiday: Valentine's Day! For the loved and hated day, your favorite celebs took to Twitter to express their heartfelt messages to their fans. Can you tell who tweeted what?Question 1 of 4"Oh, and Happy Valentine's Day, everyone! I hope you spent some time being open to love, being expressive in your feelings, and cuddling."