On Sunday's special for Fox's 25th anniversary, Evan Marriott, the star of Joe Millionaire, briefly appeared. Ryan Seacrest noted that the finale of that show remains Fox's highest-rated entertainment program ever. Evan reflected briefly on his experience, but the most noteworthy part was his terrifying soul patch. Three years after the show aired, he said in an interview that his fame continued to haunt him, and that's true today, as his appearance caused The Gloss... keep reading »
"I think he needed to come back last night with a home run or he faced instant elimination," the host of NBC's singing competition told THR about Lucca's risky song choice.
This week's "Far Away Places" focused on three very different (but somewhat similar) show-mances. Peggy, Don, and Roger are all in long-term relationships and all three have their kinks. The episode plays out over the same weekend as each couple goes on different paths that in the end have me pondering the same conclusions.
Peggy and Abe argue because she's too consumed with work. He storms out of her place and after a hard day, a weird movie-theater interlude, and an upsetting reveal from Ginsburg she goes home and calls Abe for support. I got the impression he was pleased she did -- he asked what was bothering her, and he probably thought he was going to get something work related, but Peggy surprised him by telling him that it was something that upset her, it humanized her in a way that Abe probably needed to hear -- granted, this is all me reading way too much into two seconds of airtime.
We then jump to Roger who isn't looking forward to accompanying Jane to a dinner party. But he gets a surprise when all the guests retire to the den to drop LSD. After they return home, still tripping, they reason out with one another that it's time for them to end their marriage. It's a very adult conversation, full of honesty, and not one you'd expect from Jane Sterling. Sure enough the very next morning she's "forgotten" all about it and acts surprised when a peaceful and refreshed Roger starts jumping into plans for their divorce. Were any of us surprised? The man can conveniently forget that Jane told him beforehand she was taking him to an LSD party but give him an out in the relationship in the middle of an acid trip and you know he's going to take that opportunity and run right to Big Red with it.
Moving on to Don's story -- earlier, when Peggy was getting her team ready for the Heinz pitch, Megan arrived and tried to dive right in and roll up her sleeves in her new role as junior copywriter. But before she can really get into the ideas she's got about Heinz, Don pokes his head in and pulls her out -- much to the consternation of Peggy (and Megan). They're going to the flagship Howard Johnson's to scout advertising opportunities, and she tries to protest by telling him she's supposed to be at the Heinz pitch -- but he laughs that off and off they go. This is the first act of the play I've been waiting for -- "Don Screws Everything Up." I assumed that it would be due to his inability to keep it in his pants, but there was also his raging ego to contend with, and it looks like the ego won.
I couldn't help but think about the feminist movement of the '60s as I watched all of this -- Megan is probably the most representative of the "modern woman" as we envision what that is now. She's smart, loving, creative, and domestic, but still ambitious and searching for respect from her peers. Jane seems to want equality a little too late for me to take her seriously. She's fine with not working and having Roger support her, but then gets angry when he doesn't listen to her and take her seriously. She acts like a child but wants to be treated like an adult and she can't have it both ways.
But it was Peggy's story in particular that I found the most interesting if taken in the angle of feminism -- she's no more career-consumed than Don or Roger, and while Abe has never expressed any desire for her to be more of a homemaker, perhaps what he wants is to feel needed, and more like a man in the relationship. Unfortunately Peggy's had to shove down almost everything feminine about herself in order to get any kind of respect at work, and even that's very flimsy. I think she went after that guy in the movie theater because it made her feel in control. She didn't want him to touch her; she wanted to be the one doing the touching. I use quotes because I feel like I'm using outdated gender-roles to define this, but given that it's the '60s I'm going to go for it. She wanted to be the aggressor, the "man." But once she got that out of her system she became upset and needed comforting -- she slipped back into that "feminine" role, and Abe seemed pleased to be the one she reached out for support.
While this week lacked the awesomeness of last week (Lane Pryce's left hook now has its own Twitter account), I have to admit it was just superb -- incredible story ideas, questions raised, I'm still sitting here trying to sort out all the messages.
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A Survivor One World promo that aired before the season debuted promised a showdown between Tarzan and Troyzan, who happen to be the only men left in the game. On Twitter, joked that the pre-season ad was a sign after Xfinity's Gordon Holmes asked, "Who had 'Tarzan and Troyzan will be the last men standing' in the Survivor pool?" Indeed, who would have predicted these two twits would be the last two men? That's funny,... keep reading »
The ratings for Tuesday night's primetie lineup are in, and we once again saw a number of shows struggle thanks to a spring lineup that traditionally sees some low numbers. However, there were also some programs that recovered...
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"Downton Abbey" Season 2 was a ratings hit for PBS, but it didn't exactly make waves with critics, or its stars. Elizabeth McGovern, known to "Downton Abbey" fans as Lady Cora, told the Los Angeles Times that Season 2 and its World War I story didn't fit with her tastes.
When asked about viewers' fatigue after all the events during the time-spanning season, McGovern said she felt it too. "It's kind of a taste thing, and the show in the first season was more to my taste than the show in the second season," she said.
McGovern seemed to echo Ryan's review, attributing the different tone to the WWI story. "What's made the show successful and different is that attention to character detail and that's what the audience likes ... Writers [in the second season] had to do a lot of glossing over the domestic life, and some of the small moments between characters that characterized the first season," McGovern told the LA Times.
Season 2 of "Downton Abbey" wrapped in the US in February to high ratings for PBS. Season 3 is in the works, but won't make its way to American shores until January 2013. Academy Award-winner Shirley MacLaine will appear in Season 3 as McGovern's mother and "Downton" producer Rebecca Eaton said viewers should expect to see many scenes between Maggie Smith and MacLaine. But could it be Smith's last season as the scene-stealing Dowager Countess?
Reports of Smith not signing on for Seasons 4 and 5 of the hit drama surfaced in March 2012 and were furthered by a UK tabloid report, but a rep for "Downton Abbey" co-producer Masterpiece Theatre told The Huffington Post those reports were untrue. "Season 3 is currently filming with Maggie and the rest of the cast," the rep said. "We don't comment on future storylines, but there's no truth in the story that Maggie is leaving the show."
For more from McGovern on "Downton Abbey," click over to the LA Times.
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During last night's "Colbert Report," Stephen announced that he will release his first children's book, "I Am A Pole (And So Can You!)" And he even got Maurice Sendak, who called him an "idiot" last time they spoke, to offer the dazzling blurb: "The sad thing is, I liked it!"
Stephen, always a man of humility, knew that he needed to learn from the best before taking over the world of children's publishing. So he spoke to the princess of that world (not to mention several others), Dame Julie Andrews, about her own literary career -- she's written 26 children's books since all but retiring from performing.
Much of that retirement has been due to a botched vocal surgery Andrews underwent in 1998, which kept her from singing regularly in public, despite becoming synonymous with musicals like "Mary Poppins" and "The Sound of Music." But Stephen refused to take no for an answer, and eventually convinced her to join him in a duet of "Ac-Cent-Tchu-Ate the Positive."
Back in 2003, "Joe Millionaire" star Evan Marriott ruled reality TV. Nine years later, Marriott is older, wiser, and pretty apologetic.
In the nature of "The Bachelor," Fox's "Joe Millionaire" focused on the life of Marriott as he wooed women with his "money" and took them on extravagant dates. The catch? Marriott was actually a working class construction worker.
The series -- and a scandalous slurp in the woods, in particular -- recently made HuffPost TV's list of Fox's Most Shocking Moments Ever in honor of the network's 25th anniversary.
"Joe Millionaire" didn't exactly humble Marriott, and he went on to say no one on the show was his "type." Marriott listed the qualities of his "dream girl" to People magazine: "Blonde, big boobs, a little waist and a big, thick bubble butt."
After reading an article written by The Gloss' Jennifer Wright on Tuesday about how Marriott was a "terrible person" and hadn't "aged well" after his appearance on Fox's 25th Anniversary Special, Marriott came out of the woodwork and emailed Wright.
Not only did Marriott address his offensive comments from nearly a decade ago, but he slammed the nature of reality TV.
Jennifer, its not like me to respond to articles written about me that are this hateful, (believe me there have been plenty), however I only felt it necessary to write to you because this article really hit home with me and I wanted an opportunity to apologize. Truth is, I never really wanted to be on TV and because I didn't understand the repercussions of how popular the show was going to be, when it came time to handle the minimal celebrity that I had, I failed miserably ... People in reality television can be terrible people ... I reflect back to that interview I did with you in 2003 and think about what a douche I was ... All I can say to you is I'm sorry. Other than giving you some really good dirt to print, I showed you a person who didn't deserve a good review to begin with. Thank you for letting me express these thoughts.
Click over to The Gloss to read Marriott's email in its entirety and let us know what you think in the comments below.
Far Away Places: We're already at the point where Don and Megan are longing for the halcyon days of yore.
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