Steven S. DeKnight reviews the season's penultimate episode and hints at what we'll see on the season-ender of the Starz series.
Hey fellas, been noticing you smell a little too boring lately? Feel like your hygiene routine is stuck in a rut and you don't know how to fix it? Well Jimmy Fallon and Charlie Sheen have teamed up to bring you "Clone" -- a fragrance for men.
Fallon whips out his spot-on Sheen impression, and Sheen does his best to be completely non-controversial in this parody cologne ad, and it bears some pretty great results. What if this world had two Charlie Sheens? Would it implode? Probably.
The sketch also promotes Sheen's new FX show, "Anger Management," but those of you worried about hearing the words "duh" or "winning" can rest easy. Even he knows that those catchphrases are so last year.
This week marked the return of "Mad Men," but if you think "Zou Bisou Bisou"-mania overshadowed the show's always fabulous fashion, think again -- that little French Canadian coquette Megan made our best dressed list, too.
We had some other favorite TV fashions from this decade, too, like a sexy man from a show you're probably not watching (but should be), an Original vampire and a "Fashion Star" mentor. But other TV characters weren't as lucky. (We're looking at you, "GCB," "New Girl" and "The Real Housewives of Orange County.")
Click through the slideshow below to see all our picks for best and worst dressed TV characters of the week, then share your nominees in the comments!
Earlier this week, we watched in horror and amazement when "Clueless" star Alicia Silverstone posted a video of herself feeding her 10-month-old son Bear Blu, by chewing up his food and spitting into his mouth -- just like mama and baby bird.
We weren't the only ones captivated by the bizarre mother-child interaction. "Fashion Police" co-hosts Joan Rivers and Kelly Osbourne found it downright hilarious. In a preview of the show, which airs Friday night, the duo take on the actress's strange parenting habits.
"We're a very happy group here, and we're like family, too," Rivers said, already trying to stifle her laughter as she took a bite of a giant sandwich. She then signaled to a bewildered-looking Osborne to move closer to her. "I dare you," Osbourne said to Rivers as she knelt by her side. Rivers then picked up a tiny piece of her sandwich, put it between her lips and and passed it along to Osbourne, mouth-to-mouth. Osbourne laughed and gave the thumbs up.
Silverstone also caught the attention of "Watch What Happens Live" host Andy Cohen, who dubbed the actress the "jackhole of the day" for posting the video. "I don't even care that she does it, it's her baby. I just had to give her the jackhole for posting it online and ruining my lunch. I was going to have a grilled cheese sandwich and I couldn't eat it," he said.
As unappetizing as "pre-chewing" might seem, Silverstone is not the only mother practicing this technique. According to a Center for Disease Control report, approximately 14 percent of caregivers in the U.S. engage in the behavior. While the practice has some documented health benefits, it also increases the risk of transmitting infection and disease between parent and child.
Kris Humphries has filed legal docs ... asking a judge to reinforce the obvious -- that Kim Kardashian has a duty to disclose how much money the couple raked in during their 72-day marriage. But Kris is also challenging Kim's right to give away money that represents what they made in wedding gifts.
If you haven't been keeping up with this week's health care reform hearings in Washington, let Jon Stewart sum it up for you. On Thursday night's "Daily Show," he mocked the three-day argument of "freedom vs. social contract" with some good, old fashioned Taiwanese animation.
Since cameras are not allowed inside the hearings, Stewart hired the imagineers at NMA to show us what
really definitely didn't happen. For example, did you know that "Chief Justice Of Our Hearts" Cee-Lo Green presided over the hearings? Yeah, it was weird.
Stewart did analyze some real audio of an exchange between U.S. Solicitor General Donald Verrilli, who argued for Obama's insurance mandate to cover the millions of uninsured people who get emergency room care but can't pay for it, and Justice Antonin Scalia, who took the side of, "f**k 'em, what are they gonna do?"
Stewart couldn't believe how disparate the two arguments were, and how little the opponents of Obama's health care plan seemed to care about our social obligation to cure the sick:
"You have to wonder how it is that the party the Creationists call home is so Darwinian!"
Watch the clip above and stay tuned until the end to see a second Taiwanese animation showing how the hearing ended. All we have to say is: That's our Biden!
As a Baby Boomer and former ad agency head, I will be spending this Mad Men season commenting on how the show's themes would have played out differently had they occurred 20 years later, in 1986, when I was running my firm.
Let me start with the centerpiece of this week's show: Don Draper's surprise 40th birthday party in his upscale, au courant Manhattan apartment circa 1966. In both periods, staff members would have been self-conscious about congregating in the boss's home rather than in their place of work -- say, in the big conference room at the agency.
Beyond that, the '86 version of Don Draper's party would feel quite different. First, we would need to dim the lights to create more of an "Area" club feeling ("Area" was the hot 1986 NYC club, at 157 Hudson Street). Megan would have sprung for a light show, to encourage the full-out dancing popular at that time, and everyone would have shared concern that the cops might arrive at any moment to shut things down. Long-stemmed Coronas would replace the familiar '60s Martini glasses. And guests would be smoking joints and running the occasional line of cocaine, often in plain sight. In a much darker apartment, with the furniture pushed to the side, Megan would have updated her cabaret act by impersonating Madonna singing "Live To Tell."
Instead of Don taking Megan to task for deciding on her own to ring in his 40th birthday so publicly, the '80s version of this scene would have played out far differently. As it is, Megan accepts Don's criticism, though somewhat reluctantly, suggesting that she does not consider herself to be Don's play toy, and, foreshadowing the coming season, that her role in their relationship may turn out to be more than Don bargained for. In the '86 version, Megan would have come back at Don full throttle, in a rip-roaring fight the next morning. She wouldn't have paraded around in her lingerie as a prelude to sex. Nor would she have willingly shown him her cleavage that first morning back at the office. Well before Monday morning, we'd watch her hurl empty Coronas at the living room wall to express her contempt for Don's lack of appreciation.
Similarly, Peggy Olsen would never have allowed Don to get away with undermining her "Dancing Beans" Heinz campaign. Had Don Draper pulled such a stunt in 1986, the Peggy Olsen of that day would have followed him into his office, gotten up into his face and launched into a "how dare you" soliloquy that Don would not soon forget, reminiscent of his new wife's outrage of the day before.
By 1986, the era of white male dominance in advertising had ended. Women now filled all levels of media buying and planning, account management, and creative positions at most firms. (They were still largely white women, though by the mid 80's the African-American consumer had become a major purchaser of certain mainstream products, and manufacturers of athletic shoes, candy bars, and drinks like Snapple began demanding their front-tier agencies hire more minorities into copywriter slots to provide much-needed minority marketing perspective.) The Peggy Olsens of my day clearly had a far greater say in how things worked. And while office romances still frequently took root, new considerations, such as sexual harassment charges, pushed much of it deep underground and made initiating affairs far more problematic than in Draper and Sterling's era.
On the other hand, we have the universal and timeless dynamic between Peter Campbell and Roger Sterling. Another poignant thread in Sunday night's show was the ongoing struggle between Campbell and Sterling, as Campbell, the young, able junior partner, reels in new business to make up for the loss the firm suffered when Lucky Strike, Sterling's huge cigarette account and the proverbial "club" he had wielded around the agency, took a hike.
Campbell's play to enhance his own position and financial gain leaves Sterling, who has yet to replace the account, feeling both threatened and marginalized as he seeks to hold onto his high salary and status without the new business needed to justify it. The only difference another 20 years might have made was in the extent of Campbell's grasp. In '86, he might have sought a company car and a new business merit bonus to go along with Sterling's high-profile office. Sterling would probably also have had to acquiesce to Campbell's demands, because new business acquisition gave you the keys to the palace.
Finally, let's consider the show's depiction of Sally Draper. After growing up sidelined under the domestic regimes of the Don and Betty Drapers of our day, Baby Boomers decided to place children front and center. We would never tell our kids, as our parents often told us, that we were to be "seen and not heard." Instead, we made our kids our everything. (Yes, you could say we probably let the pendulum swing a bit too far, in the opposite direction.)
As a consequence, little Sally Draper would never have needed to knock mistakenly on dad's door in order to get him out of bed to make breakfast. Instead, well before the crack of dawn, '80s Don Draper would have been at her bedside, nudging her awake so that she could get ready for soccer practice while he threw a quick meal together for her and her siblings. Megan would never have "slept in" either. While Don was rousting Sally, she would have been waking her brothers, getting them dressed and then packing snacks for the day. Newlywed or not, she probably would have double-teamed with Don, to eliminate scheduling conflicts by driving boys to their Saturday morning gymnastics sessions. My, how things have changed!
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While we're still in the dark about whether the revelations from last week's fantastically creepy "Fringe" will result in a return to blue opening credits, we do know that Olivia and Peter are finally back on the right track -- and not a moment too soon. This week's episode (Friday, March 30 at 9 p.m. ET on Fox) features another well-timed blast from the past, and HuffPost TV has an exclusive clip that should please all of the loyal fans who have been with Fox's gripping sci-fi drama from the start.
While HuffPost TV was on set earlier this month, Joshua Jackson and Seth Gabel wouldn't reveal too much about the March 30 episode, entitled "Nothing As It Seems." Here's what we could uncover:
Jackson: "There’s an episode coming up, 416, in which a case that has been investigated by the Fringe team previously, is … [turns to Gabel] hmm, what’s the right word to use?"
Gabel: "Is happening again for the first time? And now I'm involved, because I'm under contract. [Laughs.]"
Jackson: "Right, see? A man never steps in the same river twice. But I can't tell you anything about what happens or what it’s about, because it would reveal to you what it's calling back to!"
Thankfully, Fox's promo team is far less cagey than the show's actors, so HuffPost TV learned at the end of last week's episode that 416 deals with the reappearance (for the first time) of the "werecupines" from Episode 13 of Season 1. But as the clip shows, the nostalgia doesn't stop there, since the episode will also feature the return of everyone's favorite bookseller, Edward Markham -- and he's every bit as appreciative of Olivia as he was the last time we saw him.
Watch it now:
Since Markham has previously been able to supply our heroes with such critical tomes as the ZFT manuscript and a copy of "The First People," we're curious what wisdom he might be able to impart his time around.
"Fringe" airs Fridays at 9 p.m. ET on Fox.
Tina Fey is a woman of many talents. She's a gifted writer, a natural actress and one heck of a spirited dancer. In NBC.com's latest "Ask Tina" video, the "30 Rock" star and creator broke down her signature dance moves at the request of a fan.
"A lot of times, for me, it's about feeling the music or whatever is happening," Fey says. "It comes from my core. Whatever is happening in my core eventually gets out into my limbs and usually, by the time it gets out to my limbs, it gets kind of martial and military."
Got it? Martial and military followed by "And then what?" and "Here we go, here we go."
Watch your back, "Dance Moms" coach Abby Lee Miller!
Fey also gives her zombie apocalypse survival (or lack of survival) strategy in the video below.