The CW’s CULT Sounds Pretty Damn Good…

…Let’s  hope it lives up to what is, for TV addicts, a fascinating premise.

TV Pilot Preview: The CW’s ‘Cult’
by Philiana Ng

It won’t launch until midseason, but the CW is edging into darker territory with Cult, from executive producers Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage.

The show’s premise is a bit complicated to understand, but long story short, Cult follows a journalist (Matt Davis) and production assistant (Jessica Lucas) on a popular crime series, also called Cult, who investigate a series of disappearances linked to the show — many of them diehard fans who may be recreating crimes committed on the series.

The Hollywood Reporter screened the pilot for the drama and as part of our Fall Preview 2012 offer the five things you need to know about the series before its launch.

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This article gave us not five, but a solid three things we’re glad we now know:

  1. CULT has a the kind of insider premise that only an insider like Josh Schartz could sell, which – yes – makes us both hate and love him
  2. The CW has a chance here to redeem itself after years of “Jesus-Can-You-Believe-How-Dumb-This-Is?!” disappointing shows
  3. The Hollywood Reporter doesn’t deserve all the bad press sites that run its material as their own keep giving it (you know who you are) because it really does function beautifully as a primary source for Most Things TV

So there ya go.

Why Politicians Shouldn’t Marry Comedy Writers

We’re seeing a beautiful Wes Anderson film in this. (Sadly, we doubt that Wes does.)

Bob Kerrey’s wife, Sarah Paley, rues his political career, disses Nebraska, in Vogue essay

Here’s an interesting twist on the adoring political spouse: Does it matter to voters if a wife or husband really, really doesn’t want to be part of the campaign?

Consider the case of Bob Kerrey — war hero, former governor and senator from Nebraska, presidential candidate. After a dozen years working in New York, the high-profile Democrat, 68, jumped back into politics earlier this year when he decided to run for his old Senate seat vacated by retiring Sen. Ben Nelson.

Exciting news? Not for his wife.

“My friends were understanding, some even as outraged as I that he would choose his country over his family,” Sarah Paley wrote in an essay for Vogue’s July issue. While she insisted her husband would be a great senator, Paley seemingly hates everything else about his decision; she even wrote that she fantasized about a career-ending sex scandal.

The former “Saturday Night Live” writer, 55, met the glamorous bachelor in 1995 when he was still in office…

Is this Paley being funny? Or is it — as some critics suggested — a condescending, East Coast put-down? A few Nebraskans noted that her essay wasn’t written for voters, but for Vogue, for whom she posed wearing a Narciso Rodriguez dress and Manolo Blahnik heels.

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To us, the real question is, “Is this the Washington Post being funny?” And we honestly don’t know if we hope so…or hope not.

Academics Never Get It

Satire, sarcasm, irony, just plain humor, call it what you will – academics don’t get it. The proof of this statement is in the courses colleges teach on the subject. The seriousness with which they approach comedy. Can one really dissect something using its opposite as the tool?

Case in point:

Truthinessology: The Stephen Colbert effect becomes an obsession in academia
by Paul Farhi

Nation, our so-called universities are in big trouble, and not just because attending one of them leaves you with more debt than the Greek government. No, we’re talking about something even more unsettling: the academic world’s obsession with Stephen Colbert.

Last we checked, Colbert was a mere TV comedian, or a satirist if you want to get fancy about it. (And, of course, being college professors, they do.) He’s a TV star, like Donald Trump, only less of a caricature.

Yet ever since Colbert’s show, “The Colbert Report,” began airing on Comedy Central in 2005, these ivory-tower eggheads have been devoting themselves to studying all things Colbertian. They’ve sliced and diced his comic stylings more ways than a Ginsu knife. Every academic discipline — well, among the liberal arts, at least — seems to want a piece of him. Political science. Journalism. Philosophy. Race relations. Communications studies. Theology. Linguistics. Rhetoric.

There are dozens of scholarly articles, monographs, treatises and essays about Colbert, as well as books of scholarly articles, monographs and essays. A University of Oklahoma student even earned her doctorate last year by examining him and his “Daily Show” running mate Jon Stewart. It was called “Political Humor and Third-Person Perception.”

The academic cult of Colbert (or is it “the cul of Colbert”?) is everywhere.

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This, btw, is a wonderfully written piece. Our hats are off to Paul Farhi, who probably should be writing for Colbert instead of about him.

Oh, a heads up about the Washington Post’s website. You never know when  your clicking is going to be interrupted by a notice that it’s time to register – “or else.” Usually, this happens when you try to go back to someplace you’ve been. Yes, we consider this proof that if there’s one thing newspapers still don’t get, it’s the web. Sigh.



munchman’s Guilty Pleasures

Can’t help it. This site has me by the scro throat. I check it every day. 4 times a day. It’s more important than food, drink, my career…

Oh, wait, I don’t have a career. But I could if…if…

Can no one rid me of this accursed addiction?!

[BlindGossip] When the person who appears to have the power in a relationship backs down quickly in a dispute, you know that there have to be some compelling reasons why. Although all the talk up to this point has been about his involvement with a powerful group, there were actually three other reasons he settled so quickly.

Here are the three reasons: 1. His very personal relationship with a professional athlete. 2. His very personal relationship with a musician. 3. His very personal relationship with a famous actor.

She was ready and willing to expose all three relationships to get what she wanted. The scandal of having these three famous people deposed by attorneys about their sexual relationships would have destroyed all four men. So, he gave her the thing she wanted most so that his biggest secret could remain a secret.



1. Athlete:

2. Musician:

3. Actor:

His biggest secret:

There’s only one couple this can be about. If it isn’t, I disavow all responsibility for any of my ensuing murderous bloody batshit insane actions.

EDITED TO ADD: So this guy here has come to my rescue with his version of who these gents are. If he’s right, I got 2 out of 3. 

EDITED AGAIN TO ADD: The guy above turns out to be a babe. Plus TomKat just settled up, so who needs Blind Gossip? I’m in love.

LB Got This Tweet

by Larry Brody

Not the denizens of the ANIMAL PRACTICE writers room

Fall TV Pilot Preview: NBC’s ‘Animal Practice’
by Diane Gordon

What happens when a vet cares far more for the animals he treats than the humans who own them? That’s the premise of Animal Practice, a new NBC sitcom with Justin Kirk at the center as George Coleman, one of the best vets working but he has no tolerance or empathy for people. When he’s forced to work with his former flame, Dorothy Rutledge (Joanna Garcia Swisher) after she inherits the facility, they butt heads about how best to run the hospital, especially when it comes to treating the pet owners better.  

The Hollywood Reporter screened the pilot of Animal Practice and found the workplace comedy surprising and funny. Here’s what you need to know about it.  

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Is it the brownie I just ate (the one left over from the Kiwanis Club booth at the local 4th of July celebration), or is that clip above really funny?

Oh yeah, the tweet, from Curtis Gwinn, ANIMAL PRACTICE writer-producer and TVWriter™ buddy:

every time you DON’T follow the writers of NBC’s new series Animal Practice, a puppy cries itself to death. don’t fuck up.@AniPractWriters

 I’m thinking we should listen to the man. You know, just in case.