For DOCTOR WHO Lovers

…And we mean that literally – for loving couples that watch DOCTOR WHO:

Now You Can Actually Order That GORGEOUS TARDIS WEDDING RING – by Amy Ratcliffe

It can be an eensy bit heartbreaking when someone designs a beautiful piece of jewelry that you can’t purchase. I’m sure many people felt that way about this TARDIS wedding ring we featured back in March. The design is subtle but still very reminiscent of the infamous police public call box. Luckily, this is one concept that’s become an actual product.

The designer, Pathetic Peripatetic, has made it a real ring. He’s even added sapphires because blue goes with the TARDIS like no other color. You have to email him for pricing and availability (link below). I’m sure the ring won’t come cheaply, but then again, it travels through time and space. Do other wedding rings do that?

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Sure wish we could come up with a cooler/more informative/more writerly reaction than “Awwwwww…”

Whoa, Kinda Looks Like the DISH CEO is an…Well, How Does ‘Arrogant Putz’ Sound?

Saw this on The Consumerist, a – maybe the – top consumer protection side on the web. Not a healthy way to start the day:

Know Your Enemy Dept. Meet Dish Boss Charlie Ergen

Dish CEO Says His Customers Don’t Watch AMC Because “They Live In Farms & Ranches” – by Chris Morran

To all you Dish subscribers who have to go over to your friends’ houses to watch Breaking Bad because you no longer have AMC, the satellite service’s CEO has a message for you: Stop complaining and don’t watch good TV, because he never has.

“I’ve had satellite television for as long as satellite television has been around and there’s never been one minute that I know of anybody in my family, or anybody who’s came to my house, has ever watched one second of any of those channels,” explained Dish’s Charles Ergen about the company’s reasons for dropping AMC-owned channels — AMC, WeTV, IFC, Sundance Channel.

While Ergen restated the company’s position that the main sticking point with the AMC negotiations was the broadcasters’ insistence on bundling the lower rated channels with AMC, which also airs popular shows like Mad Men and The Walking Dead.

But, he insists, these shows are not anything Dish customers really care about anyway.

“They live in farms and ranches… They have no clue about zombies and New York.”

I suppose I should tell all the people here in Philadelphia who have Dish dishes slapped on their roofs that they are actually living on very small farms.

So here I am, a DISH subscriber for as long as the service has existed. And now I learn that the head of the company thinks I’m a clueless buffoon. Since I’m basically a bad-tempered, clueless buffoon, my blood pressure is soaring. DirecTV in our area is offering some pretty good specials. What should I do?

EDITED TO ADD: Of course, there is a negotiation going on, so, wise as Consumerist usually is, this interview still could be part of an attempt to play us. But here’s the thing – Hey, Charlie, the play is succeeding.

MELISSA & JOEY Just Won Some Weird Demographic

But we know it’s “highly coveted,” right?

We know who Melissa Joan Hart is, but who’re these other peeps?

ABC Family’s suggested headline says it all:

“Melissa & Joey” Ranks as Cable TV’s #1 Telecast at 8 O’Clock for the 10th Consecutive Week in Women 18-34 and for the 7th in Women 18-49;

Is the #1 Scripted Prime Cable Telecast in Women 18-34

Or to put it another way, the network’s figures say MELISSA & JOEY was the #1 cable TV show at 8 PM in the Adults 18-34 demo (420,000), Women 18-34 demo (376,000), Adults 18-49 (692,000) and Women 18-49 (534,000), and was the #2 scripted cable TV telecast in Females 12-34 (444,000). Among all cable programs for the night, “Melissa & Joey” was the #1 scripted cable telecast in primetime in Women 18-34.

Now this may not sound like big news to some, but the announcement carries serious repercussions for those of us slaving away at TVWriter™. For one thing, does this mean we’re going to have to watch the show now? And, more importantly, are we going to have to, like, review it? We could barely stand SABRINA THE TEENAGE WITCH, you know?

To be fair, we did watch the SABRINA cartoon show back in its day. And, okay! okay! when we were in elementary school we thought CLARISSA KNOWS IT ALL was sweet. (But that not only had Mel, it also featured some real writing.)

SATURDAY MORNING SLAM?

No, it isn’t an iHop breakfast. It’s something even more sinister:

TeamTVWriter Press Service has just learned (read “We got a press release”) that the WWE and Saban Brands have joined forces to produce SATURDAY MORNING SLAM, a kids show on the WC. It’s the first time in over a decade that the WWE has had a show in a kids time slot, and if that doesn’t prove that society is breaking down, nothing does.

Proving that these idiots people have absolutely no shame (as well as no taste and, certainly, nothing resembling good intentions when it comes to children) the announcement sees nothing wrong with the following statement:

WWE Saturday Morning Slam packs the riveting in-ring action, the larger-than-life WWE Superstars, and the WWE’s entertaining brand extensions into the fastest, most energy-filled half-hour on television. WWE Superstar profiles, behind-the-scenes footage and an exclusive WWE match every week will all combine to make WWE Saturday Morning Slam the perfect destination for the youngest viewers in the WWE Universe. The show will also include highlights from WWE’s Be a STAR anti-bullying campaign and other community initiatives.

Let’s get this straight. The show will expose kids who watch “Vortex,” the CW’s new Saturday morning kids’ TV block to bullying on such a high level that it actually fetishizes it but is going to save the kids’ sensitive souls by also including “highlights of WWE’s Be a STAR anti-bullying campaign and other community initiatives?”

We’re supposed to believe that the WWE is way into mitigating the harm it will cause its viewers’ psyches? Even though if its  attempts succeed and their audience stops idolizing bullies the whole company is finished/finito/gone?

Sure.

Hey, Vince McMahon, “WWE Chairman and CEO,” read our lips. (You do know how to read, don’t you?) “Fuck you.”

Or, in the words of Cynthia Cidre of Dallas, “I’d like to have more music.”

‘Phineas and Ferb: Mission Marvel’

Remember how comic books fans were all furrowed brows and sputtering talk back in ’09 when Disney absorbed Marvel? How the fans were worried that Disney would dilute/sully/demean/cheapen/totally screw the Marvel brand?

Remember how relieved fans were when the Marvel feature films stayed as fresh and exciting and authentic as the first IRON MAN had been after the new regime was in place?

How they/you/we heaved big sighs of relief and went back to cursing more important things, like the economy, Microsoft, and health care in the U.S.A.?

Well, it just might be time to start worrying again:

Or, in the words of MTV Geek’s Charles Webb:

Worlds collide as Dan Povenmire and Jeff “Swampy” Marsh’s kid characters cross over with the Marvel U…

Phineas and Ferb co-creator Marsh is providing redesigns to the Marvel Heroes and villains so that they’ll blend into Danville. No word on if the Avengers and Ultimate Spider-Man voice cast will be reprising their roles for the special event.

Now that Disney is embracing the inevitable collision between their stable of cartoon characters and the Marvel catalog, how long is it until we finally get a Disney/Marvel game mashup in the vein of Kingdom Hearts? Get on that, Disney.

As Jack Kirby’s mom might have said, “Oy!”