A number of things. First, that Anna Faris is old enough to have a teenage daughter makes everybody in America ooooooooold. Second, the shirtless boy eating the banana, Spencer Daniels (whom you might remember as Benjamin Button, age 12) was A REVELATION! Simply spectacular! Adorable! I love him. I CAN’T BELIEVE Tumblr isn’t clogged with gifs of him this morning. Get on it, people! Third, MY GOD it was racy. About ten minutes in, somebody casually mentioned that French Stewart’s character had “gotten an 8-ball and left with the pastry chef” and I about fell off my chair. I had to rewind three times to make sure that was a cocaine joke and a gay hook-up joke in one sentence… ON NETWORK TV! And not just any network, ON CBS! The old people station! Everyone wants to be Breaking Bad, I guess. Is the show any good? It’s a bit shrill, like most Chuck Lorre shows, but I LOL’d a number of times, so it definitely bears another viewing. What did you think?
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In development at CBS right now is a reboot of the 1970s comedy anthology series Love, American Style. This new version, though, if it manages to make it to air, will not keep the anthology format of the original, but will follow the lives of the same four couples connected through “the many stages of love and their complicated relationships.” Sounds very adult. There have been previous attempts to revive the show, like that ABC pilot that starred Melissa Joan Hart and wasn’t picked up but aired in 1999. Would you like to see new Love, American Style? We sure wouldn’t. Below, take a look at the episode that launched Happy Days. (via deadline)
It seems everyone is outraged by the racist and homophobic language from this new breed of Big Brother houseguests. Everyone, that is, but the folks at host network CBS, who seem to take a laissez faire approach to the slurs and told TMZ, “We certainly find the statements made by several of the houseguests on the live internet feed to be offensive,” and went on to say that the 24-hour feed can sometimes expose unpleasantries among the guests and “at times, the houseguests reveal prejudices and other beliefs that we do not condone.” And? And nothing.
One bright spot, though, is that the show’s apparent worst offender, Aaryn Gries, the Paula Deen of the contestants, has been dropped by her modeling agency, Zephyr Talent in Austin, Texas, after referring to the gay houseguest as a “queer,” telling an Asian-American houseguest to “shut up and go and make some rice,” racist remarks about African-Americans, etc. “We certainly find the statements made by Aaryn on the live internet feed to be offensive,” said the agency. “Upon much consideration, we have decided to release Aaryn from her contract with Zephyr Talent.” (Doesn’t the name Aaryn look and sound a bit… Aryan?)
Meanwhile, Rachel Reilly, who was the Big Brother winner in 2011 and whose sister Elissa is a controversial houseguest this season, is upset by the racist and homophobic comments in the house. She and husband Brendon Villegas, whom you’ll remember she met and fell in love with on Big Brother and has since married, say, “Being former houseguests, we understand how people can turn on each other, but the offensive things that Aaryn, GinaMarie, Katlin, Spencer, and Jeremy say disgust us, and make us sick to our stomachs.” Developing? (via TMZ; photo: CBS)
Well, sadly, it turns out that, unbeknown to us until now, our favorite summer hang, CBS’s Big Brother house is in fact populated by despicable racist, homophobic, and misogynistic jerks. In just two episodes they’ve already spewed a season’s-worth of vile slurs. CBS doesn’t air the language but it’s available on the pay-per-view live 24-hour feed. The show’s executive producer Allison Grodner has said that CBS ignores awfulness from the house guests because, “We really don’t want to put hateful things out there in our edits.” In an open letter to the show’s producers, Ragan Fox, Big Brother 12 castmember and an associate professor of communication at California State University, Long Beach, wrote, “What’s the point of casting racial, ethnic, and sexual minorities if production’s going to edit out the racism, ethnic discrimination, and homophobia that these people encounter inside the house?” and added, “If you really want to provide a groundbreaking twist, SHOW CBS VIEWERS HOW SOME STRAIGHT, WHITE PEOPLE talk about gays, Asian Americans, and African Americans.”
Meanwhile, here’s some of what’s being said but not aired:
- GinaMarie said that, because of her income level, she receives “nigger insurance” (she whispered the n-word, so it’s possible she said the version that ends with “a”). She whispered it to both Nick and Andy, neither of whom challenged her.
- GinaMarie said Helen, who’s Asian, “should be kissing our ass and serving us some fucking rice.”
- Aaryn said of Andy, “No one’s gonna vote for whoever that queer puts up.” She also suggested he’d win MVP because “people love the queers.”
- Aaryn said about Candice, who’s black, “be careful what you say in the dark; you might not be able to see that bitch.” (A month ago, Aaryn tweeted, “Attractiveness comes from inside. What would you look like if your looks mirrored your words and actions?” So much irony.)
- GinaMarie said Candice “gets that fuckin’ blackness,” referring to Candice’s reaction to something that happened in the game.
- Aaryn said of Helen, “Shut up. Go make some fucking rice.”
- Talking about sheets that smelled bad, David said they were that way because “black Candice” was on them, and then admitted, “that was totally racist.”
- Jeremy, who calls the house’s women “bitches,” said of Katilin, “I did touch her vagina today.. she didn’t act like she was happy.. I like to feel around see what’s she’s working with.. see if it’s a nice meat wallet … I know she’s on her period.”
- Spencer called Andy “Kermit the fag”; Amanda called Andy “Faggoty Ann” (McCrae later called her out for that language, but she defended it).
- Spencer said that the medical torture conducted by Nazi doctors was beneficial and praised Hitler’s speaking abilities, even while acknowledging that he’d be criticized for that.
- Katilin said she likes gay people but they’re “untrustworthy in a game like this.”
- McCrae said, “If I’m talking to a girl, that probably means I don’t want to fuck her.”
- Spencer referred to women as “cunts.”
- GinaMarie said, “you know two blacks stick together. They’re like tokens.”
Dave Goetsch, the writer/co-executive producer of the inexplicably top-rated series The Big Bang Theory, has come up with another idea that CBS loves enough to give the green light for a pilot. It’s tentatively titled Smells Like Teen Spirit, and will be a multicamera comedy about an 18-year-old entrepreneur who passes on Harvard to start up an internet company in his garage with his best friend, his sister, and his parents who are ’90s indie rockers. Are you laughing? But this Dave Goetsch/Dave Grohl name similarity is a bit interesting, isn’t it? (via Hollywood Reporter)
According to a statement today from CBS, longtime 60 Minutes essayist Andy Rooney is currently hospitalized after developing serious complications following some minor surgery he underwent last week. The network says Rooney’s condition is stable, but at the family’s request no other details about his health or the location of the hospital will be released. Three weeks ago, the 92-year-old curmudgeonly newsman retired from his gig on the Sunday evening broadcast, where he’d been complaining on-air about this ‘n’ that since 1978. (via Yahoo!)