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Wednesday, April 15, 2009

TV Potpourri: Timberlake on 'SNL'? Blagojevich on reality TV? Kanye West cries boo-hoo?

He's bringing sexy back: Unconfirmed reports say Justin Timberlake has been asked to host "SNL" just before it closes its season this year. The star, who hasn't been much of a stranger to the show, would take the reins on May 9 to mark his third time as host. Reports say Timberlake would be joined by singer Ciara, and the two would perform their soon-to-be-summer-hit "Love, Sex, Magic." My hope is he'll star in another digital short where NBC has to give a "mature audiences only" warning. I just love those commercials where they advertise The Lonely Island songs and have to say, "With hits like, 'BLEEP In My Pants' and 'BLEEP' In a Box!" It also appears Will Ferrell may host the season finale. With this kind of line-up, who cares if the cast is a bunch of rejects?

From Chicago to the Jungle?: The Associated Press reports that Rod Blagojevich (cue Jon Stewart BLAgo-yeee-vich) could trade the Illinois governor's office for the Costa Rican jungle. NBC says it wants Blagojevich, who pleaded not guilty to federal racketeering and fraud charges Tuesday, to appear on its upcoming show "I'm a Celebrity ... Get Me Out of Here!" A network statement says 10 celebrities will be dropped into the Costa Rican jungle "to face challenges designed to test their skills in adapting to the wilderness." But Blagojevich's legal problems could end the venture before it begins. The ousted governor's bond does not allow him to leave the United States. An attorney close to his legal defense says Blagojevich is seeking permission from a judge to leave the country to appear on the show. The lawyer, who spoke on condition of anonymity because the plan was confidential, says Blagojevich could tape the show in June if given permission. Just what we need, more of that awful Blago-fro.

"I've got hurt feelings, I've got hurt feelings ...": OK, no, this is not about the Flight of the Conchords, whose song is now stuck in my head. This is about holier-than-thou Kanye West and the fact that he needs his diaper changed. Coming off insults to, er, womankind and Mickey Mouse, the creators of South Park planned their next target to be one, Kanye West. The episode depicted West as completely narcissistic and made fun of the fact that he can't take a joke. Later, West posted the following on his blog: "SOUTH PARK MURDERED ME LAST NIGHT AND IT'S PRETTY FUNNY. IT HURTS MY FEELINGS BUT WHAT CAN YOU EXPECT FROM SOUTH PARK! I ACTUALLY HAVE BEEN WORKING ON MY EGO THOUGH. HAVING THE CRAZY EGO IS PLAYED OUT IN MY LIFE AND CAREER." West claims he's been singing his own praises as a way to give himself more self-esteem, but admitted that perhaps he needs to "get passed myself." Man, he bugs me, but dang it, that "Heartless" song is a catchy tune.

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