Amy Weinhouse and Britney Spears On TV?

Leave it to my beloved Jennifer Saunders, creator and star of my all time favorite show Absolutely Fabulous, to come up with idea for *this sketch on her new BBC series called “A Bucket of French and Saunders.”

*”Dawn French, complete with the Back to Black singer’s towering barnet, channelled the troubled singer in a skit that sees her pushing a shopping trolley full of with empty bottles of alcohol. Her cohort Jennifer Saunders wore one of the former pop star Spears’s typically dishevelled outfits, sporting fake blonde extensions and spotty skin.”

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*Read the full story here* !

Trivia Thursdays- Andy Griffith

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*Okay you all know the drill, but if you are new here, the rules are simple. Please put your answers in the comments section of the post and we will reveal the answers tomorrow.  NOW POSTED . No Cheating! I trust that all of you will all use the honor system? That means you will not use Google, (or any other internet searches) or mooch off other peoples answers. Cheating is bad….. mkay!

Todays Trivia Game has been brought to you by the one and only KING OF TRIVIA:

Steve C., From: Dazd and Confuzed From Here

If you need to get in the MOOD of this decade…OR…If you are stuck on answering a question… maybe THIS little didy will jar your memory? At best, THIS , will bring the spirit to this trivia Q&A alive.

Now for the Questions:

1. Where is Mayberry? North Carolina

2. Where did Barney Fife keep his bullet? In his shirt pocket

3. What was Helen Crump’s occupation? School teacher

4. Where did Barney Fife start a new job? Mt Pilot

5. Who always ran around town knocking out windows? Ernest T. Bass

6. What did Opie kill with a slingshot? Bird

7. What did Otis come riding into town on one night when he was drunk? Cow

8. What animal went into a storage building and ate a bunch of dynamite? Billy Goat

9. What did Barney Fife say Aunt Bea’s pickles tasted like? Kerosene

10. Who leaked the information about the armored truck coming through town? Barney

11. In the 50 yd dash, did Opie win the race? No

12. What did Opie do when he wanted to run away from home? Asked his Pa for permisson

13. Who did Andy pretend to be for Floyd when he had a date coming into town? His Son

Good Luck! Have Fun!

Live From New York: The 1st Five Years of SNL

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Did anyone have a chance to take a look at NBC special last night? Featuring the early years of the late-night comedy staple that premiered on Oct. 11, 1975. The show included: interviews with producer Lorne Michaels, cast members and writers, along with clips of memorable sketches and musical performances. What a glorious reminder of just how ground breaking SNL has always been.

I learned a lot of interesting facts. I never really knew  how hard women had to struggle and fight. Not only to get onto the show, but to stay on the show back when it was still such an All-Boys club.

I had no idea that Jim Belushi was such a dick head. He was constantly undermining and asking for the women to be fired. Thankfully, Lorne Michaels was smarter than that. In fact, he gave them more power to choose and write their own comedy sketches.

NOW FOR THE ORIGINAL CASTS MEMBERS & A QUICK HISTORY [1975-1980] with a some bonus material.

  • Al Franken and Tom Davis were scheduled to host on 18 April 1981 with The Grateful Dead as the musical guests. But a television writers’ strike caused this episode and the rest of the season to be canceled.
  • The word “fuck” has been said several times live on the air: during a sketch in 1980, Paul Shaffer said “fuckin'” instead of “floggin'”; in 1981, Charles Rocket, said “I’d like to know who the fuck did it” during a “Who Shot JR?” parody and on the same night Prince sang the lyric “Fightin’ war is such a fuckin’ bore”; in 1990, singer Morris Day of The Time said “Where the fuck this chicken come from?” and Steven Tyler of Aerosmith sang “feedin’ that fuckin’ monkey on my back” during their performances; in 1994, Michael Stipe of R.E.M. sang “Don’t fuck with me” and Adam Horovitz of The Beastie Boys sang “So won’t you fuckin’ listen” in their performances and in 1997, ‘Norm Macdonald’ accidentally said, “The fuck was that?” after flubbing a line during “Weekend Update”.
  • Christopher Reeve appeared as himself as an audience member in a skit, a few weeks before he hosted the show.
  • Janeane Garofalo was a cast member during the 1994-1995 season. She left before the end of the season due to creative differences.
  • Dana Carvey holds the record for the number of times saying, “Live from New York, it’s Saturday Night”.
  • The shows that were hosted by Louise Lasser and Milton Berle have never been seen in reruns since their original air date, at Lorne Michaels‘ insistence. Lasser refused to do all skits, and locked herself in her dressing room just before airtime, coming out just in time to do the opening monologue. Berle called everyone “Booby” and impressed no one but John Belushi with his mugging, racist jokes, and egomania.
  • The show was originally entitled “Saturday Night” to avoid confusion with ABC’s “Saturday Night Live with Howard Cosell” (1975). In an effort to emphasize the live nature of the show, the writers began the tradition of the trademark “Live from New York, it’s Saturday Night” line. After ABC’s show failed, permission was granted to rename this show, and the first episode to carry the title “Saturday Night Live” was 26 March 1977. The original cast members were known as the Not Ready for Prime-time Players.
  • Episodes were cut into one hour ‘Best of Saturday Night’ format for primetime viewing on NBC in the late 1970’s. Edited One hour episodes from 1975-1980 were sold into syndication, and subsequently, 30 minute episodes sold into syndication and cable (Nick at Nite for a time). The 1980-present episodes were sold to Comedy Central, and then to E!
  • Don Pardo‘s announcing booth is located in the exact same spot on which legendary conductor Arturo Toscanini‘s podium once stood, when he conducted the NBC Symphony Orchestra in his famous and long-running series of radio concerts.
  • Contrary to popular belief, Steve Martin was never a cast member on the show. The misconception stems from the fact that he has hosted the show 13 times, in addition to doing occasional surprise appearances.
  • Tim Meadows and Chris Parnell are the only cast members to be fired and then rehired the following season (Meadows was fired between seasons and didn’t miss any episodes). James Belushi was fired during his tenure but was rehired the following week. Announcer Don Pardo was also fired before the seventh season in an effort to revitalize the show. He was replaced by Mel Brandt. But Pardo was rehired the following season.
  • The 1980-1981 season was so disastrous that NBC called in programming executive Dick Ebersol (one of the creative masterminds of the original show) to save the show. Ebersol fired producer Jean Doumanian and the rest of the cast except Eddie Murphy and Joe Piscopo. He hired a new cast and was able to put one show on the air before a writers’ strike shut down production for the remainder of the season.
  • When the show first debuted, it did not air every weekend. The news magazine show _”Weekend” (1974/I)_ aired “the first Weekend every month” (except when it was delayed one week for ‘Eric Idle”s first SNL appearance).
  • When Eddie Murphy was first hired, he was not a regular cast member, he was a guest performer who was given nothing to do. He threatened to quit until he was given a segment of Weekend Update to perform. He was so funny, he eventually appeared in sketches and became a regular cast member.
  • Several episodes were not performed in Studio 8H in Manhattan. On October 16, 23 and 30, 1976, the show moved to a Brooklyn studio because the NBC News election unit used Studio 8H for 1976 elction coverage. Several episodes in 1984 were produced in RCA Bldg Studios 8G and 2A due to election coverage. The February 20, 1977 episode was performed live in New Orleans.
  • Ray Romano was originally supposed to host the show for the second time in April 2002 but had to drop out due to a busy schedule. He was replaced by ‘The Rock’ .
  • Steve Martin is the only person to host a season premiere, a season finale, and a Christmas show and is the only person to host the show three times in a single season.
  • Will Ferrell became the highest paid cast member in SNL history in 2001. He received a salary of $350,000 for the 2001-2002 season.
  • Tina Fey is the first female head writer in the show’s history.
  • John Goodman hosted the show 11 years in a row.
  • John Goodman, a frequent guest host had auditioned for the show in 1980 when he was starting out as an actor.
  • Randy Quaid is the only cast member to be nominated for an acting Academy Award before joining the show.
  • As of May 2007, all of the main “Friends” (1994) cast members have hosted except for Matt LeBlanc.
  • The show has only had three directors in its history: Dave Wilson, Paul Miller, and Beth McCarthy-Miller.
  • In 2001, NBC aired two live 30-minute special episodes in primetime slots to fill airtime. Jennifer Lopez, who was hosting the regular show that week, made a cameo in the second special. In 2003, a live “Weekend Update” special was aired during the Superbowl halftime.
  • Mike Myers‘ English character Simon was a spoof of the UK TV children’s series “Simon in the Land of Chalk Drawings” (1976). His character of Linda Richman was based on his mother-in-law.
  • The balcony level studio audience seats in Studio 8H, where Saturday Night Live is broadcast from, are actually seats on-loan from Yankees Stadium in the Bronx, New York. NY Yankees owner George M. Steinbrenner III loaned them out in 1975 with the assumption that Saturday Night Live wouldn’t stay on the air long (they were expected back upon cancellation of the show). Partly out of both tradition and superstition, the seats are still in use to this day. Since then, NBC has had to pay out annual fines to the city of New York (a relatively minor business expense, all things considered). In addition, any time repair work is needed, repair people are sent directly to the studio to do work there, which is more expensive than taking seats to a repair shop.
  • Anthony Michael Hall was the youngest member of SNL at 17 years old.
  • Conan O’Brien appeared uncredited in many sketches from 1988 to 1991 while he was a writer for SNL. Writer and former cast member Tom Davis appeared uncredited in many sketches from 1988 to 1994.
  • ‘Drew Barrymore’ was the youngest person ever to host the show, at the age of 7 (in 1982).
  • Beginning in 2000, the Saturday Night Live logo used the abbreviation SNL, which became how the show was known.
  • In a 1980 Playboy magazine interview, ‘John Lennon’ stated that he & Paul McCartney were at his New York City apartment watching SNL the night Lorne Michaels made his famous attempt to bribe the Beatles into reuniting on the show as musical guests. Lennon claimed they seriously considered catching a taxi to the studio and performing but that they were too tired.
  • While most of the musical performances on the show are indeed live, quite a few have been lip-synced, and several have been taped in advance. The first lip-sync was ‘Abba’ on 15 November 1975. The first prerecorded performance was Carly Simon on 08 May 1976, because she was nervous to sing in front of a live audience.
  • Despite the show’s core theme of live comedy, on a few rare occasions stand-up segments weren’t truly “live”, but broadcast on a 7-second tape-delay: 13 December 1975 (Richard Pryor), 15 November 1986 (Sam Kinison), and 12 May 1990 (Andrew Dice Clay), each time to allow censoring any “accidental” expletives.
  • ‘Kris Kristofferson’ was reportedly so drunk before his appearance on 31 July 1976 that the crew were concerned he might not be able to perform. Somehow, he managed through the 90 minutes.
  • When Eric Idle hosted on 20 October 1979, a clip was shown from Idle’s project “Rutland Weekend Television” (1975) of his Beatles parody The Rutles. The success of the clip led to Lorne Michaels co-producing the movie version, _Rutles, The (1978) (TV)_ , which includes appearances by numerous SNL alums and regulars.
  • Cast member Nora Dunn and scheduled musical guest ‘Sinéad O’Connor’ boycotted the show on 12 May 1990 to protest host Andrew Dice Clay‘s derogatory jokes about women.
  • The Folksmen (a folk music group seen in A Mighty Wind (2003)) was formed in the mid-1980s when ‘Michael McKean’ hosted the show, and Christopher Guest, and Harry Shearer were cast members.
  • Jim Henson created new adult Muppets who appeared in every episode of the first season. The Muppets sketches were unpopular with the audience and the writing staff so they were dropped.
  • Prior to the 83/84 season, Eddie Murphy agreed to appear in ten live broadcasts, and via a taped sketch in ten others. Those ten sketches were taped in September of 1983 and were alternated with Eddie Murphy‘s live appearances throughout the season.
  • Prior to joining the cast, Dennis Miller won a Gabriel Award for his work as the host of “Punchline”, a children’s TV show.
  • Mike Myers based the character ‘Dieter’ on a student he met in art college. The real Dieter would often say things like “I once had a course where we had to touch tapioca, styrofoam and monkeys. Michael, perhaps we can go to the zoo and touch monkeys.” (Thus giving rise to Myers’s character constantly saying, “Would you like to touch my monkey?”)
  • ‘Michael McKean’ and Dan Aykroyd are the only people to host, be musical guests (as “Spinal Tap” and “The Blues Brothers”, respectively) and be cast members.
  • The characters “The Coneheads” were ranked #15 in TV Guide’s list of the “25 Greatest Sci-Fi Legends” (1 August 2004 issue).
  • Cast members Bill Murray, John Belushi, Dan Aykroyd, ‘Phil Hartman’ and Mike Myers all won Emmys for helping write the show.
  • The map of the world on Weekend Update shows Vietnam split into the pre 1975 North and South.
  • As of 2007, the only female former cast members to return to the show as hosts have been Julia Louis-Dreyfus (May 13, 2006), and Molly Shannon (May 12, 2007).
  • The first “Weekend Update” anchor, Chevy Chase, has said that he modeled his catchphrase “Good evening, I’m Chevy Chase and you’re not” after “Eyewitness News” (1968) anchor Roger Grimsby‘s opening line “Good evening, I’m Roger Grimsby, here now the news.” However, Chase’s successor as “Update” anchor, Jane Curtin, would go on to use Grimsby’s original intro to open the newscast, and once, on the 22 April 1978 edition, ended that night’s “Update” with Grimsby’s closing line, “Hoping your news is good news.”
  • ‘Catherine O’Hara’ was going to join the cast for the 1981-1982 season but she backed out after ‘Michael O’Donoghue’ screamed at the cast and crew during a meeting. She recommended her “Second City TV” (1976) co-star Robin Duke to replace her.
  • John Candy was offered a chance to join the cast for the 1981-1982 season. But he turned it down to stay with “SCTV Network 90” (1981).
  • When Harry Shearer left the show during the 1984-1985 season he cited “creative differences.” Shearer would later remark, “I was creative…and they were different.”
  • As of 2007, there have been only 7 SNL regulars who received Oscar nominations. Dan Aykroyd, Robert Downey, Jr., Joan Cusack, Bill Murray, Michael McKean, and Eddie Murphy were nominated for Oscars after they were SNL regulars. Randy Quaid received an Oscar nomination before becoming an SNL regular.
  • The following performers are all alumni of the famed Groundlings Theatre in Los Angeles: Laraine Newman, Jon Lovitz, Phil Hartman, Jan Hooks, Will Ferrell, Jimmy Fallon, Chris Kattan, Cheri Oteri, Chris Parnell, Julia Sweeney, Will Forte, Maya Rudolph, Kristen Wiig and Siobhan Fallon. The following performers are all alumni of the famed Second City Theatre in Chicago: John Belushi, James Belushi, Bill Murray, Brian Doyle-Murray, Danitra Vance, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Tony Rosato, Robin Duke, Tim Kazurinsky, Mary Gross, Tim Meadows, Chris Farley, David Koechner, Ana Gasteyer, Nancy Walls, Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, Rachel Dratch and Horatio Sanz. The following performers are all alumni of the famed Second City Theatre in Toronto: Dan Aykroyd, Peter Aykroyd and Gilda Radner. Bruce McCulloch and Mark McKinney from the comedy troupe “The Kids In the Hall” both wrote and performed for the show after “The Kids in the Hall” (1988) TV show ended production.
  • Candice Bergen was the first female host, the first person to host the show for a second time, and the first woman to host five times. Drew Barrymore has also hosted five times, her first being in 1982.
  • The following people are members of the Five-Timers Club: Steve Martin (14 times), John Goodman (12 times), Alec Baldwin (12 times), Buck Henry (10 times), Chevy Chase (9 times), Tom Hanks (8 times), Christopher Walken (6 times), Danny DeVito (6 times), Candice Bergen (5 times), Bill Murray (5 times), Drew Barrymore(5 times).
  • Some celebrities who were almost cast members on the show were Jim Carrey (1980), John Goodman (1980) Robert Townsend (1980), Catherine O’Hara (1981) Paul Reubens (1984), Geena Davis (1984)

Its no SURPRISE to anyone that Tina Fey is my all time FAVORITE female comic and writer. No wonder she was THE FIRST female Head Writer on the show.

 

 

Seinfeld.

How much do you LOVE Seinfeld? Enough to make it your outgoing away voice mail message?

I do.

This is now my new “I am not home” voice mail message.

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*Lyrics:

Believe it or not, George isn’t at home.
Please leave a message at the beep.
I must be out, or I’d pick up the phone.
Where could I be?
Believe it or not, I’m not home!”

Ah yes. One of Costanza’s finer moments.

Thursdays Trivia- M*A*S*H

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*Okay you all know the drill, but if you are new here, the rules are simple. Please put your answers in the comments section of the post and we will reveal the answers tomorrow. ARE POSTED. No Cheating! I trust that all of you will all use the honor system? That means you will not use Google, (or any other internet searches) or mooch off other peoples answers. Cheating is bad….. mkay!

Todays Trivia Game has been brought to you by the one and only KING OF TRIVIA:

Steve C., From: Dazd and Confuzed From Here

Here is this weeks TV Trivia! All you TV Junkies out there have seen the TV show M*A*S*H* at some time or another. So get comfy in the Swamp, get you distilled beverage of choice and listen for “incoming” while you play the game. Remember…no cheating!

1. Who was the only actor to play the same character in the movie M*A*S*H and on the TV show M*A*S*H?
Gary Burghoff, Radar

2. At the end of the third season of M*A*S*H actor McLean Stevenson decided to leave the show. What happened to his character Henry Blake?
His homebound plane was shot down

3. Though disguised, this psychotic CIA Spy from the TV show M*A*S*H was easily recognizable in each of his visits to the 4077th.
Colonel Flagg

4. In the TV series M*A*S*H Radar finds a wounded horse and gives it to Colonel Potter. Potter gives the horse what name?
Sophie

5. On the TV show M*A*S*H, in order to make Charles feel better, Radar asks Charles’ parents to send him what childhood artifact?
A Toboggan cap

6. After Hawkeye and Trapper destroy an overly war-promoting film in the TV series M*A*S*H, they decide to re-shoot “Yankee Doodle Doctor”. What comedians do they imitate in their version?
Groucho and Harpo Marx Brothers

7. Which of these actors did not appear as a guest star on the TV show M*A*S*H?
Donald Sutherland

8. In the TV series M*A*S*H, Pierce’s father gave him the nickname ‘Hawkeye’, which comes from what novel?
The Last of the Mohicans

9. When Hawkeye from the series M*A*S*H has a severe case of insomnia, he comes to believe that the war will end if he gives what to the North Koreans?
Latrine

10. Which morale boosting event, featured in the series M*A*S*H, was not held during the command of Colonel Potter?
Races of rolling hospital beds

11. Which of these characters was not made up by the 4077th staff on the TV show M*A*S*H?
Colonel Bloodworth

12. In the Pilot episode of M*A*S*H, Hawkeye and Trapper set up a raffle to win “two days in Tokyo with a beautiful nurse”. Who was the nurse, and who won the raffle?
Nurse Dish, Mulcahy won

13. In an early episode of the show M*A*S*H, Harry Morgan, who later played Colonel Potter, guest starred in a different role. What was the name of his character?
General Steele

14. What is the theme song of the TV show M*A*S*H?
Suicide Is Painless

15. What is Frank Burns’ middle name on the show M*A*S*H?
Marion

16. Which of these characters was played by George Morgan in the first episode of M*A*S*H?
Father Mulcahy

Back To You



BACK TO YOU Season Premiere September 19th @ 8:00pm/7 central on Wednesday nights on FOX

Back To You, is a new situation comedy starring two Emmy winners, and sitcom veterans, Kelsey Grammer playing the role of Chuck Darling, and Patricia Heaton as Kelly Carr. These two have teamed up to play big time news anchors that have to appear as if they get along when the cameras are rolling, but the second there is a commercial break it is nothing but hostile tension, spewing venom, and words flying out of their mouths in fits of fury. Oh, and did I mention not only do they have to work together but that they are also divorced?

The show was created, written and executive-produced by Steven Levitan (”Just Shoot Me!” , ”Frasier”, “Wings” just to name a few) and Christopher Lloyd II (”Frasier”, ”The Golden Girls”) also sitcom legends.

My only concern with the show is that Kelsey Grammer may not be able to shake the Frasier image. I wonder if he will be able to make this new role believable to us viewers? I don’t know if I can buy into Kelsey being some womanizing self centered asshat. I have no fears concerning Patricia Heaton, she is a gem.

Secret! Secret! Ive Got A Secret!

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se·cret (skrt)
adj.
1. Kept hidden from knowledge or view; concealed.
2. Dependably discreet.
3. Operating in a hidden or confidential manner: a secret agent.
4. Not expressed; inward: their secret thoughts.
5. Not frequented; secluded: wandered about the secret byways of Paris.
6. Known or shared only by the initiated: secret rites.
7. Beyond ordinary understanding; mysterious.
8. Containing information, the unauthorized disclosure of which poses a grave threat to national security.

N.
1. Something kept hidden from others or known only to oneself or to a few.
2. Something that remains beyond understanding or explanation; a mystery.
3. A method or formula on which success is based: The secret of this dish is in the sauce.

[WE INTERRUPT OUR REGULAR SCHEDULED PROGRAMMING TO BRING YOU  A SECRET].

Shhh….Secret! Secret! I’ve Got A Secret.

And I am betting you do too. We all have them. Some are deep hidden secrets that slowly eat away at our very core. Others are secrets we are dying to tell, but can’t for fear of repercussions. Secrets can be fun, having a little something to hide that no one else can know or see. Secrets can also be dangerous. Some of the secrets I have been carrying around are beginning to affect my emotional balance. But, I don’t want to reveal them to anyone. I just need to get them off my chest. Where do I go when I have to confess?

RIGHT HERE.

One of my blogging ‘sisters’ ….why paisley has opened up a new blog. You can read all about how it works right here. Or you can just go right to the site HERE.

It’s new, it’s fun, all the cool kids are doing it, and so am I! Come check it out!

TMZ on TV

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There have been plenty of celebrity snarktastic TV shows in the past. There is even my personal favorite channel E!. But never has there has never been such trash talking to come a long, until…..NOW.

TMZ the famous celebrity gossip website is coming to FOX September 10th!

“When TMZ.com launched on AOL little over a year ago, it was virtually unknown. A few months later, the blog’s traffic syrocketed to the most popular entertainment news site on the web after breaking big-time stories like Mel Gibson’s tirade. And TMZ.com has done it with tons of video — shot by a small army of young videographers — which sets it apart from its competitors. Now in a natural progression for a successful video site, TMZ.com is getting its own TV show.”

Read the full article HERE!