Sesame Street, Katy Perry, Boobs, & Disney Characters

[WARNING: Another title for this post could have been: ‘Wherein I Rant And Possibly Offend Many Readers’.]

Onward….

I’m sure by now you have all seen [and/or heard] about the drama that ensued regarding singer Katy Perry’s skit with Elmo. Yes? If not, here’s the clip that everyone’s talking about.

Apparently, that skit was deemed too ‘racy’ by some over-protective parents and subsequently yanked from ‘Sesame Street’. Some of the quotes from these outraged parents include references with respects to Katy Perry’s cleavage. I realize this is a children’s television show, and she does have impressive and ample breasts. However, I do not think that her performance was offensive in the least.

Honestly, I have no idea what people are so upset about. While yes, it’s true, as a fellow parent I have been known to overreact to certain situations that involve my own child [ie: that time he dyed his hair]. But for the life of me, I just can’t figure out the logic behind this kind of unnecessary uproar.

And here’s why…

Have these very same parents ever taken a really good look at the way Female ‘Disney Characters’ are drawn? I’m thinking not. Because if they had? Surely they would have to be just as livid. Or, am I just the only person on the planet that has noticed the excessively-large-stripper-like-breasts depicted on 90% of the Female Disney Princesses?

I believe my point will be better demonstrated with some photographic evidence.

[Side bar: I did not enhance these pictures in any way, shape, or form. I only wrote captions on them.]

Example One: This is probably the least offensive of them all.

Example Two:

Example Three:

Example Four: Ah yes, the crème de la crème of examples.

So what makes those images okay for children’s eyes? Is it just because they are cartoon characters?

Seriously people.

Boobs are everywhere.

And for all intensive purposes – we as a culture are obsessed with them.

Quite frankly, I think if these parents are going to get their panties in a twist over Katy Perry’s appearance on Sesame Street they should probably also reconsider dressing-up their little girls like these characters.

Just sayin’.

Undercovers

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NBC premiered it’s new show ‘UNDERCOVERS” and since I love suspense-filled-spy-drama I figured this show was worth checking out. And I was right. It sort of reminded me of the movie Mr. & Mrs. Smith, except that the show was much more believable than the movie. Yanno, in a ‘that-could-never-really-happen’ kind of way. The chemistry between the two main characters [Steven & Samantha] is genuinely a pleasure to watch. I found myself very much enjoying this series. I will more than likely be adding it to my fall-line up television schedule . Besides, their time slot is up against other shows that I don’t really care for.

About The Show:

Sexy, fun, action-packed spy drama that proves once and for all that marriage is still the world’s most dangerous partnership. Outwardly, Steven Bloom (Boris Kodjoe, “Tyler Perry’s Madea’s Family Vacation,” “Soul Food,” “Resident Evil: Afterlife”) and his wife, Samantha (Gugu Mbatha-Raw, “Dr. Who,” “Bonekickers”), are a typical married couple who own and operate a small catering company in Los Angeles – with help from Samantha’s easily frazzled handful of a sister, Lizzy (Mekia Cox, “90210,” “This Is It”). Secretly, the duo were two of the best spies the CIA had ever known, until they fell in love on the job five years ago and retired. When fellow spy and good friend Leo Nash (Carter MacIntyre, “American Heiress,” “Nip/Tuck”) goes missing while on the trail of a Russian arms dealer, the Blooms are reinstated by boss and agency liaison, Carlton Shaw (Gerald McRaney, “Deadwood,” “Jericho”), to locate and rescue Nash. With assistance from resourceful CIA field agent Bill Hoyt (Ben Schwartz, “Parks and Recreation,” “Bronx World Travelers”), whose professional admiration for Steven isn’t hard to miss, the pair is thrust back into the world of espionage, disguises and hand-to-hand combat. Following leads that take them to cities spanning the globe, Steven and Samantha quickly realize that perhaps this supercharged, undercover lifestyle provides exactly the kind of excitement and romance that their marriage has been missing.

REVIEW HERE

Law & Order SVU – 12th Season Premiere

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I have been watching Law & Order for practically my entire life. And I’ve been watching Law & Order SVU since it’s inception twelve years ago.  I’ve loved every single episode, every single season. And this season premiere was not a disappointment. In fact, I was on the edge of my seat for the full hour! I am not going to give away any spoilers. However, I will mention that guest star Joan Cusack did an UNBELIEVABLY AMAZING job in her role as  the mother of a girl who disappeared some years earlier. When her other daughter also goes missing, she became the focus of the investigation.

Listen below to Joan talk more about her character and her role in the season premiere!

Missed it? You can watch full episodes on NBC Ondemand.
[Check with your local cable television provider.]

About The Show:

Law & Order SVU chronicles the life and crimes of the Special Victims Unit of the New York Police Department, the elite squad of detectives who investigate sexually based crimes. Created by Emmy Award-winning producer Dick Wolf, “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” is now entering its eleventh season. The program has received numerous citations from community-based organizations for the social issues it tackles, and the cast members are frequently recognized for the work they do off-screen to promote personal health and safety and other volunteer efforts and initiatives.

The drama follows Detective Elliot Stabler (Christopher Meloni), a seasoned veteran of the unit who has seen it all, and his partner, Detective Olivia Benson (Mariska Hargitay), whose difficult past — a product of rape — is the reason she joined the unit. Meloni is recognized as one of the most versatile actors today, taking on challenging and diverse roles in both television and film. He is well known for his portrayal of the duplicitous inmate Chris Keller on HBO’s critically praised series “Oz.” He moved to the right side of the law, however, on “Law & Order: SVU” where he was nominated for his first Emmy Award in 2006 as Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series.

In 2009, Hargitay (Detective Benson) garnered her sixth Emmy nomination for Lead Actress in a Drama Series, and won the 2006 Emmy for that category. In 2006, she received her third SAG nomination for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series for her portrayal of Detective Benson. In 2005, Hargitay earned her first Golden Globe Award for Lead Actress in a Drama Series for the role and her second Emmy nomination; and in 2004, both an Emmy and a SAG nomination in the same category.

Captain Donald Cragen, (Dann Florek, reprising the role he played on the first three seasons of “Law & Order” 1990-1993), oversees the unit with his tough but supportive approach to the team’s complex cases, guiding the squad through the challenges they face every day. Detective John Munch, (Richard Belzer, “Homicide: Life on the Street”), a transfer from Baltimore’s homicide unit, brings his acerbic wit, conspiracy theories and street-honed investigative skills to the team. And his partner, Detective Odafin “Fin” Tutuola (Ice-T), adds his unique sense of humor and investigative experience, making him a formidable match for Munch.

Forensic psychiatrist, George Huang (B.D. Wong), whose insight into the minds of the accused often provides significant clues that lead to the resolution of a case, and Medical Examiner Melinda Warner (Tamara Tunie) lend their skills to uncover forensic evidence. Also joining the team, the new assistant district attorney Kim Grayleck (Michaela McManus).

In 2009, Ellen Burstyn, Brenda Blethyn, and Carol Burnett were all nominated for an Emmy for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series In 2008, Cynthia Nixon won an Emmy for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series, and Robin Williams earned a nomination for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series for their guest roles on “SVU”. Leslie Caron was also awarded an Emmy at the 2007 Creative Arts Emmys for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series, “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.” In 2007, the 19th Annual GLAAD Media Awards nominated ‘SVU’s’ “Sin” for an Outstanding Individual Episode. In addition, Richard Belzer was nominated for a 2007 People’s Choice Award for Favorite Scene Stealing Star, and “Law & Order: SVU” was nominated for Best Drama.

“Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” is a Wolf Films production in association with Universal Media Studios. Wolf, is creator and executive producer, Neal Baer (NBC’s “ER,” “China Beach”), Ted Kotcheff (“Fun with Dick and Jane,” “Weekend at Bernie’s”) and Peter Jankowski are executive producers

Raising Hope

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Fox broadcast the season premier of it’s new television show “Raising Hope” and of course I had to check it out. And I am so glad that I did. I absolutely LOVED this show. I laughed from the opening scene all the way throughout. The cast is awesome. The writing is excellent. The delivery was spot-on. I am definitely adding this show to my MUST SEE TELEVISION FALL LINE UP!

Don’t believe me? Watch this clip:

About The Show:

At 23 years old, JIMMY CHANCE (Lucas Neff) is going nowhere in life. He skims pools for a living, parties every night and still lives at home with his family, including his MAW MAW (Cloris Leachman); his mother, VIRGINIA (Martha Plimpton) and his father, BURT (Garret Dillahunt).

Jimmy’s life takes a drastic turn when a chance romantic encounter with LUCY (guest star Bijou Phillips) goes awry once he discovers she is a wanted felon. Months later, when Jimmy pays a visit to the local prison, he learns Lucy is pregnant with their baby, and after she gives birth, he is charged with raising their daughter.

Back at home, Jimmy’s family is less than enthusiastic about a new addition to the household. His parents, who had him when they were 15, never knew anything about raising a child and have no interest in trying again. Jimmy may be able to get some help from SABRINA (Shannon Woodward), a sardonic checkout clerk he met at the supermarket if only he can work up the nerve to ask her out. Despite it all, Jimmy is determined to take care of his baby – whom Virginia thinks they should name HOPE.

With very few useful skills but their hearts in the right place, will the Chance family be successful when they step into the unpredictable and immensely challenging world of parenting?

RAISING HOPE is produced by Amigos de Garcia Productions in association with 20th Century Fox Television. The pilot was written by Greg Garcia and directed by Michael Fresco. Garcia serves as executive producer on the series.

Running Wilde

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Fox just premiered a new show: “Running Wilde“. And since I am a such huge fan of actor/comedian Will Arnett, I just HAD TO check it out. Sadly, I was unimpressed. Actually, to be perfectly honest, I was quite disappointed. However, before I make any knee-jerk decisions, I am going to give this show one more episode before either adding it or removing it from my Fall-Television-Line-Up.

ABOUT THE SHOW:

From the Emmy Award-winning creator and the star of the critically acclaimed FOX series “Arrested Development” comes RUNNING WILDE, a romantic comedy starring Will Arnett as Steven Wilde, a filthy-rich, immature playboy trying desperately to win (or buy) the heart of his childhood sweetheart, Emmy Kadubic (Keri Russell), the über-liberal humanitarian who got away – all told through the perspective of a 12-year-old girl. Steve Wilde has never performed a selfless act. But why should he? He’s rich! The son of an oil tycoon, Steve hasn’t had to work a day in his life and has always gotten everything he’s wanted – with one exception: the love of Emmy.

The daughter of a former Wilde housekeeper, Emmy is an earnest do-gooder who has spent her adult life trying to save the world. And though Emmy is content living with an indigenous tribe in the Amazon rainforest, her 12-year-old daughter, Puddle (Stefania Owen), just wants to be a normal kid experiencing her adolescence in a normal place. And she would speak up except for the fact that she hasn’t spoken in a few months.

When Wilde Oil’s expansion in the rainforest threatens her adopted tribe, Emmy decides to attend Steve’s self-thrown “Humanitarian of the Year” award ceremony in hopes of convincing him to help her cause… and also maybe because she still has a thing for Steve. But same-old Steve is unwilling to help because fighting Wilde Oil (a/k/a Dad) means putting his meal ticket in jeopardy.

Rather than run the risk of letting Emmy slip away again, Steve pulls out all the stops to win her heart. To do so, he enlists the only other people in his life who can help: Oxford-accented neighbor and “frenemy” Fa’ad Shaoulian (Peter Serafinowicz); Migo Salazar (Mel Rodriguez), Steve’s employee/sidekick/errand-boy; and (reluctantly) the scheming Mr. Lunt (Robert Michael Morris), Steve’s “manny”–turned-secretary as well as the biggest protector of Steve… and his own job.

Despite having everything he ever wanted, Steve knows he can’t buy love and happiness, which falls in sharp contrast to Emmy, who has nothing but love and happiness. So with Emmy committed to doing good for nothing, and Steve being a good for nothing, will this hopelessly mismatched pair ever be able to reconcile their differences?

Emmy’s daughter Puddle narrated the season premiere, in a very Arrested Development kind of way, but I felt like I was waiting for something, ANYTHING, to happen. And nothing ever did. Oh well. I guess I’ll see what happens next week!

GLEE!

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Fox’s hit show GLEE premiered it’s second season – and IT WAS AWESOME! Honestly, this is one of THE BEST SHOWS to hit television in YEARS. However, I am not going to write about the premiere because I don’t want to spoil it for anyone that hasn’t had the chance to view it.

Fans can subscribe to their YouTube right HERE. Or follow them on Twitter HERE. And don’t forget to “Like” their FaceBook HERE!

How many of you my dear readers ARE watching it? And if so, would you consider yourself to be more of a “Gleek” or more of a “Cheerio”?

If you haven’t watched it, click HERE to see full episodes online!

ABOUT THE SHOW:

Entering its sophomore season, GLEE is a biting musical comedy that has quickly become a pop-culture phenomenon. The highest-rated new scripted series of the season boasts critical acclaim, a loyal fan base of “GLEEks,” two certified Gold albums, more than 10 million song downloads and an incredible 19 Emmy nominations – earning it the distinction of being the most-nominated series of the year. To top it off, the genre-defying, award-winning series has been picked up through its third season.

After GLEE was recognized by the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences with nominations in all major categories, the show took home four awards, including one for Ryan Murphy for Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series and one for Jane Lynch for as Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series.

In its freshman year, GLEE was also honored with a Peabody Award; a Golden Globe for Best Television Series, Comedy or Musical; a Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series; and a People’s Choice Award for Favorite New TV Comedy. The cast has performed for the President and First Lady at the White House, appeared on “The Oprah Winfrey Show,” sang the national anthem at the World Series and graced the covers of Entertainment Weekly and Rolling Stone.

GLEE follows a group of eager and ambitious students as they strive to outshine their singing competition while navigating the cruel halls of McKinley High. Although New Directions lost at Regionals, they now have their sights set on making it to Nationals and defeating their arch rivals, Vocal Adrenaline.

The glee club’s fearless leader is WILL SCHUESTER (Matthew Morrison), a talented young teacher with hip-hop skills and a heart gold. New Directions’ aspiring stars include RACHEL (Lea Michele), a pitch-perfect singer with an unfaltering determination to be popular; FINN (Cory Monteith), the heartbreakingly cool quarterback who struggles with his personal life; KURT (Chris Colfer), the baby-faced soprano with a fierce eye for fashion; MERCEDES (Amber Riley), a powerhouse vocalist whose diva attitude rivals the greats; ARTIE (Kevin McHale), a physically disabled performer with killer vocals and a dream to dance; and TINA (Jenna Ushkowitz), a goth chick with a soft side. There’s also arrogant and cocky crooner PUCK (Mark Salling); ice-cold queen-bee-turned-teen-mom QUINN (Dianna Agron); and the dynamic dimwitted cheerleading duo of BRITTANY (Heather Morris) and SANTANA (Naya Rivera). With his heart in the right place, Will is determined to help the kids take Nationals, but at every turn he must battle with his nemesis, SUE SYLVESTER (Jane Lynch), the conniving cheerleading coach; and his evil ex-wife, TERRI (Jessalyn Gilsig). Mr. Schuester’s only allies at McKinley are OCD-afflicted guidance counselor EMMA PILLSBURY (Jayma Mays) and supportive parents like Kurt’s dad, BURT HUMMEL (Mike O’Malley).

In addition to the regular cast, GLEE has featured guest appearances by a wide range of talented performers, including Kristen Chenoweth, Idina Menzel, Jonathan Groff, Molly Shannon, Olivia Newton-John and Neil Patrick Harris, who won an Emmy for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series for his work on the show.

The second season of GLEE will include guest appearances by comedy icon Carol Burnett, pop superstar Britney Spears, heartthrob John Stamos, Broadway sensation Cheyenne Jackson, international recording artist Charice and newcomer Chord Overstreet.

Chase – Season Premiere

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NBC Launched a new show to their fall-line up, “CHASE“. I had the privilege of watching the season premiere. While I found the show to be a little too predicable at times, I am a sucker for ‘Bad-Ass-Kicking-Women’. And Annie Frost delivers just that! Take a look below.

I haven’t decided whether or not to add this to my MUST SEE list  just yet- or, if I am going to save it to watch online when time permits. However, I always like to give any new show at least ‘Two Episodes’ before making my final choice.

ABOUT THE SHOW:

Chase is a fast-paced drama from Emmy Award-winning executive producer Jerry Bruckheimer (“CSI” franchise, “The Amazing Race,” “Pirates of the Caribbean” films) and executive producer Jennifer Johnson (“Cold Case”) that drops viewers smack into the middle of a game of cat-and-mouse as a team of U.S. marshals hunts down America’s most dangerous fugitives. Kelli Giddish (“Past Life”) stars as U.S. Marshal Annie Frost, a cowboy boot-wearing deputy whose sharp mind and unique Texas upbringing help her track down the violent criminals on the run. Cole Hauser (“K-Ville”), Amaury Nolasco (“Prison Break”), Rose Rollins (“The L Word”) and Jesse Metcalfe (“Desperate Housewives”) also star as members of Frost’s elite team. “Chase” is produced by Bonanza Productions Inc., in association with Jerry Bruckheimer Television and Warner Bros. Television. Bruckheimer, Jonathan Littman (“CSI” franchise, “The Amazing Race,” “Cold Case”) and Johnson serve as executive producers, while KristieAnne Reed is co-executive producer. David Nutter (“The Mentalist,” “Without a Trace” “The X-Files”) directed and is executive producer of the pilot that was written by Johnson.

The Event – Season Premiere

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I don’t know if any one else was sucked into watching this new television series THE EVENT on NBC with all the hype and never-ending barrage of commercials promoting the show. But I sure was. And honestly? It was pretty damned good. It definitely piqued my interest and held my limited attention span immediately. I like a show you actually have to think about while watching it. No matter how ‘far fetched’ it may be. However, you will have to suspend all disbelief. Plus, I am psyched about the cast:

When the series premiere ended I was left with baited breath. I am already letting my imagination run wild and wondering what’s going to happen next! And if next week’s episode is half as interesting as the premiere was? I can certainly see myself possibly becoming addicted to this new series.

ABOUT THE SHOW:

The Event is an emotional, high-octane conspiracy thriller that follows Sean Walker (Jason Ritter, “The Class”), an everyman who investigates the mysterious disappearance of his would-be fiance Leila (Sarah Roemer, “Disturbia”), and unwittingly begins to expose the biggest cover-up in U.S. history.
Sean’s quest will send ripples through the lives of an eclectic band of strangers, including newly elected U.S. President Elias Martinez (Golden Globe nominee Blair Underwood, “In Treatment”); Sophia Maguire (Emmy Award nominee Laura Innes, “ER”), who is the leader of a mysterious group of detainees; and Leila’s shadowy father (Scott Patterson, “Gilmore Girls”). Their futures are on a collision course in a global conspiracy that could ultimately change the fate of mankind.

Dancing With The Stars – Season Premiere

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Okay, okay, so Dancing With The Stars [DWTS] premiered and sadly, I missed it! I was too busy trying to watch the Season Premiere of HOUSE. And even more sadly, I do NOT have  DVR or any other recording device. I know. FOR SHAME!

Thankfully, ABC allows me to watch full episodes right online. So I will be able to play catch-up later on. But, for those of you, my dear readers, who HAVE seen the show…PLEASE TELL ME WHAT I MISSED. Because with this seasons Celebrity Line-Up like this:

Audrina Patridge “The Hills Hottie” with partner Tony Dovolani
Brandy“R&B’s Platinum Girl” with partner Maksim Chmerkovskiy
Bristol Palin“Alaska’s Most Famous Daughter” w/partner Mark Ballas
David Hasselhoff“The Hoff” with partner Kym Johnson
Florence Henderson“America’s Mom” with partner Corky Ballas
Jennifer Grey“The Original Dirty Dancer” with partner Derek Hough
Kurt Warner“The Superbowl Success Story” w/partner Anna Trebunskaya
Kyle Massey“Disney Channel Dynamo” with partner Lacey Schwimmer
Margaret Cho“Comedy’s Most Outrageous” w/partner Louis Van Amstel
Michael Bolton“The Balladeer” with partner Chelsie Hightower
Mike Sorrentino“The Situation” with partner Karina Smirnoff
Rick Fox“Basketball’s Foxiest Champion” w/partner Cheryl Burke

This season looks like it’s going to be a ‘Train-Wreck-A-Palooza!’

PS: For those of you living under a rock:

ABOUT THE SHOW:

Three opinionated judges, twelve professional dancers, twelve celebrities, tons of glitter and spray tans, and Tom Bergeron and Brooke Burke. That’s the basic formula for Dancing with the Stars, but really there’s nothing formulaic or predictable about the series because it’s our show. We, the viewers, call the shots. We determine who stays and who goes each week. No, we’ll never be able to dance like Chelsie Hightower, Maksim Chmerkovskiy or Cheryl Burke, and that’s exactly why we watch. We can totally relate to the stars competing on the show and it’s pretty cool to know they’re just like us. These actors, athletes, musicians, reality stars, and where-are-they-now personalities start out as lumbering Frankensteins with two left feet, and they slowly transform (we hope) into graceful twinkle-toed Baryshnikovs. OK, our weekly phone and online votes aren’t powerful enough to help them that much, but we do have the power to determine the show’s outcome. You’d think the stars were competing for more than just a mirrored disco ball, the way the celebs risk torn ligaments, poked eyes, fainting spells and wardrobe malfunctions to earn a perfect 30 from judges Carrie Ann Inaba, Len Goodman and Bruno Tonioli. We’d never want to face their wrath, but it sure is fun to see them unleash it on the stars. That’s probably the one time we wouldn’t want to be in the stars’ shoes, no matter how shiny and glittery they might be.

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