(via Can You Say…”Hero?”)
Why Mr. Rogers, famous for doing the same thing year in and year out, was a hero.
Joshua Alston, on TLC’s new reality series, Sister Wives.
In other news: How ‘bout those polyamorists?
The Mad Men School of Seduction
As anticipation for the upcoming season of Mad Men continues to grow, I thought I’d pay tribute to those lotharios of Sterling Cooper. This video features almost every pickup line uttered between seasons 1-3. Have you been having trouble with the ladies? Well, take a cue from Campbell, Cosgrove, Kinsey, and, of course, the great Roger Sterling, among others. In less than 3 minutes, you’ll have the skills to score any choice dame. Mix yourself an Old Fashioned, light that Lucky Strike, and enjoy!
Oh, for God’s sake. We’re sorry it took us so long to promote the brilliance of this, by our Ryan Jones.
I suspect the hushed public response to Treme has more to do with our low tolerance for shame. I’ve joked with friends who ask me what I think of the show that it’s the cable-drama version of being chided for not having donated to the Red Cross after Katrina. In Treme, characters will say, explicitly, that NEW ORLEANS MATTERS—in a way that may not break the fourth wall, but certainly chips away at it.
But now, having seen the premiere of The Real World: Return to New Orleans, which couldn’t be less like Treme, I wonder if there’s any serial approach to the new New Orleans that I would want to watch consistently. For its 24th season, MTV’s reality granddaddy ambles back to a city it already visited, back in its ninth season. But, obviously, it isn’t the same New Orleans it once was. There’s still a bit of a pallor, for such a colorful city, and the tragedy of Katrina is a wet blanket over the Mardi Gras frivolity that once characterized it. That’s no reason not to have eight self-absorbed kids see if it’s still a city in which they can thoroughly debauch themselves.
Alston, on the Real World’s return to New Orleans
There are rumors that Bachelorette Ali Fedotowsky might not find love when all’s said and done on the show. Which is pretty sad, because she’s 25—EXTREMELY long in the tooth for being a loveless Singleton, according to ABC. We’re not sure how the eligible dudes and those Bachelorette producers could collude to bilk old Ali this way. The woman is always so amiable and happy—she almost never crumples her face into a tight wad like she just swallowed a gallon of battery acid. She doesn’t whimper in needy distress all the time—just some of the time. And for a loveless old lump—25 is practically menopausal—she doesn’t cry that much. Just every episode.
It eludes me, yall. It eludes me. How does nobody love this woman?
When Kathryn Bigelow directs the next Bachelorette, Sarah Ball will so be there.
Alston remembers Gary Coleman
A cappella Gaga. Say that three times fast.
Music to await your journalistic fate by.