TV MiscellaneousNicholas Kronos -- Wednesday, October 13, 2010 -- 04:27:02 PM
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Doesn't seem to be an existing thread to post this, and The Simpsons probably don't warrant their own thread at this late date:
The questions here are many: How did the show get away with airing this? It puts both Fox and The Simpsons in a bad light, whether or not the reports about South Korea are true. Is this simply the rebuttal? Is this supposed to be funny? Are we supposed to laugh at this? Should The Simpsons be co-opting criticism of their show and making light of it? Let me know your thoughts in the comments.
So hilariously overwrought with the hand-wringing.
They can air it, and should if they wish to, because they've as much a right to speak as the people criticising them. I think it's a funny skewering of the way offshoring production gets portrayed. Conditions aren't what they would be here, but they aren't grinding up kittens, using children to paint animation cells, or enslaving pandas to produce Simpsons merchandise either. It IS funny.
This was posted at Ace's:
I really like the clip.The celebrities just come across as more rounded and more like real people than nowadays.
Nowadays so many of 'em seem to be completely nuts.
I'm pretty sure it was on the basis of this that Conrad got the battery ads.
I used to watch those when I was a teen. They were fun.
Here's a very funny recap of the whole 1976 battle.
Here's the actual relay. Ron Howard runs like a dork. (come to think of it, the winning ABC team contains two eventual A-list directors).
Here's Adrienne Barbeau duking it out with Ma Ingalls. Ma Ingalls kicks ass.
But then she loses to Laverne.
Final tug of war.
And finally here's Bill Simmons' write up of the event, with this wonderful ending:
I liked his interaction with Conrad. It was like something from literature because Kaplan is so subdued but immediately takes the challenge when it's offered. And it looks like Conrad is going to win, but then Kaplan quietly pulls away.
Very classy from a guy whose celebrity persona is goof.
As far as reality TV: it's kind of the opposite of what we have now. These are celebrities being real, whereas now we have nobodies trying to act like celebrities.
The tug of war is worth watching just for Linda Carter in short-shorts. Brings back those Wonder Woman memories.
O.M.G. Psych did a Twin Peaks spoof called "Dual Spires". Bunch of the original cast was on including Tawdrey Audrey (Sherilyn Fenn), Laura Palmer (Sheryl Lee), Bobby Briggs (Dana Ashbrook), Leland Palmer (Ray Wise), the Log Lady (Catherine Coulson), and the orchid guy.
Gobs and gobs of refs everywhere. I was gobsmacked at the awesomeness of it.
Oh, and Sheryl Lee has aged well (me-ow), Sherilyn Fenn slightly less well.
Oh, trust me. "What's her surface area?" is like "How long is the coast of Britain?" -- you know, with all the tiny twists and turns, nooks and crannies, etc.
I don't even know where to begin. 18M isn't enough for you? You don't have the courtesy of sharing your decision with your co-host before announcing on air? You fire your manager for not negotiating effectively (this would be funny if the show was still pulling down the numbers it had been).
You're so shallow and money hungry that you quit because you're too blind to realize that the show isn't performing as well as in past seasons?
And, he DOES take a lot of time off. I don't watch the show, but it seems there are an unusual amount of promos announcing a guest host of one sort or another showing on a regular basis.
I never was a huge fan of Regis so it's no big loss to me. Just another hour to fill with mindless babble crap in the morning tv line up.
Of course, my rant above is assuming this is true, and given that it comes from TMZ, it's almost a sure bet that most of it is blown out of proportion.