Congratulations to Bourdain, Parts Unknown

August 26, 2014

By Karen

Last weekend, something I was watching on TV had an ad for the Creative Arts Emmy ceremony, and for a split second, I saw Anthony Bourdain on stage accepting an award. It was supposed to air August 24 on FXM, but I scoured Comcast and couldn’t find that channel ANYWHERE.

I HATE Comcast so much…

Anyway, it looks like out of their 7 nominations, Parts Unknown won only for Outstanding Informational Series or Special. Admittedly, that was the biggest honor, but they tied with HBO’s Vice for it.

Once again, Bourdain’s writing was passed over, with COSMOS getting that Emmy.

For Outstanding Host (for The Taste), he lost to Jane Lynch of Hollywood Game Night.

Anyway, Cats Working gives Bourdain and the ZPZ team 12 paws up on their well-deserved win!

BONUS: Yesterday I came across a meaty interview Bourdain gave SBNation about his newfound MMA obsession and other wide-ranging topics. It’s classic.

That one led me to a joint interview with Ottavia that’s an oldie, from around Christmas 2013, but a goodie. Ottavia never fails to liven things up.

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Shame on ‘CBS This Morning’ RE: Robin Williams

August 12, 2014

By Karen

Thankfully, it’s not often I wake up to news so unexpected it leaves me stunned. My heart can’t take it. But it happened today when I learned that Robin Williams died at age 63 by apparent suicide.

When I turned on the TV, Matt Lauer was already into full sensational video obit mode on the Today Show, so I switched to CBS This Morning.

CBS happens to be the last network Robin Williams worked for. Just last season, he starred in The Crazy Ones, his first foray into TV sitcom since Mork and Mindy.

I watched every episode of The Crazy Ones because it starred — ROBIN WILLIAMS!

OK, it wasn’t the funniest, but Robin had good chemistry with his on-screen daughter, Sarah Michelle Gellar. From the outtakes closing every episode, it seemed they were leaving most of Williams’s improv skills on the cutting room floor.

My sense was that the rest of the much-younger cast kept pinching themselves over the chance to work with ROBIN WILLIAMS, and I believed the show would gel in its second season, after maybe some tweaks.

But CBS didn’t give Robin a chance to fix it. They pulled the plug on ROBIN WILLIAMS after one season, in a mind-blowing lack of faith that he would ever deliver.

After that, we read reports that Williams was depressed and checked himself into rehab. And now he’s dead.

And today Charlie Rose and Nora O’Donnell had the GALL to sit there, running clip after clip of Williams’ career — but not ONE from The Crazy Ones.

At one point late in the show, Nora mentioned The Crazy Ones, but Charlie quickly steered her away before she said too much.

Nora also said Williams was one of her favorite interviewees, and they showed a recent blip of him at the table — obviously there to plug The Crazy Ones — but they never mentioned that part.

NOBODY said a peep about the CBS cancellation, even though the sitcom’s “failure” undoubtedly weighed on Williams’ already-shaky confidence and self-esteem.

Way to go, CBS, you fucking cowards. Wail and moan over the loss of a great talent — whom you kicked to the curb like so much garbage just a few months ago. Go claim your spot in the journalistic sewer with the Today Show.

PS: Buried below a bunch of other stuff, I found that CBS did slip that last Williams CBS interview about The Crazy Ones on their website. Too little, too late.


Maureen McDonnell Learns Karma’s a Bitch

August 11, 2014

By Adele

If you smell toast burning, it’s former Virginia governor Bob McDonnell and his wife Maureen as their corruption trial begins its third week.

We’ve heard from Jonnie Williams, the businessman at the center of it, who lavished cash and expensive gifts on the whole McDonnell family to buy endorsements for his tobacco-based dietary supplement, Anatabloc. Now Jonnie feels cheap and used.

We’ve also seen a parade of staffers who still seem to like Bob, but have nary a kind word for Virginia’s first lady.

Maureen’s been called a “nutbag” and a “screamer” who sometimes got so out of control, the governor’s security guys would come running to make sure Maureen wasn’t battering anybody.

She’s been accused of “insane ranting” when denied Williams’ gifts.

In pushing untested and unproven Anatabloc, Maureen went so far as to suggest to Ann Romney during the last presidential campaign that Anatabloc might cure her multiple sclerosis.

And Maureen was furious when she wasn’t given a paid directorship on Star Scientific’s board. She saw no conflict of interest.

The Richmond Times-Dispatch has been on top of things, compiling a list of the evidence. Pictures of our Governor Gone Wild (some probably taken by Maureen) are worth checking out.

Many testifying who worked closely with the McDonnells say they had no idea to what extent Williams was being bled until they read it in the paper last year. Even the former chairman of Star was stunned when Williams finally ‘fessed up about how he’d been trying to buy off the governor.

Jon Stewart recently did an hilarious, spot-on segment, “The Giving Spree,” that explains it all. You may think it’s over the top, but it’s all true. You can’t make this stuff up.

And in the most bizarre twist yet, Maureen’s defense lies in proving she was totally enamored with Jonnie — who denies an affair, or even that he knew Maureen had the hots for him. They’re claiming Maureen hated her husband Bob SO MUCH, there’s no way she would have conspired with him to milk Jonnie for all he was worth.

She’s already destroyed Bob’s once-promising national political career. Why not throw him under the bus and run him over a few times now?

Bob’s only hope may be a sympathetic jury who recognizes the real criminal. If they’re unable to send Maureen to jail because she wasn’t an elected official, they may let Bob walk because he’s already got time served — as that monster’s husband.

Impossible as it may seem, the McDonnells have made Eric Cantor’s douchebaggery seem bush league when it comes to humiliating Virginia.


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