Overheard in the EW TV Department

Kristen Baldwin: I think I just saw the Pet Shop Boys performing "West End Girls" on Dancing with the Stars. Did anyone else see this or should I have my husband prescribe me some anti-psychotics?

Jessica Shaw: Oh, no. It actually happened. Could you feel the self-loathing oozing from the pores of that pathetic lead singer?

Tim Stack: It wasn’t nearly as awkward as castoff Joey Lawrence trying to hold back tears as it would undoubtedly smear his Mystic Tan.

Mandi Bierly: For those of you who also watched Top Model last night, let me speak on behalf of my people: the "NASCAR driver" who let the girls use him as a punching bag and later held the checkered flag while they raced to nab the most clothing is a fledgling driver who makes his real living as a Hollywood stuntman. No real NASCAR driver would have done that bit. They only cameo on quality shows, like One Tree Hill and The Guiding Light.

JS: Did Top Model have to pay for a new car when Michelle punctured it with her heel?

Whitney Pastorek: As I discovered in my research for the TV Watch last night, not only is he barely a NASCAR driver (Busch series, mostly), he is also PAUL NEWMAN’S GODSON. ???????

MB: Really? Are you sure? Paul needs to step up and finance the boy so he can get a decent ride.

WP: Yep. He’s the son of Stan Barrett, who I guess was Paul’s stuntman at one point?

Tanner Stransky: My parents live five minutes from Kansas Speedway.EVERYONE — and I mean everyone because in Kansas, everyone is a NASCARfan — was elated when Paul Newman bought a mansion right near thespeedway for when he comes in for races. He’s obsessed with it.

Comments (8 total) Add your comment
  • BassSinger

    Odd. Very odd.
    Almost like me and my friends, except none of them would have know about NASCAR.

  • Josh

    I love how it starts with Pet Shop Boys on a reality show, and ends with Paul Newman buying a mansion next to a speedway.

  • Ep Sato

    Up next, Depeche Mode on Flavor of Love…

  • Tom Scarlett

    Neil Tennant has more talent in his hairpiece than the EW writers have in their entire bodies. If Pet Shop Boys have to go on TV to make a few bucks, it’s only because Americans are too philistine to appreciate the brilliance of their recent recordings. If EW had any taste, you would do a career retrospective on Pet Shop Boys, though I realize that would take away space from covering whatever junk Brad Pitt has out this month.

  • Veronica

    Tanner – This may seem petty but I have to to tell you that not everyone in Kansas is a fan of NASCAR. Most people who live within an hour radius of the speedway are non-fans who treat NASCAR just like the rest of the country does. Believe it or not, we have better things to do than sit around and wait for celebrities to show up for races (well, most people do at least).

  • bp

    So Neil Tennant is a pathetic lead singer? I’ll admit to not buying/hearing a Pet Shop Boys CD in a while, but come on, pull your head out! That man may be a lot of things, but ‘Pathetic’ ain’t one of them, even if he did pop up on a crap show to make some cash.

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