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Derek Jeter does it his way in farewell Gatorade ad

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It’s best not to look too closely at the way Derek Jeter and his New York Yankees are limping home this September, his 20th and final season in pinstripes. Better to focus on the glory days—the World Series titles, the clutch playoff home runs*, and the general sense of class he brought to the game for two decades. He’s earned his place in the pantheon of Yankee greats, from Ruth to Gehrig to DiMaggio to Mantle to Reggie.

In a new Gatorade commercial set to Frank Sinatra’s “My Way,” Jeter takes a game-day stroll to Yankee Stadium, surprising fans who treat him like an immortal. Yet I have enough faith in the Bronx’s what-have-you-done-for-me-lately denizens that I’d bet at least one passerby yelled, “Can I borrow that wet newspaper when you’re finished hitting .249 with it!?” and had to be edited out.

To be fair to Jeter, who’s still a lifetime .309 hitter, even Sinatra sometimes forgot the lyrics as he approached the final curtain. READ FULL STORY

'Grey's Anatomy' cast poses as 'Orange Is the New Black' characters

In a new photo Ellen Pompeo posted on WhoSay, some of the Grey’s Anatomy cast got into character as their Orange Is the New Black favorites, including Sara Ramirez as Alex. Welcome to what Pompeo calls “Blue is the new black.”

If Meredith Grey were a member of Litchfield prison, who would she be? Well, that probably depends on whether we’re talking about dark-and-twisty Meredith or present-day Meredith, but regardless, Ellen Pompeo seems to be a fan of Tricia (and her cornrows). And considering these guys are all still alive despite working at what will always be known as “Seattle Grace-Mercy Death,” I’d say they’d have a good shot against the women of Litchfield. Well, until they met Red.

Grey’s Anatomy returns Thursday, Sept. 25 at 8 p.m. on ABC.

This 'Scandal' clothing line lets you dress just like Olivia Pope

Olivia Pope knows how to handle just about any situation in the White House, and the same rules apply to the world of fashion. If there’s a problem, Liv will fix it.

And now, Kerry Washington has teamed up with Scandal‘s costume designer, Lyn Paolo, and the head of design for The Limited, Elliot Staples, to create The Limited Collection Inspired by Scandal. Fans of the show will know what to expect: Lots of white, lots of jackets, and more than one pair of gloves. But the question remains: Will there be a fashionable (though slightly oversized) white hat in the mix?

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'Orange Is the New Black' meets 'Golden Girls' in new mash-up video

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Orange Is the New Black has often been called the Golden Girls of a new generation. Okay, so it’s never been called that, but thanks to a new theme song mash-up video, we wish it were. Can you imagine if the ladies of Litchfield considered one another pals and confidants? Oh, the things they could talk about over a good cheesecake.

That being said, there is one thing we can all agree on: Red is obviously the Sophia of Litchfield, Big Boo the Dorothy, Morello the Rose, and Nicky the Blanche. As for Piper, she’s easily Rebecca Devereaux, Blanche’s daughter, right? They were both engaged to a man at one point.

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Bruce Springsteen headlines Stand Up For Heroes event

Bruce Springsteen and a collection of all-star comedians will headline the eighth annual Stand Up for Heroes event at the Theater at Madison Square Garden on Nov. 5. Louis C.K., John Mulaney, John Oliver, and NBC’s Brian Williams are already confirmed, and several surprise guests are expected. The event, presented by the Bob Woodruff Foundation and New York Comedy Festival, has raised millions for injured military veterans and their families. READ FULL STORY

Pop Culture Pet Peeve: Have sex already!

Let’s talk about cooking for a second. Say you’re going to slow-roast a big hunk of meat. What’s the first thing you do? You pick out all the necessary seasonings and throw them in the pot. Then, you add the meat and let it sit for hours. You make sure to give the meat enough time to soak up all the ingredients, never forgetting that it’s there, until it’s time to eat. Then, you put the meat on a platter, cut it open to make sure it’s done, dress it up as necessary, and serve it. Sounds simple, right? Well, the same rules apply to sex scenes in television shows.

First, shows present the given will-they-won’t-they couple or couples with all the necessary ingredients to get fans on board. There are longing glances, small touches, a few kisses, etc. Then, the show lets the couple sit in the background for a bit, allowing the anticipation to build, never forgetting that the couple is there. Then, when the time is right, the couple finally hooks up in a scene that combines everything fans have come to love about said couple. And you know what? It’s pretty delicious.

However, not all shows know what it means to follow a fairly straightforward recipe. And in some cases, variations are acceptable. For example, Gilmore Girls was able to wait four seasons for Luke and Lorelai to kiss, which is a long time to let something simmer. So why did it work? Because Luke and Lorelai were not the centerpiece of the show, or the main dish, if you will. Gilmore Girls was about Rory and Lorelai and the town of Stars Hollow and all of the guys in between. READ FULL STORY

What pop culture teaches us about life as a royal 'spare to the heir'

This morning, the news broke that Prince William and Kate Middleton are expecting their second child—or as some put it, their “spare to the heir.”

In the real-life tabloids, second-eldest royal siblings are often portrayed as the more “out of control” children, with less royal responsibility. But TV and movies are just as fascinated (if not more so) with noble siblings, and according to pop culture, being second in the royal bloodline could mean any number of other things, too. Here are a few more specific lessons that Prince George’s future sibling might want to take into account.

The King’s Speech: If your brother abdicates, you could become the king—and be forced to speak publicly on a regular basis—even if you don’t want to.

The Royals: From the looks of this show, it doesn’t really matter which kid you are. Being royal means partying and trying to keep your private parts off the cover of tabloid magazines.

The Lion King: Your jealous brother will probably drop you off a cliff and allow you to get trampled by a stampede. But don’t worry, your son will avenge your honor (in a few years).

Frozen: You can either become a villain, if you’re a man, or you can be so desperate to be married that you fall for a villain, if you’re a woman.

Hamlet: As a “spare to the heir,” you might one day get the urge to murder your older brother and marry his wife. [Ed note: Don't do that.]

Reign: If your older brother is a bastard, you might as well be the first-born. Well, unless your fiancee decides to marry him and get him legitimized by the Pope. Also, if your bastard brother isn’t a threat, your dad might be. Just keep an eye on him and make sure he doesn’t try to kill you and marry your wife. Finally, you might have to murder your father in a jousting match in order to keep him away from your woman. Hey, all’s fair in love and royalty.

Beauty and the Beast: If you piss off an enchantress, it won’t matter which sibling you are.

Ever After: So long as your mom is Anjelica Huston, it also doesn’t matter which sibling you are. (But if you aren’t the first-born, you won’t win the heart of the handsome prince, obviously.)

The White Queen: Again, birth order doesn’t mean anything. The throne goes to the best manipulator.

Marie Antoinette: If you’re a female “spare,” you can still reign if you pick the right husband.

Game of Thrones: If the King dies, there will be war. Also, if your older brother dies, the kingdom is yours, even if you’re a child. Final lesson: If you’ve been exiled, you’re going to need an army to have any shot at the crown.

Mulan: … On the upside, at least you know that if your family needs to go to war, they’ll look to your older brother before they look to you.

How Joan Rivers went from comedian to fashion maven

Joan Rivers was a comedian through and through, starting her journey in comedy clubs and working her way up through various talk shows. So why is it that certain generations will more quickly associate her with fashion? Well, because she conquered that world, too.

The transition from stand-up comedian to the host of E!’s Fashion Police isn’t a typical career trajectory in the land of Hollywood. But for Rivers, the move from comedian to fashion maven was perfectly natural, and that probably had something to do with the fact that it wasn’t much of a “move.” Rivers never stopped being a comedian. Rather, she simply redirected her jokes toward a new topic.

After finding great success as a comedian in the 1980′s—launching The Late Show Starring Joan Rivers and becoming the highest paid performer in Las Vegas—Rivers’ world shifted when her mentor, Johnny Carson, declared that Rivers was dead to him after her show competed against his. Rivers and her husband, producer Edgar Rosenberg, were then fired from the late-night gig. Rosenberg committed suicide soon after.

Following a deep depression, Rivers found her way back into the entertainment world through the red carpet. Rivers had worked fashion into a handful of her monologues throughout the years, but it was her daughter, Melissa, who gave her the final push into the fashion world. “Melissa knew someone at E!,” Joan told Vanity Fair. “And they were saying, ‘Who should we put out on the red carpet?’ It is a horrible job and no one was doing it then. And Melissa said, ‘My mother.’ It was a very low time for me [in my career].”

Joan Rivers then hosted the 1994 Golden Globes red carpet alone before Melissa joined her for the following year’s Oscars. Bringing their comedy and staunch criticism to the carpet, Melissa and Joan quickly revolutionized red carpet coverage. In fact, the duo is often credited with coining the phrase, “Who are you wearing?”

Joan explained the thinking behind the often-criticized question by saying, “Other reporters always said, ‘I’m not going to ask that. I’m going to ask how [the actors] feel politically!’ But actors don’t want to hear that! They’re nervous. They haven’t eaten for three days. They’re trying to remember who the damn designer [who made their dress] is. Their hair is held together with extensions. You can’t ask them anything difficult!”

After a couple of shows, Joan and Melissa became their own brand, with their critical approach being recognized by all involved. Actors began asking Joan and Melissa what they thought of their attire. Suddenly, everyone needed to know the opinion of the Rivers duo.

It was only after the red carpet became so packed with publicists and reporters that Joan recalled having to reach out and grab celebrities that the duo decided to leave. “I remember almost pulling Cate Blanchett’s arm out of her socket to talk to her, because BBC had her other arm. The girl almost had two dislocated shoulders,” Joan told Vanity Fair. “And I just thought, I am standing here, an Emmy winner and a Tony nominee, nearly dislocating someone’s shoulder to ask her, ‘Who are you wearing?’”

But having fully immersed herself in the world of fashion at that point, Joan simply redirected her career. In 2010, E! launched Fashion Police. Hosted by Joan, the show ran the day after red-carpet events and discussed the looks from the night before. From there, it became a weekly program.

There’s no word yet on whether Fashion Police will continue in the wake of Joan’s death, though Joan’s feelings toward the show were obvious. She once described it to Access Hollywood the way she described many a dress on the red carpet: “It’s just fabulous.”

It's okay for Alicia and Kalinda to be apart on 'The Good Wife'

Female friendships are few and far between on television. And good female friendships are even harder to find. So when BuzzFeed brought up the point that The Good Wife‘s Alicia and Kalinda haven’t appeared in the same room together in more than 30 episodes (that is, a season and a half), I immediately felt as if the show were doing a injustice to women—and specifically, to the friendship that these two characters had formed.

But upon further thought, I realized that just the opposite was happening.

Alicia and Kalinda aren’t like most female friends on TV. Unlike the girls of The Big Bang Theory or just about any pairing on Glee, they don’t become fast friends because they need to gossip. At first, they barely speak about anything unrelated to a case. Their friendship is a slow burn: It starts as Kalinda offering Alicia a ceremonial drink after her first court case and evolves into drinks on a semi-regular basis, but it only ever gets personal after the two have spent hours and hours trying to get a read on each other. And even then, it’s never sappy or sentimental. These are two women who each need someone in their life who isn’t a liar, trying to sleep with them, or trying to ruin their careers. And it helps that they actually, you know, like each other.

So why isn’t it a travesty that such great friends haven’t been in the same room for a season and a half? Because it’s actually a testament to how strong they are as individual characters. The Good Wife has ensured that each character’s identity is not tied up in the other person. Both Alicia and Kalinda have compelling narratives on their own. They’re smart, and they’re funny, and viewers are invested in their individual stories. There’s more to them than the fact that they’re friends, and there always has been. Alicia has always been a mom first, and some of her richest stories come from balancing her family life while reestablishing her career. Not to mention that Kalinda’s relationship with Will and her original decision to quit her job have no overlap with Alicia. Even in the seasons they are together, most of their best storylines only sort of intersect, and usually only where work is involved.

Yes, watching Kalinda and Alicia’s falling-out in season two after Alicia’s discovery that Kalinda slept with Peter was difficult for fans of their friendship. But it was something most fans knew wouldn’t last forever. Now that time has passed, though, and Alicia has gotten over that event, why aren’t they back together? Why didn’t they hug and cry on each others’ shoulders when Will died?

Because it wasn’t necessary. Female friendships come in all forms, and there is no rule that says they need to involve late-night bottles of wine and girl talk.

Which brings me to another reason it’s perfectly all right for Kalinda and Alicia to have taken a break: They’re not the only strong female friendship on the show. Whether Diane and Alicia are having drinks after Will’s funeral or Diane and Kalinda are talking strategy, The Good Wife is full of dynamic female characters forming adult friendships, almost all of which extend beyond the typical “girl talk” that often stands in as shorthand for female friendship on TV.

And at this point in the show, these are two characters who are too damn busy to worry about getting together for a drink. In the wake of Will’s death, Alicia’s firm has been busier than ever, and Kalinda’s had to work that much harder to help Diane. To that point, they each understand the importance of what the other is doing, and they’re not about to get in the way of the other’s professional life to have a quick chat face-to-face when a phone call will do the trick. To conveniently add in extra hours in the day for Kalinda and Alicia to hang out together would undermine the show’s notably thoughtful and human portrayal of successful, career-oriented women.

But perhaps most importantly, their separation has in no way affected the quality of the show. In fact, the only full season they spent apart was season five—which many consider to be the strongest to date.

So, as much fun as it is to watch Alicia and Kalinda interact face-to-face, the notion that Alicia and Kalinda needed to be in the same room to do their friendship justice was wrong. Essentially, I worried that that their friendship couldn’t stand on its own. But upon further reflection, the fact that viewers still consider them friends after all this time spent physically apart is a testament to the solidity of both The Good Wife‘s characters and this pairing.

Aaron Paul shares details of his 'Breaking Bad' scavenger hunt

The 2014 Emmys were a day of celebration for many actors, showrunners, writers, and other TV folk. But for Breaking Bad‘s crew, it was the final stop on their journey—which came long after they’d originally said goodbye to their show. So to celebrate the series one final time, Aaron Paul decided to throw one of his infamous scavenger hunts in L.A. place just hours before the awards show. He told fans via social media where they could find Breaking Bad memorabilia—and in at least one case, a Breaking Bad actor holding said memorabilia.

On Thursday, Paul went on Jimmy Kimmel Live to talk about the hunt. It all started when the actor walked into what’s probably the world’s coolest closet—full of scripts, Jesse Pinkman’s license plate (THE CAPN!), a Lily of the Valley plant (poor Brock!), and more—then scattered the goods around L.A. On the day of the hunt, he sent thousands of fans to a local IHOP, shamed a few cheaters, then forced a guy with asthma to chase him through a park. We’d like to think Jesse’s doing the same right now. Well, exactly the same—but at least running free.

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