It was bound to happen, and I’m surprised it hasn’t happened already, but after a mother from the TLC reality show Toddlers and Tiaras dressed her then 5-year-old daughter as Dolly Parton — with a padded butt and bra — on the program, the father of the girl is seeking full custody. He claims that the mother is sexually exploiting their daughter, according to ABC.com.
For whatever reason, a big deal is being made out of the fact that The Tonight Show is facing budget cuts, which will see the layoff around 20 staffers. However, Jay Leno is taking a $5 million haircut to save some jobs, although — as Danger Guerrero points out — it’s no real skin off his back, as he banks all of his Tonight Show earnings and lives on his stand-up money. It’s still admirable, mind you, but Letterman agreed to a similar pay cut a few years ago for the same reason.
The move comes because the budget for Leno’s show, $2.3 million a week, was never reduced after he moved from primetime back to The Tonight Show. The show is currently break-even, but with the cut to $1.7 million a week, NBC’s parent company, Comcast, is hoping to grab a profit.
I don’t know a ton about Marvel’s space opera Guardians of the Galaxy, but I do know — thanks to the THR — that James Gunn (he of Slither fame) is the leading contender to direct the picture. Marvel likes Gunn’s ability to mix comedy and drama elements the way Joss Whedon can. Here’s a rundown of the characters expected in Guardians:
While there have been several incarnations of the Guardians team in the comics over the years, the movie’s lineup will include Drax the Destroyer, a human resurrected as a green warrior with the sole purpose of killing Thanos (the villain in the Avengers final-scene tease); Groot, a giant tree-man; Star-Lord, a gun-toting half-human/half-alien intergalactic vigilante; Rocket Raccoon, a genetically engineered animal with a knack for guns and explosives; and Gamora, the last survivor of her species who was saved by Thanos to be his assassin but now battles him.
You can’t really tell what kind of approach a sitcom is going to take from the casting alone, but combined with the broad approach NBC is rumored to be taking to their Office spin-off, Schrute Farms, plus these fresh glowing faces that have been cast as Dwight’s liberal sister and his nephew, respectably, I’m not holding my breath for an edgy comedy.
Here’s the plot synopsis, via TVline, for Schrute Farms, which will begin as a backdoor pilot on this season of The Office:
Dwight and his kin inherit a large family farm/bed-and-breakfast. When the bespectacled beet farmer decides to give the new venture a go, he must talk his brother and sister into joining him. Fannie fled the Schrute farm life for Boston as soon as she could, and has had little to do with her roots for quite some time. Now divorced with one son (Garrett’s Cameron), she is “a bit of a pseudo-intellectual lefty” with an ironic sense of humor and a great heart.
Finally, today I learned that Spongebob Squarepants promotes a homosexual agenda, according to Ukraine’s morality commission. Why? Because Spongebob holds hands with his best friend, Patrick the Starfish, and because he receives underwater boating lessons from “Mrs. Puff.”
That is moronic. I do, however, agree with the Ukraine’s morality commission on their assessment of The Teletubbies.
The report says that Teletubbies sends children into a trance and creates ‘an imbecile who will sit near the screen with an open mouth and swallow any information’.