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John Barrowman Is Set to Host the Summer's Biggest Television Sh*tshow

By Dustin Rowles | Trade News | May 21, 2013 | Comments ()


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When you adore someone, you like to think that they're above certain projects. It was fun to see John Barrowman in "Scandal" and "Arrow," but even in those instances, I feel like Barrowman is too good for those shows. I mean, he's Captain Jack, for God's sake. He never dies, and he shouldn't have to reduce himself to a brief -- though excellent -- appearance as a PR consultant for the First Lady is an crazy-bananas soap opera (albeit, an entertaining one).

But this is a new low. John Barrowman -- charming, quick-witted, dashing John Barrowman -- will be hosting a reality competition. A singing reality competition. And not just any signing reality competition, one in which C-list celebrities dress up as iconic musicians. Here's the logline for "Sing Your Face Off': "Each episode will feature the complete physical transformation -- including the icon's walk, talk, mannerisms and more -- as the celebrities compete in front of judges and a studio audience. In addition to being tasked with a physical transformation, participating talent also will have to actually perform music from their assigned icon each week."

And who will sit at the judge's table? Debbie Gibson, whose biggest contribution to pop culture in the last 20 years was a bad SyFy movie -- and Darrell Hammond. But wait! It gets worse! The "celebrities" assigned to compete by dressing up as other celebrities are Sebastian Bach (yeah, the guy from Skid Row and, um, "Gilmore Girls"), Jon Lovitz, Lisa Rinna (whose husband is killing it on "Mad Men"), basketball player Landry Fields, and teenage Disney Channel actress-singer China Anne McClain

Oh, Captain Jack. Please use your vortex manipulator and travel to an era where you are appropriately appreciated.

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  • NateMan

    I hope that picture at the top really is a promo for the show, cuz that's the gayest (in a good way) thing I've ever seen since Siegfried and Roy stopped humping tigers on stage.

  • Tarn

    Sadly, no, it's the promo for his BBC show 'Tonight's the Night'.

    Some of TNTN might be on youtube, if you want to see what it was like. It was very sparkly. And cheesy. But I liked it anyway.

  • e jerry powell

    What Barrowman needs is
    1) a better agent
    2) a new boyfriend. Me, for example.

  • TheReinaG

    Does no one here watch the Showtime shows? Mr. Lisa Rinna was killing it on Shameless this season too (albeit sans those suave glasses)

  • As long as he's doing this for the cash to invest in his own indie work.

    I will say, having a 9-year-old daughter who watched 'A.N.T. Farm,' China has pretty serious chops.

  • I'm pretty sure the UK is just super happy that we're using Barrowman for our cheesy presenting needs for awhile. Crazy-bananas soap operas and cheesy hosting gigs are pretty much Barrowman's reason for being outside of Captain Jack.

  • Captain D

    Have you seen how many projects and how much money Ryan Seacrest hauled in after co-hosting American Idol in season 1? I can't Barrowman for hoping to cash in...even if it's an order of magnitude smaller of a paycheck.

  • Lee

    I'm surprised you are surprised by this. It's in line with John's body of work. Yes, he is dashing as Capt Jack, but he's also a cheese fest.

  • specialj67

    He's hosted plenty of cheesy TV stuff in the UK. See Also: "Shark Attack 3: Megaladon". THE END. (though none of this will diminish my appreciation of him. NEVER!)

  • DataAngel

    I have a feeling this is going to be my Secret Shame and I will watch the shit out of it when no one's home.

  • koko temur

    I would have had much more for everyone involved if they just called the show "celebrity impressions" in synopsis .

  • bleujayone

    I'd like to see him come back as Captain Jack. How? Have him try to use his vortex manipulator and get thrown back to 1890's London. He could have a short series of adventures with Vastra, Jenny and Strax (people have been wanting separate adventures with them anyway) as he desperately tries to fix his device to get back to the 21st century, a plight made even more desperate in that he doesn't want to encounter his 19th Century counterpart. He's hopes that the Doctor might pop by as his repairing it would be child's play (or beyond that he could always hitch a ride on the TARDIS. In the meanwhile the four of them encounter a plethora of aliens and monsters. Jack helps the others dispatch them using his experience via Torchwood. He hopes not only to help his new friends, but to keep that two of them are not human out of sight of Torchwood of that era.

    Okay, it's a rather crude set-up, but it's better than Miracle Day.

  • TraceAndM

    Anything is better than miracle day.

  • Bodhi

    I might have to watch, just to see him swish around. I love his swish

  • PaddyDog

    Classic case of confusing the beloved TV character (Captain Jack) with the actor. As Sefa points out, Barrowman is totally at home in this genre. He's clearly not bothered about contradicting any stereotypes people might have about gay men and musical theatre.

  • BWeaves

    You know, I think it really helps him that most people first saw him as Captain Jack, because when I've seen him in interviews and other stuff he seems really sparkly, gay musical theatre with sparkles on top. And yes, I still love him. I think he's hot, and I'm a woman. The Captain Jack lover in me feels he's too good for this stuff, but, I think he wants to cash in before the looks leave him.

  • ooft-bagooft

    You should really see some of the POS shows he has presented in the U.K! This has nothing on a lot of them.

  • annie

    You know nothing, Dustin Rowles, if you think John is too good for these kind of shows. I watched both years he judged a singing contest where the winner got a part on a West End musical produced by Andrew Lloyd Weber (Les Miserables' Samantha Barks came from one of these seasons). There was so much camp, bright colors and showtunes. That kind of cheese and sparkle is the Barrowman's WHEELHOUSE.

  • Tarn

    Yes, and he's a great talent judge. I wish he was doing that on this new show, not just hosting.

  • Tarn

    I think this is a version of a UK show called 'Stars in Their Eyes'. If so, it's going to be just as bad as it sounds, trust me... and when The Barrowman hosts a show, he turns the cheese up to 11.
    I'm not bovvered by his acting work, but I'm not a big fan of the cheese factor. It seems he just can't stand NOT working, though, he has to be busy all the time. He's even selling skin and hair care ranges on QVC!

    Oh Captain, my Captain.... ;-)

  • Pentadactyl

    Hey, I remember that show getting a nod in Bad Wolf. So, I guess, that's kind of fitting.

  • pajiba

    QVC? NOOOOOOOOOO.

  • Tarn

    Ha!

  • NateMan

    I'd tap that.

  • Tarn

    I loved him in La Cage......

  • BLA

    If I get to see Jon Lovitz as Cher, it will all be worth it.

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