TV executives have been recycling the same tired excuse to justify networks’ lack of female characters in kid’s shows for years: “shows aimed at boys appeal to all genders, but boys won’t watch shows marketed to girls.” Slate’s Libby Copeland investigates, and finds that nearly all in TV hold firm to this outlandish assumption. But thanks to Copeland’s efforts, we finally have research to put this lame copout ... Read More
BY Katie Fustich in Boob Tube on Sep 13, 2013 |
Break out the party hats, people! Cable network The CW has just announced they are currently developing a "raw, quirky family drama" with a transgender teen as the main character. Currently titled ZE, the show will focus on a female-to-male teenager living in Texas.
The program will be written by award-winning playwright Kyle Jarrow (Armless) and produced by Michael London (Thirteen, Milk). But really, anyone could be writing this and I would still be stoked ... Read More
We all know our girls Tina Fey and Amy Poehler are today’s queens of humor, satire, and hilarious social commentary that deals with women’s issues. But who did this kind of work before them? What female comedian was around for the Women’s Liberation and all that cool stuff? Why, Carol Burnett, of course!
And now Fey and Poehler have the chance to honor this iconic lady by presenting her with the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor, ... Read More
I have loved Amy Sedaris ever since I read The Book of Liz, a play of hers in which a nun with a perspiration problem finds herself by making cheese balls. The veteran BUST cover girl fascinates me, from her perky humor to her real cultural impact (she supports animal rights and has outspokenly defended her choice not to have kids). Even in her Downy laundry detergent commercial, she is hilarious and complex, dressing like a 1950s housewife to do ... Read More
Designers... Project Runway is now casting Season 13!
The groundbreaking competition series has been the starting point of some of the country’s top designers (Christian Siriano, anyone?), and it is now sweeping the nation in search of its next star. This year, the series is proud to offer contestants the chance to show their work at New York Fashion Week and to win $100,000 or more to launch or expand their fashion line.
If ... Read More
BY Darcy Sturges in Boob Tube on May 02, 2013 |
I love “Downton Abbey.” There’s something wonderfully charming about the show’s nostalgic atmosphere and strong, witty characters. Its world is extravagant, luxurious, sometimes pointless, but always beautiful. Luckily for me and other fans, the show will soon be launching a new plethora of goods, sure to empty my wallet and fill my tiny apartment.
"We'll be working across an entire range of products coming out this year. From ... Read More
BY Katrina Pallop in General on Feb 25, 2013 |
Jennifer Lawrence (AKA everyone’s fantasy BFF) spoke with the press after her Best Actress Oscar win and was, obviously, wonderful. Lawrence’s perpetual goofy sarcasm and flat refusal to engage in any media nonsense make her a favorite not just of the Academy, but of us all. Who else could trip up the stairs on the way to retrieve an Oscar and, by doing so, make us love her even more? Since her first Oscar nomination for Winter’s Bone, Lawrence's ... Read More
BY Maggie Carr in Boob Tube on Feb 25, 2013 |
Hannah and Jessa take a break from their exhausting lives as Professional Semi-Depressed and/or Painfully Writer’s-Blocked Persons to go frolic in the woods upstate. Specifically, they’re going to visit Jessa’s estranged father, because what we all need right now is more forced drama in Jessa Land.
Père Jessa, a paranoid, addict-y mess, eventually appears and hauls them back to the family abode. Ka-POW! Suddenly we’ve apparated into ... Read More
BY Katrina Pallop in Boob Tube on Feb 18, 2013 |
C-SPAN has a pretty cool Presidents Day gift for us all. The network, along with the White House Historical Association, is producing a year-long series of documentaries about the first ladies of America. Each woman will have an episode devoted to her life, beginning with Martha Washington on February 25th and finishing up with Michelle Obama in February 2014, with a special preview episode airing tonight at 9 p.m.
Mark Farkas, an Executive Producer at ... Read More
BY Maggie Carr in Boob Tube on Feb 18, 2013 |
Fresh off her completely and totally unrealistic tryst with Patrick Wilson*, Hannah lands a book deal! It’s an e-book, which is whatever, but the deal is brokered by John Cameron Mitchell and she publicly vomits afterward. Can’t keep a good woman down.
We then swoop into Capri-Panted Ewok’s Den of Iniquity, where he and Marnie are acting very, very couple-y—but not emotionally stirring, Hannah-and-Adam-in-better-times couple-y, just ... Read More