Five reasons we love 'Boardwalk Empire'
September 27th, 2010
01:46 PM ET

Five reasons we love 'Boardwalk Empire'

It’s been an interesting week after the premiere of "Boardwalk Empire.”

With a cavalcade of new shows debuting like "The Event" (which is what, exactly?) and the rebirth of "Hawaii Five-O" (I distinctly remember asking the TV gods to bring back Jack Bauer, not Jack Lord), there's an army of us still wandering around trying to figure out what to watch this fall, and allegiances are being pledged left and right.

Well, the water cooler was certainly buzzing after Martin Scorsese's directorial effort in the "Boardwalk Empire" pilot, and word on the street sounds favorable from those who watched the show's debut. Judging from the response thus far, the crowd migrating to the show appears to be divided into three distinct groups:

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'Eastbound and Down' picks up with 'Chapter 7'
September 27th, 2010
01:43 PM ET

'Eastbound and Down' picks up with 'Chapter 7'

The last time we saw Kenny Powers, he was running away from his hometown, his family and the love of his life. Now, with no place to go and feeling humiliated by a faux opportunity to make it back to major league baseball, KP does what any lost American soul would do – head to Copales, Mexico.

Going under the alias of "Steve the Cockfighter," we find television’s most politically-incorrect protagonist in the midst of a heated battle with his prize feathered warrior, Big Red. We see that KP has shed his signature mullet in favor of cornrows, and has resulted to a life of shaking down locals for unpaid betting debts. (Instead of money, he has no problem taking mules as collateral, only so he can later paint them to look like zebras.) Oh and for the record, don’t call KP a gringo, because as he puts it, “I transcend race, hombre.”

Accompanying KP on his adventures are the maniacal Aaron (played by Deep Roy), the bite-sized, foul-mouthed complement to Hector, a brutish mute. When he’s not shooting guns with his two stooges, recording a new audio book or checking out the local baseball team, Los Charros, KP spends quality time “reminiscing” about his beloved April (Katy Mixon).

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'Amazing Race' launches into a new season
September 27th, 2010
11:48 AM ET

'Amazing Race' launches into a new season

Before this season of "The Amazing Race" even began, many people were already very familiar with Home Shopping Network hosts Brook and Claire, thanks to a video of Claire getting hit in the face with a watermelon while launching it with a slingshot to hit a suit of armor.

Well, the actual season premiere finally aired on Sunday, and the duo did not disappoint. Just like we saw in the video, Brook takes charge of the team, constantly pushing Claire to go further in the game. Even early on in the race, when they arrived at the first airport, Brook instructed Claire to "puke in the trash can" rather than risk their place in line for a flight.

Clearly, these two are contenders, and after the epic watermelon-to-the-face incident, Claire went on to hit the suit of armor in just two more tries (at least, according to the editing) and they came in fourth... just behind my current favorites, Connor and Jonathan. What can I say, I have a soft spot for a capella singers. Here's hoping these two go far.

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'Octomom' sells photos with kids at yard sale
September 27th, 2010
11:03 AM ET

'Octomom' sells photos with kids at yard sale

Shoppers in need of eight little devil Halloween costumes were in luck this weekend, as Nadya "Octomom" Suleman held a yard sale at her La Habra, Calif., home.

According to the Orange County Register, about 150 people descended upon her residence by 10:30 a.m. Saturday. The goodies up for grabs included a nursing bra autographed by Suleman and the couch she was perched upon when she learned she was pregnant with octuplets.

A photo with Suleman could be had for $10, and for $100, her eight little ones would join in. The paper reports that one woman paid $25 for two baby outfits and a photo while another forked over $85 for a refrigerator that once stored baby formula. A Suleman-signed Kobe Bryant jersey fetched a whopping $125.

"It's just a matter of survival: Food, shelter and clothing," 35-year-old Suleman  told the Orange County Register of her reason for the event. "There are financial troubles."

‘Mad Men’s’ unwelcome guests
September 27th, 2010
10:26 AM ET

‘Mad Men’s’ unwelcome guests

Editor’s Note: This post contains spoilers for the Sunday, September 26 episode of AMC’s “Mad Men.”

Last night we watched as the dog days of summer brought a parade of surprise visitors through the offices of Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce, and their very presence threatened to throw the agency into disarray.

We discovered that Joan and Roger’s alleyway tryst from last week’s episode was no mere make-out sesh, but rather a down and dirty hook-up that resulted in a pregnancy. Joan told Roger about the baby, and they agreed to an abortion after Roger failed to convince her to keep it under the assumption that Dr. Rapist wouldn’t find out because he’d probably be killed in Vietnam.

Joan admonished Roger, telling him, “Greg dying is not a solution to this.” I interpreted that statement as a not-so-subtle message from show creator Matthew Weiner to viewers, many of whom (like me) are counting down the minutes and holding vigil for Dr. Rapist to be killed off. Bottom line, it looks like it’s not happening and we’re stuck with him. Sigh. We’ll get through the rain together, Team Joan.

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Katy Perry pokes fun at 'Sesame Street' controversy
September 27th, 2010
09:57 AM ET

Katy Perry pokes fun at 'Sesame Street' controversy

Katy Perry taught "Sesame Street" a little lesson of her own this weekend.

After being snipped from an upcoming episode of the classic children's series reportedly because her top revealed too much cleavage, the singer turned up on "Saturday Night Live" busting out of an Elmo tee – and helped deliver some of the show's highest ratings.

Perry's offending "Sesame Street" segment had her wearing a low-cut acid-green top and attempting to play dress-up with Elmo while singing a cleaned-up version of her hit song, "Hot N Cold." For her "SNL" skit, called "Bronx Beat," the 25-year-old star donned a revealing  T-shirt featuring the furry red monster's face and even more of her ample bosom on display.

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