'The Simpsons' not quite like 'The Simpsons'
September 26th, 2011
03:03 PM ET

'The Simpsons' not quite like 'The Simpsons'

No opening scene couch gag? No Itchy and Scratchy?

More importantly, what is happening to “The Simpsons”?

For those of us who have seen the show through its peak seasons, last night’s season 23 premiere, “The Falcon and the D’Ohman” was slightly disappointing.

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'Bachelor' winner Lamas may sign baby to talent agency
September 26th, 2011
02:37 PM ET

'Bachelor' winner Lamas may sign baby to talent agency

“Toddlers and Tiaras” stage moms, take note. Lorenzo Lamas’ pregnant daughter, “The Bachelor” winner Shayne Lamas, is contemplating signing her fetus with a talent agency.

TMZ reports that the reality star’s unborn child may have an agent with talent management company Z Group, who have presented a contract. Lamas, 25, and husband Nik Richie won’t welcome the baby for another two months.

According to the contract, the baby is going to be named "Press."

If Shayne and Nik sign the deal with Z Group, the company would get 15 percent of whatever the infant makes in an entertainment job. The positions noted that the baby might take include composer, lyricist, director writer, editor, performer, musician, and artist, among other options.

Shayne won the 12th season of “The Bachelor” and appeared with her family on 2009 reality series “Leave it to Lamas.” She married Nik Richie of gossip/nudity site TheDirty.com last year.

What do you think, is it wrong for an unborn baby to have an agent?

ABC's 'Pan Am' lifts off
September 26th, 2011
02:33 PM ET

ABC's 'Pan Am' lifts off

Of the two ‘60s-set new dramas this fall, so far “Pan Am” seems to be the favorite frontrunner. (Sorry, "Playboy Club.")

It’s arguable that ABC’s new show is “Mad Men” inspired, but “Pan Am” doesn’t even pretend to carry the complexity of AMC’s Emmy winner, and that’s OK. Following a soap (“Desperate Housewives,” now in its last season) this series was a fitting bit of glossy escapism when it premiered Sunday night.

“Pan Am” makes the bygone days of plane travel look glamorous and breezy, bouncing around between New York, London and Rome. In this version of the '60s, everything is so shiny and new – I know it was about the past, but the interior of that Pan Am Clipper Jet looked like the dream of the future.

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Alec Baldwin breaks 'SNL' hosting record
September 26th, 2011
02:15 PM ET

Alec Baldwin breaks 'SNL' hosting record

This weekend, Alec Baldwin became the first person to host “Saturday Night Live” 16 times, according to NBC.

Baldwin made sure to mention his new record during his monologue opening Saturday’s show, notes New York Magazine. The "30 Rock" star kicked off “SNL”’s 37th season.

Hosting rival Steve Martin stopped by with Seth Rogen to make sure Alec broke the hosting record "without the use of steroids or performance enhancing drugs." (Not a particularly funny bit.)

Before Saturday, Martin and Baldwin were tied for most-frequent host; each had hosted 15 times.

'Breaking Bad': How low can Walt go?
September 26th, 2011
12:07 PM ET

'Breaking Bad': How low can Walt go?

The final act of last night’s episode of “Breaking Bad” gave us dramatic television perfected, as multiple plot points converged in an 11-minute cyclone of goosebump-inducing dread and tension (and superb acting and cinematography).

Recapping it won’t do it justice, but I have a duty to you loyal readers. So let’s start at the beginning, where various storylines both moved forward and served as fodder for the episode’s concluding spectacle.

First, after Gus turned the Cartel’s pool party into a mass murder scene, Jesse rushed the semi-poisoned kingpin and his bullet-riddled sidekick to a personalized port-a-hospital in the middle of the Mexican desert.

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September 26th, 2011
11:18 AM ET

Bristol Palin gets in 'confrontation'...for reality show?

Remember Bristol Palin? Just kidding! How could you forget, between her memoir, her "Dancing With the Stars" stint, "corrective jaw surgery" and now a throwdown that happened as she reportedly taped her upcoming BIO Channel reality show.

While hanging out at a place called the Saddle Ranch in L.A. and enjoying a night of mechanical bull riding, TMZ reports that a heckler yelled out at Palin, "Do you ride Levi like that? Your mother's a whore."

As cameras of some sort rolled, Palin marched over to the offender and demanded to know why he thought her mother is "evil." TMZ reports that Bristol asked the heckler if the reason he disliked her mother was because he was gay.

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