Saturday, December 29, 2012

A Year in Review Part One: The Shabbiest TV Show Flops of 2012

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Ask anyone who loves to watch TV shows, and they can wholeheartedly attest: a great deal of TV shows get the axe by the major networks each year. While there are some equally as surprising viral successes that confound us all (like white trash reality TV shows featuring rotund starlets like Honey Boo Boo), there are plenty of well written and fabulously casted TV shows that are granted a seat at the executioner’s table, too. For a change of pace, and a little bit of fun, join us as we take a quick look back on the most notoriously epic fails for TV shows over the past year. This special two part series will continue with our look back on movies that cost and lost at the box office for 2012. So be sure to stick around after you finish reading this tidbit.

Alcatraz (Fox)
The setup couldn’t have been more intriguing: prisoners vanishing from the most ominous prison and then suddenly resurfacing many years later. There were just a few problems with this thin plot: it was diluted and not very interesting. Despite attempts by Elizabeth Sarnoff, Steven Lilien, and Bryan Wynbrand to make their roles convincing, the only thing that was apparent was that the show vanished from TV networks.

House of Lies (Showtime)
A rock star cast – Don Cheadle, Kristen Bell, Ben Schwartz, Josh Lawson, Dawn Olivieri, Glynn Turman – was still unable to keep this show’s hopes afloat. Cheadle’s character was difficult to believe, and the cheap attempts at humor made the plot even duller. In the end, it would see the chopping block.

The Killing (AMC)
AMC is, perhaps, best known for The Walking Dead, as, seemingly, this is the only show they’ve come across in recent years that makes it to a fourth season pickup; hint: Hell On Wheels. Unsurprisingly, this flop-buster was no shocker, either. A talented cast – including: Mirielle Enos, Joel Kinnaman, Billy Campbell, Brent Sexton, Michelle Forbes, Eric Ladin, Kristen Lehman, Jamie Anne Allman – helped keep the show alive, notably from epic performances by Mirielle Enos and Joel Kinnaman. Ultimately, this detective saga wouldn’t get picked up for another run by AMC, however.

Kourtney & Kim Take New York (E!)
This show is testament to the notion that the Kardashians were never really all that fun to watch. Keeping Up With the Kardashians seemed to rub their pompous and rich lifestyle in the faces of many. The uncouth actions and demeanor of these women is telling of their short-lived stint on E!. Even more telling is that their second run of reality TV also saw the executioner’s axe.

2 Broke Girls (CBS)
This show can be summed up in three easy motions: cheesy, racist inclined humor, obnoxious screen chemistry, and overuse of the term “rape” under a comedic connotation. All said and done, the only raping being done was by the network axing this show.

Jersey Shore (MTV)
The epitome of in-your-face reality TV shows featuring poorly spoken, ill mannered and privileged 20-somethings that live an extraordinary lifestyle, and seemingly are incapable of getting along with one another. How the show ever made it this far to begin with is a blatant mystery, considering it lacks any reasonable microscopic notion of substance whatsoever. As a closing in our year in review, perhaps the most applauded TV show flop was this boisterously lame concoction that reminds us of every reason why we never joined a fraternity in college. Then again, if you like fraternities, you may enjoy this show, and still have the options to catch reruns of it.

Stick around for our Year in Review on Silver Screen Flops, and find out what the biggest losers in the movie industry were for 2012.

Sunday, December 9, 2012

Title: Outlandish Seinfeld Facts You Probably Didn’t Know… Just in Time for Festivus

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Celebrating Festivus 2 (Photo credit: M. Keefe)
There are few sitcoms that have the longstanding, audience-captivating, funny-bone-tickling aperture that Seinfeld possessed. Most sitcoms are short lived, indeed. Many freshman and sophomore comedies quickly come to an end as soon as they have arrived; after getting the ratings axe from the major networks that purchase the rights to air them. However, Seinfeld was not such a short lived endeavor. In fact, it ended up being one of the most popular – and quite possibly original, funniest and profitable– sitcoms of all time. And it’s won more awards than most other shows in the history of television.

How much do you really know about Seinfeld? Find out with these outlandishly off-kilter facts that will jar your memory.

  • The show as actually called the “The Seinfeld Chronicles” to begin with. But that title was later shortened to just “Seinfeld,” in lieu of a show being canceled previously by ABC called: “The Marshall Chronicles.”
  • Julia Louis-Dreyfus scored the role of Elaine. However, before she was awarded that leading role, a few other female actresses tried out for it, including: Patricia Heaton, Megan Mullally and Rosie O’Donnell, who all read for this part.
  • In the pilot for the show, Kramer’s name was changed to Kessler because Larry David did not yet own the rights to use the name of Kramer.
  • The siblings of Jerry and Elaine were never seen on the screen or in the show.
  • Newman was originally intended to be a suicidal African-American, but Larry David later changed that to the Newman we all know and love (or hate).
  • The show has won an amazing 10 Primetime Emmy Awards.
  • It was nominated for 68 Primetime Emmy Awards overall.
  • The show’s beginning and end revolved around the discussion of a button on a shirt.
  • It was the first television series in history to garner a whopping $1-million per minute for advertising slots.
  • The series finale attracted 76-million viewers, approximately 58% of all viewers for that night, making it the third most watched finale in the history of TV.
  • The final episode aired the very same day that Frank Sinatra passed away: May 14th, 1998.
  • Come the end of the series, the show made NBC more than $200-million per year in net revenue.
  • NBC begged Jerry to come back for one more season, offering him an unprecedented $5-million per episode, which he turned down.
  • Festivus was not unique to the show. It was actually created in 1968 by a Reader’s Digest editor as a joke.

WATCH: The Story of Festivus
Learn about the history of Festivus and where the line, “A Festivus for the rest of us” actually came from in the show. This hilarious video provides the moniker for this infamous holiday that was made famous by Jerry Seinfeld’s hit comedy show. If you love Seinfeld, this clip will stir up a holiday chuckle or two, for sure.
The holidays are just around the corner. What better time than to get in gear with your Seinfeld A Festivus for theRest of Us Green Adult T-shirt, and show the world that you’ve got your own funny little holiday.

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Title: Getting into Holiday Jeer with Xmas Classics like Lampoon’s “Christmas Vacation”

National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation

When it comes to holiday classic films, one comedy will always be beloved – and replayed on TV over and over again until you’ve seen it several times or have caught bits and pieces of it on different channels: National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation. The quirky antics of Chevy Chase never grow old, provided he is not hosting his own talk show that is. And few movies made by National Lampoon have become as engrained with the holidays as this one—which is certainly a Christmas cult classic popcorn flick by now. There are some interesting tidbits of information about this film that make it even more peculiar, too.

If you are not familiar with the Capra family, you should be when it comes to holiday movies. That’s because Frank Capra was the esteemed director of It’s a Wonderful Life. Interestingly enough, Christmas Vacation pays homage to that movie in the scene where Clark Griswold fixes the newel post by using a chain saw. Even more interesting is that Frank Capra III, grandson to Frank Capra, was the assistant director of this film.

One of the funniest scenes in the movie is when Clark receives his holiday bonus, a membership in the Jelly of the Month Club, and suffers a sudden and hilarious breakdown. The crew had to strategically position cue cards around the set so that Chevy Chase wouldn’t forget this dialogue.

“Hey. If any of you are looking for any last-minute gift ideas for me, I have one. I’d like Frank Shirley, my boss, right here tonight. I want him brought from his happy holiday slumber over there on Melody Lane with all the other rich people and I want him brought right here, with a big ribbon on his head, and I want to look him straight in the eye and I want to tell him what a cheap, lying, no-good, rotten, four-flushing, low-life, snake-licking, dirt-eating, inbred, overstuffed, ignorant, blood-sucking, dog-kissing, brainless, d**kless, hopeless, heartless, fat-ass, bug-eyed, stiff-legged, spotty-lipped, worm-headed sack of monkey s**t he is. Hallelujah. Holy s**t. Where’s the Tylenol?”

Let’s not forget about Cousin Eddie, who could quite possibly double as Honey Boo Boo’s father, all things considered. But did you know that he went on to star in his very own holiday flop spin-off called Cousin Eddie’s Island Adventure? It went right to TV and then right into the “cut” bin. It was that awful.

In one scene from the film, it depicts the holiday classic we all know too well: two grandfathers sleeping in armchairs. Interestingly enough, both of the men were actually asleep in the armchairs at the time of the filming.

You’ve got love Aunt Bethany (Mae Questel). Her voice sounds rather familiar, too. Want to know why? Because she’s the famous voice of Betty Boop and Olive Oyl.

Set mix-ups are easy to spot in this movie. For example, the family is supposed to be from the Midwest. However, when they take a drive to get their Christmas tree, the “Midwest” somehow has mountains in the background. That’s because this scene was actually shot in Breckenridge, Colorado. The rest of the film was shot on a set in California – neither of which is even remotely close to the Midwest.

WATCH: Your Turkey is Bone Dry!
We leave you with this classic scene from the movie where the holiday dinner turkey is overdone. As the family tries to chew their way through the dry turkey, it’s nearly impossible to eat. This prompts some outbursts from family members regarding certain people’s culinary skills.

Rock your holiday flare in style. Check out our wide selection of Holiday Teesand Collectibles. Of course, don’t forget about our fun assortment of National Lampoon’s Christmas VacationT-Shirts, either.