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In a nutshell here are my reviews…

First I just turned on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon and they do a spoof on “The Real Housewives” series! I love it!  Not only is he and his crew in drag but it’s actually shot exactly like Bravo would do it! Check it out on youtube or Hulu, NBC because it’s great.  I swear it’s more addicting the any “Real Housewives” show and you forget they are in drag!  A+

When American Idol ended last season and  Fox gave us a peak at Glee
, centered around a high-school and their love for singing.  But of course the all come with their differences and the stereotypical and non-stereotypical high-school characters.
PROS:  Heloooo! Broadway performers and talented ones,  undiscovered talent and huge ratings bring Broadway mainstream!  Great songs and inspired (especially the pilot episode).  It’s great to see a something that’s not tired!  Melding of current music and Broadway standards- LOVE IT!
CONS:  Fox has to learn this isn’t the Golden-Age of musical theatre, therefore we need BELIEVABLE-looking singing!  The lip synching is horrible and it takes away from the “reality” of the program.   The pilot was inspired, but now is Glee tired?  As an educator, I loved looking at the passion that the teachers and students shows, along with the politics that do  go on in schools.  Some of the plot lines just seem like they are trying too hard to create drama, instead of letting these characters realistically blossom.  Some of the song choices are way too unrealistic that kids that age could sing or would want to sing.  It feels like it doesn’t know wether is should be the next “High School Musical” or the next “90210”.  This COULD be an excellent show and right now it’s just good.  Some of the premises seem silly and I think if written it could really show more of what it’s like to be a teenager.  It could tackle more social issues and identity while being humorous and staying true to the characters.  I think the show just needs to find it’s heart.   B-

Britney’s new single “3”
is good. It’s always catchy, but I some of the lines I had NO CLUE what she was saying. Maybe it’s just my old age :).  She always has stayed campy and had great songs to dance to and sing.  While I think her ballads have so much heart, “3” is ok.  I love her but I do with she instead of just singing a “mainstream typical vanilla Britney song” (she sings it well!), try something else.  Artistic to survive have to reinvent themselves in one way or another.  I just wish instead she would put her heart out there a little more and let us in.  Catchy -yes.  But if I wanted to hear a snappy song sung by the mother of two, I would have invited the PTA over for cocktails!  I would love a  catchy song with more heart!  Circus was great!  Dig deeper and give us “sensational”, not a “standard”.   * Though I’m sure I’ll wind up LOVING this one the more I listen to it!.   C

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This time sadly, not “Sex and the City” but real sex *
* not “Real Sex” the HBO show either!


David Letterman reveals extortion plot; Blackmailer wanted $2M for ‘Late Show’ host’s sex secrets


Updated Thursday, October 1st 2009, 9:26 PM

Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/entertainment/tv/2009/10/01/2009-10-01_david_letterman_reveals_extortion_plot_con_man_wanted_2m_for_sex_secrets.html#ixzz0SkF1TXOl

A blackmailer is in custody after trying to shake down David Letterman – threatening to expose the late night funnyman’s affairs with several female staffers.

Manhattan grand jury is now investigating.

“I had to go downtown and testify before a grand jury.”

“I knew he was being blackmailed and that someone was arrested today,” Letterman’s mother and semi-regular guest, Dorothy Mengering, told The Daily News Thursday night from her home in Indiana.

“So far that’s all I know,” said Mengering, who said she heard the news from Letterman’s wife of seven months, Regina Lasko, with whom he has a son, 5-year-old Harry.

“I have not talked to him. I heard it from Regina. I’m looking forward to seeing the show to see what he has to say. I really just found out today.”

Letterman said he refused to submit to the shakedown, so he contacted the Manhattan District Attorney’s office Special Prosecution Bureau instead.

It was not revealed if the suspect is a man or woman.

“My response to that is, yes I have,” he said.

Letterman married Lasko, his longtime girlfriend, in March – and announced it on air.

“They say, ‘Well, why did it take you so long to get married?’ and, of course, the answer honestly is we wanted to make sure we had the prenup just right,” he joked.

“I had avoided getting married pretty good for, like, 23 years,” he said. “I secretly felt that men who were married admired me – like I was the last of the real gunslingers.”

Letterman was married once before – to his college sweetheart, Michele Cook, from 1969-1977. He dated comedienne Merrill Markoe after that, and started dating Lasko in 1986.

After the wedding announcement, guest Julia Roberts teased Letterman about getting hitched.

“You’re bound for eternity,” she said and Letterman replied, “That’s right, and never been more deeply in love.”

Letterman studied radio and television at Ball State University and worked in Indianapolisas a radio talk-show host after graduation. He moved to Los Angeles in 1975 got his big break when he began to appear on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson. Letterman started filling in for Carson when he was away in 1978.

NBC fell for Letterman and in 1980 gave him an hour show that aired after The Tonight Show.

Late Night with David Letterman” was a hit with young audiences with his zany new bits like “The Top Ten List” and “Stupid Pet Tricks.”

But NBC passed over Letterman and chose Jay Leno to replace Carson 1993 – a move that Letterman openly admonished.

He signed a lucrative deal with CBS to host “The Late Show with David Letterman” and went head to head with Leno.

On January 14, 2000, Letterman underwent quintuple heart bypass surgery and was off the air for over a month.

In December 2006, Letterman renewed his contract with CBS, agreeing to host “The Late Show” through the fall of 2010.

“Late Show with David Letterman” drew more young viewers than “The Tonight Show” last week for the first time ever.


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