Monday, May 09, 2005

Pressure Too Much For Chappelle?

What's wrong with Dave Chappelle?

Newsweek reports that the popular sketch show has been put on hold because friends say Chappelle's been worn down by pressure, excessive partying- and a creative rift with Comedy Central. They blame the comedian's feeling the weight of living up to his $50 million contract.

Neither Chappelle's nor Comedy Central's spokespeople are offering any official explanation for the latest delay. A source close to Chappelle believes this latest stoppage is more about the show itself than the health of its star. The network, however, continues to insist the current delay "is not a network issue."

F Paula Abdul!

Which is more amazing- that Paula Abdul and the F word- courtesy of System of a Down- both made surprise appearances on the same episode of Saturday Night Live? Or that the show is still completely and totally uninteresting?

You make the call. It's an easy one.

Young Viewers Shun Leno, Letterman

It's not your father's late night TV.

Cable ratings successes like Cartoon Network's Adult Swim, and Comedy Central's The Daily Show with Jon Stewart are stealing significant amounts of young male viewers from the broadcast networks to cable television.

Of course, it would help if Tonight and, to a lsesser expent, The Late Show weren't so, like... you know... lame.

J-Gar Having B-Fleck's Baby, Loses All Remaining Public Respect

First Alias starts to suck, and now this: Jennifer Garner and boyfriend Ben Affleck are expecting their first child in November, according to E! News.

Guess the Syd belly baring will be even less frequent next season. How friggin' lame.

Outraged Real CSIs Claim Show is Unrealistic

You mean real CSIs don't interrogate suspects, lift fingerprints in seconds, or drive Hummers?

Plus you need to take four years of chemistry?

Screw that.

The Geek Files: ¿Donde Esta Mr. T?

What does it say about society when on the top of a hill on the southern coast of Spain, visiting a centuries-old castle and admiring the view of the world's oldest bullring with the Mediterranean Sea in the background, I hear a cell phone ring? And this cell phone doesn't ring just any old, ordinary ring. It rings the theme song to The A-Team. The A-Team, people!

Does it say that nowhere is sacred in our digital world? Possibly. Does it say that Spaniards rock? Absolutely.

Upon hearing the ringtone, my friend and I immediately found the source and starting humming along with her. I finally broke out the narration... "In 1972 a crack commando unit was sent to prison by a military court for a crime they didn't commit. These men promptly escaped from a maximum security stockade to the Los Angeles underground. Today, still wanted by the government, they survive as soldiers of fortune. If you have a problem, if no one else can help, and if you can find them, maybe you can hire the A-Team."

Who needs Moorish Castles when you can get Hannibal, Face, BA and Murdock? Not me.

Pusher leaves her undercover commando unit every Monday just long enough to write The Geek Files.

Desperate for 99 Words: 5/8/05

Here's our 99 word recap of this week's Desperate Housewives.

John the gardener wants to be a proper father to Gabrielle’s baby, but ends up mowing the lawn instead. Bree is busted by Edie with her fork in George’s mouth (at a restaurant, that is), and thinks about how crappy her marriage is to Rex. Lynette and Tom hit a rough patch in their sex life. Susan learns the truth about why Mike was in jail, and comes running back. Felicia does her Huber duty and blackmails another Young. She knows about Dana-Zach, Dana-Zach’s mother’s murder, Martha’s murder, and who really killed JFK. Okay, well not that JFK thing.

Mixer writes Desperate For 99 Words every Monday... from the grassy knoll.

Friday Trivia: Lost week, day five

What is the name of Walt's comic book?

A) 2 + 2 = 5
B) The Amazing Spider Man, Issue 3
C) Fast Friends?, Part I
D) The Aero Connundrum

Answer: C) Fast Friends?, Part I