Sci-Fi Fans: Bionic Woman Season Two DVD

Published by Clay Cane on Monday, May 9, 2011 at 4:00 pm.

Remember The Bionic Woman television series that came out in 2007, which starred Isaiah Washington and was allegedly supposed to star Garbielle Union in a role that ended up going to Michelle Ryan? Probably not because the show was a disaster and canceled after only eight episodes. I have a feeling Union as The Bionic Woman might’ve given the NBC series more of alife line, but I digress…

In case you are too young to remember, the reincarnations of The Bionic Woman have been going on for decades on television. After years of legal battles, the Bionic Woman finally made it to DVD and season two is in stores Tuesday, May 17th. Male or female, Black or white — the Emmy-winning Bionic Woman is a must-have for any science fiction fan.

The Bionic Woman is a spin-off from The Six Million Dollar Man.  After a tragic skydiving accident Jaime Sommers, played by LindsayWagner, is made bionic by the government. In debt to the government, Sommers becomes a part-time top secret agent. She jumps, kicks,runs and crushes everything in her path. She is not only a bionic woman — she is a bionic diva!

The series ran for three seasons from 1976 to 1978 and surprisingly the storyline still stands today. These were the days when there weren’t 300 channels so there was a particular attention to detail mixed with the feminist movement of the time.

Considering the timelessness of the story, another version of the The Bionic Woman is bound to pop up on your television — hopefully this time a sista’ will get a chance!

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Ne-Yo Signs TV Deal With Cartoon Network

Published by Clay Cane on Tuesday, March 15, 2011 at 9:27 am.

Ne-Yo will be expanding his writing skills to a new genre—cartoons. According to Yahoo, The Grammy winning songwriter told The Associate Press that he has closed a deal with the cartoon network to produce his own show.

The cartoon is titled, I Heart Tuesdays and it’s about a 16-year-old girl who inherits the curse of her bloodline which forces her to save the world from unknown evil every Tuesday for the rest of her life.

Ne-Yo who says he created the show for his sister, also added that production will start soon.

It’s an interesting concept and sounds like it’s more suited for a Nickelodeon sitcom than a Cartoon Network series but we’ll just have to wait and see how it turns out.

In the meantime, catch Ne-Yo flexing his acting chops in Battle: Los Angeles.

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Ashton Jones First Contestant Eliminated From “American Idol”

Published by Starr Rhett on Friday, March 11, 2011 at 12:51 pm.

The American Idol viewers have spoken, and Ashthon Jones got the boot.

The 24-year-old retail manager from Nashville had the fewest viewer votes on Thursday. The judges decided not to save Jones after her performance of Diana Ross’ “When You Tell Me That You Love Me.” Jones said before her dismissal that she regretted not selecting a more popular Ross tune. J-Lo said she was rooting for Jones, but that wasn’t enough.

The other bottom vote-getters were Karen Rodriguez and Haley Reinhart. Randy Jackson said they were boring.  The other finalists remaining in the competition are Naima Adedapo, Lauren Alaina, James Durbin, Stefano Langone, Jacob Lusk, Scotty McCreery, Paul McDonald, Thia Megia and Pia Toscano.

Ashton’s voice was strong, but maybe her personality and song choices just didn’t make her enough of a winner. I’m not exactly heartbroken that she was gone.

How do you feel about this season’s competition so far?

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The Wire’s Felicia “Snoop” Pearson Arrested

Published by Michael Arceneaux on Friday, March 11, 2011 at 12:00 am.

Actress Felicia “Snoop” Pearson was arrested on Thursday morning in connection with a large-scale heroin and marijuana operation. Person gained fame playing an assassin on the popular HBO series The Wire. She was also notoriously convicted at the age of 14 of second-degree murder. And the Washington Post reports that she recently refused to testify as a witness at a murder trail.

The Post says that Snoop was arrested during a pre-dawn raid carried out by DEA agents, Baltimore police and a slew of other federal and state law enforcement agencies. Yes, exactly like an episode of The Wire.

During filming, the show’s creator David Simon noted that the crew turned to Baltimore locals for casting options in order to add realism to the show. Clearly, they got it.

Simon wrote a short post for Slate on Pearson’s arrest. He argued that Snoop was innocent until proven guilty, but did acknowledge that the opportunities she received from her role on the show did not negate the issues she faced due to her race and class. Simon said: “The opportunities and experiences of her life do not correspond in any way with my own, and her America is different from my own. I am therefore ill-equipped to be her judge in this matter.”

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Is Oprah Mad at Aretha Franklin Snub?

Published by Starr Rhett on Thursday, March 10, 2011 at 11:00 am.

According to reports floating around on the web, Oprah Winfrey is upset with Aretha Franklin for not granting her the first interview about the battle she’s fighting with cancer. Aretha gave the coveted interview to Wendy Williams.

Via the National Enquirer:

“Oprah is about as angry as can be,” said an insider.

“This is the final season of her show, and she’s been pushing to land all the big ‘gets’ out there. Oprah is embarrassed that Aretha—a legend—chose Wendy, who is a relative newcomer in the TV talk show world.”

While Oprah, 57, gives Wendy, 46, credit for snagging the much-coveted sit-down with Aretha, she’s still “steaming,” adds the insider, telling pals that Wendy’s show is “a long way” from hers, and criticizing it for being “silly and gossipy.”

Aretha underwent surgery in December but has never publicly revealed the nature of her health issues. However, the Enquirer has exclusively reported that she is fighting pancreatic cancer, one of the most deadly forms of the disease.

Oprah was said to have had big plans for Aretha. Here’s more from the Enquirer:

Oprah insisted she would’ve been able to outdo Wendy by using her clout to pack her show with legendary heavy hitters paying homage to the musical icon.

“Oprah was not going to keep the whole interview on the illness, which she knows Aretha is reluctant to fully discuss,” said the source.

“She was going to get Stevie Wonder, Smokey Robinson and Berry Gordy, the founder of Motown Records, for a touching tribute. But instead, Aretha chose Wendy—and Oprah is NOT happy!”

If this is true, it sounds more like Oprah’s ego was hurt. Who knows why Aretha chose Wendy Williams for the first interview? There’s several obvious but simple reasons: Maybe Aretha wanted to speak to a different audience, i.e. younger, more hip, or maybe Aretha just likes Wendy’s interview style better (God forbid!). It could have been that Wendy’s people reached out first. Again, who knows why, but is it really that serious? Even Oprah has to lose sometimes.  That is, if the story is even true; this is reporting from The National Enquirer.

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Miss Lawrence Joining “The Steve Harvey Project”

Published by Michael Arceneaux on Thursday, March 10, 2011 at 12:00 am.

Steve Harvey will be adding a big boost of estrogen to his nightly TV show on Centric, but not in the way you think.

The comedian, TV and radio personality has just announced plans to add Miss Lawrence from The Real Housewives of Atlanta to the cast of The Steve Harvey Project.

Sheree Whitfield’s hairdresser will host a segment called “Spilling the Tea With Miss Lawrence.”

On his new role, Miss Lawrence told AOL Black Voices: “I’ll be ‘Spilling the Tea’ on all the latest who’s whos, something Miss Lawrence loves to do. Talking music, entertainment, beauty and fashion is so me, honey! They picked the right girl for this one, and it’s always tastefully done.”

Insert your “yass,” “giving me life” or other cliché term here.

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Aubrey O’Day Debuts Strong, Basketball Wives Big Finish

Published by Starr Rhett on Wednesday, March 9, 2011 at 11:45 am.

The viewers have spoken, and apparently trash reality TV is still winning. Oxygen’s new show All About Aubrey, featuring former Danity Kane member Aubrey O’Day, has become the network’s most-watched docu-series launch in the network’s history in the key demographics (it debuted Monday).

All About Aubrey drew highs in total viewers (724,000) and both the 18–49 (557,000) and 18–34 (450,000) demos. The series also set records in women 18–49 (423,000) and women 18–34 (337,000) demos.

And in other news…

Tami and Evelyn’s fight was clearly on people’s agendas for Sunday night: The second season finale of VH1’s Basketball Wives drew 2.3 million viewers and snagged a 1.5 rating in the 18–49 demo, making it the highest-rated episode to date.

It’s funny listening to people trash-talk reality TV; it’s probably those same folks who sneak and watch it, hence the ratings. You already know there’s no shame in my game. I used to call it a guilty pleasure but I’m beyond the guilty part now. It’s just entertaining to watch someone else’s train wreck—as long as it’s not me embarrassing my mother.

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Rolanda Watts Arrested for DUI

Published by Michael Arceneaux on Wednesday, March 9, 2011 at 12:00 am.

Can you give Rolanda Watts a ride? She’ll likely need one for the next six months after being hit with a DUI charge last weekend. In California, when you’re met with a DUI, your license is typically negated for at least six months.

The former talk show host, news anchor and actress was pulled over in Hollywood early Saturday morning.  TMZ says she was then arrested and sent to a Van Nuys jail and held on $15,000 bail.

Well, there is one positive: She won’t have to deal with the expensive gas prices.

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Bobby Brown Talks Reality Show, New Edition Reunion, Bobbi Kristina

Published by Starr Rhett on Tuesday, March 8, 2011 at 12:00 pm.

Bobby Brown appeared on ABC News online yesterday to let everyone know that he is still around after nearly 27 years in the business. He is in denial about Bobbi Kristina’s alleged drug use that was plastered across the tabloids, and, of course, he is shopping a reality TV deal.

For the diehard stans, his new album is entitled The Masterpiece and it’s due out May 11. The first single is “Get Out of the Way.” Bobby said that his mom, who passed away a few weeks ago, wanted him to put out the album years ago (he had been working on it for 13 years) because it was one of her favorite projects of his. He is also very fond of this project, which is why he named it The Masterpiece, because he says it’s his best work. It’s described as “typical Bobby Brown and a little funky with a lot of love songs.”

Of course the reporter asked about the recent scandalous pictures that surfaced of Bobbi Kristina allegedly snorting coke. His response was, “I don’t know anything about that. My daughter doesn’t do that.” Um, OK. Parents who use tend to have children who use, but we’ll just throw in the word “allegedly” since no one wants to admit that they have a problem and then let Dr. Drew sort Bobbi Kristina out in a few years when it’s past too late. But I digress.

In other news, there are talks  of a New Edition reunion, and Bobby Brown and his fiancée are negotiating a reality TV show about his life (think Being Bobby Brown without Whitney). Bobby Brown finished the interview off by saying, “There’s something about entertainment that does it for me.” So, in short, we’ll be seeing a lot more of him.

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Donald Trump Can Count on LaToya Jackson’s Vote

Published by Michael Arceneaux on Tuesday, March 8, 2011 at 12:00 am.

As cute and adorable as one might find her, LaToya Jackson isn’t exactly the kind of person I’d look to for political insight. But that hasn’t stopped anyone from asking. With Donald Trump hinting at a potential presidential run (he does this all the time, though), the middle Jackson sister was asked whether or not she would vote for him.

Naturally, she says she’s down for the cause. She explained: “I think he would make an excellent president. I think he speaks the truth. I also feel that he knows a lot about the economy and the way [it's] heading. [The] world in general is basically involved around business with the oil crisis and things of that nature, that’s basically controlling the world at this point and this moment. He knows so much about that.”

To her credit, there is a perception among quite a few folks that business-minded people make great elected officials.  Still, not everyone cosigns that theory and Toy-Toy touched on that, too. She added: “I think he’s loved by a lot of people in America. I think he stands a chance. But then again, you have the other side who says, ‘Well how much does he really know?”

I can’t wait to see LaToya become a “political strategist” on The Rachel Maddow Show.

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