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The future of Trophy Wife is unclear, but we can safely predict that its hilarious bombshell star Malin Akerman is going to be around for a long time. The Swedish/Canadian actress took on the infamous Reddit "Ask Me Anything" challenge on March 4 to answer fan queries about her current and former costars (a veritable who's who of contemporary comedy), her first reaction to her sitcom's title, and steering clear of boring "girlfriend" roles. Check out our favorite parts below and see the entire session here.
On the first thing she'd do if she were Matthew McConaughey for a day:"Take my shirt off!"
On what exactly Ben Stiller smells like:"A mix of Pine Cones and new car smell…that's if he hasn't had any Mexican food."
On working with the husband to her Trophy Wife, Bradley Whitford:"I'm officially Bradley's biggest fan after working with him. He is the biggest ham! So friggin funny. The best part is that when he is interviewed, so many people mistakenly call him Bradley Cooper and he never corrects them…he just rolls with it."
On the wackiest moment in her trip to White Castle with Harold and Kumar:"I had to lick Freakshow's (Chris Meloni) boils on our first day of shooting. Good way to ease into a role."
On holding out for the funny parts:"Not that I was offered this role, but had the chance to read The Hangover and decided to pass on the opportunity to go in for an audition. I preferred the male roles in the movie…something like Bridesmaids would have been awesome."
On her show's deceptively vapid title:"When I first saw the title of the show I said, 'Hell no! I do not want to play a vapid Trophy Wife,' but after reading the script, I realized that it was a tongue in cheek title and I absolutely loved it. From then on it was all about finding the right cast…and I feel like we hit a home run with our hilarious actors!"
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First In Tank
The first entrepreneur was Lauren Padawer of Alaska Glacial Mud, which creates all-natural facial masks and other skin care products you might find at a beauty spa. She wanted $100,000 for 20% equity. The problem was that she had very weak sales and that was what kept the Sharks from biting on the deal. They pointed out that the spa business was very difficult to break into and that she didn't even have a retail presence. They were more impressed by the fact that she was a commercial salmon fisherman who ran her own ship and pulled in $100,000 a year - Barbara Corcoran wanted to buy into her fish business.
Second In Tank
Mike Barzman and Bryan O'Connell (who looked unsettingly like Henry Thomas of E.T. fame) were pitching Invisplug - extension cords that blend in with the floor. They wanted $125,000 for 10% equity, a valuation that the Sharks immediately pointed out was way too high. Several sharks immediately jumped out, but Lori Greiner made an offer. She offered the $125,000 and they haggled on royalties, but eventually she refused to budge at $1 per unit until she got her investment back and then 25 cents in perpetuity after that - a deal structure that Kevin O'Leary usually offers. Robert Herjavec's interest was piqued and offered the same deal, no royalties and a 20% equity contingent on them agreeing right then and there. Like idiots, they dithered and asked to be able to confer and Herjavec retracted his offer. Fortunately for them, Greiner didn't do the same and they took her deal.
Tom + Chee, a soup and sandwich restaurant that first appeared on the show last May, was doing really well, having grown to 80 employees and hit a million in sales in just three months after the company's founders appeared on the show. Barbara Corcoran, who was their investor, got her own sandwich on the menu. She also has her own doll, though I'm afraid it might be making an appearance in a new Child's Play movie...
Third In Tank
Greg Cronin and Dr. Stephen A. Coachys were pitching LockerBones, a series of easy-to-install locker shelves to help students stay organized. They wanted $175,000 for 10%. There were two issues: first, they were initially going to sell on consignment to Amazon, which meant they would have to take any unsold units, and second, they only had a design patent, not a utility one. They had also stayed away from Staples, which almost caused O'Leary to have a conniption fit at their short-sightedness. They got lucky though: Greiner and Robert Herjavec combined for their price, but took 50% in equity.
Last In Tank
The final entrepreneur was Balloon Distractions, a company that sent people to make balloon items to distract unruly kids. The pitch opened with balloons falling from the ceiling and he gave the Sharks personalized balloons for them. It was run by Ben Alexander, who seemed to be an overgrown hyperactive kid himself. He was so overly emotional that he had to stop a couple of times to keep from crying. Of course, the Sharks were worried that he was like that all the time. His presentation was pretty much a rambling mess, though the gist was that he wanted to franchise. He wanted a recruiter. The problem for the Sharks was two-fold: he hadn't recruited the right salespeople for different regions, and he was not focused or organized. None of the Sharks invested and O'Leary even stomped on some of the balloons after Alexander left.
It was a tie between seeing O'Leary wear a mud mask and conduct his line of questioning while still wearing it and seeing all the Sharks with balloon hats on their heads during the Balloon Distractions pitch.
Dumbest Entrepreneur Move
Again, a tie: between the InvisiPlug people dithering their way out of a deal with Herjavec, and the LockerBones people not even considering selling their product to Staples. O'Leary nearly had a coronary at that. Bad distribution strategy. He was so unfocused and babbling that Mark Cuban had to yell at him. No Sharks bit, but they gave him good advice.
Most Dated Reference
O'Leary doing a Dr. Evil pinkie finger to mouth gesture and saying "One Million Dollars!" I think the last time that was relevant was when President George W. Bush was in his first term.
"That's a Kevin deal." -- All the other Sharks to Greiner at her first offer to the Invisiplug people, since it involved royalties, an O'Leary staple.
"I have to ask an important question: Are you like this all the time?" -- Mark Cuban to Alexander during the Balloon Distractions pitch
"I'm very worried you may spontaneously combust." -- O'Leary to the overly-emotional Alexander
"You don't want to piss off the clown community!" -- Herjavec responding to Alexander's saying that the clown community had been belittling him online after he opened Balloon Distractions
"SHUT UP!!!" -- Cuban to Alexander after the entrepreneur went off the rails for the 50th time when Cuban was trying to give advice.
This week’s edition of Leanne’s Spoiler List features five fanstastic shows that will make you giggle with excitement and gasp from all the amazing moments that will soon flood your TV screens. Let's get right into it and talk some trash about the season finales of Arrow and Psych, a great guest spot on The Middle, the premiere of Baby Daddy, and everyone's favorite serial killer drama Hannibal (well, at least until The Following comes back).
1. Arrow: Holy S**tballs!
This season on Arrow it's been one crazy roller coaster ride of awesomeness, and when the finale airs tonight be prepared to for your jaw to hit the floor and your heart to skip a beat. Star Stephen Amell — a.k.a. the world’s most wonderful human — promised me that we’re going to get a lot of character shifts in tonight’s episode, entitled “Sacrifice.”
“The neat thing about the finale is that so much of this season has just been with people with facades,” Amell explains. “Towards the last two episodes, all of those just melt away because danger is so perilously close. We get to see characters interacting in a way that they haven’t all season.”
Emily Bett Rickards, the amazing girl behind Team Arrow's IT expert Felicity Smoak, promises tonight’s hour is going to be even more action-packed than what we've seen so far... and who would have thought that was even possible? "It’s bigger than you can imagine. I don’t think I breathed [while] reading the script,"Rickards says with a smile. "There is so much going on...It’s exhausting. I hope you all sleep well after watching it." Nope. We’ll be too busy tweeting about it!
Rickards has been promoted to series regular for Season 2, so what can we expect to see from Felicity next year? "I expect to learn more about her outside lair life," Rickards predicts. "I think as a regular you have to see more of her as opposed to just being in the lair. She probably doesn’t leave the computer too often, but maybe she’s working out now, maybe she’s going on a few runs in her free time. She’s got to stay fit somehow!"
I’m currently doing a happy dance right now — and you should be too! Why? Well the fact that Rickards is coming back next season means that she survives tonight’s finale! Unfortunately, one character will not be so lucky. I know for a fact that one of our beloved Starling City residents is going to die in tonight’s finale, and while I cannot tell you who it is, I can leave you with these vague and ominous words from Stephen Amell: “Really crazy stuff is happening and no one is ever safe.”
2.Psych: A Game-Changing Finale
Hmm… I’m sensing that you would like me to give you some Psych spoilers from the show's Season 7 finale. So here goes! In two weeks — that’d be May 29 for all those without a calendar or simple mathematical skills — Psych’s season finale, “No Trout About It,” will see a new case alter the series as we know it.
This episode has everything! Murder, intrigue, new characters, snow cones, a high-speed chase, Shawn’s dad hitting on some random lady, and a member of the Brat Pack! That’s right Weird Science fans, '80s star Anthony Michael Hall guest stars in the finale as Harris Trout, an impeccably dressed yet extremely eccentric police consultant who is recruited by the mayor to help make the SBPD run more efficiently.
Believe me when I say this is one extremely odd fella — and that’s saying a lot since we’re talking about Psych, the leader in quirky TV characters. Fun fact: Hall’s appearance on the comedy makes him the the fourth member of the big screen’s “Brat Pack” to appear on Psych, following in the footsteps of Molly Ringwald, Ally Sheedy, and Judd Nelson. Aww! All we need is Emilio Estevez and we’ll have the entire Breakfast Club as Psych alums!
Anyway, back to the episode. Shawn and Gus are called in to investigate a very special case involving the murder of a man who isn’t even dead yet. The victim has actually been poisoned and he comes to our dynamic duo for help on finding his killer — but of course things are not always what they seem and there are plenty of twists and turns along the way. I’ll leave you with this little nugget: This season ends on a huger than huge cliffhanger and the entire premise of the series could forever be changed. Dun dun duuuun!
3.Baby Daddy: A Change of Heart
Confession: I think ABC Family's Baby Daddy is hilarious. It’s quick-paced, filled with fun yet relatable characters, and features a baby that doesn’t talk (Lily from Modern Family is my nightmare).
Here’s what you can get excited for in Season 2 – which premieres Wednesday, May 29 bee tee dubs: Ben is kinda, sorta, totally into Riley, Riley is still super into Ben, Danny is dating a Russian supermodel, and Tucker’s dance moves have never been better. Oh, and Bonnie uses Emma as baby bait to hit on a man — but what else is new?
Throughout the Season 2 premiere, Ben is desperately trying to prove to Riley that he’s not “that guy” but unfortunately actions speak louder than words. Let’s just say that by the end of the second episode, there’s not one but three guys vying for Riley’s heart.
Luckily I will be having lunch with the cast next week so feel free to hit me up on Twitter and I will pass along all of your burning Baby Daddy questions!
4. Hannibal: Fit For a Fiddle
Fannibals will find Thursday night’s newest installment of Hannibal to be music to their ears. The episode, titled "Fromage," is anything but cheesy. Now, cheese may be everyone’s favorite thing (I’d like to think that’s a scientific fact), but everything is far from gouda in the lives of Will and Hannibal (sorry about the lame cheese pun).
First up, sexual tension is mounting between Will and a certain potential paramour and many questions will be addressed. Will there finally be a lip-lock between these two? And if so, how will it affect their friendship? The whole thing will have certain folks jumping for joy while others will worry about the potential fallout.
But keep in mind that Will isn’t the only one with secret admirers — Hannibal has one as well! Food for thought: Murderpeople are quite curious with the way they exchange secret messages. This week’s serial killer is fascinatingly grotesque and focuses on the one thing we know Hannibal respects above all: the arts. Also, a character we've known since the pilot will be fall victim to music's sweet sound.
But don’t get so baroque-n up about it (now a bad music pun), because the developments that follow the not-so-shocking-but-also-yes-totally-shocking death will lead the bromantical relationship between Hannibal and Will down a different path. All the mind games and manipulation have reached a breaking point, and there’s no way all of this can be wrapped up neatly with a bow. At least Will’s seemingly deteriorating mental state will make sure of that. Oh, and bonus points if you can spot the reference to Buffalo Bill from Silence of the Lambs in this episode!
5.The Middle: Jack is Back!
When we bid adieu to 30 Rock earlier this year, it was a difficult time because I’ve absolutely adored seeing sweet-as-pie Kenneth on my TV screen each and every week. So you can imagine my excitement when I learned that Jack McBrayer would be guest starring on one of my favorite comedies: The Middle!
I had the extreme pleasure of chatting with McBrayer in anticipation of his hilarious role in tonight’s episode, “The Ditch,” and to answer your question: Yes, he is just as delightful as you would hope — and so is his new character. “I play dentist Dr. Goodman. He hires Frankie to work in his office and he’s kind of like a big man-child,” McBrayer says with a laugh.
Since McBrayer will be playing a dentist tonight, I made sure to ask him if he took and extra measures to make sure his chompers would be pearly white on camera. The actor exclaimed, “Why of course, Leanne! My teeth are like my bread and butter. They’re so big, so you can bet I made sure they were sparkling before I came to set.”
Just like Kenneth, Dr. Goodman is what we’d call a people-pleaser. McBrayer explains, “He’s not really one for confrontation so Frankie’s at times overbearing and mothering personality kind of pushes him over in the office.” Well, that’s a bit of an understatement! When Frankie alludes to a line full of people that she’s a doctor, she tries to keep up the charade and take charge of Dr. Goodman when one of the people she fibbed to shows up at the office. Yikes!
McBrayer’s character is very similar to his 30 Rock alter ego, meaning that he’s about as frightening as a basket full of kittens.Don’t believe me? Take a look at this clip from tonight’s episode to see his lack of ferocity for yourself!
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Who do you think will die on tonight’s Arrow finale? Excited to see Will get some action on Hannibal? Eager to see Jack McBrayer’s return to TV tonight on The Middle? Tell me everything in the comments below!
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