The New Girl pilot is pretty smart. A dorky girl, Jessica Day (Zooey Deschanel), loses everything and moves in with three guys. Each guy represents aspects of stereotypical masculinity. Schmidt (Max Greenfield) is both the high-maintenance metro-sexual and the Dudebro douche. Nick Miller (Jake Johnson) is the slacker and curmudgeon. Coach (Damon Wayans, Jr.) is the athlete and most prototypically masculine.
When Wayans was called back for the second season of Happy Endings, rather than just recast the role of Coach, they did a 1970s sitcom change-up. It’s calls to mind horrible flashbacks of Jenilee Harrison as Cindy Snow, Chrissy’s cousin, who appeared after Suzanne Somers unceremoniously left the show. It’s unclear as to whether this choice was trying to avoid reshoots for the pilot, leave room for Wayans to return, or just poor choices. It’s worth mentioning that Merrin Dungey played Dr. Naomi Bennett in the Private Practice back-door pilot but Audra McDonald played her in the actual series.
Because the role of Coach was out of the equation, writers had to invent a story and character for Lamorne Morris: Winston, a former Latvian basketball player was the original third roommate and moved back into the apartment. However, writers never found Winston’s voice and what happened bordered on racially insensitive. Winston was underemployed and had no real character traits except being useless. Most of his storylines were outside the apartment and didn’t involve his roommates. When he was with his roommates, they were usually making jokes at his expense. For example, in “Backslide,” Winston gets an earring and his roommates make racist-adjacent jokes like calling him “Captain Black Sparrow.”
Morris has done his best to try and integrate himself into the series including randomly singing and doing all kinds of degrading physical bits. It’s a pity because he just doesn’t seem to fit with the cast. Wayans has returned for a Season 3 story arc and has instantly re-assimilated into the show. It’s sad to see the three original cast members of the pilot with Morris continuing to be the red-headed stepchild of the series.
Sure, given the hipster nature of the series, they could have afforded to replace Wayans with an actor with more Williamsburg-street cred like Eric Andre (Don’t Trust the B- in Apartment 23) or Echo Kellum (Sean Saves the World). Regardless, the writers on the show should find a way to integrate Winston in the show, hire a writer to create a realistic character, and give him more of a personality than an obsession with his cat.
More than 100 artists including Garth Brooks, Dierks Bentley, Kid Rock, Megadeth and Brad Paisley took to the stage in Nashville, Tennessee on Friday night (22Nov13) to honour late country legend George Jones. The date at the city's Bridgestone Arena had originally been booked by Jones to host his final show before retirement, but the gig was transformed into a memorial concert following his death in April (13) at the age of 81.
The cream of country music turned out to honour Jones at the event, billed as Playin' Possum: The Final No Show, which was opened by Big & Rich, who sang 1965 hit Love Bug while riding lawn mowers on stage. The duo's act was a reference to the late singer's infamous drunken ride to a liquor store on a lawn mower after his wife took away his car keys.
The sold-out show featured 112 artists over four hours, including George Strait, Martina McBride, Eric Church, Emmylou Harris, Rodney Atkins, Montgomery Gentry, Thompson Square, Vince Gill and duets by married stars Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert, and Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood.
Jamey Johnson also paired with heavy metal band Megadeth to play 1998 single Wild Irish Rose, with Dave Mustaine saying of the band's inclusion in the line-up, "Heavy metal is all about rebellion, and George was definitely a rebel."
The show was closed by Alan Jackson, who performed Jones' hit He Stopped Loving Her Today and branded him "the greatest country singer that ever was".
Country veteran Reba McEntire had been due to take part in the event, but had to withdraw due to illness, and she posted an apology to Jones' widow, Nancy, on her Twitter.com page, writing, "Lost my voice tonight at the George Jones tribute. So sorry Nancy. Sure wanted to be a part of country music history."
Reunited rockers Black Sabbath were triple winners at the Classic Rock Roll Of Honour awards in London on Thursday night (14Nov13), but terminally ill Wilko Johnson was the event's hero. The 66-year-old former Dr. Feelgood guitarist, who was told by doctors that he would not live past October (13) after he was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer earlier this year (13), took to the stage to collect the night's Innovator Award and joked, "I'm supposed to be dead now."
The rocker, who hopes to have time to record one more album with The Who star Roger Daltrey, told the audience at the ceremony that he has never felt more "vividly alive" after accepting his latest award from fellow musician Jimmy Page at the London Roundhouse.
Meanwhile, Ozzy Osbourne and his bandmates collected the Living Legend Award and the Best Album prize for their comeback release 13. They also claimed the Event of the Year trophy for taking the album to number one on the British charts.
The triple win came hours after Osbourne, Tony Iommi and Geezer Butler announced plans to extend their reunion tour into 2014.
Other winners included The Rolling Stones, who claimed the Best Band prize, and Fleetwood Mac, Led Zeppelin and late blues legend Rory Gallagher.
The full list of winners is:
The Living Legend Award - Black Sabbath
Event Of The Year - Black Sabbath go to number one
Breakthrough Award - Virginmarys
The Musicians' Union Maestro - James Dean Bradfield
Tommy Vance Inspiration Award - Rory Gallagher
Outstanding Contribution - Mott the Hoople
Classic Album - Blues Breakers With Eric Clapton by John Mayall
VIP Award - Shep Gordon
Metal Guru - Zakk Wylde
Best New Band - The Temperance Movement
Album Of The Year - 13 by Black Sabbath
Reissue Of The Year - Rumours (35th anniversary edition) by Fleetwood Mac
Film Of The Year - Celebration Day by Led Zeppelin
Band Of The Year - The Rolling Stones
Spirit Of Prog - Alex Lifeson
The Showmen - The Darkness
Innovator - Wilko Johnson.
Cult folk rockers the Fruit Bats have announced plans to split after a handful of final shows. The group, fronted by ex-The Shins star Eric D. Johnson, formed in Chicago, Illinois in 1997, and released five albums. The band's When U Love Somebody featured in Miguel Arteta's 2010 movie Youth in Revolt.
Announcing the upcoming split, Johnson says, "Hey All. So, after 13 years, 5 albums, bunch of tours, and lots of laughs, Fruit Bats is calling it a day. There is no major or dramatic reason - I'm not gonna launch into one of those 'the changing face of the music landscape in the digital age,' things. Especially since I don't even understand any of that stuff.
"It's been a long run and time for a change. I've been fortunate enough to start scoring movies and producing bands and I'm super excited to continue on with that. Plus I'll still write songs and make records and play shows, which will scratch any Fruit Bats itch that you've got."
The band's final three shows will take place next week (beg18Nov13).
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There’s absolutely nothing wrong with preferring to not get married and just stay in a committed relationship with your partner instead, which is what many people in Hollywood choose to do. It’s one thing to just be dating, though, and a whole other thing to get engaged, which implies that you will be marrying. Some celebs seem to like the title of “fiance” more than turning it into “spouse,” and would rather be engaged for years than actually tie the knot.
Lebron James of the Miami Heat recently married his high school sweetheart, Savannah Brinson, after a 2 year long engagement (and a relationship since high school), and John Legend finally married girlfriend of 4 years and fiancé of 3 years, Chrissy Teigen, on the same day as James and Brinson, no less. Though they finally got hitched, there are still some celebs who aren’t yet ready to put a wedding ring on it.
Jessica Simpson & Eric Johnson Jessica Simpson has been engaged to retired NFL-er Eric Johnson since 2010 and they already have 2 kids together, Maxwell Drew and Ace Knute Johnson. To be fair to Simpson, though, it is difficult to try on dresses and plan out weddings when you've been pregnant and/or popping out kids for most of the relationship.
Taran Killam & Cobie Smulders Cobie Smulders and Taran Killam are actually married now, but they still took their sweet time doing it. Engaged in 2009, the pair waited for 3 years (and the birth of their daughter) to finally tie the knot.
Kate Hudson & Matthew Bellamy Like her parents, Kate Hudson is living the non-married life with Muse frontman Matt Bellamy. Unlike her parents, though, Hudson has been engaged since 2011. There’s been no date set for their wedding as of yet, but we hope these crazy kids can make it last.
Angelina Jolie & Brad Pitt Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt have been together for 8 years. Though they initially claimed that they wouldn’t get married until gay people were allowed to marry too, the couple announced their engagement in 2012. Considering it took them 7 years to even get engaged, it’ll probably be another 7 for the actual wedding. Don’t hold your breath, peeps!
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Jessica Simpson and her fiance Eric Johnson are set to marry next spring (14) in Italy, according to a U.S. report. The pop star, reality TV regular and fashion designer recently revealed she and Johnson had set a date and place, but didn't disclose any details.
She told Us Weekly magazine, "We have a where and a when."
However, the editors at the magazine have discovered the couple will tie the knot next May (14) in Capri, Italy, where Simpson spent her 30th birthday.
Simpson and Johnson are reportedly ready to send out save-the-date notices - but only to a select few.
A source says, "It will be just close friends and family."
HBO might have sentenced vampire drama True Blood to the true death after next season, the show’s seventh, but we’ll always have the memories. True Blood helped redefine supernatural shows, making it acceptable to mix standard drama elements with high camp.
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So let’s see the fangers out in style by remembering some of the show’s greatest and weirdest moments:
Sookie and Bill Kiss For The First TimeThis is where it all started, when telepathic waitress Sookie Stackhouse met southern gentleman vampire Bill Compton. Their chemistry was hard to deny, even for actors Stephen Moyer and Anna Paquin, who ended up a real-life couple.
Eric Goes Up In FlamesEric may be hot but he’s never been this hot before. As last season of True Blood drew to a close we saw a very, very naked Eric sunbathing. But we could only enjoy the view for a moment, as suddenly our favorite Viking vampire caught flame.
Godric Meets The SunEric’s vampire maker Godric was a centuries old vampire ready to die. The scene where he decided to meet the sun, with Sookie standing by watching, was one of the show’s most emotional and spectacular.
Franklin Can Text Really FastSookie’s best friend Tara has had some of the worst luck on the show, and that’s really saying something for a cast of characters this disaster-prone. When unhinged vampire Franklin falls for Tara, he takes her hostage and tries to impress her by showing off his superior texting skills.
Russell Edgington Makes NewsOne of the greatest True Blood characters was definitely drama queen vampire Russell Edgington, played with great flare by Denis O’Hare. After Eric kills his lover Talbot, Russell makes a splashy entrance on live TV by eviscerating a news anchor. “Now time for the weather. Tiffany!”
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Jessica Simpson is finally ready to tie the knot with fiance Eric Johnson after her wedding was derailed by two pregnancies. The star became engaged in 2010 and originally wanted to marry after welcoming daughter Maxwell Drew in 2012, but after she fell pregnant again with son Ace Knute, she had to postpone her nuptials again.
Now the couple is ready to walk down the aisle and Simpson reveals she has started planning her big day.
Unveiling her son in a photoshoot with Us Weekly magazine, she says, "We have started talking about it (wedding) again. It's good because we ended up changing our minds about the original plan. We now have a where and when.
"Everybody has just been so anxious for us to get married - including us. And everyone has watched our love develop throughout becoming parents. When we actually do get married, it will be that much more intimate and beautiful. I don't think there will be a dry eye in the place."
Singer/actress Jessica Simpson has shown off her newborn baby son Ace Knute for the first time and revealed she is not planning on having any more kids. Simpson became a second-time mum in June (13) when she and fiance Eric Johnson welcomed Ace, who is a brother for their 15-month-old daughter Maxwell.
The doting parents are revelling in looking after the new addition to their family but Simpson has revealed she does not want to extend their brood any further - barring accidents.
Unveiling Ace in a photoshoot for U.S. magazine UsWeekly, she says, "With two kids, we have our hands full, but every day is a new adventure. It's fun! I feel very at peace with being a mom.
"Pregnancy is a lot (of work). It was hard to do two so close together. I have this huge sense of accomplishment, and I feel in my heart that I'm done. But obviously, accidents do happen!"