Posts Tagged ‘Neil Patrick Harris’

Pretty Little Liars, SYTYCD Make Summer Great

Posted by Diana in Pretty Little Liars, So You Think You Can Dance, The Nine Lives of Chloe King

June 16th, 2011, 03:08 PM

They’re baaaaaaack! And so is A!

This might so far be my favorite week of summer! Pretty Little Liars returned Tuesday night, The Nine Lives of Chloe King pilot was not bad, and the Top 20 dancers on So You Think You Can Dance did a bang on job last night. Switched at Birth must just be an anomaly!

Pretty Little Liars. Yaaaaaassss! Man alive, I appreciate this show, even as I cringe every time Aria and Ezra Fitz interact (awwwwkward). Toby and Spencer have a kind of Romeo and Juliet thing going on, which makes every scene they have together that much hotter. Caleb is back (via Lucas, and can you imagine the fanfic?!), but where is he staying? I guess only time will tell, now that Hanna’s kicked him to the curb again. Emily might move to Texas and is minus any possible love interest, as crazy Paige didn’t show nary a bobbed hair or intense eyeball. A is up to his/her/it’s old tricks–using Aria’s key to steal stuff from Ezra and plant it in the girls’ therapist’s office; taking advantage of Emily’s open house to erase the videos from her computer; possibly planting texts on Melissa’s phone to make Spencer think it’s Ian (or is it?!). A is still one of the best, menacing characters on television, even if we never find out A’s identity (I hope we never do–the speculation is just too fun!). Everyone’s a suspect!

The Nine Lives of Chloe King is actually pretty awesome! Take notes, Switched at Birth: you don’t need to cram six episodes worth of info into one in order to get a great pilot. Less is more! And yeah, Chloe was a bit forced at times (the dialogue was occasionally cringey), and heaven help me, I keep wanting to call her Andie (her character on last season’s great hope and big failure The Gates), but Skyler Samuels gives good protagonist, when she’s given good script. And Chloe is way more awesome than Andie, for sure. Plus, Grey Damon plays Chloe’s love interest (star-crossed love interest!), and his smokin’ hotness on Friday Night Lights as Hastings Ruckle has more than translated. Yowza!

So You Think You Can Dance continued to impress this week, even with random guest judge Megan Mullally along for the ride. Just to note: upcoming guest judges will include Kristin Chenoweth and Lady Gaga! Fingers crossed we’ll get some performances out of them! Neil Patrick Harris and Ellen DeGeneres are also in talks to guest judge, and while Ellen wasn’t the greatest judge last time around, she is always enjoyable. There were no major fails last night (unless you count Mitchell Kelly, who had to sit out with an elbow injury and thus is automatically in the bottom 3), and some truly amazing routines. My favorites included Iveta and Nick’s Jason Gilkison-choreographed quickstep (and what a great pairing, too!) and Melanie and Marko dancing Travis Wall’s contemporay routine (holy smokes). Least faves include anytime Broadway dancer and eternal mugger Jess is onscreen. He’s like a tiny Tyce! Please make it stop!

How I Met Your Mother is In It to Win It!

Posted by Diana in How I Met Your Mother

March 8th, 2011, 03:58 PM

The gang’s all here!

How I Met Your Mother has been going strong now for six seasons. Six years of Ted Marion Mosby explaining to his future teenage children the incredibly long and convoluted story of, well, how he met their mom. It’s been a while since we’ve seen hide or hair of the kids–Lyndsy Fonseca, who plays the daughter, is now on Nikita (kicking ass and taking names, of course), and David Henrie, the son, is on the Disney Channel show The Wizards of Waverly Place. I think Lyndsy wins. Six seasons! Whew!

I think we can all agree that Season 5 (last season) sucked the mighty, mighty big one. It seemed at times that the writers and producers were trying to drive the show into the ground, to alienate regular viewers and not attract new ones. This season–despite a few ups and downs–has been a positive return to awesomeness. So it’s good news, then, that HIMYM has been renewed for two more seasons. Does it mean we’ll meet The Mother anytime soon? Probably not.  But hey, at least it’s not the abominable Zoe (Jennifer Morrison)! I know it’s bad to have too much invested in a show, but that whole storyline with her was crap. Only the sheer awesomeness of The Captain (Kyle MacLachlan) saved the day.

So! Two more seasons! It’s nice to have the end in sight, and I’d bet even the cast agrees, although Neil Patrick Harris seems pumped to continue. He tweeted, “HIMYM picked up for 2 more years! Yahoo! With so much job security, I should buy something extravagant. Like a pony. Or some gold teeth!”

Legen–wait for it!–dary!

Hollywood Faux-Pas

Posted by BRADY in How I Met Your Mother, Teen Mom, celebrity gossip

December 20th, 2010, 06:12 PM

Neil Patrick Harris: Senior Citizen Twitter Bully

Celebrities, you just never learn! There are two prime examples of celebrities breaking golden rules of Hollywood this week, and no, I’m not referring to Justin Timberlake agreeing to voice Boo-Boo in Yogi Bear. That movie falls more under “crime against humanity” than just a crime against Hollywood.

1) Never get a giant tattoo of your child’s face on your stomach. Amber Portwood, the Teen Mom cast member known for hitting her boyfriend Gary and dating a criminal she met at Walmart, recently got a tattoo to celebrate the birth of her daughter Leah. Oh, and to celebrate getting her back from Child Protective Services, of course. That’s a big day in every mother’s life… But a tattoo to celebrate her daughter, it’s sweet. I’ve heard of many parents doing that, inking their child’s name on their body to always have it…wait, it’s of her face?! Yes, a practically life-size version of Leah’s face, surrounded by gaudy roses, is now smacked on Amber’s stomach. Come on Amber, this is really going to cut into your chance for a big paycheck when it comes to the “Teen Moms are Legal!” issue of Penthouse. Though, to be fair, Amber does not seem like the most responsible of mothers, so maybe being able to point to her midriff when her daughter inevitably goes missing in a shopping mall will be handy.

2) Never call an elder-statesman of Soap Operas a D-Bag. This week Neil Patrick Harris took to Twitter to bash Eric Braeden (of The Young and The Restless Fame) after he backed out of a guest appearance on How I Met Your Mother: “Eric Braeden is a D-Bag. The actor, (Robin’s dad) agreed to a cameo, then last night bailed, saying the part wasn’t ’substantial’ enough.” Whoa there Doogie Howser! No offense to How I Met Your Mother, it’s a good show, but it’s not like this is Daniel Day Lewis dropping out of There Will Be Blood. It’s a soap actor dropping out of a one scene sitcom appearance, I’m sure they can insert some laughter in his place. Eric Braeden, now 69, did not respond on Twitter because, well….he’s 69, but he did respond in an interview, saying between health issues, a busy work schedule on a daily soap opera and the fact that the part was only a few lines made him decide to drop out. Also, no joke, he said of Neil Patrick Harris:”It seems to me like a young whippersnapper…” It doesn’t matter what else he said, that right there is awesome. Oh, and for the record, NPH apologized for the comment a few hours after.

The (Creative) Emmy Winners!

Posted by BRADY in Dexter, Glee, Saturday Night Live

August 23rd, 2010, 04:52 PM

Every year the best and brightest from the TV industry gather for an elegant show watched by millions to honor the biggest television achievements from the year and the beloved TV stars and shows that made those achievements possible. And a week before that, there’s the Creative Emmys.

The Creative Emmys are a chance for the industry to honor those who do much of the real work behind the cameras to make the shows we watch possible. You know, the people that TV viewers could not care less about. Which means very few people check out the Creative Emmys, despite many of the stars showing up. Oh yes, there are fashionable stars there, but they might as well call the red carpet coverage of the event the “Back-Up Emmy Dress Parade.” But this year they moved some of the usually prime-time categories to the Creatives, meaning that we got a few acting awards a week early. Come on, you know the actors are what you tune in for anyway!

The big winners (that we’ve actually heard of) came in the Guest Actor/Actress categories. John Lithgow won for his guest role as the Trinity Killer on last season of Dexter, a well-deserved win for a truly creepy and disturbing performance on an already creepy and disturbing show. The new season of Dexter has a lot to live up to after he set the bar so high! John Lithgow’s return to TV in this role after years on the wacky alien sitcom 3rd Rock From The Sun rivals Bryan Cranston’s transformation from good-natured, inept dad on Malcolm in the Middle to meth-brewing cancer victim on Breaking Bad as far as nice guys you wanna laugh at becoming very sad and disturbing men. Speaking of, will Bryan Cranston win Best Actor third year in a row? Probably!

Neil Patrick Harris won for his guest role on Glee (where he sang a pretty awesome version of Aerosmith’s “Dream On”), kicking off what is sure to be a slew of awards for the extremely hyped show. If not I think downtown LA might have a full-fledged Gleek riot on their hands. Those are some hardcore fans. Board your windows, producers of other award-nominated comedies! Some very well-choreographed gangs might be coming your way. The third big winner, of course, was Betty White. Was there ever any doubt that she would win for her stint hosting Saturday Night Live? I think she might sweep the rest of the awards, even categories she’s not nominated for. Best Actress, Best Drama, Best Sound Editing. The people have spoken, just give them all to Betty!

Wednesdays are the New Tuesdays and Thursdays

Posted by BRADY in America's Next Top Model, Glee

April 29th, 2010, 01:44 PM

With the season finales last week of both 16 and Pregnant and Project Runway (congratulations Seth Aaron!), I’ve found myself in a television vacuum!  Fortunately, America’s Next Top Model (Cycle 14, can you believe it?!) and Glee are both still going.  Glee has especially hit the mark recently, with the all-Madonna episode last week, another strong episode this week, and the rumor that a Britney Spears episode may actually come to fruition!  Could you imagine? That would be rad.  I’m all for Madonna and Lady Gaga, but Britney pioneered the innocent pop star aesthetic and would play perfectly in a high school setting.  With Neil Patrick Harris guest starring in a Joss Whedon-directed episode (squee!!) and Kurt Hummel getting a boyfriend next season (an out, proud, loud, and awesome boyfriend—none of this sneaking around behind the gym nonsense), this show just keeps getting better!  Also fantastic news? Naya Rivera and Heather Morris, who play Cheerios and BFF with benefits Santana Lopez and Brittany (no last name), are getting promoted to series regulars next season!  Freakin’ fantastic decision, producers.  Santana is a fiendish firecracker, and Brittany has some fantastic lines, including, “Did you know dolphins are just gay sharks” and “I’m pretty sure my cat is reading my diary.”  Let’s hope this show keeps getting better, and doesn’t implode under the weight of high expectations.

As for America’s Next Top Model, well, what can be said about Tyra Banks’ long-running phenomenon that hasn’t already been said?  Let’s see…nothing.  It’s the same as ever: ridiculous challenges, useless tips, heinous contestants, and mad famewhore Tyra, who passion for fashion (ahem) has been eclipsed by her desperate lunges for the spotlight.  Thank the lord and all the little apples that her eponymous talk show ends this year.  Currently, 5 women are still in the running for the title (which, frankly, should be more like America’s Next Reality TV Show Winner because these women never become top models).  After last season’s shortstacks (er, petites), it’s nice to see women competing who actually may, someday, if they’re lucky, model for the JC Penney catalog.  I predict this year’s winner will be of mixed race or African American, since the last one was white.  Trust.

Bret Michaels update!  He is responding well to treatment and could resume touring next month!  Skidoo!

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Dustin Diamond’s Saved By the Bell Tell-All, in Short

Posted by KAT in Saved By the Bell, Saved By the Bell: The College Years

January 27th, 2010, 12:58 PM

Saved By the Bell: Mark-Paul Gosselaar as Zack Morris, Dustin Diamond as Screech Powers, Mario Lopez as A.C. SlaterBy now, we all know Dustin Diamond wrote a tell-all book about his years on Saved By the Bell called Behind the Bell that simultaneously grossed us out and made us sad.  Not that anyone actually read it.

Except for this 11 Points contributor!  You should really check out the long, long list of highlights (eleven, in fact!) they’ve put together, but in the meantime, let me condense them for you in a mostly SFW fashion so you can see if it’s worth your time:

1) Dustin has had sex with over 2,000 women and is well-endowed.  Dustin is no Screech Powers.
2) Mario Lopez (a.k.a. A.C. Slater) raped a girl, and NBC paid her to keep quiet.
3) Tiffani Thiessen (Kelly Kapowski) was dating Eddie Garcia, the actor who played Johnny Dakota in the anti-drug episode, while having relations with both Mark-Paul Gosselaar (Zack Morris) and Mario Lopez at the same time.
4) The entire cast was smoking weed during the said anti-drug episode (”Theres no hope with dope!”).
5) Elizabeth Berkley (Jessie Spano) also had relations with both Mark-Paul Gosselaar and Mario Lopez.
6) Lark Voorhies (Lisa Turtle) also had relations with both Mark-Paul Gosselaar and Mario Lopez.
7) Martin Lawrence was abusive to Lark Voorhies when they were engaged (Whoa! Never knew they were together).
8 ) Dustin had sex with Linda Mancuso, NBC’s VP of children’s programming.
9) Mark-Paul Gosselaar confessed to the cast that he had used steroids before Saved By the Bell: The College Years.
10) Ed Alonzo (a.k.a. Max, owner of The Max) used to practice magic tricks with a young Neil Patrick Harris and also get sexy with him.
11) Executive Producer Peter Engel (you’ve seen the name!) used to have threesomes with Tiffani Thiessen and Mark-Paul Gosselaar in his office.

That’s all he wrote.  Only Mr. Belding remains unscathed!

Okay, so not to be a total Pollyanna, but I’m assuming just about all this is made up.  For one, these lies aren’t even creative.  They basically amount to: everyone had sex with each other.  And even if it DID happen, who cares?  Dustin Diamond is quite simply continuing to reveal himself as the insecure, bitter has-been that we already knew he was.

So the question remains: should we read this?  Nah.

[Source: 11 Points via ONTD]

How I Met Your Mother Erupts in Song

Posted by KAT in How I Met Your Mother

January 11th, 2010, 03:19 PM

Tonight!  How I Met Your Mother returns with its 100th episode on CBS!  Even better: the show will feature a musical number by boy wonder Neil Patrick Harris.
SPOILER ALERT!  Here’s a li’l preview of the episode:

Suits!  Let’s face it, there’s no way the amazing cast of HIMYM is gonna mess this one up. The episode follows Barney as he gives up wearing suits to score a hot new bartender who’s not into his style of dress.

Hmph.  You won’t catch ME dressing down for a man, even if he poured a stiff drink.  Pants?  Gross.

[Source: Seriously? OMG! WTF?]

How I Met Your Mentor: Tim Gunn Guest Stars

Posted by KAT in How I Met Your Mother, Project Runway

November 23rd, 2009, 06:14 PM

How I Met Your Mother’s Neil Patrick Harris blew up on Twitter last week with a predictably charming array of tweets to kick off his entry into the Twitterverse. One such charming tweet:

On set. Best guest star EVER! The entire cast/crew was super stoked. No one more than me:

How I Met Your Mother: Neil Patrick Harris & Tim Gunn

Snap!  Bet ya didn’t expect me to sneak attack ya with a Tim Gunn facedrop!  Yup.

The Project Runway mentor will be guesting on HIMYM in an upcoming episode, per the NPH Twitter.  Totally awesome.

And for those of you who haven’t lost steam on Project Runway with this last season of designing duds, the show’s 7th season will reportedly be premiering on January 14th, 2010 at 10:00 p.m. on Lifetime.  Yeah, I’ll be watching too.

Happy 40th Anniversary, Sesame Street!

Posted by KAT in How I Met Your Mother, Sesame Street

November 4th, 2009, 11:22 AM

Happy Birthday, Sesame Street!!! The children’s show turns 40 years old today. Don’t worry, Sesame Street, I hear 40 is the new 30.

And what better what to celebrate than with an animated gif?  One with How I Met Your Mother’s Neil Patrick Harris, no less:

Sesame Street: Neil Patrick Harris & Elmo

On a related note, Erin just opened my eyes to Kevin Clash, the actor who voices Elmo.  Feast your eyes on the dude:

Sesame Street: Kevin Clash & Elmo

A hefty gent!  I certainly pictured Elmo’s voice actor a small peanut of a man.  Go figure!

[Source: ONTD]

Joss Whedon to Direct Episode of Glee

Posted by KAT in Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Dollhouse, Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog, Glee

October 20th, 2009, 03:41 PM

Geeks everywhere, rejoice!  It’s true, Joss Whedon has signed on to direct an episode of Glee!

Joss WhedonGlee Cast

As many of you already know, the mastermind behind Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Dollhouse basically invented “the musical episode.”  Please review Buffy S06E07 “Once More With Feeling” for proof.

More recently, Whedon directed that whole Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog thing, starring America’s sweetheart Neil Patrick Harris. Obviously, the man knows a thing or two about musical television.  Read his blog post discussing the stint for just a hint of detail.

Nerds: are you stoked?  I think this could be awesome.

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