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Have A Jolly Laugh With ‘Downton Abbey’

Published April 10, 2014 by gossipzoo

While Great Britain gloats about the season four premiere of Downton Abbey, America has to pay for the sins of its forefathers by waiting until January to find out just how depressed Lady Mary has become.

Last week, Tatler asked the cast to do their best impressions of Carson and the Dowager Countess. Then they were tasked with placing their characters in modern-day circumstances.

Jim Carter would be a Tory member of Parliament and Lily James figured she’d be on the same playing field as Lindsay Lohan.

Listen To Tina Fey And Wear A Bra

Published April 7, 2014 by gossipzoo

Before Kate Middleton Allison Williams played Marni on HBO’s Girls, she was Tina Fey‘s assistant. And before that, Fey was the keynote speaker at Williams’ graduation from New Canaan Country School in Connecticut.

Williams was overheard talking to Fey about her sage words at a Hollywood Reporter party.

“Allison said that Tina’s advice to her class was, ‘Wear a bra, don’t smoke,’ ” the source told Page Six.

“But now I work on ‘Girls,’ where wardrobe doesn’t even let you wear a bra! You can’t find one anywhere on set,” the Yale grad continued.

I believe Williams. There were clearly no bras to be found last season, at least not for Lena Dunham.

Simon Cowell & Howard Stern Are The Highest Paid TV Personalities

Published August 18, 2013 by gossipzoo

Simon Cowell

Forbes magazine just released its list of the highest paid TV personalities, and Howard Stern and Simon Cowell tied for the top spot.

“The X Factor” judge and radio host each made $95 million between June, 2012, and June, 2013. Ironically (or maybe not really), Stern is a judge on Cowell’s popular series “America’s Got Talent.” They are definitely sharing the wealth.

Cowell has been making headlines recently for having a fling with a married woman, who wound up getting pregnant. Oh, and she happens to be the estranged wife of his friend Andrew Silverman. Oops!

Conservative talk show host Glenn Beck came in third place on Forbes’ list with $90 million. He is followed by Oprah Winfrey ($77 million) and Dr. Phil McGraw ($72 million).

Rounding out the top 10 are: Rush Limbaugh ($66 million), Donald Trump ($63 million), Ryan Seacrest ($61 million), Ellen DeGeneres ($56 million), Judge Judy Sheindlin ($47 million).

Photo Credits: WENN

Guilty Pleasure: TV’s ‘Mistresses’ Is Deliciously Addictive

Published August 3, 2013 by gossipzoo

Mistresses (ABC)

Mistresses,’ ABC’s summer soap series, reminds me of the original ‘Beverly Hills 90210.’ I hated, hated, hated, HATED it. But, I watched EVERY single episode until it went off the air. Why? I still don’t know. However, ‘Mistresses’ shares that same addictive, soapy awfulness where the acting is terrible and the dialogue is wooden, but I just can’t stop watching it. It’s just plain … addicting.

‘Mistresses,’ in case you haven’t caught the terrible commercials or laughed at the one-dimensional pilot, centers on four women, who despite their wealth, beauty and egregiously toned calves, can’t stop making the WORST mistakes in their sex lives. Lawyer Savi (Alyssa Milano) cheats on her husband with her hot co-counsel (Jason George). Storeowner April (Rochelle Aytes) discovers her husband cheated on her with a two-bit Florida piece. Realtor Joss (Jes Macallan) sleeps with anything breathing. And, headshrinker Karen (Yunjin Kim) foolishly sleeps with her dying patient (John Schneider).

I don’t know why ABC didn’t call ‘Mistresses’ by its real name, female dumbasses. Admittedly, I don’t know what’s dumber, the plot, its heroines or me for continuously watching. So what makes these women dumbasses? Let me catch you up the first eight episodes.

Savi’s a lawyer who handles divorce, estate laws, and everything in between. But, when her hot, Aussie husband turns abusive, instead of shouting what you’d expect from a lawyer, she hops onto her equally hot co-counsel. Maybe I’m just lazy, but I found it unrealistic. No, not the cheating, but how the cheating happened. I refuse to believe a woman in her mid-30s who just worked eight-to-ten LONG hours and underwent a draining fight with her husband, would hop into her car to DRIVE BACK to her office at nighttime for nookie. I don’t care what Limp Bizkit says, if it were me, I’d just curl up with Jerry Springer and Ben & Jerry.

Next, on the list of female dumbasses is April, the dumbass grieving widow. Basically, a woman stalks her for WEEKS (possibly MONTHS), shows up at her house in the middle of the night, claims she’s April’s dead husband’s ex-mistress and demands half of April’s estate settlement. And, dumbass April doesn’t call the cops. Instead, she liquidates 20% of her business. When her creepy ex-husband arrives at their neighborhood in BROAD DAYLIGHT and NO ONE recognizes him, she doesn’t call the cops on him either. Instead, she ignores possible future legal repercussions (bigamy, illegal inheritance) and tells him to get the hell out of town.

Karen, the therapist, is the dumbest of all. She’s shocked her hot, terminally ill patient used her for a last hurrah and didn’t truly view her as his “soulmate.” Really?! ‘Cus that’s pretty much textbook. If I’m dying, eff yea I’m gonna make a play for the hottest person at my job. THEN, she lies to the people investigating his death, destroys her notes and THEN fakes new ones. Somehow the investigators don’t notice the timestamp for all her files read the exact same date. But, her anti-intelligence doesn’t stop there. When her lover’s creepy son STALKS her, calls her continuously, shows up at her practice randomly AND arrives at her house in the middle of the night, SHE DOESN’T REPORT HIM EITHER!!! Instead, she goes to his apartment for dinner and is SHOCKED he misinterprets her actions. GAH!!! I’m shocked someone hasn’t sold her swamp land in Florida. Do these women know how to dial 911? They sure know how to dial each other!

Joss isn’t dumb, but her love interest, Alex (Shannyn Sossamon) is. Scratch that, Alex isn’t dumb, she’s just sad. Does anyone remember ‘Kissing Jessica Stein’ (straight girl thinks she’s gay, guess what … she isn’t)? We all know what will happen, but Alex and Joss convince themselves otherwise.

Mistresses (ABC)

While the female characters are written as dumbasses, the males aren’t; but, they’re used mostly as eye candy. ‘Mistresses’ is literally a waste of hot male talent. Every single male actor I ever respected yet lusted after appears here. John Schneider (‘Smallville’)? Check. Jason George (‘Gray’s Anatomy’)? Check. Gary Dourdan (‘CSI’)? Check. Check. Remember Brett Tucker, the smarmy British investigator who hit on Beckett on ‘Castle’? Check. Check. Check. While in reality I can’t find a single man over age 10 within a 25-mile radius, ‘Mistresses’ is full of wealthy, good-looking, uber-sensitive, mostly single men who keep falling over these women.

So, why do I keep watching? I don’t know!!! It’s like old school ‘Beverly Hills 90210,’ I can’t stop rolling my eyes even as I curl up on the couch watching it. It definitely isn’t the 21st century version of ‘Waiting to Exhale.’ Outside a throwaway joke, it doesn’t analyze the complexities of why a woman might cheat, ignore being cheated on or cheat with a married man. It definitely isn’t a network version of ‘Sex and the City.’ It’s more a watered down version which portrays what everyone claimed ‘Sex and the City’ was – a celebration of wooden acting, stiff dialogue, and one-dimensional problems.

Maybe that’s why I watch ‘Mistresses’ while loathing it (and myself). The women handle their problems so unrealistically there’s no way I can relate. (Seriously, if someone blackmails or stalks you, CALL THE COPS!) With their cavernous homes housing only 1-2 people, their brightly colored clothes, their hot lovers, and their perfectly selected accessories, it’s just fantasist, escapist soapy goodness. In fact, it’s so bad, I hope ABC brings this mess back again next year. So, yea, like cronuts, ‘Mistresses’ is bad for you (but, oh so delicious).

Preview Clips From Episode 7 Of ‘Banshee’

Published June 22, 2013 by gossipzoo

Banshee Episode 7

Lucas’ cover is threatened when Carrie decides to give him over to Rabbit in an effort to protect herself and her family. Meanwhile, a drugstore robbery turns into a full-blown hostage crisis at the high school, with Deva (Ryann Shane) and Mayor Kendall’s wife Janie (Claire Bronson) among those whose lives are imperiled.

The next episode of ‘Banshee’ premieres Friday, February 22nd at 10 p.m. ET/PT on Cinemax. Preview clips can be found below:

Photo Credits: Fred Norris/Cinemax

‘Suits’ and 4 Other Unexpected Shows That Have Us Yelling At The TV

Published June 13, 2013 by gossipzoo

Suits

Tonight is the season finale of USA’s Suits, which is the best show on television. There are so many reasons to love it, like compelling characters played to near-perfection by an ensemble cast, led by Gabriel Macht and Patrick J. Adams. Then there are the plots. Courtroom drama has always been interesting to watch; that’s how we sustained twenty seasons of NBC’s Law & Order, after all. But Suits doesn’t need to have court in session to be crackling. Whether a scene takes place in the halls of Pearson Hardman or on the streets of New York, it’s good. So good, in fact, that we’ve caught ourselves yelling at Mike Ross to get his stuff together. And we’ve been chewing Harvey Specter’s ear off quite often.

Talking back to your small screen isn’t uncommon when you’re watching a thriller or an action-packed show, like AMC’s The Walking Dead or HBO’s Game of Thrones, for example. We’ll even concede it if you’re watching a tense scene in a cop show like TNT’s Southland, waiting to see if the bad guy will get caught. But who’d expect to get animated about lawyers discussing a merger?

We at BFTV searched our brains for shows that consistently get us screaming, but aren’t necessarily supposed to make you do that (sorry, Homeland and American Horror Story). They also had to still be on the air (never mind how much time we wasted telling those kids on Legends of the Hidden Temple to just put the monkey statue together already). And most importantly, they had to be programs we love.

So while you’re waiting for the Suits finale – airing tonight at 10 PM ET/PT on USA – check out our list of the hit series and four other shows that aren’t your usual edge-of-your-seat programs, but still have us yelling at our TVs.

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Bethenny Frankel’s Skinnygirl Drink Recipes Perfect For Your Oscars Viewing Party

Published May 30, 2013 by gossipzoo

Skinnygirl

Who doesn’t need a little help party planning, especially when it’s for one of the biggest nights in entertainment? Let Skinnygirl take care of the drinks as you sip away and watch the studded red carpet. Yes, that’s right. We have your guide to the best tasting Oscars viewing party around with cocktails like The Showstopper, The Starlet, and The Bombshell. Skinnygirl is also offering an Awards Season Party Toolkit which has all the glitz & glam you need to entertain like a leading lady. From award badges and recipes to printable ballots and bottle labels, they have you covered – down to a red carpet backdrop so your guests can strut their stuff & strike a pose.

And the coolest part? Proving that red is truly a power color, Skinnygirl Cocktails will donate $2,500 to Dress for Success for every red dress on the Oscars Red Carpet.

The Showstopper

2 parts Skinnygirl Tangerine Vodka

Squirt of fresh lime

Squirt of fresh lemon

Squirt of fresh orange

Splash of Lemon-lime soda

Orange slice to garnish

To prepare: Shake vodka, lime, lemon and orange juices with ice and strain into martini glass. Top off with a splash of lemon-lime soda and garnish with an orange slice.

The Starlet

1 parts Skinnygirl Cucumber Vodka

2 parts club soda

Splash of no sugar added cranberry juice

Lime wedge or cucumber slice to garnish

To prepare: Pour over ice and garnish with a lime wedge or cucumber slice!

The Bombshell

2 parts Skinnygirl Bare Naked Vodka

Splash of dry vermouth

Fresh olives to garnish

To prepare: Shake with ice, pour into a martini glass and garnish with fresh olives

Photo Credits: PR Photos

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