The Real World – Joey Kovar

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So, substance abuse Joey Kovar is back at Stage 20 for a rough (on me) episode. Yes, he’s overcoming quite a bit. Yes, he deserves a cuddle here and there for his troubles. But… the whining, crying and blaming strangers for not being his supportive family is too much.

If I were on Real World, I’d be having the time of my life. I’d go out drinking. I’d use my Real World name tag to get laid. Maybe I’d stay home that first night Joey came back… I don’t know.

He’s putting a lot on those poor kids. They aren’t showing enough love for that poor, young, handsome, perfect body, world at his fingertips guy. They have problems, too.

Maybe I can see where he’s coming from. Maybe I would have stayed home rather than go out drinking just for one night. I just don’t know.

Help me out people. If we were on Real World and were Joey Kovar’s housemate, would we have stayed home with him, at least for that first night? And dirty answers exploiting his vulnerability aren’t what we’re looking for. We already know that answer. So, how are you swinging with Joey?

I guess we should also keep in mind that all those whining moments were sewn together by some sadist producer for ratings and it may not have been that bad. He did come through at the end, right? We’ll see soon, I suppose.


1968 in TeeVee
December 2, 2007, 12:30 am
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Television is one of the preeminent human time capsules along with music and writings. Television being the newest and most visually powerful of all.

1968 was the beginning of a new era for the world. But that’s news, not fun TV.

In 1968, we started watching Rowan and Martin’s Laugh In and Mr. Rodgers Neighborhood. Hawaii 5-0, Here’s Lucy and The Doris Day Show debuted as well along with The Mod Squad and 60 Minutes.

We saw live footage from Apollo 7.  Later Apollo 8 announced that there was a Santa Claus.

We saw Petula Clark touch Harry Belafonte’s arm on TV, causing a scandal. It was the first friendly, interracial gesture on TV. Amazing how ignorant we were just such a short time ago. Later in the year Captain Kirk finished the job and kissed Lt. Uhura on Star Trek… scandal in space.

We saw Joan Crawford on television on the Secret Storm soap opera no less, filling in for her daughter Christina. They removed all the wire hangars from the dressing room.

Elvis had his ’68 Comeback Special.

We continued watchin The Beverly Hillbillies, Bewitched, Get Smart, Green Acres, Hogan’s Heroes, I Dream of Jeannie. We watched Family Affair, the Dean Martin Show, That Girl, The original Star Trek, Carol Burnett, The Flying Nun, The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour and the Andy Griffith Show.

This was a good year for TV. But there were a few setbacks. We lost a few shows that year. We would see the last of The Monkees, Batman, The Lucy Show and Lost In Space. Among the losses wereMarion Lorne – Aunt Clara on Bewitched and Bea Benederet – Kate on Petticoat Junction and the voice of Betty Rubble on the Flinstones.

Amongst the turmoil in the world and the rebirth of music that would cuminate the following year at Woodstock, there was television. And 1968 was a good year to be glued to your set.


Here’s a TVGuide for 1968 for a week of the big 3. Borrowed from

Project Runway: Look-a-likes 1
November 7, 2007, 3:02 am
Filed under: "project runway", 1 Hour Series, MJ's Runway, Shows


MJ has a few early look-a-like picks for the new PR guys. 




What do YOU think?

Project Runway
November 4, 2007, 3:55 am
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November 4th begins Crazy Bitchfest Four. Your TV Guide may call it Project Runway Season 4, but who are they kidding?

I was afraid Bravo had abandoned the series, but here they all are again.

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Heidi Klum, Nina Garcia and *sigh* Michael Kors are all back to judge and jab 15 poor souls who are, as usual not always chosen for their design talent but also based on how ridiculous they will act on screen.


America’s favorite Runway character, Tim Gunn is also in. Tim has developed a bigger following than the designers, Klum, Garcia and Kors put together. He ‘makes it work’.

This blog is about to get bitchy real fast. I’m going to try and talk fan friends into contributing along with me. MJ and Joey are both steadfast fans with an awful lot to say. MJ is quite good at renaming the contestants so they’re easier to follow and Joey’s not very good at holding back, so it should be fun.

We’ll also check in to see what some of the other season’s contestants are up to post Runway.

Take, for instance: Wendy Pepper. We all hated her and tuned in again and again to see how much we could endure.

She shed 40 lbs. and gave her own auf wiedersehen to her husband of five years, woodworker Robert Downing. Now 41, she’s designing clothes for private clients and has since appeared on Bravo’s Celebrity Poker Showdown and last August’s Battle of the Network Reality Stars.
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Note: You’ve got to take yesterday’s makeup OFF before slapping on a new coat, honey. I thought maybe that woodworker husband of hers was Geppetto .



Who will join Jay, Cloe and Jeffrey in  the winner’s circle?
I’m still thinking Daniel won Season 2. Good thing I peeked and snapped out of that delusion… again!

I’ve taken a peek at the new cast of designers and have already formulated opinions. God, I LOVE this show.
Meet The Season 4 Cast HERE 

Let’s hear who YOUR first impression picks are.

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Pushing Daisies
October 26, 2007, 12:06 am
Filed under: Shows, TV Comedy


OK… Pushing Daisies. What’s happening here?

I started watching it on the second episode (damn) and I both love it and am oddly irritated by it.

Charlotte ‘Chuck’ Charles: You can’t just touch someone’s life and be done with it.
Ned: Yes, I can. That’s how I roll.

The cast is wonderful. No better group exists on TV. So, that I like.

Chi McBride: He’s funny just standing there with a disgusted look on his face. He’s been on a ton of TV and in some movies. Great. Love him.

Lee Pace: Loved him in Wonderfalls. That was a great show. It should still be on. He can bring people back to life temporarily… sometimes enough time to  finger the dirty rat that killed them.

Anna Friel: She plays ‘Chuck’ (another interesting show, by the way). Good character, quirky, relaxed… she plays a dead ex-girlfriend. Twist #2. Ned decided to keep this one alive, but can’t touch her directly.

Jim Dale: The fact that this show is narrated gives it another fun twist. Narrated by Jim Dale; a GOOD, fun twist.

Kristen Chenowith: She’s an amazing and quirky little thing. She’s very Broadway to me. Good projection and a bit over the top. She’s cool in this. I remember her from The West Wing and the movie version of Bewitched.

swoosiekurtz.jpgOK… blah blah blah.. great cast. But then… I saw her. Swoosie Kurtz! You can’t throw your TV Guide at the TV without miraculously switching it to something Swoosie is in. You can’t throw your Playbill on Broadway without hitting her right in the eye. She’s a goddess of acting. My most memorable Swoosie Kurtz experience was the play The Fifth of July in 1981, for which she won the Tony award for Best Actress. (Actually, she won the “triple crown” for that role – Tony – Drama Desk – Outer Critics Circle) She did have her own show, an unfortunately brief moment, called Love, Sidney. I wish she’d give her own show another whirl. So, if Daisies sucked, I’d still watch it for a Swoosie moment.

My friend Dave said today that he liked it because it was ‘campy’. That’s a good description and also a valid reason to watch. So, go ahead… Wednesdays 8:00 on ABC. Let me know how you like it.

The Pie Hole

The fact that there’s a pie shaped restaurant called The Pie Hole means nothing to me.

OF COURSE IT DOES! It’s brilliant!!!