Third season set in Los Angeles and New York, includes news faces and old drama
Don't let the trailer for the third season of "The Real L Word" fool you. There is no East Coast vs. West Coast rivalry between the stars of the Showtime reality series, which returns Thursday, July 12.
Instead, the producers do a thorough job of spotlighting lesbian communities in both Los Angeles (where the show has been primarily set until now) and New York. There are even a couple of relocations that tie both worlds together.
But at times, the attempt to draw contrasts between the two cities is a little too much. And to prove just how edgy the Big Apple is, many of the scenes in New York are shot at night. And don't even get us started on the endless parade of black clothes, mascara and eyeliner these East Coasters use. It's practically satirical.
We get it. New Yorkers love black as much as Los Angelinos love hair extensions and red carpets. Now move on.
Speaking of love and moving on, the third season of "The Real L Word" includes a lot of romantic drama, reconciliations and cattiness. And fans will finally find out the relationship fates of Whitney, Sara and Romi. To up the ante, there's even a head-turning revelation in the first three minutes.
Viewers will also get to meet New York heartbreakers Kiyomi, Vero, Laura and Somer, all of whom are in the band Hunter Valentine.
The third season of "The Real L Word" premieres Thursday, July 12, at 10 p.m. ET/PT on Showtime.
Report: Actor actually responds to ridiculous offer
Wait, it's not April 1 again. And yet, TMZ is treating like a real scoop an obvious put-on from "American Idol" executive producer Nigel Lythgoe. He told the gossip site that he would "LOVE" for recent crazy town returnee Charlie Sheen to judge Season 12 -- alongside elderly comic legend Jerry Lewis -- should current judges Jennifer Lopez, Steven Tyler and Randy Jackson leave two or more vacancies.
"Nigel would not say if he was joking," TMZ reported, "but he repeated his wish list several times during the conversation."
TMZ even elicited a response from Sheen to the "offer": "If the numbers move the needle AND 'Idol' matches 20 percent of my weekly salary for Autism Speaks, JDRF, and the Boys and Girls Club ... then the hell with it." (Translation: Sure, if they pay me enough and support my charities.)
Sheen also said that FX -- which airs his new sitcom, "Anger Management" -- would have to approve. If so, Sheen concluded: "As we say, pour the smoke." (Actually, only YOU say that, Charlie.)
Where to even begin on this one? First of all, why would a music show aimed at teenagers hire one guy known primarily to their parents and another to their grandparents -- neither of whom possesses the slightest relation to the music business?
The real answer is that they wouldn't, and that Lythgoe probably just wanted to generate some controversial headlines for himself. While appearing yesterday on "Showbiz Tonight," he repeated his wacky wish list, but admitted, "I’m not sure how far I’ll get with that, but I think that would be fun!"
Lythgoe has yet to even reach an agreement to oversee Season 12 , so the casting decision may not be his. And if he still even has a shot at keeping his job at this point, we wonder whether making crazy statements to the media is the smartest way to avoid being fired. (The next time they speak, Lythgoe should ask Sheen about that.)
"American Idol" returns next winter on FOX.
It's an emotional goodbye to the bachelor who just couldn't open up
By Diane Vadino
Special to MSN TV
Can you believe we're almost at the end? Or, indeed, that we're here in Curacao with three guys? Oh, you forget? No problem: We're about to spend the next ten minutes going over how we got here -- because hey, we're all immortal, and have time to burn. We begin with strong yet sensitive Sean, the guy who provides both "love at first sight" and "gives butterflies in my heart." Next we have skinny hipster Jeff, who on one hand seems like he belong in a different show ("Real World: Salt Lake City"?) but in other ways makes total sense here. As for Emily: "I love his style. He is so his own person, and he doesn't care what anybody thinks. My life with Jef would be full of adventure and excitement -- he can make anything fun." Oh, and then there's Arie: "Our connection was literally almost immediate. When I think about what my life would be with Arie, I know that I would be with someone who would adore me forever. I just know he would be my best friend."
However much Arie might seem like an (unspoiled) lock at this point, the night's first date is with Sean. At long last, we're in a helicopter. Haven't we missed helicopters this season? Helicopters and sexual desperation? Shouldn't they have blown the entire helicopter budget in this segment and got one that sets off fireworks? Anyway, back to Sean, who has some serious distance to cover. Isn't he in love with Emily yet? Can't he be -- now, now, now? The answer is sort of. First, we need to explore Sean's past relationship. Hopefully his ex-girlfriend is somewhere this show doesn't broadcast, because I can't imagine what it would be like to have an ex-boyfriend do this on television. "There came a point," Sean says, "when I loved [my ex-girlfriend], but I wasn't in love with her -- I didn't do the sweet things a boyfriend should do. She brought up marriage all the time and I'd always deviate from the conversation. The love that I'm experiencing with Emily is so different from what I've experienced in the past." Of course, it's all different with Emily: "I couldn't stop holding your hand or kissing you," Sean says. Man, I hope Sean's ex-girlfriend is so busy making out with her new boyfriend that she doesn't even know he's on the show. "You don't hide your feelings from me, and I don't hide my feelings from you," Sean says. But Emily's like, um, you sure about that? She eventually gets him to say that he loves her, and then they mess around in the fantasy suite a bit -- but he doesn't stay over! Is this a first for the franchise? And unbelievably, Sean actually gets the most fantasy-suite action of any of the three of them. "I would love nothing more than to stay up with him all night," Emily says. "But I'm a mom. It just doesn't line up with what I believe in and the example I want to set with my daughter." Personal integrity on this show? I know, it's confusing.
Next up is Jef, who "told [Emily] he loves [her] the night [she] met his family -- and [she] just got chills." Jef and Emily's date involves a beach on Curacao and minus the helicopter looks completely interchangeable with Sean's. "I've fallen in love with the girl, and I haven't met someone who's part of her life forever," Jef says. He's sort of weirdly downbeat and asks Emily a bunch of hard, non-romantic questions about where they would live. (Not Charlotte, not Salt Lake City.) "I really love the idea of starting a whole new life -- the three of us," Jef says. He is just so hugely agreeable. In fact, he keeps getting to where Emily's going slightly ahead of her -- which is what makes what happens next so great. Has a guy ever turned down a fantasy suite on this show before? It's a night of firsts. "I plan on spending every night with you in our own little fantasy suite," Jef says, after issuing a whole speech about her daughter, her family, his family, God, ABC, and millions of viewers. Emily is clearly deflated by this: "I wanted to turn him down, but he kind of turned me down," she says. Good for Jef for blowing up her expectations: "There's a time and a place for everything, and now is a time for us to bridle those passions." Somewhere in the Carolinas, Jef's parents are super-duper proud of him.
Finally, we have Arie's and Emily's date. It involves dolphins: "I know nothing about dolphins," Arie says. "I know that they're friendly, and that's good." Emily and Arie start making out: "It's no secret -- I just love kissing Arie," Emily says. They keep making out and occasionally having a conversation. "I don't know what you do on a Tuesday morning," Emily says. This seems to be a really good question. Arie's answer involves going out with his friends every night. Doesn't that seem like a bit of a disconnect? Arie says he'll apply the same easy-does-it approach to befriending Ricky: "It should be easy and fun and lighthearted," he says, before making out with her a bit more. "Arie just doesn't tell me he likes me -- he shows me that," Emily says. You hear that, Sean? Emily doesn't even bring out the fantasy suite card -- because she doesn't trust herself, she says. They make out a bit more -- but fairly chastely, and in public. A season of "The Bachelorette" without a single fantasy suite date? Honestly, I vote for having only single moms on the show from this point forward: It seems like every decision Emily makes is somehow informed by having a kid (and plenty of old-school "The Rules"), and it puts her in such an improved position. I've never felt like this show offered lessons of any sort, for anyone, and there are a million ways to poke holes into the "reality" of this show on any level -- but Emily has also comported herself with more steeliness, and just out-and-out dignity, than any previous bachelorette, and I bet she'll have the best results, too. Er, we'll see, I guess, at "After the Final Rose."
Back in Curacao, we're done. Emily tells Chris she hasn't experienced any further clarity about her three perfect dates -- but really, don't we know which way the winds are blowing at this point? Jef is a lock (for second place ultimately, I'm betting). I did think, for a millisecond, that maybe she'd give Sean a chance and decide that Arie was just about chemistry and nothing else -- but no: It's Sean who's going home. Guess that video appeal didn't help any?
Next week: The men tell all.
"The Bachelor" airs Mondays at 8 p.m. ET/PT on ABC.
Smooth crooner added to singing competition as country star's adviser
Report: Season 8 runner-up in talks to join panel, other judges' futures up in the air
Adam Lambert could become the first person to graduate from contestant to judge of the same talent show. According to E! Online, the Season 8 runner-up is in talks to join the "American Idol" panel next season.
"They have been talking about Adam for over a month," E! News quotes an unnamed source. "He personifies the show, and will be a popular choice right from the start."
And Lambert may not be the only replacement required. According to E!'s sources, Jennifer Lopez has "no plans to return" for a third stint, Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler is "up in the air" about re-committing and Randy Jackson may become a casualty because FOX wants to give the series "a new look" following poor ratings last season.
In May, Lopez told former "Idol" judge Ellen DeGeneres: "I don't know if I can go for a third year. I miss doing other things. It really does lock you down, which was nice the first year." Neither of the other judges has made public statements about next season. But, at this point, only Ryan Seacrest is guaranteed to return. (He signed a two-year contract in April.)
Season 12 of "American Idol" premieres in January on FOX.
Everloop.com Founder talks about the cameras, what she learned and how she changed from her experience
By Minh Nguyen
Special to MSN TV
Now in it's second season, ABC's summer series “Secret Millionaire” had us in tears by the end of the premiere episode and had us wondering what we could to do make the world we live in a better place. “Secret Millionaire” is a show about real life millionaires who go emmerse themselves in impoverished neighborhoods and become impoverished themselves for a week. They find causes/people that need their help and reveal their real identities at the end of their stay. We were thrilled to learn that we would have the opportunity to interview another millionaire this season, but well beyond her wealth, she is a very successful single mother and entrepreneur who wants to do some good in this world.
Hilary DeCesare is the CEO of Everloop.com. Everloop.com is the leading safe internet place for tweens to go online and socialize. MSN TV spoke to Hilary about her experience living in a not-so-nice area of Long Beach, CA and how it changed her life. She inspired us and is sure to inspire others when her episode airs on Sunday, July 8 at 8p.m. ET/PT on ABC.
MSN TV: We just watched an episode of “Secret Millionaire” and we were crying the last ten minutes of it.
Hilary DeCesare: As they say, it’s definitely a tear jerker. I get it. [Laughing]
Could you us about yourself and why you think they picked you to be a “Secret Millionaire?
I think they’ve done a great job of pulling people out who want to make a difference but maybe some of us don’t know how to do it. I have always been an advocate for kids. My business is actually around making kids safe online. Kind of like a twitter/Facebook for kids. For me I was very fortunate because the unsung heroes I met all dealt with children. It was really telling for me because I deal with kids online. I don’t get to necessarily meet these kids, but I can relate as I’ve got three kids of my own.
I think “Secret Millionaire” saw that I could go out there and this could potentially be a life lesson for me being a single mom but (also for) every parent out there really needs to take it on themselves to get involved so that your children could see the benefit of doing good. It transcends into the kids and the kids wanting to do good. When I got back, the first thing I said was, “We’re getting involved in the community, now!”
Did the show change how you lived day to day?
It impacted me more than (any) other thing next to having children in my life. I think as a successful business woman, I have always been involved in charity but from a position of writing checks. I do sit on the board of a pediatric cancer organization for kids. When I got back, I called Max Cure Fund, the name of the organization, I sit on the board of and I said, “I want to do more than just be on a board call. I want to do more than practice this at arm’s length. How can I really get involved?”
My daughter and I talked and we decided to bring Max Cure up west coast. What that means is helping families where their kids have cancer. It was interesting because before the show, it was almost taboo when you heard that someone had died and one of the charities was called New Hope. New Hope helps families that have lost either a child or a parent go through the recovery stage.
If you’re like me or if you’re like most of America, there’s a great promise you’re the casserole parent or friend. And then you check it off your list. It was interesting because that’s who I was. What this experience made me realize is that these people that lose a child or a parent, there’s a long process ahead of them. Time does help but what they really need is friendship.
When you start talking about death we really avoid being around it. Someday it’s going to happen to all of us. Whether it’s your parent dying or your children dying, we’re going to have to deal with that. Instead of society being afraid of death, it’s taught me is how you can embrace others in this horrific time in their life and truly become a friend.
Walking away from it and coming back to my children...it scared about me thinking about being around all these sick kids because it was disturbing to me. It’s overwhelming. It’s not okay. It is okay to be afraid and okay to have fear of being around these kids because it is scary. The real lessons of life are how can you make differences in people’s lives? There are bad things going on. I believe this episode will uplift and make a difference. The smallest thing you can do is go and volunteer.
Speaking of your experience with the show, did you ever feel like you were in danger?
The environment they put you in is unlike any environment I’ve been in. There are people I’m shaking hands with, homeless people in living quarters that are beyond comprehension. ABC did a fantastic job of letting me experience the environment. I did not ever feel like I was in an unsafe place. They still allowed me to experience it.
These kids, watching through their own lens of experience, they felt safe being at a ranch in the middle of, honestly, just concrete city with trains and freeways right next to them. One boy felt comfortable enough to tell me he’d been shot a week before going through a gang fight, yet he felt safety in this ranch. I could feel his pain because I was living in that kind of environment. I really thought to understand their lives by the story of abuse, by the story of emotional difficulties, the shooting, and the drugs. It was their stories, their faces and their tears that impacted me the most.
What do you tell them about the cameras?
[Laughing] It’s not really a secret experience. What I say is I am a volunteer doing a documentary on volunteering. We’re all interested in sharing the good people are doing. I was really surprised that people want people to help so badly. They are so in need of help that they were so willing to believe my story. There was one gentleman who said it was too good to be true. He said, “Really, you’re doing this? You look really familiar. Are you sure?” It was funny…this is the thing: The people giving up their paychecks are retired FBI experts and office workers. They have been working hard their entire life and are still willing to give back.
Thanks for your time. It was a pleasure talking to you.
Please tune in for the show. It was such an incredible experience.
"Secret Millionaire" airs Sundays at 8 p.m. ET/PT on ABC.
Patriarch says reality show, store attracts eccentrics
Customers can get pretty irate on Tru TV's hit reality show "Hardcore Pawn" and the Gold family -- patriarch Les and his adult kids, Seth and Ashley -- often have to get equally irate to keep the peace in their store, American Jewelry and Loan in Detroit.
When the show returns for its sixth season July 10, 9 p.m. ET/PT on Tru TV, fans will see a foul-mouthed customer insult Ashley and infuriate Les, and a man who wants to use his computer even though he pawned it and doesn't have the money to get it out.
Just in time for the show's return, Les Gold, 62, chatted with MSN TV about what viewers can expect.
MSN TV: What was the deal with the computer guy?
Les Gold: When you pawn something to us, we can't allow you to use it. Otherwise, we'd have people coming in everyday wanting to use their merchandise. It's in pawn so we put it in storage.
It seems like common sense would tell you if something has been pawned, you can't use it.
Doesn't mean everybody (that we deal with) has common sense.
And the horrible guy who was nasty with Ashley? What was that about?
Inappropriate behavior calls for inappropriate responses. He was very inappropriate with my daughter and I won't stand for it.
You roughhoused him a little bit to get your point across. Do you think he got the point?
Well, I treated him appropriately. We'll leave it at that. But he should have never spoken to Ashley that way. There's no question about it. He was really inappropriate and he paid the consequences.
Do you think he came on the show with the intention of being crude and getting on camera? Ashley even mentions that he'd been a customer before and had never behaved like that.
That doesn't mean there's not some issues in his life that made him change a little bit. He changed a little too much and I had to escort him out cautiously. People see a camera and they want their five minutes of fame, when they see the cameras here they may act a little differently.
You do not look 62. You're in incredible shape. What's your secret?
The key is you have to work out and you have to wake up every morning and say to yourself, "How bad do you want it?" And I want it just as bad at 62 as I did at 32.
"Hardcore Pawn" returns Tuesday, July 10, at 9 p.m. ET/PT on Tru TV.