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Kate and Jon Gosselin with No Kids in Sight

Is it a shocker to find that Kate Gosselin, one of the parents in the reality show Jon and Kate Plus 8 is filling up her schedule with non-parental activities?

Pft, what kind of question is that?! *rolls eyes*

This recently divorced mother is now one of the contestants on Dancing With the Stars: Season 10, which means she will be busy dancing, and perhaps too busy to take care of her kids?

She has eight kids, for crying out loud. That is definitely not an easy task, and definitely not a crowd you can bring to something like Dancing With the Stars. So where are her kids, if not under maternal guidance?

It certainly is not with Jon Gosselin since he’s too busy posing for nude pictures. According to HuffingtonPost, the PlayGirl magazine initially wanted to pay him 20k for a nude shoot.

Of course, being the celebrity that he is, he wanted more. PlayGirl officials clearly declared that the only reason they wanted him in the magazine was for novelty purposes. But they’ve agreed to better the offer:

We’ve offered him $20,000. He told us that’s not much money. We told him $20,000 is $20,000. You could go to NYC for a year with that kind of money!”

Nardicio says Jon told the mag he’d think about it, and he tells X17online exclusively that they’ve extended an even better offer to the reality star:

“For every inch more than four, we’ll give him an additional $10,000.”

….hahahahahahahaaaaa.

Maybe it is better that their kids are being taken care of by nannies and grandmothers than these pair. *facepalm*

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Playstation has a Reality Show

On February 18th, Sony released its reality show ‘The Tester’ on the PlayStation store. Since I on’t currently own a PS3, I had to scrounge the internet, where I was only able to find a video of the first eleven minutes of episode one. The show is basically about eleven gamers competing to become a game tester for PlayStation. The prize in itself is already a fail.

Although I personally don’t have any experience being a tester, one of my family member used to be a tester for PlayStation, and the stories he told me about his experience weren’t really glamorous at all. He described the long hours, the crucial deadlines, and the monotony of it. Being a tester doesn’t mean you get to play the game as you would at home, because you’re looking for bugs and errors, so you would be playing the same level many a several times to find them. I suppose if you are the type who likes to find glitches, you’re perfect for the job.

In the first episode, I was able to watch a challenge where the contestants had to play a “spot the difference between two pictures” game. Okay, that makes sense. I mean, being a tester means having a critical eye, after all. But then, I watched the preview for the second episode.

Why are they running around a field inside a ball? How can that possibly be related to game testing?!

At one point in the show, a contestant surveys the room to see who is his competition and how he will strategize. Okay, first off, what is there to strategize?! If the objective of the show is to outshine the other contestants through playing of games, there is no need to create a complex tactic. Just beat them in the game! But I suppose if the challenges themselves do not involve games, rule out what I just said. Yet, since this reality show is a gaming show, playing games should be its main challenges.

As for the prize itself, aside from being an official tester for PlayStation, the winner will get a $5,000 bonus. Er, that’s it? A measly 5k?

I’m still interested in watching the show, however, just to see how much worse it can get. Anyone know where I can watch it online?

One of the Best Shows on Television is Getting Cancelled?!

You know what show I’m talking about. That’s right, Ugly Betty. It was announced in January that ABC will be airing this show until mid-April, when the season ends… and that will be that.

Is ABC out of his minds?! In a television world full of doctors, lawyers, investigators and reality shows, a little bit of fashion fever is greatly needed, as it puts some color into the otherwise bland tv-screen (literally, since doctors and lawyers either wear a full-white outfit or a full-black/gray suit). But putting aside color, there are also several important reasons why Ugly Betty does not deserve to have its head cut off.

Let’s first talk about the characters in the show. For the most part, it’s the characters that make the show a win or a lose, and in Ugly Betty’s case, it is a win. All the characters, including the villainous Wilhelmina Slater, have depth in them that makes their personality something that we can sympathize with and attach ourselves to.

In the case of Wilhelmina, although she is known to be the dragon lady in Mode, there is a reason that she is who she is. Many times throughout the show, she was supposed to be the next person in charge of the magazine, but many obstacles came her way, such as Alexis Meade and Daniel Meade, that made it impossible for her to get the crown. Of course this led her to be more vicious in her attempts to take over the empire. She’s not completely evil, however, and this can be seen more evidently through her relationship with Marc St. James, her loyal assistant, and Conner, her only lover on show.

There is still a long list of lovable characters that I will briefly mention, or I’d be sitting here all day just writing about them. First, there’s Amanda, the receptionist who at first seemed like a dumb blonde but expanded to be a character who wanted to achieve something out of life. Second, there’s Marc St. James, Wilhelmina’s assistant, who went from being a jerk always picking on Betty to someone who never gets that break from being a regular assistant to someone of more importance. The final character I will mention is Daniel Meade who was once a carefree playboy party animal to someone more grounded and more focused. There’s, of course Betty, but we all know what she stands for, so there’s no need to mention it.

Moving on to the great script and storyline. Okay, I do admit that the storyline is a little extreme (during one season, Wilhelmina is so desperate to become editor-in-chief, she stole sperm from a dead Bradford Meade, the owner of Meade Publications) but it because of these extreme and improbable storylines that makes the show so much fun to watch. They’re just so ridiculous that it’s simply pure awesomesauce and takes the viewers away from the real world for a bit. Compared to the lawyers show, where the criminals are deranged and they get caught for their crime, Ugly Betty makes their criminal actions creative and of minuscule importance to the higher authority, making anything possible.

This then causes for many comedic one-liners and overall dialogue. Here are a couple of examples:

1. Justin (Betty’s nephew): I don’t want flan. I’ll get fat!

Hilda (Justin’s mom): Honey, you’re a boy. It doesn’t matter if you’re fat or not

2. Marc to Justin (Justin is into fashion): Be who you are and wear what you want, just make sure you can run real fast.

All the characters have some form of witty comment in each episode that really adds such flavor to the show. And to my knowledge, no to other show does what Ugly Betty has managed to do, with the exception of Glee (but that show came after Ugly Betty so ‘meh’).

There is still so many things that needs to be covered in the show, such as Betty transforming into a beautiful dove appearance-wise, Betty and Daniel getting together (because we know they’re perfect for each other), Marc’s life as an editor, Amanda as a non-reception, etc. etc. For one thing, we do know that Betty will finally getting those adult braces off, but having them off right before the show’s final episodes is somewhat cruel to the viewers, in my opinion.

From my understanding, the show is getting cancelled due to the low amount of viewers. But blame it on the ABC network itself for constantly moving the show’s timeslot! From the poll shown on SaveUglyBetty.com, thirty percent of the poll-takers either didn’t know when the show was on or it was shown too late in the night, they weren’t able to watch it!

It’s probably unnecessary for me to say, but…

Bring Betty Back!

Jon & Kate Plus Over-Exposed?

TMZ reported today that cable channel TLC is beginning to grow tired  of Jon’s antics and that he’s becoming uncooperative on their hit show, Jon & Kate Plus 8.  Despite this they may still give him his own show…

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I’m still amazed at how this basic cable reality show has gotten so much media attention. Ever since their marriage hit the rocks, they’ve been a permanent fixture on just about every single grocery store tabloid cover.

But with the divorce rate over 50% in America, why should I care that their marriage is falling apart?What makes them so special? So what if they have 8 test-tube born kids? Octopus-Mom has 14. This is really a prime example of a media creation. At least with nut-cases like Britney Spears and Lindsey Lohan, they’re capable of occasionally making interesting music or decent movies when they’re not coked up or in rehab.   Whereas if Jon & Kate completely disappeared off the face of the earth, my life wouldn’t change one iota. They don’t contribute to the Arts in any way and they’re certainly not role-models for other test-tube families.

At best, you could say they are a cautionary tale for when nobodies stay in the spot-light too long beyond the typical 15 minutes of fame.

Teen Choice Awards ’09

Last night the Teen Choice Awards was aired with the Jonas Brothers as the host of the show. The winners of the categories aren’t all that important, in my opinion, since they’re based off of pop culture, and unless you’ve been living under a rock, the winners were predictable. But if you have been living under that rock, here’s the complete list.

Now let’s highlight the lameness of Teen Choice Awards ’09.

Dare the Jonas Brothers: This was a little game where three fans were chosen to give a dare for the JoBro’s. The first was that Joe had to cut his hair.

tca_joeFinally, something exciting! Mike Tyson came out with scissors, grabbed some of Joe’s hair, and began cutting a few strands… and that .. was it?! The other two dares for the other two brothers were also so tame – a fake tattoo, and hug 20 girls in 20 seconds. Please guys, if you’re going to do this as a segment, pick dares you could actually perform.

Twilight Gets 11 Wins: Well, I suppose this was already a given but for it to receive the Choice Movie Rumble out of all the action/adventure blockbuster out there is pretty lame. And since I despise the Twilight franchise, it’s going to be on the list no matter what, ha.

Robert Pattinson, Kristen Stewart, Nikki Reed, Catherine Hardwicke, Ashley Greene, Jackson Rathbone

Miley’s Performance: She sang her new song “Party in the USA” that involved her getting on top of an ice cream cart, with a pole. Sigh, I do have to say that her dance routine on the ice cream cart was actually mild, but the fact that there is a pole is already a no-no. But add that with her bra-showing attire screams attention.

We get that she wants to get away from the “good-girl” image, which she’s been doing for a while now, but she is still with Disney and still doing a show for tweens. I don’t care what she does after her contract is done with Disney, but for now, keep yourself in check!

Dane Cook’s Little Comment: This part wasn’t aired, but of course it leaked anyways. Before announcing the “Choice Hotties”, he called Vanessa Hudgens out on her once again leaked nude photos. Heh, didn’t that girl learn anything?tca_danecook

Too bad they left that part out of the program. I’m sure a lot of people would have gotten quite the laugh. Watch it here.