Sunday, June 30, 2013

Paula Deen sponsors abandon her in light of racist scandal (Today videos)

Not everyone thinks that Paula Deen’s admitted use of the N-word and other racial slurs demands the end of her empire, but her sponsors aren't’ taking any chances. As of June 30, 2013, Target, The Food Network, Wal-Mart, Smithfield Foods, Home Depot, Caesar’s Entertainment and the pharmaceutical company Novo Nordisk has abandoned the cooking guru. Deen’s empire is crumbling around her and many wonder if she’ll make a comeback like other celebrities who have seen their fair share of controversy and abandonment.

Some celebrities who have been in a place similar to Deen include Martha Stewart, Tiger Woods, Michael Vick, and Lance Armstrong. While Tiger Woods and Stewart may be credited with the best
comebacks, it should be noted that not everyone who is involved with racial scandals bounces back as easily.


Michael Richards who played Cosmo Kramer on “Seinfeld” is still haunted by his career demise when he referred to several audience members at his stand-up, comedy routine in West Hollywood’s Laugh Factory as the N-word and other racial slurs. The incident occurred in 2006, and Richards has yet to rebound from the scandal.

Martha Stewart’s and Tiger Woods’ scandals were of a different element entirely. Another example of how difficult it can be to recover from racist scandals is Academy Award winning director and producer Mel Gibson. Though his acting career continues, many will readily acknowledge that the name Mel Gibson doesn’t hold the same clout it once had. Gibson has been caught making several anti-semitic references and rage-filled, audio tapes of his fights with business partners and his ex-girlfriend went public showing the actor in a dim light. What Gibson may have in his favor post-scandal that Richards and Deen do not have, is a well-publicized alcohol addiction. With Gibson, there is a reason behind his behavior, one that could be treated through abstinence and behavioral counseling.

Like Richards, Deen may find that there is no comeback awaiting her in the future. That doesn’t mean; however, that Deen is through.

In fact, Deen’s die-hard fans have rallied to her support. Her book sales are up and business at her restaurant is booming.

This may not mean the ultimate end for Deen, but it may mean significant change. If Deen never gets back on The Food Network, or has her products in Target and Wal-Mart, that doesn’t mean she’s through. She just may have to find different outlets.

Duane Lee "Dog" Chapman, Sr from “Dog the Bounty Hunter” endured his own racial scandal and fallout when tapes of him using the N-word went public. A&E dropped his show, but later reinstated it after hearing his side of the story.

What the future holds for Deen is anyone’s guess, but at this point, it appears that she’s in for a time of upheaval and change as sponsors are dropping her faster than Deen can say “I is what I is, and I'm not changing,” to Matt Lauer on ‘Today.’




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Thursday, June 13, 2013

Soledad O'Brien heads to HBO for Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel (videos)


Journalist Soledad O'Brien may be a familiar face to CNN's "Black in America" but she is soon to expand her audience. HBO announced on June 12, 2013, that the award winning journalist will move to HBO and join the show "Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel."

HBO Sports president Ken Hershman released a statement regarding the move. He stated, "Soledad is a perfect fit for Real Sports. She’s an extraordinary interviewer and storyteller, and we’re thrilled to be able to add her to a franchise where the emphasis is on finding and presenting thought-provoking stories in the diverse and ever-fascinating world of sports.”

Not only is O'Brien an accomplished journalist, but she is also CEO of the production company Starfish Media Group. She describes the company on Twitter as, "We produce docs, scripted and non scripted series, and MOWs for CNN and others."

Through her deal with HBO, O'Brien will provide HBO with "first dibs" so to speak, regarding new scripts and programming ideas.

Bryant Gumbel released a statement regarding the deal. He stated, "Soledad’s a respected journalist with a proven track record. Her credibility, broad interests and passion make her a wonderful addition to our program. I’m thrilled to have her on our Real Sports team."

Additionally, O'Brien spoke about the new deal. She expressed, "HBO is undeniably a leader in meaningful storytelling in a wide array of formats. I’m honored to join the Real Sports team and look forward to continuing my fervor for uncovering unique and impactful stories.”

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Homeless woman arrested 396 times may be using system for shelter

On June 10, 2013, the Chicago Sun Times reported on the curious case of homeless Chicago woman Shermain Miles, who has been arrested a reported 396 times over the past 35 years. That means she has been arrested the equivalent of
Shermain Miles
once per day an entire year in a row, and then an additional 30-day month of arrests. It is a staggering amount of arrests to comprehend.

As the report states that Miles is homeless, it is highly possible she is using the correctional system in order to have housing. Whether suffering from mental illness or using the system for shelter, Cook County Judge Peggy Chiampas gave the 51-year-old a break.

"All of us are reaching out to you and offering you, maybe for the first time in your life, a hand, OK? But you’ve got to reach out and grab all of our hands as well," the Sun Times reported the Judge as saying. Though currently in custody at the Lincoln, Illinois facility Logan Correctional Center, Judge Chiampas ordered Miles to a treatment program for substance abuse and one that will address her mental health issues.

Miles reportedly thanked the judge for her leniency and kindness in hoping she finds real treatment and ends the cycle once and for all. Miles reportedly served three years on an armed robbery conviction. She was accused of attacking Ald. James Cappleman (46th) in 2011 and had other charges of trespassing and consuming alcohol in public.

What do you think? Do you think the fact that Miles is described as homeless may factor into her arrests? Was she using the system for shelter or do you think she may be mentally ill?





'Breaking Bad,' 'The Big Bang Theory' win big at Critics' Choice Television Awards (full list)


AMC's "Breaking Bad" and CBS' "The Big Bang Theory" were big winners at the Critics' Choice Television Awards held Monday, June 10, 2013. You may see a full list of nominees and winners here: 2013 Critics' Choice Awards List of Nominees and Winners. Also appearing in the winners' circle is the HBO epic drama "Game of Thrones" that left a nation gasping in awe for their "Red Wedding" episode that killed off several main characters. 

Both "Breaking Bad" and "The Big Bang Theory" are no strangers to winning top awards as both are a top favorite for Emmys and Golden Globe Awards. Kaley Cuoco and Simon Helberg swept best supporting actress and best supporting actor in a comedy series while "Breaking Bad's" Bryan Cranston took away the award for best actor in a drama series.
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Critics’ Choice Television Awards 2013: List of Nominees and Winners





THE 3rd ANNUAL CRITICS’ CHOICE TELEVISION AWARDS WAS TELEVISED ON USTREAM ON MONDAY, JUNE 10, 2013


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Complete list of 2013 Winners and Nominees:



BEST COMEDY SERIES
Winner: The Big Bang Theory – CBS

Nominees:
• The Big Bang Theory – CBS
• Louie – FX
• The Middle – ABC
• New Girl – FOX
• Parks and Recreation – NBC
• Veep – HBO

BEST ACTOR IN A COMEDY SERIES
Winner: Louis C.K. (Louie) – FX

Nominees:
• Don Cheadle (House of Lies) – Showtime
• Louis C.K. (Louie) – FX
• Jake Johnson (New Girl) – FOX
• Jim Parsons (The Big Bang Theory) – CBS
• Adam Scott (Parks and Recreation) – NBC
• Jeremy Sisto (Suburgatory) – ABC

BEST ACTRESS IN A COMEDY SERIES
Winner: Julia Louis-Dreyfus (Veep) – HBO

Nominees:
• Laura Dern (Enlightened) – HBO
• Zooey Deschanel (New Girl) – FOX
• Lena Dunham (Girls) – HBO
• Sutton Foster (Bunheads) – ABC Family
• Julia Louis-Dreyfus (Veep) – HBO
• Amy Poehler (Parks and Recreation) – NBC

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A COMEDY SERIES

Winner: Simon Helberg (The Big Bang Theory) – CBS

Nominees:
• Max Greenfield (New Girl) – FOX
• Simon Helberg (The Big Bang Theory) – CBS
• Alex Karpovsky (Girls) – HBO
• Adam Pally (Happy Endings) – ABC
• Chris Pratt (Parks and Recreation) – NBC
• Danny Pudi (Community) – NBC

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A COMEDY
Winner: TIE
Kaley Cuoco (The Big Bang Theory) – CBS
Eden Sher (The Middle) – ABC


Nominees:
• Carly Chaikin (Suburgatory) – ABC
• Kaley Cuoco (The Big Bang Theory) – CBS
• Sarah Hyland (Modern Family) – ABC
• Melissa Rauch (The Big Bang Theory) – CBS
• Eden Sher (The Middle) – ABC
• Casey Wilson (Happy Endings) – ABC

BEST GUEST PERFORMER IN A COMEDY SERIES
Winner: Patton Oswalt (Parks and Recreation) – NBC

Nominees:
• Melissa Leo (Louie) – FX
• David Lynch (Louie) – FX
• Bob Newhart (The Big Bang Theory) – CBS
• Patton Oswalt (Parks and Recreation) – NBC
• Molly Shannon (Enlightened) – HBO
• Patrick Wilson (Girls) – HBO

BEST DRAMA SERIES
Winner: TIE
Breaking Bad – AMC
Game of Thrones – HBO


Nominees:
• The Americans – FX
• Breaking Bad – AMC
• Downton Abbey – PBS
• Game of Thrones – HBO
• The Good Wife – CBS
• Homeland – Showtime

BEST ACTOR IN A DRAMA SERIES
Winner: Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad) – AMC

Nominees:
• Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad) – AMC
• Damian Lewis (Homeland) – Showtime
• Andrew Lincoln (The Walking Dead) – AMC
• Timothy Olyphant (Justified) – FX
• Matthew Rhys (The Americans) – FX
• Kevin Spacey (House of Cards) – Netflix

BEST ACTRESS IN A DRAMA SERIES
Winner: Tatiana Maslany (Orphan Black) – BBC America

Nominees:
• Claire Danes (Homeland) – Showtime
• Vera Farmiga (Bates Motel) – A&E
• Julianna Margulies (The Good Wife) – CBS
• Tatiana Maslany (Orphan Black) – BBC America
• Elisabeth Moss (Mad Men) – AMC
• Keri Russell (The Americans) – FX

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A DRAMA SERIES
Winner: Michael Cudlitz (Southland) – TNT

Nominees:
• Jonathan Banks (Breaking Bad) – AMC
• Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (Game of Thrones) – HBO
• Michael Cudlitz (Southland) – TNT
• Noah Emmerich (The Americans) – FX
• Walton Goggins (Justified) – FX
• Corey Stoll (House of Cards) – Netflix

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A DRAMA SERIES
Winner: Monica Potter (Parenthood) – NBC

Nominees:
• Jennifer Carpenter (Dexter) – Showtime
• Emilia Clarke (Game of Thrones) – HBO
• Anna Gunn (Breaking Bad) – AMC
• Regina King (Southland) – TNT
• Monica Potter (Parenthood) – NBC
• Abigail Spencer (Rectify) – Sundance

BEST GUEST PERFORMER IN A DRAMA SERIES

Winner: Jane Fonda (The Newsroom) – HBO

Nominees:
• Jim Beaver (Justified) – FX
• Jane Fonda (The Newsroom) – HBO
• Martha Plimpton (The Good Wife) – CBS
• Carrie Preston (The Good Wife) – CBS
• Diana Rigg (Game of Thrones) – HBO
• Jimmy Smits (Sons of Anarchy) – FX

BEST MOVIE OR MINI-SERIES
Winner: Behind the Candelabra – HBO

Nominees:
• American Horror Story: Asylum – FX
• Behind the Candelabra – HBO
• The Crimson Petal and the White – Encore
• The Hour – BBC America
• Political Animals – USA
• Top of the Lake – Sundance

BEST ACTOR IN A MOVIE OR MINI-SERIES
Winner: Michael Douglas (Behind the Candelabra) – HBO

Nominees:
• Benedict Cumberbatch (Parade’s End) – HBO
• Matt Damon (Behind the Candelabra) – HBO
• Michael Douglas (Behind the Candelabra) – HBO
• Toby Jones (The Girl) – HBO
• Al Pacino (Phil Spector) – HBO
• Dominic West (The Hour) – BBC America

BEST ACTRESS IN A MOVIE OR MINI-SERIES

Winner: Elisabeth Moss (Top of the Lake) – Sundance

Nominees:
• Angela Bassett (Betty & Coretta) – Lifetime
• Romola Garai (The Hour) – BBC America
• Rebecca Hall (Parade’s End) – HBO
• Jessica Lange (American Horror Story: Asylum) – FX
• Elisabeth Moss (Top of the Lake) – Sundance
• Sigourney Weaver (Political Animals) – USA

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A MOVIE OR MINI-SERIES
Winner: Zachary Quinto (American Horror Story: Asylum) – FX

Nominees:
• James Cromwell (American Horror Story: Asylum) – FX
• Peter Mullan (Top of the Lake) – Sundance
• Zachary Quinto (American Horror Story: Asylum) – FX
• Sebastian Stan (Political Animals) – USA
• David Wenham (Top of the Lake) – Sundance
• Thomas M. Wright (Top of the Lake) – Sundance

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A MOVIE OR MINI-SERIES
Winner: Sarah Paulson (American Horror Story: Asylum) – FX

Nominees:
• Ellen Burstyn (Political Animals) – USA
• Sienna Miller (The Girl) – HBO
• Sarah Paulson (American Horror Story: Asylum) – FX
• Lily Rabe (American Horror Story: Asylum) – FX
• Imelda Staunton (The Girl) – HBO
• Alfre Woodard (Steel Magnolias) – Lifetime

BEST REALITY SERIES
Winner: TIE
Push Girls – Sundance
Duck Dynasty – A&E



Nominees:
• Duck Dynasty – A&E
• The Moment – USA
• Pawn Stars – History Channel
• Push Girls – Sundance
• Small Town Security – AMC
• Wild Things with Dominic Monaghan – BBC America

BEST REALITY SERIES – COMPETITION
Winner: The Voice – NBC

Nominees:
• Chopped – Food Network
• Face Off – Syfy
• Shark Tank – ABC
• So You Think You Can Dance – FOX
• Survivor – CBS
• The Voice – NBC

BEST REALITY HOST
Winner: Tom Bergeron (Dancing With the Stars) – ABC

Nominees:
• Tom Bergeron (Dancing With the Stars) – ABC
• Cat Deeley (So You Think You Can Dance) – FOX
• Gordon Ramsay (Hell’s Kitchen/Masterchef) – FOX
• RuPaul (RuPaul’s Drag Race) – Logo
• Ryan Seacrest (American Idol) – FOX
• Kurt Warner (The Moment) – USA

BEST TALK SHOW
Winner: The Daily Show with Jon Stewart – Comedy Central

Nominees:
• Conan – TBS
• The Daily Show with Jon Stewart – Comedy Central
• The Ellen DeGeneres Show – Warner Brothers Television Distribution
• Jimmy Kimmel Live! – ABC
• Late Night with Jimmy Fallon – NBC
• Marie – Hallmark Channel

BEST ANIMATED SERIES
Winner: Archer – FX

Nominees:
• Adventure Time – Cartoon Network
• Archer – FX
• Phineas and Ferb – Disney Channel
• Regular Show – Cartoon Network
• The Simpsons – FOX
• Star Wars: The Clone Wars – Cartoon Network

MOST EXCITING NEW SERIES

Honorees:
• The Bridge – FX
• Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. – ABC
• Masters of Sex – Showtime
• The Michael J. Fox Show – NBC
• Ray Donovan – Showtime
• Under the Dome – CBS

CRITICS’ CHOICE TELEVISION ICON AWARD
Recipient: Bob Newhart

THALO’S CRITICS’ CHOICE INSPIRATION AWARD
Recipient: “Bunheads” – ABC Family

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