Great News! USA just picked up Lennon Parham and Jessica St. Clair’s new sitcom!
Inspired by Jessica St. Clair and Lennon Parham’s real-life friendship, Playing House will focus on mother-to-be Maggie (Parham), who asks her single and career-driven best friend, Emma (St. Clair), to return from overseas for her baby shower, unaware of what’s in store. St. Clair and Parham, last seen on NBC’s short-lived Best Friends Forever, will also serve as executive producers. — TV Guide
Check out our superfantastic interview we did with the ladies:
I do feel like BFF is incredibly reflective of lady best friend relationships, and how ladies talk. The “Oh, I’ve got a rash on my butt” part alone — you don’t necessarily want everyone else to hear that, but you’re going to tell your friend that because that’s the situation.
Lennon: You want to know what’s causing it, and if she has any suggestions. Maybe it’s the new mesh panties you bought on sale.
Jessica: This is a terrible piece of information to share, but I just recently went to my dermatologist and she said, “Hey, thanks for the shout-out — you know, about your butt rash. I really appreciate it.” [Laughs]
I had to show Lennon my butt rash. I didn’t know what was going on and I needed a second opinion, and I certainly wasn’t going to get my husband involved. So in our little office, I had to show it to her. That’s real.
Lennon: It was a simple solution. She just was wearing her yoga pants for too long. [laughs] She would work out and then she would let the sweat dry on her skin, but in between her butt crack it continued to be moist.
Jessica: All right, Lennon. All right.
But here’s my question: How did you, Lennon, know that this was the problem?
Lennon: Because I spend every single day with her for eight hours a day and she was always wearing yoga pants. We were trying to keep it tight, we would work out in the morning. I would change, and then she would show up at my house straight from the gym in her yoga attire.
Jessica: Mistakes were made. This is the kind of sacrifice that we made for the show and I want people to know it.
“He looked so—what was it that gave him his irresistible charm? He looked so accessible. That was it. A great simple truth struck me with surprise: charm is availability.”
—Elaine Dundy, The Old Man and Me
I know I’ve said this a million times, but I will continue to say it a million more. No one, no one plays a boy in love like Josh Jackson. — Dawson’s Creek: Capeside Redemption
After the Esquire piece, there has been a resurgence of interest in Roger Ebert. He stopped being a weekly visitor in our homes several years ago when he started the first of many cancer surgeries which had eventually cost him his lower jaw. For those of us not in Chicago, not thinking to check out his blog and movie reviews at the Chicago Sun-Times, we have truly missed out on his brilliant thoughts and beautiful words. I’ve been working through his writings, savoring each one, and this line definitely made me stop in my tracks. I hope it will whet your own appetite for all the delicious and memorable pieces that Ebert has written, and will continue to write.
“Some of the truest words I’ve ever written are: It is more erotic to wonder if you’re about to be kissed than it is to be kissed.”
— Popgurls.com 2/22/10
With all the news about the Veronica Mars movie Kickstarter campaign, I wanted to re-read the interview with the cast that I did the day after the Season Two pickup was announced. Somehow, it had never made it to the new database when we relaunched PopGurls, but here it is for your reading pleasure:
Jason Dohring (Logan Echolls): I think the most joyful thing for me is seeing the fans and knowing that it brings them joy to watch the show – just the arts in general, I think, bring people up, and to see these guys and they’re happier than they were. You don’t see one sad person. [I ask] “how are you?” and they say “good” and they’re honestly good, you know? I’m just happy to bring them up.
Somebody had Francis and I make out a card saying “to the best lover I ever had” today, and it was for a man. So that was pretty crazy.
Francis Capra (Weevil): He actually wrote “best lover,” I wrote “miss you.”
I just giggled my way through Red Heart Yarn’s “New, New Free Patterns” Pinterest Page.
Can we take a moment to appreciate these kids?
and this dog:
This kid totally has your number, however.
And this Owl Girl is my FAVORITE PERSON IN ALL THE LAND:
Troop Beverly Hills rocked the “lady comedy” before Tina Fey shattered the glass ceiling for would-be comics with vaginas everywhere.
“It’s been a great experience working on Up All Night, but the show has taken a different creative direction and I decided it was best for me to move on to other endeavors,” Applegate said in a statement. “Working with Lorne Michaels has been a dream come true and I am grateful he brought me into his TV family. I will miss the cast, producers and crew, and wish them the best always.”
wow. it makes me sad as Up All Night was such a cute show and NBC kept screwing around with it. i’m not surprised that it completely fell apart — Emily Spivey left, now Christina left.
i wish NBC gave their shows just a little bit more time. BFF, Bent and Up All Night were fun and truly enjoyable. Maybe not The Office-ratingsblockbuster hits, but they felt so real and people connected with that. The television landscape should have room for that kind of comedy and not be so obsessed with finding the broadest possible joke.
If television storytelling never evolved, we wouldn’t have had Buffy, Lost or The Wire.I wonder what new comedies we’ll be missing out on in a decade because of network television trying to recreate their own version of The Big Bang Theory and Two and a Half Men instead of innovating and getting recognition and ratings for that.
Nate DiMeo wrote tonight’s episode of Parks and Recreation, “Ann’s Decision.” I’m a huge fan of Nate’s podcast, The Memory Palace, and was super excited to talk to him about working with P&R Executive Producer Mike Schur on the Pawnee book that came out last year.
What is your favorite piece written by someone else, and by you?
Mike is really a talented, gifted dude, particularly when he handles a lot of the character essays, [especially] the Ben Wyatt essay. Ben was really not an entirely fully-formed character when we were writing the book, as a team they were still getting a handle on Ben and it was just coming together.
But Mike sat down and wrote the Ben Wyatt ode to why he likes Pawnee that’s just genuinely lovely and also funny. He does that a lot. I love the introduction – I love the fact that he had the confidence to write a five paragraph to Bloomington, Indiana.
Emily Spivey, the creator of Up All Night, did a lot of the Joan Callamezzo biography. My favorite thing that kills me every time is when Joan’s mom, after having a drunken fight with her Marcus Bachmann-like husband, ends up waking up in the morning holding a concrete nativity sheath. That moment tells you so much about what it was like to grow up in Gary, Indiana for Joan Callamezzo, and to me it’s an incredible, beautiful, hysterical little moment. It may be my single favorite set of words.
I have one very important question for you. How do you feel about Li’l Sebastian? Do you get the appeal or are do you not just understand the appeal of the mini horse?
First of all, he’s a little horse and that’s awesome. Little horses are great. But for me, it’s one of those things that Mike and I talked about when we were coming up with conclusions [for the book] – Li’l Sebastian is the waffles referenced [in the final chapter].
You know how Junior’s Cheesecake in Brooklyn is supposed to be the greatest cheesecake in the world? It might be. I ate it and you know what? The cheesecake is delicious. I don’t know if I’ve ever had better, but it also wasn’t all that great. So there are limits to how good some things can be.
Leslie said at the end of “Born and Raised,” and the end of the book, that somewhere out there are the best waffles in the world, and I love these waffles and why can’t we have the best waffles in the world? I feel like Li’l Sebastian is the same thing. He’s a little horse that they have decided to love and praise and be amazed by, and therefore he is the greatest little horse in the world.
Parks and Recreation is back at 8:30p tonight! After Community FINALLY premieres! It’s a good night for TV!
I offer you this to help balance it all out:
This was all negated by the subsequent watching of the Fox Christmas Special, next on the tape of *NShame. But I’m not sharing that experience with you. I’d love to, but I’m just going to sit here for a moment, then check myself into therapy.
I’ve been working my way through the back library of Earwolf’s “How Did This Get Made?” and got super excited when I saw that they had an episode dedicated to On The Line, which is the worst movie starring boybanders.
Well, the worst WATCHABLE movie — the truly worst movie is Longshot. Despite cameos from Britney Spears, *NSYNC, O-Town, LFO, Take 5, Innosense, Full Force (wha? that was a group?) and Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, Kenny Rogers, Danielle Fishel, Paul Sorvino, Dustin Diamond, Jermaine Jackson, Kelly Rutherford, Lark Voorhees and Gilbert Gottfried, this tale about a LA personal trainer/gigolo “who is blackmailed by a corrupt and powerful businessman and is forced to seduce a wealthy widow in NYC to obtain insider information so his blackmailer can profit” was not a blockbuster success. I would suggest that HDTGM cover it, but I wouldn’t wish a viewing on anyone.
I have a copy of this, on VHS. I did not purchase it, and yet I can’t seem to get rid of it. I have no idea why.
ANYWAY — I loved the “How Did This Get Made?” podcast, and their breakdown of the love story of Hubcap and Turkey Sandwich. (Once you listen to it, it’ll all make sense. And if you’ve seen the movie, it makes PERFECT sense. However, I felt that Paul Scheer, Jason Mantzoukas, June Diane Raphael and Ike Barinholtz missed out on a HUGE aspect of the film that we at PopGurls detailed in our review of the film. Which we saw in the theaters, in 2001. In fact, several of us actually went to the premiere.
I present some selections from our take on the Big Gay Love Story in On the Line: Slashy Goodness
You’ve heard the company line: how this is a “Boy meets gurl, boy loses gurl, boy tries to find gurl and make with the awkward open-mouthed-devouring kisses” kind of a movie.
Don’t believe the hype.
What On The Line is, actually, is a “Two boys find their way to one another while their roommates, two other boys obviously in love and settled, play along” kind of movie. And in some scenes, there’s an extraneous gurl.
Rod (Joey Fatone) to Kevin (Lance Bass): “You. You should have never quit the band.”
Unspoken Subtext: “Because I can’t bear to be apart from you.”
Rod, mid-diatribe about the hypocrisy of the music business: “Dude, I’m about the love.”
Eric, to Rod, with his hands on either side of Rod’s face: “And the passion.”
U.S.: “And I know firsthand, baybee.”
Eric, to Kevin: “I can’t believe Brady hooked you up with that article in the paper, considering you dissed and dismissed his ass during high school.” His. Ass.
Rod to Kevin before singing a slightly altered version of “Every Rose Has It’s Thorn”: “Kevin, this one’s for you.” Cut to significant look from Eric to Kevin.
Playing “Barbecueball” in the park, Kevin throws the ball at Rod: “What the heck did you do that for?”
“That’s for using my towel the other day.”
“Yeah, well, I also wore your underwear.”
Eric (GQ), to Randy (James Bulliard), as they sit on the couch playing footsie: “Hey dude. You don’t look so good.”
“Yeah, you usually look better.”
If Rod and Kevin are the slashy heart of the movie, Eric and Randy are the first runners up.
One of the baskets in the mailroom is labeled “Chance.” For those of you not up on *Nslash, this is a happy conjunction used to indicate a Chris/Lance pairing. Chris. Lance. Chance. Get it?
Rod, introducing his song: “This is, uh, a song I wrote for a very good friend of mine.” Meaning Kevin. Immediately followed by the lyrics, “I get a feeling I can’t explain whenever your eyes meet mine…”
It’s really just all about the boy love.