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Wednesday, February 2, 2011

ABC Picks up Tennessee-Set Pilot

Posted By on Wed, Feb 2, 2011 at 2:00 PM

Attention location scouts!
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Famed gay Republican Marc Cherry, creator of Desperate Housewives, has sold a Tennessee-set pilot to ABC. The facts:

Cherry’s the mastermind behind Halleluah [sic], a drama pilot he wrote and will executive produce through ABC Studios. The logline: When the Tennessee town of Hallelujah finds itself being torn apart by forces of good and evil, a stranger arrives to bring justice, peace and quite possibly restore the faith in the world that the residents so desperately need. The episodes will be punctuated by songs sung by the gospel choir, which serves as a sort of Greek chorus.

Okay then! Considering Cherry’s love of broad farce, I’m concerned about Tennesseans possibly being portrayed as a bunch of ignorant yokels. Read the description again: you know ABC is already hard at work to reanimate the corpse of Ossie Davis so they can cast him as the resident Magical Negro.

But! Because I am kind, and an insatiable fan of television (not to mention a Tennessean), I have a few helpful tips:

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Friday, April 9, 2010

Adoptive Mother Returns Son

Posted By on Fri, Apr 9, 2010 at 11:42 AM

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A Shelbyville woman who adopted a 7-year-old boy from Russia sent him packing (alone, with a note) back to Moscow after claiming he had psychological problems and that the adoption agency lied to her about the extent of his issues. His adoptive grandmother accompanied him as far as D.C., then put the boy on a nonstop flight back to the former USSR.

The note doesn’t expand on what his troubles may or may not be. While it’s not uncommon for adopted children to have problems adjusting to their new life, sometimes due to abusive pasts or language barriers, the Russian agency insisted the boy was in perfect mental and physical health.

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Friday, February 12, 2010

'Nashville 99' -- A Long-Lost '70s Cop Show in Music City? What?

Posted By on Fri, Feb 12, 2010 at 12:40 PM

I like to pride myself on my knowledge of pop culture detritus, but I have recently been shamed, for I had never heard of Nashville 99. Has anyone? Apparently it was a cop drama starring Claude Akins and Jerry Reed that ran from April 1977 to April 1977. That's right: one month. I heard The Belcourt ran an episode when they were doing their fake drive-in series, but I can't find any clips online other than the theme song and a brief musical performance in one of the four episodes. If you know anything about the show, please let me know. This is obviously really important.

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Saturday, January 30, 2010

Pop Quiz, Hotshot

Posted By on Sat, Jan 30, 2010 at 9:24 AM

Q: What do Haiti, the iPad, and Nashville all have in common? A: They are currently worldwide trending topics on Twitter! Way to go guys! Someone call CNN, they love Twitter news! PS - Go outside and pop strangers in the head with renegade snowballs. Off with Snuggie, on with the boots!

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Tuesday, December 29, 2009

We're Number 18!

Posted By on Tue, Dec 29, 2009 at 2:04 PM

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We all know accolades are a hot commodity in this self-obsessed world, so you can imagine the swell of hometown pride I felt when I learned Nashville was ranked the 18th most literate city in the United States! Thanks, Central Connecticut State University! We did it! We are even the fourth most literate city in the South, which means Raleigh can suck it. Could this be the first time I am actually happy to have all of those Christian publishing companies littering the streets? Let's check out the methodology:
Key factors in his rankings were newspaper circulation, online news reading, online book purchasing, the number of book stores (which notably excluded religious book stores), the number of libraries, how many books libraries circulated and education level.

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Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Open Extras Casting -- Again -- This Saturday

Posted By on Wed, Dec 9, 2009 at 10:45 AM

Calling everyone capable of sitting and/or milling for long periods of time: there's another extras open casting call going on this Saturday at the Musician's Hall of Fame. This time it's for a "Major Motion Picture starring Oscar-winner Gwyneth Paltrow and country superstar Tim McGraw." Five seconds of research leads me to Love Don't Let Me Down, which also stars Leighton Meester, and a fellow by the name of Garrett Hedlund. You may know Garrett from his role in Friday Night Lights (where he played McGraw's son) or perhaps Georgia Rule: in that film, he was the young man Lindsay Lohan's character performed mouth acts upon while they were hanging out in a rowboat. Ha. Fun fact! Cary "Men in Tights" Elwes was also in Georgia Rule, and he's also starring in the upcoming Nashville-based Tough Trade. Which also stars a dude from the show Friday Night Lights! If it's cold outside, that's because it's all of SIX DEGREES!!!

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Friday, November 20, 2009

'Tough Trade' Open Casting Tomorrow

Posted By on Fri, Nov 20, 2009 at 10:55 AM

Hey Nashvillian! Are you a person of any age, ethnicity or type? Do you have a recent color snapshot? Want to be on TV? You're American, of course you do! Head down to the Millennium Maxwell House tomorrow from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. if you want to be cast as an extra for Tough Trade, a new series on the yet-to-be-launched Epix network. As a TV nerd, I am wholly qualified to say the show sounds pretty good. Check out Jim Ridley's breakdown a few months ago:
The pilot, Tough Trade, centers on three generations of a Nashville country-music dynasty who supply enough conflict and family intrigue for at least three more Hanks. The script was written by Chris Offutt, the acclaimed Kentucky-born novelist who's left his teeth marks on HBO's smash vampire series True Blood as a writer and story editor. Also involved are Jenji Kohan, creator of Showtime's Weeds (for which Offutt has also written), who will serve as an executive producer, and Scott Hornbacher, whose résumé includes producing credits on both Mad Men and The Sopranos.

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Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Nerds Have Long Memory: "Call Me" on Cracked.com

Posted By on Wed, Nov 4, 2009 at 11:29 AM

Because I'm burdened with the mind of a 14-year-old boy, I often like to unwind after a trying day at the cubicle by reading random little articles on Cracked.com. You can imagine my delight/horror when I ran across something local in the piece "8 Racist Ads You Won't Believe Are From the Past Few Years." Coming in at number 5 (flanked on either end by some pretty embarrassing Asian stereotypes) is Tennessee's very own "Harold, Call Me," from 2006. The funny thing is, Cracked had a few problems coming off not a little racist themselves, since they had a hard time finding the "least pimpingest" photo of Ford on the Internet. Maybe this one? Still, the nerds managed to get the moral upper hand with the line, "Tennessee voters were so outraged by the ad campaign that the white Bob Corker shot up several points in the polls and won a narrow victory." Ha ha--oops. Anyway, when even the most puerile, sexist corners of the Internet remember a state election ad from three years ago, you know we're doing something gross. But it could be worse--we could be living in Virginia or New Jersey.

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Friday, October 16, 2009

Delicious Fried Chicken Taking Over World

Posted By on Fri, Oct 16, 2009 at 11:38 AM

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Looks like Nashville (and the South in general) is the genesis of a bona fide trend! Fried chicken is apparently all the rage in the civilized world (NYC) and has been extensively discussed by the New York Times, New York magazine, and the New York Post. Granted, they citify the hell out of it: One restaurant has the gall to charge $100 (no, seriously) for basically the same meal your poor dirt-farmer grandma somehow managed to fry up every week in spite of not owning a pair of shoes. Another place has dared to bread the chicken with matzo! Oy. Of course, the new fried chicken fans probably try to match it with a nice white wine instead of beer or Coke, or pretend they only like the world's most perfect food if it's Korean fusion. But let them have their fun. I fully support this reverse imperialism. When the South exports a cultural touchstone, it tends to be something awesome like good food or Dolly Parton. What do the supposed sophisticates send down here? Cuddle Parties. Horrifying, nightmare-inducing Cuddle Parties. Eat up, fatties!

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Thursday, October 15, 2009

Poker Face: Facebook Poke Makes Harassment a Media Novelty

Posted By on Thu, Oct 15, 2009 at 3:27 PM

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A Tennessee woman was arrested last month for a Facebook poke. Shannon Jackson was under a court order not to contact the pokee, but she obviously did anyway--and police have the screengrabs to prove it. If convicted, Jackson could face up to a year in jail (the pokey? Wokka Wokka!). Stalking and harassment are not funny, but this is hilarious. There are currently over 70 stories about this incident popping up in Google News, and they run the gamut from local news and tech sites to foreign newspapers. Think about it: some boring personal business between two Hendersonville women has become an international story, all because the method of harassment was a Facebook poke. Lesson time: Clicking a button under the right circumstances can get you stone cold arrested. Tennessee creepazoids are going to have to up their game! [RT: Valleywag]

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