American Idol recap: TheTop 12, Oops! Make That the Top 11!

Welcome to Week Two of the Season 11 American Idol finals. Complete with bonus humiliate-the-contestant segment....more
<b></b><b></b>Have a <em>extra</em> time ...more

NBC's Razor Sharp Social Integration

NBC has been doing cool web content for years, but at the beginning of this season I noticed that they’ve really amped up their integration across television, web and social media. And I was impressed. First as a user, then as a social media professional, and I want to highlight some of the coolest things that NBC is doing....more

Jermaine Jones Booted from "American Idol" for Undisclosed Arrest Warrants

Last night on American Idol, the contestant affectionately known to fans as "the gentle giant" Jermaine Jones, was shown being unceremoniously booted from the show by producers Nigel Lythgoe and Ken Warwick WHILE CAMERAS WERE ROLLING....more
Bad behavior NOT being rewarded on television and in the media. Hmmm... that's different.more

All Hail (McHale) Community's Return to Thursday Nights

Community-fans, rejoice!  The phoenix is rising and Greendale Community College is finally cracking open the book on 12 new episodes starting this Thursday night. ...more
I'm so excited that Community is back!  We've missed it!  In my quick brush with celebrity file, ...more

"Friends With Benefits": Daddy Mac Will Make Ya...

When I write a Movies Teach Us post, I usually don’t tell you what I thought of the movie. But today I will tell you: Friends With Benefits was hilarious. Watch it. Right now. Take a sick day. I’ll write a note excusing you from work.Here’s what I learned from the movie:...more
This movie was so funny. I'm a sucker for romantic comedies. Woody did try to steel the scene ...more

Tweeting While Watching: Where Twitter Meets Television

Raise your hand if you like to watch television with the rest of the Twitterverse? Is the answer different if it's a weekly show vs. a one-time event such as the Oscars? Do you have a standing date to tweet through House? Does reading what other people are saying about the thing you're watching heighten your enjoyment? You're definitely not alone. ...more
 @sharongreenthal I had not even thought of the convention! The debates have certainly been a ...more

Elle MacPherson: Spirited Howard Stern Guest or Subtle Bigot?

[Editor's Note: Elle MacPherson's appearance on Howard Stern this morning has sparked some debate over whether or not MacPherson was out of line by taking jabs at Stern's Jewish heritage, or simply giving the shock jock a taste of his own bitter medicine. What do you think? --Morgan]...more

50 Shades of Grey and Twilight: When Is Fan Fiction Not Fan Fiction?

I have spent the last several hours trying to figure out the phenomenon that is E.L. James' 50 Shades of Grey. The book is selling like hotcakes, based almost exclusively on word-of-mouth buzz and some Goodreads viral magic. According to Good Morning America, 50 Shades of Grey is heating up bedrooms, and it's even been called "mommy porn." Sex certainly does sell -- but it's this series' Twilight-based origins that are raising eyebrows and making people in the publishing and writing communities question when fan fiction stops being fan fiction. ...more
I think they're both pretty awful in various ways, but then Twilight is for teenagers and Fifty ...more

Why I Wrote The Rules of Inheritance

In some ways I began writing this book a long time ago. I’ve always been a writer, ever since I was a little girl. Putting pen to paper, and later fingertips to a keyboard, is something I’ve always gravitated towards. When my mother died when I was eighteen, I had no idea how to process the loss, and so I turned to writing. It was the only way I could make sense of my new world, the one in which I was a girl without a mother. ...more
I too write about grief, a topic I've covered for the past 20 years. I've also lost my sister ...more

[Video] Life Without Whitney: Bobbi Kristina Talks to Oprah

One month after Whitney Houston‘s untimely passing that shook the music industry and her billions of fans, her 19-year-old daughter Bobbi Kristina Brown got on “Oprah‘s Next Chapter” for her exclusive interview and tells her about how she’s been hanging on in spite of the late singer leaving her with only her worldly possessi...more
My heart goes out to her. Such a lovely young woman … @BlogHermore