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MTV, which late Tuesday formally canceled "Buckwild," has announced a tribute to Shain Gandee, the series' star who died of carbon monoxide poisoning.
Meanwhile, this statement formally ends the brief run of a successful series -- around 3 million or so viewers -- that was supposed to replace "Jersey Shore:"
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So, how was Dave Letterman's interview with Lindsay Lohan Tuesday? Train wreck or smooth ride? How was the whole shebang as opposed to a brief clip about rehab and alcoholism?
It was actually fine, for him, for her, maybe even for viewers who may have stuck around for this. She played along, he played along, there were jokes about stealing, rehab -- yes, as if rehab could be funny -- and when the jokes went too far, it was she who pulled back, saying the whole process isn't funny, and -- well -- it's time to move along.
And Dave did.
She ever briefly teared up at the end. Why? Maybe because she knew it would be over blessedly soon, this trial by Letterman fire. That was nice, too.
But in the end, it was the usual, or deja vu all over again: Lohan acknowledging the problem, indicating that it will never happen again (short here though of any declaration), and saying that she now has enough awareness in her life's journey to say the problems will never happen again -- that rehab will even be good for her.
The interview was like the third step in her 12-step program -- although a recidivist, you suspect she'll be saying the same thing to Dave (or Jimmy Fallon a year from now, when he's the new host of "Tonight"). Because: You also suspect that she desperately covets the attention, much as late night hosts (and TV blogs) covet giving it to her. But in some quiet place in her mind -- if there is such a place -- she has to realize that they wouldn't give her all this attention if she wasn't so troubled in the first place. That means interviews like this may all just be part of a vicious cycle.
But at least she laughed her way through Dave's barbs. Maybe she's on the fourth step.
Here's the full clip:
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As expected, MTV is about to officially announce that "Buckwild" has been canceled. [Update: And now has. Here's the statement: "After careful consideration, MTV will not be moving forward with season two of "BUCKWILD" in West Virginia. We love the cast and the show and this was not an easy decision, but given Shain's tragic passing and essential presence on the show, we felt it was not appropriate to continue without him. Instead, we are working on a meaningful way to pay tribute to his memory on our air and privately."]
This is less than a surprise, given that a key -- arguably the key -- castmember, Shain Gandee, died in an accident that while not directly related to the filming of the series, was part of its spirit: "Mudding," or driving through deep mud holes. His truck got stuck in one and with the tailpipe (or pipes) of his '84 Bronco submerged, he died of carbon monoxide poisoning.
Apparently there are reports that the producer of the series is unhappy with the decision, but it's also very difficult to imagine under what circumstances MTV could proceed. Clearly "mudding" wouldn't be part of the new season. Moreover, the series was very controversial in West Virginia -- I know, I did radio interviews there about this -- because there was a concern, and not an ill-founded one, that this would put the state in a bad light, or portray it as a "Jersey Shore in the Mountains."
Six months after her last national television interview, Lindsay Lohan spoke with David Letterman on Tuesday about her latest projects -- "Scary Movie V" and a cameo on Thursday's FX comedy, "Anger Management" -- as well as her next chapter, by now a familiar one: rehab.
Calling rehab a "blessing, not a curse," Lohan said: "I'm happiest when I'm working and healthiest. I think this is an opportunity for me to focus on what I love in life."
In a short clip released to the press before Tuesday's "Late Show" appearance, Lohan appeared to bristle when Letterman asked about rehab -- which she's expected to enter in a New York facility in early May -- saying, "We didn't discuss this in the pre-interview." Letterman, who at one point said rehab would be "a lifesaver, a career saver," started off by asking, "Aren't you supposed to be in rehab?" and "How many times have you been in rehab?"
She glared. The audience tittered. And viewers at home probably got a sense of why Lohan had canceled on both Letterman (in 2011) and Barbara Walters (last year).
And yes, there was a touch of deja vu here as well. Lohan spoke to Jay Leno on "The Tonight Show" and on "Good Morning America" last fall, when she portrayed Elizabeth Taylor in the Lifetime biopic "Liz & Dick." Her troubles came up then, too.
CBS released only the brief clip before deadline, but someone who saw other parts of the appearance said, "Dave was very warm to her. They had a playful banter, and toward the end she even got a bit emotional and teary because Dave was being 'so sweet.'"
Lindsay Lohan, last seen in Brazil, should be arriving at the Ed Sullivan theater just about....now, and she has some explaining to do. For example, what happened a couple of years ago when she was scheduled to appear and never turned up. Ah, those were the days... But she's on a serious promotion tour currently for "Scary Movie 5" and "Anger Management," so Brazil will have to wait. Her last appearance was May 9, 2007. Here's what Dave said back in 2011 about the no-show:
And now this: Michael Imperioli will join "Californication's" seventh season, Showtime just announced. Described as a mulit-arc guest role. For '14. Per Showtime: His character is "Rick Rath, a successful old-school television producer who will play a key role in Hank’s (series star and executive producer David Duchovny) latest venture...." Should we stand up stand cheer? Well, we do love Imperioli, but I am also mindful of Maureen Ryan's - Huffington Post TV editor - tweet reaction: "Any time I see an actor I respect is gonna be on Californication, my 1st response is "I'm sorry that person's career is going that badly.""
In fact, he's been pretty busy - on post-production for a handful of movies, though he hasn't been in an extended series role since "Detroit 1-8-7" ended in 2011.
It had to happen somewhere, sometime, but former President Bill Clinton has finally tweeted. It happened Monday on "The Colbert Report," which convened at the Clinton Global Initiative University. Stephen Colbert was on hand to debrief No. 42.
Clinton -- who is preternaturally busy and engaged -- was asked if he'd ever tweeted; he said no; Colbert took the liberty of opening up an account for him and the rest... is history:
Not entirely certain what to make of this but am reasonably certain it's biggish ... Chris Rock is joining BET's "Real Husbands of Hollywood."
"RHOH?" Kevin Hart's and BET's amusing send-up of the most send-uppable franchise on television -- with the exception of Anything Kardashian. It just ended the first season mid-March; a second season was ordered and no date on arrival, but figure a lot sooner than next January (the first bowed this past January). It stars Nick Cannon, J.B.Smoove (of "Curb"), Boris Kodjoe and Duane Martin -- all as themselves (it does have a bit of a "Curb" vibe, too).
The website Hiphollywood reported this Monday and has a clip of Rock confirming his role. Rock doesn't do a lot of TV --make that Rock does no TV, other than in a production capacity (he's showrunner of W. Kamau Bell's new talk show for FX, which will go nightly next season).
Well, this appears to sort out at least one outstanding question about Jimmy Fallon's "Tonight Show" -- although really not all that pressing because there was never any doubt that the Roots would be coming over with him next year. ... But, per the old line, never say never.
In any event, Questlove confirms in a chat with Fuse that the Roots will in fact be headed to "Tonight."
"Man Men" returns and with it, questions, thoughts, observations, and a few hundred blog posts attempting to define The Meaning of It All. And with your forbearance, here's mine. Let's start at the very beginning of Sunday's "The Doorway" because -- in a series where nothing is ever wasted -- that is where you were meant to begin.
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