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Monday, September 22, 2014
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Dear Gossips,

Shonda Rhimes is underrated. People fall on their knees for the Matt Weiners and the Vince Gilligans but Shonda Rhimes? Duana posted about Shonda not too long ago in a piece called How To Get Away With An Empire – click here for a refresher. I posted about her amazing Dartmouth commencement speech in the summer – click here for a refresher.

THIS WOMAN.

But for all This Woman has done, she still doesn’t get the kind of love reserved for the heavy hitters, the men behind shows like Mad Men and Breaking Bad. So the New York Times tried to give her some. By praising her for reclaiming the Angry Black Woman.

WTF?

People have been talking about Alessandra Stanley’s article all weekend. It was criticised in Vulture, in Salon, pretty much everywhere for being lazy, offensive, patronising…YES. All those things.

But what’s most disturbing to me is the idea that Stanley would have filed this piece with a lot of pride. She wasn’t cackling over her laptop when she was typing this out, the evil racist knowingly spewing out her ignorant bullsh-t. No. Not at all. That would be the devil you know.

What’s scary is that she thought she was doing Shonda Rhimes a favour. She thought her words were complimentary. She actually believed that she was gifting Shonda Rhimes with her approval. It’s the racism version of a wolf in sheep's clothing, in many ways much more dangerous than a man in a white pointy-hooded robe with the eyes cut out. At least with that guy you can identify him right away. At least with that guy you can arm yourself in advance. It’s not as easy to defend yourself against a stereotype that’s shoved in your face by the New York Times, the paper of record. How the f-ck did this get past the editorial board at the New York Times? And since it did, what does it say about the braintrust over at the New York Times???

Here are Viola Davis, Kerry Washington, and Ellen Pompeo this weekend promoting ABC’s Thursday night lineup. As previously mentioned – click here for a refresher -- I’ve been waiting all summer for How To Get Away With Murder. Only 3 more sleeps!

Yours in gossip,

Lainey

Mindy Kaling’s terms

September 17, 2014 14:43:34 Posted at September 17, 2014 14:43:34
Sarah Posted by Sarah
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FameFlynet, Splash

In advance of The Mindy Project returning for its third season, Mindy Kaling is doing press, including stopping by Howard Stern to talk about how BJ Novak—her Office-mate “Ryan” and also a producer on her show—is the one that got away. As per usual she’s funny, charming, and honest, saying that she was “never more beautiful” after they broke up because she doesn’t eat when she’s sad. Full Story

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Why not Kirsten Dunst?

September 16, 2014 15:19:56 Posted at September 16, 2014 15:19:56
Lainey Posted by Lainey
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Santi/ Splash

In the previous article, about casting the female lead in the second season of True Detective, given the list of actresses being auditioned, they seem to be looking for someone in her 30s who can go dark. This is why I don’t understand why Mrs Timberlake is on the list. Rosario Dawson? 100%. Full Story

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Rosario Dawson vs Mrs Timberlake?

September 16, 2014 14:03:21 Posted at September 16, 2014 14:03:21
Lainey Posted by Lainey
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Alberto E. Rodriguez/ Jonathan Leibson/ Getty

True Detective Season 2. They’re still looking for the female lead. I thought Elisabeth Moss had this locked up but then there were reports last week that Rachel McAdams was being considered and last night The Wrap reported that there are actually 7 other actresses who’ve been added to the list and going in for auditions in the next few days. Full Story

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The Late Night shuffle concludes with another white dude

September 8, 2014 18:50:54 Posted at September 8, 2014 18:50:54
Sarah Posted by Sarah
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WENN

As part of the late night talk show reshuffle that’s been going on the for the last year, CBS has just announced that British comedian and TV host James Corden will replace Craig Ferguson on The Late Late Show. The hand-off date is not final, but it will be “sometime” in 2015, which means that next year the CBS late night roster will be Stephen Colbert followed by Corden. Full Story

Allison Williams as Peter Pan

September 3, 2014 19:54:09 Posted at September 3, 2014 19:54:09
Duana Posted by Duana

I don’t hate it, you guys. I mean, what I remember most about earlier versions of Peter Pan  - including the animated one, don’t laugh at me – is that his skin is so fresh and young and tight it’s about to burst off his face. We kind of get that effect here. What’s more, she looks up for it. Full Story

Mindy Kaling Motivates Your First Day

September 2, 2014 13:44:52 Posted at September 2, 2014 13:44:52
Duana Posted by Duana

-EXCLUSIVE- It’s the first day of school! For the moments that you remember that it’s true, you feel motivated, right? Like this year you’re going to give it your all, and really show them what you can do, right? Isn’t there always that renewal feeling on the first day? Here to help you out is Mindy Kaling, who’s on the cover of FLARE this month in a dress I will spend the next year trying to sport. Full Story

Justin Theroux: parties and penis

August 27, 2014 18:14:32 Posted at August 27, 2014 18:14:32
Lainey Posted by Lainey
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Jeff Kravitz/ Getty Images

You know what I’ve been talking about a lot the last couple of days? Justin Theroux’s penis. My friend N brought it up first after watching The Leftovers. He runs in every episode. And when he’s running, it’s right there. Like, right there. I swear we’re not being pervs about it. Full Story

Aaron Paul pre-Emmy

August 22, 2014 17:32:57 Posted at August 22, 2014 17:32:57
Lainey Posted by Lainey
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WENN

The Emmys are on Monday. There will be parties all weekend. Last night Aaron Paul and his wife, Lauren Parsekian, were at an Audi event. It’s the last chance for the television academy to honour Breaking Bad. And, as Maria wrote the other day (click here Full Story

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Once More, With Feeling

August 20, 2014 14:49:02 Posted at August 20, 2014 14:49:02
Maria Posted by Maria

The Emmys are on Monday and it’s always a good show, right? It’s not as loose as the Globes, but the TV stars aren’t hidden in the back for that long, sheepish walk up to the podium. For one night, they are all George Clooney. To create some buzz, the Television Academy released Barely Legal Pawn Full Story

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Tuesday, August 19, 2014
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Dear Gossips,

Coming soon to television: Keanu Reeves.

As reported by Deadline yesterday, he’ll be starring in and producing a series called Rain based on Barry Eisler’s books. John Rain is an assassin whose murders are set up to look like natural cause. He’s an international man of mystery and a lonely loner. Oh, but aren’t they all?

Professionally, this is the right move. Keanu seems to know about playing his position. And, happily, he’s playing it without having to resort to joining The Expendables. You know, I still can’t breathe when Speed is on TV and I’m watching him stare intently forward out of the front window of the bus.  Read Full Intro

Watching Teenagers in your Thirties

August 19, 2014 19:07:28 Posted at August 19, 2014 19:07:28
Duana Posted by Duana

It’s not a fair fight. It isn’t.  Because they start playing Bell Biv Devoe’s Poison before you even have a chance to form an opinion on whether you want to watch the movie or not. The fact is we shouldn’t, really. A movie about the behind-the-scenes of Saved By The Bell – starring teenage actors as teenage actors – is not exactly going to change our world. Full Story

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Could Matthew McConaughey go for EGOT?

August 7, 2014 14:45:59 Posted at August 7, 2014 14:45:59
Lainey Posted by Lainey
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Unless he pulls a Mel Gibson in the next week, Matthew McConaughey is going to win the Emmy for True Detective on August 25. That means he’ll hold the Oscar and the Emmy in the same year. And it brings him half way to EGOT. Could he? A Time To Kill was on last night. Jacek and I stayed up late to watch it because he’d never seen it, never heard McConaughey deliver the closing summation and that line, that disturbingly powerful line: “Now imagine she’s white”. Full Story