Jeopardy, the greatest game show in the history of the world, and the fourth-greatest TV show of all time (behind Salute Your Shorts, Alf, and The Golden Girls) is usually not looked upon as being cool. This is dumb, but whatever: Jeopardy is cool, and Jeopardy nerds know it, and this week, the show proved it. By having a category all about alt-rock.
What do you think?
This was in single Jeopardy, so with no questions about Sparklehorse or the Wipers here, serious "alt" fans are in for a cakewalk. Though it was still a delight to hear stodgy old Alex Trebek stumble over the word "alt" a bunch of times and to watch a contestant get one very easy question wrong. (IDIOT!) How will you do? Watch and/or read the questions below:
After seven weeks of sifting through the eye-rolling antics of teenager Courtney Stodden and her 52-year-old husband Doug Hutchison on VH1's Couples Therapy just in order to get two-minute glimpses of the far more genuine explorations of Oakland-reared rapper Too $hort (aka Todd Shaw) and his on-again, off-again girlfriend Monica Payne, the latest episode finally centered on our rap hero and the woman he wants to call his own.
monica-payne.com Too $hort and Monica Payne.
It was a shock to see $hort on this show at all, since he's spent the past quarter-century perfecting the image of a callous player, declaring the lifestyle with album titles like Born to Mack, $horty the Pimp, and Married to the Game. But at age 45 (and following an eye-opening Internet scandal earlier this year), he feels it's "time to man up," as he tells the program's counselor Dr. Jenn Berman, and put his player card down for Payne.
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* Watch: E-40 and Too $hort Pretend They're Insensitive Men in 'Dump Truck'
Maybe you remember the hilarious video we (and lots of others) posted earlier this week, in which a (fake) MTV executive answered a question that bugs many of us: Why doesn't MTV play music videos anymore?
Brian Firenzi in "Why Doesn't MTV Play Music Videos Anymore?"
Brutally, cruelly funny -- and probably way too accurate -- the clip made by Brian Firenzi and Maria Del Carmen has officially gone viral. It's been posted on Gawker, made the front page of Reddit, and got responses from both Tommy Lee and MTV itself. While Firenzi's sketch comedy videos typically get 10,000 to 20,00 views, this one has so far been seen more than 1.2 million times.
To find out what inspired the video, how it came together, and what he really thinks of MTV, we fired off a few questions to Firenzi via email. Turns out he really does wish the channel would still play music videos.
Hope no one has any emotional attachment to the phrase "Smells Like Teen Spirit" -- either the song, its mystique, or the band that played it -- 'cause if so, they're about to get quite a mindfuck.
"Smells Like Teen Spirit" is the (working) title of a new family sitcom just sold to CBS, about "an 18-year-old budding entrepreneur who forgoes Harvard and instead opts to launch a multibillion-dollar Internet company from his garage with the assistance of his sister, best friend and his 1990s indie-rock parents," according to the Hollywood Reporter.
Excuse us while we go puke on our Chuck Taylors?
You won't be seeing a lot of Billie Joe Armstrong in person these days -- the Green Day singer is currently in rehab working on some substance abuse issues. But the Oakland rocker's pretaped appearances on NBC singing competition the Voice began airing last night, giving us a first look at how the pop-punk frontman will help out Christina Aguilera's team
Tyler Golden/NBC Billie Joe Armstrong on the Voice
Legendary Oakland mack Too $hort has found himself in a very unlikely place: on the cast for the second season of VH1 reality show Couples Therapy 2, which premieres on Oct. 3. The pimp-tight rapper, whose real name is Todd Shaw, appears with Monica Payne, a music manager and former recording artist who's been described as his on-again, off-again love for some 15 years.
VH1 Couples Therapy Season 2 premieres on October 3.
Well, we certainly didn't see this coming: Rolling Stone reports today (via AP) that Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong will be a mentor on the upcoming season of NBC's hit TV music competition The Voice, helping the members of Christina Aguilera's team sing their best.
His primetime TV arrival comes just as Green Day prepares to release a trio of new albums this fall, making it a rather genius promotional move, if we may say so ourselves.
Mentors on the voice are used by the judges -- Aguilera, Adam Levine, Blake Shelton, and Cee Lo Green -- to give their team members extra guidance and perspective on the songs they're preparing to sing in competition. Mary J. Blige will be a mentor for Adam Levine's team this fall as well.