I was all set to spend today's post angrily ranting about the latest series of Castle - but then I noticed a swag of interesting news stories to talk about. So let's go through those instead, one at a time ...
The Office US to end after upcoming Season 9
I read about the end of The Office US yesterday and had this thought: yeah, okay. Doesn't it just seem as though The Office US is about four years past its peak at this point? Even Steve Carell wanted no part of it - and judging by his filmography, he'll do just about anything for money.
Jay Leno takes a pay cut to save a few of his staff's jobs
It's always nice when a celebrity acts selflessly, even in a small and symbolic way - and the truth is that it happens all too scarcely. So, I tip my hat to you, Mr Leno. Nice one.
Game of Thrones S1 will air on Prime, only censored
Prime announced yesterday that Game of Thrones will be airing, free-to-air, in September. However, the show will be edited to get around the BSA. Censoring a show is a pretty common practice: subtle cuts are made to a number of shows before they go free-to-air - True Blood, The Walking Dead and (presumably) the upcoming American Horror Story (starting on Monday on Four) are all slightly cut before going to air.
Sure, censoring the show isn't the best option, but if it means that a brilliant show can be seen by a wider audience, isn't that a good thing? Besides, the good people at Throng played both the censored first episode and the original, side by side, and didn't notice a single cut. Also, the only people really bothered by this have already seen the show because they don't watch FTA at all. Whatever.
If you haven't seen Game of Thrones, I advise you to watch it on Prime - it's a great show, any cuts will probably be near unnoticeable, and it's better to see it with a few seconds cut here and there than not see it at all.
Pop singer Avril Lavigne engaged to Nickelback singer Chad Kroeger
I kinda wish she was marrying someone named Bob so we could collectively call them "Bovril". Instead, we have no easy options. Avrad? Chavril?! My vote goes to "Canada, WTF".
Michael J Fox returning to television, will play a dad with Parkinson's
I'm glad Michael J Fox is coming back to the small screen. He's a class act, impressing in recent guest roles on Curb Your Enthusiasm, Rescue Me and The Good Wife. I'm also excited that his illness will be integrated as part of the show. It would've been a shame to explain Fox's Parkinson's disease as excess caffeine, extreme nervousness, or some other stupid excuse you just know some terrible network executive was dying to use.
Blind woman booted off New Zealand's Got Talent
I'm as anti-prejudice as anyone you'll find, but even I have trouble with this woman's claims: for some reason, she seems to reject the notion that a blind singer could be dismissed from a singing competition because she wasn't one of the best singers in that competition. Why does the discussion jump straight to "the producers are obviously prejudiced against blind people"? Just from an entertainment standpoint, if she were a great singer (and remember, being a great singer doesn't rely on eyesight), having a blind contestant on the show would be a helluva story.
Syphilis spreads in LA porn scene
I'll take "What does the Los Angeles porn scene have in common with Dargaville?" for $50, thanks Alex. (Just kidding, Dargaville. I love you. Not physically, though.)
Auckland Daze, Super City new comedy Short Poppies in latest funding round
A few good shows in the latest round of NZ On Air funding ... but, sadly, no love for my favourite Kiwi comedy in recent years, Hounds. If you'd like to see Hounds given another season, the only way is through a grass roots movement - so make sure you sign this petition and share it with all your friends. Hounds, Season 2: let's make it happen!
Deadliest Catch prize pack winner
Congratulations Andre Baird (#3), you win stuff!
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