Last night’s CMT Awards were a pretty loose, easygoing affair, a good thing considering how often non-country stars like Justin Bieber, Ludcaris and Sheryl Crow (who accidentally flashed her panties while singing with host Kid Rock) appeared on stage. Despite the interlopers, pop-country titans were able to maintain their authority, either by winning big awards (like Taylor Swift and the recently married Miranda Lambert and Blake Shelton did) or by falling on their ass while walking to the camera, like Shania Twain did in the above clip.
Not only did Shania immediately laugh off the tumble, she posted a video about it only hours later! Check it out after the jump, and check out the pop-country fashion on hand in the gallery below.
The first annual Critics’ Choice Television Awardsare taking place at the Beverly Hills Hotel on Monday, June 20th at 4/3c. VH1.com will be streaming the event live online as well as airing interviews and commentary hosted by yours truly. Yes, me! Kate Spencer! Watch as I wear a dress live on the internet! My co-host is professional funny ladyJamie Lee, who was a semi-finalist on this season of Last Comic Standing. We will be talking with presenters and winners, as well as video-chatting with TV bloggers from across the country about the show. Celebrities, awards and LOLS are a winning combination! Don’t miss it.
Check out the list of nominees and let us know your picks to win. I shall do my best to remain neutral, after I have one brief fangirl-y moment about Best Drama Series nominee Friday Night Lights. Clear eyes full hearts can’t lose! Okay, I’m done.
Jon Cryer really must not read his show’s press. Despite Charlie Sheen‘s life-long history of drug abuse, whoring and violence—a history Two And A Half Men was partly based around—the guy’s old co-star swore to David Letterman he had no idea that Charlie was headed for a meltdown. “It’s as much a mystery to me as to everyone, I think,” he explained. “My favorite moment was I got a text from someone, saying, ‘Charlie Sheen just called Thomas Jefferson a —y.’ I said, ‘I think things are getting out of hand.'” And they weren’t when Charlie was 9/11 truthing and attacking his wife with a knife after a drug crazed night in Aspen? People should text Jon more often.
Despite Charlie slandering the author our nation’s constitution, Jon says he’s still got plenty of love for the guy. “I love him, he’s a great friend,” he said. “All of us, none of us wanted to continue with the show if we felt like it was hurting him, and there was a point at which, we felt like, there’s no control over him.” Maybe he’s just saying these things because he doesn’t want Charlie to hurt him.
Unresolved plot threads? Sounds like a problem for someone who gives a crap! Laurence Fishburne is leaving CSI, according to Deadline, despite the opportunity to renew his contract. The Matrix actor joined the cast in 2008, following the departure of long time lead William Petersen. Fishburne has two high profile movies, Thurgood and Contagion, planned for release this year. Coincidentally, Law & Order SVU lead Christopher Meloni also decided to not to return to his hit crime procedural for the 2011-2012 season.
While the site’s source doesn’t sound shocked, “nobody expected him to be on the show for 7 years, it’s Laurence Fishburne,” they obviously didn’t see it coming when they filmed last season’s finale, in which his character murders a serial killer in cold blood. Apparently any resolution to that plot will have to happen off screen, presumably with his Ray Langston being sent to the slammer unseen. Hopefuly CBS will remember this lesson with Ashton Kutcher—Charlie may have been on a plane to Paris at the end of last season, but Two And A Half Men can’t hope to be so lucky again.
It probably shouldn’t be a surprise that Simon Cowell‘s public apology after firing Cheryl Cole from the American X Factor is more than a little condescending. Turns out he was “protecting” the Girls Aloud singer by ejecting her from the judges’ table weeks into her first big stateside gig, after three years of judging on the British show. “I’m sorry. I hope we’re still close friends,” he told The Sun. “She’s still a star. The hardest thing to accept is that everyone has painted me as a monster because I embarrassed her. But the truth was I was protecting her. I just want people to be in the best place at the right time.” Apparently, that place was not America, and not anywhere near Paula Abdul.
While he admits Cole told him she was upset, Cowell appears to be showing his usual brusque manner over the slight. “‘This was never personal or saying you were terrible’. It wasn’t that she was terrible—she was good. I just thought she’d be happier in the UK. We noticed she was quieter than normal. The feeling was that she was slightly out of her comfort zone in America. The intention was to do it quietly and say to her she had an option to rejoin the UK show. At the end of the day we were saying, ‘Move to another show for even more money’. There was an offer of around £2.5million on the table including bonuses. How is that sacking someone?” With Cole’s friends claiming she only tried the American show as a favor to Cowell in the first place, it seems unlikely his claims of concern will dismiss the bad buzz following her exit. Will America be turned off by the firing of a celebrity they never really knew in the first place?
Paris Hilton was in Barcelona over the weekend to support her motorcycle racing team—and she might want to consider staying there. Her premiere of her new Oxygen reality show, The World According To Paris, scored almost half the audience that Aubrey O’Day managed for her debut, and could signal the end of Paris being famous for anything remotely other than being famous. “She hasn’t been able to sell a magazine cover since the Kardashians arrived,” a source told PopEater. “If the numbers remain less then the 400,000 that tuned in last week she could get pulled off the air.” While later episodes are expected to feature more of Charlie Sheen’s ex-wife Brooke Mueller—a friend of Paris (or at least Paris’ mom)—it seems unlikely the show could be a slow burner. With Paris, it’s either hot or not.
Unsurprisingly, Hilton is playing the blame game, allegedly accusing a technical glitch of keeping the show from running on time in many markets (something Oxygen denies). So far Paris’ promotional activities has been a bust, with a lecture from Barbara Walters inspiring her to cancel some events last week and CNN’s Anderson Cooper knocking her on his “Ridiculist” days after she appeared on Piers Morgan’s show on the same network. “”She has been replaced by Teen Moms and Snooki,” a marketing exec told PopEater. “She would have been better off not doing a new reality show at all then doing one that proves no one cares.” There’s always international reality shows, Paris…
Cheryl Cole‘s sudden exit from the American X Factor may have been embarrassing for the UK singer—crossing over stateside without the platform will take some work—but it’s not like the cloud doesn’t have a silver lining. The Hollywood Reporter claims Cole will still get her $1.5 million paycheck in full, despite the fact she probably won’t appear in a single episode. That’s one hell of a severance package…and she doesn’t have to pretend she gets along with Paula Abdul!
Though it was rumored that Simon Cowell fired Cheryl from the UK show as well, it now sounds like the producers would like to keep her on the British program and that her anger at Cowell over the American slight that’s keeping her from returning. But, assuming she’s been paid off, Fox can let folks overseas worry about that, and focus on the bigger problem: turning X Factor into a hit stateside while competing with NBC’s The Voice and their own network’s American Idol for the title of Most Important Singing Competiton On TV.
The First Annual Critics’ Choice Television Awards nominations are out, and we’ve got the scoop for you below. Cat Deeley is set to host the awards show, which will take place at a luncheon at the Beverly Hills Hotel on June 20, 2011. ABC leads the pack with 16 nods, with their hit Modern Family being the most nominated show. Check out the list below!
Best Drama Series
Boardwalk Empire – HBO Dexter – Showtime Friday Night Lights – DirecTV Fringe – Fox Game of Thrones – HBO The Good Wife – CBS Justified – FX The Killing – AMC Mad Men – AMC The Walking Dead – AMC
Dismissing any hope that Uncle Charlie’s flight would suffer a violent tragedy—sure Valerie Hogan and Maude Flanders were killed off on The Hogan Family and The Simpsons respectively, but the shows didn’t blow up entire planes to do it—show sources told TMZ that Charlie may simply decide to live in Paris with Melanie Lynskey‘s Rose, leaving the other Harper boys with a vacancy in their apartment perfect for a wacky young man like Ashton. Gee, you’d almost think they planned this—except the real Uncle Charlie might be outside the studio with a bullhorn and a machete when they start filming.
Could anything suggest how women have advanced over the years more than a naked Victoria’s Secret model? Not according to Nancy Dubuc, president of the Lifetime. According to the Hollywood Reporter, the network’s new honcho announced that Project Runway‘s ninth season would be promoted by a nude image of host Heidi Klum, which would be ironic even if Dubuc wasn’t using the campaign as an example of how Lifetime will reach out to modern women, who apparently see the network as old and stodgy—and would prefer their fellow ladies to be hot and nude.
Dubuc, speaking at Real Screen’s Factual Entertainment Forum yesterday, reportedly told the audience that she was moving Lifetime away from “women in peril” programming to focus on “brazen, strong, confident and sexy” examples of the “contemporary women.” And if such women happen to flesh-baring supermodels? Well, then everybody’s happy! “It’s Heidi F—in’ Klum,” said the network head. Maybe next season they can hawk the fashion design show with photos of Heidi Klum f—in’!