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POSTED: Thursday, August 15, 2013, 10:31 AM
Darren Young (Photo courtesy of Twitter / @DarrenYoungWWE)

You know how it goes: TMZ cameramen loiter in areas highly trafficked by celebrities and waylay them, asking all kinds of arrant questions in the hope of getting a memorable quote.

Well, it sure worked yesterday. A TMZ tick stationed at LAX came across WWE wrestler Darren Young and asked him if he thought a gay athlete could compete without trouble in pro wrestling.

He wasn’t in any way expecting or looking for the answer he got: Young said, “Absolutely. Look at me. I'm a WWE superstar and to be honest with you, I'll tell you right now, I’m gay. And I’m happy. I’m very happy.”


POSTED: Thursday, August 15, 2013, 4:14 PM
This 2012 photo released by A&E shows, from left, Phil Robertson, Jase Robertson, Si Robertson and Willie Robertson from the A&E series, "Duck Dynasty." A&E says nearly 12 million birds of a feather caught the season premiere of the hit unscripted series on Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2013. (AP)

What’s good for the duck is good for the drake. And that’s all gravy for the Robertsons.

Duck Dynasty made its season four debut in soaring fashion., drawing a rather astounding 11.8 million viewers, making it the most watched “non-fiction” program in cable history. Wait, you mean Uncle Si actually exists?

POSTED: Wednesday, August 14, 2013, 9:57 AM

Have you ever considered the homoerotic subtext of the foxhole friendship between Walter and Jesse in Breaking Bad? No? Well, get ready because if you watch this clever manipulation of footage from the hit drama, it’s all you're going to be thinking about.

As the YouTube subtitle says, it’s Breaking Bad as Rom Com. Timid high school teacher falls for rough-and-tumble student, set to a great soundtrack from Marvin Gaye to Fun. The makers of this video take that premise to impossible conclusions.


POSTED: Tuesday, August 13, 2013, 11:13 AM
Claire Danes as Carrie Mathison and Damian Lewis as Nicholas Brody in Homeland. (Photo: Kent Smith/SHOWTIME)

What happens to Brody (Damian Lewis)? We get some tantalizing hints in this provocative new trailer to Season 3 of Homeland. You kill the vice president of the United States, there’s going to be some heat on you, right?

As this extended montage begins, we see Brody bidding goodbye to Carrie (Claire Danes) before he goes underground. (The show’s producers have already revealed that Lewis will not appear in the first two episodes.)

But we learn a lot watching this video, set to the moody sound of “To Build a Home” by The Cinematic Orchestra. Or at least we can infer a lot about season three which begins Sept 29.


POSTED: Monday, August 12, 2013, 12:17 PM
Aaron Paul, left, and Bryan Cranston attend the "Breaking Bad" final episodes premiere hosted by the Film Society of Lincoln Center on Wednesday, July 31, 2013, in New York. (Photo by (Charles Sykes/Invision/AP)

Critics often get blamed for ruining the enjoyment of shows by revealing plot spoilers. But what happens when it’s one of the show’s stars?

On tonight’s installment of MythBusters (10 p.m. on Discovery), Vince Gilligan, the creator of Breaking Bad and Aaron Paul, who plays Jesse, the wired-tight Sancho Panza to Bryan’s Cranston’s Don Quixote, are the featured guests. It’s a look at how accurate the science-heavy Breaking Bad is.

But in the course of this, Paul drops a bombshell about the possible lineage of Holly, the White’s miracle baby.



POSTED: Friday, August 9, 2013, 10:09 AM
Simon Cowell, a judge on the FOX series "The X Factor," considers a reporter's question during a panel discussion on the show at the FOX 2013 Summer TCA press tour at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Thursday, Aug. 1, 2013, in Beverly Hills, Calif. (Photo by (Chris Pizzello)

Rude boys rule! At least on TV. Forbes just published its annual list of the highest paid personalities in television. The envelope, please. We have a tie!

Running Rolls to Royce are Simon Cowell (The X Factor) and Howard Stern (America’s Got Talent) who each took home a tidy $95 million.

Of course not all that income is derived from the show’s with which they are most associated. In fact, a good chunk if it isn’t even television money. But hey, every massive bit counts.

POSTED: Thursday, August 8, 2013, 10:15 AM

“You think anyone can resist our product?” asks housewife Wanda White.

No, they can’t, no more than we can resist this crazy Funny or Die spoof of Breaking Bad.

It’s got it all: a scruffy sidekick named Jessie, cooking, gangsters, even the actual season one footage of Walt blowing up Tuco’s domain.


POSTED: Wednesday, August 7, 2013, 12:52 PM
FILE - In this Dec. 30, 2010 file photo, Paula Deen speaks in Pasadena, Calif. (AP)

We’re just weeks away from hearing who the next batch of quasi-celebrities will be on Dancing with the Stars.

One person you will definitely not see on the parquet floor: Paula Deen. According to the edition of US Weekly that will hit stands Friday, the disgraced Dixie gourmand has turned down an offer from ABC to appear on the new season, which begins Sept. 16.

Host Tom Bergeron hasn’t given up lobbying, telling US: “We’ve seen career resurgences after the show. People go, ‘I remember why I love that person!’”

About this blog

A true child of TV, David Hiltbrand has worked as a critic at People and as a columnist and editor at TV Guide.

Reach David at dhiltbrand@phillynews.com.

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