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POSTED: Tuesday, March 25, 2014, 2:35 PM

As it turns out, space is not the final frontier—beer is. Or, rather, was, thanks to the newly minted Warnog brew, a Star Trek-themed beer coming to us from Indiana’s Tin Man Brewing Company. That’s right, you too can now get drunk like a Klingon—and all without having to change the shape or texture of your forehead.

Tin Man is teaming up with “Vulcan Ale” brewers Federation of Beer to bring us Warnog, a Dunkelweizen-style ale made with rye. Tasting notes include “banana and clove flavors,” which admittedly sounds about as far away from what a Klingon would drink as possible. But, then, the American palette hasn’t yet adapted to the fine flavors of cold steel and your enemies’ blood. 

Vulcan Ale, for its part, has been available only in Canada, putting Warnog at the top of the list as the first official Star Trek beer in the United States. So, as you can see, this is a high honor.

POSTED: Monday, March 24, 2014, 11:38 AM

There is good news, and then there is great news. The return of beloved bastion of sci-fi geekery, Mystery Science Theater 3000, of course, falls closer to the “great news” side of things—especially with the original trio already having signed on.

National Geographic is behind the return, having announced that they’ll feature the MST3K trio on their airwaves for a brand new, three-part special airing—of all days—on April 1. If it’s not a complete joke to begin with, the show, dubbed Total Riff Off, will feature the format of the classic Sci-Fi Channel show. As NatGeo’s website describes: 

“On April 1st, the guys from "Mystery Science Theater 3000" and RiffTrax are adding their very own commentary to classic National Geographic Channel programs, featuring excerpts from "Honey Badgers," "Unlikely Animal Friends," "Man v. Monster," "Swamp Men," "Alpha Dogs," and more!” 

POSTED: Friday, March 21, 2014, 2:11 PM
A rendering of the future newsroom at Black Television News Channel. (Illustration via BTNC)

Way back in 2008, former Oklahoma Representative J.C. Watts announced his intentions to create a 24-hour, black-owned cable television news channel dubbed the “Black Television News Channel,” or BTNC. Today, thanks to a signing ceremony on the Florida A&M University campus, it’s officially happening, and Philly is on the short list of cities to which Comcast will supply the channel. 

Set to be headquartered on the FAMU campus thanks to a donation from Sony that will provide the school a full-blown network operations center and attached newsroom, BTNC will reportedly provide full- and part-time jobs for as many as 50 journalists. Plans have been in the works since 2008, but according to a report from FAMU’s Journal-isms blog, financing slowed to a stop in 2010 with the economic recession that crippled pretty much everyone.

BTNC, however, is not the first attempt at a news channel targeted at a black audience, with Florida’s News Channel having served that same purpose from 1998 to 2003. However, FNC founder Robert Brilliante doesn’t appear to be phased by any past failures:

POSTED: Thursday, March 20, 2014, 10:55 AM

Ever since Questlove told an Us Weekly reporter that it was his “fantasy to play a dead body on Law & Order” last year, the wheels to make that dream happen have been in motion. Last night, the dream was realized, and as it turns out, Questo makes a great corpse. Thankfully, though, it was all merely acting.

The cameo was brief, yes, but it was there—a mere 37 seconds of screen time, about half of which were with everyone’s favorite investigator, Detective Tutuola. The result is an absolutely masterful performance, complete with no discernable movement or breathing. It’s not action-y, but it is very dead.

If you happened to miss Questlove’s appearance, you can check out his skills in the video below. The whole episode, though is available over on Hulu

POSTED: Wednesday, March 19, 2014, 5:40 PM
Two time Olympian and World Bronze medalist figure skater Johnny Weir and husband Victor Voronov attend the Jaguar Chill NY event on August 17, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Craig Barritt (Getty Images for Jaguar)
Coatesville's Johnny Weir announced via Twitter that he and husband  Victor Voronov have split after three years of marriage. The famed figure skater, who recently stole the Sochi Olympics with his commentating skills alongside Tara Lipinski, used Weir professionally but had legally changed his last name to Weir-Voronov. Note how his Twitter handle is has changed back to Johnny Weir.

Things haven't always been rosey for the Olympian and his Georgetown law grad hubs. Earlier this month, charges were dismissed against Weir in a domestic assault in which Weir allegedly bit Vornov. 

POSTED: Wednesday, March 19, 2014, 1:09 PM
Jane Fonda, 74. (LIONEL CIRONNEAU / Associated Press)

Marta Kauffman, the Broomall-raised mastermind behind "Friends," is bringing two legends to Netflix. Lily Tomlin and Jane Fonda will star in "Grace and Frankie," a 13-part half-hour series about rivals whose husbands announce that they are in love with each other and plan to get married. Definitely feeling a bit of an "Odd Couple" vibe here, although with a definite twist.

Tomlin and Fonda are no strangers: They worked together in the 1980 hit "9 to 5," meaning I will keep my fingers crossed for a Dolly Parton cameo. 

Kauffman is working alongside Howard J. Morris, who currently writes and produces TBS comedy "Sullivan & Son." The two worked together on the Kauffman co-created "Dream On."

POSTED: Wednesday, March 19, 2014, 12:27 PM

Who would you not want to have hunting for you in George R.R. Martin’s chimerical realm of Westeros? So many of the characters on Games of Thrones spring to mind. Personally, I’d pick Cersei (Lena Headey) and it looks in this final trailer from HBO, as if Cersei is determined to take many heads. Chilling indeed.

You almost feel sorry for Jamie, her brother/lover, at the end of this clip, when he moans, “Why have the gods made me love a hateful woman?”

But there’s so much else happening here as well. In this meaty preview, you get a look at the vaunted fighting style of new addition Oberyn Martell (Pedro Pascal); Lady Brienne is dispatched to recover Arya and Daeneys (Emilia Clarke) is preparing to conquer the city of Mereen. Is she using catapults?

POSTED: Tuesday, March 18, 2014, 2:18 PM
FILE - This 2008 file image released by TLC, shows Jon Gosselin, right, and his wife Kate Gosselin, from the TLC series "Jon & Kate Plus 8," in Hawaii. Kate Gosselin has filed a lawsuit accusing her ex-husband, Jon, of stealing her hard drive and hacking into her phone and computer to get material for a tell-all book. The federal lawsuit says he took the material for a book called "Kate Gosselin: How She Fooled the World." The suit, filed Monday, Aug. 26, 2013, in Philadelphia, says the book was written by her ex-husband's friend, tabloid writer Robert Hoffman, but has since been pulled from Amazon because the material was obtained illegally. (AP)

It’s been more than two years since we saw local celebri-mom Kate Gosselin grace TLC's airwaves with her icy visage, and the ensuing period of tranquility has been, to say the least, refreshing. Now, though, in what is a sure sign that the apocalypse is extremely nigh, Gosselin is returning to television. Lord help us.

TLC announced today that they’ll team up again with Gosselin for a one-hour special that’s set to serve as a “catch up” session with the former Jon & Kate Plus 8 star. As yet untitled, the project focuses on Gosselin and her children and how the family’s life has changed since the show that started all this in the first place ended. Or, as the network description says:

"Throughout the special, Kate and the kids get us up to speed on what’s changed in the family - how the kids have grown, what their interests are now, and what the latest is on Kate’s life and career." 

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