Thursday, April 15, 2021 — Edition: #6966
BS SHOW BIZ BUZZ:
★ Nearly 30 years after ER premiered, the beloved cast of the medical drama is reuniting! On April 22, multiple stars of the long-running series will come together for a live, virtual reunion on the web series “Stars in the House”. The reunion episode will feature cast members George Clooney, Noah Wyle, Gloria Reuben, Anthony Edwards, Julianna Margulies and more. Airing on Earth Day, the special episode will be held in benefit of the Waterkeeper Alliance — the fastest growing global nonprofit focused solely on clean water.
★ “The Bachelor’s” Colton Underwood came out on “Good Morning America” on Wednesday, saying he is the “happiest and healthiest” he’s ever been in his life. Underwood said the last year, amid the pandemic, was one of reflection for him, and he realized that he’s gay. The former football player told Robin Roberts: “I’ve ran from myself for a long time, I’ve hated myself for a long time. I’m gay, and I came to terms with that earlier this year and have been processing it.”
★ Netflix has renewed its biggest new original series, “Bridgerton,” for seasons 3 and 4, before the second season has even finished shooting. Season 2 is currently in production and, in keeping with the novels it’s based on, tells a new romance story — that of ‘Lord Anthony Bridgerton’s’ quest for love. Sadly for fans of the show, Season 1 star Regé-Jean Page’s character, the ‘Duke of Hastings’, will not return for the second season.
★ J.K. Rowling has a new book coming this fall, a holiday children’s story with all-new characters. It was announced Tuesday that “The Christmas Pig,” the story of a boy named Jack and a beloved toy (‘Dur Pig’) which goes missing, will be released worldwide Oct. 12.
TODAY’S SHOW BIZ SKED:
• “Jimmy Kimmel Live” (ABC/Global): Emily VanCamp, Zoe Wess
• “The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon” (NBC/CTV): Ice T, Orlando Leyba
• “Late Night with Seth Meyers” (NBC/CTV): Rob Lowe, Domhnall Gleeson, Brian Gleeson
• “The Late Late Show with James Corden” (CBS/CTV): Forest Whitaker, Kane Brown
• “Conan” (TBS): Russell Brand
• “Watch What Happens Live” (Bravo): Yvette Nicole Brown, John Stamos
• “The View” (ABC/CTV): Chelsea Clinton
• “The Talk” (CBS): Elizabeth Perkins
• “Live with Kelly and Ryan” (ABC/CTV): John Stamos, Joey Thurman
• “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” (NBC/CTV): Keith Urban
• “The Kelly Clarkson Show” (CHECK LOCAL LISTINGS): Minnie Driver, Patrick Schwarzenegger, Pepper Teigen
• “The Drew Barrymore Show” (CHECK LOCAL LISTINGS): Sutton Foster, Dr. Amy Wechsler
• “For Real: The Story of Reality TV” (E!): Andy Cohen looks at reality TV’s fascination with the wealthy, plus how hit shows like “Jersey Shore” turned regular people into mega-stars.
BS MUSIC NOTES:
• Kanye West – His Nike Air Yeezy shoe prototypes are set to go under the hammer at a Sotheby’s auction. Considered “one of the most prized and sought-after sneakers in existence,” they are expected to sell for over $1 million. He wore them during his performance at the 2008 Grammy Awards, and launched his multi-billion dollar Yeezy brand the following year.
• DMX – His family has shut down a rumor that claims Beyoncé and Jay-Z bought the late rapper’s master recordings for $10million. DMX passed away last week after a stint in an intensive care unit following a heart attack at his home on April 2.
• Britney Spears – Feels the love of her fans. She posted video Monday on her Instagram, saying: “Happy to share especially with a world that is empathetic and concerned with my life … what can I say I’m FLATTERED.” The caption read: “Here’s to another beautiful summer of popsicles and sunbathing.”
• Eddie Van Halen — Four guitars that he played have gone up for sale at online auction house Gotta Have Rock And Roll. Over the weekend, a “Frankenstrat” guitar originally owned by him, and gifted to Mountain frontman Leslie West, sold for $50,000 via Heritage Auctions. LINK: https://tinyurl.com/dnvj6563
• Mick Jagger — teamed up with Dave Grohl on the new song ‘Eazy Sleazy’. Jagger unveiled it on his social platforms and YouTube on Tuesday. He had this to say about it: “It’s a song that I wrote about coming out of lockdown, with some much-needed optimism. Thanks to Dave Grohl for jumping on drums, bass and guitar, it was a lot of fun…” LINK: https://tinyurl.com/dzsyu3wf
• Louis Armstrong — Apple Original Films has greenlit a documentary about the life of the jazz great titled “Black & Blues: The Colorful Ballad of Louis Armstrong”. It will offer a look at his life and legacy as a founding father of jazz, the first pop star, and a cultural ambassador of the United States.
• Miranda Lambert – She and Elle King will open this Sunday’s Academy of Country Music Awards ceremony with their hit ‘Drunk (And I Don’t Wanna Go Home)’. Other performances announced on Tuesday include Dierks Bentley covering U2’s ‘Pride (In the Name of Love),’ and Mickey Guyton, who will co-host alongside Keith Urban, performing ‘Hold On’.
• Morgan Wallen — Billboards referring to him as “his fan’s choice” for Entertainer of the Year (even though the Academy barred him from the competition) have popped up around Nashville. At least 6 billboards were positioned at busy intersections near downtown. According to the sign company, they were paid for by “Darlene Ingram and 824 Loyal Fans.”
• Keith Urban — Nicole Kidman helps him put his best foot forward, by giving him (and their 2 daughters) at-home pedicures. While she says that Urban is a “pretty low-maintenance guy,” she said: “I’ll treat my whole family to a spa day and massage their feet and give them pedicures”.
SHOOTING THE BULL
WORKING 9 TO 11:
As we make our way through the pandemic, many employers — and employees — have been forced to re-evaluate where people work, and with our professional and home lives more interconnected than ever before, WHEN we work. And that brings us to THIS: A 2019 study found we only need to work 8 hours a week – that’s right 8 hours a WEEK — to reap the psychological benefits of working. The paper is titled “A shorter working week for everyone: How much paid work is needed for mental health and well-being?” The point of the report is that, according to research, working an 8-hour week is sufficient to gain the ‘wellbeing benefits of employment’, and that employee wellbeing is “similar regardless of the length of the working week, up to 48 [hours]”. The authors explained that the rise of artificial intelligence could result in a “significant shortage of paid work”, but rather than allowing that to lead to job losses, they suggest introducing a shorter working week.
(Sounds good! Starting next week, be sure to listen to the (***name of show***) every Monday and Tuesday on (***name of station***)!!
(Working 8 hour a week is the secret to mental health? Maybe (***afternoon guy***) is on to something…)
(OK, you’ve convinced me! Now could you talk to my boss?)
TESTING A NEW TEST:
How about a microchip-style COVID-19 test? That’s exactly what medical researchers at The US Pentagon have come up with. The revolutionary technology was developed by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, and was featured on Sunday night’s “60 Minutes” program. The microchip, which is not in widespread use outside the Pentagon, can apparently detect COVID-19 in a person well-before he or she spawns an outbreak, allowing it to be contained “in its tracks”. And just to put a stop to conspiracy theorists before they go rushing to their social media accounts, “60 Minutes” clarified that DARPA’s chip, which is inserted under the skin, can not “track your every move.”
(Hey, if it lets me avoid having one of those huge Q-tips shoved up my nose, I’m all for it!)
(Up until now, it has only been reported on “60 Minutes”. So, if you haven’t heard of it, congratulations! You’re under 80!)
A woman posted a hilariously honest ad Facebook, begging for someone, ANYONE to take in her chihuahua, Prancer, which she describes as “A Chucky doll in a dog’s body”. While some people might focus on the animal’s good traits, Tyfanee Fortuna didn’t sugar coat things. She wrote: “I’ve tried for the last several months to post this dog for adoption and make him sound…palatable. The problem is, he’s just not. There’s not a very big market for neurotic, man hating, animal hating, children hating dogs that look like gremlins. But I have to believe there’s someone out there for Prancer, because I am tired and so is my family. Every day we live in the grips of the demonic Chihuahua hellscape he has created in our home. He’s literally the Chihuahua meme that describes them as being 50% hate and 50% tremble…If you’re wanting to adopt him, you will have to be a single woman who isn’t looking to get a boyfriend, husband or kids, doesn’t like to have friends or family over and doesn’t have any other pets.” She went on, but you get the idea. Thankfully, Prancer also has some good points: “He is loyal beyond belief, although to tell you a secret, it’s … really just a facade for his fear. If someone tried to kill you, I can guarantee he would run away screeching. But as far as companionship, you will never be alone again.” Fortuna says that Prancer’s former owner was an elderly woman who “treated him like a human and never socialized him.” So far, no takers.
(On the plus side, Prancer doesn’t bite the hand that feeds him. He bites the ankles!)
(***Caution-‘farts’***) Chihuahuas are a lot like farts……only their owners can stand them!)
ODD COLORS YOU HAVEN’T HEARD OF:
• Razzmatazz: (reddish-pink)
• Xanadu: (green-gray)
• Smaragdine: (emerald green)
• Gamboge (dark yellow)
• Caput Mortuum (purple-brown)
• Fulvous (brownish-yellow)
• Arsenic (dark gray-blue)
FUNNIEST TWEETS OF THE WEEK FROM WOMEN:
⇒ living with roommates is fun because you get to learn what their parents think should be refrigerated – teeheesarah
⇒ I can’t wait to refuse my first hug. – Jess Dweck
⇒ my father-in-law asked me what stops me from not stealing, or lying, or cheating, or murdering if I don’t read the Bible, and that’s when I realized… my father-in-law should not stop reading the Bible. – Atsuko Okatsuka
⇒ Hmm I want this zit to go away maybe I should turn it into an open wound – Allison O’Conor
…AND A FEW FROM PARENTS:
⇒ we got home and my kid asked if he can stop wearing his Spider-man coat out because he’s tired of people mistaking him for Spider-man – ‘Weird Alex’ Pareen
⇒ *Middle of dinner* My kid: Can I have a snack? – Real Life Mommy
DID YOU KNOW?
A new study has found that getting out in the sunshine could improve your chances of surviving COVID-19. A team from the University of Edinburgh found that sunnier areas see fewer deaths from the virus. Study authors say sunbathing causes the skin to release a chemical which can alleviate symptoms in COVID-positive individuals. Interestingly, the impact of getting more vitamin D, a nutrient provided by the sun’s rays, couldn’t fully explain the phenomenon. The Scottish team believes sunbathing could act as a simple public health intervention, and light therapies that mimic the benefits of the sun may also be protective. (So those Spring-breakers overcrowding crowding the beaches weren’t as stupid as we thought?)
BS CHRONOMETER 04.15.21
TODAY’S CELEBIRTHDAYS . . .
1959  Emma Thompson, London UK, movie actress (“Harry Potter” films, “Howard’s End”)/screenwriter (“Sense & Sensibility”) COMING UP…”Cruella”, 2021
1965  Linda Perry, Springfield MS, pop-rock singer (4 Non Blondes-‘What’s Up’)/songwriter for stars like Pink, Gwen Stefani, Courtney Love, Adele, and Christina Aguilera
1968  Ed O’Brien, Oxford UK, rock guitarist (Radiohead-‘Paranoid Android’, ‘Creep’)
1978  Chris Stapleton, Lexington KY, country singer (‘Tennessee Whiskey’, ‘Nobody to Blame’)
1979  Luke Evans, Pontypool Wales, movie actor (“The Hobbit” films, “Fast & Furious 6”) COMING UP…”Pinocchio”
1980  Patrick Carney, Akron OH, rock drummer (The Black Keys-‘Howlin’ For You’, ‘Tighten Up’)
1982  Seth Rogen, Vancouver BC, movie actor (“Pineapple Express”, “Knocked Up”) COMING UP…”Pam & Tommy”/co-owner of the cannabis and lifestyle brand “Houseplant”
1984  De’Mar Hamilton, Chicago IL, rock drummer (Plain White T’s-‘Hey There Delilah’)
1987  Samira Wiley, Washington DC, TV actress (“Orange is the New Black” 2013-19, “The Handmaids Tale” since 2017)
1990  Emma Watson, Paris France, movie actress (“Beauty and the Beast”, “Harry Potter” films)
1997  Maisie Williams, Bristol UK, TV actress (‘Arya Stark’ on “Game of Thrones” 2011-19)
TODAY’S BS REASONS TO PARTY . . .
• “ASL Day”, a day of observance celebrating American Sign Language. On April 15, 1817, the first school for the deaf in the US opened. According to Communication Services for the Deaf: 98% of deaf people do not receive education in sign language, and 72% of families do not sign with their deaf children.
• “McDonald’s Day”, the anniversary of the day in 1955 when Ray Kroc opened a McDonald’s in Des Plaines, Illinois. This was the first franchised McD’s, and the 9th McDonald’s restaurant overall. He helped make McDonald’s the best-known fast-food restaurant in the world. (Remember when they added ribeye to their menu? That was a big McSteak!)
• “That Sucks Day”, the 16th annual, celebrating failure, incompetence, dissatisfaction, mediocrity, apathy, chaos, tomfoolery, buffoonery, and jackassery. NET: http://www.thatsucks.net
• “Gripers’ Day”, (***a good day to have listeners call in with life’s little annoyances such as …***)
– Trying to open a band-aid wrapper while bleeding profusely.
– Discovering that you set your alarm for 7 pm instead of 7 am.
– Plastic ties that connect new shoes so you can’t walk when you try them on.
– When you open a can of soup and the lid falls in.
– Those little dryer sheets that get stuck in your underwear.
• “Rubber Eraser Day”, honoring English chemist Joseph Priestley’s 1770 discovery that a small cube of latex could be used to correct boo-boos. He coined the word ‘eraser’.
• “Take a Wild Guess Day”, honoring hunches, guesses, speculation, and other forms of intuitive intelligence.
• “World Art Day”, an international celebration of the fine arts initiated by the International Association of Art (IAA) to promote awareness of creative activity worldwide.
COMING UP . . .
[Fri] Day of the Mushroom
[Fri] World Semicolon Day
[Sat] Bat Appreciation Day
[Sat] Cheeseball Day
THIS DAY IN SHOW BIZ . . .
1990  The sketch comedy show “In Living Color”, created, written and starring Keenen Ivory Wayans, and starring Jim Carrey, premieres on FOX-TV
TODAY IN HISTORY . . .
1912  RMS Titanic sinks at 2:27 AM off Newfoundland as the band plays on, with the loss of between 1,490 and 1,635 people
2012  Major League Baseball commemorates the 65th anniversary of Jackie Robinson becoming the first to break baseball’s ‘color barrier’ with every ballplayer, coach, and manager wearing #42, Robinson’s number when he played for the Brooklyn Dodgers
TODAY’S MUSIC EVENTS . . .
2001  Joey Ramone of the Ramones dies of lymphoma at age 49
2015  For the first time, it’s reported that digital music revenues matched physical sales over the previous year, thanks to strong growth in download sales and streaming
TODAY’S FIRSTS . . .
2014  Google publicly offers ‘Google Glass’ computer headgear for the first time in a 1-day online sale at $1,500 apiece (well, that caught on, didn’t it?)
BS WHACK FACTS:
✓ 85% of divorced people remarry within 5 years.
✓ Red-haired men are most likely to go bald.
✓ At the first professional baseball game, the umpire was fined 6 cents for swearing.
✓ Thousand Island salad dressing was named for the 1,864 islands in Canada’s St. Lawrence River.
✓ In Thailand, instead of texting “LOL”, they text “555”, because in Thai, the number 5 is pronounced “ha”.
✓ There is a “Cinderella” story in Finnish folklore. But the girl’s name isn’t ‘Cinderella’. It’s ‘Tuna’.
Best of BS . . .
LESSER KNOWN DA VINCI INVENTIONS:
Today is the birth anniversary of Leonardo da Vinci (April 15, 1452), the Italian painter and scientist credited with envisioning numerous inventions like the helicopter and optical lenses. But were you aware he likely never thought of these too?
• Impact-Triggered Parachute
• Motorcycle Ashtray
• Tub Toaster
• All-Terrain Roller Blades
• World’s Largest Microchip
• Compact Limousine
• Imitation Cubic Zirconia
• Steel Bristle Retina Brush
• Glow-in-the-Dark Sundial
• Armpit-Scented Deodorant
-First published in BS in 1997
TODAY’S SCOOP OF BS:
➠ Apple’s iPad Pro 2021 is set to be released any day now. (A new Apple Product is something that happens at this time every year. Like a J-Lo break up.)
➠ Scientists think they have discovered the gene that causes people to cheat. (Coincidentally, those genes can be found on the floor of Megan Fox’s bedroom…)
➠ The CDC says the food most likely to make you sick is chicken. In fact, they say that over 95% of chicken is contaminated with bacteria. (Which works out well for McDonald’s, because at least 95% of their chicken isn’t really chicken…)
➠ Fact of the Day: Roughly 6 billion people on Earth own a phone, but only 4.5 billion have access to a working toilet. (“By working toilet”, I think they mean a NOKIA!)
➠ Fact of the Day: Singing helps form and strengthen the emotional bond between a group of people. (…Unless you happen to be Scooter Braun.)
BS WEB GOODIE:
Someone was going to do it sooner or later: https://tinyurl.com/3a3t4s2r
BS RANDOM JOKE:
Have you ever noticed that when you lose the remote control, you lose trust in everyone? “Are you sitting on the remote?” “No.” “Get up and prove it!”
BS PHONE STARTER:
Confession time: What’s your weirdest habit?
BS WATER COOLER QUESTION:
Question: People who have THIS in their home fall asleep faster than those who don’t. What is it?
Answer: A fish tank
BS DEEP THOUGHT:
People will do some odd things to get even.