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Buh Bye Newt!

So Politico just reported that Newt Gingrich officially dropped out of the Republican presidential contest in a press conference in Arlington, VA today.  Newt being Newt, had to come up with some intellectual yet dumb comment.

“Today, I am suspending the campaign, but suspending the campaign does not mean suspending citizenship.”

Hmmmmm, think back to a mere four months ago to the Speaker’s famous words on ABC…

Scandal, New TV Show

This looks goooooooood!!!!

Don’t Trust the B….. in Apt. 23

Rarely are mid-season replacements so funny and compelling. But in the case of Don’t Trust the B.. in Apt 23, I think ABC may have a hit on their hands.

The show centers around Chloe (Krysten Ritter), a New York party girl and savvy street smart con artist with the “morals of a pirate,” who causes trouble for her new roommates. Her goal is to sweet talk them into moving in, paying a deposit plus first and last month’s rent, then driving them so batshit crazy that they decide to move out without notice, forfeiting their deposit, allowing Chloe to pocket the cash.

Enter, June (Dreama Walker), a naive small town girl from Indiana who moves to New York City for a new job, that quickly disappears due to an embezzling CEO. Add to the mix a strange play on reality with James Van Der Beek playing, James Van Der Beek. In a stroke of hilarity, Van Der Beek plays a fictional version of himself, often mocking his character from Dawson’s Creek.

Rarely have I laughed out loud so often within a 22-minute period!

The show premieres April 11th on ABC, but you can catch the pilot online now. Check it out. It’s well worth it.

Yes, Hearts and Minds

According to a new WaPo-ABC poll, 53% of Americans say gay marriage should be legal.  This is up SHARPLY from the 36% level it was at only five years ago.

We are changing hearts and minds, apparently faster than just one at a time.

The Beauty in Ugly

“She’s so big hearted, but not so remarkable.  Just an ordinary humble girl.  Expecting nothing as we’re made to think it’s a pretty person’s world.”

These are the lyrics to the first few lines of the unofficial theme song to Ugly Betty, penned and sung by the delicious and talented Jason Mraz.

Last week, ABC announced that Ugly Betty would be cancelled after the show’s current fourth season comes to a close.  What’s more, the network has trimmed Betty’s episode order from 22 to 20.  Those bitches!

I can’t say that I am too terribly surprised.  When ABC moved the show from its coveted Thursday time spot to Friday, I new what would come next.  You see, this is not the first time The Alphabet brass has taken a critically received and popular show and moved it to a new night only to see the rating drop, then change it to a third new night, only to cancel it.

Back in 2003, at the start of its 7th season, ABC decided to move The Practice, starring sexy Dylan McDermott, from its Sunday night perch and move it to Mondays.  Viewership dropped 30 percent.  It was cancelled the next year.

This is exactly what has happened to Betty!  Viewership dropped 40 percent when they moved it to the Friday night death slot.

So while I will mourn the death of Betty, I will cherish the four seasons that she and the entire Mode clan has given us.  And let’s face it; no one can give the death glare like Vanessa Williams’ Wilhelmina Slater.

I leave you with this funny uptake on Hitler hearing the news of Betty’s cancellation.  Mark’s Michael Urie (@michaelurie) and Justin’s Mark Indelicato (@markindelicato) retweeted this earlier today.

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