First up is Brown, who – thanks to lots of hard work, killer live shows and an album, Travelling Like The Light, filled from start to finish with brilliant tracks – seems to be popping up everywhere these days.
If you’ve heard Travelling and it’s hook filled lead single, “Shark In The Water,” there’s just the remotest chance you thought to yourself, “Hey, this is a pretty cool song. But what it really needs is a video featuring a good looking cast from a hit Teen Nickelodeon show like, oh, lets say ‘Degrassi.’”
Well wonder no more. The TV gods have answered your prayers. Here’s the promo trailer for season 10 of “Degrassi,” which features Brown’s “Shark.” (Having never seen the show myself, I haven’t the slightest idea what’s being implied and hinted at in the clip. But it is pretty slick.)
Okay, now for some fun. Simon Cowell’s exit from “American Idol” left a huge opening in the show. An opening that needs to be filled by someone who can be equally, well, assy.
While everyone from Madonna’s manager Guy Oseary to Interscope’s Jimmy Iovine to Elton John has been rumored as a replacement, Dustin Rowles over at Pajiba.com decided to look to fiction for a suitable candidate.
Rowles’ list is a hoot, with his top five applicants each a more miserable human being than the last:
Buddy Ackerman from “Swimming With Sharks” (Kevin Spacey) – “The contestants don’t cry enough and with Ackerman – a Hollywood producer – on board, there’d be a crying montage after each episode.” AWESOME!
Derek Zoolander from “Zoolander” (Ben Stiller) – “…he’s likely to choose contestants based solely on their physical beauty. ‘American Idol’ doesn’t need another Lee DeWyze or that Soul Patrol dude.” Can I get an “AMEN”?
Anton Chigurh from “No Country for Old Men” (Javier Bardem) – two words: “cattle gun”
Ron Burgundy from “Anchorman” (Will Ferrell) – “You know what’s better than a mean judge? A nonsensical one.” And with Paula Abdul not blathering on, the show really has been lacking something, hasn’t it?
Sue Sylvester from “Glee” (Jane Lynch) – “She’s mean, quick with a zinger (“Liking showtunes doesn’t make you gay. It makes you awful.”), and yet strangely likeable. Also, it would double the lesbian quotient on the show…” While this almost seems too obvious a choice, it also makes a lot of sense.
Here in the Pollstar headquarters, we came up with a few ideas of our own including Lucy Van Pelt, Squidward, The Grinch, Slappy the Squirrel, Skeletor, Ursula the Sea Witch, Cobra Commander and Megatron. (I wonder if we should be concerned that all of our choices are cartoon characters?)
So readers, which fictional villain would you choose?
Thursday, May 27
Chely Wright – “The Ellen DeGeneres Show”
OK Go – “Late Show With David Letterman”
Allison Moorer, Matthew Morrison – “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno”
Reflection Eternal – “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon”
Stone Temple Pilots – “Jimmy Kimmel Live!”
Band Of Horses – “Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson”
Nas, Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley – “Last Call with Carson Daly”
Friday, May 28
Crystal Bowersox, Lee DeWyze – “The Ellen DeGeneres Show”
Usher, Paige Miles – “Late Show With David Letterman”
Stars – “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon”
The National – “Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson”
Janelle Monáe – “Last Call with Carson Daly”