Posts Tagged ‘Dee Lockett’

It’s been a whirlwind week for the most important female comedian in the business: the one and only Tina Fey. Fey is not just a comedian, she is a comedy tycoon. From her stellar tenure at Saturday Night Live, to penning Mean Girls, to creating NBC’s hit sitcom 30 Rock, Fey has had a strong hold on the comedy world for over a decade.

While you might be inclined to think she has done it all, Tina’s career is showing virtually no signs of stopping. This past week alone has seen the release and subsequent book tour for her new memoir aptly titled Bossypants (a must read, critics say). When taking her book tour to The Oprah Winfrey Show, Fey revealed that at age 40, she is pregnant with her second child. In case you had any doubt, she is indeed Superwoman. (more…)

House to Part Ways with Fox?

Posted: April 12, 2011 by jerkmag in WATCH -- TV
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While you may be accustomed to tuning into FOX for the network’s hit series House, you may very soon have to flip the channel in order to keep watching. Reports have surfaced that negotiations between FOX and the show’s parent company, NBC Universal, to renew the show’s contract for an eighth season have not gone as planned. (more…)

Last year, the trend seemed to be news anchors getting sacked left and right for bad judgment calls. Fast forward to 2011 and it appears this is the year the future members of the media will refer to as the year the female news anchor became extinct.

Like clockwork, just two days after Katie Couric announced her departure from CBS’s Evening News, Meredith Vieira is now expected to leave NBC’s Today show when her contract expires in September. Another one bites the dust.


As much as it pains to me to admit this, the clock is ticking for AMC’s hit series Mad Men. Yes, the show has just been given the okay for a fifth season, but most will agree that this is the beginning of the end for one of my favorite shows currently on air.

Call me crazy, but when the show took its scheduled hiatus at the end of 2010, I just assumed we’d have the show back for the summer as per usual. Little did I know, an all-out war was about to be waged between Mad Men creator Matthew Weiner and the show’s network, AMC. Now that the white flag has finally been drawn, fans are expected to wait until early 2012 to see the show’s return. (more…)

With ratings at an all-time low, Katie Couric has finally wised up and made the decision to leave her post as the anchor of CBS Evening News, a post which she has held for five years. Although Couric has yet to announce her departure, the Associated Press has received word from a network executive that she will not be renewing her contract, which expires in June.

Couric, following the lead of many of her colleagues, is said to be in negotiations for her own syndicated talk show debuting in 2012. Despite Couric’s poor ratings—third place behind NBC’s Brian Williams and ABC’s Diane Sawyer—she receives a whopping $15 million per year under her current contract with CBS.

When the anchor dramatically left Matt Lauer and The Today Show high and dry back in 2006, her aim was to turn the Evening News into an interview-style news platform. You may remember her now infamous interview with then Vice Presidential candidate Sarah Palin, the highlight of the 2008 election by far.

Naturally, once the hoopla died down following the classic Tina Fey/Amy Poehler SNL parody of that interview, Couric’s ratings began to plummet and the show reverted back to the same old, boring news broadcast audiences had grown tired of.

Once Couric confirms the news, there will be two things left for audiences to wait for in the aftermath of her departure: who gets the arduous task of becoming her replacement and which network will win the rights to her talk show?  Let the games begin.

-Dee Lockett

Mike Tyson is crazy. But you knew this. Here’s one thing I’m betting you didn’t know: Mike Tyson loves pigeons. No, really. Airing Sundays at 10PM on Animal Planet you can now watch Taking on Tyson, a “mini-documentary” (or so Tyson calls it) which follows Tyson as he ventures into the world of pigeon racing.

I shit you not, pigeon racing. Apparently, there is a subculture of competitive pigeon racing that up until now has, ahem, flown virtually under the radar. But as Mike Tyson, the historian, will tell you, the sport of pigeon racing has been around for centuries (“the Crusades,” “the battle between Napoleon and the Duke of Wellington”). Whatever you say, Mike.

Tyson promises that viewers will see a different side of the former heavyweight champion. He is a rookie being thrown into a sport against competitors who have been racing pigeons for decades. He got into the sport for the exact reason Mike Tyson would get into a sport: world championship.

“When the guys introduced me to pigeons, they were talking about pigeons like some trainers would talk about a world class fighter…These people are bragging about this bird like he’s a world champion fighter, and to be honest with you, some of these birds are world champions,” says Tyson.

Well, I guess this means we can expect to see a flock of world champion pigeons locked in a bathroom in The Hangover 2 as opposed to just another tiger.

-Dee Lockett

Charlie Sheen to Appear on 20/20

Posted: March 1, 2011 by jerkmagblog in WATCH -- TV
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This will be the interview of the year, maybe even the decade. ABC has won the rights to an exclusive one-hour interview with Charlie Sheen which has already been taped. It will be the first televised interview since Sheen’s meltdown on several radio stations and TMZ. By now, I’m sure you’ve heard his infamous rant.


Meet the Jerk Bloggers: Dee Lockett

Posted: February 9, 2011 by jerkmag in WATCH -- TV

Dee Locket, Watch Blogger

Yo, I’m Dee! Last semester I gave ya’ll the SCOOP on all things media. Now, I’m happy to be back to fill you in on the ever eventful world of TV.  I’m here to clue you in on new shows, catch you up on old shows, and much more. The excitement begins now!

Major: English & Textual Studies/Communication & Rhetorical Studies

Year: Junior

Hometown: Hackensack, New Jersey

Favorite Breakfast Cereal: Frosted Flakes

One Lie I Got Away With: “I speak the truth, but I guess that’s a foreign language to ya’ll.” – Weezy F. Baby

Two Things on My Bucket List: Visit every MLB stadium, Win the lottery

Three Celebrities I Love: Dita Von Teese, Kanye West, Lindsay Lohan

Follow me on Twitter @sheisarebel or read my personal blog