Damian Holbrook


When Emmy Winners Attack!

OK, first off, how freakin’ hilarious was The Bachelor Monday night? Holy human desperation, I loved it! And Hillary from my hometown made the first cut. Represent, Philly ‘ho!Now that we have that out of the way, let’s talk last week’s Emmys. Yes, the in-the-round stage was a hot circular mess and why so many statues went to TV-movies, I’ll never know. It’s not like any of the good Sci Fi Originals get nominated. Hello, Mansquito? So robbed. But Seacrest didn’t totally suck, the opening Family Guy number was inspired and some of the winners were deserving.So if you’re like me and think you suffered a stroke that made the word Gandolfini sound like “Spader,” or ya can’t get your head around anyone from Torque ever winning anything, you might want to grab the champs on DVD. Turns out that the slights are, in fact, slight.Ugly Betty — Much like Betty’s Guadalajara poncho, you could spot America Ferrera’s Outstandin... read more

Bitchslaps, a Babe Named Locklear and Big Sopranos News

Don’t laugh, but in the summer of 1981, I lived for three things: the birth of MTV, the Royal wedding and the identity of the bitch in the big hat who stormed Blake’s murder trial at the end of Dynasty’s first season.As you can probably tell, I wasn’t a normal kid. Didn’t even climb a tree until I had to outrun the cops in high school. Don’t ask, don’t tell, OK?Anyway, for the kiddies among us, MTV used to show things called music videos and had veejays with gigantic hair. Now, not so much. Chuck and Di? Please, if I never hear “Candle in the Wind” again, Elton John would still owe me. And the hat ho? Let’s just thank the TV gods that some people have stood the test of time. Even if this one did make me wait until November for the new season to begin.Alexis Morell Carrington Colby Dexter Rowan, I love you.And not in the “being her for Halloween” way. More like, “I love you for being the first character to show me how t... read more

The Philadelphia Story

OK, again, digging ya’ll who checked in last week. The fun we had, huh? And what better way to recover from the lost joys of The Land of the Lost than with some love for the City of Brotherly Love. As bhm1304 guessed last week, the best FX sitcom you’re not watching is…It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia.Granted, while it’s not really always sunny here, as a right proud Philly boy who just spent Labor Day wandering Center City, reading in Rittenhouse Square and chowing down on The Continental’s insane crab Pad Thai, I have to say that this town does indeed rock.Much like this dirty little gem. Centered on foul-mouthed pub owners Mac, Charlie and Dennis, his barmaid sister Sweet Dee and a still unnamed coffee-shop waitress who could teach Friends Gunther a thing or two about stealing scenes, Sunny is best compared to Seinfeld…if Jerry’s posse had less morals and raging drinking problems. Once Danny DeVito joins in for season 2 as Dee and Dennis&#... read more

More Hills, Less Land (of the Lost)

First of all, loving you guys for writing in last week. The world is filled with blogs these days (hell, this site is filled with blogs), so for anyone to read mine, much less reply? I’m feeling very Sally Field. Thanks for liking me!Now, about the 90210-Melrose situation that seems to have erupted. Like Chappy explained with NASA-powered GPS accuracy in the comments, the final two episodes of 90210’s sophomore season introduced Grant Show as Melrose’s Jake Hanson, the dude who taught Drunky McKay "how to surf, ride a motorcycle…pick up girls." And having just finished the second season on DVD, that skill set obviously also included getting with Kelly Taylor, which is what Hanson tries while not building Jackie Taylor and Mel Silver’s wedding pavilion and squinting through his carefully swept-back-but-floppy hair. "I should probably be arrested for thinking what I’m thinking right now," he tells our favorite jailbait. Nothing says romance — or spin... read more

9021-Oh My God!

Look, ya'll! I'm blogging!OK, seriously how fun is this? I feel so hipster. And so honored that all four of you have dropped in on my first-ever blog. As for the name, I gotta say that this was a tough one. Not much rhymes with Damian — Bahamian, New Canaan, that's about it — and it was stressed to me that Omen jokes were just too weird. (Although I did like the idea of "Channel 666.") But instead, I stuck with what I wanted to write about: the glee one can find revisiting their favorite TV shows on DVD. Hence, "The Joy of Sets."So once a week, maybe more, I'll be sharing the Joy and shedding some light on whatever TV on DVD set currently devouring my free time. Also, for anyone who remembers the original Watercooler column here on TVGuide.com, there may also be occasional updates on (and input from) Pepito the Wonder Chihuahua, who is right now staring at me with his bug eyes like I owe him scratches. 'Cause that's how he rolls.And I promise, these entries will be fun-s... read more

John from Cincinnati's Rebecca DeMornay Needs a Hug

Rebecca DeMornay, John from Cincinnati

It's been 24 years since she gave Tom Cruise an El of a time in Risky Business, and Rebecca DeMornay is still one hot ticket. As Cissy Yost, the way-damaged surf-family matriarch on HBO's John from Cincinnati (Sundays at 9 pm/ET), DeMornay has been tearing up the scenery while proving that some sex symbols never go out of style.

TV Guide: What is going on with this show?
DeMornay: [Laughs] It's like a Rorschach puzzle being formulated inside the locked doors of [series creator] David Milch's mind. Everything is hidden behind those doors — even from the actors.

TV Guide: You find out as the scripts come in?
DeMornay: read more

Dirty Jobs' Mike Rowe Comes Clean About Tonight's Task

Mike Rowe, Dirty Jobs

Think your 9-to-5 bites? Tell it to Mike Rowe. As the host of Discovery Channel's strangely captivating Dirty Jobs (Tuesdays at 9 pm/ET), Rowe has sampled for our viewing discomfort more bad gigs than you can shake a septic-tank hose at and has come up smelling like… something very wrong. Tonight the happiest disgruntled employee ever heads to a tannery for even more odorific employment.

TV Guide: So, a simple Google search shows that you've become the sex symbol of the Discovery Channel.
Mike Rowe:
Weird. [Laughs] You know what's really funny? The show had such low expectations initially.... Then the numbers started coming back for females and just caught everybody by surprise. But really, I don't think people are tuning in to see my gross, broken-down, 45-year-old frame trying to flood throu read more

TV's New Late-night Host May Be Too Hot to Handler

Chelsea Handler, Chelsea Lately

The boys of late night get some brassy company tonight at 11:30 pm/ET when former Girls Behaving Badly hellcat Chelsea Handler unleashes E!'s Chelsea Lately, her new nightly tart-tongued attack on the increasingly sordid world of celebrity news. We rang her up for the lowdown on what to expect.

TV Guide: So how does this show work?
Chelsea Handler:
We have a roundtable setup and we'll be [looking at] gossip and what's going on in the pop-culture world, depending on what's happened that day. Like if Paris Hilton goes back to jail three or four times in one afternoon. [Laughs]

TV Guide: Like a threesome between Entertainment Tonight, The Daily Show and Colbert. read more

Preview! Degrassi: The Next Generation Makes a Bold Move

Degrassi: The Next Generation's Lauren Collins

If Degrassi: The Next Generation is the Canuck 90210, then creator Linda Schuyler is Canada's answer to Aaron Spelling. More plugged in to the youth culture than most youths, the lively and delightful Schuyler has been telling the stories of kids, tweens and teens since unleashing the original The Kids of Degrassi Street back in 1980. Almost three decades and as many Degrassi incarnations later, she's ready to take D:TNG into the great unknown — adulthood. And it all starts this Friday at 8 pm/ET, when the show returns to wrap up Season 6 with new episodes and a far-reaching story line for fan-favorite Paige.

TV Guide: This first episode back seems to be setting up something very big for Paige (played by Laur read more

One Tree Hill Finale: Will Dan Get His Comeuppance?

Paul Johansson, One Tree Hill

He's pitted his sons against each other, blackmailed his ex and shot his own brother. But tonight, Dan Scott pays for it all in the fourth season finale of the CW's One Tree Hill (airing tonight at 9 pm/ET). Here, Paul Johansson talks about the justice awaiting his small-town J.R. Ewing and the jump in time that will make all the characters four years older when they return at mid-season next year.

TV Guide: If Dan's getting his due, does that mean poor Karen's finally going to find out she's fallen for her lover's killer?
Paul Johansson:
I don't know if I'm allowed to say, but it's really horrifying to see what she goes through.... The ramifications reach all over. Nathan's basketball schol read more

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