When we interviewed Freaky Eaters' nutritionist JJ Virgin at the start of the show's second season, she told us, "People tune in for the freak factor." If you want to know what she means, look no further than the video below that TLC put together in advance of Sunday's two-part season finale (airing at 10/9c). It's a corn-starch chewing, maple syrup-dousing, food-regurgitating orgasm of tartar sauce. Or something...
Rhett and Link
In the proverbial So-Bad-It's-Good Hall of Fame, a wing must be devoted to the local commercial. Amateurishly shot, oddly cast and often hawking things you never knew you needed (and, even after the commercial has aired, probably still aren't convinced), these things camp up local TV in a distinctly scrappy way (my all-time favorite: Select Dental). A few years ago, YouTube hitmakers Rhett McLaughlin and Link Neal hooked up with MicroBilt and began producing commercials for small businesses that would go on to garner millions of views on their YouTube channel. These commercials have all the stiltedness and eccentricity of regular local commercials with an added layer of cleverness (see their SOBERING Tattoo Commercial, in which tattoo artists from Austin, Texas' True Blue Tattoo gravely list the repercussions that come from being inked, like, "Elderly women will be afraid of you"). McLaughlin and Neal achieve an impressive balance, teasing out the weirdness of the businesses they rep without ever coming off as mean.
They're bringing their local-commercial shooting from the computer screen to the flatscreen with IFC's Rhett & Link Commercial Kings, which premieres Friday at 10/9c...
The Glee Project
In a scene from this week's The Glee Project (airing Sunday at 9/8c on Oxygen), the aspiring TV stars perform a rendition of Tears for Fears' "Mad World" (in the style of the remake that Michael Andrews and Gary Jules did for the Donnie Darko soundtrack). They've clearly taken a page from Glee's Lady Gaga episode...
Cameron Diaz and Justin Timberlake
What was high school like for Cameron Diaz? "Super-easy," she told TVGuide.com at the Bad Teacher premiere in New York City. "I already knew it wasn't the real world and there was another world outside."
The Office's Phyllis Smith, who's co-stars in the film, says she wishes she'd had more "chutzpah" in school and wasn't so shy. Kirstie Alley also would've liked to be less timid. Her advice for her high school self: "Lighten up ... sleep with more guys!"
Aside from the impressive, horrifying and ultimately failed sword-swallower, Steven Retchless defined what America's Got Talent is all about on Wednesday's episode: being a one-person freak show. I do mean that in the nicest way, as part of what makes him so freaky is his adeptness at swinging, wiggling and falling from the poles he dances on. Sharon Osbourne called him "all things to everyone" (although there's no mistaking him for my dentist), while Piers Morgan's feedback was: "I didn't get it"...
Disney Friends for Change Games, Doug Brochu
So Random! star Doug Brochu is one of many Disney celebs battling it out in the upcoming Friends for Change Games.
In our exclusive clip, Brochu discusses how "intense" one recycling challenge was as he tried to help his team compete for $100,000 for charity. The games, which feature four teams composed of more than 30 Disney and Disney XD stars, are part of a network initiative to raise kids' environmental aware and activism.
Footloose 2011 poster
Oh look, just what pop culture needed: another remake of an '80s movie. At least the forthcoming Footloose is set in modern day. The plot, as outlined by this trailer, seems similar enough (oppressive small town attempts to ban dancing, but can't keep the twinkle-toed teens down for long!) to Herbert Ross' 1984 original...
Tom Hanks isn't the most likely candidate to show the world that dance is the true international language, but he did it anyway on Tuesday's episode of Univision's Despierta America. Watch as he dances through the weather report of the Spanish-language broadcast alongside Chiquinquira Delgado...
Is Pretty Little Liars' Ezra saying goodbye to Aria for good?
On Tuesday's episode of the ABC Family series, Mr. Fitz (Ian Harding) may be saying goodbye to his students, but it's pretty clear his farewell monologue is aimed at one person in particular, Aria (Lucy Hale).