You know what's so great about the 21st century? Celebrities don't have to worry about taking any hard-hitting questions anymore, because the Internet makes anyone with an Internet connection a star. Lights Camera Jackson is an 11-year-old "kid critic" of the movies, who already talks like he has been studying hours of TV footage of how "reporters" conduct interviews. And check out this get! Lights Camera Jackson has an exclusive sit-down with Larry the Cable Guy. You know, Mater from Cars? That's where everybody on the street knows Larry from, obviously. Who are these crazy old uncles of yours, Larry, and why are they crashing our interview? What's that? Jeff Foxworthy and Bill Engvall? Never heard of 'em. Are they going to be voicing any cars in Cars 2?
Look. I know it's unfair to be harsh toward an 11-year-old kid. After all, he should be just barely smarter than a fifth grader. What would he know about Larry's stand-up career, or even know what Larry's "B-cup" punchline even means? Of course he's a big fan of Cars. It's just one of those Mondays when I stare outside at the rain and wonder if this is the future of celebrity journalism, or if this is what celebrity journalism has been like all along, and it's just dawning on me now.
You can think whatever you want when you watch this interview. Roll it!
TBS announced today it has ordered a third season of The Bill Engvall Show, with 10 new episodes expected to air in summer 2009. The show averaged 2.3 million viewers this year. They cannot all be wrong, can they? In fact, network programmer Michael Wright said "there's something about this cast and this show that gives you a good feeling inside, which is probably why it's won the hearts of so many viewers." Notice he didn't say it was funny. (THR)
UPDATED: I just got the official press release from TBS, and in fact in fact, Wright did say "we look forward to a new season of even funnier episodes." Take that, me. Engvall, for his part, said he's "thrilled" to get the show renewed. The debut in 2007 attracted 4.1 million viewers. And there also will be two special additional episodes on the air this December.
Your TiVo or DVR is not playing tricks on you today. Gabe & Jenny's favorite TV show, The Bill Engvall Show, will get a one-time airing tonight at 8 p.m. on the CBS television network. CBS and TBS made a marketing tit-for-tat shaky-shake deal, in which CBS plays an episode of Engvall to help promote that show's second season (which debuts June 12 on TBS), and in exchange, TBS will let CBS promote its fall shows on that network. My Google ads for Engvall are not part of that deal. (Variety)