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Are You Going To Bother With Parenthood?

I am a huge fan of the 1989 Steve Martin movie Parenthood, so I was less than thrilled that the bright folks over at NBC decided to remake the classic comedy in to a TV show. Normally movie-to-TV (and TV-to-movie) remakes bum me out. There’s just never the same flavor there that made me love the original. However, after catching a preview for the show this weekend, my hopes are slightly higher. If you forget for a second that they’re trying to improve upon what I consider to be one of the funniest movies of my lifetime and just think of it as another hour-long dramedy, it seems like it might be pretty good.  Also, I love Dax Shepard and will give anything he makes a chance.

Check out these photos from the Parenthood premiere last night and LA and let me know in the comments if you’ll be tuning in as well. Also, what’s your least favorite adaptation/remake? Most of them suck, so I know you’ll be able to come up with some good ones.

NBC’s Black History Month Lunch Causes Controversy

Yesterday Questlove, the drummer from The Roots, posted the above photo to his Twitter account. This is a real menu from the NBC cafeteria in New York, and the conclusion that everyone came to after seeing it is “THAT’S RACIST”.  And you know, in a way, it does feel a little racist that they’re serving what’s widely considered to be “black people food” in an NBC cafeteria and saying it’s to celebrate Black History Month. All that’s missing from that menu is a watermelon slice and a grape soda, you know?

Well, the NBC cook in charge of making the menu has now had to make a statement in response to all of this and she really doesn’t see what the big flippin’ deal is:

“All I wanted to do was make a meal that everyone would enjoy — and that I eat myself. Questlove, who I serve every day and who enjoys my food, requested the neck bone [cooked in] the black-eyed peas and fried chicken, then got off the line, saying, ‘This is racist.’

“The next thing you know, people were taking pictures of the sign and asking all the other black people in the cafeteria if this was racist. They said that it wasn’t.”

So there you go. The black people at NBC except for Questlove do not think this sign is racist. I don’t know how I feel about it. I wouldn’t be offended if they attempted to serve corned beef and cabbage on St. Patrick’s Day, but that’s a tradition. Saying “Hey, we’re going to make food that black people eat in the south because it’s Black History Month” feels just a little different.

So what do you guys think?