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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?

Jay Leno, Look at What a Hypocrite You Are

“You can do these things until they get carried out on a stretcher or you can get out while you’re still doing good.” Yeah, you said it, Leno! Honestly, you really did say that two years ago when you announced you were quitting The Tonight Show. Too bad there’s enough trolls with two year old episodes of your crappy show DVR’d in the world to call you out. Sounds like you’re singing a very different tune now, though. Sucks you had to turn Team CoCo against you in the process, man. Hope the new show goes great!

Conan and His Staff Get $45 Million

OK, let’s put this one to bed after this post, huh?

Conan O’Brien has finally come to an agreement with NBC. He’s going to take 45 million total to go fuck off. He will keep about 33 million of that and the rest will be divided up as severance amongst his staff. His very last show will be this coming Friday (with guest Barry Manilow) and Jay Leno will resume his job as host of The Tonight Show on March 1st. Of course Conan had to fight to get his 200+ staff members a cut of the deal, which is ridiculous when you think about it because it was only about a year ago that all of those people had to move from New York to Los Angeles with promises of new jobs.

After September 1st, Conan will be freed up form his NBC contract all together and ready to start a new job. Reports are saying that he’s anxious to do so and there’s rumors that he could find his home anywhere from Fox to FX to the Internet. It was amazing what he was able to do on his show with the restrictions of a major network behind him, so maybe we’ll get to see a whole new Conan if he moves to cable.

Jay Leno Wants You to Hear His Side of the Story

Jay Leno is awfully sick of playing the bad guy. Ever since he’s been accused of kicking Conan O’Brien out of his seat at The Tonight Show, Jay has been persona non grata in the press, most notably on the Internet, where Team CoCo seems to have been born. Last night Jay took a few moments at his desk before getting in to the day’s headlines to address the situation. It wasn’t exactly a perfectly executed letter addressed to The People of Earth, but Jay definitely got his side across. According to him, it was simply an issue of the network coming to him after being disappointed in Conan’s ratings and that he had little/nothing to do with the decisions that have been made.

This clip is worth a watch (at least to say you’ve heard the other side), but I’m Team CoCo to the death.

What Do Beloved Screen Actors Tom Hanks and Julia Roberts Think About NBC?

Billy Bush scored an interview with Tom Hanks and Julia Roberts on last night’s Golden Globes red carpet, but the two A-listers had an agenda. After Julia got her obligatory “Happy Birthday, Michelle Obama!” out of the way, Tom realized that he was being interviewed by an NBC reporter. NBC. You know, that network that’s been in the news for sucking and being jerks a lot lately. “Yeah, we got great information from another network”, says Tom. Julia took a moment to realize what he meant by that and then says “Another network? Yeah! NBC, you guys are in the toilet right now.” Bush laughed it off, but you could tell he was unprepared to be sass talked by Tom Hanks and a seemingly buzzed Julia Roberts. Pretty funny.