We're One Step Closer to XXX Network TV!

... Earlier this week, a federal appeals court essentially loosened the restrictions on network TV, which means one thing: BOOBIES FOR EVERYONE! Well, not quite. But the court's ruling to strike down an indecency proposal by the FCC does mean that, for a while at least, networks will be able to get away with being raunchier than usual without the fear of being fined. Let's just hope Regis keeps his pants on. Here's a good summary of what the ruling means. [THR]

... For many viewers, Baywatch was pretty much about two things, and they were both tucked into the top portions of the red swimsuits that all of the show's hot chicks wore. Those, er, things will be back on display if a new reality show featuring past slow-motion jogging lifeguards Nicole Eggert, Traci Bingham, and Donna D'Errico comes to fruition. The project would simply follow the three around, I guess. Is that desperation in the air? [TMZ]

... Speaking of desperation, Bristol Palin—the finest actress in all of the land!—and her douchebag boyfriend or fiance or whatever Levi Johnston are in the market for a reality show. Seriously, what the hell is wrong with people? [TMZ]

... James Tupper, one of TV's most versatile hunks (he played a hunky biologist on Men in Trees, a hunky environmentalist on Samantha Who?, and a hunky doctor on Mercy) has finally found the show he should have been on all along: Grey's Anatomy. He'll join the cast as a hunky trauma counselor. Hunky! [EW]

... Hey look, another report that the Arrested Development movie is being written. Fool us twice, shame on us... [GQ]

... Apparently there is an FBI computer technician on Criminal Minds. And apparently she may also appear on the new Criminal Minds spinoff. Yay for news! [Deadline Hollywood]

... Alan Ball is trying to write Lost actor Michael Emerson into his HBO hit True Blood. Emerson is married to actress Carrie Preston, who plays waitress Arlene on the show. I actually asked Emerson about this at the Lost party in Hawaii, and he was totally into the idea. I think I speak for everyone when I say that this needs to happen. [E! Online]

... Want to recreate that Hurley scene in Lost by driving a powder blue VW van into a crowded farmers market? Now you can! ABC is holding a Lost auction on August 21 and 22 in Santa Monica, and among the items up for auction are Kate's toy plane, Locke's knife, Mr. Eko's Jesus stick, and the aforementioned Dharma van. Start saving your pennies, brutha. [Profiles in History]


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Jul 21, 2010
Miss Lost :(
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Jul 20, 2010
I love Criminal Minds (and especially Garcia!), but how can they afford a spin-off when they just cut A.J Cook's character and are cutting back Paget Brewsters air-time? Is quantity better than quality?
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Jul 19, 2010
Wake me when the Side Boob Hour comes on.
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Jul 19, 2010
Nudity's fine with me. We allow so much violence on tv, but people have a hissy fit if there's so mucha as a butt cheek. Hopefully seeing a little bit more skin will unwind their panties and allow them to get some perspective that things aren't always as bad as their stigmatized to be.
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Jul 19, 2010
Too see porn on network television would be sad for all. It is bad enough that it exists anywhere in any capacity. It exists because people cannot control their passions and turn to lust in order to indulge them.
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Jul 19, 2010
I agree this is great, Michael Emerson needs to be on TB
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Jul 19, 2010
YES Michael Emerson needs to be on TB
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Jul 19, 2010
I hope the robotic Bristol Palin gets a reality show so that nobody can watch it and it can get awful reviews. Then maybe she'll get a depression and leave our TVs forever
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Jul 18, 2010
Yeah, Tim I was listening to real news and thats not what the FCC meant by loosening restrictions, nice try though.
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Jul 18, 2010
Go to other countries and watch their TV, cursing and causal nudity are permitted as long as it's not pornographic. America will not fall because someone curses or is seen nude on TV. We have a ratings system, parents can block channels or even talk to their kids about content. As long as parents can be aware of objectionable content ahead of time, there should be no restrictions on the networks.
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Jul 18, 2010
Less censorship is always a good thing, and the current rules felt random and outdated at this point. Like the article after the jump says, advertisers will keep things reasonable for the actual audiences and creators will get to use their talent as a guide, rather than bigoted, prudish external guidelines.
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Jul 17, 2010
A nude Regis? I can't wait for him to host "Who Wants to See an Old Millionaire's Butt?" He'll still have his tie on, though.
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Jul 17, 2010
ahahahaha
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Jul 17, 2010
I really want the LOST Dharma van!!!
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Jul 17, 2010
We hardly know how to deal with the violence we love on TV, now where going to be more worldly and have boobies too, . . . my my, we will implode. And speaking of implosions, so those two crazy kids are shopping a reality tv show, well, disasters weren't meant just for movies and coastlines. As for TrueBlood, since I don't have the HBO, have to wait for this season on DVD, . . . what a wild and crazy ride it's been so far.
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Jul 17, 2010
I love the idea of Michael Emerson on "True Blood", I agree it's a definite must for the brilliant actor! Not happy about the ta-tas for all. Sometimes less is better and alot more provocative and sexier. I miss LOST.
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Jul 17, 2010
If the Arrested Development movie doesn't happen, I'll buy a ticket to USA and will hunt down everyone who is responsible for that...
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Jul 17, 2010
I would love to see him as a vampire slayer! That would be awesome! Reality tv pretty much ownt tv networks these days. What advertisers want needs to happen. Just remember in two years there wont be a show that would last more than 1 season. People are tired of cop, nurse, hospital, lawyer shows, they rather watch Wipeout than that crap that is pretty much the same. Lawyer gets a case and he wins it, nurse gets laid with a doctor, and some cop or detective solves the case.
Oh, and Tim. I wont follow you on Twitter!
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Jul 17, 2010
yes Michael Emerson needs to get put on True Blood he would make an awesome Vampire, I have thought this ever since i heard his wife was on the show.
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Jul 17, 2010
Good news about Garcia might just give the show a chance however she'd better not abandon her team all together.
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Jul 17, 2010
There should be more nudity and sex on tv anyways.
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Jul 17, 2010
Uh.. XXX network...
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Jul 17, 2010
I'm torn about whether the Greys news is a good idea. I liked him on Men in Trees, but I'm not sure I'd like him in any other world...
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Jul 17, 2010
LOST NEWS! Hooray!
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Jul 17, 2010
Bristol Palin????? Well that's a sure sign that the collective intelligence of humans has lowered by a dramatic amount.
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Jul 16, 2010
wow tim can you please stop acting like a child with garbage articles like XXX network.
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