BANTER BLENDER #109: Emmys Noms, Caitlyn Jenner’s Speech, LA Complex, and Fiasco

New episode is up! Finally!!

Angie Thomas and I chat about Emmy nominations, Caitlyn Jenner’s ESPY speech, transgender stuff, and the overlooked series, “LA Complex.”

There’s also chatter about the games Fiasco and Viticulture as well as the cinematic experience known as The DUFF.

Come listen!

BANTER WITH BEN AND LISA #68: Emmys Recap, Jon Gosselin, Nate Burleson, and Portland Adventures

This week on “Banter with Ben and Lisa,” Ben Mandelker (bsideblog.com) and Lisa Timmons (twitter.com/timmonslisa) give pop culture a big bear hug. First, Ben discusses his recent trip to Portland and shares passages from an 1888 etiquette book he found at Powell’s Bookstore. Then the two talk about Nate Burleson of the Detroit Lions and his pizza-related injury. After that, it’s a mix of the Emmys, Jon Gosselin, and lessons about parquet floors. Come listen!

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#67: Embracing iOS7, Fall TV, Britney’s New Song, and an Epic Wheel of Fortune FAIL

This week on “Banter with Ben and Lisa,” Ben Mandelker (bsideblog.com) and Lisa Timmons (twitter.com/timmonslisa) talk about new happenings in pop culture. First, we take on Apple’s ios7 for the iPhone. Then, it’s on to the fall premieres of “Dads” and “Brooklyn Nine Nine.” As a bonus, we make a few Emmy predictions, and then discuss Britney Spears’s new song “Work, Bitch” before reliving an epic “Wheel of Fortune” fail from earlier this week. Along the way, there are tales of mandolins and coffee mugs, naturally. Come listen!

EMMY NOMINATIONS: Let’s Look At The Ballot, Shall We?

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The 2011 Primetime Emmy Nominations came out today, and generally they look pretty solid. It was the usual mix of old standbys and random new faces. The only difficult thing for me was realizing that I watch so much reality TV now that my authority on scripted fare isn’t quite what it used to be. No problem though: an uninformed opinion has never stopped me from pontificating.

After the jump, a look at the nominees in all the major categories and my thoughts on each one. Continue reading

AND WHATNOT: The Most Amazing Grilled Cheese Ever? Also, Emmys, Bad Dressers, Takoyaki, and Tomatoes!

NPR: Sandwich Monday: The Denny’s Fried Cheese Melt (thanks Sly!)
HuffPo: Bloomingdale’s Retouchers Give Model Mutant Elbow (PHOTOS, POLL) (thanks run_t_run)
Popbytes: TELEVISIONBYTES: THE EMMYS – A MIX OF OLD AND NEW (written by yours truly)
Vulture: Dancing With The Stars Cast Includes Bristol, The Situation and The Hoff
ESPN: Rex Ryan confident, even without Revis
GeekWeek: MLB: Manny Is Heading To Chi-Town
LAist: Westside Subway and Regional Connector Take Big Steps Towards Reality
Hollywood Life: You’ve Seen The Best, Now Check Out The Worst Dressed From The 2010 Emmy Awards!
AP: RV dealer challenges ‘Twilight’ star to push-ups (this might cause heart palpitations for Sly)
Starcasm: PHOTOS Bethenny zaps Jill Zarin and Kelly Bensimon with shrink ray?
Tasting Table: A Takoyaki Tour (proud to say I tagged along for some of the research that went into this article!)
Dessert Darling: Adventures in New M&Ms: Pretzel M&Ms
Eat Your Feelings: Sock-it-to-Me Halloumi
WSwD: Great Food Truck Race: Crepes Blown-Apart! (Sorry, I Had To)
LAist: Make This Drink: Official Cocktail of The Emmy Awards

SHAMELESS SELF-PROMOTION: Hear Me Pontificate About TV!

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If there’s one thing I love to do, it’s shamelessly promote myself. Today I actually have a good reason for it. My friend Caleb Bacon and his compatriot Tim Hammer have a fun podcast named The Gentleman’s Club with Hammer and Bacon, and I was lucky enough to be a guest host on this week’s episode. This was actually my second time on the big shew, the first being on the very first premiere episode (I believe I shared billing with Darryl Strawberry, thank you very much).

We recorded the episode last Thursday when Emmy nominations came out; so we spend a bulk of the show talking about that. However, there’s some passing chatter about The Hills too, which sadly ends tonight (in case you weren’t aware). Anyway, do yourselves a favor and head over to the site (or iTunes!) and listen to the latest Gentleman’s Club podcast!

The Gentleman’s Club with Hammer and Bacon: Episode #52: Guest Starring Ben Mandelker (B-Side Blog)