BANTER WITH BEN AND LISA #66: Wentworth Miller, Fall Television, and Halloween

This week on “Banter with Ben and Lisa,” Ben Mandelker (bsideblog.com) and Lisa Timmons (twitter.com/timmonslisa) discuss some of the fall television they’re excited for. Plus, it’s an update on “Operation Seduction” with talk of Wentworth Miller’s recent coming out of the closet. The two also discuss Ben’s internship experiences at “Late Night with Conan O’Brien,” the WWE, and “Strangers with Candy.” As a bonus, there’s talk of Yom Kippur and Halloween, naturally. Come listen!

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BANTER WITH BEN AND LISA #59: Lindsay Lohan, Tara Reid, Hoku, and Other Failures

This week on “Banter with Ben and Lisa,” Ben Mandelker (bsideblog.com) and Lisa Timmons (@timmonslisa) talk extensively about such pop culture failures as Lindsay Lohan, Tara Reid, and Hoku. Who’s Hoku? Exactly. Along the way, we naturally tackle racist controversies from Paula Deen and Big Brother 15, and revisit one of our favorite movies, “Jurassic Park,” yet again. Come listen!

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

Steve Carell To Leave ‘The Office’

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Dunder-Mifflin fans take note: Steve Carell has informed EW.com that he will be leaving The Office after this upcoming season. That’s right: we won’t have Michael Scott to kick around anymore, which now leaves us to wonder if the venerable sitcom can survive without its biggest star. On the one hand, it seems impossible — I’m not sure audiences will love being stuck with the smug Jim Halpern in charge. Then again, The Office has thrived as an ensemble comedy, with various supporting characters moving in and out of the mix. Maybe the producers can pull off yet another ingenious bit of casting (they’ve done it many times before). Or maybe one of the old standbys can return to glory (ahem, JAN). Or maybe the reigns will simply shift to fellow Dartmouth classmate Mindy Kaling, what with her being a media darling and all.

Movieline has compiled a nifty list of possible actors and actresses to fill Carell’s shoes, but I’m sure there are greater possibilities out there. Who would you like to see take over The Office? Or should it simply die a graceful death?

Via Movieline