Category: Television

Back in March, Madonna did a Facebook chat with Jimmy Fallon and said she wouldn’t be doing anymore promotion for her “MDNA” album.  Well, time has a funny way of changing people’s minds.  As part of the current American leg of her “MDNA Tour,” Madonna stopped by “The Ellen DeGeneres Show.”  She came dressed in an updated version of her cone bustier designed by Jean Paul Gaultier, which she wears in the show during “Vogue.”

Ellen asked Madonna about the nudity in her show as well as her daily routine.  Madonna also played “word association” with Ellen, giving her opinions on fellow artists.  She thinks Britney Spears is a “good kisser” (no surprise there), Pink is “cool,” J.Lo has a “nice ass,” and that Lady Gaga has a “good voice.”  Madonna also complimented the Rilke tatoo Gaga has on her arm.  One can only hope this calms down the feud rumors, but we don’t know how successful that will be.  Ellen also shared a story about how Madonna called her during the time she was coming out on her sitcom.

Madonna also met the “Vogue” bar mitzvah boy (who is all grown up now) and played a trivia game with three of her fans.  Madonna also taught Ellen how to vogue and showed her some dance moves. And she brought her son Rocco on stage for the grand finale.  Ellen dunked him and raised money for breast cancer research.  The hour-long episode fed Madonna fans’ hunger for more promotion as she has been busy with her tour.

If you’re a fan of Britney Spears, one thing can not be denied. For the past four years, the public has felt unusually separated from the pop princess. Barely any interviews, minimal television appearances, and don’t even get me started on those lackluster performances. But Spears is making all that up to her fans with her latest gig. She is one of the four judges on this season of “The X Factor USA.” I will admit, I was shocked when I heard the news this past summer. “If Britney is going to be a judge, she will probably be a very stiff one,” I thought. “She’ll probably say the same thing to every contestant and get away with it.” I’m coming clean and admitting that I had my doubts.

Cut to the Fall of 2012 and Britney Spears is proving me wrong. She is honest and doesn’t shy away from giving her true opinion. When Owen Stuart auditioned, he received acclaim from all three judges, Simon Cowell, Demi Lovato, and L.A. Reid. Everyone, that is, except Britney Spears. “I thought it was a really good performance,” Spears said, “but you didn’t wow me.” There’s also a hilarious reel of moments where Spears says “no” to contestants who failed to impress her during their audition. One already classic moment found Britney describing someone as “Vanilla Ice meets Lauryn Hill meets ‘West Side Story’.”

But it’s not about Spears being a mean judge. It’s about her being real, being herself. She has been so guarded from the public for so long, and for good reason. The horrifying overexposure Spears experienced during those dark times in 2007 and 2008 will hopefully never be relived. But times have changed and people want to experience Britney Spears all over again. They want her to let us into her world again. And it appears that doing a show where she is not the center of attention allows her to feel comfortable enough to do just that.

Last night was a big night for Little Monsters, especially in Springfield. Lady Gaga came to town and attempted to cheer up the depressed citizens. Mother Monster is portrayed as an intuitive creature who can sense when someone isn’t feeling happy. And Gaga does everything in her power to make them happy. In last night’s season finale of “The Simpsons,” that person was Lisa Simpson, who gets ridiculed by her school for posing as an anonymous user on a message board who posts nice things about her. All of this, after Lisa won the “Least Popular Student” award, slips her into a depression, of sorts.

So, Gaga arrives in Springfield on, what can only be described as, “The Gaga-mobile,” and tries everything she can think of to cheer Lisa up. However, Lisa just wants to be left alone. Her rage comes to ahead when Gaga visits Lisa at school where she is getting brutally teased on the playground. Lisa yells at Gaga and accuses her of doing good for others just to get attention. This makes Gaga cry tiny diamonds, which she claims “hurts like hell.” After thinking the incident over in her treehouse a bit, and some insignificant advice from Homer, Lisa discovers Gaga did help her after all. She catches Gaga’s train as it takes off, and explains to her that she is feeling much better after unloading her suppressed anger onto Gaga. Gaga tells her there’s one more thing left before she can be a Little Monster… sing. So, the episode ends with Lisa and Gaga doing a duet in front of Springfield, highlighting who Lisa is and why she is special.

After watching the episode, I felt utterly pleased. My hats go off to both Lady Gaga and the team behind “The Simpsons.” The script was a funny one, but one with a message. It also had plenty of memorable moments. Highlights include Gaga showing Ned Flanders her pyro-bra, kissing Marge, and Homer eating Gaga’s meat dress. The fact that Lady Gaga would do a show like “The Simpsons” shows that she doesn’t take herself too seriously and is able to take a joke. It also puts her in the company of stars such as Michael Jackson, “Weird Al” Yankovic, and Britney Spears. All of whom, to some degree, have played themselves on the iconic show.

The music video for “Girl Gone Wild,” the second single from Madonna’s new album, “MDNA,” premiered yesterday. The video was directed by fashion photographers Mert and Marcus and features Kazaky, an all-male dance troupe. The video is filled with hot guys, dancing, and the Act of Contrition! And who doesn’t love men in high heels? The video is very sexy, too. The entire clip is very homoerotic and showed much more than I expected. And I love it for that!

Madonna’s new album, “MDNA,” comes out Monday, March 26th.

On Superbowl Sunday, I was having a celebration of all things Madonna. I spent the day watching all things Madonna prepping for the big game. As someone who doesn’t care at all for sports, I was pretty excited. And it was all because of The Queen. She sure knows how to put on a good show, so I had my expectations set pretty high.

The Halftime began with Madonna being brought in by a bunch of sexy Ancient Roman gladiators to the tune, “Vogue.” She reinvented the song once again, featuring a moving “Vogue Magazine” cover. There were also images of the legendary stars she refrences in the song. The stage design and screem projections were visually stunning. It was so appealing to the eye and one could only imagine what it looked like in the stadium. Madonna segued into “Music” and did some impressive cartwheels. Then, she joined LMFAO and performed a mashup of their songs “Party Rock Anthem” and “Sexy and I Know It.” The next track was Madonna’s new single “Give Me All Your Luvin’ (featuring Nicki Minaj and M.I.A.).” The moment of this performance everybody’s talking about came when M.I.A. flipped the bird during her rap. When I first saw it, it didn’t feel out of place considering the fact that she cursed during that section of her rap. But, I realized that this was network television, families were watching, and the NFL was probably very edgy considering what happened during the 2004 Halftime Show. I had a feeling this wouldn’t go over so well. And I was right. Had this been a broadcast of Madonna’s concert tour on HBO, that would’ve been fine. But this was NBC. There’s a time and a place for everything and it helps if a performer knows their audience.

The show climaxed after Cee Lo Green and Madonna performed her hit “Like a Prayer.” The appearance of Green wasn’t that surprising given the rumors circulating about his involvment with the performance prior to the show. Out of all the duets Madonna did during her Halftime performance, this is the only one I enjoyed. The other people she brought on stage with her were just not for me. I think Madonna is capable of handling a crowd like Super Bowl XLVI without the assistance of guest artists. She is the most successful female artist of all time for a reason.

The stage spelled out “World Peace” at the end of the show. While I believed it was well-intended, I think it’s a silly concept. “Perfection” does not exist. No matter what, there will always be hatred and darkess in the world. With all the light that exists in the world there is dark. With all the love that exists in the world there is hate. It’s just the way it is. I believe we can make the world a better place. But I do not believe we can make the world a perfect place.

However, Madonna’s performance was a success! It became the most-watched Super Bowl Halftime Show of all time, gaining over 110 million viewers. And with the forthcoming release of her new album, “MDNA,” and a world tour, Madonna proves once again that she is The Queen.

The 2012 Golden Globes

The 2012 Golden Globes began last night before the show even started. When Elton John was interviewed on the red carpet before the show, he had some harsh words for his fellow nominee, Madonna. Madonna and John were both nominated in the Best Original Song category, John for “Hello, Hello” from “Gnomeo and Juliet” and Madonna for “Masterpiece” from “W.E.” He said, “Madonna hasn’t got a f***ing chance,” when asked about his fellow nominees. Madonna was asked about John’s claims soon afterword and said, “May the best man win.” It was clear this would be an entertaining show.

The mere fact that Ricky Gervais was hosting this year should have been enough of an insight as to what kind of evening this would be. He began the show by mocking the list of rules he was given prior to the show. He proceeded to break the “no innuendo” rule by making fun of Jodie Foster’s “Beaver.” Love him or hate him, Ricky Gervais is a welcome presence for me at the Golden Globes. The entire audience is filled with glamorous stars and there’s a feeling of phony behavior throughout the room. Of course, some of the stars in attendance seemed very lovely, but for the most part, it felt very superficial. So, to have Gervais come out and put the audience in their place with his honesty and candor was refreshing. “Now, The Hollywood Foreign Press have warned me that if I offend any viewers or cause any controversy whatsoever, they’ll definitely invite me back next year as well,” Gervais said.

Christopher Plummer and Laura Dern won some of the first awards of the night. The teleprompter broke when Rob Lowe and Julliane Moore were presenting Best Miniseries or TV Movie, before coming to their rescue with the script on a piece of paper. This moment is why live television is so entertaining.

Madonna’s “W.E.” lost the Best Original Score award but won the Best Original Song award for “Masterpiece.” The victorious moment was clearly a shock to Madonna and as cameras cut to Elton John’s reaction, it became clear that trash-talking doesn’t get you anywhere. Madonna thanked her co-writers, co-producer William Orbit, and manager, Guy Oseary, who talked her into writing the song. This is Madonna’s 2nd Golden Globe win, after winning in 1997 for her performance in “Evita.”

Seth Rogen and Kate Beckinsale came out to present Best Actress in a Motion Picture Comedy or Musical. Rogen couldn’t contain himself and said, “I’m currently trying to conceal a massive erection.” Beckinsale was embarassed and the audience was cracking up. It was definitely a comedic hit! A memorable live television moment. The penis jokes continued as George Clooney joked about the size of Michael Fassbender’s during his acceptance speech for Best Actor in a Motion Picture Drama. Clooney devoted most of his acceptance speech to complimenting his fellow nominees.

Helen Mirren payed tribute to Morgan Freeman, who was honored with the Cecil B. DeMille Award. Her opening monologue was funny, as she teased Freeman for only including her in one of his movies. His speech was classy and elequent as it was clear this was a man who deserved to be honored for his hard work.

The cast of “Modern Family” won Best TV Series Comedy and the hillarious Sofia Vergara accepted it in Spanish. Producer Steven Livitan attempted to translate for her. He did the best he could. Meryl Streep won Best Actress in a Motion Picture Drama for her role in, “The Iron Lady.” She forgot to take her glasses on stage forcing her to remember her speech off the top of her head. She was charming, as always and handled the moment well.

All in all, this year’s Golden Globes were a huge success. The show was entertaining, fun, shocking, outrageous, and hillarious. Congratulations to all the winners! I have a feeling Seth Rogen will be invited to host next year…