Gossip Girl (6 seasons, 2007–2012)Connor Paolo (Eric van der Woodsen), Jessica Szohr (Vanessa Abrams), Taylor Momsen (Jenny Humphry)For Momsen: Season 4, episode 10, “Gaslit”; for Paolo and Szohr: Season 4, episode 22, “The Wrong Goodbye” (though all three would return for cameos in the series finale, “New York, I Love You XOXO”)What “happened”: By its fourth season, Gossip Girl had become less a TV show and more a Versace-clad ouroboros willing to shill Vitamin water, ignore plot mechanics, and consume itself in a never-ending cycle of character pairings, each more ridiculous than the ideas you’d find in the average slashfic forum. And in the midst of that chaos, more than a few characters jumped ship.In the season finale, boho-chic troublemaker Vanessa has Dan Humphrey’s novel about the Upper East Side published in secret before decamping to Spain. Somewhere between seasons four and five, perpetually overlooked Eric … [Read more...] about What Happens When Actors Leave High-School-TV Shows?
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Simeon Coxe, an innovator in electronic music and synthesizer performance, died at 82 on September 8, according to AL.com. The Guardian reported he had pulmonary fibrosis. Coxe formed the group Silver Apples in the 1960s, becoming one of the first musicians to perform with a synthesizer. He introduced a 1940s oscillator when he performed with the Overland Stage Electronic Band, prompting all other members to quit except for Danny Taylor. Coxe and Taylor formed Silver Apples and released two albums of psychedelic electronic music, Silver Apples in 1968 and Contact in 1969, often cited among the best of the ’60s. Silver Apples logged fans across the rock landscape, including John Lennon and Jimi Hendrix, the latter of whom jammed with Coxe ahead of his iconic “Star Spangled Banner” performance at Woodstock in 1969. A lawsuit from Pan Am forced the group to disband after Contact — the airline had allowed Coxe and Taylor to shoot the album cover in one of its … [Read more...] about Simeon Coxe, Silver Apples Founder, Dead at 82
Susanna Reid Good Morning Britain viewers were left perplexed as to why Susanna presented the show after co-host Piers Morgan revealed he had been tested for COVID-19. Many asked why she was not in self-isolation as well. Susanna asked their resident medic, Dr Hilary Jones, whether it was fine for her to be in the studio. Dr Hilary explained: "Well, remember that the symptoms are well defined as to why people should self-isolate. I spoke to Piers yesterday and he doesn't have symptoms normally associated with COVID-19, but as he said, out of an abundance of precaution he has taken the test." … [Read more...] about TV stars breaking social distancing rules: Holly Willoughby, Alex Jones, Ruth Langsford and more
Viewers have also been full of praise for Sheridan's dark pixie cut, which is very different to her usual long, blonde locks. One person tweeted: "Love Sheridan Smith with cropped dark hair, it really suits her," while another added: "She looks sooo different!" … [Read more...] about Black Work: Sheridan Smith reveals surprising reason behind hairstyle
As in past years, we have a different writer judging a different round each day, with the contest progressing until Vulture’s Margaret Lyons makes the final call on Tuesday, March 25. And we will pay tribute to each day’s fallen combatant with a special post that looks at that show in a surprising, fun way that will remind you just why you spent so many hours watching its weekend marathons. We don’t expect you to agree with all the calls – that’s what the comments section is for. And while normally we would hope the comments would be an exemplar of decorum, this is reality TV; if there is anything short of virtual hair-pulling, then something has gone horribly wrong. … [Read more...] about The Reality Rumble: What’s the Greatest Reality-TV Season Ever?