Belushi, Britney, J-Lo and Kayne. That Should Be Enough for One Day.

Because I went all Office on everyone Wednesday, let’s hit the links and play catch-up:

that's a pretty belushi look

that's a pretty belushi look

As if Artie Lange wasn’t depressed enough about his drug habit and how it forced him to leave The Howard Stern Show, now comes the news that the part he’s been dying to play his entire career — his hero, John Belushi — likely will start casting soon. If the suicide watch had been called off on good behavior, make sure it gets reinstated now. Instead, the role is being talked about for other usual suspects of funny fat guys — Jonah Hill, Seth Rogen, blah blah blah. Don’t they already have enough parts? It’s the two other names mentioned in the article I find the most interesting, Ethan Suplee and Tyler Labine. Those two are probably ready to dropkick Seth Rogen across the Pacific so that they don’t have to lose any more parts to him on the “funny fat guy casting call,” and they both deserve a shot at a big part. Labine is probably more primed for it than Suplee, he’s actually been working steady lately. Suplee hasn’t been doing much lately, especially when you compare it to his prolific string in the early 2000s. The Belushi train may have passed him by.

We’re now in the 24th season of The Real World on TMV, which means there have been about 170 cast members come in and out of our lives. We’re all got our favorites for different reasons, Ruthie for her alcohol-induced goodness, Puck for his craziness, Trishelle for her slutiness — we can go on all day and fight over who was the best castmate. I’m not about to advocate for one cast member or another. But I will say I’m pretty happy with my long-time choice for favorite Real World cast member, Sean from Real World: Boston back in 1997. He’s the one guy in the history of the show that I think is actually like me. So of 170 cast members, I’ve found one person that I can actually relate to — a normal, down-to-earth guy who loved to get drunk and create shenanigans. I even forgave him when he took a girl I dated a little back to the Real World apartment. Too bad I can’t vote in Wisconsin. Plus, now I’m depressed that I was able to sum myself up so easily. Let’s move on.

As much as I was dealing with Friday Night Lights hangover and openly wondering whether I could stand another year of the emotional turmoil the show puts its fans through, just one week later I’m already considering switching to DirecTVto watch the fifth and final season, which we now know is starting Oct. 27. I actually like the NBC FNL season in the summer, it clears out a lot of stuff from my DVR so that I can turn my attention to it, but I’m not sure I’m going to be able to avoid the spoilers this year.

if you see this again in a year or two, that means good things for tim riggins

if you see this again in a year or two, that means good things for tim riggins

Maybe by the time the NBC watchers get to see it, they’ll have a better idea of where the career of Taylor Kitsch is headed. The man formerly known as Tim Rigginsis starting his post-FNL career with one of the biggest gambles of the 2012 summer movie season, Battleship. If he’s getting more roles by then, or if Marvel decides to make a Gambit movie, then it means they’ve seen the dailies from Battleship and like them. If not, the movie and Kitsch could be in some serious trouble.

If there is ever a reason to read all the news on the AV Club, the blurb about J-Lo already getting ousted from American Idol is it. Normally, I’d advocate for full-scale avoidance of anything American Idol to the point where you should convince yourself you’ll be covered in painful, grotesque boils if you click on anything AI related. But when it comes from AV Club in the form of a sarcastic attack on the hilarity that is known as the life of J-Lo, then it’s worth a click and 30 seconds to read lines like, “the baffling failure of her trendsetting artificial insemination romantic comedy The Back-Up Plan.” That makes reading about American Idol all worth it.

Alas, the AV Club has also finished up its summer reviews of season 4 of NewsRadio. It might be a little too complimentary at times, to read the explanations you would think the gang at one of the most underrated shows of all time invented not only comedy, but the laugh itself. But it takes seriously the incredible work the show did for five years, lost in a time where its snide, hidden brand of humor was met with almost complete apathy, but would be thoroughly embraced today in the time of Office and 30 Rock. It was the older brother of Scrubs, and the father of Modern Family. If you’re a fan of the show — and if you’re not, I highly suggest starting at season 2 and plowing through the show’s run — it’s a marvel to go back and re-watch these shows strictly through the reviews. Bravo, Donna Bowman. Bravo.

this could be a disaster waiting to happen

this could be a disaster waiting to happen

Is Glee getting a little too big for itself? It’s bad enough that it’s lining up guest stars like a less-famous version of The Simpsons, but now it’s taking a huge risk in inviting the walking catastrophe known as Britney Spears into the mix. By the end of the year, the show definitely started going in the direction of focusing on one person’s music per episode with Madonna and Lady Gaga shows. It was a ratings stunt that apparently worked, so they’re sticking with the format. But it was the best of both worlds — the show got to use the popular, catchy music that easily lent to the show’s over-the-top feel and didn’t have to deal with the artists themselves. Glee let its cast be the stars and didn’t rely on bringing in the Gaga sideshow to shoe-horn in a plot for her. Now it’s decided to walk the dangerous road of breaking down that wall to bring in Britney. Glee is one of the five best shows on TV. But something has me really, really worried about the second season.

Off the top of my head, there are about a half-dozen people who don’t seem to be welcome at the MTV Video Music Awards anymore because of their behavior. The guy from Rage Against the Machine who sat on top of a piece of the stage. Eddie Murphy and his F-bomb hosting gig. Andrew Dice Clay and his f-bomb stand-up act. David Lee Roth breaking up Van Halen backstage. None of them were as heinously disrespectful and self-grandstanding as the clearly insane Kanye West was last year, and he’s been invited back without any  repercussions. Fantastic. Yet another reason to ignore the VMAs this year. We could probably fill a book with reasons at this point.

The next time I see a 25th anniversary article about a seminal movie from 1985 that helped shape my childhood and really began my passion for movies, I’m probably going to just instantly start growing gray hairs. It’s inevitable. In today’s edition, it’s trying to figure out which is a better geek movie, Real Genius or Weird Science. Since Real Genius is one of the 10 best comedies ever made, there shouldn’t be a question in just about any contest it’s forced to endure, but Moviefone went ahead and played it out anyway. Even though the article doesn’t highlight the movie’s best lines …


… and doesn’t take into account the overlooked soundtrack …


… Real Genius still comes out on top. And it should. All hail the students of Pacific Tech as we wonder if they still hold the Madame Curie look-a-like contest.

We want our actors to be honest. We want them to tell us stuff about what they’re working on, why we should be excited about it and how they feel about the business they work in. And we’re even a little disappointed when they go too far and come off aloof and bullying instead of genuinely happy about their lavish lives (I ripped Bill Murray a couple weeks ago for going a little too far). There has to be a happy medium somewhere — and it looks like Thomas Lennon has found it. He’s remarkably open with his career work, gives us a good idea of what he’s working on, why it’s important, and where it’s going next. Why is it so hard for people to do this?

Let the Kids in the Hall promo tour begin! In advance of the Death Comes to Town premiere on IFC next week— equally exciting and worrisomeafter the Canadian audience pretty much hated it — the best comedy troupe of the last 30 years is hitting the road to promote it. It started with Jimmy Fallon last night, and I’m sure they’ll be coming to other shows. It could be the last time we see them in any kind of limelight, so soak it all in now. The warning for this interview — these guys look ridiculously old. It’s very, very depressing. They’ve aged 40 years in 10 and look like they got the idea for Death Comes to Town because one too many people told them they look like death warmed over.

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