Posts Tagged ‘Bravo’

Soledad O’Brien: “Bravo”?

February 2, 2012

“My theme song.” Yesterday, Starting Point host Soledad O’Brien seemed more than satisfied with her new morning show—so much so, that she practically begged thrice-Grammy-nominated R& B singer Ledisi to be able to use her song “Bravo” as SP‘s theme song. After Soledad started her last SP segment with Ledisi’s “Raise Up,” she said, “If I could get a little portion of America to love Ledisi as I do, it would be a very good thing but, I really would like ‘Bravo.’ For some reason, we can’t play it. I don’t think we have the right to it.” Then, looking straight into the camera, she pleaded, “So, Ledisi, Tweet me. Can we have the rights to “Bravo” as my theme song? Call you later.”

Fortunately, CNN appears more ambivalent about Soledad’s new show. According to the New York Post‘s “Page Six,” one source said that “executives are looking to support Soledad O’Brien…and have expressed interest in adding [regular panelists] conservative commentator Will Cain and liberal commentator Roland Martin to the cast.” But, “Page Six” also indicated that an unnamed CNN representative denied it saying, “We couldn’t be more pleased with Soledad and the direction she is taking her program. Her newsmaking interviews and substantive panel discussions are the centerpiece of the program.”

Unfortunately, for CNN, Soledad’s show (which replaced in part the now kaput American Morning) has not gained traction with CNN viewers. In fact, if early ratings are any indication, it will lay even lower in the cable news morning cellar than it’s predecessor AM–for good reason. Regrettably, SP is proving to be not as good as AM: instead of a program where co-hosts had, at least, the patina of objectivity, CNN has an unabashedly opinionated sole anchor, who never fails to remind her panelists and her viewers that SP is “my show.” Nevertheless, CNN would make matters even worse if CNN were to give the soft-spoken milquetoast Will Cain and the obstreperous, cocksure Roland Martin even more prominent roles as Soledad’s co-hosts on Starting Point.

Bravo for SP? No. At least, not in the foreseeable future.

H/t to J$P for “Page Six” alert.

O’Reilly’s Cultural War Pinups?

March 31, 2009

Last night “Top Chef” host Padma Lakshmi’s sexy new Hardee’s ad had Bill O’Reilly, Margaret Hoover, and Monica Crowley all heated up in the Cultural Warrior segment. As O’Reilly questioned his two blonde battle babes about the appropriateness of the commercial for children, he also wondered aloud whether Margaret ever ate a burger like that.

For the reader who has not seen the ad, the Indian actress and model coos about how the Western Bacon [Thickburger] reminds her of sneaking out in high school before dinner to “savor that sweet spicy sauce, leaving no evidence behind.” As she does so, she hikes up her short skirt, lustfully puts a large piece of bacon in her mouth while spilling its sauce on her bare leg, wipes it up with her middle finger, and lovingly licks it clean.*

In response to O’Reilly’s randy query, Margaret teased that if he were lucky he might see her do it. Monica saucily added that he might get to see them do it together. Maybe, not for children but, apparently, for O’Reilly and his Cultural Warriors.

Other links:

http://www.foxbusiness.com/story/markets/industries/retail/supermodel-food-expert-stars-steamy-new-ad-hardees-carls-jr-burger/

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Padma_Lakshmi