Rick Springfield is getting naughty

I’ve loved Rick Springfield since I was a wee lass.

Mmmm mmmm MMMMM!

Mmmm mmmm MMMMM!

So when I heard that the man who pined after “Jessie’s Girl” is going to be on Showtime’s “Californication” (with another infatuation of mine, David Duchovny), I nearly did a little dance of joy.

According to Entertainment Weekly, Rick will play himself in four episodes of the raunchy comedy (which I actually referred to as “titillating and provocative” in my review – see the commercial here). The role reportedly requires “tasteful nudity” and “simulated sex,” so you can pretty much count on seeing Rick’s bare derriere.

Yes, you may just see this nearly 60-year-old man’s naked behind when “Californication” returns for a third season. Which I’m sure isn’t a bad thing. I saw Rick in concert last year in New Brunswick, N.J., and he seriously rocked the joint. Not content to just stand on stage, Rick actually climbed into the audience and hopped from seat to seat until he was all the way in my row!  It was a night I won’t soon forget.

Nor will I forget interviewing Rick (relax, it was on the phone) before that show. He was cute, charming and self-deprecating all at once. We spoke about his penchant for collecting things, including “Star Wars” action figures and Titanic memorabilia. You can read the full interview here.

In the meantime, you better believe I’ll be watching Rick in “Californication.”

“America’s Next Top Model”: Let’s hear it for the Jersey girls!

For the first time in “America’s Next Top Model” history, two girls from the Garden State are in the final four.

Meet Aminat from Union./Photos by The CW

Meet Aminat from Union./Photos by The CW

Here's Woodstown native Teyona.

Here's Woodstown native Teyona.

Aminat Ayinde, a 21-year-old student from Union, wowed the judges last night with her rockin’ bod during a photo shoot on a Brazilian beach. Host Tyra Banks said Aminat’s body rivals that of Naomi Campbell. (Hopefully Aminat won’t get into the habit of throwing phones at people.) Teyona Anderson, a 20-year-old loss prevention representative, has consistently impressed Tyra and company with her fascinating face (which makes her look like she’s in a wind tunnel, Tyra has repeatedly said) and ability to show her body’s angles off to its best advantage.

Do Aminat and Teyona have a legitimate chance at winning this “ANTM” cycle? I’d say it’s more than likely. Wide-eyed Allison has certainly stepped it up the last couple of weeks, and she’s got a fresh, different look. But her shyness is killing off any real chance she’s got. And Celia… I love the girl, but I don’t think she’s going to overcome the age thing. Especially since clients seem to notice that she looks older.

“Lost”: OMG, what were you thinking, brother?

Is it possible that one of my favorite “Lost” characters, Desmond Hume, is a big old perv?

Is it possible this man can't keep his hands - or lips - to himself?/ABC

Can his man keep his hands - or lips - to himself?/ABC

Apparently so – or at least the man who plays him, the good-looking and seemingly charming Henry Ian Cusick. A woman who was formerly employed by ABC filed a sexual harassment lawsuit against Cusick last week. And you won’t believe what she claims he did.

According to E! Online, Chelsea Stone asserts that the Scottish lad accosted her on the “Lost” set in October 2007. He “placed his hand on her buttocks” and caressed her back “while making moaning sounds.” But evidently he was just warming up! He then, E! reports, placed his face in her cleavage (why is she standing still for this??) and moved his head back and forth. Oh, and he also touched her breasts with his man-paws and kissed her full on the mouth for good measure.

Yup, sounds like a perv to me.

Stone’s suit also claims she reported the incident to her supervisor, who told her to avoid being near the actor. (Typical! What are the chances her supervisor was a man?) Stone says she was fired 12 days later, alleging it was retaliation for reporting the incident. The suit states that Stone worked for the network since 1997.

Stone didn’t just lose her job, though. E! reports that the lawsuit states “plaintiff suffered humiliation and severe mental and emotional distress, and suffered injury when by means of her stress plaintiff miscarried.”

Now that’s just horrible.

You can read the entire lawsuit here.

In the meantime, what does this mean for Cusick’s future on the show? Well, as you may recall, I previously indicated that I think his character will be the one to perish this season. (Not that I have insider information or anything.) And judging by “Lost’s” past history of killing off characters who have run-ins with the law (see Ana Lucia and Libby; though Jin’s gotten a pass – so far), I wouldn’t at all be surprised if Desmond bit the big one by season’s end. And he did get shot a couple weeks back…

“Celebrity Apprentice”: Jesse loses it

Jesse James may have acted like a bit of a jerk last night on “Celebrity Apprentice,” but I still love him.

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Sure, most of the time Clint Black comes across as incredibly annoying and a know-it-all. But what did he do last night that so set Jesse off? I mean, Jesse has been, thus far, so level-headed and cool in “Celebrity Apprentice” that it was shocking to see him so infuriated with their Right Guard task.

“Clint sucks,” declared Jesse as Clint continued to micromanage their task. “…The ad’s cheesy. The layout’s cheesy. The photos are dumb. It’s a bummer.

“I hate it.”

I’m sure it stuck in Jesse’s craw to see Clint act like he was an expert at advertorial displays when Jesse owns his own magazine and has plenty of experience in that area.

Jesse's kind of like the Hulk: You don't want to see him when he's angry.

Jesse's kind of like the Hulk: You don't want to see him when he's angry.

“I laid out one idea that was 100 percent original, but you’re too (bleeping) stupid to realize it,” Jesse told Clint.

The funny/scary part of all of this is how calmly Jesse speaks even when you know he is seriously angry.

Joan Rivers wisely kept her mouth shut as Jesse and Clint threw knives (figuratively speaking) at one another.

“This sounds like my first marriage,” she declared at one point.

Fortunately, KOTU won the challenge and that significantly lightened the mood between Jesse and Clint. Jesse admitted that he still thought their advertisement sucked, but that it was better than Athena’s. Then he turned his attentions to Joan, who was seated between he and Clint.

“There’s this crazy sexual electricity between us,” he told Donald Trump.

That Jesse is so crazy – and hot!

Meanwhile, Joan’s daughter Melissa was just plain crazy when Trump fired her. She went berserk, telling the show’s producers that she wouldn’t agree to an interview and repeatedly yelled “(bleeping) whores!” about her teammates, Brande Roderick and Annie Duke. I can understand her frustration at being eliminated over those two, but the bottom line is that Trump is clearly looking for someone who can pull in a lot of money. Melissa had not been able to do that. Then again, neither has Jesse, but that hasn’t adversely affected him – yet.  Melissa’s intense reaction proved that as annoying as Brande and Annie are, they were right – she was taking things entirely too personally.

Anyway, what are the chances that Joan will return to fight another day? Pretty good, I’d say. She’s going to fight on behalf of Melissa, you watch.

Meet “Harper’s Island’s” Cameron Richardson

I recently interviewed Jersey girl Cameron Richardson from CBS’ “Harper’s Island” for the newspaper.


She grew up in Old Bridge in Middlesex County.

I asked her about the controversy surrounding the violent “Harper’s Island,” which is a bloody romp about a group of people being stalked by a serial killer during a destination wedding. Here’s what she had to say:

“I think they show worse (things) on ‘CSI:,'” she said. “Last night, I was watching ‘Fringe,’ and I saw somebody’s body being ripped apart, and I was like, ‘Oh, our show’s not that bad.’

“But I think that in the context of the horror (genre), people get a little freaked out.”

I think Cameron brings up a very good point here. If “Harper’s Island” wasn’t dubbed as a mystery/suspense/horror type of show, would anyone be complaining about its violent deaths?

You can read my full interview with Cameron right here.

“Harper’s Island” is on tonight – and every Thursday night – at 10 p.m. on CBS.

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