my Snark

Pop Culture . . . whatever

Ming Vase?? Really Jon? And why do all Jon’s “friends” have the same lawyer?

Jon Gosselin claims that his apartment was ransacked and his priceless Ming Vase was destroyed. If Jon really had a priceless Ming Vase, why was his wife begging for handouts when still pregnant with the tups? Ming Vases are very valuable and worth millions. I know if my kid was hungry, I’d sell the vase and buy some food. But that’s just me. What about his original Michaelangelo? Didn’t he have some Faberge Eggs too?

Stephanie Santero, Michael Lohan, Kate Major and now Hailey Glassman all have the same lawyer. All these people follow each other on Twitter and Facebook. “Schmecky Girl” has done the research and here is her post:


Hi all! Hope you don’t mind, I just wanted to spread this around as many sites as I can because I think it should be out there:

Okay I was just reading a comment on radaronline and it said that Hailey’s lawyer also represents Michael Lohan and Kate Major. I looked it up online and it’s true! Not only that but the lawyer Stephanie Ovadia also follows Stephanie Santoro and vice versa on Twitter. They all follow each other! Some follow each other on Facebook too.

What the heck!??!?! Something is definitely sketchy about the whole Hailey, Lohan, Major, Stephanie scenario. Those conspiracy theories are starting to sound plausible.

ALSO, This was posted on GWOP on Dec. 20:

I might know things said…

Pay close attention to this and then watch what happens. The conspiracy against Jon is more far reaching and twisted than anyone knows.

It is already fairly well known that Stephanie Santoro was on TLC/Kate’s payroll. As was Deanna Hummel. What may not be known is that Kate Majors was also and so were Lohan and Hailley herself!

Jon needed to be on his toes while this whole thing went down. If he were to get a cut of the house or more access to the kids he did not need to be distracted by bimbos and losers giving bad advice.

Look how Hailley swooped in. The daughter of Kate’s plastic surgeon contacts Jon out of the blue to offer “support”. Yeah ok. So she pretends they have this big romance going and then BAM! She starts telling the world how Jon is a pathological liar, Jon is crazy, Jon is a stalker. And to what was she referring? That he “cheated” on her with Santoro and Majors! Lohan starts selling him out. Meanwhile, Jon took advice to move to NY and agreed to give up the fight for his kids thinking Hailley would be there for him always. She pressured him to do this!

Now Jon is out in the cold as was the plan from the get go. They knew just what this man’s vulnerabilities were and exploited them. He needed companionship and someone to care about him so they begin to send in the bimbo parade. They send in the fake friends. Kate is painted out to be a saint and Jon is forever known as just an douchey Dad. Note that Hailley never talked bad about Kate, said she respected her. Look at all the details Lohan now wants to cough up about how Jon broke his contract even though Lohan was the one pressuring Jon to do just that.

Another move is coming soon and it will be the nail in Jon’s coffin. It’s going to be devastating. Just watch.

12/20/2009 11:10 AM

AND, another connection discovered by “Dunwoody Mom” at Musings:

David Zaslav, who is President and CEO of Discovery Communications, parent of TLC, formerly worked at NBC. In fact, his bio indicates he was part of the startup of MSNBC. So, maybe this David character is using his connections at NBC to “assist” TLC?

December 29, 2009 Posted by | Attention WHORE of the YEAR, Gosselin, Gossip, Greed, Reality TV | , | Comments Off on Ming Vase?? Really Jon? And why do all Jon’s “friends” have the same lawyer?

The past decade . . . my thoughts

2000 came in with a bang. I was married with a new baby. My husband was an IT professional and I suggested a Y2K computer sweep to get clients so he could earn extra money and have a side job. Nope. He didn’t want to do that. He wanted ME, with a new baby, to start a business.

In 2000 I joined a “Mommy and Me” group and 2 of the woman from that group are still my friends today. We got together every Friday, ate, talked, gossiped, oh, and the kids played, sort of. We went to the Zoo, restaurants, parks, and each other’s houses. Well, everybody’s house but mine. My husband was quite anti-social and was home during the days (he worked nights) and, truth be told, I was embarrassed of the shithole our house had become.

In March of 2000 I had to go back to work. I was on disability for 10 months for PPD and my baby needed surgery at 4 months old. Going back to work was one of the hardest things I ever had to do. I remember coming home that first day, running to my baby’s room and just holding and hugging her for a half hour. I missed her that first day. It was like taking a part of me, leaving it at home, and having to go on with my day without that body part.


I left my husband Sept. 30th of 2003. Best decision I ever made. In 2005 my kid was to start kindergarten. I had 1 week to move, find daycare, find a school, find an apartment and relocate from the town her father was in. All I had to do was agree not to go after his trash/house or his 401k and I was able to move over 70 miles from him (and only 12 miles from my work).

Mini-Snark is now in 5th grade and has been at the same school since Kindergarten. Our apartment sucks but the neighborhood is affluent and her school is one of the best in California. She’s getting good grades and her teachers love her. I did something right.


As the Decade comes to an end, so does a chapter in my life. Single motherhood. I’ve been blessed to meet the man I want to spend the rest of my life with. Unfortunately, we are now doing the “long distance” thing and it’s awful. We want to be together and we want to be together NOW. He’s in Chicago, I’m in San Jose. We both have very good jobs. We both love our jobs. My job is not as secure as his and he has more of a “life” in Chicago than I do here. I’ve been working without a union contract for over a year and the company does want to get rid of more people. Whether that will be me or my department? — I never know. It’s as unpredictable as the weather.

I want to move to Chicago. My mother and other loved ones are adamant that I do not quit my job. My man is willing to move to California. He’s lived in the same area his entire life but he loves me and will do whatever it takes for us to be together. Decisions are still being made. The future looks bright and I’ve never felt such a wonderful sense of “inner calm” that I’ve felt since he and I found each other. I no longer fear tomorrow but I look forward to it. Next summer we will go to our 30th High School Reunion and knock the socks off our classmates. He was a big, popular jock . . . I was a sarcastic (who, me??) stoner who didn’t like the jocks. His best friend was my “nemesis” and I did my best to avoid that dude. Unfortunately, avoiding him also meant that I never noticed the wonderful guy he hung out with. I do know that I wouldn’t have appreciated him back then so I’m glad we reunited when we did. We value each other so much and we are “nice” to each other. Both of us lived with assholes who would rather say, “oh, you’re finally up” than, “good morning.” I look forward to saying “good morning” to this man every day for the rest of my life.

December 29, 2009 Posted by | Reality TV | | Comments Off on The past decade . . . my thoughts

What was your favorite Sitcom Christmas??

Kara Kovalchik

6 Christmas Episodes Worth Mentioning
by Kara Kovalchik – December 18, 2009 – 11:51 AM


Holiday episodes tend to be a bit generic. How many times can you rework A Christmas Carol or The Gift of the Magi into a sitcom plot? Here are a smattering of episodes worth mentioning either because they’re rare, different or doggone it, because I just like ‘em.

1. Bewitched

Bewitched had many traditional Christmas episodes during its eight season run, but 1970’s “Sisters at Heart” was controversial enough to require a special introduction by Elizabeth Montgomery at the behest of the show’s sponsor, Oscar Mayer:

The plot that was making the network so jumpy was young Tabitha’s desire to be sisters with her African-American friend, Lisa. In order to make them look alike, Tabby zaps black polka dots onto her flesh, and white ones on Lisa’s. No doubt the episode would still be controversial today, thanks to Tabitha’s brief appearance in blackface. The original story was submitted by a 10th grade English class at L.A.’s Thomas Jefferson High School.

2. Gilligan’s Island

“Birds Gotta Fly, Fish Gotta Talk,” the Christmas episode of Gilligan’s Island, was primarily a clip show. The castaways are understandably miserable spending the holiday away from home, on a desert island where even a year-old fruitcake would be more appetizing than yet another coconut cream pie. They reminisce about their first days on the island via carefully selected scenes from the pilot—carefully selected because the characters that eventually became the Professor, Mary Ann and Ginger were played by different actors in that episode.

The gang’s gripe session is interrupted by a visit from Santa Claus, who looks and sounds suspiciously like the Skipper. Santa reminds them that they’ve got a reason or two to be merry this Christmas—at least they’re all alive and thriving. And, most importantly, they genuinely like one another and live together like a family. At the same moment Jolly St. Nick makes his exit stage right, the Skipper arrives stage left. Who was that bearded man?!

3. Green Acres

This episode provides a new twist on the “longing for an old-fashioned Christmas” trope. Oliver Wendell Douglas wants to celebrate the holiday as the American Farmer of yore—to go out with axe in hand and chop down his own tree, and to decorate it with popcorn from his own corn crib. Of course, nothing is ever that simple in Hooterville. First he finds out that there is a conservation law in effect that prohibits him from cutting down trees, even on his own property. Then he is unable to work up any outrage among his neighbors, who prefer the “modern” method of buying an artificial tree from Drucker’s Store, complete with spruce spray squeezers, imitation sap oozers, strings of wax popcorn and fiberglas candy canes.

4. The Simpsons

Even though it was actually the eighth episode produced, “Simpsons Roasting on an Open Fire” was the first full-length episode of the series to air. It was broadcast on December 17, 1989, and it certainly set the tone for the rest of the series. It’s Christmas time, and Bart decides that a “Mother” tattoo would delight and surprise his mom. Marge catches him in the tattoo parlor at the “Moth” stage and has to blow the family’s entire Christmas present budget on a laser removal procedure. Homer’s expected Christmas bonus doesn’t come through, so he takes a job as a department store Santa to earn extra money. When Bart climbs in his lap, he utters “I’m Bart Simpson, who the hell are you?” for the first time. In a last-ditch attempt at raising cash, Homer goes to the dog track and bets on a long shot named Santa’s Little Helper. The sluggish greyhound lost the race, but won a new home with the Simpson family.

5. The Mary Tyler Moore Show

Nothing starts those visions of sugarplums dancing like Lou Grant barking “Three French hens!” And how many chances do we get to see Mary Tyler Moore sporting a World War I German spear-head helmet? Sue Ann Nivens, The Happy Homemaker, is taping her Christmas show (“Holiday Yummies from Worldwide Tummies”) in early November. A sudden snowstorm has stranded the WJM newsroom staff, so Sue Ann enlists them to flesh out her dinner table. The only problem is that Murray, Ted, Lou and even gentle angelic Mary have been sniping at each other all day in a series of petty arguments and no one is in a festive mood.

6. All in the Family

“The Draft Dodger” first aired in 1976, four years before President Jimmy Carter granted amnesty to those men who’d fled to Canada to avoid conscription into the military during the Vietnam War. David Brewster, a draft-dodging pal of the Meathead, has been living in Canada but decides to risk a visit to the U.S. in order to spend the holidays with his old friend (since his own father refuses to see him). Meanwhile, Archie has invited his old friend Pinky Peterson (whose only son died in Vietnam) for Christmas dinner. Mike and Gloria struggle to keep David’s fugitive status a secret from Archie, but once it’s revealed, it results in a heated debate. Archie, a World War II veteran who served his country when called, argues that no one wants to go to war and get killed, but a true American obeys his government. Pinky, on the other hand, believes that if his son was still alive he’d welcome David at the dinner table. A poignant and thought-provoking episode that in many ways is still relevant today.

Loyal readers know the drill: now is the time to tell me which episodes I omitted, why my taste stinks, or what they love about the shows mentioned herein. Oy to the World and a Happy Festivus to all!

Please visit Mental Floss for more of Kara Kovalchik’s columns.

Posts by Kara:

6 Christmas Episodes Worth Mentioning
by December 18, 2009 – 11:51 AM

6 Christmas Firsts
by December 14, 2009 – 10:44 AM

The Island of Misfit Christmas Specials
by December 10, 2009 – 9:50 PM

5 Other Famous Gate Crashers
by December 4, 2009 – 2:19 PM

6 Shows Saved by First-Run Syndication
by November 19, 2009 – 1:14 PM

8 Not-So-Famous Firsts
by November 12, 2009 – 12:48 PM

December 23, 2009 Posted by | Advertising, Confessions of a TV-Holic, Holidays, Humor?, Mental Floss, Sitcoms | , | Comments Off on What was your favorite Sitcom Christmas??

Kate and Jon Reunite for Christmas, Courtesy of Dr.CoolSex

December 20, 2009 Posted by | Attention WHORE of the YEAR, Couples, Dr. Cool Sex, Ed Hardy, Gosselin, Gossip, Greed, Holidays, Humor?, Reality TV | , , , , | Comments Off on Kate and Jon Reunite for Christmas, Courtesy of Dr.CoolSex

Kate Gosselin meets Octomom at booksigning

December 16, 2009 Posted by | Reality TV | | Comments Off on Kate Gosselin meets Octomom at booksigning

Drunkest Guy Ever goes for Snack . . . Beer . . . DrCoolSex!

I’d rather watch Dustin, Alex and Greg than a nerd with a bunch of ugly puppets any day. They need a TV show on Comedy Central.

OMFG Watch THIS one. I’m laughing so hard I have tears rolling down my face!

Here’s the original Drunk Guy Going for a Beer

I “accidentally” clicked on my drcoolsex bookmark and decided to poke around and watch more than their Jon and Kate parodies. I didn’t get “Meet the Putties” but “Mario Cart Movie” was cute and played on ESPN. Most of us that follow these guys know that their last Jon and Kate video was over-the-top, offensive and not posted by most of us. Big Whooop! One video we didn’t like. I still think these guys are hysterically funny and need to be recognized by a larger audience.

December 14, 2009 Posted by | Advertising, Books, Dr. Cool Sex, Humor?, Sitcoms, Songs | , | Comments Off on Drunkest Guy Ever goes for Snack . . . Beer . . . DrCoolSex!

The Best Scene in the movie “Chuck and Larry”

The other morning I was very bored and found this movie beginning on USA. I love Adam Sandler and I think I have a tiny crush on Kevin James but only because he resembles my boyfriend (+ or – a few pounds??).

I’m not really sure if this movie was offensive. I enjoyed it and many of the characters learned valuable lessons about judging people in a negative way just for who they happen to love. That’s a great message that too many Americans still need to learn.

The standout performance was Ving Rhames. This man never disappoints but he took things to a new level as the “tough guy/might be a murder” fireman that has been closeted for years and only comes out by the inspirational romance of Chuck and Larry.

December 13, 2009 Posted by | Humor?, Hunky Men, Movies, Ving Rhames | | Comments Off on The Best Scene in the movie “Chuck and Larry”

Bill Hayes: The Man Behind Figure 8 Productions

Antonio Vargas as "Huggy Bear" on the original "Starsky and Hutch"

Figure 8 Prods. president behind ‘Jon and Kate Plus 8’

Bill Hayes thinks of himself as “the anti-producer producer.” The Figure 8 Prods. prexy doesn’t believe in meddling with his subjects. His m.o.: “Let the subjects speak for themselves and focus on people who can be really emotionally honest so they draw the audience into their story.”That perspective has guided Hayes through such reality shows as the wildly popular “Jon and Kate Plus 8,” in which he let the Gosselins — parents and kids alike — express themselves without a narrator.

“It’s a story people want to follow because they don’t know what’s going to happen next,” Hayes says from his North Carolina home. “Kate is obviously very charismatic and relatable, but what’s really disarming is that she’s willing to be so honest about her problems. And the kids are always saying and doing things you don’t expect.”

Hayes is also responsible for bringing cameras into the homes of other large families, exec producing “Table for 12” and “18 Kids and Counting” for TLC, as well as special-interest skeins such as “Little Parents, Big Pregnancy,” about little people longing to be parents, and “Joined for Life,” about conjoined twins.

“Family struggle is a good story because people love to see other people overcome their challenges,” says Hayes.

Impact: Exec produces several reality shows featuring families with multiple kids, including the wildly popular “Jon & Kate Plus 8.”———————————————————————————–

Family Man

Meet the producer behind Jon and Kate, Table for 12, and 18 Kids and Counting.

By Jamin Brophy-Warren

Posted Friday, Nov. 27, 2009, at 7:39 AM ET

Jon and Kate Plus 8.

Jon and Kate Plus 8In the summer of 2005, television producer Bill Hayes was sitting at his desk in Carrboro, N.C., when his partner and production manager Deanie Wilcher told him about a potential lead. Hayes and his company, Figure 8 Films, had been looking for large families to serve as documentary subjects, and the family Wilcher had found fit the bill: twin daughters and a set of sextuplets. Hayes picked up the phone and called the young Pennsylvania couple, who were excited about television and liked the idea of creating a visual memento for their eight children.

The special eventually aired on Discovery Health under the inconspicuous title Surviving Sextuplets and Twins. Eileen O’Neill, then-president of Discovery Health and herself a twin, pushed for the show to become a regular series. After a few episodes had aired, corporate cousin TLC poached the show, and a much larger audience was soon introduced to Jon and Kate Gosselin.

The Gosselins eventually soured on television, or perhaps it’s the other way around. When Jon’s indiscretions became public in the spring, viewers divided into rival camps, and the couple split on national television this summer. The divorce episode was one of TLC’s highest-rated programs ever, pulling in more than 10 million viewers. Since then, the process of returning Jon and Kate to the air this fall has gone from messy to absurd. Jon was pulled from the show’s title, Kate accused Jon of stealing from her bank account, and TLC was dragged into the tabloid imbroglio. The network sued Jon for breach of contract after he blocked filming of the new season. Earlier this week, the show aired its final episode, bringing a perhaps welcome end to the series.

In the middle of the drama—if not on camera or in the gossip pages—was Bill Hayes, whose company was tasked with cobbling together the footage that was shot before filming was halted. To Hayes and Figure 8, the drama surrounding Jon and Kate has mostly been a distraction. The extramarital comings and goings have never been a big part of the show, which sets Jon and Kate apart from programming in VH1’s “Celebreality” lineup, where infidelities and betrayals have been front-and-center from the beginning. Jon and Kate, the series, was about a big family trying to make their lives work. Hayes and his team worked to ensure that the show had a narrow focus. It was meant to be about the quotidian challenges of changing diapers—lots of them.


Unlike ambulance-chasing production companies that amplify the antics of their attention-seeking subjects, Hayes tries to avoid spectacle and decided to avoid, largely, the seductive drama of the Gosselin divorce. That said, his interest in the surreal aspects of human life is not exactly marked with journalistic detachment. He told me, for instance, that a Brazilian faith healer he met several years ago lowered his cholesterol through “invisible surgery.” Hayes was first introduced to a large, eccentric family in high school. Located in the hills of North Carolina, the school was populated by the descendants of brothers Eng and Chang Bunker, a set of conjoined Thai twins who moved to the region in the early 19th century and produced more than 20 children. The descendants populate the Tar Heel landscape and, every year, hold a family reunion, which Hayes has attended.

After graduating from Duke, Hayes dreamed of making documentaries while he worked at sundry pursuits. A former bartender, farmer, and assistant press secretary for a U.S. Senate candidate, Hayes got his start in production by making a promotional video for a mall that was looking for publicity. The project landed him a job at a local production company.

In 1987, he launched Advanced Medical Education (which much later would become Figure 8), and produced videos for doctors who wanted to learn about new medical techniques. He spent hours documenting surgical procedures and, after seeing a show about surgery on the Learning Channel (as it was once wistfully called), he talked with a young producer named Mike Quattrone about producing his own operating-room series. The Operation aired in 1993 and was a success—it would remain on the air for six years. Hayes fashioned the show like a 30-minute drama with a simple style that would characterize his later work. You’d follow the patient from intake to recovery with copious interviews of doctors and patients along the way.

The shift to documenting strange human behavior was “a gentle evolution,” Hayes says and, perhaps, a natural one given his curiosity about the workings of the human body. He produced shows like Mysteries of Cold Water Survival and Super Obese. But his first special on the Gosselins was occasioned by a new popular interest in big families and marked a shift in focus for Figure 8. Though Jon and Kate is no more, Hayes still has two more big-family series to occupy his time: Table for 12 and 18 Kids and Counting, the latter starring America’s favorite Web-site-tending mega-family, the Duggars.

With series of this nature, there’s a natural tendency to wonder whether the audience is entertained or merely gawking. Even docudrama filmmakers with the best intentions wed their fates to the unstable lives of the subjects they film. Hayes’ situation is also the problem of the smaller cable network: tying your credibility and brand identity to the instability of men like Jon Gosselin. Jon and Kate is the most popular program that Hayes has ever developed, but that popularity has come with costs. During our first conversation, Hayes lapsed into regret. The dissolution of the Gosselin family upsets him.

The bigger problem, however, might be a business one. The Jon and Kate affair may have exhausted the public’s patience for large family shows. Ratings for Table for 12 have been modest, and ratings for the last iteration of Jon and Kate fell back to earth as well: This week’s finale drew about 4 millions viewers, a significant decline from the divorce episode. You could argue that these dips are proof that the public’s interest in Jon and Kate—and perhaps for all of Hayes’ work—may be winding down.

But a better explanation might be that without the Gosselin divorce to enliven the show, the audience simply lost interest. In the final episode, the paparazzi were merely a backdrop. Mostly, it was clips of the family visiting the fire department and milking cows. Of course, Hayes says that’s all Figure 8 was trying to do in the first place: to paint a portrait of a big family trying to get to the dentist.

Documentary filmmakers often face a difficult choice: They can either turn their work into sensationalist pap or suffer the attention-starved fate of the talented but unappreciated auteurs hoping for a shot at nontheatrical release on HBO. Hayes has had the rare distinction of watching his company’s work enjoy widespread popularity without the content of his products changing all that much. Had there been no divorce, no paparazzi, no “Team John” and “Team Kate,” Figure 8 would still be camped out in the Gosselin home, cameras in hand, following those eight precocious children from room to room, grade to grade. “It’s sad, because we were in the middle of our stride,” Hayes says. “There were still so many stories to tell.”


Here are some links to this assholes exploitation victims. Funny, I was trying to find a picture of Mr. Hayes but I could only find his “subjects.” I wonder what he looks like? I wonder what his children are having tantrums about? I wonder if his wife sleeps with him? Who is this Bill Hayes and why does exploitation of others not make him a freaking PIMP? Thanks to Irene at Z on TV for finding the information on this parasite.

December 13, 2009 Posted by | Advertising, Gosselin, Gossip, Greed, Reality TV | , , | Comments Off on Bill Hayes: The Man Behind Figure 8 Productions

29 years ago, greatness was taken

Some people have velvet Elvis or Pop Art Marylyn Monroe in their living rooms. I have a John Lennon drawing that I bought in Central Park, along with a picture of Strawberry Fields, the memorial to John Lennon.

Mark David Chapman took greatness. He shouldn’t be walking this earth. John would forgive him but I do not. I cannot forgive the man for putting a bullet in John Lennon and taking him from his loving wife and adoring public.

“All we are saying, is give peace a chance.”

John Lennon’s words are never outdated.

He is peace. I miss him. The world misses him. RIP, Great Man of Peace.

December 8, 2009 Posted by | Death, John Lennon, Lennon, Songs | | Comments Off on 29 years ago, greatness was taken

Gap Commericals: Were they meant to make me IMMEDIATELY turn the channel? Because that’s what I do.

I won’t post the link because if you watch TV you know the stupid, annoying Gap cheerleading commercials. I go for the remote faster than I do for a “Girls’ Gone Wild” commercial.

Cheerleaders bug me. Not during the games, not during their practices, and not during pep rallies. No the cheerleaders (and wannabees) that bugged me were the ones who had to practice their moves at the bus stop, or, as I was reminded a few weeks ago, in line at a ride at Sea World. We get it. You are a cheerleader. Good for you. I will clap for you during a game and admire how cute you are but please, don’t bring back that memory of annoying cheerleaders who cannot stand still without doing their “moves.”

I also had my own cheer for the Gap.

“I – –

Will never shop at Gap ==

Your ads annoyed my nap = =

Go elsewhere to sell your crap == “

December 8, 2009 Posted by | Advertising, Greed, Holidays, Shopping | Comments Off on Gap Commericals: Were they meant to make me IMMEDIATELY turn the channel? Because that’s what I do.