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The Entertation Index: October 6

October 6, 2011

Dead, The Walking — As AMC gears up for season two of the zombie drama The Walking Dead, the network has released a series of “webisodes” devoted to bringing fans some early character development before the second season premiere. What? You’ve already seen them? No no, you were watching the movie trailers for Abduction and I Don’t Know How She Does It. Don’t worry, you’re not the only one who made that mistake.

Link: Walking Dead Webisodes (AMC)

Development, Arrested — During a recent New Yorker panel, the cast of Arrested Development shared many tidbits about the critical darling, including creator Mitchell Hurwitz’s announcement that next summer will see the filming of new AD episodes which will eventually lead to a feature film. I know, I know…we’ve heard it before. But it never stops being exciting.

Link: Ten Things You Didn’t Know About “Arrested Development” (New Yorker)

Jobs, Steve — By now you’ve all heard the news. And I defy you to tell me another person who has changed the technological landscapes of our lives in the way Steve Jobs did. Our generation has few “great inventors,” but he was ours. And we’ll miss him.

Link: Steve Jobs (Apple)

Simpsons, The — A dispute over salary and back-end money is prompting Fox to threaten a plug pull on the long-running The Simpsons, as the voice actors threatening to walk after network executives have asked the six principal players to take a pay cut which will drop their current $8 million annual income to an almost impossible-to-live-on $4 million. Write this down, folks, because this is the first and last time I’ll ever utter the following phrase: I’m with the Fox executives. Wow. Gives me shivers to even type that.

Link: Money Dispute May Shut Down Fox TV’s Long-Running Hit (The Daily Beast)

Sex, Songs About — A recent study of song lyrics by the University of New York in Albany reveals that songs about or referencing sex are often better sellers than songs which are not, with major current themes in popular music being promiscuity, one-night stands and the singer’s sexual appeal. Consequently, the top song played on Ohio’s Antioch College student-run radio station remains the Beatles’ “I Wanna Hold Your Hand” for the whopping 874th week in a row.

Link: Study Shows Songs About Sex are Hot Sellers (NY Times)

Simmons, Gene — The KISS frontman wed his girlfriend of 28 years, actress Shannon Tweed, in a small Beverly Hills ceremony. When asked about the prolonged courtship, the 54  year-old Tweed told reporters “I’ve spent the last 28 years looking for someone who was a bigger asshole than Gene Simmons, and I’ve come to the conclusion that a person like that just isn’t out there. So this is the best I can do.”

Link: Rocker Gene Simmons Marries Longtime Girlfriend Shannon Tweed (CNN)

Williams, Hank Jr. — Monday night saw stalwart Hank Williams Jr. opening tune “Are You Ready for some Football” pulled after the country singer went on Fox News morning show Fox & Friends and compared President Obama playing golf with House of Representatives speaker John Boehner to “Hitler playing golf with Netinyahu.” Needless to say, everyone is very disappointed as this is not the normal thoughtful, solution-building political and social commentary we have come to expect over the years from Hank Williams Jr.

Link: ESPN Pulls Hank Williams Jr.’s “Are You Ready” Opening from MNF (ESPN)

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