Vanessa Williams To Judge Miss America, Bob Harper Gets A Promotion, And This Is A Kim Davis Free Zone: BRIEFS

Plus "The View" returns, and remember when we fell in love with Christopher Meloni?

Birthday shoutouts go to David Arquette (above), who is 44, Pink is 36, Thomas Kretschmann is 53, and Aimee Mann is 55. Here’s Til Tuesday’s fabulous hit from 1986 (#26 in November).

The faboo Vanessa Williams is going to be a judge on this Sunday’s Miss America. Good for her, I’m sure she’ll do a gr … WAIT … WHAT?

“People Started Referring To Me As A Monster.” A Gay Man’s Struggle With Alcohol

Out trainer Bob Harper has been named the new host of The Biggest Loser. I approve this casting.


The View returned this morning with Whoopi, the return of Joy Behar, new host Paula Faris, and newish hosts Raven Symone and and Michelle Collins. You’re probably wondering “Wasn’t Candace Cameron Bure supposed to be a host?” Yes, but they didn’t bring her in until the first Hot Topic had concluded, which was about … well, I promised in the headline not to say. But why the hell did they hire Bure if they weren’t going to let her put her foot in her mouth from the get-go? SMH


Here’s the Tuesday Puzzler! “Quick Change”

And here’s The Weekly ShoutOUT™. Each week we’re going to focus on one out athlete/performer and feature a daily pic and career timeline. We’ll be showcasing the big names, but also the lesser-known gay and bisexual celebs who deserve more recognition. This week we give a ShoutOUT™ to … James “The Amazing” Randi


87-year-old Randall James Hamilton Zwinge is a renowned magician, but more famously, the greatest skeptic in history, having called bullshit on so much … bullshit over the last four decades. The James Randi Educational Foundation administers the “One Million Dollar Paranormal Challenge,” which offers a prize of one million U.S. dollars which it will pay out to anyone who can demonstrate a supernatural or paranormal ability under agreed-upon scientific testing criteria. Surprise, It’s never been paid out.

One of James’ greatest debunkings involved James Hydrick, who claimed to have telekinetic powers. Hydrick appeared on shows like That’s Incredible, where he would use his miraculous mind powers to … move a pencil balanced precariously on a table edge … or turn the page of a telephone book, by obviously blowing on it. Were we really this stupid?

But I digress … Hydrick took his schtick to That’s My Line in 1981, and James … well, you have to see for yourself, but the carnage is cringe-inducing. Static? Really?

BTW, James Hydrick would eventually confess to being a con artist, but that was the least of his worries. “In 1989, Hydrick was sentenced to 17 years for molesting five boys in Huntington Beach, California. After serving his sentence, he was remanded to Atascadero State Hospital for treatment under the state’s sexually violent predator law. He now resides at the Coalinga State Hospital. Hydrick petitioned for release in May 2013, but a trial resulted in a hung jury.”

(H/T to David Leckrone for the suggestion of this week’s ShoutOUT™. If you have a suggestion for an athlete/actor/singer/personality who we haven’t featured and who deserves a ShoutOUT™, please drop me a line at

Continuing the top 30 live-action TV themes/openings of the 90’s! At #12 is Oz.


Airing on HBO from July 12, 1997 – February 23, 2003, Oz was groundbreaking in its frankness dealing with prison life. Violence, sexuality, and Elliot Stabler peeing in a bucket were the major recurring themes. The NSFW opening titles perfectly convey the grittiness.

Congrats to lazycrockett, who guessed that Friday’s Pixuzzle™ © ® was Batman Forever.


Here’s today’s Pixuzzle™ © ®. Here is a scene from a FAMOUS MOVIE. Can you name it?


Today’s Briefs are brought to you by … Ali Bukharil

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80's Pop Culture Expert, Shooting At The Walls Of Heartache.