Morning Meme: Matthew Mitcham Gets Physical, “Skins UK” Actor Cast In “Battlestar,” and “Vampire Diaries” Asks “Got Wood?”

MTV says that sponsors or no sponsors, ratings or no ratings, they intend
to air all ten episodes of Skins USA. PETA, in their normal odd PETAmessage, has
asked to step up as a sponsor, but say they’re prefer to have the airtime free.
Which wouldn’t solve the sponsor issues, but gets PETA free publicity for their skinned alligator and rabbit
commercial voiced by Pink and Ricky Gervais.

Taco Bell insists that their taco meat is actually beef, and that
they’ll be pursuing legal action against the law firm that says otherwise. And
then they’ll sick their little dog on you.

Daniel Hernandez, Jr.
is
teaming with New York City
Mayor
Mike Bloomberg
for a gun control measure. It’s a logical fit, though I’m
still missing our gay hero’s connection to NYC.

One minute, I kind of love Rep. Dennis Kucinich. The next, I’m staring blankly at a story
about him suing the company that runs the House dining room for
sending him a sandwich with an olive pit in it. His dental bills and pain and
suffering are worth $150,000, even with that Cadillac Congressional health
plan.

Luke PasqualinoLuke Pasqualino,
of Skins UK will be playing the young William Adama in Battlestar:
Blood and Chrome
. Based on the nearly naked centerfold for Cosmo, I’m shocked to learn a young
Adama was so twinky. His commander will be played by Ben Cotton.

Now that Comcast owns NBC, the network has picked up Chelsea Handler’s sitcom about a boozy 20-something Handler. I
would love to see what her files hold.

Thanks to a GPS collar, scientists tracked a polar bear as she swam for nine days
looking for ice. She lost a third of her body weight, and her cub didn’t
survive the hunt for ice to rest on.

CBS has renewed daytime’s The
Talk
for another season. Not that I thought Les was going to cancel his
wife’s show after half a season.

Nikita is going to
do a major fight scene in a Turkish bath, with lots and lots of
men standing around in towels. And the show will somehow manage to make that
bleak and dull, like they manage to make all their action scenes bleak and
dull.

There are pictures of Katy
Perry
playing Honey on How I Met Your Mother. She has Barney in tears, curling into the fetal position, which is what
happens to me anytime she sings.

I can’t find anything specifically gay in this press release
about the new BBC America show Gigi: Almost American from Josh
Gad
, and yet I can’t help but think we’ll end up covering it. There’s
something there, I can feel it.

It is confirmed, Jay-Z
and Will Smith have formed a new film company, and one of the first
projects will be a remake of Annie
starring WillowMichael Cudlitz Smith, produced by
Universal.

The Pentagon is set to make an announcement about the training plan for Don’t Ask,
Don’t Tell repeal, and the schedule is impressively quick. We should know
details on Friday.

Officer Cuddleybear
hit season highs Tuesday night.

Kele Okereke is
reportedly writing a gay erotic memoir, and is moving to New York City to
finish the book.

The footage from the Kickstarter campaign for Shakedown, a documentary about the rise of lesbian strip clubs,
by lesbians, for lesbians, with an accent on lesbians of color is fascinating,
if mildly NSFW. I’m Jonathan Knightcurious where they take this.

At the premiere for next year’s Best Picture winner, Mega Python vs. Gatoroid, Tiffany spoke a bit about her comments on NKOTB’s Jonathan Knight “I didn’t know it was
going to be such a big deal. 2011 for me is all about ‘I don’t want to know
anything. He’s darling. Of course he’s a darling. I never meant to hurt him,
and I think he’s an awesome person. I really do. He has so much class.”

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