The New 'Pop Up Video' Is Like a Sad, Lonely Twitter Feed


We realize there's only so much time one can spend in a day watching new trailers, viral video clips, and shaky cell phone footage of people arguing on live television. This is why every afternoon The Atlantic Wire highlights the day's video clips that truly earn your five minutes (or less) of attention. Today:

During a segment on Fox & Friends this morning, country singer Hank Williams, Jr. announced that he was endorsing Herman Cain for the GOP presidential nomination. He also said that John Boehner playing golf with Barack Obama was like seeing "Hitler playing golf with [Prime Minister of Israel Benjamin] Netanyahu." Predictably, the Hitler comparison has garnered more attention from the media than the endorsement.  [Fox News via The Hollywood Reporter]

Slate's Browbeat blog gave a dire early review to VH1's reboot of Pop Up Video, which debuts on the network today. They blamed the fact that the videos the first episode singled out for text bubble mockery were more dreary than goof. But after watching the show's treatment of Britney Spears' "Til the World Ends," we wonder if the concept ever could have worked in the age of Twitter. It's like a feed of people chosen by someone else, making jokes about songs you may not know, for 30 minutes. [Browbeat]

 

The announcement yesterday at the New Yorker Festival that filming would hopefully begin next summer on nine or ten new episodes of Arrested Development may end up being the latest disappointment for fans hoping to see the Bluth family return to the small and/or big screen. One reason for optimism: this is the only "Arrested Development is back!" tease so far that's prompted the entire cast to recreate GOB Bluth's chicken dance before a live audience. [Dilloncreator11 via Gotcha Media via Vulture]

Last night was Andy Rooney's last appearance on 60 Minutes demonstrated the strengths and weaknesses of his approach. There was a touching story about how the person who first took an interest in his writing and a pseudo-apology for any of the times he's seemed cranky over the years. Then he told everyone to leave him alone if they see him in a restaurant. [CBS News]

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