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Posted Wednesday 6/13/18 at 3:30AM EDT
New book on The Simpsons is lot like the show itself: Hilarious, joke-a-minute and overstaying of its welcome
Longtime Simpsons writer Mike Reiss' new book Springfield Confidential: Jokes, Secrets, and Outright Lies From a Lifetime Writing for The Simpsons is part memoir and part reflection on the series, written with the structure of the Fox animated comedy. "Springfield Confidential works best as fan service, and I don’t mean that as a dig," says Jack Hamilton. "Reiss knows his audience, and it’s unlikely that many people will read this book who aren’t already Simpsons obsessives." Still, because Reiss is too close to the show, having written for it since Episode 1, "Springfield Confidential ultimately feels a bit overly protective of The Simpsons’ legacy, which is as understandable as it is unnecessary," says Hamilton. He adds that "Reiss has dedicated more than half his life to this show, and he defends it with the ferocious irrationality that a parent would his child."
Posted Friday 6/08/18 at 11:16PM EDT
Why Sex and the City would probably revolve around Miranda if it premiered today
Jennifer Keishin Armstrong, author of the new book Sex and the City and Us: How Four Single Women Changed the Way We Think, Live, and Love, says: "I read someone saying that if you made Sex and the City now, Miranda would be the main character, because we’ve evolved in our thinking about women on television enough that that’s what we all aspire to. Nobody wants to be Carrie anymore; everyone recognizes that Carrie has some major character flaws."
Posted Friday 6/08/18 at 8:49AM EDT
Netflix is releasing a Stranger Things book series
Penguin Random House is partnering on a book series for Stranger Things fans. The first two books, coming this fall, include a behind-the-scenes companion book and a hardcover gift book for young readers. Next spring, a prequel novel written by author Gwenda Bond will be released about Eleven’s mother and the MKUltra program.
Posted Monday 5/21/18 at 1:08PM EDT
The Daily Show is releasing a book based on its Trump Twitter library
The Daily Show with Trevor Noah Presents: The Donald J. Trump Presidential Twitter Library will be released on July 31, from The Daily Show writers. Noah will write the introduction and Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Jon Meacham will pen the foreword.
Posted Monday 5/07/18 at 5:09PM EDT
Read an excerpt from the Sex and the City retrospective book
Jennifer Keishin Armstrong, author of books on the hit sitcoms Mary Tyler Moore and Seinfeld, is coming out with Sex and the City and Us: How Four Single Women Changed the Way We Think, Live, and Love on June 5.
Posted Wednesday 5/02/18 at 4:40PM EDT
The View alum Elisabeth Hasselback signs a book deal
The former Survivor contestant, who has been off of TV since leaving Fox & Friends in 2015, will write a memoir-like book titled Point of View. It's her second book after 2009's The G-Free Diet: A Gluten-Free Survival Guide about living with celiac disease.
Posted Tuesday 5/01/18 at 11:02PM EDT
Queer Eye's Antoni Porowski is releasing a cookbook, but can he actually cook?
Porowski's recipes on the Netflix series leave a lot to be desired, says Hazel Cills, even though "he has the unenviable task of teaching slobbish straight men to, um, turn on a freakin’ burner and make anything, anything really!...I’m still not 100% sure on whether or not Porowski can actually cook well enough to be a 'food expert.'"
Posted Monday 4/30/18 at 2:02PM EDT
Queer Eye's Antoni Porovski to write his first cookbook
“I could not be more thrilled to be writing about the recipes I love and think are essential to any novice home cook, professional, and somewhere in between,” said of his upcoming cookbook, due out next year with more than 100 recipes.
Posted Friday 4/27/18 at 9:17PM EDT
Ellie Kemper hangs with a squirrel on her debut book cover
The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt star's collection of essays, titled My Squirrel Days, recounts everything from her accidentally insulting Ricky Gervais to offering The Office co-star Steve Carell a maxi pad.
Posted Thursday 4/05/18 at 12:48AM EDT
Mrs. Cunningham from Happy Days curses on live TV
Marion Ross, now 89, was on Good Day New York Wednesday morning promoting her new memoir, when she described how her TV husband Tom Bosley initially disliked her and would call her names. Whenever she'd talk, Ross recalled that Bosley telling her, “Who gives a sh*t, Marion.”
Posted Monday 4/02/18 at 2:55PM EDT
Jake Tapper has written his first political thriller
The CNN anchor is getting literary with The Hellfire Club, which will be released on April 24. Set in 1950s Washington, D.C., the novel follows an "unlikely congressman" who is thrust "into an underworld of backroom deals, secret societies, and a plot that could change the course of history."
Posted Monday 4/02/18 at 9:51AM EDT
Mike Pence family tops John Oliver on The New York Times bestseller list
Last Week Tonight's Marlon Bundo book ranked sixth on The Times' list of Childrens' Picture Books bestsellers, while the Pence family's Marlon Bundo book placed fifth.
Posted Wednesday 3/28/18 at 9:54PM EDT
Tyra Banks admits to getting a nose job early in her career
The America's Next Top Model host makes the revelation in her new memoir, Perfect Is Boring, which she wrote with her mom and which is being released on Tuesday. “I had bones in my nose that were growing and itching,” she writes. “I could breathe fine, but I added cosmetic surgery. I admit it! Fake hair, and I did my nose. I feel I have a responsibility to tell the truth.”
Posted Monday 3/26/18 at 2:46PM EDT
Mike Pence family book publisher says "kudos" to John Oliver
One week ago, Regnery Publishing called Oliver's Marlon Bundo book "unfortunate." But all the publicity has benefitted both Bundo books, with the Pence family book on its third printing totaling more than 100,000 copies. “All of us at Regnery are thrilled with the success of Karen and Charlotte Pence’s ‘Bundo’ book!” says Regnery publisher Marji Ross, in a statement. “Kudos to Oliver and Chronicle for the success they are enjoying, but that doesn’t make us any less excited over how well our book is doing. There’s plenty to go around for everyone and, like Charlotte said, we can all be happy the proceeds are going to a good cause.”
Posted Wednesday 3/21/18 at 5:38PM EDT
This Is Us star Chrissy Metz's memoir recalls childhood abuse at the hands of her stepfather
In This Is Me: Loving the Person You Are Today, Metz reveals how her stepfather physically beat her and forced her to do humiliating weigh-ins. “My body seemed to offend him, but he couldn’t help but stare, especially when I was eating," she writes. "He joked about putting a lock on the refrigerator. We had lived with a lack of food for so long that when it was there, I felt like I had to eat it before it disappeared. Food was my only happiness.”