Monday Briefs: Alex O’Loughlin is all wet; Cher turns back time at WMAs; An “idiot” apologizes
We’re going to have some really happy Mondays starting a week from today when CBS’s reboot of Hawaii Five-O debuts. The leading man is that wet and unbelievably hot man emerging from the water. His name is Alex O’Loughlin and he plays Honolulu Det. Steve McGarrett.
Arrest me please!
Poor Alex could use a hit! This is the third series he is headlining for CBS in recent years. In the 2007-08 season, he was the star of Moonlight playing a private investigator who was also a vampire. The series could never manage to be more than a cult hit. Then last season, he played a doctor on Three Rivers which wasn’t any kind of a hit. (And just to pile on, his romantic comedy with Jennifer Lopez, The Back-Up Plan, was also a big bomb).
I’m quite certain things will turn out very differently this time.
The buzz surrounding the show is strong and it doesn’t hurt that sexy Scott Caan is on board in his first TV series. His chemistry with O’Loughlin seems to be terrific.
Alex, 34, once had a recurring role on The Shield and screen tested for the role of James Bond that eventually went to Daniel Craig.
CHER AT VMAS: Hey, Cher has a movie coming out in November (Burlesque) so she’s got to stir up some buzz.
So what does she do? She takes her skimpy outfit from the the 1989 If I Could Turn Back Time video out of mothballs and wears it while presenting an award to Lady Gaga at last night’s MTV’s Video Music Awards in Los Angeles.
It’s funny how much things change. When the original video debuted more than 20 years ago, there were so many complaints about how skimpy the outfit was that MTV agreed to only air the video after 9 p.m.!
Anyway, flash-forward two decades. Is there another 63 year old on the planet who would even attempt this?
There is only one Cher!
SAYS HE’S SORRY: I wrote last week about the boneheaded comments made by Dan Hampton on Pro Football Weekly. The NFL hall of famer said that the Dallas Cowboys were more ‘Brokeback” than they were “Eastwood.” And he did not mean it as a compliment.
He also showed tremendous insensitivity to the people of New Orleans when previewing a game between the Minnesota Vikings and Saints by saying: “The Vikings need to go down there and hit that town like Katrina.”
I still cannot believe that a grown man who is paid as a broadcaster would be so thoughtless. After enough people objected, Hampton made the obligatory “apology.” Here is what he said:
“I made a couple of comments about Katrina and the gay community that not only embarrassed myself but the fine people here at Pro Football Weekly. I’m an idiot, and I truly am sorry if those comments bothered or offended any of our great and wonderful viewers, and again, I’m truly sorry about that.”
Yes, you are indeed an idiot.