The Call Sheet sifts through the day's glut of Hollywood news to find the stories even non-industry types can care about. Today: a sexy tennis pro loses a job, the little girl from Mad Men gets one, and two new shows look very, very bad.
Hot-body tennis pro Anna Kournikova has been let go from her training gig on The Biggest Loser after one measly season, mostly likely because she was difficult to work with. People called her a "nightmare" and said she was super unsympathetic to the losers. The former lady coach, Jillian Michaels, was tough but nice, whereas Kournikova apparently just doesn't suffer fatties gladly. Just won't do it. So she's off the show. Really it was probably just her stern Russian-ness that made her so tough. Sure she probably shouldn't have hurled vodka bottles and fur hats at the contestants, but they really were being whiny capitalist pigs with no sense of duty. A true son or daughter of Russia would totally have done those extra two miles on the treadmill. Sheesh. [THR]
Showtime has released a minute-plus teaser trailer for its upcoming show House of Lies, the one that has Don Cheadle and Kristen Bell as hotshot PR people doing dirty things. Kristen Bell, yay! Don Cheadle, yay! This trailer? Not yay. Boo, even. Are we really still hung up on the idea of smart-talkin' sass-mouths playing all sexy with each other at the office? Doesn't it all seem a little tired? Also not a single joke in that clip is funny, not even the ones coming from Jean-Ralphio. And trying to jump on the back of Occupy Wall Street with that voice-over line about the 1% is realllly lame. Obviously there is nothing more in line with the ideology of OWS than a cable television show about sexy publicists who take money from the rich to give to themselves, also the rich, but still. It just doesn't sit right. Don't smell a hit with this one, nosiree. Poor Veronica Mars. :( [Deadline]