Making fun of himself
Bob Saget is not really Danny Tanner, his fictional widowed daddy figure on the classic sitcom “Full House.” They both love to clean, but Saget’s sense of humor is far dirtier, based on the scatological words that come out of his mouth in his stand-up routine.
Saget himself embraces this dichotomous imagery in his memoir, appropriately named “Dirty Daddy.”
He tells his off-color stories in a pleasant, agreeable style that somehow makes the jokes seem less off-color.
Saget is not an “insult” comic in the vein of the late Joan Rivers. He prefers self-deprecation. “Jack Benny once said the smartest thing to do is make fun of yourself first,” he said. “You don’t have to make fun of anybody else.”
His book was released in the spring, and he said sales have been building momentum.
Reality TV, Alaska style
The last time MTV aired a reality show about out-of-control millennials living in a small rural community, it didn’t end well. “Buckwild” – set in West Virginia and a ratings hit – was abruptly canceled last year after star Shain Gandee died while going “mudding” in his car.
The tragic accident happened off-camera and between seasons, but even MTV realized they couldn’t in good conscience go forward with a show that celebrated wild outdoor antics when one resulted in a cast member’s death. So it was a bit surprising when the network recently announced plans for “Slednecks,” a series that chronicled the tales of a group of hard-partying, heavy-drinking friends in Wasilla, Alaska.
“People think of us as a bit more redneck, more ‘sledneck,’ ” one cast member says in the opening of the show, which kicked off with a 90-minute special Thursday night.
Hitting close to home
After the sitcom “Happy Endings” was, ironically, abruptly canceled, writer Brian Gallivan looked close to home for his next gig: His own family inspired “The McCarthys,” a new CBS comedy about a sports-obsessed brood with one gay son.
Fiction, he says, is funnier than fact.
For one, the son, Ronny, played by Tyler Ritter, “is better at being gay than I am,” Gallivan said. “He’s dated, like, four guys in the first batch of episodes. I feel like it took me 15 years to date four guys.”
The show, which premiered Thursday, runs at 9:30 p.m.
New boss at ‘The View’
With a new cast and its ratings sliding, “The View,” the venerable daytime talk show invented by Barbara Walters, will be run by ABC’s news division instead of its daytime entertainment division, where the show had always resided.
James Goldston, the president of ABC News, announced the move to staff Thursday.
The shift is being billed as a logical one, putting oversight of the show in New York where it is produced, rather than in Los Angeles, the home of ABC entertainment, while also taking advantage of the resources of ABC News. A spokeswoman for ABC News, Julie Townsend, labeled the change “not very significant.”
— From News wire services