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IFC Miniseries Dead Set Unleashes Zombies on the Big Brother House!

I’m not at all apologetic about being a huge fan of Reality TV: Survivor, The Amazing Race, Project Runway, Hoarders – I love all that crap. I get a lot of grief for my taste in TV programming, but I could really give a shit what anyone else thinks. If you don’t like it, no one is holding a gun to your head making you watch Flipping Out with me.

I’ll defend my allegiance to Bravo TV to the end, but even I draw the line at CBS’s summertime ratings–ringer, Big Brother, which is just as loathsome as TV can possibly get. Aside from the Real Housewives franchise and possibly  American Idol, Big Brother, for me, represents the absolute nadir of an already much-maligned entertainment genre. With that in mind, all you Reality TV Haters out there – especially those who hold Big Brother in as low regard as I do – may want to set your DVRs to record IFC’s five-part series Dead Set (premiering tonight, 10/25). Dead Set, created by British journalist Charlie Brooker, is a black comedy-horror-satire in which  a ravenous mob of zombies is unleashed on the Big Brother UK house — seemingly the only stronghold left in the country, and possibly the world — on an eviction night that goes horribly and hilariously wrong.

Shot at the real BBUK house with cameos by actual BBUK houseguests, Brooker imposes actual life-and-death on the show’s “stars,” for once warranting all the hyperbolic talk of eliminations, chopping blocks and backstabbing. The contestants get their share of skewering (“Does this mean we’re not on telly anymore?”) as they survey the post-apocalyptic landscape. And yet even in the midst of Doomsday, reality TV dutifully and tragically marches on: the broadcast continues, the contestants strategize who lives and dies, and an insatiable, bloodthirsty mob pounds on the door for more flesh. Sounds like a good time to me!

Dead Set airs tonight, 10/25 through Friday 10/29 at Midnight on IFC. A marathon of all the episodes will air Sunday 10/31 – hey, that’s Halloween! – starting at 7:30 PM.

Andy Warhol: The Last Decade at The Brooklyn Museum

It is no secret to anyone who reads this blog that I am all about Andy Warhol. When it comes to matters of the art (pun intended) Geoffrey and I will agree on most things, but we differ slightly in opinion when it comes to Warhol. While he admits to being a fan, Geoffrey has a love/hate relationship with Andy, feeling that he ruined art as much as he saved it by facilitating the “Everyone will be famous for 15 minutes” approach to everyman stardom that has created such reprehensible pieces of shit as The Real Housewives, Big Brother and the Kardashian sisters. I see his point, but I would have to respectfully disagree with his take that Warhol “ruined” art in any way. On the contrary, by being the very first artist to infiltrate fine art with a commercial art approach and accompanying sensibilities, Warhol made art truly accessible to the masses for the first time in history. In this way, he revolutionized Modern Art as we know it. Regardless of his many eccentricities and the commonly held belief that he was somewhat of an asshole in person, Andy Warhol was a maverick pioneer of staggering genius. He is my favorite artist ever in the Universe of all time. Andy Warhol!

Easter Eggs, Photo By Geoffrey Dicker

You can probably imagine then how excited I was to finally have the time to check out Andy Warhol: The Last Decade, which has been up for over a month now over at the Brooklyn Museum. The Last Decade is the first US museum retrospective to examine the later period work of Andy Warhol (who died in 1987). With close to fifty works in the collection, the exhibition reveals a “renewed spirit of experimentation” that Warhol experienced in his final ten years. At this time, Warhol produced more works in series form, and on a vastly larger scale, than at any other point in his forty-year career. With his controversial Oxidations series as well as his Yarn, Rorschach and Camouflage paintings, the visual style of his work progressed along with the introduction of new techniques. Inspired by collaborations with Jean-Michel Basquiat, Francesco Clemente and Keith Haring, Warhol also returned to hand-painted images using a brush.


Camouflage (Reminds Me a Little of This)

The Last Decade is much different from another recent Warhol exhibit I saw back in February of 2009, Warhol Live at San Francisco’s DeYoung Museum which, while comprehensive, was primarily about Warhol’s portraits. With exception of the “Fright Wig” self-portraits (one of which provides the primary image used by the museum for promoting this exhibit) and the Interview Magazine cover portraits, I’d never seen any of these images on exhibit before. And discovering something new about an artist who’s already been dead for over two decades is always fun.

Andy Warhol: The Last Decade at The Brooklyn Museum (in the 1st Floor Robert E. Blum Gallery and the 5th Floor Morris A. and Meyer Schapiro Wing) runs through September 12, 2010. From Manhattan take the 2 or 3 to the Eastern Parkway/Brooklyn Museum stop, and you’re right there.

God’s Idea of a Cruel Joke: Lukas Rossi wins Rock Star: SuperNova

Lukas Rossi
Lukas Rossi with Tommy Lee on Rock Star: SuperNova

Please do rush right over to this awesome, deliciously scathing editorial in the Village Voice that wraps up last night’s uber lame finale of Rock Star: Supernova — the worst show on television since the first season of Big Brother. My favorite parts are where author Tom Breihan refers to winner Lukas Rossi (the guy I pegged as the suckiest of the bunch right from the start!) as “an angry Canadian goth dwarf with creative facial hair” and later offers that, “Rossi is like what would happen if Orgy’s cover of “Blue Monday” somehow took human form.” Sweet!

In other fun news, CBS’ Supernova (Tommy Lee, Jason Newsted and Gilby Clarke) just lost the Lawsuit brought against them by an Orange County, CA punk rock band called Supernova and thus will have to change their name to…whatever. As Briehan says in the conclusion of his piece, “Maybe they can have another Reality Show to pick their new name”!

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