I have a date with Hank Moody tonight

first and foremost: big happy birthday to Claire of the Clazz-a-Tron. I hope you have/are having a wunderbar b-day filled with pals and champagne and less work than you imagined. Love you to the maximus.

Britney’s new single was released just in time for Claire’s birthday. It is called “Womanizer.” On my first listen (at work, snuck into the board room) I was not over-the-moon, ecstatic, zomg. BUT let me tell you that (1) Britter’s second singles are always better than her first (see: Toxic, Piece of Me, Stronger) and (2) this song gets really awesome really quickly. Just listen to it twice more and you will lurve it. I like the stuttering chorus best because it is effing fun to sing along to. It def harks back to the “ooh ooh baby” song from Blackout, but has less of that weird hockey anthem vibe and more awesomesauce. I have a feeling Circus is going to better than Blackout and that album is EXCELLENT.

in news of other returns of great things, Hank Moody and the Californication ace gang are back tonight on Showtime. I may get to watch the first four episodes tonight because some people have mad access to screening copies (not me). Sharelle, do not die of jealousy. What the heck is going to happen to Hank now that he’s got what he wants? Oh the temptation of life in Hell-A. You can follow Mia on Twitter if you are the kind of person who follows fictional characters on social networking sites (I am). And you can follow me on Twitter if you are the kind of person who understands the point of Twitter at all (I do not but still I twitt).

Today is Word on the Street and there are millions, literally MILLIONS, of ECWers reading. I’m a-heading down later this afternoon for some bookish excellence. There are loads of ECW book launches in the next few months, especially in the next few weeks: the Show that Smells launch, the Dora Borealis launch, and the Richard Crouse TINARS event. We are going to have a laugh and a half so you should come on out.

Since I watch everything else on the CW — good (Gossip Girl) or bad (90210) or mediocre with flashes of crazy (America’s Next Top Model) — I gave Privileged a whirl and watched the first three episodes. It’s about a perky Yale graduate who wants to be a writer of important biographies but is working at a tabloid, giving herself crappy dye jobs, and having apartment fires. That is the first 5 minutes. But then! she lands a $1500-a-week job as a live-in tutor to two orphaned, spoiled teenage girls. The tutor, Megan Smith, is played by an actress who really reminds me of Amy Whats-her-face from Enchanted. The two girls are kinda fun — one is a sweet pushover, the other a domineering schemer. The show is really not that great but highly watchable. And it’s WAY better than New 90210. Which is not saying much, I know.

Anyway, my two main nitpicks are (1) way too many headscarves! what is going on? are they on Team Serena? and (2) the girls go to an exclusive yacht party (“Kanye might show”) and they need to step up the fashion. So the Pushover Girl, Rose, wears a dress that Miley Cyrus wore to the Country Music Awards two years ago.

FAIL. We remember these things, Costume Designer. Especially when one has worked on a book on Ms. Miley. I might know what Miley wore to every awards show ever so don’t try trotting that stuff out again.

Tonight is also Gossip Girl night on A-Channel. Serena and Blair have a total friendship meltdown as S decides to stop living in the shadows and be the socialite/model she was born to be. The preview makes it look like S is modeling in Eleanor Waldorf’s Fashion Week show. Did they learn nothing from last season’s “S models in an Eleanor Waldorf campaign” episode? GEEZ.


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