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  • Good news, Better Off Ted returns with a new season on December 8th!! Oh, and that other ABC show that just won’t quit already, Scrubs, returns for its 49th season on December 1st — The Futon Critic
  • In award-show host news: Ricky Gervais will host the 67th Annual Golden Globe Awards in January 2010. Hugh Jackman will not return to host next year’s Oscar telecast. All of this is about as riveting as actually watching the award shows — Gawker
  • Get out your best sweater set and curlers, Betty Draper is hosting Saturday Night Live on November 14. I bet Peggy Olson’s office liquor cabinet that Don will make a cameo — TV Guide
  • Fantastic, 100 days of pre, PREEEEEEE Olympics coverage, courtesy of NBC…yes, the same annoying network that brings you Leno every night at 10 PM — Los Angeles Times
  • You know that little Michael Jackson movie that no one has been talking about? Well, it made a lot of money over the weekend–just one more thing for the Jackson family to fight about — NY Daily News

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This year’s Halloween costume trends…dead celebrities, vampires and reality stars

According to an article on, Michael Jackson costumes will be the big hit at Halloween gatherings. Since trend stories must contain statistical back up, here’s what CNN found out:

mj costume

“When you go to a party there will be a person dressed as Michael Jackson, no doubt,” said Jalem Getz, president and CEO of Buyseasons Inc., the parent company of

Searches for the costume, which generally includes tight black pants, a leather jacket and, of course, a glittering glove, have gone up more than a 1000%, according to Getz.

Other popular dead celebrity costumes include Farrah Fawcett, Ed McMahon and infomercial pitchman Billy Mays.

…by the way, is it just me, or does the phrase “other popular dead celebrity costumes” creep you out?  Anyways…

Meanwhile, die hard Twilight and True Blood fans have breathed new life into classic vampire attire, and reality celebs John and Kate Gosselin will likely be well represented on the trick or treat circuit.

kate goslin

“People like to be current,” Getz said of the current top choices. And no matter how grim, “we don’t judge our customers,” he added.

Oh, and the other thing about this year’s Halloween? Here come some more stats…

According to the National Retail Federation’s 2009 Halloween Consumer Intentions and Actions Survey, total Halloween spending is estimated to fall 18% to $4.75 billion, down from $5.77 billion last year.

“The economy has caught up to Halloween this year,” Tracy Mullin, president and CEO of the National Retail Federation, said in a statement. “Since retailers know that Americans will be looking to celebrate on a budget, there’s no doubt we will see creative costume and decorating ideas in every price point imaginable.”

The report found that the average consumer plans to spend $56.31 on Halloween merchandise this year, down from $66.54 in 2008.

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Farrah Fawcett, 1947-2009

Farrah Fawcett, 1947-2009

Michael Jackson, 1958-2009

Michael Jackson, 1958-2009

…I’ve been reading other blogs/comments, and the sentiment seems to be pretty much the same about Michael Jackson’s sudden death…that although he’s a global musical icon, and helped define the 80’s MTV generation, it’s hard to shake the controversy that surrounded him/bizarre behavior he displayed: the child molestation trial, numerous plastic surgeries, questionable parenting, extravagant child-esque lifestyle (hello, Neverland Ranch) and his financial troubles.  I personally can’t help but reflect on his influence on the early development of my musical interests/intrigue with pop culture.  Thriller was the first cassette tape I owned and I played that thing until it merely became a warped useless piece of plastic. His dancing, videos, one-of-a-kind-entertainer quality inspired and raised the bar in popular music, hence his title as the King of Pop.  However, as we know, it has been years since he has inspired anything other than tabloid fodder. For now, I just hope that his children are cared for… as someone I know so astutely put it, “I imagine whoever takes care of them now will be a vast improvement.”  …or not

Anyway, I hope both Ms. Fawcett and Mr. Jackson rest in peace…and it’s just so crazy to mourn the death of two widely popular, very successful iconic celebrities on the same day.

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