“The Gossip Queens” Will Premiere On Logo On September 26. MTV’s Logo channel and Entertainment Studios cable network Comedy.TV will start airing its newest TV show “The Gossip Queens,” a daily half-hour talk show featuring four American comedians. These “queens” will talk about pop culture, entertainment news and celebrity gossip, of course, starting on the show’s premiere on September 26. On each show, the hosts, Loni Love, Alec Mapa, Michelle Collins and Bernadette Pauley, are joined by guests: magazine editors, celebrity gossip bloggers or reporters who can also dish and tell the latest gossip. For those who don’t know, each comedian has guest starred on various TV shows: Love just starred in her own one-hour comedy special on Comedy Central, and has appeared on “Chocolate News,” “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” “The Late Late Show with Craig Kilborn,” and “Chelsea Lately;” Mapa has co-hosted “The View,” guest-starred on “Seinfeld,” “Roseanne” and “Friends,” and had a stand-up comedy special on Logo called “Wisecrack;” Collins is the Managing Editor of VH1’s BestWeekEver.tv and makes regular appearances as a panelist on “Chelsea Lately,” “The Joy Behar Show” and “The Tyra Banks Show” as a comedian, and earned two Webby Awards for Best Celebrity Fan Blog; and Pauley is a comedian who has appeared on “Comics Unleashed with Byron Allen,” hosted several episodes of “Comedy.TV” and regularly performs at comedy clubs, theaters, casinos and colleges nationwide. “Loni, Alec, Michelle, and Bernadette are all extraordinary talents, and this show is the perfect blend of comedy and gossip,” said Byron Allen, founder, chairman and CEO of Entertainment Studios, in a statement. “The Gossip Queens” is fresh, bold, and funny. This show is simply unstoppable.” “The Gossip Queens” will air five days a week in syndication on various TV stations in several cities, including WCIU in Chicago, WTSP in Tampa, WRDQ in Orlando, NBC O&O KNTV in San Francisco and WBFF in Baltimore.
HeavyAsHell.com announces its public launch on March 1, 2010. The site will fill a gap in the social news community for fans of rock, metal, punk and other guitar-based genres. HeavyAsHell aggregates the best stories about ‘heavy’ music from around the web. It sprung from the negative experiences founder Mark Carras had with other news aggregators that buried or denied stories about harder genres, literally shutting out fans, journalists and bands from the benefits of social news. While the site will provide a haven for certain types of music, says Mark, ‘Heavy is in the ear of the beholder. Johnny Cash covering NIN’s ‘Hurt’ is heavy.’ There are two registration levels at HeavyAsHell. Bands register an account with basic information to create a page that will catalogue all its news. Everyone else – fans, writers, bloggers, site runners, labels, publicists – register as users. Users are essentially site editors. Users can submit news, reviews, videos and photo links that they find on the web. They can comment on content, and can vote on posts which in turn will position the story higher on the site. These various activities accumulate ‘sins’ (points). There will be benefits to being an active sinner. Starting March 1, HeavyAsHell will be giving away more than $10,000 in prizes to the top registered users. Each week, the top user will win $1000 while the second place user gets $500 and the third place $250. Additional prizes will be provided by Nuclear Blast America, Prosthetic Records, Rock Ridge Records, the band Mongrel and others. Users will be ranked automatically by their submissions, comments and voting activity. Full Rules and Conditions will be posted on the site at www.heavyashell.com/contest.