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Friday, January 19, 2018

Is this worse than Sandra Lee's king cake?

Posted By on Fri, Jan 19, 2018 at 3:39 PM

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Steve Caparotta of WAFB-TV in Baton Rouge posted the following image on Twitter, calling it "the biggest abomination of a 'king cake' I've ever seen." What is it exactly? Dry bread piped with whipped topping and topped with maraschino cherries? Not sure. It's still not as risible as the "semi-homemade" king cake made by Food Network chef Sandra Lee, which we wrote about last year. That one involves popping a tube of Pillsbury breadstick dough and gooing it up with a tub of pre-made cake frosting (not even cinnamon rolls with cream cheese frosting). The video of its construction seems to have disappeared from the Food Network site, but here's a screencap from last year:

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Have you experienced sad king cake this Carnival season?

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Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Sally-Ann Roberts to retire after 40 years at WWL-TV

Posted By on Wed, Jan 10, 2018 at 12:25 PM

Sally-Ann Roberts (right) appeared on ABC's Good Morning America last year to commemorate the fifth anniversary of her sister Robin Roberts' life-saving bone marrow transplant.
  • Sally-Ann Roberts (right) appeared on ABC's Good Morning America last year to commemorate the fifth anniversary of her sister Robin Roberts' life-saving bone marrow transplant.

At a time when genuinely nice people sometimes seem in short supply, Sally-Ann Roberts is the real deal — which makes it bittersweet that she announced her retirement this morning on the WWL-TV Eyewitness Morning News. Roberts has been at the station for 40 years. Her last newscast will be Feb. 28.

“After much thought and prayer, I decided that it’s time to begin a new chapter in my life," she told viewers. "I don’t know what the future holds but I look forward to continuing to serve this community in the years to come and spend more time with my grandchildren.”

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Friday, December 15, 2017

WATCH: Jon Batiste performs 'Winter Wonderland' on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert

Posted By on Fri, Dec 15, 2017 at 1:18 PM

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Something nice for a chilly Friday: New Orleans native Jon Batiste getting five minutes on national television to play jazz piano beautifully and sing "Winter Wonderland" from his new album Christmas With Jon Batiste, which features guest performances by Jason Marsalis, Aloe Blaac and others.

It's really, really good.

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Tuesday, November 14, 2017

WYES documentary New Orleans: The First 300 Years premieres Nov. 15

Posted By on Tue, Nov 14, 2017 at 3:42 PM

Peggy Scott Laborde and John Goodman. - COURTESY WYES-TV
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  • Peggy Scott Laborde and John Goodman.

Next year is the New Orleans Tricentennial, and events are beginning to ramp up to mark the 300th anniversary of the city's founding. A documentary, New Orleans: The First 300 Years premieres on public television station WYES-TV tomorrow night, produced by WYES veteran documentarian Peggy Scott Laborde and narrated by John Goodman.

The documentary will air at 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. on WYES, with repeats on Saturday, Nov. 18 at 4 p.m. and Thursday, Nov. 23 at 1 p.m. and 9 p.m.

WYES also is producing a series of "Tricentennial Moments" that will run during its regular programming. More information under the jump.

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Friday, October 13, 2017

WATCH: Sarah Silverman visits Trump supporters in Chalmette on I Love You, America

Posted By on Fri, Oct 13, 2017 at 4:31 PM

On the premiere of her new Hulu talk show I Love You, America, Sarah Silverman visited the Standers family of Chalmette to have dinner and talk politics.
  • On the premiere of her new Hulu talk show I Love You, America, Sarah Silverman visited the Standers family of Chalmette to have dinner and talk politics.

Last night, on Sarah Silverman's new Hulu series I Love You, America, the famously liberal comedian tried something different in the late-night talk show field: she visited a family of Trump voters in Chalmette and had dinner with them.

The Standers are an extended family of crab fishermen — gun owners and conservatives who voted for change in the 2016 election. Their beliefs were varied; Brandi, the 26-year-old "matriarch," wasn't convinced that former President Barack Obama was born in Hawaii, yet she was firmly in support of gay marriage and chided her father, who said LGBT people should have equal rights but stopped short of supporting the right to marry. Most of the Standers thought the Obama administration "gave away" too many things to the undeserving, yet several of them received insurance under the expansion of the Affordable Care Act. Silverman made her points known, but there was no serious arguing (and no changing of minds, either). Everyone involved seemed to enjoy the experience; they parted as friends.

It was a big change from the usual Stephen Colbert/John Oliver/Trevor Noah approach of ALL TRUMP IS BAD — and still not everyone liked it.

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Thursday, September 21, 2017

Cassidy vs. Sanders headed to CNN Sept. 25

Posted By on Thu, Sep 21, 2017 at 6:00 PM

Sens. Bernie Sanders and Bill Cassidy join Lindsey Graham and Amy Klobuchar to debate health care legislation Sept. 25 on CNN. - PHOTOS BY AFGE & GAGE SKIDMORE/CREATIVE COMMONS
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  • Sens. Bernie Sanders and Bill Cassidy join Lindsey Graham and Amy Klobuchar to debate health care legislation Sept. 25 on CNN.


CNN will air a "town hall" Monday, Sept. 25 with U.S. Sens. Bill Cassidy and Lindsey Graham debating Sens. Bernie Sanders and Amy Klobuchar over proposed health care legislation.

Anchor Jake Tapper and chief political correspondent Dana Bash will moderate the 90-minute event, aired live at 8 p.m.

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Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Jimmy Kimmel: 'Bill Cassidy just lied right to my face'

Posted By on Tue, Sep 19, 2017 at 10:23 PM

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U.S. Sen. Bill Cassidy got lots of publicity in the last few months for saying any GOP health care plan would have to pass the "Jimmy Kimmel test" — a term he coined after talking with the late night talk show host, whose son needed open-heart surgery shortly after birth. Cassidy, a physician, promised Kimmel and others that any Republican replacement for the Affordable Care Act would include coverage for all; no discrimination for pre-existing conditions; lower premiums for families; and no lifetime caps on coverage.

The new Graham-Cassidy health care bill, unveiled this week, does none of these things, as many medical groups have pointed out — as have Gov. John Bel Edwards and Louisiana Health Secretary Rebekah Gee, who wrote letters objecting to the proposed legislation. Kimmel chimed in tonight on his talk show, saying, "Bill Cassidy just lied to my face."
"Before you post a nasty Facebook message saying I'm politicizing my son's health problems, I want you to know: I am politicizing my son's health problems. Because I have to."
"There's a new Jimmy Kimmel test for you," Kimmel concluded. "It's a lie detector test, and you're welcome to stop by the studio and take it any time."

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Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Jim Mora: 'Tell Scott [Walker] he's full of shit'

Posted By on Tue, Sep 12, 2017 at 4:12 PM

The magic moment when Jim Mora didn't realize he was on live TV.
  • The magic moment when Jim Mora didn't realize he was on live TV.

The New Orleans Saints may have opened the regular 2017 season with a 'dang' rather than a bang, but one person did not disappoint: During the post-game show, former Saints coach and current WDSU sports analyst Jim Mora told sportscasters Fletcher Mackel and Sharief Ishaq that WDSU anchor Scott Walker was "full of shit."

Video under the jump!

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Thursday, August 10, 2017

Report: American Crime Story: Katrina gets cast shakeup, drops Doug Brinkley source material

Posted By on Thu, Aug 10, 2017 at 4:25 PM

Sarah Paulson will play Dr. Anna Pou in American Crime Story: Katrina. - CREATIVE COMMONS/GAGE SKIDMORE
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  • Sarah Paulson will play Dr. Anna Pou in American Crime Story: Katrina.

The third season of American Crime Story, which was originally planned to be based on historian Douglas Brinkley's book The Great Deluge, is having a major change of focus, according to a report this afternoon by Variety. The anthology series now will focus on the humanitarian crisis at Memorial Medical Center as described in Sheri Fink's book Five Days at Memorial.

Most of the previously announced cast, Variety wrote, has been jettisoned (Annette Being as then-Gov. Kathleen Blanco; Dennis Quaid as then-President George W. Bush; Matthew Broderick as hapless FEMA head Michael "Brownie" Brown), while Sarah Paulson now will star as Dr. Anna Pou, who has taken major exception with Fink's book and reporting.

Read Variety's report here.

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