WATCH the First Promo for “I Am Cait,” the Caitlyn Jenner Reality Show

I Am Cait

It’s only been a mere two days since the world met Caitlyn Jenner, but we’re getting closer to her already. Today we got our first peek into her daily life with a short teaser for her upcoming intimate docuseries “I Am Cait”, which will premiere on E! July 26.

The minute-long amuse bouche doesn’t show much, but it does allude to some (much needed) frank discussions and observations on gender identity. Sitting before a vanity applying her lips, Caitlyn observed, “You start learning about the pressure women are under all the time about their appearance.”

With a slew of other reality shows about the transgender experience peppering the television landscape, like Becoming Us on ABC Family and New Girls on the Block on Discovery Life, diverse portrayals of trans individuals in the media is quickly becoming a reality. Will this become more of a norm soon?

“Put it this way: I’m the new normal,” Caitlyn Jenner says, with a smile.

WATCH the first sneak peek of the new Caitlyn Jenner reality show now:

DVF Adds Reality TV Star to Her Already Insane Resume

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Diane von Furstenberg does many things very well… wrap dresses (a design that celebrated its 40th anniversary this year), CFDA-leadership, book writing, and being generally inspiring — the woman was a princess and then made herself a fashion mogul.

Now she’s dipping her toes into new waters with a docu series on E! Diane’s new show “House of DVF” centers around Diane’s mission to appoint a brand ambassador–a young woman who can quite literally travel the world and represent DVF on all levels, particularly to younger generations, perhaps less familiar with that infamous wrap dress. Nice work if you can get it.

Eight girls will compete for this job a million girls would kill for under the tutelage, reprimands, and everything in between of DVF and top members of her team.

Get your fashion TV fix Sunday at 10 p.m. EST on E!

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Famous Idiot Reduces Local News Anchor To Tears

Let’s face it: Ryan Lochte is one sexy idiot. I mean, come on. I keep walking by a poster for What Would Ryan Lochte Do?, his new reality show on E! that premieres on Sunday, and I can’t help but find myself really attracted to the man. I mean, he’s wearing a tight t-shirt and is soaking wet. And he just looks so dumb, which, I’ll be honest, is a bit of a turn-on. Of course, that’s because I do not know him in real life, and I am sure if I had the chance to speak to him everything that came out of his mouth would be a total boner-killer. Which is why I love this video of Fox Philly anchors Sheinelle Jones and Mike Jerrick nearly losing their minds over how dumb this dude is following an awkward interview with the Olympian.

[via Deadspin]

The ‘Wonderful, Glorious’ Journey of E and Eels

Last year, E of the Eels went into a studio with a full band that he had assembled for his previous tour. Together they produced Wonderful, Glorious, a record funky and indefinite. The opening track, “Bombs Away,” avoids explosiveness entirely; it prefers a framework of winding smoke. The song moves about a creeping groove while a thousand details wheel around it—sparking decorations, spiky ambushes of guitar. It feels more like the product of a band, distinct from previous Eels records where E surrounded himself with a wheeling constellation of studio musicians. Wonderful, Glorious is less assembled from discrete parts, more grown into itself—when listening to the record, there’s the feeling of people who know how to play with each other, a variously-brained body ambling through a space. The final product is properly exploratory.

“We were just experimenting and seeing what happens,” E said in a phone interview I conducted with him in January. This was a new approach for him—E’s songwriting almost neatly divides into two categories: traditional, pretty songcraft and fevered grooves. Wonderful, Glorious is a total dive into the latter mood—nearly everything in some way cooks. But there’s the occasional reflective moment, as in “True Original,” a small, frail melody that circles sweetly. “Sometimes you’re in a more traditional mood and other times you’re in a mood to just fuck things up and see what happens,” E said. “I’ve certainly been fucking things up since the beginning of my career. It’s whatever mood you’re in and also what kind of story you’re trying to tell and what would suit that.”

A few stories are nonlinear in the telling. “Peach Blossom” pivots about meanly even as it is literally a song about opening a window and smelling the flowers outside. “The Turnaround” blooms slowly and gorgeously, yet it does so in an ominous coloring, like a poisonous flower. “I guess when that song starts out you’re not expecting a happy ending,” E says. “And you don’t get a happy ending, but you do get the possibility of a happy ending happening after the song is over.” At the end of the song E repeats, as if a mantra, the lyric “Six bucks in my pocket / and the shoes on my feet / The first step is out the door / and onto the street.” The relative optimism of this line is matched inversely by the heaving atmosphere of his band—musically “The Turnaround” is a four-minute crescendo, and the final electric buzz of it is so dramatic it’s as if dark clouds develop and storm over every E’s word.

Not everything on the record is quite as compelling. Songs like “Accident Prone” and “On the Ropes” are a pile of lazily related chords. E’s voice, always a wiry bark, is here even more reduced. It migrates in pain. But the flaws of Wonderful, Glorious are less grating, less disruptive because of the album’s optimistic, accepting tone. “New Alphabet” starts immediately after “The Turnaround” and it almost seems the second part of the story, a person finding stability by retranslating their world. “‘New Alphabet’ could almost be thought of as what happens to the guy in ‘The Turnaround’ next,” E says. “Then he gets his shit together to the point where he’s really getting his shit together and realizes, ‘Okay, I got to take this further, and if I want to change anything in my world all I can do is change myself. I can’t change anyone around me. So how can I change myself to make situations in my life work better?’” This relatively spirited attitude is a progression from 2010’s similarly glowing Tomorrow Morning in that it seems less sarcastic, less designed as a deliberate contrast to the relentlessly bleak End Times. It’s also a massive development from the dude who recorded 1998’s Electro-Shock Blues, an album-length meditation on the deaths of his immediate family, or even 2005’s Blinking Lights and Other Revelations, a double album where the songs were so sad and troubled that they blended into a grim, unvarying pile. The therapeutic aspects of “New Alphabet,” the flowers in “Peach Blossom” suggest he’s not as focused on the frozen, joyless incidents of his past, that he’s newly concentrated on these moment-to-moment productions of grace.

This is underlined by the “in the moment” feel of the record, the presence of a real, working, fluid band and E’s new, more improvisational approach to songwriting. “Almost always when I make an album, I do go into it with this concept in mind about what I want the whole album to be about and what I want it to sound like musically in some way,” he said. “The difference in this new album is it’s the first time I think I didn’t have that in mind. I had no plans at all, and that was the plan—to have no plan. And it was a good lesson for me to see that you could do that and come out with something cohesive that did end up having a theme to it. It worked out very organically in the studio as we were doing it. None of it was arranged.” I suggested that the final theme was possibly a person—and a band—exploring. “I wasn’t aware of what some of the lyrics meant at the time that I was writing it,” he said. “But it is a person exploring, who is a little scared about the idea that he didn’t have a plan and didn’t know where he was going.”

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The Boy Band That Isn’t One Direction Is Getting a Reality Show

I think The Wanted’s "Glad You Came" is one of the worst pop songs in recent history, and compared to the friendly, clean-cut guys in One Direction, the dudes in the other British boy band of the moment look like the kind of guys from high school who would ruin a lot of reputations and probably get innocent nerds in trouble for cheating on math tests. I mean, one of them might be dating Lindsay Lohan, for Christ’s sake. Do you want to be friends with anyone who might be dating Lindsay Lohan? Who would want to be friends with someone who is probably not very smart and brings his crazy girlfriend around all of the time? Of course, these characters are the perfect candidates for reality television. Thus, E! came calling.

What’s in store for this show, tentatively titled The Wanted Life? Well, one of the dudes is recently single, so there will be a lot of anonymous girls vying for his attention. Also, the network plans to stick them all in a house together, so get ready for some fights and possible homoeroticism! Plus, one of the guys is described as having "a Jekyll and Hyde personality." That seems logical. And maybe some Lindsay Lohan, although that’s a stretch because an E! reality show seems to be below her pay-grade. (Just kidding. Literally nothing is below Lindsay Lohan’s pay-grade.)

Good work, Ryan Seacrest! 

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‘Glee’ Star Mark Salling Comments on Sexual Battery Charges on SAG Red Carpet

Last night I was watching E!’s coverage of the SAG Awards red carpet because, what, like I’m better than that? While I was paying attention to both the TV and my real friends who were in the room and, honestly, giving much more accurate fashion commentary than Giuliana Rancic, I caught about half of the interaction between E! correspondent Ross Mathews and Glee actor Mark Salling, who awkwardly began talking about Salling’s name popping up on gossip websites. Not being in the loop (I try my best to ignore everyone associated with Glee, apparently somewhat successfully!), I learned that they were discussing the sexual assault charges brought against him by his ex-girlfriend. 

The red carpet at the SAG Awards is totally the most appopriate place to talk about your legal troubles. Why would you rather want to mention your TV show or even which song on Taylor Swift’s last album is your favorite? Yes, the fact that your ex is currently suing you is definitely better red carpet small talk. 

"You hear about fraudulent lawsuits all the time," Salling said. "Until it happens to you, you really don’t grasp what it does, not to just you, but to your family, and you want the legal process to happen as fast as possible, but just…It takes time. I just want the chance to defend myself—and I will, vigorously." 

"It’s the first time for me," he added, when Mathews asked what it’s like to all of a sudden be called upon to defend himself in that manner. "You kind of have to learn as you go, but like with anything else, you have to stay positive and count on the people that actually do know you and love you, and that you love, as well."

And that’s the perfect way to go into an award show. "How’d you get your SAG card?" "Oh, I asked a celebrity about his alleged sexual misbehavior. On camera!!!"

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Human Meme That Can Swim Gets E! Reality Show

Professional swimmer and full-time Floridian Ryan Lochte nestled his way into our hearts and our GIFs this summer with his stunning athletic prowess 4 America, his bizarre sense of personal branding (complete with trademark catchphrase) and his general status as human meme. Also, the whole American flag grill thing, which got about as much coverage as his actual swimming did. Anyway, the initial Lochte-mania may have died down, following his appearances on 90210 and 30 Rock (as a "sex idiot") and his trademarking of "Jeah!" but as our Jessica Wakeman forewarned a few months ago, Lochte wanted his own show. About his one-night stands.

Well, it looks like that first thing is going to happen, although maybe not exclusively about that second thing. E! announced yesterday that Lochte’s reality show, the aptly-titled six-part documentary series What Would Ryan Lochte Do?, will air this April. The show will follow the Lochte’s adventures in further Olympic ambitions, footwear design, meeting women and partying, and other such shenanigans. 

As Suzanne Kolb, president of E! Entertainment, said in a statement, praising Lochte’s "utterly unique and unaffected approach to life:" "He is an incredibly endearing personality who is sexy, entertaining and fun. Watching this show, I believe people will fall into three categories: they want to be him, sleep with him or mother him." Yep, you read that last thing right. Mother him. I’m not really in a place to judge because I don’t have kids, but, is that a big thing reality showrunners work to? Watching celebrities on reality shows and thinking, "Damn, I wish that celebrity with the weird catchphrase on the television were my kid!" 

No word yet on whether or not his swimming buddy Prince Harry (who would probably actually make for amazing TV, when you think about it) or his sister Megan, who said some terrible, racist things in front of a rolling camera after returning from the 2008 Summer Games in Beijing, will also appear. But even when not being racist on cable access television, the Lochte siblings’ unscripted on-camera aptitude (or lack thereof) leaves something to be desired. Lest we forget:

Linkage: Uggie To Bark A Memoir, E! Gives Scripted TV A Try

Is there nothing this dog can’t do? Uggie, the adorable and talented dog from The Artist, has been tapped to "bark" a memoir for Gallery Books. Human author Wendy Holden will be on paw to translate. [ArtsBeat]

For their first forays into scripted television, E! Entertainment is working on a Wizard of Oz inspired series (Dorthy), a modern-day re-staging of Anne Boleyn and Henry VIII’s story in modern day (Anne of Hollywood), and of course the required legal thriller (Juror #9) and detective procedural (Amy Devlin Mysteries). As if their real-life stars aren’t drama enough… [Deadline]

Busy busy, Miss Rooney Mara is circling yet another project, this one a story about outlaws featuring Ben Foster and Casey Affleck called Ain’t Them Bodies Saints. [PlayList]

Is your online presence more "completely nuts" Rihanna or "cool" and "poised" Beyoncé? [BitsBlog]

This summer, John Darinielle is reissuing early Mountain Goats’ cassettes Hound Chronicles and Hot Garden Stomp as a digital or a cd compilation. "No one anticipated their coming into the world, and very few noticed or cared," writes Darinelle of the tapes original release. "The obscurity in which these songs were incubated and born and brought into their faint light is a state of being which has passed into history." [Pitchfork]

Vice turns a camera back at the paparazzi to give them a taste of their own medicine. [Vice]