George Michael Arrested--Again, "Mad Men," "30 Rock" Get Their Due At Emmys
I had faith that George Michael had cleaned up his act, but I was wrong.
The 45-year-old singer, who just wrapped up his first concert tour in 15 years, was arrested for drug possession in London over the weekend, MTV.com reports.
And get this: He was caught using the drugs—crack cocaine and marijuana—in a public restroom not far from his North London home.
Maybe this is a silly question, but why would this guy, who has gotten into trouble due to his public restroom antics before, do drugs in a public restroom? A public restroom not far from his home? I'm not condoning drug use, but if he was going to do drugs, why not do them in the privacy of his own home, which was apparently nearby?
George has issued an apology. It reads: "I want to apologize to my fans for screwing up again, and to promise them I'll sort myself out. And to say sorry to everybody else, just for boring them."
I wouldn't call George's run-ins with the law boring. I'd call them sad. Some highlights: Back in 1998, he was arrested outside of a men's room in a Beverly Hills park and charged with engaging in a lewd act; he was found unconscious in his car and charged with marijuana possession in 2006; he had his license taken away after pleading guilty to being unfit to drive because of drugs in 2007.
This time around, George got off with a slap on the wrist. According to reports, the London police gave him a cautionary warning after catching him doing drugs in the public restroom and will not charge him with a crime.
As a longtime fan of George Michael, I hope he goes into rehab and gets whatever type of counseling he needs to stop the madness. I really don't want to read about him dying of a drug overdose in some public restroom. That would be a pathetic way to go for a man who has had such an impact on pop music.
What do think of George's latest brush with the law? Is there any hope for him?
"Mad Men," "30 Rock" Get Their Due At "Primetime Emmy Awards"
Last night's Primetime Emmy Awards broadcast was so dull, with the only really memorable moment being two-time Emmy winner Kathy Griffin making the audience members get up off their asses to give Don Rickles, who won an Emmy for his performance in the special Mr. Warmth: The Don Rickles Project, a well-deserved standing ovation. Go Kathy!
As for the other awards, it was heartening to see some talent from basic cable shows get their due.
The big win of the night went to Mad Men. The AMC show that chronicles the wild and crazy advertising business of the 1960s took home the Emmy for Outstanding Drama Series.
Meanwhile, Bryan Cranston, who is so amazing on AMC's Breaking Bad, which is probably watched by seven people, was named Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series, and I was thrilled to see him recognized despite the fact that his show doesn't pull in big ratings.
Less of a surprise was Glenn Close's win for Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series for her role on FX's Damages. Who isn't going to give Glenn Close an Emmy?
Other highlights include 30 Rock's winning Best Comedy Series for the second year in a row (yet another big winner that struggles in the ratings), and 30 Rock star Alec Baldwin taking home the Emmy for Outstanding Actor in a Comedy Series.
It was also cool to see The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour garner an honorary Emmy, even if it was 40 years late. The show tackled topics ranging from racism to the Vietnam War back in the day when no one else on television dared to go there and served as inspiration for the satirical shows of today including The Colbert Report and The Daily Show with John Stewart.
So what did you think of the Primetime Emmy Awards? Did you think most of the winners were deserving? Were you shocked by any of the snubs?
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