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Viacom is Throwing Shade

PASADENA, CA - JANUARY 13:  Bryan Safi  (L) and Erin Gibson of Throwing Shade attend the Viacom Winter TCA Panels and Party on January 13, 2017 in Pasadena, California.  (Photo by Joshua Blanchard/Getty Images for Viacom)
PASADENA, CA – JANUARY 13: Bryan Safi (L) and Erin Gibson of Throwing Shade attend the Viacom Winter TCA Panels and Party on January 13, 2017 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Joshua Blanchard/Getty Images for Viacom)

Throwing Shade Throws Flames

By Valerie Milano
Pasadena, CA (The Hollywood Times) 1/18/17 – “We definitely try to focus on things affecting women and LGBT people, and we definitely try to bully the bullies and go after the people who are going after us.” Bryan Safi
There’s a new late-night socio-political snark fest invading the Tuesday Night 10:30 Slot. It is TV Land’s Throwing Shade. Already a hit in podcastland, the show now gets a shot at a broadcast audience,  Throwing Shade  has a manic, millennial newness that might just be the tonic for college educated viewers freaked out by our craven new world.

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throwing2Echoes of SNL’s Weekend Update come to mind, but this show throws off any newsroom fakery and give us pure, uncut Zeitgeist.  Hosts Erin Gibson (a.k.a. “Feminasty”) and Bryan Safi (a.k.a. “Homosensual) both have an broad, perfectly callibrated machine gun delivery that never seems to misfire. These aren’t just kids fidddling around with a web-cam, there’s talent on the hoof here.
The show opens with a East-Euro styled propaganda spot extolling the virtues of our leader (you know who), and then pinballs from newsy topics to skits and spots like ‘Etsy on Ecstasy’ and ‘Your heard of this bitch?’ We also have Will Farrel (as a car mechanic) sharing mastabatory fantasies about the shop’s pin-up calendar featuring Annie Leibovitz and Yoko Ono.
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Throwing Shade goes pretty far out but stays in the groove with five-hour energy-pacing. This is late night viewing tailor-made for the young-adult ADD crowd in need of some laughs with a side of truth.
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Valerie Milano is the well-connected Senior Editor and TV Critic at TheHollywoodTimes.today, a website that aggregates showbiz news curated for, and written by, insiders of the entertainment industry. (@HwoodTimes @TheHollywood.Times) Milano, whose extraordinary talents for networking in the famously tight-clad enclave of Hollywood have placed her at the center of the industry’s top red carpets and events since 1984, heads daily operations of a uniquely accessible, yet carefully targeted publication. For years, Milano sat on the board as a chief organizer of the Television Critics Association’s press tours, held twice a year in Beverly Hills and Pasadena. She has written for Communications Daily, Discover Hollywood, Hollywood Today, Television International, and Video Age International, and contributed to countless other magazines and digests. Valerie works closely with the Human Rights Campaign as a distinguished Fed Club Council Member. She also works with GLSEN, GLAAD, Outfest, NCLR, LAMBDA Legal, and the Desert Aids Project, in addition to donating both time and finances to high-profile nonprofits. She has been an active member of the Los Angeles Press Club for a couple of years and looks forward to the possibility of contributing to the future success of its endeavors. Milano’s passion for meeting people extends from Los Feliz to her favorite getaway, Palm Springs. There, she is a member of the Palm Springs Museum of Art and a prominent Old Las Palmas-area patron.