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Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Host Gavin Host! The Gavin Newsom Show Is Indeed Gavin Newsom's Show

Posted By on Wed, Jun 13, 2012 at 12:00 PM

The hunky hizzoner Gavin Newsom left the office of Mayor of San Francisco a year and half ago -- and we couldn't be happier, since Ed Lee is so much fun to hate on. But Gavin's been keeping busy since then, and not just by being Governor Moonbeam's Lieutenant, which hardly counts as work. Nope, Gavin has handsomed his way up to what we can only assume was his dream position all long: The Friday 8 p.m. slot on Al Gore's cable network.

Ladies and gentlemen, Current TV's The Gavin Newsom Show is here to fill that Urkel-shaped hole in your TGIF.

The official website calls it "A weekly hour-long talk show ... with a decidedly California touch." Sweet Zombie Jesus, an hour? Okay, it's probably more like forty minutes with the commercials taken out, but that's no consolation. Is Current that desperate to fill time? Couldn't they just buy some Futurama reruns or something?

What a "decidedly California touch" may be is also uncertain, but perhaps it's related to the show's tagline, credited to Gavin: "This show isn't about dreamers, it's about do-ers." (That's his creative hyphenation, not ours.) Take that, dreamers! Though it's too bad Gavin couldn't dream up a more interesting name than The Gavin Newsom Show.

Then again, you don't get much more Californian than Oliver Stone extolling the virtues of California marijuana, and listing off weed varieties like a stoner Bubba Blue.

Very San Franciscan is Tenderloin hotel entrepeneur Chip Conley, who describes himself as not just his company's Chief Executive Officer, but the Chief Emotions Officer. He also has high, near-flirty praise for Gavin's charisma.

Then there's the Magic Alex of Google, Sergey Brin. He demonstrates his not-ready-for-prime-time Google Glass, which he'd been developing at Google X, an "advanced skunkworks" where they "try to prototype really far-out projects." Sounds like he's tipping dangerously close to the "dreaming" side, Gavin! (Also, get a job, hippie.)

By the way, Texas native Lance Armstrong wants us to move on -- and he'll come out swingin' if we don't!

Anyway, the The Gavin Newsom Show is only in its second month, and we wish Gavin much luck. We're also sure the show's nowhere near jumping the shark just yet ... even though one of the upcoming guests is the director of Rock of Ages. Y'know, the movie where Tom Cruise sings hair metal.

C'mon, Gavin. You can dream bigger than that.


Sherilyn Connelly is a San Francisco-based writer. She also curates and hosts Bad Movie Night at The Dark Room, every Sunday at 8pm.

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