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Wednesday, May 23, 2007

From the best show you'll never see...

Singer Johnny Fayva shot a pilot for MTV - but it didn't go any where. Hopefully someone smart will pick up this show.

Monday, May 21, 2007

Carlos Mencia is called out by comedian Morgan Murphy for stealing material. Let's see what he has to say to this:

Saturday, May 19, 2007

What Tony Soprano yelled at the end of last week's episode:

From Tom Shales on TVweek.com:

"Thanks to those who commented, even those who did it insultingly, but this blog was correct in its original report: Tony Soprano shouted “I GET IT” and not “I DID IT” at the end of last week’s Sopranos episode.

An HBO spokesman confirmed it from the script.

I may have been wrong in interpreting the remark though. I thought Tony had experienced a life-changing epiphany that was going to impact on all the remaining episodes. The HBO executive thinks that Tony was in effect speaking posthumously to Christopher, the nephew he killed in the opening scene, and that “I get it” means Tony now understands the tremendous pull of mind-altering drugs that was essentially Christopher’s undoing.

Argue about that all you want. "

Thursday, May 17, 2007

From this morning’s NY Post.



May 17, 2007 -- TEJ Herring, the longtime publicist for wacko comic Andy Dick, quit yesterday, less than an hour before Dick was to appear on the CW11 "Morning News" and then be feted at a roast on Howard Stern's Sirius satellite radio show. Dick was a no-show for the Ch. 11 gig. Then, reports The Post's Don Kaplan, as dozens of comedians began to gather in Stern's studio for the roast, producer Gary Dell'Abate had to send an intern and a Town Car to extract Dick from his hotel room. Dell'Abate told Stern about the mess just as the show was starting. "The e-mail came in five minutes ago and [Herring] had resigned five minutes before that," he told Stern, adding that Dick had "canceled [on CW11] at the last second . . . the people at CW11 hate him." At the roast, Dick was crucified by the likes of Artie Lange, Greg Fitzsimmons, Dave Attell and Lisa Lampanelli, who joked, "People are surprised when they hear that Andy has kids, because the kids don't admit it. To avoid embarrassment, they tell people that their father is Alec Baldwin."

Tuesday, May 15, 2007

To continue NBC's plan to copy what works - they have taken the theme of Heroes and applied it to three new shows. "Ordinary people with extraordinary powers."

The Bionic Woman (after an accident a woman is given bionic parts, Journeyman a San Francisco journalist all of a sudden can travel through time - which is good that he's a journalist living in SF, since they usually are on strike.

And Chuck, a nerd is secretly an spy.
Here's a preview from TVguy88:
The new Bionic Woman Looks so cool!


here's a clip of the Bionic woman's ep. They acts like his show is best thing since fire. It's not the Wire, it's a remake of a cheesy show that we all love. what a snore. We get it, you've changed TV.




Here's a guy who does a webcast about entertainment. Do I sound this lame? If the answer is yes, I'm sorry.

I know people that being off the cuff is the way to go - always funnier and not corporate or something, but it gives you a chance to think about what you are saying. Maybe even come up with something better.
But who am I?
A day without Orange juice.
Here's Life...looks like crap.



ABC's Fall Schedule 2007

From the ABC press release...


DAY TIME SERIES

MONDAY:
8:00 p.m. “Dancing with the Stars”
9:30 p.m. “Sam I Am” (new comedy series)
10:00 p.m. “The Bachelor”

TUESDAY:
8:00 p.m. “Cavemen” (new comedy series)
8:30 p.m. “Carpoolers” (new comedy series)
9:00 p.m. “Dancing with the Stars the Results Show”
10:00 p.m. “Boston Legal”

WEDNESDAY:
8:00 p.m. “Pushing Daisies” (new drama series)
9:00 p.m. “Private Practice” (new drama series)
10:00 p.m. “Dirty Sexy Money” (new drama series)

THURSDAY:
8:00 p.m. “Ugly Betty”
9:00 p.m. “Grey’s Anatomy”
10:00 p.m. “Big Shots” (new drama series)

FRIDAY:
8:00 p.m. “MEN IN TREES”
9:00 p.m. “Women’s Murder Club” (new drama series)
10:00 p.m. “20/20”

SATURDAY: 8:00 p.m. “Saturday Night College Football”

SUNDAY:
7:00 p.m. “America’s Funniest Home Videos”
8:00 p.m. “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition”
9:00 p.m. “Desperate Housewives”
10:00 p.m. “Brothers & Sisters”


“Cashmere Mafia,” “Notes from the Underbelly” and “October Road” will premiere after “Dancing with the Stars” and “The Bachelor” conclude their fall seasons.

For full descriptions of the shows go to the ABC site. I can't do everything. I'm only one man.


First ABC should put “Notes from the Underbelly” and “October Road” back on the air right away. There's no reason to introduce a show and then make people wait for them. Why put on 40,000 new shows at once? Put “Notes from the Underbelly” on Tuesday at 8:30 so people have something they like and then premiere Carpoolers or Cavemen after Dancing with the Stars goes away.

Also I would put the family friendly Cavemen at 9:30 after "Dancing." Then put the star power of Christina Applegate to use and have it open up Tuesday night.


Same with “October Road.” Put that on at Wednesday at 8 before "Private Practice" and the drama. Why make a whole night of brand new shows? That's a lot of pressure.

It's great That ABC is putting on new shows on Friday. Last year it quickly became a night of second runs and news shows.

All in all, a pretty strong schedule.

Monday, May 14, 2007

Re-reporting the news:

CBS pilot pick ups...
According to Nikki Fink here are the shows pilots that CBS picked up...

CBS is picking up TWILIGHT, VIVA LAUGHLIN, SWINGTOWN, CANE (previously untitled Cynthia Cidre Project), BIG BANG THEORY, POWER OF 10 (unscripted). Unclear yet what's for fall or midseason.

What's up with the funny "I'm in Hell!"?
NBC's New Fall line up - from their website http://nbcumv.com/


NBC PRIMETIME SCHEDULE FOR FALL 2007-08

*New programs in CAPS

MONDAY
8-9 p.m. "Deal or No Deal"
9-10 p.m. "Heroes"
10-11 p.m. "JOURNEYMAN"-
A newspaper reporter time travels to alter the past and fix things. Here's the pitch "It's Quantum Leap meets Early Edition." NBC must've figured the people who are watching Heroes will want another sci-fi type show.

TUESDAY
8-9 p.m. "The Biggest Loser"
9-10 p.m. "CHUCK" -
a geeky super spy. The Pitch, "in real life he's a nerd, but he has a secret identity as a spy. You still don't get it? Here, read this Superman comic."
10-11 p.m. "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit"

WEDNESDAY
8-9 p.m. "Deal or No Deal"
9-10 p.m. "BIONIC WOMAN"
10-11 p.m. "LIFE"
- A cop was wrongly accused of a crime. Now he's out of jail and back on the force. First let's hope they don't do the cheesy TV thing and have his last name, "Life."

Scene from the pilot.

Cop 1: " Frig that. I ain't going into that shoot out with him!"
Officer Chad Life: "I didn't kill that kid. I was cleared of all charges. Don't you watch the News?"
Cop 1: "My bad. Let's go in."

What if there was a twist? Like he really did do it? Or the cop who did in on the force and trying to get Officer Chad Life killed?



THURSDAY
8-8:30 p.m. "My Name Is Earl"
8:30-9 p.m. "30 Rock"
9-9:30 p.m. "The Office"
9:30-10 p.m. "Scrubs"
10-11 p.m. "er"


They ordered 18 Scrubs and 30 hours of the Office with 5 of them 1 hours episodes. So it's cheaper/more profitable to producer a one hour Office than a half hour Scrubs.

So five times next season the Office will be an hour, not just feel like one.

Let's figure out how many episodes will be 30 minutes... 1/2x + 5(1) = 30
Finally a use for algebra!

FRIDAY
8-9 p.m. "1 vs 100"/"THE SINGING BEE"
9-10 p.m. "Las Vegas"
10-11 p.m. "Friday Night Lights"


This makes sense. Put the show with "Friday " in the title on Friday.

SATURDAY
8-9 p.m. "Dateline NBC"
9-11 p.m. Drama Series Encores

SUNDAY (Fall 2007)
7-8 p.m. "Football Night in America"
8-11 p.m. "NBC Sunday Night Football"

SUNDAY (January 2008)
7-8 p.m. "Dateline NBC"
8-9 p.m. "Law and Order"
9-10 p.m. "Medium"
10-11 p.m. "LIPSTICK JUNGLE"


Why is Law and Order at 8 PM on a Sunday, traditionally family TV night? Isn't the show about murder? In an effort to attract more family viewing they're adding The yellow shirt guy who left the Wiggles and Sonic the Hedgehog to the cast.

Sunday, May 13, 2007

These shows have been announced as pick up before the upfronts tomorrow.



From TVweek.com:

FOX:
“Sarah Connor Chronicles” - Terminator spin off. Sound cool. I hope they give it a chance and that it's good.
“New Amsterdam” (about an immortal NYC homicide detective) oh, brother
“K-Ville” Starring Anthony Anderson and Cole Hauser as cops in New Orleans after Katrina.
“The Return of Jezebel James” -
“Rules For Starting Over” Sex & the City with Men I give it less than 13 episodes

Kelsey Grammer’s “Back to You” - prob. very expensive. I say they keep it on all year no matter what. I would even guess they've already made a full season commitment.
“Til Death” escapes death, get it?


ABC:

“Cashmere Mafia,”
“Dirty Sexy Money,” With Peter Crouse and Donald Sutherland “Pushing Daises,”
“Women’s Murder Club,”
“Private Practice” – the soulless “Grey’s Anatomy” spin off should go on Fridays to capitalize the success of Grey's. It's a rerun night for ABC, why not use this show as a way in? Or put it at Mondays at 10 after Super Nanny and Wife Swap. Do whatever you want. Who listens to me anyway?
“Eli Stone”
“October Road” – not so good, but as soap dramas go, good enough. Leave it on Thursdays at 10. It works. Stop messing around with that time slot. It needs stability. Wait are we still talking about TV?
They also have “Men in Trees”

“Sam I Am,”
“Carpoolers” with the Very funny Jerry Minor.
“Cavemen”
“Notes From the Underbelly” renewed

Early word on Network pick ups

According to CNN all three Law and Orders will be back. The original LandO is back for an 18th season. Thank goodness! What would TNT show?
But wait! according to thefutoncritic.com Law and Order: Criminal intent will first play on the NBC/Universal owned USA Network. Then rerun on the NBC network. Backwards from the normal way. ABC did that with Monk - they passed on the show and then it became a hit on USA so they toook it weeks later. It didn't fly on the network.

From Thefutoncritic.com

"'Law and Order: Criminal Intent' is perfect for USA -- smart, character-driven programming that's already a proven hit with our viewers," said Bonnie Hammer, president of USA Network and SCI FI Channel. "It's also a blockbuster procedural, a terrific complement to the award-winning 'Monk' and last year's top-rated new show, 'Psych'. Combined with the powerhouse WWE and the rest of the network's dynamic slate, it ensures that USA will continue to dominate the cable landscape and remain #1."

ooof. The good news is that you stay on the air - bad news you follow "psych."

I wonder if everyone will come back.

Thursday, May 10, 2007


Hollywood is filled with dreamers. I overheard (ease dropped on) two of them

Two guys in their mid- 40's. One guy sis pretty dirty.


Sad Guy in Shorts to Barista: I'm sorry to both you, but who is this music? Chuck Coltrane?

(At this point, I'm hooked)
--

Dirty guy to Sad Guy: You see I was screwed out of some stocks. I should have 20 grand, but I sold teh stocks and the company won't give me the money.
Sad Guy: I don't know i want to do better in life.
Dirty guy: are you appreciated or tolerated?
Sad: I don't know.
Dirty: you want to do better? Do you use the internet?
Sad: I go to the library. just to look up a couple of things...
Dirty: Ha, i can't do that. I have so many emails. this high (Shows with his hands)
Sad: Yeah.
Dirty: Do you have a computer?
Sad: No. I know I should get one...

It's a living.

Sunday, May 06, 2007




Reviewing the reviewers.

Since Ebert has been off recovering for the past year- he's left us fans in the incapable hands of Richard Roeper. I was never a fan of his reviews. His penchant for liking movies that seem like they should be good, but are crap (The Family Stone) was a good balance to the talented Ebert.

Until Ebert gets better, they've had guest reviewers.
You can see the reviews on the website that strangely changed from ebertandroeper.com to atthemoviestv.com.


Now with Ebert gone, let's judge the some of the guest judges.

Guys who aren't film critics that like everything:

Fred Willard, the guy who was Egon in Ghost Busters and John Mellencamp. Fred and the other actor guy were too nice. They knew the people who made the films so they couldn't be critical. Although Fred is the funniest guy around. Just too nice. Not a bad thing. I love that guy.


John Cougar took a home spun approach to reviewing. He was your grandmother who didn't want to say anything bad because it isn't nice to judge people who went out and did something.
Mellencamp couldn't say a bad word about a film. Maybe he thought he was being olite to a fellow artist - but the art of this show is to be critical. I felt like my aunt Ruth was reviewing my 4th grade play.


Roeper was both scared and being polite. He tried to agree with Cougars crazy excuses for a review. Cougar was upset that Richard compared Anthony Hopkins' performance as a killer in fracture with his famous "Silence of the Lambs" character. John's argument was you can't compare a new album from an artist with one of his old ones...Are we talking about something else?

Kevin Smith did a good job each time he was on the show. But he's one guy who should not throw stones. Oh, don't tell me you like his films. And won't even pretend that you liked "Chasing Amy."

Smith on Half Nelson "this movie pops, pops in a big bad way." "I watched it and said wow, I'm a film maker doing it for 12 years now..."

It's also funny to watch Roeper biting his tongue, b/c he thinks Smith sucks.




On the other hand, actress Aisha Tyler was great. She really understood moives and wasn't afraid to be critical - which helps you as a guest critic. But she went on and on about kung fu movies every time she was on. Ok, we get it. But sill I always like when she's on the show.



Who is this person and why are you making Roeper look like he knows what he's doing?

Kim Morgan who was credited being from MSN. You mean the search engine? They also plugged her blog at the end of the show. I don't mind someone from the web, but she was pretty dumb.

One comment on youtube said she should have her own show because she's so hot...I agree. But not reviewing movies. Can give legal advice? Talk politics? Give medical tips?

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People I liked, Liz Schwarzbaum from Entertainment Weakling, "Wait, Wait Don't tell me..." host Peter Sagal (Although seeing his voice come from his mouth was strange)and someone who's last n Thompson.

David Edelstein - Good, closest thing to having Roger back. A real reviewer with real knowledge - nice balance to Roper.


Wesley Morris - from the Boston Globe. He wore a suit with a loose tie and sneakers. You are not that young. fix yourself up! your on the TV! He did dress better than Kevin Smith. But that's not saying much. as for his reviews: If you live in Boston, you must see a lot of bad movies. Made Roeper look good.

Govindini Murty - couldn't separate fiction from reality. Didn't like that the kids in "Alpha Dog" ( a movie about bad kids and what it does to good people) were made to look good, just because they were on the screen. She thought they were being glamorized. Even though the movie shows how everyone's lives were ruined by them.
* George Pennacchio - Home town guy. Embarrassing.


John Ridley - good. i know he had a short lived review show on AMC, but I don't know what his qualifications are. Sorry that guy stole your script.


Anne Thompson - liked. Another real reviewer.

Mario Van Peebles - Crazy, looney, whacky. You have to find it. He rambled on and made no sense. Roeper just sat there and agreed with him. What else can you do?


But A.O. Scott is best guy for the show for my money (Also Aisha Tyler, but she's a busy actress). He's smart and a real reviewer. It's funny to watch him start out nervous a year ago to cool and calm now.
As an academy member, every year around this time it's Christmas for TV shows. Everyday my mail box is stuffed with new and different TV shows in different packaging all looking for my attention. Back in the old days before everyone had a DVD player, you'd get huge boxes of VHS tapes. The best part was you always had blank tapes around to record something. The only thing crappy DVDs are good for is equally crappy coasters.

It's hard to say that if I'll watch all of them. It is hours and hours of TV time. It does help to know these things are out. The ones that I feel like I should vote on I'll watch. I'm not qualified to vote on all categories.

Plus you never know when you are having company. I don't like rings on the coffee table.


Here are some of the packages I've received so far...




HBO fit it's original shows, specials and concerts neatly in this huge box that stays together with a very powerful magnet. There was a documentary in it I wanted to watch. Saw it. Now I can vote on it. Thank goodness.


FOX sent all of it's big dramas in one box.




Each show only got one episode. Which is not a great idea since 24 and Prison Break are serialized shows. you might want to fork over a couple of episodes to get people hooked.





Showtime put all their shows in a neat little hat box.







Comedy Central sent one or two episodes of their shows all in the same box. Except for Sarah Silverman Program. That was sent by itself last month. That's the show that has the best chance of getting nominated. Also we might get to hear Jon Stewart be condescending and ungrateful again whene he is force to get up and accept another statue. The nerve of the academy!




TNT put all of it's shows in one booklet. The Closer won for best actress last year, so it has the best chance of winning this year. They put all the eps in this booklet along with all the eps of their Steve King mini series "Nightmares &/or Dreamscapes."


They also for some reason put in the silly "Librarian."




This takes away from my own TV time. What can I say, I love me some "Wings."