Archive: July, 2008
So, John Madden, with your 14 Emmys and chance Feb. 1 to complete the Super Bowl sweep as analyst for ABC, CBS, Fox and now NBC: Do you like the Eagles this year?
“I always like the Eagles,” Madden told me. “Every year. Unfortunately, they’re playing in the best division in football.”
The Giants are Madden’s official pick to win the Super Bowl, at least at the moment, a brave prognostication for a team that some people (most of them from Philadelphia and Dallas) figure could finish third or even fourth in the NFC East.
None of Madden’s NBC buddies, neither Al Michaels in the Sunday Night Football booth, or the 805 folks, including new hire Dan Patrick, teamed once again with Keith Olbermann in a reuniting of the legendary ESPN duo, made a public prediction when they faced the critics.
ABC snagged 76 Emmy nominations last week, most of any broadcast network by far.
Pushing Daisies, ABC’s freshman dramacom, snagged 12, five more than any one-hour broadcast series, yet the network wasn’t doing a whole lot of promotion for it.
The critics are trundling to the fantastical Warner Bros. set today, but I talked earlier to super-director Barry Sonnenfeld, who’s done features like Men in Black and Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events, in addition to a bunch of fantastical, if not always ratings successful, TV shows, including The Tick and Maximum Bob.
Jay Leno may be headed out The Tonight Show door next spring. And he may turn up on ABC next fall. But for now, he’s a loyal do-bee.
In heavy make-up, bald-headed with a goatee, he turned up this morning in the back of the big press room to fire some fake questions at his current bosses, Ben Silverman and Marc Graboff.
Silverman is Mr. Show at NBC, and Graboff is Mr. Biz, and they handled Jay’s queries with aplomb. With the real critics’ questions, not so much.
Newlywed Alana De La Garza was 12 when Law & Order premiered. She’s the seventh A.D.A. on the show, sixth in a run of pretty actresses, including Elisabeth Rohm and Angie Harmon, who followed the original assistant, Richard Brooks.
The show goes into its 19th season in January, the longest-running drama currently on TV. It has Gunsmoke’s 20-season all-time record clearly in its sights.
De La Garza, who plays Connie Rubirosa, understands that her role is the most frequent visitor to the show’s well-known casting revolving door. Three seasons is about average, and this one will be her third.
Saturday Night Live plans a concentrated schedule leading up to the presidential election, with six live shows, and only one rerun, and four weekday prime-time shows.
SNL Weekend Update Thursday will air live half-hours Oct. 9, 16, 23. On Election Eve, the 90-minute Saturday Night Live Presidential Bash 2008 will include flashbacks to former SNL prexy mimickers ranging from Chevy Chase’s President Ford to Will Ferrell’s George W. Bush.
Also included: the more recent Hillary Clinton stylings of Amy Poehler, and stabs at Barack Obama by Fred Armisen, who admitted this weekend that he’s still struggling with the character:
AMC’s Mad Men, which returns for its second season next Sunday, won three of the 11 Television Association Critics Awards last night. Stars Jon Hamm and Elisabeth Moss got so excited, they were smoking real cigarettes at the after-party.
The show, set in the ‘60s, features extensive retro dress and behavior, including billows and billows of smoke from herbal cigarettes. But a lot of the actors puff the real ones when the cameras stop.
The critics named Mad Men – top drama in the September Emmy race with 16 nominations – as outstanding new program, outstanding drama and program of the year.
Who wants to hang out with puffed-up actors and moneybags producers at the big Hollywood party, when there are cool dogs in the house?
Several contestants from CBS’s awwwww-inspiring Greatest American Dogs showed up with their humans this weekend at the big star party thrown by the network at L.A.’s latest trend-central club, Boulevard3.
From Rancho Santa Margarita, down in Orange County, there was little Beacon, the miniature Schnauzer, with his momma, Brandy Yant.
CW boss Dawn Ostroff has unveiled a new fall show, 13: Fear Is Real, from horrormeister Sam Raimi (The Evil Dead, Bogeyman) and reality-show vet Jay Bienstock (Survivor, The Apprentice.)
“It’s The Blair Witch Project as a reality show,” she said. Thirteen attention-starved young people go off in a black bus to a backwater in the Louisiana bayou, “and we kill one off every week.”
“Will people on the show actually get killed?” one wag critic asked.
Did the producers of ABC’s Dirty Sexy Money have a crystal ball?
They cast William Baldwin in the character of Patrick Darling, attorney general for the State of New York, who has a secret, transgendered, girlfriend who could cause him all sorts of trouble if the public finds out.
A few months later, the real former New York A.G., and then governor, Elliott Spitzer saw his political career dissolve when his penchant for prostitutes became public.
That’s what they say at CBS News, four of whose leading lights spoke to the critics in Beverly Hills this morning via satellite from New York.
The rumor that she’s leaving the ratings-challenged CBS Evening News after the presidential election, or the inauguration, at the latest?
“It’s not true,” said CBS News and Sports boss Sean McManus.