Saturday, January 28, 2006
Hat tip: costik
Friday, January 27, 2006
Your assignment over the weekend, should you choose to accept it, is to identify an attraction somewhere in the world that would make for a good Race task. Paired potential Detour tasks are welcome as well. Amuse us.
See the whole list, from #50 to #1, via this link. And then tell us what you think.
IF YOU WANT ME TO PLAY, I'LL BE AROUND TODAY: The Washington Post is reporting that reclusive soul star Sly Stone may perform at the Grammy Awards on February 8th. He has not performed publicly since 1987.
Stone is a major figure in the history of pop music. If you don't own it already, you should buy The Essential Sly & the Family Stone. As the WaPo article observes:
In its heyday, from roughly 1968 through 1971, Sly and the Family Stone created revolutionary music, an intoxicating mix of psychedelic pop, pulsating funk and social commentary. Among the first fully integrated groups on the American music scene, with blacks and whites and men and women together onstage, the seven-piece
band played the world's biggest venues while cranking out hit after cutting-edge hit. San Francisco
Stone was an innovator whose work inspired Motown to find its social conscience, helped persuade Miles Davis to go electric, and ultimately laid out a blueprint for generations of black pop stars, from Prince and Michael Jackson to OutKast, D'Angelo and Lenny Kravitz.
- Matthew Perry (after much vacillation) has signed to play the part of Matt Albie, which THR claims was written with Perry in mind. (Notably, this is not the "recovering drug addict" part, but the other one.) I think Perry will be great, though, interestingly, he doesn't appear until 30 pages into the script, which may throw some people for a loop.
- Steven Weber, whose casting had been previously confirmed in a number of media, will play UBS head Jack Rudolph.
- D.L. Hughley will play Simon Stiles, the first of the "show within a show" cast members to be cast, described in the script as "a good looking black man, and no occasional dosage of hip-hop attitude is gonna disguise the fact that he went to the Yale School of Drama."
TWOP is also atwitter with multi-sourced rumors that Timothy Busfield is prepared to sign on as Cal, the director of Studio 7. Several major regular roles have yet to be cast (Tom Jeter, Harriet Hayes, Jamie McDeere, and Danny Moore), plus a couple of major recurring roles. Further updates as events warrant.
Thursday, January 26, 2006
3-5 PM: WWE Sunday Afternoon Smackdown--Especially once football season is over, young men will be looking for something to watch.
7 PM: "Pepper Dennis"--This Rebecca Romijn comedy-drama is apparently a greenlight, and would seem to fit well here before people switch over to ABC.
8 PM: "Aquaman"--"Smallville" has done well in a similarly nasty slot. Let's give this a try.
9 PM: Open slot for development programming/repeats.
8 PM: "Everwood"--Replacing the improbably and inexplicably successful "7th Heaven" with another "family friendly" drama would seem to be the smart move, even if "Everwood" can get edgy. It might switch with the 9 PM show depending on content/plans.
9 PM: "Untitled Amy Sherman-Palladino Project"--This has been given an 8-episode order for the fall without script or casting, and this seems like as good a place to put it as any.
8 PM: "Gilmore Girls"
9 PM: "Veronica Mars"--Les Moonves basically said this would be the schedule during press calls. Makes sense to me.
8 PM: "CW Reality"--Alternating "cycles" of "Top Model" and "Beauty and The Geek." At least until "AI" premieres in the Spring, this is a reality-free zone, and would seem to work here
9 PM: "Everybody Hates Chris"
9:30 PM: "Girlfriends."--All other networks have heavy dramas this hour. Let's try for sitcoms.
8 PM: "Smallville"
9 PM: Open slot for developmental programming/sitcoms.
8 PM: "One Tree Hill"
9 PM: "Supernatural"--Let's try giving teenage girls a reason to stay in on Friday nights.
Your scheduling thoughts and proposals?
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Now Frey is on, and man, is this some uncomfortable TV. He just admitted that Lily didn't commit suicide by hanging herself.
WHAT THE??? Our live broadcast of the show here in Chicago on ABC-7 was just interrupted by Bush's news conference! They better pre-empt the mf'n View and replay Oprah in here entirety. The delicate balance of power in the Middle East or a big, fat lying author? Have they no sense of priority?
Wednesday, January 25, 2006
Did it work? Well, this household would've kicked out the other of the final two this week, but hey, it was justified too. We were thrilled to see Jay again, and even more so to see repeated use of the Magical Runway Wayback Machine . Cool. Also, did Zulema use "shystie" as an adjective?
My tentative final three? Chloe, Daniel V, and Nick. You? (Time for me to listen to Tim's Take!)
The key point here is that we saw both plot and character advancement without having to spill any of the island mythology beans. There's a limited number of beans out there, and they should be spilled with care, while keeping us interested in between each bean. Was this a brilliant episode? No, but it was an episode worthy of a show that will run for five seasons.
Plot rumination, as always, is saved for the comments.
Still, I'm not quite sure I am ready to pronounce their debut album, which is all of two-days-old, the 5th Greatest British Rock Album of All-Time, as NME did in its latest issue. The Monkey's Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not, finished ahead of such oft-lauded albums as London Calling (No. 8), Revolver (9), and The Bends (11). Placing above the Monkey's album were: The Stone Roses self-titled debut, The Smiths' The Queen Is Dead, Oasis' Definitely Maybe, and The Sex Pistols' Never Mind the Buzzcocks.
Tuesday, January 24, 2006
*As advertised on Defamer. What is this really virally marketing?
At least U2 had to get off their butts to earn all that dough; Celine Dion made over $76 million without leaving Las Vegas.
More details in this press release, including that Smackdown "is expected to play a role" and that the CW will program weeknights from 8-10, Sundays from 7-10, Sundays from 5-7, Weekdays from 3-5 (currently "WB Daytime," occupied by ER and 8 Simple Rules repeats), and Kids!WB! will continue on Saturdays.
Monday, January 23, 2006
To me, the only way a campaign like that works is if the subject is in an elite class of beloved personalities. Of unemployed (or soon-to-be unemployed) TV-associated actors, I can think of only four with the requisite good will to actually be the campaign: Aniston, Garner (maybe), Romano, and Seinfeld. Am I missing anybody?
In the run-up to the figurative Super Bowl of television advertising, what gets your consumer juices flowing?
Sunday, January 22, 2006
In addition, NBC announced a bunch of post-Olympics schedule moves:
- Deal or No Deal (as a weekly series) replacing Surface on Mondays at 8.
- The Apprentice moves to Mondays at 9, with Las Vegas moving to Fridays at 9 (with the inevitable cancellation to follow).
- Law and Order (original recipe) moves up an hour to Wednesdays at 9 (against Lost), with Heist, a new action/thriller/comedy from director Doug Liman starring Dougray Scott, Steve Harris, and Seymour Cassel as thieves planning a big score takes the 10 PM slot.
- While The Office is getting 22 episodes next season, it had a short order this year, so its slot will be filled by Teachers, a new comedy about, well, teachers, starring Justin Bartha (the weird sidekick from National Treasure and title character in Gigli) and Sarah Alexander (Susan from BBC's Coupling).
- Conviction (aka the L&O spinoff without L&O in the title) arrives on Friday nights.
So cheap, of course, that they can be built into geeked out (and inexplicably Egyptian-themed) board games like Deflexion. The object being to move and rotate your mirroed pieces around the board so you can bank your (fixed) laser into your opponent's Pharoh. In 1982 or so, I would have wanted this game more than life itself. But now that I'm a fancy-pants lawyer, I think I'll just go buy it.