Saturday, February 4, 2006
Friday, February 3, 2006
My co-bloggers and all our readers are invited to show up in the comments and make four predictions:
- Final score.
Super BowlOfficial Game MVP. (Whoops! Almost violated the copyright.)
- Company responsible for the commercial receiving the highest rating in Monday's USA Today Ad Meter survey.
- Name the three songs that the Rolling Stones will play during the halftime show.
Here's mine: Seattle 27-17; Darrell Jackson (140y, 2tds); Anheuser-Busch; and Start Me Up/Honky Tonk Woman/Jumpin' Jack Flash.
Step up. Closest on all four receives Fame and Glory Forever.
The other, deals with an old IMac I bought secondhand from my sister-in-law's school district for my kids to play games on. It is not booting, giving me the old folder with a question mark icon. I'm pretty sure I just need a Mac system disk to boot it from, but it came with no such disk. It's running system 9.x. Any Mac experts out there who can tell me where to find a disk or if that even sounds like the real problem?
For example, Lucinda Williams' brilliant "Six Blocks Away" must be 20 decibels louder than Jorma Kaukonen's transcendent version of "Red River Blues". If I am burning the song list to a CD, I have found a nice way of dealing with the problem -- a free software progam called "Audiograbber" which can equalize the volume so each song on the CD is approximately as loud as all the others. But I am not aware of an easy way to do this when you export the song list to an iPod, short of the semi-laborious process of using the "song info -- volume" feature to make a rough adjustment to each song's volume.
Does anyone else know of an easy way to deal with this problem?
I'm not panicking. Yet. ABC has been remarkably savvy over the last couple of years, and it seems out of character to me that the network would give JJ and the All-Spy Gang many months notice of the show's demise, thereby permitting a well-plotted (and populously cast, from what I've been hearing) sendoff, and then not give that demise its moment in the sun.
Not panicking. Not panicking.
But here's what's bothering me. From what I can tell, Stacy Keibler seems to be an incredibly sweet, funny, stupidly long-limbed, genuine, and talented girl. How the heck did she end up as a professional wrestler in the WWE? I know I'm generationally mandated to not get the whole wrestling thing, but is this an equally respectable path to fame, glory, and professional fulfillment that I've been poo-pooing unnecessarily all these years?
Thursday, February 2, 2006
- Amanda Peet will play Jordan McDeere (formerly known as Jamie), new network president and one of two major female leads (the other character is blatantly based on Kristin Chenoweth, who may well get the part).
- Evan Handler ("Sex And The City," "It's Like, You Know," and a "TWW" guest arc) and Carlos Jacott ("She Spies," the villain in the pilot of "Firefly") will apparently play secondary characters Ricky and Ron, a/k/a "Beavis and Hackboy," the widely disliked second-in-command of the show.
- Nate Corddry (occaisional "Daily Show" correspondent and brother of Rob) will apparently play Tom Jeter, the second of the "Studio 60" "big three" to be cast.
I have my doubts about Corddry, but this cast is shaping up very, very nicely so far.
- Maya Rudolph returns from maternity leave this weekend, guaranteeing that we will be seeing The Prince Show with Maya as Beyonce.
- Seth Meyers has been promoted to co-head writer with Tina Fey and Andrew Steele. Let's hope his writing is better than his bland John Kerry and Anderson Cooper impressions.
For what it's worth, though, accoring to Jerry Falwell, God wants you to wager on the Seahawks.
Me, I go to sleep at night fantasizing about throwing litter back. Since I'm in the minority everywhere else (look vaguely foreigh; vote Democrat; dislike American Idol finalists; think Seattle will win Super Bowl XL), most of you probably are on the side of Crazy Assaulting Motorist, right?
By the way, an ALOTT5MA PSA for smokers: throwing your cigarette butt on the ground actually is littering.
Don't get me wrong -- the last two seasons were great. But there's a reason there's only one American Idol cycle per calendar year, and I wonder if less might be more in Probstville.
Wednesday, February 1, 2006
Just a wonderful blend of personalities, humor and drama, as we've come to expect . . . and more, a level of ingenuity and beauty on display in the fashion that was just breathtaking. I'm completely down with the decisions this week, but man, this is a tight competition.
The Olympus Fashion Week show for the three finalists, fyi, is Friday, February 10, at 9am.
- Anthony Stewart Head will play a character loosely based on Elton John opposite Ashley Williams in ABC pilot Him and Us.
- Kermit Roosevelt's In The Shadow Of The Law is being TV series-ized from CSI showrunner Carol Mendelsohn, to star Joshua Jackson as Mark Clayton.
- Studio 7 casting officially confirms additions Timothy Busfield and Michael Stuhlbarg, likely as Cal (the Director) and Jerry (a network "suit" and standards and practices guy), respectively.
- The quite pretty America Ferrera has been cast as Ugly Betty in the English language adaptation of hit telenovela Betty La Fea.
- The creators of Ed return to TV with Donal Logue as half of a pair of people who plan to rob a celebrity (early word had the project being titled I Want To Rob Jeff Goldblum).
- Tina Fey's "Backstage At SNL" project adds (in addition to Fey and Tracy Morgan), Rachel Dratch, further suggesting we can look forward to a massive change in the SNL cast this spring.
Link via Eric Zorn.
- Related is gone, but will return with "fresh" episodes later in the season.
- Pepper Dennis (aka "Rebecca Romijn Looks Hot") gets the post-Gilmore slot on Tuesdays with a weekly repeat on Sundays.
- The Bedford Diaries (aka "Let's Talk About Sex With Jess Mariano") is sent to its doom against Lost.
- Supernatural gets paired with Smallville on Thursdays.
Tuesday, January 31, 2006
If Michaels goes to NBC, Mike Tirico, who will host ABC's Super Bowl pregame show Sunday and present the championship trophy, would seem an obvious choice to replace him on ESPN's play-by-play.
Then, creating a three-man booth might be considered. Tony Kornheiser, who co-hosts ESPN's Pardon The Interruption and tried out for the ABC MNF role that went to comedian Dennis Miller, says he's had discussions with ESPN "about a variety of things, including joining the booth. ... If somebody talks to you about Monday Night Football, you talk back." Kornheiser isn't sure if his chances are contingent on Michaels exiting. "That's the part I don't know," he says. "Those are the decisions I don't make."
First off, I can't see how Kornheiser stays up late enough for halftime of these games, let alone all four quarters. Secondly, he doesn't like to travel. And third? Okay, I'd be excited. (Then again, I liked the Dennis Miller experiment.)
Oh my god! That red-headed guy from the prematurely cancelled Joss Whedon outer space-western series was in that godawful thing we saw at the Belasco with Kristen Chenoweth that was open for about a week and a half.
I'm not sure what's sadder--the fact that I immediately noticed that Chenoweth's name was spelled incorrectly ("Kristin," folks), the fact that I immediately thought "Chenoweth's never been in any show at the Belasco," or the fact that I promptlyvisited the Internet Broadway Database, wherein I discovered that Alan ("Wash") Tudyk played Chenoweth's love interest in short-lived comedy "Epic Proportions," which played 93 performances at the Helen Hayes in 1999.
Secondly, it looked like the tv crew -- at least on the network I was watching -- was prepping for the Oscar broadcast. President mentions Coretta Scott King? Quick, find a black person in the audience! Peace in the Middle East? Hello, Joe Lieberman! The elderly? Kindly Old Shoemaker Carl Levin!
It sounds like "Roots" for the CSI generation, and I'm looking forward to giving it a shot.
- 76 shelves are devoted to "Self-Improvement."
- 70 additional shelves are devoted to "Psychotherapy and Psychology."
- 23 shelves are devoted to "New Age," with 7 additional shelves on Wicca.
- 97 shelves are devoted to "Christianity and Christian Inspiration."
- 48 shelves are devoted to "Judaica," with 6 of them in the subcategory of "Holocaust Studies."
- 25 shelves for "African-American," compared to only 6 for "Hispanic."
- 17 shelves for Buddhism, compared to only 7 for Islam.
Link to come. Among the surprises I caught -- no best pic for Walk The Line, and best supporting noms for Matt Dillon (Crash) and William Hurt (A History of Violence), the latter of which was otherwise shut out from the five majors.
Edit From Matt: Here's the whole list.
Monday, January 30, 2006
But Wing Bowl XIV is this Friday, so if you'd like to see such qualifying attempts as Hungry Hungry Hebrew eats 2 lbs of gefilte fish or Doug gives McGriddles a McTry, no one's going to stop you . . .