I know, I know. The equipment's a lot more expensive, but the investment will be worth it. After attending TDS last year while in New York, I was struck at how gorgeous the set was, and how regular def really did it no service. Starting tonight (until they likely get into reruns next week), you can see the dazzling effluvia that is The Daily Show studio.
Colbert has been in modified HD (HD quality but not widescreen) for several months. He now has more room to run. That could be dangerous. Hope you have it.
You needed three things growing up as a kid in New York: Baseball cards, MAD Magazine, and Soupy Sales. Yes, there was such a thing as kids' show hosts, and nobody worked harder to make an otherwise cynical generation laugh than the Soupman. Here's an entire show from 1965.
As if the Balloon Boy family wasn't a shining example of how reality programs attract psychopaths. Last year's Big Brother winner went from the fake house to the big house. I just thought of that. Not bad, huh? Maybe I'm witty enough to be on a reality...oh, forget it.
A reality television show star is in trouble with the law in Massachusetts, charged with flying to the Bay State to sell oxycodone pills.
Adam Jasinski, last year’s winner of the CBS show “Big Brother,” was charged today in U.S. District Court in Boston with possession of oxycodone pills with intent to distribute. He was ordered held in custody until another hearing Thursday.
FOX Undercover’s camera was at the North Reading police station early this morning capturing exclusive video of Jasinski being loaded into a police vehicle for his day in court. He was arrested there on Saturday night, just hours after flying into Logan Airport to allegedly sell oxycodone.
Authorities say in court papers that Jasinski had nearly 2,000 oxycodone pills on him when he flew from his home in Delray Beach, Florida to Logan Airport.
This morning, I'm enjoying reading all the armchair analysis of last night's Letterman show - about how he suddenly stopped talking about his affairs with staffers.
Was he instructed not to talk about it? He made jokes with Larry David about not getting laid! Isn't that weird? He went through the whole show without alluding to what he said Thursday! And all the Sarah Palin jokes? STRANGE! SOMETHING'S UP!
Uh...yeah. Something's up. Letterman tapes his Friday shows on Wednesdays.
This is the brilliance of this show. In six minutes, The Daily Show lays out why I'm so fed up with politics right now I'm considering turning this into a blog about what I have for breakfast every day.
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One more thing. Like so many others in our I went bananas over the terrific smackdown Rep. Alan Grayson (D-FL) gave to the Republicans from the House floor (The GOP Plan: 1-Don't get sick; 2-If you get sick, DIE QUICKLY). I further liked his apology - only to the dead people at the mercy of insurance denial.
However, when Rachel Maddow asked him three times if he meant to invoke "holocaust" into that apology, I was screaming at the TV. Why couldn't Grayson simply say, "I meant it with a small 'h' - I certainly didn't mean to speak of that dark moment of human history, etc. etc. etc."? Indeed, one definition of holocaust in the Random House dictionary is "any mass slaughter or reckless destruction of life." It could have been a simple answer.
Instead, this otherwise brilliant orator turned semantically challenged and sidestepped the simple question twice before using the "poor choice of words" defense. Was Ted Kennedy truly the last great speaker of our party?
Bluntly, we've really got to get our shit together, then know how to defend it once we do. Grayson is a great start. We must figure out how to carry the ball across the goal line without fumbling.
If not, Hoffmania's Breakfast Blog may happen sooner than later.
I've been watching SNL too long. As soon as the "Biker Chick" bit started last night (I watch the east coast feed), I knew someone was going to screw up. The entire bit's premise had the word "frickin" as just about every other word in the script. Sure enough, not even a minute into it, new cast member Jenny Slate said "fuckin'."
I really have to come to her defense on this. It was her first night, and that's asking a LOT of a new cast member.
Secondly, she's definitely not the first to drop the F-bomb on SNL.
At the very least, she's the second to unintentionally do it. Paul Shaffer let it slip on a show I was actually attending with an NBC friend of mine. Same premise, medieval setting. Every other word was "floggin'" - except for Shaffer's unfortunate slip. Backstage after the show he was mortified, and was thoroughly convinced he killed the show. Rocket's F-bomb on the "Who Killed C.R.?" episode is still thought to be intentional.
Most of all, her reaction was priceless - she knew immediately that she blew it and you can see it in her face. But VERY much to her credit, she soldiered on with the bit in its entirety, as did Kristen Wiig and Megan Fox.
I'm going to venture a guess here - correct me if I'm wrong. Many new SNL cast members bring characters to the show that they've done on stage - generally it's the character that brought them to the SNL dance in the first place. Slate may have done this character a trillion times without the constraints of TV standards and practices. If that's the case, then I'm going to cut her even more slack. Adapting your own work for new sensibilities is a real challenge, especially when you're doing it on live network television.
It sucks, but she did what she needed to do and she did it like a fuckin' pro. The good news is, the rest of the season will be a piece of cake for Jenny Slate.
Maybe not, but it's sure a lot more fun to watch. Enjoy.
Larry Gelbart, who created the classic TV adaptation of Robert Altman's "M*A*S*H" (1972-83) and whose talented comedy writing stretched from the days of radio to cutting-edge cable shows, has died.
Gelbart was principal writer on "M*A*S*H" the first four years of the hit series. Gelbart was responsible for 97 segments of the show. He also directed some early episodes.
Beginning as a gag writer in days of radio and honing his comic craft for such talents as Jack Carson and Bob Hope. Gelbart was a versatile stylist who wrote in all mass-medias forms, including the stage.
He won three Emmys, three Tonys and the 1981 Laurel Award for Outstanding Career Achievement in Television Writing from the Writers Guild of America. Gelbart won an Emmy with co-producer Gene Reynolds for "M*A*S*H" as well as three WGA Awards for the episodes he wrote.
Gelbart was nominated for two Oscars: for his screenplay of "Oh, God!," starring George Burns (1977) and another for "Tootsie," which he co-scripted and which starred Dustin Hoffman and Jessica Lange. He won the WGA Award for those screenplays, and also the Writers Guild honor for his screenplay of "Movie Movie" (1978). For "Tootsie," Gelbart also garnered screenwriting honors from the Los Angels Film Critics Assn. and the New York Film Critics Circle.
Other screenwriting credits include, "Neighbors," "Not With My Wife, You Don't" and "Blame It on Rio." He had his named removed from the screwball comedy "Rough Cut," starring Burt Reynolds. He fought other battles over script changes and credits, including "Tootsie," for which he garnered the credit "official writer."
Yipes. Sorry I missed this. Last night was the revamped and first HD edition of Craig Ferguson's show so I hadda watch that. God bless Hulu. Over on NBC, Rachel was on with Jimmy Fallon and revealed why she was out for a week. Then they drank cocktails.
Because you're now going to be spending it here: The Classic Television Archive.
Here's one - a sketch on Cavalcade of Stars which eventually became a TV juggernaut.
...in the primetime cable ratings, that is - just 'cuz they're so gosh darned entertaining among the elderly shut-ins. They're still well behind USA, either because of the WWE or because people think "USA" is Fox News. Media Bistro has the report.
I know I should know this, but what is this NAN network which is also kicking ass?
UPDATE: Dat tells us it's Nick At Nite.
Some great stuff on the tube tonight. First, Rachel Maddow digs deep into the hooliganism crying against socialism...the orchestrated disruption and shouting down at town hall meetings across America.
Next up, Keith Olbermann came back today, loaded for bear. More precisely, loaded for Blue Dog Democrats who are fighting health care reform with the monetary aid of the insurance companies in a Special Comment.
Finally, Jon Stewart launches Fox News' complicity in the organized screaming at town halls across America into the mainstream...which we'll post later on.
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It was all the funnel cakes, corn dogs, fried cheese curds, kettle corn, elephant ears, deep fried Oreos, cotton candy, churros and polish sausages at all those state fairs that did in ol' Billy Mays.
Okay, God. You can stop now. You're scaring us.
Awaiting the 173 political cartoons of St. Peter welcoming Ed to the Pearly Gates with a "Heeeeere's EDDIE." Until then, farewell to yet another icon I grew up watching. I'll always be amazed he outlived Johnny.
He was another one of those "celebrities" that was so accessible it seems impossible there are people he never met. We crossed paths once and he was every bit the Ed you saw on TV - warm, sincere and always positive. I think they created the term "big and friendly" just for Ed.
I admit I don't drink the stuff, but next time I'm handed a bottle of Budweiser, I'll salute Uncle Ed.
But I seriously never even knew Jon and Kate existed until I saw them on every magazine at the Target checkout line last night. Now they're all over my browser today. Where the hell have I been? And am I really missing anything? I feel so left out...
...then jumpin' jeebus, just maybe you don't watch much TV. They've been humping the day solidly for the last few months.
If you missed the announcements, then you're not paying attention, and you shouldn't own a damned set.
Conan's cold opening on his first Tonight Show last night rocked. You'll never get a bad review from me when you use "Surrender" by Cheap Trick. Damn big stage, too. I'm guessing he's on the Universal lot because Jay will be using the NBC studio this fall. Even Conan looked small standing there - and for a guy who's what, 7' 53", that's saying something.
It's still kinda weird to me seeing him hosting THE TONIGHT SHOW. I'm admittedly old, but fortunately, not old enough to remember when Johnny Carson was a young whippersnapper when he took over the franchise.
He's no stranger to L.A. by the way, having been a writer for The Simpsons for a number of years. Have fun, Conan. Turn that into your playground and you'll be there for years.
Susan Boyle was indeed another crazy cat lady.
You'll see this picture. Wanda Sykes is on the just-released FOX TV schedule for Saturday nights.
Jon Stewart's realization that he now has competition by the name of MSNBC...
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Or John Oliver's teaching the teabaggers what tyranny REALLY is...
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