October 2006

Halloween-y linkies:

Neil Gaiman on Halloween, from the New York Times. (May require registration – darn you, New York Times!)

And is Harley Quinn the most popular lady for Halloween fetishizing? (I’ve always thought so.)


Mediapost has an article refuting the Fox News “Studio 60” cancellation report. They quote an NBC official as saying “The show is profitable at this point,”. Meanwhile, over on The Engine, there’s a very interesting Studio 60 Deathwatch thread going on.

I want to throw out one thought that I’ve not yet heard mentioned. It strikes me that Monday is not a friendly night for thoughtful, slow-paced entertainment. Monday is the first night of the “normal” work week, and the bulk of the audience hasn’t yet hit the midweek stride. The West Wing landed in the middle of the week, when brains were more fully spun up. Monday is a night for Heroes, CSI, and those are the shows that are owning it. Not to say that Studio 60 would have fared any better in its original Thursday slot, opposite Grey’s Anatomy, but I am curious.

Things I never expected to hear from Judi Dench (from FemaleFirst.co.uk):

James Bond actor Daniel Craig has a large penis, according to his ‘Casino Royale’ co-star Dame Judi Dench.

The British actress caught a glimpse of the hunky actor’s impressive appendage as he was getting dressed in his trailer which was situated opposite her own.

Dench, who plays secret service boss M in the new movie, told Britain’s Daily Star newspaper: “It’s an absolute monster! Maybe I shouldn’t have said that. How uncouth of me!”

In shortest, plainest terms – Company succeeds. John Doyle, his creative team, and a cast of talented actor/musicians have tamed Sondheim’s conceptual monster. In the process, they’ve also found the heart under the angular, steel-and-glass skeleton – and it’s a pleasure to watch. I want to be Raul Esparza when I grow up. Would recommend that as many of you as possible see this, but I will go a step further and say that this is required viewing if your name is Larry Dahlke. Yup, Larry, I’m calling you out! (I feel hardcore now.)

One last entry before heading out to see Company:

“Too many good docs are getting out of the business. Too many OB-GYNs aren’t able to practice their love with women all across this country.” —George W. Bush, Poplar Bluff, Mo., Sept. 6, 2004

Well, the big billboards for the fall TV season are beginning to be replaced (mostly by T-Mobile ads!), and NBC is getting a jump on the rest of the networks in reorganization roulette. Not being willing to give up on Thursday night, Scrubs and the surprisingly funny Tina Fey vehicle 30 Rock are being moved over to join My Name Is Earl and the how-is-it-still-running Americanization of The Office. Unfortunately, that leaves 30 Rock’s Wednesday night partner in crime, Twenty Good Years out in the cold – it will be pulled, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

Meanwhile, Fox News is reporting that the surprisingly unfunny Aaron Sorkin project, Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip, will also be cancelled in the near future. Disappointing yet unsurprising – despite having one of the best lead-ins on NBC – the hot-running Heroes – Studio 60 has lost viewers every week, retaining just about half of the Heroes audience and coming nowhere near CSI:Miami, with which it shares a slot. The show simply has never found its stride, even though it came close to gelling this past week. (Then again, having Eli Wallach as a guest star instantly makes anything better.) Matthew Perry is(was?) dynamite, but no one else has really caught fire – Amanda Peet got hijacked by a bad storyline and hasn’t, other than last week’s drunken escapades, had the chance to shine; Nathan Corddry and D.L. Hughley are just now getting the chance to step up. NBC has ordered three more episodes, so let’s hope that they 1) actually air, and 2) play more like the locked-in, Sorkinesqe goodness of “The Wrap Party” rather than the fumblings that preceded it, so that Studio 60 has an opportunity to top Judd Hirsch’s monologue from the pilot, a Howard Beale-like rant that remains the high point of the series.

(The Idolator goes one step further and fixes a solid point of blame. Apparently, it’s all Sting’s fault.)

Logo There are:
people with my name
in the U.S.A.

How many have your name?

And now it is time to stop blogging and start packing.

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