Ok, in one of the more surreal and funny NFL moments of the year, Brett Favre leads the Vikings in a rousing round of “Pants on the Ground.” Somehow this “Pants on the Ground” phenomena escaped me, probably because I bailed on the Idol auditions 20 minutes into last Wed’s installment.
Ricky Gervais hosted the 67th Golden Globes Awards with the same prickly disregard for fakery he displayed when he appeared on The Tonight Show this past week [where he suggested that he plug all his projects up front in case NBC kicked Conan out a wee bit early].
When he was not-so-gently ribbing stars like Mel Gibson [“I like a drink as much as the next man – except when the next man is Mel Gibson”] and Meryl Streep whose double nominations got one of the best bits of the night [something about being “greedily nominated” for It’s Complicated and Julie & Julia], he was flogging the DVD releases for the complete series of the British original version of The Office and his latest film, The Invention of Lying – or his upcoming animated series, The Ricky Gervais Show [on HBO].
For the past month, the CW Network has been heavily hyping their new drama series, Life Unexpected, which premieres on Monday January 18th at 8PM EST right before an all new episode of season 7 of One Tree Hill.
Life Unexpected, which is written and produced by Liz Tigelaar (“Brothers and Sisters,” “What About Brian”), Janet Leahy (“Boston Legal,” “Gilmore Girls”) and Gary Fleder (“October Road”), is the story of 15-year-old Lux (Britt Robertson, “Swingtown”), who, after spending her life bouncing from one foster family to another, has decided it’s time to become an emancipated minor. Her journey through the legal maze leads Lux to her biological parents, Nate “Baze” Bazile (Kristoffer Polaha, “Mad Men”) and Cate Cassidy (Shiri Appleby, – Roswell, E.R.). When a judge unexpectedly grants temporary joint custody to Baze and Cate, they agree to make a belated attempt to give Lux the family she deserves.
Did you ever watch James Bond and think, wow, that’s one cool dude? Would you still think that if you found out that Bond’s ex-girlfriend is dating a dreeby Accountant, you have to put up with office politics like every other person and that your mother is actually M and runs the place? These are the things that super spy Archer has to put up with in FX Networks new animated comedy series “Archer.” The animation style of Archer looks a bit like Flash mixed with some cell shading it looks a bit amateurish but serviceable, it’s not going to make you go wow or want to buy any action figures. Where Archer excels is it’s snappy, snarky, rapid-fire dialogue.
The next stop on the American Idol train is Atlanta, Georgia, ya’ll. It’s Idol’s 5th time in HOT-lanta and in the past it has found great success there. Clay Aiken, Fantasia, and Jennifer Hudson all auditioned in Atlanta. Will the next Americal Idol come from the A-T-L? Only time will tell.
*Celebrity Judge: Mary J. Blige – a true Idol who gets better with age. (Love me some, Mary J).
*Number of Contestants: 10,000
*Name to Remember: BRIAN WALKER, the singing cop
*The One You Hope To Forget: KRISTIE MARIE, the non-singing TV Producer
*Most Heart Warming Story: VANESSA WOLFE, the country girl who dreams of a new life
*The Most Ticked Off Contestant: LAMAR ROYAL (“Mary J. Blige can’t sing a lick.”)
*Priceless Moment: “Cheap Dramatizations” of JESSY HAMILTON’s near death experiences
*Quote of the Night: Kara says, “We’ve got our own 411 for you. This shouldn’t be your career.” Simon: “I think it’s more like 911.”
THIS…IS…AMERICAN IDOL! Season 9 auditions begin in Bean Town, Boston, Massachusetts. With the absence of Paul Abdul this year, celebrity judges will be filling in during the auditions, including, Shania Twain, Joe Jonas (don’t you need to be able to sing to judge and not just be from a pop band?), Kristin Chenoweth, Mary J. Blige, Katie Perry, Neil Patrick Harris, Avril Lavigne, and Victoria Beckham (don’t you need to be able to sing to judge and not just be from a pop band). We’ll see Ellen DeGeneres start her new gig during Hollywood Week.
Ryan promises in the voice over that each year the talent pool is bigger and better and we should be prepared for this year’s talent to blow us away. Ugh huh. Anyway, on with the show.
I have nothing else better to do today, so I figured why not take a 4 hour drive to Jersey to visit the set of NBC’s Mercy. The event will include a meet and greet with the cast, lunch, and a tour of the set. I’ll be doing some live tweets from the event at #eclipsemagazine. We’re interviewing the entire cast including
Taylor Schilling (Veronica)
Michelle Trachtenberg (Chloe)
Jaime Lee Kirchner (Sonia)
James Tupper (Dr. Chris Sands)
James Van Der Beek (Dr. Liam West)
Guillermo Diaz (Nurse Angel Lopez)
Diego Klattenhoff (Mike)
James Legros (Dr. Dan Harris)
Now don’t be surprised if I look at this and go, this is just silly spend 8 hours driving for a 2 hour event. But as of 7:30 am, I plan on hitting the road at 8:30ish. My gear for this event will be an Macbook (which I hate) and I think I’m going to go with my Casio FS100 Point and Shoot instead of my Nikon D60. I’m into Video these days so I’m going to take my JVC Everio and get some one camera interviews as well.
Conan O’Brien tells NBC and Fans that he won’t do a show after Leno. In a long statement issued moments ago he said that he signed a deal with NBC 6 years ago to eventually host the Tonight Show and this plan would destroy The Tonight Show legacy, saying it has been his dream to sit in Johnny’s seat and that he “cannot participate in what I honestly believe is its destruction.” His full statement is after the break.
At a Press Conference in LA, Simon Cowell made it official, this will be his last season of American Idol. He wants to concentrate on bringing his British Hit “The X Factor” to America which will join Fox’s schedule next year. I can understand his decision if he wanted to work on a completely different type of show. I don’t know anything about The X-Factor but it’s supposed to be the British version of American Idol, so what’s the point of leaving Idol to work on yet another dumb “Talent” show? He misses his girl Paula, that’s what it is.
Now that NBC has given up trying to reinvent television by trying to cram late-night programming down the throats of its primetime audience, whatever will they do next?
Well, one idea might be to hustle a bunch of new scripted series [The Rockford Files is new?] through development and onto the screens of their now alienated audience in hopes of drawing them back. Follow the jump to check out a partial slate of upcoming NBC series – with muted commentary…