Asked what he felt was missing from NBC's lineup, the new Co-Chairman, NBC Entertainment and Universal Media Studios, joked he wanted the chimes in the network's jingle turned up by 30%.
Silverman assures a reporter that he and Graboff are comfortable working side by side. "This wasn't an arranged marriage," he says. "We've known each other a long time."
- Charlie Rose: Romano Prodi, Prime Minister of Italy
- The Daily Show: Ben Affleck
- The Colbert Report: Frank Rich
- The Late Show With David Letterman: Patrick Dempsey, Jay Johnson and Darwin, and Kasabian
- Jay Leno: Justin Timberlake and Sarah Silverman
- Jimmy Kimmel Live: Zach Braff, Xzibit, and Josh Radin
- Late Night With Conan O'Brien: Johnny Knoxville and Caroline Rhea
- The Late, Late Show With Craig Ferguson: Skeet Ulrich, Nora Ephron, and Rodney Atkins
- Last Call With Carson Daly: Rebecca Gayheart and Godsmack
So this is good news: According to ESPN, Gammons will return to the channel on a part-time basis, starting Wednesday night. He'll appear from Fenway Park for both the 6 PM SportsCenter and the 7 PM edition of Baseball Tonight. He will be scheduled for further appearances as he becomes more comfortable. Good to see Peter back, especially considering it's been less than three months since his surgery.
[Thanks to Tim UF for the tip.]
A "network source" tells Radar that the reason why Today Show weekend host Campbell Brown didn't get the weekday gig when Katie Couric left is because she's too young, cute, and doesn't have any kids.
So, what, are they saying that Meredith Vieira isn't cute?
The source says that Brown wouldn't appeal to stay-at-home moms who are busy and have kids. Then why is she on the weekend show? Is NBC saying that the weekend Today Show really doesn't matter? I'm not saying I disagree, but it's an odd thing to indirectly admit.
Why not? Set visits have always intrigued me: will the sets look as good up close as they do on TV? How do they pull off some of the visual aspects of a show? Is the craft services table as good as they say? I was able to answer all those questions on August 30, when a group of reporters and I visited the Kidnapped set. We also got to have roundtable interviews with stars Dana Delany, Timothy Hutton, Delroy Lindo, and Jeremy Sisto, which was an experience, but not for the reasons you think. So, after the jump, here's the visual story of my morning on the Kidnapped set, complete with the requisite wise-ass remarks:
Larry King's guest on CNN last night was cooking show/talk show/magazine icon Rachael Ray. After a truly disturbing segue from talking about the autopsy of Anna Nicole Smith's son to talking to Ray about salad and pasta, they show footage of Ray taking Larry shopping (I swear Larry has never shopped before) and talked about Oprah's non-stop praise of Ray (Oprah, um, produces Ray's show). But the truly odd thing about the interview were the number of bizarre questions and/or statements made by Larry and Rachael. Some of them are out of context, but most of them are bizarre no matter what the context:
"Has your pit bull ever killed anyone?" (Larry)
After a rainy Friday night spent holed up in my apartment recapping the NYTVF events on Thursday, and a Saturday of rest, I was back at the Directors Guild Theater on Sunday for the festival's final two events: the awards ceremony and a screening of the FOX show Standoff.
I have to say, after all the craziness of the last week, the NYTVF folks did a good job of getting people in and out quickly. The award ceremony was only about a half-hour, and they decided to forego the red carpet for Standoff, thus keeping the rabid ranks of media and fans under control. It was probably just too exhausting to deal with for them, and I think they had the right idea. More info -- and pictures -- after the jump.
I like to think of it as CSI: In the House, as this does vaguely resemble the plot for LL's previous TV role on that fairly successful sitcom. LL appeared in an episode of House last season, as well as the movies Last Holiday and SWAT. There is nothing official on when this all might come to fruition, but given that it is CBS golden boy Zuiker, things should move quickly.
- Charlie Rose: a discussion of the U.N. General Assembly
- The Daily Show: Former President Bill Clinton
- The Colbert Report: Will Power
- The Late Show With David Letterman: Dr. Phil, Willie Tyler and Lester (it's Ventriloquist Week!), and the first Survivor castoff.
- Jay Leno: Jason Lee and Elton John
- Jimmy Kimmel Live: Tyra Banks, Jason Statham, and Papa Roach (repeat)
- Late Night With Conan O'Brien: Gisele Bundchen and Madeleine Peyroux
- The Late, Late Show With Craig Ferguson: Edward Norton, Ethan Suplee, and LeToya
- Last Call With Carson Daly: Vince Vaughn and Juliette & The Licks (repeat)
The CBS Evening News has been crowing about their new "Free Speech" feature. Oh, sorry, it's actually a more funky font that we can't reproduce here. More like "freeSpeech." They say that you can come on and talk about anything that you want, but Bill Maher mentioned on his HBO talk show the other night that when he tried to do one of the segments, about religion, CBS said he couldn't do it, and they sent over a list of "acceptable" topics.
CBS, however, is denying that Maher was censored, and they say that one of the freeSpeech segments that has already aired addressed the topic of religion (I haven't seen every episode so I'm not sure). Hmmm...maybe they were a little antsy about the way that Maher was going to address religion?
We're at the New York Television Festival
- Pablos Santos dies at 19.
- Project Runway's top four collections revealed.
- Pat Corley of Murphy Brown dead at 76.
- Lonelygirl15 spills it; she's a talent agency creation.
- Extras done after two seasons.
- Dog the Bounty Hunter and son arrested in Hawaii.
- Houston and Brown split.
- Somehow, the BSG webisodes only play in the U.S.
- NBC to stream all new shows online.
- Driver in DeGeneres accident charged with DUI.
- Charges could be filed in death of Anna Nicole Smith's son.
- The Wire renewed for a fifth and final season.
- Real corpse found on the set of CSI:NY.
- TV's Supernova loses lawsuit over band name.
- Big surprise: Rosie's being a pain in the ass on The View.
- James Cromwell cast as Jack Bauer's dad on 24.
- Earl to shy away from "the list" this year.
- Brent Spiner rules out playing Data in Trek movie.
- All 48 original Simpsons shorts are available for download.
- Anna Nicole Smith's 20-year-old son found dead.
- Our own Tom Biro is being solicited to be the next Bachelor.
- I'm extending the Couric sign-off contest to Tuesday.
- Brett recognizes this Survivor contestant.
- Which new show are you most looking forward to?
- Would you watch a fake news show with Norm MacDonald?
- Contest: Invent a TV condition, win stuff, thanks to the folks at Scrubs.
- You'd never guess who this girl is.
- Rich's random TV thoughts.
- Weird Al interviews with music legends.
- WB shows we forgot.
- Life lessons learned from AFV.
- Bob has an early review of Studio 60.
- Ketih looks at the first two episodes of Veronica Mars season three.
- Bob think Chuck Klosterman is wrong about Lost.
- Chris thinks new WB digital distribution deal will kill the networks.
- Mike C. has an early review of Shark.
- Rich talks about one of his all-time favorite shows, The Monkees.
- Anna thinks Nancy Grace should be taken off the air.
- Keith gets up early to watch Vieira's debut on Today.
- I have an early review of The Class.
- Bob's early review of Jericho.
- Stargate SG-1: "Company of Thieves"
- Celebrity Duets: Six perform
- Survivor: Cook Islands: Season Premiere
- Dancing with the Stars: Results show
- Blade: "Conclave"
- Justice: "Behind the Orange Curtain"
- Rock Star: Supernova: Finale
- Bones: "The Boy in the Shroud"
- Eureka: "Primal"
- Men In Trees: Pilot
- Nip/Tuck: "Blu Mondae"
- House: "Cane and Able"
- Prison Break: "First Down"
- The Wire: "Boys of Summer"
It's always terrible when someone dies, of course, but we're used to writing "at 75" or "at 83." Now twice in the past two weeks we've had to write up the obit of a celeb 20 or under (Daniel Smith was the first).
Pablo Santos, the star of the short-lived WB series Greetings From Tucson (which was actually pretty good) died in Mexico yesterday when the small plane he was flying in crashed on approach to the runway. The crash is being investigated.
Besides the WB sitcom, Santos had roles in Alias, The Shield, Law and Order: SVU, The Proud Family, Boston Public, and others. He had two movies this year, Gettin' Some Jail Time and the TV movie Walkout. (Santos is on the far right in the picture.)
- Charlie Rose: Les Moonves
- The Late Show With David Letterman: Rachael Ray and Johnny Knoxville
- Jay Leno: Howie Mandel and Clay Aiken
- Jimmy Kimmel Live: Sarah Silverman and Lionel Richie
- Late Night With Conan O'Brien: Matthew Perry, Xzibit, and The Rapture
- The Late, Late Show With Craig Ferguson: Mia Kirshner and Method Man
- Last Call With Carson Daly: Norm MacDonald, Amy Smart, and The Roots
Actor Pat Corley was probably best known as Phil, the gruff owner of the bar where the Murphy Brown hung out all the time. But he had a long career in TV and movies.
Besides appearances on tons of TV shows, from Kojak and Starsky and Hutch and Magnum, P.I. and Hill Street Blues, he was also in several movies, including Coming Home, The Onion Field, The Rose, and Night Shift. Corley actually started out as a ballet dancer!
Corley died earlier this week after coronary stent surgery.
ABC says Woodruff will slowly return starting this fall, but he's not getting his anchor chair back. That's all Charlie's now. Do you think there's an awkward relationship there? Bob didn't even have his anchoring gig for a month before the attack.
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