This is actually Silverstone's third attempt at series television. You may remember she starred in the short-lived NBC series Miss Match in 2003 and she didn't make it on to television earlier this year with a failed pilot for ABC called Pink Collar. This time, however, we can expect to see her on television as NBC has already committed to airing the comedy at mid-season.
More casting news: Silverstone, Coolidge, Dale join pilots
You know, just the other day I was looking over the network schedules, and I thought to myself, "you know what we need more of on TV? Shows where a woman can see dead people and investigate crimes." My wish has been granted!
CBS has given the OK for a supernatural pilot from Glenn Gordon Caron, the guy who gave us Moonlighting and the short-lived, much missed Now and Again. The show is called The Meant To Bes, about a woman who dies but must return to Earth to help people before she can get into heaven.
Maybe that's the twist. She sees live people!
- Charlie Rose: Discussions on the mid-term elections and the HP scandal
- The Daily Show: Norm MacDonald
- The Colbert Report: Bill Simmons
- The Late Show With David Letterman: The Who and Pittsburgh Mayor Luke Ravenstahl
- Jay Leno: Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Jude Law, and Bob Seger
- Jimmy Kimmel Live: Rachel Bilson and LeToya
- Late Night With Conan O'Brien: The Rock and Al Franken
- The Late, Late Show With Craig Ferguson: Gary Sinese, Chris Isaak, and Whitley Streiber
- Last Call With Carson Daly: Stephon Marbury and Landon Pigg
They're not just changing the sets and the theme music over at The CBS Evening News, they're also changing the personnel. In a move that is becoming more and more controversial, CBS has gotten rid of medical reporter Elizabeth Kaledin and hired Katie Couric's personal doctor, Jonathan LaPook. Kaledin says she is "heartbroken" by the move.
LaPook is not only Katie's doc, he's also the son-in-law of veteran TV producer Norman Lear.
Maybe we could use a new song for Katie, sung to the theme from one of Lear's shows, Maude:
Miss Couric had a colonosopy
She didn't care if the whole world looked
CBS got rid of Liz Kaledin
And then they hired Dr. Lapook
Hey, I never said I was Cole Porter.
[via TV Newser]
The second item Artie let slip was that Norm loved doing "WU" so much, that he'd love to just do fake news until he retires. Because of this, Norm may be looking to do a show like that. Not a bad idea; I always liked him on "WU", even if his weridness didn't go over well with the audience, I always admired his "I don't give a shit what people think" attitude. Would you watch Norm do a fake news show? Let me know in the comments.
JK: I interviewed Will Arnett about a month ago, and he told me a lot of the same stuff you mentioned during the panel, that Arrested kept getting renewed because it kept getting awards and it would make FOX look bad to ax it.
Hurwitz: You know, I shouldn't be talking about this, because it really sounds like sour grapes. But it was a privilege. It was a privileged experience, and I know it was a privileged experience. But nonetheless, it's such a high-stakes thing, that when you're cancelled very late, and all that work, that it feels like it didn't turn into a profit, you know. But the more I get away from it, the more I realize that, no, they... they put it on the air.
Because of Tuesday night's festival kickoff party, I decided to sleep in a little yesterday. Because of that, I missed both a morning panel on the value of independent TV production, which included Doug Herzog, the president of Comedy Central. I also missed the screening for the first set of Drama pilots. But I did manage to catch the first batch of Reality pilots, the first batch of Comedy pilots, and a really funny panel discussion about the American family on TV.
Why was the panel hilarious? Because the three people on the panel were executive producers Mitchell Hurwitz of Arrested Development, Phil Rosenthal of Everybody Loves Raymond, and Mike Scully of The Simpsons. So no one was left unscathed joke-wise; even the creator of 7th Heaven was lovingly labeled a "whore."
- Charlie Rose: David Remnick
- The Daily Show: Ed Gillespie
- The Colbert Report: Ken Jennings
- The Late Show With David Letterman: The Rock, Norm MacDonald, and NASCAR drivers to the Top Ten List
- Jay Leno: Matthew Perry, Outkast, and Daryl Peebles
- Jimmy Kimmel Live: Diane Lane and Chris Elliott
- Late Night With Conan O'Brien: Ashton Kutcher, Tracy Morgan, and John Mayer
- The Late, Late Show With Craig Ferguson: Virginia Madsen, Jason Ritter, and Matt Baetz
- Last Call With Carson Daly: Michael Rapaport
WARNING: VIDEO CONTAINS THAT DAMN "IT'S A NEW DAY!" SONG THEY'VE BEEN PLAYING IN PROMOS.
You see Meredith being introduced by Matt Lauer, you see her high-fiving the crowd outside, you see her flub one of her lines and get laughed at by Matt and the crew. There's even a giant banner welcoming her to the show. I think the banner reads "Katie Who?" The part where she throws her hat up in the air like Mary Tyler Moore is cool though.
Oh, and you get to see the new set too. My God, what is going on there? The couch set...it doesn't look like the set for a national network morning program, it looks like the set for Wake Up Sacramento or something. Or maybe one of those Lifetime shows where women sit around and talk about relationships and tampons.
We should know in the next couple of days how exactly Anna Nicole Smith's 20 year-old son Daniel died. He was found dead in Anna Nicole's Nassau hospital room, three days after she gave birth to a daughter. Officials say they know the cause of death, but are awaiting toxicology test results before making it official.
But in an odd new twist, sources are saying that there was a third person in the room with Anna Nicole and Daniel Smith, and that some sort of criminal charges could be filed in connection with the death. They really aren't saying more than that, and I guess we'll have to wait til the end of the week to see exactly where this is going.
Folks, I never got into this job to be a red carpet/party reporter. I'm not good in noisy crowds of people I don't know, and I'm especially not good at fighting other people to be heard in a group. But when I found myself on the press side of the red carpet for the premiere of NBC's Kidnapped last night, I tried to do my best.
The red carpet consists of whatever stars are coming to the premiere slowly walking down a procession of press people: first they pose for photographers, then they talk to television and other video outlets, then they answer questions from lowly print outlets like us. I decided to hang out at the end of the line and catch what I could, since I'd also be going to the screening and the afterparty (which also doubled as the NYTVF launch party). And since I was on the Kidnapped set a few weeks ago (that post is in the works), there wasn't much more to ask the principals that I hadn't already. But it was still an interesting evening. After the jump, a few pictures of my night.
This is all for you folks who just live for saying things like "MARTHA STEWART SUX!!"
If you watched The Late Show With David Letterman on Monday night like I did, you were probably shocked too. Martha was one of his guests, and she showed him how to make "puzzle" peanut butter and jelly sandwiches for kids to take to school (side note: this looked needless and messy, and would probably even make 8 year olds say "why the hell did Mom make this for me?"). It involved cookie cutters, and she asked Dave to make one of the sandwiches, and he proceeded to have trouble with it, and even seemed to cut his finger on the cookie cutter. Or did he? Some people are saying it was blood (which I thought at first), but it actually might have been jelly. Whatever it was, Martha proceeded to suck it off of Dave's finger.
I kid you not. Check out the video. Oh, Martha!
Singer Alanis Morissette has signed on to guest star in three episodes of the FX drama Nip/Tuck. During her run she will play the lesbian girlfriend of Dr. Liz Cruz (Roma Maffia). The show itself, which recently kicked off its fourth season on FX, has already included guest stars Larry Hagman and Kathleen Turner into its story lines.
While now known primarily as a
signer singer, Alanis is no stranger to television. Back in 2000 she guest-starred on HBO's Sex and the City where she shared an on-screen kiss with Sarah Jessica Parker during a game of spin the bottle. Recently she's been seen on American Dreams and Degrassi: The Next Generation.
And, of course, how can we forget that her career began on a little known show called You Can't Do That on Television, which was a staple on Nickelodeon for the longest time. I wonder if she got slimed at any time during her tenure on the show.
- Charlie Rose: chef Mario Batali, actress Julianne Moore, and director Bart Freundlich
- The Daily Show: Gary Hart
- The Colbert Report: Toby Keith
- The Late Show With David Letterman: Ashton Kutcher and TV on the Radio
- Jay Leno: Billy Bob Thornton, Diane Lane, and Lionel Richie
- Jimmy Kimmel Live: Orlando Bloom, Emily Deschanel, and Lyle Jennings
- Late Night With Conan O'Brien: Zach Braff, John Mayer, and Artie Lang
- The Late, Late Show With Craig Ferguson: Michael Rapaport, Joely Fisher, and Whitley Streiber
- Last Call With Carson Daly: Jason Statham and Whitney Cummings
From the "What took so long?" department . . .
Sources at the ABC daytime gabfest known as The View are reporting that newest yenta Rosie O'Donnell sparked a number of conflicts on and off the set during her first week on the show. This has caused tension between herself and her co-hosts, including Barbara Walters. If you recall from Bob's review last week, Barbara and Rosie walked hand-in-hand onto the set on her first day. I guess that honeymoon is over.
According to the unnamed sources, Rosie began to stir up trouble during her first appearance on The View, complaining about timing of dropped confetti and the placement of commercials. She openly criticized the giveaway of two-day cruises to audience members during her first day on the show as "skimpy". Well, sorry they tried to be nice, Rosie!
Representatives for O'Donnell denied all of the rumors, saying that there have been no problems on the set and that all of the hosts get along swimmingly. Please save this sentence for future use, as I am sure it will be used repeatedly over the next few months.
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