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Is Susan Lucci quitting All My Children?

by Allison Waldman, posted Aug 8th 2009 7:02PM
susan_lucci_abc_All_my_childrenFirst, Paula Abdul walks away from American Idol (or was she shoved out by the producers a bit?), now comes news that Susan Lucci's not sure about sticking with All My Children when the ABC soap relocates to Los Angeles in December. My thought was there's no way La Lucci was going to pass on the chance to keep on working, but she's saying it's a tough decision. "I don't know ... I love the show and I love playing Erica, but I'm just now going to have a couple of days off. It's a lot to think about."

Could Susan truly be thinking anything but, "Yes, I'm going"? Seriously, All My Children has been her mainstay for 39 years. That's right, nearly four decades of continuous employment in essentially a starring role.

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The New Yorker doesn't get 30 Rock

by Bob Sassone, posted Dec 1st 2008 1:51PM
30 RockHave you ever loved a TV show so much that it hurts, and when other people criticize it you truly wonder if they're even watching the same TV show that you're watching?

That's how I felt when I read this new piece in The New Yorker by TV critic Nancy Franklin. It's clear that she likes 30 Rock in general (um, I think), and love love loves Alec Baldwin in particular. But she has some big criticisms of the show, some very specific ones, and I'm not sure I understand how she came to these conclusions. In short:

  • She finds Tina Fey "cold"
  • Fey is "too generous" with giving screen time and lines to other cast members
  • She often fast forwards through scenes that don't involve Baldwin or Jack McBrayer
  • She finds Tracy Morgan "irritating" and "hard to watch"

May I suggest that anyone in the world who has those specific criticisms of 30 Rock really doesn't like the show?

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Swingtown: Get Down Tonight

by Allison Waldman, posted Aug 16th 2008 10:01AM
Josh Hopkins -Swingtown(S01E11) Roger and Susan finally had that moment. After eleven episodes, when he showed up in her kitchen and said what we've been waiting to hear him say -- "I love you, Susan" -- it was cathartic. Done to the tune of Carole King singing, "Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow?" Swingtown grabbed me by the throat, leaving me dying to see what would happen next. Only that was the end of the show.

I guess that's a good thing, being on the edge of my seat, hungry for more. Of course the next episode is two weeks away and probably the last of the show unless CBS deigns to bring it back in 2009. Based on the level of interest I have and I've seen from readers, Swingtown has earned a second season.

But I digress, let's get back to "Get Down Tonight." There was an awful lot of getting down, including the kids. BJ and Ricky had a hot game of strip poker with Sam and her very mature cousin Lisa. Not surprisingly, Ricky was all bluff and ran for the hills when things got too advanced, while BJ showed again that he's a real mensch (Yiddish for a quality person).

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I'm not sure if The New Yorker likes Burn Notice or not

by Bob Sassone, posted Aug 4th 2008 11:23AM
Burn Notice castI guess it's something that a show like Burn Notice has reached a certain kind of significance in the culture that even The New Yorker stands up and takes notice of it. I'm just not sure if the reviewer likes the show or just tolerates it.

Nancy Franklin is often good in her analysis of a TV show or a TV genre, but she seems to have gotten tired of Burn Notice already. While she likes the Miami location and loves Bruce Campbell (deservedly so), she thinks the show is already getting tired. She's not buying the tension between Michael and Fiona, and she thinks the mom/Michael stuff is just too much. She also compares Jeffrey Donovan to Frank Gorshin's Riddler from Batman, which isn't fair (she also gets a fact wrong - Sam is not secretly reporting on Michael to the government, Michael knows about it).

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This is the CBS Evening News ... with Keith Olbermann?

by Bob Sassone, posted Jun 16th 2008 1:24PM

OlbermannInteresting (and very long) article in The New Yorker about Keith Olbermann. Mostly it's about Olbermann's career, his take on the news, his battles against various politicians, his special comments, and what others at MSNBC think of him (they even interviewed Tim Russert for the story), but there's a very intriguing morsel halfway through the piece that got my attention.

Olbermann was interviewed twice to take over for Dan Rather on The CBS Evening News.

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Rosie Perez signed for Geena Davis pilot

by Allison Waldman, posted Apr 7th 2008 10:19AM
Rosie PerezThey've done the right thing at CBS in casting -- at least it seems right. Brooklyn native Rosie Perez will play Lorna, Geena Davis' cop partner on the force in Exit 19. I say it's the right thing, and good casting, because Lorna is supposed to be a Brooklyn girl. You can't get more authentic than Rosie Perez. She's a New Yorker through and through. In Exit 19, with Geena cast as a cop who works in the city while raising two kids in Long Island, the work atmosphere will likely seem a lot more realistic with Perez as her partner. If they can muster up the chemistry of a Cagney & Lacey, they'll be well on their way to a success. Of course, with Rosie all of five feet, one and a half inches and Geena a statuesque six feet, they're going to look like Mutt and Jeff.

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Dog Whisperer visits Ghost Whisperer

by Julia Ward, posted Mar 9th 2007 12:35PM
Cesar Millan Dog WhispererDog Whisperer meet Ghost Whisperer. Ghost Whisperer meet Dog Whisperer. In what is either a new low or absurdly funny high in stunt casting, Dog Whisperer Cesar Millan will be guest-starring as himself on an upcoming episode of Ghost Whisperer. It looks like Homer the Ghost Dog is having problems "crossing into the light" so Melinda (Jennifer Love Hewitt) and Delia (Camryn Manheim) seek Cesar's post-mortem doggy advice.

Cesar is, of course, the star of his own Dog Whisperer vehicle on the National Geographic Channel. You may remember him in his animated incarnation from South Park when Cartman's mom turned to him for parenting advice. Cesar's aggressive, alpha dog methods have their detractors, but the story of his journey to the United States and daily routine today are something else. Malcolm Gladwell's New Yorker piece on Cesar if worth a look regardless of what you think of his methods. Then again, isn't anything by Malcolm Gladwell worth a look?

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Washington Post columnist thinks 24 critics need to 'get a grip'

by Meredith O'Brien, posted Feb 22nd 2007 1:02PM

Jack Bauer on 24A Washington Post columnist was stunned while reading a New Yorker article about 24, which featured concerns from military officials -- including some from West Point -- that torture scenes in 24 adversely affect how U.S. interrogators behave in the field.

Writer Peter Carlson couldn't believe that educated officers emerging from West Point would actually think that they were mini versions of Jack Bauers who could torture people just like on TV.

He quipped, "Gee, if these cadets can't tell the difference between TV and reality, I sure hope they're not watching 'Superman' reruns. They might try to fly out windows or catch bullets."

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