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Alan Alda writing another book

by Adam Finley, posted Jul 15th 2007 12:01PM

alan alda bookThat's what Starpulse is saying, and based on a search of Google News, it's the only site saying it. However, a quick scan of Random House's site revealed the book does in fact exist, and will be out on September 4. The book is titled Things I Overheard While Talking To Myself and will be Alda's second book after Never Have Your Dog Stuffed. His first book is one of very few non-fiction books I've read in my lifetime, and it's quite interesting. Even if we didn't know Alda as that guy from M*A*S*H, The West Wing and Scientific American Frontiers, the stories of his childhood --his mentally unstable mother, living above a burlesque house-- are more than engaging enough.

This new book will apparently feature highlights from various speeches Alda has given over the years, a kind of guide on how to enjoy life and get the most out of it. I would say Alda did enough heavy-handed proselytizing when he started writing M*A*S*H episodes, but apparently Alda even pokes fun at his early rhetoric in this book.

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TV 101: Why I wish we only had three channels to choose from

by Jay Black, posted Jul 9th 2007 10:30AM
It's just like my family except no one is drunk.When I was in college I heard my favorite author of all time, Kurt Vonnegut, give a speech that included a quaint (and wrongheaded) defense of snail mail. He went on and on about the wonderfulness of buying a stamp and putting pen to paper -- all that stuff that makes sense when you're dealing with your thirtieth Erectile Dysfunction spam of the day, but which falls apart the second you want to send a picture of your cool new scar to all of your friends at once (or similarly important things).

Well, here I am at thirty about to do what Vonnegut did at my college. A silly and wrongheaded argument for something that I know in my heart we're all better without. I always knew I'd follow in Vonnegut's footsteps as a writer...

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TV Land to run M*A*S*H marathon in January

by Bob Sassone, posted Dec 14th 2006 4:14PM

M*A*S*HAdam told you in September that TV Land was going to start airing M*A*S*H, and now comes word that the network will have a week long marathon of just M*A*S*H episodes in January. The marathon will start on New Year's Day and run until January 7.

In addition to the marathon, the TV Land web site will have a trivia game for fans of the show and will also include bios of the cast and other information about the show.

Starting on January 8, the show will go into it's regular time slot. It can be seen Tuesday through Sunday at 10pm, and there will also be another episode at 10:30pm on Monday and Wednesday.

There was a time when I was obsessed with this show and watched it every single day. But then I just stopped watching it, so I'm ready to watch it again and it's great that it will be seen on a regular basis again. There's a new DVD box set of the complete series that looks pretty cool.

[via TV Tattle]

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Complete series mania continues with M*A*S*H

by Bob Sassone, posted Aug 5th 2006 10:30AM

M*A*S*HFor anyone I owe money to (friends, family, phone company, etc), you might just have to wait several months if they keep releasing these damn complete series DVD sets.

It's not official yet, but TVShowsonDVD is reporting that a box set for M*A*S*H is on its way November 7. The set will include every episode on 36 discs, along with the original Robert Altman-directed film, and two discs of bonus materials including a trivia game and a 30th Anniversary cast reunion. Throw in a special collector's booklet and you have the ultimate Christmas gift for the 4077 fan on your list.

Hopefully one of them is me.

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West Wing complete series DVD set coming this fall

by Bob Sassone, posted Jul 27th 2006 9:32AM

West Wing - The Complete SeriesWell, I know what I'm giving myself for Christmas this year.

Warner will release The West Wing: The Complete Series on DVD November 7. The set will include every single episode of the series (154 episodes) on 45 discs. The set will contain the same sets as the individual sets already released, but will also include a copy of the pilot script, including a special intro by creator/head writer Aaron Sorkin. The set will sell for around $300.

The set for the last season will also be released that day, separately, with bonus materials.

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Coming soon: the entire M*A*S*H series in one DVD set

by Bob Sassone, posted May 18th 2006 8:33AM
MASH dvdHere's the danger of buying TV show DVD sets season by season: for many series, the studio will probably release a collector's edition set, which will include not only all the DVDs, but also extras that weren't on the individual sets.

That's what's happening with M*A*S*H. The same day that FOX announces that they will release the last season of the show in November, they also announce that they are releasing The M*A*S*H Collector's Set, which wll include extras "not  seen anywhere else!" So, if you want those extras, you now have to buy both. Or, if you're tricky, sell your individual sets for some cash and put it towards the new set.

Of course, even that might not be smart, because there might be extras on those individual sets that won't be on the collector's set! Oh, these studios.

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The best and worst celebs for autographs

by Bob Sassone, posted May 13th 2006 9:45AM
Teri HatcherThis is more of a movie thing, but there are enough current and ex-TV stars on this list to include here. Who are the best and worst celebrities when it comes to autographs?

Personally, I think that there are some celebs who are bad autograph signers, and then there are some celebs who don't sign for very legitimite reasons: they've been burned by autograph seekers in the past, autograph seekers can be pushy, they're sick of signing a dozen things that just show up on ebay, etc. But anyway, here's the list. The best include George Clooney, Johnny Depp, Tom Cruise, and Matt Damon. The worst include Cameron Diaz, Teri Hatcher, and ... Alan Alda?!

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Update: West Wing retrospective might make it to DVD

by Bob Sassone, posted May 8th 2006 7:00PM
West Wing castAs a follow-up to my post earlier today, some West Wing fans are speculating (scroll down past the Prison Break finale info) that the West Wing retrospective that NBC canceled in favor of the pilot ep this Sunday might make it to the last season DVD set, which will be released later this year. Which makes sense, since the special has already been shot.

[via TV Tattle]

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Talk Talk: Julia Roberts, Tom Hanks, Pearl Jam, Kelsey Grammer, John Malkovich

by Bob Sassone, posted May 4th 2006 5:00PM
  • Alan AldaCharlie Rose: a discussion of the public understanding of science, with Brian Greene and Alan Alda and guest host Sir Paul Nurse, and an interview with Bishop T.D. James, with guest host Bob Abernethy
  • The Daily Show: John Malkovich
  • The Colbert Report: Rick Reilly
  • The Late Show With David Letterman: Julia Roberts and Pearl Jam
  • Jay Leno: Teri Hatcher, Ty Pennington, and James Hunter
  • Jimmy Kimmel Live: Kathie Lee Gifford and Isaiah Washington
  • Late Night With Conan O'Brien: Tom Hanks and Wolfmother
  • The Late, Late Show With Craig Ferguson: Kelsey Grammer, Emily Deschanel, and the Go! Team
  • Last Call With Carson Daly: Sarah Chalke and Ben Harper

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How does President Vinick sound?

by Bob Sassone, posted Apr 10th 2006 5:18PM
Alan AldaThat's the revelation in The New York Times today, that Arnold Vinick was supposed to win the election last night on The West Wing, but after the death of John Spencer, they decided to have Matt Santos win the election, thinking that fans wouldn't want to see Santos lose both his running mate and the election.

Some other tidbits from the article: the cast filmed their last scenes together on March 31, the last episode will be broadcast on May 14, and Martin Sheen is going back to college (at age 65)!

Let the debate begin, readers. Would you have rather have seen a Vinick win, regardless of how or why that happened, or did The West Wing have to end with a Democratic victory?

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The West Wing: Two Weeks Out

by Bob Sassone, posted Mar 19th 2006 9:27PM
Jimmy Smits and Alan AldaRegular readers of my West Wing reviews know that I haven't been a fan of the show the past two years. Oh, it has had a certain quality, but it's nowhere near the level that we saw in the first four seasons, when Aaron Sorkin was in charge. But I gotta tell ya: if the remaining episodes continue the quality we've seen this season, then at the end of the year I'm not only going to name this show Comeback of the Year, it's going on my Top 10 list.

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The West Wing: The Cold

by Bob Sassone, posted Mar 12th 2006 9:13PM
West WingIt seems like such a long time ago that we had a new episode of The West Wing. We had John Spencer's death, then the Olympics. Seems like it's been forever. So when they showed the "previously on The West Wing..." recap, I was actually interested in it. Where exactly did we leave off? Oh yeah, the nuclear accident in California, Santos starting to creep up on Vinick in the polls, the aftermath of the live debate. And now we see that Santos isn't just creeping up on Vinick, he has tied him in several states (including Vinick's California), and surpassed him in others. Donna and the gang is so happy by the polls that they go crazy and start waking up everyone in the hotel. Donna goes into Josh's room, and they are so ecstatic about the numbers that they...

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The West Wing: Duck and Cover

by Bob Sassone, posted Jan 22nd 2006 9:59PM

The West WingIt's funny that on the day that NBC officially cancels this show, it has one of its best episodes in years.

There's a nuclear mishap in California, and President Bartlet has to figure out what to do about it, as Vinick worries about how he'll look to voters (he's a Senator from California and OK'd the building of the San Andreo reactor), Josh tells Santos to lay low, and the crisis in Kazakhstan gets worse.

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