I wasn't expecting much from Peter Sarsgaard. I just didn't picture him as an SNL host. He is a great actor, but comedy isn't what he's known for. That being said, he did so-so. It wasn't a spectacular episode but it did have some very funny moments.
Cold Open - Hooray for something different and by different I mean not a Hardball Sketch. Ok, well kind of different. Seth Myers is still alive and kicking as Anderson Cooper and the show opened with a 360° sketch where he welcomed Ray Nagin (Finesse), Darrell Hammond as Jesse Jackson, and Hillary Clinton (Poehler). It centered around Nagin's recent comments that New Orleans needs to be rebuilt as a "chocolate city." I have no idea what that means. The highlight was Jesse Jackson preaching about inclusiveness and claiming that New Orleans needs to have a variety of sweets such as Bavarian crème for the Asians, caramel for the Latinos, and tiramisu should any Italians show up. "...and the dessert cart rolls on!"
- Diana DeGarmo: after spending the holidays entertaining the troops abroad, she's joining the cast of Hairspray on Broadway on February 7.
- Frenchie Davis: proving that racy photos
on the internet aren't the end of all things, she's a cast member of Rent on Broadway, where she's been since
she was prematurely booted off the show in 2003.
- William Hung: thinking he's entitled to more than 15 minutes of fame, he's still performing crap from his three, yes three, albums.
- Tamyra Gray: the one who should've gone against Kelly Clarkson in the finale, Tamyra is working on her second album and persuing more acting roles.
- Josh Gracin: lookin' a little thick around the middle, Josh just kicked off a tour where he is opening for Trace Adkins. He and his wife, Ann Marie, now have two children.
- Corey Clark: ah, who the hell cares?
Did anyone watch the E! preshow? Was it offensive? I didn't see it, but this totally makes me want to watch the Oscars preshow in March. I'm hoping he takes Russell Crowe down a notch or two.
It's amazing to me how many actors get a chance to direct episodes of the shows they star in or produce. Now, I know how involved film directors are with their projects, shaping the actors' performances, setting the mood with lighting, effects, and filming techniques, and setting the pace through editing. But what does a TV director, especially of an established, long running show, do? "Uh, Jenny, baby, can you act a little more Rachel-like?" "Mary, can you cry a little more when you say 'Oh, Mr. Grant!"?" What do they do that can put a unique stamp on a show? The only time I've ever seen a director make a difference on a show was when Quentin Tarrantino directed episodes of ER and CSI.
It's almost as if the show runners think that directing a TV series is so easy, anyone can do it, which must be a slap in the face to experienced, esteemed directors such as James Burrows and David Steinberg.
If you know what a new director, especially a cast member or star producer, can bring to an existing TV show, let me know in the comments.
[via The Futon Critic]
- Charlie Rose: TBA
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Kate Moss has just been through a heck of a time. She was caught by British tabloids doing cocaine, lost half her modeling contracts, dumped her druggie boyfriend, and ran off to rehab in the United States. Maybe that's where she and Jack have a connection. He also did a stint in rehab for a drug and alcohol addiction. Jack, by the way, is 20 years old. Kate is 32.
- Charlie Rose: John McLaughlin, former Acting Director of the CIA
- The Daily Show: Josh Lucas
- The Colbert Report: Nina Totenberg
- The Late Show With David Letterman: Cheryl Hines, Anna Nalick, and Mike Vanderjagt
- Jay Leno: Albert Brooks, Jenna Elfman, and Mary J. Blige
- Jimmy Kimmel Live: Evangeline Lilly, Jonathan Rhys-Meyers, and Giant Drag (repeat)
- Late Night With Conan O'Brien: Kate Beckinscale and Brian Poeshn
- The Late, Late Show With Craig Ferguson: Phyllis Diller, Colonal Matthew Bogdanos, and Rogue Wave
- Last Call With Carson Daly: Mekhi Phifer and Natasha Bedingfield
- The Cinematical team is covering Sundance!
- Pierce Brosnan gets further and further away from Bond.
- Is Disney going to buy Pixar?
- Is Indiana Jones 4 in trouble?
- The Hulk 2...with David Duchovny?!?
- James Rocchi has an interview with Q'orianka Kilcher of The New World.
- If you missed The Golden Globes, here's a wrap-up.
Such a waste of a good talent. Both of these guys sounded spectacular in their auditions on Tuesday night. And, what I really liked about them was that they "got it". That is, they auditioned together, as twins, but they also belted out separate songs to show off their individuality. The Brittenum boys understood that the twin gimmick wouldn't get them very far in the auditions process. They even told Seacrest that they didn't want to perform together, but against each other. I was really looking forward to a twin face-off.
1. Bruce Campbell: The Adventures of Brisco County, Jr. was one of the great short-lived shows of all-time. A really entertaining mix of western and science fiction, with a perfect star. Campbell later had roles in Ellen and Jack of All Trades, but it's been a while. I can picture him in a clever private eye type show, or maybe a smart comedy. Whatever is, he should be back on TV (and I don't mean those Sci-Fi Channel flicks...)
Of course, Simon Cowell thinks Clarkson's full of crap. "It's the public who bothered to pick up the phone to vote for her," said Cowell. "If she refuses to give songs to be used on the show, it's like saying to every person who voted for you, 'you know what? Thank you. I'm not interested in you anymore.'" Though he has a point, it's good to see Kelly breaking free from her image as an Idol contestant that got lucky. It's vital to her career that she makes it on her own, which is something that even Simon should be able to appreciate.
- Charlie Rose: Shaukat Aziz, Prime Minister of Pakistan
- The Daily Show: James Woolsey
- The Colbert Report: Frank McCourt
- The Late Show With David Letterman: Kate Beckinscale and Bob Saget
- Jay Leno: Colin Firth, Sasha Cohen, and Fort Minor
- Jimmy Kimmel Live: Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje
- Late Night With Conan O'Brien: Josh Lucas and Tegan & Sara
- The Late, Late Show With Craig Ferguson: Tom Cavanagh and Sebastian Maniscalco
- Last Call With Carson Daly: Joe Rogan and Joe Firstman
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