"It's enough already," Shalit said in a statement.
The film reviewer said he will still be active in the media scene, but focusing on publishing, Web work, radio and commercials. Look for 'Today' to air a special retrospective about Shalit's lengthy career on his last day, Nov. 11.
In other TV news ...
• Steven Weber and D.L. Hughley has been tapped to star in a new TNT pilot. Weber and Hughley will play police officers, Weber's character is newly widowed and Hughley's a newlywed. The project comes from 'Wall Street : Money Never Sleeps' writer Allan Loeb and is based on Marshall Karp's novel "The Rabbit Factory." [Deadline Hollywood]
• Shohreh Aghdashloo will guest star on 'Law & Order: SVU.' The Emmy-winner will play Sunny Qadar, an investigator in the Brooklyn district attorney's office. [Movieline]
• HBO is not going forward with 'Miraculous Year.' The star-studded pilot had Frank Langella, Lee Pace and Hope Davis attached and was directed by Kathryn Bigelow. [Deadline Hollywood]
• IFC is developing 8 new shows. The new projects vary from reality and animation to comedy. The network has tapped creators such as Thom Beers, Alan Spencer, and David Wain. Look for 'Whisker Wars,' a reality series about facial hair competitions. Yup. [Hollywood Reporter]
According to TV Guide, Hughley will play Coach Franklin, McKean has been tapped to play the head of maintenance and Gershon will play a tough military instructor. 'Everybody Loves Raymond' star Brad Garrett and 'Saturday Night Live' veteran Cheri Oteri will appear in the 'Glory Daze' pilot.
Set in the 1980s, 'Glory Daze' follows four freshman as they navigate their new college lives. The series premieres Tue., Nov. 16 at 10PM.
In other casting news ...
• David Alan Grier is heading to 'Glee.' The funnyman has been tapped to play Mercedes' estranged father over three episodes. [Twitter]
• We've known Amy Ryan is returning to 'The Office,' but now we know when her character will pop up. Ryan's character, Holly, will appear in the Dec. 9 Christmas episode. [E! Online]
• Balthazar Getty is returning to 'Brothers & Sisters.' Look for Getty's Tommy to return in time for the show's 100th episode, but he won't be alone. Tommy has a new gal pal. [Zap2It]
Unlike The Daily Show correspondents, Jay's correspondents are treated like guests rather than as a part of the show. Maybe, as time goes on and we see them over and over again, this will change. Perhaps they could even develop their own unique voice that we'll find ourselves looking forward to.
Tonight, D.L. Hughley went to speak to government representatives in California to talk about the sad state of the state's economy. From there, he wound up putting on a bake sale to save the state. So it was a bit like what would happen on The Daily Show after all.
The first special is at 3 PM - Aisha Tyler is Lit: Live at the Fillmore and end, officially, with Drew Hastings: Irked and Miffed at 3 AM Monday morning. Sunday at 10PM is the network premiere of Dave Attell: Captain Miserable, which originally aired on HBO on December 8, 2007.
- At 8, FOX has Game 3 of The World Series.
- NBC has a new America's Toughest Jobs at 8.
- ESPN2 has College Football, Notre Dame vs. Washington
- TCM has Psycho at 8.
- Starting at 8, Nick has Halloween episodes of some of their shows, including iCarly, Drake & Josh, Zoey 101, and Ned's Declassified.
- Also at 8: Food Network has a new Paula's Party.
- At 9, CNBC has a new Suze Orman Show.
- There's a new Primeval at 9 on BBC America.
- At 9:30, HGTV has a new Divine Design.
- At 10, CBS has a new 48 Hours Mystery.
- CNN has the series premiere of D.L. Hughley Breaks The News at 10.
- TLC has a new Trading Spaces at 10.
- At 11:30, NBC has a new Saturday Night Live, with Jon Hamm and Coldplay.
Check your local TV listings for more.
I almost didn't want to review this DVD set. Did I really want to go back into those murky waters again and bring up all those old disagreements? But here we go...
Actually, the DVD set for Studio 60 is much like the TV series itself. It starts out brilliantly and then as it goes on it starts to get worse and worse. But then it ends nicely!
Pretty standard packaging, just a regular box containing three plastic holders housing two DVDs each. The artwork on each plastic holder is fairly interesting. Instead of a large pic on the front and the info on the inside, all the episode info is on the front and back of each individual holder, including pics from episodes and promotional pics.
Hughley says that despite the pilot being some of the "most well written television" that he had ever seen, the show "became too aware" and started "taking [itself] too seriously". Hughley compared the drama to a "number one draft pick" that "crumpled under the weight of expectations".
I find the interview interesting for three reasons...
Just in time for tomorrow's series finale on NBC at 10pm comes this announcement from Warner Home Video that they will release Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip - The Complete Series on October 16.
The set will not only include all 22 episodes from it's first and only season, but there will be a new behind the scenes featurette and episode commentaries by creator Aaron Sorkin and director Thomas Schlamme (hopefully cast members will join in too).
You knew I'd be the one to tell you this news, right?
Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip returns to the NBC schedule on May 24, presumably to just run the rest of the episodes they have filmed. Hopefully they knew they were ending early while filming so they can end the show in a good way.
By the way, May 24 is a Thursday. The show will air at 10pm in the slot currently occupied by ER. I wonder what would have happened to the show if it had originally been in this slot, or maybe an hour earlier. Oh well. I guess the best way to think of it now is as a long miniseries, one that will have around 22 episodes and a conclusion.
(S01E11) I've never understood how people can celebrate Christmas in California (or Florida or Texas, for that matter). I grew up and live in New England, and I don't understand how you can have Christmas without the cold air and the possibility of snow. I mean, it just doesn't seem right, roaring down the 405 with the top down as the temp hovers around 78 degrees, with no Jack Frost nipping at your nose (job). But that's just me.
But it's also Matt Albie, who wants to bring a little Christmas spirit to Los Angeles and the set of Studio 60...
(S01E09) OK, now this is getting a little strange. This is the fourth episode of an NBC show (the others were two episodes of 30 Rock and an episode of The Office) where product placement was mentioned. In this, because of a blow the company is going to take on the Macau deal, Jordan says that 15 people are going to have to be let go from the show. Jokingly, Matt and Danny bring up product placement, but Jordan thinks it's something they should seriously consider.
The hell? Is NBC trying to convince us that product placement is here, it's good, and we should get used to it?
Here's a quote from Sorkin that is interesting, especially since it addresses something that is often talked about here in our comments section:
An NBC spokesman says that not only is the show not canceled, it is actually profitable, and last week's ratings were up from the week before. The network likes the show, and they are going over the ratings numbers, but it looks like the show would be moved to a different time slot instead of just canceled outright.
One thing the article says that I don't agree with is this: if Friday Night Lights got great ratings last night (haven't seen the numbers yet), that could spell trouble for Studio 60. But that's not true. CSI: Miami was a repeat last night, so you would expect whatever NBC had in the time slot to do well, or better. Though if the numbers aren't great...now that would be interesting, and might prove it's a time slot thing and not the show itself.
[via TV Tattle]
Update: Friday Night Lights got its best ratings yet.
I'll get to the review in just a moment, but first, a few facts about Columbus, OH:
- Population: 695,709
- 15th largest city in the U.S.
- One of the fastest growing metro areas
- Named by Money magazine as one of the Best Places To Live in the U.S.
- Economy is ranked 7th strongest in the U.S.
With that information, why did Aaron Sorkin choose it as an example of some hick town?
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