- Over at TV Barn, Aaron Barnhart has a few things to say about Katie Couric and CBS' coverage of the death of President Ford.
- More great stuff from Ken Levine, including one of his scripts from The Simpsons and some tips on pitching a pilot.
- Whatever happened to the girls from The Wonder Years?
- Have you ever thought to yourself, "gee, that Diagnosis: Murder theme would be great if it had lyrics?" Here it is.
- Have you ever checked out BuddyTV? Cool site.
- And here's a picture of Ryan Seacrest grabbing a giant ball.
But here's the interesting part: like the rest of us who have mixed feelings about the show, they're so fascinated by it that not only do they keep watching, it's also all they can talk about the next day. The comedy troupe Employee of the Month even does a weekly sketch show imagining what the sketches conceived for the show would be like. Because the sketches themselves weren't funny, they inserted jokes about the program as part of a "backstage" portion of the show. Other writers have cited the fact that the S60 writers are way too smart for their own good and never laugh at anything, which many writers think is the best part of the job. Ironically, many writers like 30 Rock, because the sketches are goofier and the depiction of a sketch show's writers' room is much closer to reality than it is on S60.
- Ken Levine has a bunch of great stuff at his site this week, including a story about working with Peter Boyle, his opinion of the PBS Pledge Drive, and a Traci Lords family show.
- Aaron Barnhart has one question about The Golden Globes: why?
- Star magazine has their list of The 50 Most Annoying People of 2006, and it includes Britney Spears, Jessica Simpson, and...Jennifer Aniston?
- Rocco DiSpirito: Broadway star?
- What do you get when you add a baby vampire with Legolas from Lord of the Rings, a mummy, a raccoon dog, the T-1000 from Terminator 3, and Sharon Stone? Best Week Ever has the answer.
But it's his behind-the-scenes anecdotes that are my favorties. And this past week, he gave us some doozy, and he didn't even write them: he let his friend Peter Casey, one of the co-creators of Frasier, do a three-part series on how the show was created.
- TV Barn's Aaron Barnhart talks about the Saturday Night Live season one DVD set. What cast/era do you think is the best?
- The predictions are turning out to be true: producers are tweaking The CBS Evening News, putting in more news and less features (goodbye Snapshot and freeSpeech).
- Hey, let's all listen to Clay Aiken's voice crack! Around the 3:50 mark.
- Ken Levine has some TV catchphrases that TV Land forgot.
- George Clooney's pig has died.
- TMZ.com has more news on that accident involving Prison Break's Lane Garrison, and a pic of Larry King getting angry (or not) about Santa being on a lunch break.
- Radar has an interview with Keith Olbermann.
In the past few weeks, we've had "Johnny Knoxville's Letters to His Brother" and "Ten Reasons Why You, Audrey Tautou, Gamine French Star of Amelie, Should Date Me, Teddy Wayne." Yesterday brought a real gem, however, in the form of "Aaron Sorkin Visits a Dental Hygienist."
Giving Ken Levine's "If Aaron Sorkin wrote a show about baseball..." post a run for its money, author Jack Pendarvis unpacks the Sorkin banter tactics with an extended Poulenc reference. A sample exchange:
Levine knows where he's coming from with both comedy and baseball. As Bob Sassone has pointed out many times, Levine has worked on many classic sitcoms in his career (M*A*S*H, Cheers, Frasier, etc.), but he was also a play-by-play broadcaster for the Orioles, Mariners, and Padres (comedy writer and a baseball broadcaster... my two dream careers). One day, he should combine those careers and make a series about the lives of a major league team's broadcasters. I'm sure he'd make it less inside and self-important than Sorkin made Studio 60, know what I mean?
- TV Newser has a preview of an upcoming interview that Larry King did with Details magazine.
- That cartoon Donald Trump is going to do? There already was one.
- Lots of good stuff over at Ken Levine's pad, including memories of writer Jerry Belson and the script of a scene from the 80s show Mary.
- TV Guide's Surfer Girl doesn't like 1 vs. 100.
- Do you like a new show that isn't doing too well, like Studio 60, Six Degrees, or The Nine? Kristin over at E! Online wants you to help Save Your New Fave.
- Stupidest Reality Moment of the Day, over at Best Week Ever: Nick and Aaron Carter fighting. Uncensored!
- More great stuff from Ken Levine: behind the scenes of Cheers.
- Funny interview with Jeffrey Tambor at Radar. He went bald at 17??
- Ausiello has seen the Lost season premiere.
- Speaking of Lost, Time's James Poniewozik watched that clip show and wonders if it holds any clues for the third season.
- David Cross vs. Jim Belushi: the video!
I've been pretty damn lucky in my interviewing life so far. Almost all of the celebs I've dealt with have been nice, professional, and a pleasure to talk to. So it's always interesting to read an account of a star I've never talked to. Ken Levine has an entry on his blog about one of the biggest sitcom stars of the 80s, Ted Danson.
Levine worked with Danson on both Cheers and Becker, and says that all stars should take lessons at the Ted Danson School Of Star Etiquette. Levine calls him "forever gracious, professional, on time, supportive, unselfish, makes everyone from guest stars to visitors feel completely welcome."
Wow, I can't even say that about any of my family members.
The reason I bring this up is that Danson's new show, Help Me, Help You, premieres tonight at 9:30 on ABC.
- Best Week Ever has video of Clay Aiken's appearance on Good Morning America today.
- Another great post from Ken Levine, this time shattering the dreams of men everywhere (including me).
- Radar asks about the new CW: does the merger of two mediocre networks add up to one good one?
- I didn't catch this during the debut, but Studio 60 creators Aaron Sorkin and Thomas Schlamme kept a live blog the other night (read from bottom to top, of course). Funny cameo from Nate Cordrry. (And check out Defaker.)
- Here's a complete list of winners, in case you were wondering who won Best Gaffer on a Miniseries.
- Ken Levine has another fantastic review of the Emmys. Lots of great lines, but my favorite might be, "Why was Charlie Sheen up for Best Actor and Jon Cryer up for Best Supporting Actor? In Two and a Half Men, is Jon the half?"
- TV Guide had minute by minute coverage, a backstage report, and photo galleries.
- Entertainment Weekly's PopWatch blog watched the Emmys too, and they also list their 10 Most Memorable Moments.
- And writer Paul Davidson went to the Emmys last night. He observed many things, including the fact that Paula Abdul's assistant needs deodorant.
There's always something great to read at Ken Levine's blog, and this past week was no exception. He has a really funny (and really useful) list of situations and scenes that aspiring writers should never include in their TV scripts. My favorite:
Don't hinge your show on stunt casting. I read a "Becker" where former President Jimmy Carter came in for a check-up and offered dating advice. Yeah, President Carter gets his physicals in the Bronx. And yeah, President Carter is always available to guest on a sitcom and advise a character to say whatever is necessary to get laid.
Of course, we've all seen even worse things actually make it on the air, but this is a great list.
- This guy has posted his picks for the 10 Best and 10 Worst Sci-Fi Openings of All-Time. He's made some good choices here. For best he includes Star Trek: TNG and Mystery Science Theater 3000, and for worst he includes Enterprise. Did he miss anything? Put your picks in the comments below.
- Ken Levine has a really funny story about the cat from the 90s sitcom Almost Perfect.
- "The jungle is deep and dark and dangerous, but there are diamonds in there. Journalistically, that's how I look at this. It's a wilderness, and I'm gonna plunge into it and hope we come out of it with a few diamonds." Who said it?
- Somewhere along the line, Lost Remote changed it's URL to NowBreaking.com?!
- EW's Dalton Ross thinks there's something fishy about the Project Runway judging.
- Defamer has an update on the Ted Casablanca/E! controversy.
- Ken Levine has an interesting post about the use of laugh tracks on sitcoms.
- Aaron Barnhart has a pic of Craig Ferguson's new set. I think it looks kinda Lettermanesque, only Hollywoodized.
- Defamer has a picture of the America's Next Top Model writers picket line.
- Why is FOX handing out free booze to TV critics at 9am? Tim Goodman investigates.
- Alan Sepinwall solves the Heroes mystery (if you've seen it, you know that Greg Grunberg isn't in the pilot like he was supposed to be).
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