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I love a good roast…no, not beef…the other white meat. William Shatner. OK, kidding aside, I love to watch the Comedy Central roasts, even if I’m not so interested in the celebrity receiving the ribbing. Case in point – Pamela Anderson was roasted last year, and while she typically isn’t my cup of tea, I couldn’t help but laugh along. There are some crappy jokes, to be sure, but also the over-the-top “I can’t believe so-and-so just said that” variety. So, come August 20th when Shatner’s Roast airs, I’ll be checking it out to see what everyone has to say about our beloved Captain Kirk.
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According to a story in The Hollywood Reporter, Ray Romano of Everybody Loves Raymond fame is in talks to star in his own limited-run HBO comedy series from Joel Surnow and Bob Cochran, the creators of 24. The ten episode single-camera series would feature Romano as a billionaire who finds out he only has six months to live. Dennis Klein, creator of The Larry Sanders Show, is on board as a writer and, along with Surnow, Cochran and Romano, as executive producer.
After my recent musings about the future of HBO, it’s good to hear about something potentially interesting in development, though I don’t know if Romano will be believable as a billionaire.
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Pencil these into your calendar – the fall premiere info has been set for FOX (subject to change, as nothing about TV programming is ever set in stone…). There are six new primetime shows and an early start date for some returning favorites:
Monday, August 21
8:00 PM Prison Break (Season Premiere)
9:00 PM Vanished (Series Premiere)
Wednesday, August 30
8:00 PM Bones (Season Premiere)
9:00 PM Justice (Series Premiere)
Thursday, August 31
8:00 PM Duets (2-Hour Series Premiere)
Tuesday, September 5
8:00 PM Standoff (Series Premiere)
9:00 PM House (Season Premiere)
Thursday, September 7
8:00 PM ‘Til Death (Series Premiere)
8:30 PM Happy Hour (Series Premiere)
9:00 PM Duets (Time Period Premiere)
Friday, September 8
8:00 PM Nanny 911 (Season Premiere)
9:00 PM Duets Results Show (Series Premiere)
Saturday, September 9
8:00 PM Cops (Season Premiere)
8:30 PM Cops (Season Premiere)
9:00 PM America’s Most Wanted: America Fights Back (Season Premiere)
Sunday, September 10
8:00 PM The Simpsons (Season Premiere)
8:30 PM American Dad (Season Premiere)
9:00 PM Family Guy (Season Premiere)
9:30 PM The War at Home (Season Premiere)
Saturday, September 16
11:00 PM MADtv (Season Premiere)
Midnight Talk Show With Spike Ferensten (Series Premiere)
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Anyone in their twenties or thirties today likely has fond memories of the show Pee Wee’s Playhouse, which aired from 1986 to 1991 on CBS. The wacky, off-the-wall series featured Paul Reubens and an ensemble of characters doing just what you’d expect to do in a playhouse – playing and having a lot of fun.
Fifteen years after the show went off the air, it’s back – all 45 episodes! Comedy Central’s Adult Swim is adding it to their lineup of crazy cartoons and shows, starting July 10.
Reubens has been busy since the show’s cancellation with roles in films such as Blow, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and Nightmare Before Christmas, but he will always be known as the man-boy “Pee Wee Herman.” He is most famous for his work on Playhouse as well as its adult-oriented predecessor The Pee Wee Herman Show and accompanying films Pee Wee’s Big Adventure (1985) and Big Top Pee Wee (1988). He will also always be remembered for his arrest and conviction for indecent exposure, for masturbating in an adult film theater.
Pee Wee’s Playhouse – which introduced us to many of today’s stars such as Laurence Fishburne, Natasha Lyonne, the late Phil Hartman, and the voice of Cyndi Lauper (credited as Ellen Shaw on the theme song) – will forever be a cult hit.
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Unable to sleep, Ari gives Eric a 5am call on the day of the movie’s opening. Ari asks Eric to talk dirty to him—right before he projects a huge first weekend: $95 million… #1 or bust. After he gets off the phone, Mrs. Ari unsuccessfully tries to get her hubby in the mood. Ari says that it will all have to wait until after the premiere—even though it’s been 3 weeks already.
Here’s something new – a sitcom for the WB that the network didn’t pick up can be viewed on YouTube. Kind of an interesting way to get a glimpse at something that didn’t make it, and in this case wasn’t good enough even for the WB. Who knew they were so discerning in their sitcom choices?
The show is called, interestingly enough, Nobody’s Watching, about two friends who think they can do better developing a sitcom than what’s currently available. The fictitious WB execs hook the boys up with their own show, complete with a sitcom set to live and work on and their own studio audience. The show was created by Scrubs creator Bill Lawrence and two Family Guy writers, so it’s got a pretty good pedigree. Take a look – it’s not great, but it showed some potential.
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Jorge Garcia, who plays Hugo “Hurley” Reyes on the ABC show Lost, has just reportedly signed a deal to appear in a movie. Garcia will playing alongside Danny DeVito and Matthew Broderick in the holiday movie Deck The Halls. United Press International reports that Garcia’s character will be “a colorful character in town who is constantly bothering Broderick’s character.” It sounds like the feel good holiday movie or one that’s been done a thousand times before. Garcia has two movies on his resume: The Good Humor Man and Little Athens.
If you haven’t checked out any of the NBC First Look clips on the NBC site, take a look at “30 Rock.” The clip has a number of laugh-out-loud moments, and it looks like it will be one you won’t want to miss come Fall. Tina Fey stars with fellow SNL alums Tracy Morgan and Rachel Dratch, with comedy golden boy Alec Baldwin (truly, this guy is good – as any of his SNL appearances prove). The strong cast and solid writing by Fey seem a lock for a sharp new comedy. Now, what about Dratch and Fey’s absence from SNL? Conflicting rumors either say Fey is completely done with SNL – or that she will at least continue to fill the seat for Weekend Update. Time will tell…
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Okay, so we all accept that late night television hosts comment on the days headlines, but Jay Leno and Conan O’Brien’s opening monologues last night were so similar, I’m starting to wonder if they share a writing staff. And I’m not just referring to content, but down to wording and structure of the jokes.
Punchlines in common:
- Referencing George W. Bush excusing himself from a meeting saying he was going to his room to read. Pause… The FBI decides “we’ve got to come up with a better excuse next time”
- Begin with reports that findings show FEMA reimbursed over a billion dollars spent on drugs, vacations, and pornography….“and the rest of it was wasted!”
- Reports from the new Superman movie claim that it was shot to have gay appeal…(Insert joke claiming Ryan Seacrest is the star here)
These jokes were literally almost delivered word for word on back-to-back shows. Isn’t the point of comedy the element of surprise?
Lately it has been somewhat disappointing watching episode reruns of “The Gilmore Girls” on ABC Family. The show started out so well until around the end of the fourth season. Aspects of the show started to go downhill, such as the storyline and character personalities. Just watching the past seasons on ABC Family can be depressing if you know what happens next. Conflicts between Lorelai and Rory also began to surface in the later seasons as Rory goes off to Yale and becomes more of an adult. This didn’t do much for the show since the mother and daughter pair were known for having such an incredible bond. As this started to happen viewers of the show became increasingly uninvolved. I guess that is what happens when you have a show on the air for so long. The audience gets so attached to these characters that any serious changes often result in major disappointment.
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