May 2008 Archives
Oh Dick Wolf, what would a world without you look like? Where would we be without your deft interpretations of lurid tabloid dramas and celebrity dust-ups? Without that masterful way you have of weaving narratives loosely based on real events so that in our collective memory, we draw just as often from the truths you invent as the one supplied by the New York Post, US Weekly, et al? For tomorrow night's L&O season finale we get yet another ripped-from-the-headlines tale, this one owing its plot to the recent Spitzer/call-girl fiasco. It was only a matter of time, you realize. I wonder how literally the show's gonna take this puppy. The governor is played by the fully follicled Tom Everett Scott, rather than a balding Spitzer look-alike, but are we still going to have to suffer through scenes of him going to town on his special lady friend while sporting classy black dress socks? Le shudder.
Heroes fans still saddened by the death of pixie-ish Eden McCain in Season 1 will rejoice at the addition of a new evil pixie to the cast of Heroes. (No, Kristen Bell and Hayden Panettiere are not pixies, they're vixens. Get it straight.) Brea Grant, who briefly played a love interest on Friday Night Lights, will be joing the cast in Season 3 as a super-fast villain. I would tell you what her name was on FNL, as well as who she dated and why they broke up, but my love for funny sports movies does not extend to overly serious sports TV shows. Sorry.
After the obligatory intros from high-ranking execs and Les Moonves talking about all of the different aspects of CBS (We've got outdoor marketing! We're interactive! We're not just for old people any more!) They bring out Craig Ferguson. Let's just say, I'll take Jimmy Kimmel making fun of NBC any day instead of Craig Ferguson's lame attempts at jokes. I mean, he's talking about New York smelling like urine. Really? Then he talks about billboards. I think he might be missing some of the lines on the teleprompter... or reading them after the images come up on the massive screen. Hard to tell.
I arrived at the CW upfront, which was at Lincoln Center in some big outdoor tents. Was greeted by a girl in a chartreuse colored wig holding similarly colored apple martinis. I decided to pass and head straight for the food since the ABC upfront didn't have snacks. Once inside there were massive screens everywhere displaying the press lineup on the lime green carpet. I was with some friends and we grabbed some yummy shish kabobs and watched Kelly Taylor talking and taking photos. Then I saw Julie Chen, dressed in a rather subdued ensemble, and I just had to say hello. I mean, much as everyone picks on her, I love that she's in on the joke. I walked right over to her as her husband was trying to usher her to the press section, and I was lamely like, "Julie, just wanted to tell you that I love Big Brother" and she's like, "Walk with me." So we chatted for a hot minute and then Mr. Moonves kind of gave a look like, "Are we done mingling with the commoners" and she's like, "Wait, she likes Big Brother." Which kind of got a half a smile. Awesome. I love me some Julie Chen even more now.
New York's prestigious Paley Center for Media (formerly known as the Museum of Television & Radio) is hosting a live event called "Click Critics: The Power of Fan Websites" at 6PM on Monday, May 19. The musical duo known as Previously on Lost will perform their musical recaps of Lost episodes, and a panel of experts from TV sites will discuss "the influence of fan sites on programming, the culture of actively engaged critical communities, and their position in the 'legitimate' critical landscape." It'll be a lot more fun than it sounds, we promise.
Panelists include folks who work on Whedonesque, Lostpedia, Ugly Is In, Galactica Sitrep, OfficeTally and... Television Without Pity. You can find out more info here and buy discount tickets here. We know we're going to have a geeky good time, and we hope some of our NY-area readers can make it to the event.
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