May 2010 Archives
Elizabeth Banks has been killing it on 30 Rock all season as Republican newswoman Avery Jessup. To promote this week's season finale, Banks took a media call and spilled a few spoiler-y details about the episode. Below are the highlights.
This is going to be a big week for TV news, what with fall lineups being announced and all. Hold on to your DVRs!
The 2010-11 NBC upfront presentation was so long that we're not sure who'd be more bored by a detailed recap of the event, you or us. Suffice it to say that the presentation began with a clip of Alec Baldwin as Jack Donaghy making jokes about his brief, ill-advised marriage to Nikki Finke, getting in a dig about President Obama's citizenship and then talking about how the "more colorful" slogan might sound like a "no-mess painting kit for pre-school girls" but is really more than that. Then there was some random talk about how the network would act like a dangerous Eastern European woman in order to gain advertisers. That was the highlight... it got less interesting from there, unless you are really, really, really into football announcers, in which case it picked up somewhere in the middle, and then it just slowly spiraled downward until it finally ended and I got to see Jerry Seinfeld on the esclalor. Oh, and did I mention that aside from an awkward appearance from Jimmy Fallon and his guitar, and the football announcers, there was a dearth of talent on stage? Guess they saved them for all of the swanky after-parties. But anyway, NBC previewed a bunch of new shows for both the fall and midseason to help us get an early start on deciding what we'll want to watch - or avoid.
NBC has revealed the fall and midseason slate of new shows that are meant to save the network, and some of them look good! But some of them... do not, we'll say. I woke up bright and early this morning to attend the red-carpet portion of the network's upfront presentation to get season finale spoilers from current NBC talent, and to ask the new stars what the hell their shows are about and, in one case, why their show is so racist. (Also, while I couldn't get an interview with Tina Fey, I did eavesdrop the hell out of all her conversations, which were all about shrimp. Just a little tidbit.) Read on for all the information I could get out of strangers in two or three questions while their publicists desperately tried to tear them away from me.
As devastating as it is for me to accept, 24 is coming to an end this month. To discuss the end of the series (and to answer for some of its most recent mistakes), 24 executive producer Howard Gordon participated in a media call and tried to shed some light on why certain decisions were made this year. Namely: The existence of Dana Walsh. Read the highlights of the call below.
It's a big day for TV news, with renewals, pick-ups, cancellations and 10 billion rumors.
This season of American Idol is in its millionth week, and yet, it is still going on. If you cared about the recently ousted Michael Lynche, then I am sorry for your loss. If not, then... well, I don't blame you. Regardless, I joined a media call with the large and in-charge contestant to get his take on how much being eliminated sucks. And, understandably, it apparently sucks a lot. Fair enough.
We've seen every program created or produced by J.J. Abrams (yes, even Six Degrees), so in retrospect, we're kicking ourselves for not seeing some of the biggest Lost twists coming head of time. Sure, some elements were obvious from the get-go, but most of these just snuck up on us. You'd better believe we're keeping this in mind when his new spy show Undercovers debuts this fall.
It's that time of year when networks start picking up pilots! Exciting!
It's a good day for action dramas, a bad day for Jewish girls, and another hopeful day for people who want Heroes to be cancelled.
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