Monday, December 31, 2007

COURT IS ADJOURNED

Bye bye Court TV.

Although I think Court TV Canada is going to stick around. Weird.

Saturday, December 29, 2007

HISTORIC NFL GAME TONIGHT

The New England Patriots take on the New York Giants tonight in a bid to be the first team since the 1972 Dolphins to go undefeated for the regular season-- 16-0.

But the trick is to go undefeated during the playoffs, too! And those are next week.

The game is originally meant to be on the NFL Network, but NBC and CBS are picking up the game as well, taking the NFL Network feed.

UPDATE: They did it! 16-0! Certainly the most-watched game in NFL Network history --although it took NBC and CBS for that to happen.

Friday, December 28, 2007

POLITICAL JUNK COMING SOON TO THE BLOG, AGAIN

Can you believe that the Iowa Caucuses are almost here already? Get set for political coverage next week on THE CAIRNS BLOG as we link to Iowa presidential race results. I will also be cross-posting to my all-politics blog known as Cairns On Politics--- which, as you know, is not up to much lately and has no audience. Maybe I'll post more often over there than I have in the past--- it's a big election year coming up, you know.

Fun stuff. This caucus stuff from Iowa is the type of thing that people who are political junkies live for. Although I must confess, I have not been following the political scene in the USA as closely as in the past. Maybe I'm simply fed up with politics. These days I'm far more interested in sports, movies, TV, and last but not least, girls.

(See my post below where I rant about movies and girls, all in one post.)

MY THOUGHTS ON "SPECIES"


I've gotten a lot of new DVDs over Christmas and one of those I bought for myself with the gift card was the 1995 hit Species.

I think I have figured out my reaction to that silly, embarrassing movie that has been a guilty pleasure of mine for a long time. Sure, it's a ridiculous, cheesy, soft-core modern-day B movie. But it's definitely a fun movie to watch! It's like those old Roger Corman flicks that way, it's so schlocky that it's good. I liked the action and the look of the film. I especially liked the female lead and found her "I want a baby" schtick amusing. Plus, it's fun to see Marg Helgenberger in a movie, especially now that C.S.I. has typecast her for life now.

Species is just like Snakes on a Plane, it's similar cheese. You watch it, and you know it's no masterpiece, but you have a great time watching this stuff.

I looked up an old Siskel & Ebert review of the flick, just to see how these two rated the movie. And Ebert trashed the movie and gave it a big thumbs down, but Siskel said he liked it!!! He liked the special effects and especially liked the female lead. You know, after debating it back and forth, I've decided that I agree with Siskel and have to give a thumbs-up to the movie as well, and the reason why is obvious--

NATASHA HENSTRIDGE.

She's the reason this movie is any good to watch. Without her, this movie completely falls apart. She carries this flick from start to finish.
The best thing about her in the movie is --- her eyes. Those eyes look like they could belong to a space alien. They are so haunting and other-worldly in the movie, so you actually do believe this spaced-out chick is from another planet somewhere. Another big point in this flick's favor is the fact that this role displays beautiful f*cking-hot Natasha at the absolute height of her sex appeal, playing the friskiest alien ever. (It sure seems like she hardly wears anything!!!)

All I will say is-- without Natasha Henstridge, Species is just another lame Forest Whitaker movie. That's it.

Maybe my taste in movies is not so hot, but I definitely have good taste when it comes to women.

LETTERMAN CUTS DEAL WITH WGA

All Worldwide Pants late-night shows (Late Show, Craig Ferguson) are back next week, WITH WRITERS. The story here.

Also read that Spike Feresten is also coming back, on FOX. Who cares about him.

UPDATE: Nikki Finke's take.

Thursday, December 27, 2007

BIG NEWS DAY

Well, the top story in the world today is that Mischa Barton was arrested.

Just kidding. Actually, Benazir Bhutto was assassinated in Pakistan and frankly, I am not at all surprised this happened. Sad, but not surprised. Pakistan is in CHAOS.

Tuesday, December 25, 2007

Monday, December 24, 2007

MORE SISKEL AND EBERT STUFF FROM THE VAULT

Been really enjoying going through the YouTube vaults to check out old episodes of At the Movies from the 1980s featuring Gene Siskel and Roger Ebert.

For those wondering, At the Movies was a show distributed by Tribune Entertainment during the 1980s and it was taped at the studios of WGN in Chicago. Siskel and Ebert moved over to Tribune after leaving their PBS show Sneak Previews. Then in 1986 those two bolted again to Buena Vista and a new show there known as Siskel and Ebert, taped at Chicago TV station WBBM, where Siskel worked.

But At the Movies continued on Tribune with two new guys they brought in: Rex Reed and Bill Harris. Here's an example of their efforts.





Needless to say, that show sucked compared to the fiery, passionate arguments you got from Siskel and Ebert, and it eventually faded away.

These days the Ebert and Roeper website has video of every movie review that the Buena Vista/Disney version of the show has ever had, going back to 1986 when Siskel and Ebert bolted from Tribune, right through to Richard Roeper and the guest critics. What's missing there are all the old shows they did at Tribune before the move to Disney. Those are instead popping up on YouTube for frustrated fans who want to see what their old Eighties shows were all about. I think it's well worth it for movie fans to look at their old shows on YouTube. It's a part of movie and pop culture history, and looking at the old shows again I am reminded that the Eighties were a LONG time ago. Siskel and Ebert reviewed movies about breakdancing, commented on cheesy flicks with bikini-clad girls in them like Hardbodies, and trashed lots of stuff featuring Burt Reynolds. A LOT of stuff featuring Reynolds. You have to feel sorry for these guys, having to sit through the Cannonball Run movies, Stroker Ace, and this other grade-Z crap from the era.

Some fun clips to show you:
Here's a show where, among other things, Siskel and Ebert dissect The Terminator.







Here these two go nuts over The Black Cauldron, and this clip illustrates a big reason why these two were so good on TV as movie critics. Here these two are really getting into it, arguing and dissecting -- get this-- a KIDS CARTOON! Now that is what I call passion for the movies, and they also throw a few insults at each other. Classic stuff.



Now, here's Siskel and Ebert trashing the Stinkers of 1985.





And finally, a fun episode of the show where they dissect the James Bond movies and who they thought was the best Bond, the best Bond villain, the best Bond girl, and so on.





Here they talk about the Bond girls. I tend to agree with Ebert's opinion that Ursula Andress was the best, but boy, I can't fault Siskel one bit for his enthusiasm about smoking-hot Maud Adams.



That's all for now.

WRITERS TALKS HOPES DIM


Been reading Nikki Finke and she says they tried and failed to get the talks going again in the Writers Strike. Apparently these idiots in management are so entrenched in their positions that they are ordering up a ton of unscripted programming including lots of reality shows and game shows, figuring that the dimwits in middle America won't miss the writers very much if they do that.

Well, guess what. I am starting to hear complaining and bellyaching from people about how bad the TV is, so I don't see how serving up more reality shows and more game shows will be a stopgap. Basically the writers have already done all the damage they are going to do -- they shut down the late night shows, which are most dependent on them for their existence, and forced them into reruns. Those are shows that rely on making fun of current events. Having no writers is a fine way to ruin shows like that. Anyway, pretty much all these late night shows are coming back, writerless, in the new year. So these shows won't be good, but at least they are back.

Me, I am surviving the strike quite well by watching a lot of AMC and TCM, and avoiding network shows. The thing is, I haven't had a chance to watch a lot of TV the last few months. So now when I get a chance to watch a scripted show, it seems brand-new. Even if it's a freaking rerun. Plus, I happen to be a big reality-show and game-show watcher, in spite of myself. I mean, yeah, I'll watch Survivor and Amazing Race, and Gene Simmons' silly show on A&E, and the even sillier Girls Next Door, and Deal or No Deal, Power of 10, 1 vs. 100 and all this other stuff.

I also watch a lot of cable news- CNN, CNBC, you name it. And --you guessed it-- all the sports. So I'm personally in very good shape, at least as far as prime time is concerned. I guess what I'm most mad about is what's happened to the late night shows. That's a big part of my TV viewing day disrupted right there. Instead of watching those shows these days, I'm surfing the web and watching feeds from the TV networks in Russia. Russian TV has these American networks all beat right now, because AT LEAST THEY'RE NOT ON STRIKE.

For those wondering about the late night shows going back to work who want to know how Johnny Carson handled a similar situation in 1988, click here for this look back.

WALK HARD -- A HARD SELL


$4.1 million for Walk Hard?! What the hell?! I thought it would do much, much better than that. Shows you what the heck I know about movies and how they will do. This movie is a FLOP.

My rant about it here.

Saturday, December 22, 2007

ALVIN AND THE CHIPMUNKS

In honor of Alvin, Simon and Theodore and their surprising hit movie Alvin and the Chipmunks, I thought I would post some YouTube videos of their classic songs to remind people of their old hits

First, here is their big hit The Chipmunk Song, which went to Number One on the Billboard charts in 1958.



Next, here is Witch Doctor.


And finally, the Alvin Twist.

Enjoy.

Friday, December 21, 2007

MORE DETAILS ABOUT THE LATE NIGHT HOSTS COMING BACK

Well. Jay Leno and Conan O'Brien are coming back with no writers, and David Letterman's plan to cut a deal with the Writers Guild to bring his whole show back has hit a snag. The story here.

Jimmy Kimmel is also back on with no writers.

The Daily Show and Stephen Colbert are also returning to the air, with no writers. Get ready for some really bad television, folks.

ON DON CHEVRIER

Don Chevrier died suddenly earlier this week and his death is a real loss for Canadian sportscasting. He was sort of the Curt Gowdy of Canadian sportscasting in a sense, in that he did all the main ones -- baseball, football, you name it. He even did the CBC Curling Classic during the Seventies. About the only sport he didn't do was hockey, oddly enough.

He was best known for doing Toronto Blue Jays games nationally alongside Tony Kubek for years on TV, and in fact called the first TV game in Blue Jays history. So this guy had a national following. Of course, he lives in Saskatchewan Roughriders infamy as the guy who called Tony Gabriel's 1976 catch to win the Grey Cup for Ottawa.


He kind of faded from the scene in the past few years -- he moved to the USA and regularly did sports for ABC Radio including the Triple Crown races. He also did curling on NBC!

Anyway it's sad and surprising news.

MAXIM MAGAZINE IS GETTING KILLED


Just thought I would let you know that I notice the issues of MAXIM on the newsstands are rail-thin these days. The latest issue only has 120 pages, which in magazine terms amounts to anorexia. Life is bad at the men's magazine.

I notice Mischa Barton is the cover girl and this says it all right there. They are still trying to ride the coattails of all these TV babes whose shows have gotten cancelled. But nobody cares about them anymore. Last month they brought back Sarah Michelle Gellar from the crypt and everyone laughed because she's been gone for years.

Someone really ought to tell these folks in charge there at MAXIM to recruit more current babes. The archrivals at Playboy have been killing them the last two months with their pictorials featuring two current, buzz-worthy naked babes: Kim Kardashian and Adrianne Curry.

It's been a rapid decline for the lads mags in the USA -- or as I call them, the babes magazines. First FHM was put out of its misery, and then Stuff. I think MAXIM could be next. My theory is that the guys who just bought out MAXIM really wanted Blender, the other magazine that was part of the deal to buy the parent company. So I think what will happen is they will eventually kill the US edition of MAXIM, send the MAXIM subscribers over to Blender, and let the UK edition of MAXIM into the country. The UK edition is better anyway, they have hotter babes.

I guess I am mentioning this because I'm interested in the magazine business and I'm seeing this whole genre of babes magazines going down the tubes as we speak. 120 pages for the January issue of MAXIM is a sad state of affairs, folks. This rag has had it.

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

THE LATE NIGHT COMEDIANS ARE COMING BACK

Yes, I know about it. Would post more of my thoughts, except I am working late tonight from home on other stuff and don't plan on getting much sleep for at least a couple of days. Will talk more about it later.

Sunday, December 16, 2007

TORONTO GETTING SNOWED UNDER

The story here.

Like I say, I'm laughing right now in balmy Manitoba, a place where I can't get my car started. (Life in this country SUCKS.)

Saturday, December 15, 2007

ANOTHER REASON TO BE GLAD NOT TO BE IN TORONTO

Big snowstorm coming.

Send in the Army!

COLA COMMERCIALS AND OTHER FUN STUFF

Been looking at the YouTube vaults again and ran across some old soft drink ads for TV.

You know, I find these beverage ads amusing. Soft drink ads are so much different from coffee ads, or beer ads. Beer ads tend to be loaded with funny stuff like talking frogs and catch-phrases ("THIS CALLS FOR a BUD LIGHT!"). And coffee ads tend to feature lots of adults being delightfully mellow, or Latin guys sitting back and extolling the virtues of their favorite coffee. Stuff like that.

But soft drink ads tend to be, well, bouncy and upbeat! They feature lots of young people at the beach, and lots of singing and dancing. You don't see this kind of stuff in beer ads or coffee ads, these choreographed numbers! At least, not very often.There are lots of pop stars associated with soft drink ads, everyone from Michael Jackson to Britney Spears. (A real cross-section of freaks when you think of it.) I know the Coca-Cola Company dipped heavily into popular music for their TV ads, and Pepsi followed suit in the 80s.

So I thought I would post some links to some interesting soft drink ads I spotted on YouTube, with an emphasis on the obscure. Believe me, there are a LOT of soft drinks out there. And here's a fun fact for guys: I think there are more babes in these soft drink ads than in these beer ads. Beer ads have a terrible reputation for being loaded with babes, but I think the soft drink ads are far worse for that. Those are just loaded with girls in bikinis, drinking this stuff on the beach. It's really funny to see this sort of thing because these drinks have a terrible reputation for being fattening. And yet these people look so good.

Anyway, here goes.

Here's the famous Pepsi Generation ad from the Sixties. This was a famous ad campaign that really put Pepsi on the map as a cola for the young generation.




Here's an ad from 1968 for RC Cola from one of my favorite recording artists Nancy Sinatra. This one ran on her Movin' with Nancy special on TV that year and I thought I would post it again, since Nancy really was a swinging chick of her era and a bonafide hottie in her own right.

Speaking of hotties: here's an ad for Canada Dry featuring Ann-Margret. This was from a TV special Annie hosted in 1968, and there was lots of wild singing and dancing in this commercial featuring this terrific woman. I've always been a huge Ann-Margret fan. But the ad itself is terrible. I'm sorry, but this jingle seemed to be written by someone high on LSD. It's just the most incoherent mess ever, and poor Ann-Margret had to try and tap her way through it. See if you don't agree with me.

Here's a classic Cindy Crawford Pepsi ad from the Nineties. It was two young kids impressed with the soft drink Cindy was drinking. I think this aired during the Super Bowl.
And here's another fun Pepsi ad with Cindy from 1994.

More stuff: here's a classic TaB ad from the Sixties- "be a Mindsticker."
And another TaB ad starring a f*cking-hot Elle Macpherson. Wow, I was blown away by the body of that lady in a bikini.


And an obscure Mello-Yello ad with lots of singing and dancing in it.
And a classic Dr. Pepper ad.
Here's a Seven-Up ad from the Seventies, which looks to me to be inspired by that trippy Canada Dry ad. The guy who produced this ad was probably on LSD, too. I'll say this though- I remember seeing this ad on TV, so it's definitely memorable and a classic. 7Up aways had great ads.


There you go. Enough about soft drinks.

ROID RAGE

Is it any wonder why fans have turned off of baseball when this is what we get? First there was the strike that wiped the World Series right out in 1994, and then we have had this decade of steroid abuse and cheating. There isn't a single home run record or pitching record we can trust now from the whole period since the 1994 strike. All because of steroids.

For those of you non-baseball fans (and believe me, your ranks are growing), statistics happen to be the lifeblood of this sport, more than for football, basketball, hockey or these others. It's a big part of baseball when some long-time record gets broken. People follow these statistics and these records as if it's religion! So this steroid abuse is really damaging to the sport, because now you can't look at any of these baseball records any more and put any faith in them.

Here's the story from in Blue Jays land. Among other things a lot of Jays got fingered in this Mitchell report that came out, including Roger Clemens (pictured).

I gotta say -- the fans are ANGRY. There is so much vitriol from fans towards these idiots in baseball right now. The people calling in these radio shows right now are just livid. The people in baseball are ruining that game for the fans for all time with their irresponsibility. But really, what do you expect? This is TYPICAL of the way baseball has operated over the last hundred years. From the Black Sox scandal to the racism that kept black players out of the game for the longest time, to the lousy treatment of players, to the free-agent era when loyalty to the fans got shredded, to the labour disruptions and now this.

We baseball fans are FOOLS for following this sport. FOOLS!!!!!

Friday, December 14, 2007

THE SCUD STUD GOES INTO POLITICS


Amusing political news out of Alberta. Former NBC News foreign correspondent Arthur Kent, who has dodged bullets in Afghanistan and Iraqi scud missiles in Saudi Arabia , is going into politics. Just like his anchorman brother, Peter. Here's his web site. He's running for the PCs in Calgary!

He was nominated in the provincial riding of Calgary Currie on November 17. By the way, I know everyone thinks Alberta is Conservative bedrock, but Kent has an uphill climb because that downtown riding is held provincially by the Liberals.

Thursday, December 13, 2007

MULRONEY TESTIFIES

Today was a big day for the press in Ottawa because Brian Mulroney showed up at a federal ethics committee inquiry to trash Karlheinz Schreiber.

I dunno why they even bother with this inquiry, it seems like a colossal waste of money. Everyone knows by now it's Schreiber who is bad news. And I really dunno why my drooling brethren in Ottawa are so gaga over Brian Mulroney. I guess this inquiry gives these folks something to do.

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

UNCLE


Noticed that a few people have been talking about The Man from U.N.C.L.E. TV show now that it's been released on DVD this week. I should check out that DVD, it was a terrific show.

Everyone is saying now, though, how cheap and cheesy it looks compared to how they remember it. They have a point. But I remember seeing this show on CBC in reruns late at night, and also on YTV, and thinking it was cheesy THEN.

Seems to me this show fit right in with Batman and the rest of these Sixties TV shows -- it was kind of tongue in cheek.

Anyway, thought I would provide some Man from U.N.C.L.E. links here and here. Also, here's the open for The Girl from U.N.C.L.E. starring Stefanie Powers.

STILL MORE NEWS FROM NOWHERE

Time for another one of my News from Nowhere blogs where I post some random news and other happenings from around the world of news, sports and entertainment.

Answer: This game show host recently had a heart attack!
Question: Who is Alex Trebek? You are CORRECT.

More proof that Jeopardy! is cursed this year: distributor Roger King is dead. First Merv Griffin dies, and now him.
Also, another link to my childhood memories of the Seventies passed away recently: Evel Knievel.
Also read that Ike Turner died, but who cares about him. Not a fan of the way he treated women.

Congratulations to my favorite America's Next Top Model winner Adrianne Curry for her terrific Playboy pictorial. I like Adrianne because she loves to open her mouth and speak her mind, and also because she's incredibly gorgeous. I can see why Chris Knight of The Brady Bunch fell for this crazy chick (both pictured). Also, she once trashed Tyra Banks and trashed the America's Next Top Model show in print, so I find that amusing.

And while on the subject of married women-- read a blurb that Victoria Beckham likes to sleep in the nude. (The things these newspapers will print these days...)

TV-- noticed ABC has pulled Big Shots, and I have no idea why they would do a darn fool thing like that in the middle of a strike. I guess people prefer reruns to new episodes of that lousy show.

And that's all for now.

Monday, December 10, 2007

FOX BIZ REPORTER NICOLE PETALLIDES


I thought I would update this blog to give you a post about that Greek goddess Nicole Petallides of Fox Business News. Here's an article about this gorgeous babe, who I discovered for the first time when she was anchoring the news over on Bloomberg. I've had a crush on her ever since. She's actually worked pretty much everywhere in business TV. Among her many jobs was a gig working for Maria Bartiromo at CNBC.

Now she spends her time getting up at 2 AM to go to work. And you wonder why more guys don't go into TV news? THAT'S why. Morning TV is BRUTAL.

(I once had a TV internship where I had to get up at 2AM-- I kid you not. Not a fun sight to see me stagger around at that hour. Late nights I can handle, but early mornings?!)

Nicole also drinks lots of Diet Cokes and other totally unhealthy food to perk herself up at that hour. How she is able to drink that stuff at 2 AM is beyond me. I'd never drink that garbage that early in the morning--- I'd throw up. I only touch the soft drinks later in the day.

Fun fact for guys: she was a total jock in college.

Reading about Nicole Petallides is fun --- it makes me want to go into business news. Wait a minute -- technically, I am doing business news right now. Okay, never mind.

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In other news, Conrad Black was sentenced to six and a half years in prison today.

WRITERS STRIKE AFFECT ON TV

Just wanted to post this handy link to let you know how the big strike is affecting all your favorite TV shows.

As you can tell, it's starting to take a lot of shows down for the count. In a few weeks we're going to have nothing but reruns from the scripted shows, and we'll be left with plenty of reality and game show junk on the air.

Also, looks to me like FOX won't be so hard hit because they don't have any late night comedians during the week like these other places. And most of their prime time lineup is reality garbage and game shows.

Sunday, December 09, 2007

BOMB

Went over to Nikki Finke's website the other day to get my usual Writers Strike news and found out that The Golden Compass was a flop this weekend.

My own thoughts about it here.

OLD, WEIRD TV STUFF


Been going through the TV vaults of YouTube again to try and find some more long-lost TV shows. I gotta say, people out there on the picket lines striking should really take a look at YouTube. They'll get some really good ideas on what not to do on TV.

It sure looks like the Sixties were a great time for outlandish, stupid ideas on television. We got genies, Martians, creepy neighbors, families with monsters, witches, and all kinds of crazy stuff including girls bathing in water towers in Hooterville. Think about it -- health issues for the residents of Hooterville, all due to these three Petticoat Junction babes bathing in the water!

Well, there were a lot of shows on the air that not many people know about, but which fit right in with the silliness already on TV.

JERRY VAN DYKE IN MY MOTHER THE CAR


Take My Mother the Car for example. It's about this woman who gets reincarnated as a car. Sound stupid? You bet. In fact it's one of the worst shows in TV history, and Jerry Van Dyke (pictured) was in it.

And to show you that Jerry Van Dyke just cannot win, here's a clip from another forgotten flop show, Accidental Family. Eventually he got a steady gig, on Coach.

Also, his famous brother Dick Van Dyke had a long-forgotten show in the Seventies , IN COLOR, with Hope Lange starring as his wife. I guess Laura filed for divorce.

OCCASIONAL WIFE


Remember the show Occasional Wife? Me neither. This show ran one season in 1966 before it got the boot. It starred Michael Callan and Patricia Harty as a pretend-married couple. The whole premise is that this poor dude must pretend to be married in order to have a chance at getting promoted by his boss. So he enlists his friend to be his pretend wife. The whole concept on the show seems laughable today. Any employer who wanted to try a stunt like that would definitely get sued. It probably would have been decent as a movie of the era, but as a series? Dunno.

Patricia Harty was also in the show Blondie, another series that looks utterly lame.

If you don't think that's laughable enough, try Paul Lynde trying to pass himself off as a family man on the Paul Lynde Show. Here's a promo of that one which ran in 1972 that also has a preview of Temperatures Rising.

Here's the show It's About Time, which looks to me like a time machine version of Gilligan's Island. It's even produced by the same guy who brought you Gilligan.

Speaking of Gilligan's Island, here's the Skipper playing Casey Jones.

Promo stuff from 1966 as ABC promoted its Thursday lineup of Bewitched, Love on a Rooftop and That Girl.


Less funny stuff now: Here's a clip from the Julie Newmar series
My Living Doll. And the opening from Honey West.


And a clip from the rather unfortunately-named TV show Naked City.


Anyone who wants to know about who the Dean Martin Show's Golddiggers were can check out this clip here. Man, could they sing.
And finally from the Seventies, the Glen A. Larson TV series Sword of Justice.

That's all for now.

Saturday, December 08, 2007

PRODUCERS WALK

Well, the producers issued an ultimatum and then walked away from the negotiating table in this writers strike.

This is getting ridiculous. Television in the United States, not to mention Canada, is being ruined by this freaking strike. I know everyone in Canada keeps on crowing about how this is great for the industry up here and all that, but that means nothing if the shows you prefer are American.

By the way, the movies are good on TV tonight: Blazing Saddles, Casablanca, Animal House. Who cares about Saturday Night Live when that's the lineup on AMC and TCM.

Thursday, December 06, 2007

WELL, THE WRITER'S STRIKE ISN'T OVER YET

You know, it's funny. You look at Entertainment Tonight and sites like that, and you wouldn't think that all of Hollywood is shut down and paralyzed right now. You think instead that it's life as usual, with celebrities getting in trouble and even going to jail! Kiefer Sutherland and Gary Collins are just the latest DUI jailbirds.

And then you look at Nikki Finke's site and the ones like it, and you get a fresh dose of the reality of the business. You get real entertainment industry news--- not this stars-gone-wild nonsense. It's refreshing. But it's perhaps even more depressing, because this strike is killing your favorite shows and making the networks duck soup for a reality-show takeover by January.

So far, no real news to report on the strike front. Just haggling. That's what's happening in Hollywood right now: nothing.

I kind of believe the motivation to settle this thing still isn't there from people yet. I suspect what will happen is that these folks will settle this thing at the exact moment when they have to settle it-- when American Idol starts. Because if they don't settle this thing by then, FOX will just put Idol up against reruns on the other channels and they will just kill everyone.

Another drop-dead date is when the Oscar telecasts go live and you know these folks don't want to scuttle THAT with a strike! It would be bad for business. So I think this thing will get settled by the time of the Oscar cast, at least.

Maybe the optimistic predictions of a December settlement will still come true.

But who knows. Maybe these networks don't care, and maybe they really will kill all the scripted shows and load up the airwaves with reality shows and game shows. Not that that's such a bad idea if we get Deal or No Deal five nights a week, but still...

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BY THE WAY, GUYS, get ready for a fun edition of Deal or No Deal on Friday. The suitcase models are going to be wearing bikinis on that night's show!! Howie Mandel is a lucky guy.

Wednesday, December 05, 2007

IMUS IS BACK ON


Don Imus has been back on the air now for three days at his new radio home of 770 WABC, and I take it he has been groveling and begging for more forgiveness the last few days on the radio.

Actually, I'm kind of bored with the whole Imus-insulting-the-Rutgers-womens-basketball-team story. So, the guy put his foot in it . Okay, he's a fool. We GET IT. We don't need to keep on being reminded of it; the guy needs to get on with his life. Personally, I hope he's cleaned up his act. Then maybe his show can be taken seriously again by people. This show will be a FLOP if he can't get decent politicians or media personalities to appear on it like he did on his old show at WFAN. That's it.

CHEEK BACK ON HALL OF FAME BALLOT

Noticed that once again the late Blue Jays broadcaster Tom Cheek was placed on the ballot for the Ford Frick Award and a spot at Baseball's Hall of Fame in Cooperstown.

He'll be competing with nine other guys and quite frankly, isn't it time he got in? How many times do they have to put him on the ballot before he gets in? This is the fourth year in a row now, and this should do it, finally, I hope. Unless they give it to Seattle's Dave Niehaus, who also keeps on getting on the ballot.

By the way there are THREE baseball announcers with Canadian connections on the ballot. Tony Kubek did the color for the Blue Jays games throughout the 1980s and Dave Van Horne did the Expos games for the longest time.

BUSY, BUSY (AND COLD)

Sorry that I haven't been at this blog more often in recent days. In part, it's because I have been awfully busy the last few days. But also it's because I have no news, really. I was in Brandon last week for a big municipalities convention (interesting stuff). This week I have been (a) doing Christmas shopping in Winnipeg, (b) been plowing away at my mainstream media duties, and (c) been shivering to death. I gotta say, this place is COLD.

How the heck do people here put up with this weather?! Beats me. I don't know why more people here don't simply get fed up and leave for warmer temperatures. Maybe it's because the cost of living is low and life is good. (That's what all the Ontario expatriates here like to say). Or maybe it's because this awful cold weather here is better than having to put up with mudslides in British Columbia.

I have no news, really. Still, I should tend to the blog more often. You know, having a blog is like having a cat -- you need to feed it a lot.

Monday, December 03, 2007

WINTER WALLOPS CANADA


I guess I am posting this to feel less bad about living on the prairie.

By the way, is there a colder province in Canada than Manitoba?! I doubt it. Even Saskatchewan's warmer.

Sunday, December 02, 2007

MEGAN GALE: WONDER WOMAN?


Regular followers of the blog know that I am interested in any cast news about my favorite DC superhero Wonder Woman.

Well, what do you expect me to say, that I prefer Superman or Batman? Or Robin??! How about Aquaman? Yecch. Actually, I really prefer the Marvel superheroes, especially Spider-Man. But I gotta say I kind of have a big cartoon crush on Wonder Woman, ever since seeing that TV show as a kid. She's beautiful, plus she's got great superpowers. I definitely want my girlfriend to be Wonder Woman.

Well, the latest hot rumor for the Justice League of America flick that's coming out is that the WW role in that movie is going to go to hot Australian supermodel Megan Gale. Lucky girl.

I'll believe it when I see it, though. (They said the role was going to Jessica Biel a few weeks ago.) I think this is interesting, if true. This would be a move towards putting a hot, sexy actress in the Wonder Woman role -- just like they put a scorching-hot Eva Green into that James Bond movie a year ago. Megan Gale is definitely going to ante up the sex factor for the guys if she's in this movie. Incidentally, there are plenty of NSFW photos of this woman on the Internet, thanks in large part to a shoot she did for the Italian publication Max some years ago. Those lucky Italians, eh? They have all the fun.

If Megan Gale really did get the role then I think it's a good choice, because she's gorgeous! Megan really does look like someone who could be Wonder Woman. We'll see.

Thursday, November 29, 2007

WGA TALKS GO ON

Been reading the nonstop continuing coverage of the writers' strike from Nikki Finke. They got talks going again four days ago but the union just rejected an offer today. So they'll be back negotiating again on Tuesday.

Anyway, quite a few folks are saying that this strike could be all over soon, possibly by Dec. 8. Which is good because there isn't much entertainment on late night TV these days at all. All we are getting is reruns.

I understand NBC has gone deep into the vault to re-air some old Jay Leno stuff that was on way back in 1992. I didn't know they kept any shows from 1992; I heard Leno had them all burned or something because they were supposed to be so awful. Anyway, these shows are getting re-aired.

Also heard that Carson Daly is crossing the picket lines to come back with his lame Last Call with Carson Daly show, but he really doesn't have much need for writers on that show anyway. And he was apparently going to make a series of "scab" jokes on the show about this situation, but instead everyone is making jokes about HIM. I dunno why he even bothers to come back, but I read elsewhere that NBC was playing hardball and was going to cancel him if he didn't return. I guess Carson Daly has no clout.

RIDER PRIDE

Saskatchewan Roughriders fans are either the most loyal football fans in Canada or the craziest. Maybe a bit of both.

What else can you say about them after this week? First they take over Toronto and drown out the Skydome with all their fans in there. About 80 per cent of the stadium was wearing green and cheering for the Riders. Then the Riders come home, and they have a big rally at Mosaic Stadium showing off the Grey Cup and 8,000 fans show up, and they are all freezing to death in minus 30 temperatures! Then they have a big victory parade the next day and show off the Cup on the steps of the Legislature, and again, the fans are all out there and it's minus 30 out!! These fans are CRAZY.

I gotta say, the Rider players did a great job but the fans of the Riders were even more impressive to me this week. They really were the story of the week in my book. It wasn't the Riders who won the Grey Cup but Rider Pride. You know, "green is the colour" and all that sort of thing.

Here are some more stories from this week's victory celebrations. And a story about this young cancer patient who got to share in the Riders victory.

Hey, what can I say? I'm a Riders fan, and these things don't happen often enough as far as I'm concerned.

SPIDER-MAN, SPIDER-MAN, DANCING LIKE A SPIDER CAN


Speaking of winners: do you know that former Indy 500 winner Helio Castroneves won Dancing With the Stars? I'm surprised because I just thought people were going to vote for Marie Osmond and see her faint again on TV. I'm surprised she lasted as long as she did.

Castroneves is known as Spider-Man for his penchant for climbing the fences along the racetrack after he wins. I wonder what he did after Dancing with the Stars. Probably climbed on top of something else.

This TV fan at Jump the Shark is not impressed with this show. Neither am I, really. My reaction can be summed up as well with a big fat who cares.

Sunday, November 25, 2007

GREAT DAY FOR RIDER NATION

FINAL SCORE OF THE GREY CUP GAME

Saskatchewan 23 Winnipeg 19.

Great day for all Rider fans!

FINAL GREY CUP FOR CBC

Well, today's Grey Cup Game is historic because this is the final one for CBC Television. This is their last CFL telecast after 55 years. Next year the rights completely go to TSN.

Here's an article on the end of the CBC's involvement. You know, I'm sad to see the CBC go, but a lot of people were mad at the CBC for announcerless football games during their 2005 strike, and people were mad when they cut away from the Saskatchewan-Edmonton game during a storm delay this year, deciding to show a movie instead. And they didn't come back after the game got restarted. So people outside Regina missed out on Saskatchewan's big comeback to win the game!

Don't feel bad for CBC Sports; they plan to show plenty of MLS soccer games and Blue Jays and Raptors telecasts to replace the CFL. And of course they still have the NHL.

Oh, and go Riders.

Saturday, November 24, 2007

CELEBRITY APPRENTICE ANNOUNCEMENT

Catching up on the latest news, I notice that NBC announced its celebrity Apprentice candidates. I notice the Hollywood Reporter isn't impressed. They think this ought to be the last season for this show. But the way things were going last year, I thought LAST season was going to be the end.

Here's the question I have: how many times must a show jump the shark before the idiots in charge at the network finally decide to gas the series and put it out of its misery? A "celebrity edition" is a sure shark-jump, but this series has already jumped with that horrendous season in LA, the firing of Carolyn, the disappearance last season of George, some really bad season-finale shows, ridiculous product placement, and all the rest of it.


Not only that, but these celebrities aren't even A-list. Jennie Finch? Carol Alt?! Stephen Baldwin!? GENE SIMMONS!!! He has a reality show already, they don't need him. And get this, OMAROSA is back (left).

Why is Omarosa getting a second chance!? Oh, I get it, the Donald is a big believer in second chances. Heck, NBC sure believes in the policy, bringing this train wreck of a show back! And to think people used to take this show seriously as a way to get ahead in business. What fools.

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

THE BACHELOR IS AN IDIOT


It's way past my bedtime already, but I hit the floor when I read this. That idiot Brad Womack, a.k.a. the Bachelor, rejected both girls and decided to go home with nobody!!!

You know, I don't get it! If you're going to be the Bachelor, if you're going to be on TV, for gosh sakes do something with it! Don't simply use it as an opportunity to kiss girls on TV and then dump them! Make the most of the opportunity, man, and find a woman who might be your wife!!! And then marry her and live happily ever after! That's the whole point of this show, to get hitched! But this dude blows it, and decides to reject everyone on the show.

It's not as if these women are all a bunch of total losers. Sure, the bachelorettes who are normally on this show usually include a few psychos, but most of these women are normal people! Not only that, they're also hotties who look good wearing bikinis!!! What is this guy SMOKING?

I can tell you this, if I had been the Bachelor and if I had been on this silly show, instead of this other fool, you can be darned sure I would have chosen SOMEBODY.

WHAT AN IDIOT. This show is in the grave, for sure, now.

Monday, November 19, 2007

JAILBIRDS

EVERYONE is going to jail these days! The latest to head to the sin bin:

MIKE TYSON, and...
MICHAEL VICK!

Jail. Definitely the cool place to hang out for a day for the famous people of America.

NEAT ARTICLE ON NATALIE MORALES

Just thought I would provide this link to this article on NBC News Today Show newsbabe Natalie Morales. I predict right now that one day she's going to end up hosting the Today Show. I see her on TV and she reminds me of Katie Couric.

That's supposed to be a compliment. I think.

Also, I am pleased to inform you that the CBS newswriters have voted to go on strike. Welcome to the picket line, folks, and grab a shoehorn-- the streets are pretty crowded with picketers already.

BIG WEEK OF FOOTBALL AHEAD

NFL on Thursday. College football on Friday and Saturday. The Grey Cup on Sunday.

Something to cheer about.


(Yes, any excuse to put up a picture of a girl...!)

Sunday, November 18, 2007

BIG SPORTS DAY

Well, it was another big day for the NFL.

And a big day for NASCAR.

And an especially big day for the CFL.
I know I'll get my neighbours mad by saying this but I don't care: go Riders.

Saturday, November 17, 2007

IMPORTANT LINDSAY LOHAN NEWS


Did you know she went to jail? Anyway, she's out now. After 84 MINUTES!!!

Nancy Grace should have a field day with that now that she is out of the hospital.

WRITERS STRIKE: TALKS TO RESUME

Here's a story from Nikki Finke that the writers talks are back on. Good, because these late-night reruns are unwatchable.

Maybe these people realize people are getting hurt. And maybe the bozos in charge realize some more of these shows are going into reruns pretty quickly. (The Office is already in reruns and a few other shows like My Name is Earl will be in reruns in a couple of weeks.) So much for all this talk about reruns in January. The reruns are starting to happen NOW.

Friday, November 16, 2007

THE WEEK THAT WAS

Well, forgive me for not being here at the computer entertaining you all week long. I have been elsewhere, of course, tending to all my other commitments. Let's face it, I'm a busy man these days. In fact, last week I was in the United States doing some cross-border shopping in Grand Forks. I didn't buy much, though.

As a result I kind of missed what went down with the whole OJ Simpson nonsense. I guess he's going to trial. If convicted he could go to jail for the rest of his life. Good.

I am quite sure the coverage will be overkill on these court TV shows. And speaking of which, Nancy Grace almost died this week. Had blood clots dealt with.

The writers strike goes on and my links to all the strike stuff are still up (see below). I'll add some more later. I am already fed up with these late night reruns.

This weekend Beowulf takes on Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium at the box office, and when I think of Mr. Magorium I keep getting confused and think of Mr. Magoo instead. Honestly, though, there's nothing worth seeing at the theaters right now as far as I'm concerned. I'm better off renting some DVD or something.

And then there's this Mulroney Airbus business.

Why the heck is Sarah Michelle Gellar Maxim's Woman of the Year? That woman is a has-been!!! She makes Esquire's choice of Charlize Theron as Sexiest Woman Alive look like pure genius. And whose idea was it to make Matt Damon the Sexiest Man Alive at People?! These stupid Americans! These magazine people really have no clue when it comes to these sorts of things. Not that I care what People thinks, though-- I much prefer girls.

And there really isn't much else going on in the world right now except maybe for this Pakistan business. But Pakistan is far, far away. RIGHT?!

THAT'S IT!

LATE NIGHT HOSTS MAY COME BACK AND WING IT


According to Variety there may soon be a deal done to bring the late night talk shows back with new episodes soon, although it's clear to me these guys are probably going to wing it.

This sort of reminds me of when the CBC went on strike and showed announcerless CFL football games. That was a joke. This is also going to be a joke, albeit one that isn't funny. Because these shows won't be funny, or even any good.

What's Dave gonna do? Write these darn shows himself?!

Update: Nikki Finke thinks this Variety article is bull$#!t.

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

PLOT THICKENS OVER AT CITYTV

Well. Seems Kathryn Humphreys' stint on the beach might be short-lived. You know her ex-boss at Citytv, Stephen Hurlbut? Well, new owners Rogers just canned him the other day, and people are all going crazy thinking he got the boot due to botched contract negotiations with Kathryn Humphreys.

This sure does remind people of what went down with Ron MacLean years ago when he walked away from the CBC in a contract dispute, only for the CBC to bow to public pressure and hire him back.

But I think it's different with Kathryn Humphreys. I think people want her back on the air not because they loved her work or even watched her. Instead, it's because people genuinely feel this woman got hosed. They're right.

The thinking is that Rogers may hire Humphreys back now, and they have a meeting set up sometime soon to discuss things. Good.

Monday, November 12, 2007

MORE WRITERS STRIKE LINKS, ETC.


Thought I would add a few good writers' strike links to the mix here.

The Huffington Post, that bastion of liberalism, has a Writer's Strike page worth seeing. Check it out.

Also, thought I would link to Nikki Finke's Deadline Hollywood Daily and FishbowlLA, which have live continuing coverage of the strike. And Hollywood Wiretap has plenty of coverage.

Variety and Hollywood Reporter have strike coverage but I've heard a lot of people whining and bellyaching that these sites are too pro-industry and are taking the studios' side in the strike. Variety has a strike blog.

BLOGS! From Ken Levine, Mark Evanier, and Craig Mazin.

Jeremy Blachman (Anonymous Lawyer) also has quite a few posts about the strike.

And the Letterman show writers have a blog too.

I guess the big news of the last few days has been Ellen's willingness to do her show without the writers (ingrate!). Also, there are LAYOFFS at the late night shows! NBC is pondering GUEST HOSTS for its crippled late night shows. All I gotta say about that idea is that this stinks. A show with guest hosts and no writers is going to be a waste of airspace!

Who wants to watch that?! They are better off just putting on reruns -- at least you'll have jokes that are sort of funny. I guess the only good news is that guest hosts would keep the help employed at these shows. But that's the only good it will do.

That's it!!

ON KATHRYN HUMPHREYS

Found out that Citytv's longtime Toronto sportscaster Kathryn Humphreys has left the station at the end of her contract. She could not come to terms on a new one. I dunno what the heck happened or why Kathryn left. Methinks she might be interested in doing network stuff. Anyway, this is a real blow to Citytv Sports. She may have been a complete goofball when it came to reporting sports, but she did have talent and a unique style.

I know some people say she should go to Hockey Night in Canada next, but I don't know why the heck she would even want to go there. Those dudes take hockey dead-seriously, and she doesn't take sports seriously at all. Not one bit. Which was why she was such a good fit at Citytv.

OJ IN COURT (AGAIN)

I have noticed that OJ Simpson has been back in court recently in Las Vegas, for the pre-trial hearings in his big armed robbery case. They'll be back tomorrow, I gather.

I find it fascinating that these outlets in LA are going full-hog on this story. KTLA and NBC 4 have been streaming their coverage, and I know Court TV has been streaming as well, over the Net. I know KTLA's Web stream has had anchors anchoring and all that; they've really gone all-out.

All I have to say is WHY??! O.J. isn't a local LA story anymore, really-- he's a Vegas story. That's where the trial is, Vegas. He doesn't even live in California anymore-- he lives in Florida.

I like tuning in the trial coverage and seeing it all unfold, but to be honest I am really tired of seeing O.J. in court. Why won't people just convict him already and get it over with, so that we won't need to see these "trials of OJ" ever again? This guy simply cannot stay out of trouble. I'm sick of seeing O.J. in court all the time.

NEXT TO WALK: THE CBS NEWSWRITERS

EVERYONE is going on strike everywhere! The CBS people will vote later this week- they're also part of the Writers Guild of America - East but operate under a different contract than the one in Hollywood.

So that's your favorite NEWS shows affected soon.

Saturday, November 10, 2007

NOW EVEN BROADWAY IS GETTING HIT

Stagehands strike.

Hey, it doesn't affect me, I'm not that big a fan of Broadway shows to begin with. Who else is going on strike? The people who put out these video games?! The recording artists' union?!

Thursday, November 08, 2007

MORE SHOWS GETTING SHUT DOWN

Now, it's The Office. Season finale could be next week. Yikes.

CHANGE IN SASKATCHEWAN

Here's a story from the CBC about the win by the Saskatchewan Party and leader Brad Wall in the big election yesterday.

About time Saskatchewan was liberated from the NDP. I gotta say, it really is a conservative province these days, and this vote just confirms it.

Wednesday, November 07, 2007

SASKATCHEWAN ELECTION NIGHT COVERAGE

Just thought I would post some links to the Saskatchewan election coverage planned for tonight.

The CBC
SaskVotes.com - this is NewsTalk 650 and NewsTalk 980 combining for coverage of election night. Listen live to election night.
CanWest - or, namely, the StarPhoenix.

The other thing I hear is that more people in Saskatchewan care about the big playoff football game coming this weekend than they do about this election. Wouldn't surprise me. All they care about in Saskatchewan is the Riders.

Uh, that's it.

Tuesday, November 06, 2007

CLASSIC SISKEL & EBERT


Came across some interesting stuff on YouTube featuring classic moments from the old Siskel and Ebert shows that used to be on TV. Most of this stuff comes from the At the Movies show that was on before these two signed with Disney.



First, Siskel and Ebert discuss Halloween.


Next, their review of Return of the Jedi.


And Supergirl.
Bachelor Party.
Blue Velvet.
The Stinkers of 1983, here and here.


Fun stuff. Enjoy.

TINA FEY WALKS, AND MORE WRITERS STRIKE JUNK

Some articles about the strike:

Strike hits talk shows. Soaps are getting hit, too.
Also: strike could be the ebb of TV.
Shows hit: here's what happened to Desperate Housewives.
And Lost.
Here's Tina Fey on the picket line.
Here's the situation in Canada. Needless to say CBC, TSN, Sportsnet, The Score and these news channels will be least affected by this.
And here's some grim news about the situation in Vancouver.

Finally, comments from the usual people.
Uh, that's all for right now.

Monday, November 05, 2007

WRITERS ARE OFFICIALLY ON STRIKE RIGHT NOW

I know that based on my absence all day that I seemed to be on strike, too. Do not worry, I am not a member of the union.

As expected, the late-night talk shows are the first to get hit.

I have no time to really say much about the Writers Guild of America strike right now, so I direct you instead to the live continuing coverage of the strike by Nikki Finke.

Saturday, November 03, 2007

BRIAN WILLIAMS ON SNL


Just wanted to let you know that Saturday Night Live is being hosted by Brian Williams this week, from NBC News.

Well, that's his credibility up the creek.

And this may be the last SNL we see for a while. In the next few weeks it may need to change its name to SNR - Saturday Night Reruns.

A mediator is coming in tomorrow to see if there can be some common ground found. Who knows.

Friday, November 02, 2007

MORE USELESS ENTERTAINMENT NEWS JUNK

I find it amusing that these writers are going to go on strike and cripple Hollywood; meanwhile all these entertainment TV shows and publications care about is the state of the relationship of Angelina Jolie. It boggles the mind that these "entertainment news" outlets can be so out of touch about what is really happening out there right now.

By the way, any of you notice that Star! Daily is missing from the airwaves? I just noticed it a day or so ago. And there's good reason for it to be missing -- the show has been CANCELLED.

Seems that the show was only drawing 7,000 viewers an airing, so the new owners at CTV canned it a couple of weeks ago and replaced it with eTalk. And I never even missed it!! But then again, I haven't been watching any TV the last few weeks because I have been so busy.

You know, those numbers are really terrible. If that show really only got 7,000 viewers a show, it deserves to hit the bricks.

Don't feel sorry for Dina Pugliese though, she still has a job, early in the morning on Citytv. As usual, it's the help who got it in the end, about 20 production staffers taking the knife in the back. Too bad, but maybe working on the show will help them get jobs over at Global or at a decent radio station.

Heck, there's nowhere else to go now. Entertainment TV folks are finally getting the knife in this country, just like the news folks and the sports folks.

I have no other news, I've just had an extremely busy day covering agricultural news here in the farmland. Whoopee!!

THE STRIKE IS ON BEGINNING MONDAY

Meanwhile the federal mediator has called the two parties together to try and well, negotiate something.

All this talk about a six-month strike worries me, man.

Thursday, November 01, 2007

WRITERS STRIKE UPDATE

Wanted to give you this link to Nikki Finke's live continuing coverage of the impending writers strike. Apparently they are going to wait until tomorrow to determine when to walk.

And the Screen Actors Guild is planning to honor the picket lines, too. So it looks like this is going to be a big walkout.

More fun stuff: check out posts from Craig Mazin, and Ken Levine, and Shawna Benson.
And Mark Evanier liveblogging from within the auditorium.

I'm watching Dave Letterman right now and they have a lot of strike jokes going right now. Too bad no one is laughing.

MORE USELESS NEWS I HEARD ABOUT

I thought I would pass along some of the news that I had heard about over the last few days which I've been too exhausted to post here -- until now.

Uh, Robert Goulet died while waiting for a transplant.

And departed Yankee skipper Joe Torre has signed with the LA Dodgers. Joe Girardi was named Yankees manager today to replace Torre.

We're still waiting for the big writers strike to happen and there's supposed to be a big meeting tonight to determine when to walk. In the meantime, tonight would be a good night to tune in your favorite late-night shows one last time before they go down for the count.

Heard that Don Imus has a new job at WABC 770 AM! Which is good because WABC is one of the few New York stations you can get right here, in frozen cold southern Manitoba! When I lived in Toronto it just boomed in along with WFAN 660, WCBS 880 and WBBR 1130. But for some reason I can't get these other stations now, they are too far away. I sure hope this guy has learned some lessons. Dunno what Al Sharpton thinks about this hiring. I doubt he's pleased.

And just to let you know that CAIRNS BLOG election coverage returns NEXT WEEK on November 7 when we have for you the Saskatchewan election. I'll provide links and maybe some useful analysis -- or maybe not. I didn't really bother during the Ontario election blowout because I was too fed up.

Uh, that's it for now.

Wednesday, October 31, 2007

GET READY FOR A BIG STRIKE

The Writers Guild is getting ready to go on strike tomorrow. They just walked out of talks over DVD royalties.

Now I know a lot of people are going to say "who will care?" And claim we live in an Internet world and can live without these fools from Hollywood. The people who say this are probably folks who don't watch TV or go to the movies like the rest of us. And keep in mind, these fan boards like Television Without Pity and these blog sites like TV Squad basically stay in business by recapping new shows. Friends, we are in for a big disaster.

Here's a good article by Tim Goodman of SFGate which runs down what is likely to get hit and what is likely to happen. The first thing that will get hit by this strike will be these late-night talk shows and cable comedy shows: Jay, David, Conan, Craig, Carson, Jon and Stephen, Bill, and Spike. (Spike who?!) Saturday Night Live and Mad TV will get hit, too. That's basically all my favorite shows on TV getting the boot right away! That's not so good.

Then you have the rest of these TV shows and these have been stockpiled to the nines, and these movie scripts have been stockpiled and a number of movies are being rushed into production. These TV shows are all going to run new episodes until January and then, poof! It'll be all reruns, because all the new shows will have run out.

But don't worry, American Idol will be back by then and we'll see plenty of games and reality shows on by then. And maybe, just maybe, we'll see the TV news magazine show make a roaring comeback on TV. Expect to see Chris Hansen catching predators a lot on Dateline NBC.

My own strike plans consist of watching a lot of movies on AMC and TCM, lots and lots of sports (Hockey Night in Canada will not be affected, and neither will football), and of course, these news channels and all-business channels like CNBC. No doubt I will be watching plenty of Larry King. Because there will be nothing else worth watching!!!

I also plan to tune in to a lot of foreign TV channels from Russia and everywhere else on the Internet. Let's face it, the Russian TV writers aren't going on strike. Although when you think of it, most of their TV shows are ripoffs of American ones anyway --- The Nanny, Married with Children and so on.

Tuesday, October 30, 2007

STRIKE DEADLINE COMING

Just wanted to let you know the big countdown is on to the big writers' strike deadline Wednesday night that could shut down Hollywood.

Nikki Finke says the deadline could be extended by a few more days.

Also, the strike could affect your favorite TV shows right here in frozen Canada. But don't you worry, Hockey Night in Canada will not be affected.

I'm too tired to post more, so good night!

Sunday, October 28, 2007

GEMINIS GO TONIGHT

I have nothing to say about the Gemini Awards that are going tonight on CBC. These awards celebrate the Canadian TV industry but really, there's nothing good produced in Canada anyway so why bother tuning in this awards show?

(Just kidding, folks!)

George Stroumboulopoulos is the host and his own show The Hour is up for a ton of awards itself. Which kind of tells you all you need to know about the state of the TV industry in this country right now, because his show isn't all that great and George has been better elsewhere.

And of course Little Mosque on the Prairies got snubbed so this show has about as much credibility as the Emmys, with its similar miscarriages of justice.

The Geminis show goes tonight in beautiful, swanky Regina. (Regina?!)

FOUR MORE WEEKS OF NASCAR

There's this week, and then three more after this one. I am sad. Baseball season could end tonight, too. All I will say is thank you very much for putting on games, NFL, because life would stink otherwise.

Well, it can't last forever, this NASCAR season. All the other auto racing is pretty much over anyway, so this one might as well be over soon. Jeff Gordon right now leads the CHASE over Jimmy Johnson but it's far from over yet.

Also read that the BUSCH Series is going to change its name to the Nationwide series next year. You know the ads, Nationwide on your side? These insurance companies seem to be heavy sponsors of sporting events. (I notice Nationwide doesn't have amusing mascots like the AFLAC duck, or the Geico cavemen, or Erin Esurance.)

I should add this link to http://www.kristavoda.net/ to my Broadcasters links. Krista Voda is a sexy auto racing sports reporter who covers NASCAR and is definitely having more fun as a reporter than I am right now.

Oh, and here's a picture of this hottie as well. HEEEEYYYY, check out how the picture keeps on changing all the time. Don't ask me how this works, I haven't a clue.

Krista Voda is a BABE.

Saturday, October 27, 2007

ON THE NFL NETWORK


(Pictured: unwatched NFL Network anchor Rich Eisen.)

Read this piece about how people in the NFL are concerned about the lack of exposure the NFL Network is getting. So many of these cable companies are shafting the NFL Network and placing it on the high tier. So nobody watches it!

You know, I don't mind the NFL Network, and the talent they have on there is pretty good. And when the channel was added to the cable system in Canada I really was excited. But let's face reality, people. This channel is not exactly appointment television. If you really want to watch the NFL, you watch the networks that carry it on Sundays! And also these local TV stations that have the highlight shows!! You don't watch the NFL Network for that. The NFL Network is kind of the place to go if there is nothing else to watch on TV!

The real problem for the NFL Network is that too much of their programming consists of these dull NFL Films documentaries. Now, these are well made and are fun to watch during weekends or late at night when the only other shows on are infomercials and test patterns. But you really need more than that to make a channel work! Plus, they have these useless reality shows, like these boring cheerleader contests they always show. If I want to watch lame reality shows with babes in them, I can just tune in the E! network to see Holly, Kendra and Bridget! Or I could watch The Hills on MTV!! I don't need the NFL Network for that. (Well, I guess I don't tune in to E!, because I don't get that channel where I live, but everyone else tunes into E! for the babes.)

If the NFL Network really wants more coverage they really need an overhaul of their programming, they need to show a LOT more games. These eight live Thursday games they show just aren't enough.