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.

ESPN'S SEXY ERIN ANDREWS

Well, the winner of Playboy's America's Sexiest Sportscaster poll is out now and to no one's surprise Erin Andrews won in a landslide. Lindsay Soto of FSN West was second. Also there were apparently a lot of write-in votes for Joe Namath's favorite sportscaster Suzy Kolber. But this poll is about who's the sexiest, not about who's the sportscaster you most want to kiss. Sorry, Joe.


Way to go, Erin!!

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.