Archive for December, 2005

Mike Myers and wife Robin split

December 23, 2005

I’m a little veklempt.

“Canadian comic Mike Myers and his wife, Robin Ruzan, are ending their 12-year marriage, a spokeswoman said Friday. “They remain committed and caring friends,” publicist Ina Treciokas said in a statement.”

“They have no children.”

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iTunes gets Battlestar Galactica Special before TV

December 23, 2005

The show “Sci Fi Inside: Battlestar Galactica” will “air” on iTunes before it gets to TV. I have high hopes for iTunes replacing my cable provider in the coming years, so this is an impressive turn of events!

“The half-hour special will premiere on iTunes on Thursday, Dec. 22, well ahead of its Jan. 2 first cable airing. The telecast serves as a lead-in for the winter premiere of “Galactica” on Jan. 6.”

Christina Ricci on “Grey’s Anatomy”

December 22, 2005

Christina Ricci “will visit the Feb. 5 episode of the ABC hit drama playing a character who enters Seattle Grace Hospital “not as a patient but in a life-and-death situation.” It’s unclear what that will mean.”

“Specifics for that “Grey’s” episode, sure to get a big audience boost from Super Bowl XL, which airs immediately beforehand, are generally being kept secret.”

Mmmm… Christina Ricci.

“West Wing” Writers Reeling From Death — Final Season?

December 19, 2005

“The death on Friday of actor John Spencer … is sure to send the show’s writing team back to the drawing board for the second half of what could be the show’s final season.”

“Another complication … is the fact that [Spencer’s “Leo McGarry”] was seen in a flash-forward sequence set three years in the future in the sixth season “West Wing” opener that aired in September.”

The West Wing’s John “Leo McGarry” Spencer Has Died

December 17, 2005

Spencer, 58, died at a Los Angeles hospital, said publicist Ron Hofmann. He would have been 59 next week.

“Spencer played Leo McGarry, the chief of staff to President Jeb Bartlet (Martin Sheen) through the first few seasons of the NBC series. In a sad parallel to life, his character suffered a heart attack that forced him to give up his White House job.”

EW’s Funniest Sound Bites

December 10, 2005

From EW’s Funniest Sound Bites this week:

”Good news: It’s been reported that Mary-Kate Olsen has gained 20 pounds. The bad news: Ashley Olsen is missing.”
CONAN O’BRIEN, ON LATE NIGHT

Chris Rock will not host next Oscars

December 10, 2005

Chris Rock’s publicist told the NY Times that Rock will not host the Oscars this year, but would “like to do it again down the road.”

“The 2005 telecast was Rock’s first as host.”

“In one bit, Rock suggested filmmakers should wait for better talent instead of rushing bad movies into theaters:

“You want Tom Cruise and all you can get is Jude Law. Wait,” Rock joked. “You want Russell Crowe and all you can get is Colin Farrell? Wait.

“You want Denzel and all you can get is me? Wait.”

Wilmer “FES” Valderrama to play “Ponch” in CHiPs

December 8, 2005

“That ’70s Show” star Wilmer Valderrama has been cast in the big-screen version of the classic TV cop show “ChiPs.”

“According to The Hollywood Reporter, Valdrerrama will play motorcycle cop Ponch, a role originated by Erik Estrada in the classic 70’s show that followed the adventures of California Highway Patrol motorcycle officers.”

iTunes Now Selling NBC Shows

December 6, 2005

“Overnight, Apple has confirmed reports that content providers want in on iTunes, adding new shows from NBC, the SciFi channel and USA television to its US Music Store.”

“Shows include ‘Battlestar Galactica’, ‘Monk’, ‘Law & Order’, ‘The Office’, ‘Surface’, ‘Conan’ and ‘Leno’. US users also enjoy access to vintage NBC content.”

This is very cool — you can even get the first season of “Alfred Hitchcock Presents”.

“Ed” co-creators have new show in works

December 5, 2005

“Rob Burnett and John Beckerman, co-creators of the sorely missed Ed, are once again sitting together at the drawing board. Their new untitled comedy, set to air on ABC, will star Donal Logue (recently seen in Grounded for Life) as the leader to a group of guys who decide they’d like to rob a celebrity.”

You’re a classic, Charlie Brown

December 4, 2005

Keep your Grinch, your Rudolph, your Frosty. “A Charlie Brown Christmas” is far and away the best Christmas special ever. That’s right, I said *Christmas* special, not “holiday” special. And it’s a stunning 40 years old this year.

“Charlie Brown offers a heart-warming seasonal message.”

“It was Schulz’s idea that Linus read from the Bible the account of Jesus’ birth. A hometown children’s church choir was brought in for a day to record “Christmastime Is Here,” which explains why some of the notes are sung off-key.”

“Joey” Off The Air! — NBC Shuffles Thursday Night

December 1, 2005

Starting January 5, NBC’s new Thursday lineup will be “Will & Grace,” in its final season; the new buddy comedy “Four Kings”; the strong freshman show “My Name Is Earl”; and “The Office.”

Joey, meanwhile, is “off the air until at least March … its likely destination is Tuesday night”.

This also marks the first recursive tvd2 story — I wonder if we had an impact on the decision?

‘Bosom Buddies’ Wendie Jo Sperber Dies

December 1, 2005

Actress Wendie Jo Sperber, who starred opposite Tom Hanks on TV’s “Bosom Buddies” and who in his words became “a walking inspiration” after she contracted cancer, has died. She was in her 40s.

“The memory of Wendie Jo is that of a walking inspiration,” Hanks said in a statement. “She met the challenges of her illness with love, cheer, joy and altruism. We are going to miss her as surely as we are all better for knowing her.”

Tracey Morgan to headline “Friday Night Bits”

December 1, 2005

“Former “Saturday Night Live” trouper Tracy Morgan has been cast in NBC’s untitled comedy vehicle for “SNL” head writer/star Tina Fey.

Morgan will play a self-confident comedy star in the project, set behind the scenes of “Friday Night Bits,” an “SNL”-type show. Fey is writing the pilot and will head the cast.”

Loved those Astronaut Jones sketches. Hmm … this show sounds an awful lot like the new Aaron Sorkin project “Studio 7 on the Sunset Strip”.