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Roger Ebert’s ‘At The Movies’ Returns

September 10th, 2010 No comments

Get ready for more thumbs going up and thumbs going down.  Roger Ebert, whose show was just canceled in the syndication world, is bringing back ‘At The Movies’ and is returning it to its original roots of public broadcasting.

I have to say that I really liked this show.  When I could find it.  Now maybe I can.

Roger Ebert

Roger Ebert

‘Roger Ebert Presents At The Movies’ returns to PBS in a half hour format and will be hosted by two names with solid credentials in the movie business.  Christy Lemire  is the movie critic for The Associated Press and Elvis Mitchell comes from NPR.

The ‘thumbs up/thumbs down’ rating for movies will be returning after it was nixed in the show that got canceled recently.  Ebert will co-produce with his wife Chaz.  That won’t be his only involvement in the show as Ebert will use a computer generated voice in a segment called ‘Roger’s Office’ where he will talk about movies featured on the new show.  Ebert lost his voice to cancer several years ago.

This show coming back…will be good to see.

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Jennifer Morrison from ‘House’ to ‘Mother’

September 10th, 2010 No comments

And there was that talk about her possibly returning to ‘House’ for a minute there but that won’t happen this season on the FOX program.  Jennifer Morrison, who played the very smart and cool ‘Dr Cameron’ on ‘House’ is jumping networks and headed to the CBS hit show ‘How I Met Your Mother.’

Not a bad transition as Morrison will take the role of ‘Zooey’ and was selected for the role after a single audition with Josh Radford whose ‘Ted Mosby’ character is the love interest of ‘Zooey.’

Jennifer Morrison

Jennifer Morrison

Morrison is doing a guest shot on NBC’s ‘Chase’ in one episode.  And did a Broadway play since she left ‘House.’  She will also been seen in the upcoming Lionsgate movie ‘Warrior’ so Jennifer’s been a little busy.

Her role in ‘How I Met Your Mother’ will be a major recurring part in the show.

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ESPN’s Jenn Brown and Jay Mariotti

September 9th, 2010 No comments

We figured we’d throw these two stories together.  And ask a question.  Were Disney lawyers on vacation when ESPN sports babe Jenn Brown cut a deal with Icehouse Beer?  Were the suits (the ones you wear) all away?  And another question is whether the lawyers will let Jay Mariotti, the ESPN sports contributor back on the air at the network after playing smacking around his girlfriend.

Somebody should inform Jay that there are better things to do with your girlfriend instead of going bonk, bonk, bonk on her head.  Lowlife.

So let’s start with Jenn.  She had a deal with Icehouse Beer.  To endorse the brand.  Word had it that Jenn doing college sports on ESPN and endorsing a beer would go over real well at frat houses across the country.

Can you imagine the posters in a college dormitory?  And the keg parties sponsored by Icehouse Beer.  Let the lawsuits begin.

Jenn Brown

Jenn Brown

Well when you put an ABC (they own ESPN) lawyer in the room with an alcoholic beverage company that probably would want visualize her sitting atop a beer float at a frat party, the deal can fall faster than a Tiger Woods bank account.

Deal over.

Now to Jay Mariotti.  The Los Angeles District Attorney office has decided not to press charges against Mariotti who decided to go postal on his girlfriend at a club in Santa Monica, California.  He was busted for the incident and was suspended by one of his employers AOL Sports.  And not been seen on ESPN since the incident.

ABC’s legal department has had a really busy summer.

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Rocker Lou Reed Says “No” to Susan Boyle Singing His Song

September 9th, 2010 No comments

Welcome to America, Susan Boyle.  The ‘Britain’s Got Talent’ winner was set to perform on the NBC show ‘America’s Got Talent’ and picked rocker Lou Reed’s ‘Perfect Day’ which she rehearsed and sang with a 100 piece children’s choir in preparation for her appearance.

Somebody forgot to ask Lou Reed if it was OK for the woman to sing his song.  Well Lou Reed’s reaction to the news was a resounding “heck no.”

A source told the New York Post that “Lou didn’t want her to perform his song and he’s not a Susan fan.”

Damn.  Lou must have had an LSD or Quaalude flashback.

Lou Reed

Lou Reed

Susan was upset and in tears because she had to pull out of the show saying it was too late to practice another song said the same source.

Everybody is declining comment.  From NBC, to Lou Reed and finally to Susan Boyle, no one is making an official statement.  I think Lou would prefer to have his songs sung on ‘Glee’ rather than a talent show.  He’s an old school dude so except for karaoke night you don’t mess with around with rock and roll.

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Uh Oh! More Snooki and ‘Jersey Shore’ On the Way!

September 9th, 2010 No comments

Oh no their fifteen minutes of fame continues for the people over at ‘Jersey Shore’ on MTV.  While Snooki finishes up paying her $500 fine for throwing up on the beaches of the real Jersey shore, MTV is planning for a couple of specials following the season finale of the Miami style version of ‘Jersey Shore.’

All according to James Hibberd over at The Live Feed with the Hollywood Reporter.  Don’t blame me for this story.  It’s James Hibberd’s fault!

On the day when Tivo research says reality TV is losing its glory, there’s a cast re-union special for ‘Jersey shore’ planned for October 28th which no doubt will be promoted like a Lindsay Lohan first interview following rehab.  Oh yeah, I forgot to mention that the judge in Snooki’s case told her “you must be acting like a Lindsay Lohan wannabe.”

Hey maybe next week I can do a story without mentioning Lindsay Lohan.  Naaaaah!

Nicole "Snooki" PolizziSnooki kinda joked after her arrest that she was too pretty to be in prison.  OK maybe Snooki needs an episode of ‘Scared Straight’ in a women’s prison cause, Snooki, you are just perfect for Edna Mahan Correctional Facility.

Snooki wasn’t laughin’ anymore and I just love the limited journalistic approach to segueing from MTV doing more ‘Jersey Shore’ to picking on Snooki and her legal screwups.

Bottom line that’s my girl.  I’m from back east so I truly know everything about the Jersey shore.

The ratings for this train wreck have just been awesome.  Over 6 million people watch this show which is more than some network programs in the summer.

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Drama On and Off “Parenthood’ Set, Peter Krause and Lauren Graham

September 9th, 2010 No comments

Just think.  Had it not been for Lauren Graham doing a replacement deal with NBC’s ‘Parenthood’ she may never have met Peter Krause. Or met up with again after many years.

Lauren Graham

Lauren Graham

Last year the launch of ‘Parenthood’ was in jeopardy as Maura Tierney, originally picked for the current Lauren Graham character, dropped out of the show to recover from her bout with breast cancer.  Lauren Graham among others was rumored to step in to the role of ‘Sarah Braverman’ in the first year of the series and got the call.

Now the October issue of Redbook Magazine Lauren is saying that she and Peter Krause are talking to each other beyond their performing on the show.  And the two have kept their relationship on the DL of course up until now with this interview in Redbook.

They’re such a good looking couple, aren’t they?

They’ve apparently have known each other for 15 years and never checked each other out until now.

Oh, by the way ‘Parenthood’ premieres its second season Tuesday September 21st.

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Standing Up to Cancer, One More Time

September 9th, 2010 No comments

This is one that America opens their checkbooks and pulls out their credit cards to support.  I have to honestly say that when we get beggathons for floods, storms and other tragedies in areas  of the world with the word ‘third’ in front of world, it’s hard for Americans to send in cash to help them out of their misery.

Sheryl Crow and James Taylor

Sheryl Crow and James Taylor

In this economy, we’re all pretty much broke.

But the worldwide broadcast of ‘Stand Up to Cancer’ is different.  The word cancer affects just about everybody.  Everybody.  And television network in America presented some form of exposure and carried the  broadcast of the annual show.

stand-up-to-cancer-logo1We recommend that you try to give a couple of bucks because your donation will go toward finding a cure for every cancer that has affected us all.

We call this RealTVCritics.com for a reason.  We try not to hold back.  Helping people in our own neighborhoods is where we should start.  Actually helping people in with our own DNA is an even better comment.

‘Stand Up to Cancer’ does just that.

http://su2c.standup2cancer.org/

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‘The Office ‘ Exec Wants Big Name Replacement for Steve Carell

September 8th, 2010 No comments

OK so we all know that Steve Carell is leaving NBC’s ‘The Office’ and the network sure does not need a drop in interest in any of their shows especially with the ongoing shuffle of programming in prime time over the last year.

Now that the Jay Leno debacle is over, the network has several really good looking shows on the schedule that could put NBC back in the mix this season.  Time will tell.  But with Steve Carell leaving ‘The Office’ the executive producer is reaching high and hard for his replacement.

That replacement is Harvey Keitel.

Nice name.  Good choice.  Good luck.

Now Keitel did a little TV in one show I really liked.  ‘Life on Mars’ was a pretty cool show that just didn’t catch on when it ran on ABC so Keitel might be a bit gun shy about doing another television part.  Especially following Carell.  Having another show cancel on him could be a career ender on the small screen but Harvey Keitel could be a really good choice.

Harvey Keitel

Harvey Keitel

Paul Liberstein thinks so.  He’s the exec from ‘The Office’ that digs the idea.  Still needs to run the idea past Keitel.  “Harvey would do a great job, a very different energy” Liberstein told Eonlinecom in an interview.

I like the idea.  Come on Harvey, talk to Paul, will ya?

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‘CSI’ Finally Gets Katie Sackhoff

September 8th, 2010 No comments

She was selected to succeed Jorja Fox on the CBS series ‘CSI’ a few years ago but was not added to the show because the network and Jerry Bruckheimer weren’t convinced she was a right fit.

She sure was convincing in her recurring role on ’24′ where she was just awesome.  Now there’s a reason for me to tune in to this season’s new episodes of ‘CSI’ cause Katie Sackhoff is the snap.

Katie SackhoffTV Guide’s Michael Ausiello says Katie will be joining ‘CSI’ as Detective Reed on this season’s new episodes of the crime drama.  She will jump in to the new role in November and will be there on a recurring basis.

It will be good to see her back.  She was really dirty and slimy on ’24′ and made a name for herself in that series.  She’ll be a good guy in ‘CSI.’

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Another CNN Mistake, It’s Piers Morgan for Larry King

September 8th, 2010 No comments

Who is running this network?  I mean who makes these decisions to put talent on CNN?  Beetle Bailey?

This had to be the second most watched replacement on television.  The first is the goings-on over at ‘American Idol’ and the second is the retirement of Larry King at CNN and the line of names who were to replace him.

The final answer is ‘America’s Got Talent’ judge Piers Morgan.  Who basically will do nothing more than continue the decline of CNN viewers which have been dropping faster than President Obama’s approval ratings.

Damn that was cold.  Which one you say?  Both.

Larry King may be an old fart but the guy is one of the best interviewers on television.  He can’t help it if only 50% of American high schoolers graduate and Snooki from ‘Jersey Shore’ has higher Q ratings than him.

Piers Morgan (right) and 'America's Got Talent' winner Kevin Skinner

Piers Morgan (right) and 'America's Got Talent' winner Kevin Skinner

So enter a judge from a reality show.  Thing is Piers does have interviewing experience.  He was an editor at the British newspaper the Daily Mirror so he is not unfamiliar with the journalistic side of things in the media world.

I just think this network has thrown in the towel.  It has lost all foundation and any respect in the news business yet is trying its best to find something to be proud of yet this move and the D.L. Hughley mistake just shows no one over at CNN knows what the hell they’re doing.

What a mess.

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