Conan is kicking one of his writers, right after that same writer hit a strike that helped Team CoCo ultimately beat Chris Hardwick’s Team Nerdist in a bowling challenge.
Apparently Conan hit his writers that night when he was happy, and when he was sad. And when Hardwick commented on the behavior (when he was a guest on Conan this week), O’Brien admitted that he does it all the time. And that the writer “could leave whenever he wanted.”
I’ve had co-workers in the past who hit for ‘emphasis.’ I can only imagine what it must be like, dealing with a egomaniac boss who thinks he can pop you whenever he wants. And does.
Is Downton Abbey the one public TV program that will convert viewers into contributors?
PBS sure thinks so.
And a lot of folks agree.
But PBS viewers in the U.S. have to wait a full four months after their counterparts in the U.K…which means spoilers, and lots of them.
I assumed the time lag was laid down by the producers. The Brits would appreciate a slower pace, right?
Downton Abbey executive producer Gareth Neame wants American audiences in on the first viewing! In an interview in Vulture, he was quoted as saying, “If I were PBS and I had the biggest drama I’d ever had in my entire 40-year history, I would be sorting my schedules out to make sure I was airing it more quickly.”
So what gives, PBS?
Are you scared to put Downton Abbey head-to-head with other new programming that comes out in the fall? I would think its strong showing against The Walking Dead this spring would ease your mind on that score. I know marketing DA might be a bit more challenging — since the actors will be committed on both continents — but a divide-and-conquer approach could be adopted.
Or perhaps the U.S. viewers will continue to vote with their checkbooks…and then the cartoon will look something like this:
The Americans is set during the Reagan presidency. Two KGB spies live in Washington D.C., posing as your typical American married couple with two kids. Their neighbors think they’re travel agents. Their kids do, too. But they are really working with a network of spies and informants to further the cause of Mother Russia in the States.
It is so cool.
Only three episodes have aired, and I am totally hooked. My neighbor Margo Martindale — of Justified fame — popped up last night as a KGB officer. I mean, come on! You simply have to watch.
Remember the very first scene of Downton Abbey in Season 1, when the operator learns the Titanic has sunk by reading the telegraph machine’s paper tape?
Is reading Twitter really all that different?
On Sunday evening, I was one of maybe 10 people on the planet who wasn’t watching the Grammys.
(Doing so would only highlight how little I know about music. Plus, Downton Abbey was on. Please.)
Of course, I was checking Twitter while I was watching PBS. And by evening’s end, it felt like I had watched the Grammys…because every news outlets, friend and celebrity I follow had blabbed all the details from the ceremony.
The Twitter version, that is — 140 characters or less. So I had been reading a kind of modern version of the telegraph tape.
I spent a couple of hours this afternoon watching the AT&T Pro-Am Tourney — yes, I enjoy watching golf on TV — and every time I heard the audience applaud at a shot in the fairway or on the green, their polite approval was oddly soothing.
And it made me wonder: why doesn’t football or baseball or basketball have a signature clap?
True, many teams have organized cheers — and cheerleaders for that matter — but you’d think these staples of the American sports calendar would have claps that were as instantly recognizable as the ‘golf clap.’
But then again, maybe pro golfers are wondering why they don’t have cheerleaders.
If you are a devotee of Parenthood, this quandary makes both perfect sense…and is perfectly frustrating.
When Sarah (Lauren Graham) and Mark (Jason Ritter) initially began dating, I was thrilled. Is there a cuter couple in TV-land? I challenge you to find one. Their engagement was the only logical conclusion.
Get them to the altar, tie the knot, add a jaunty bow.
But then Ray Romano joined the cast as Hank — crusty, blustery, more-age-appropriate Hank. He and Sarah made sense, too. (Plus Mark suddenly turned into a woman…so really, what else could Sarah do?)
Now Mark has found his balls and is challenging Hank for Sarah’s hand — who will she pick? More importantly, who do you want her to choose?
Fifteen days into the new year, and I’ve finally come up with a resolution for 2013:
I wanna do a table read.
Celebs are always tweeting photos of them now –
The whole cast gathered round the table, getting their first glimpse of that week’s episode. Sometimes there are table tents identifying the major players. Some folks are eating. Everyone appears to be having a good ol’ time.
I wanna go. I wanna have fun.
It seems like I have enough friends-of-a-friend-of-an-acquaintance to make this happen. Or, I can go grassroots and use social media to make my case.
Will I get invited to the table? Is 2013 the year??