“Regis is here!” — Regis Philbin (anytime he walks into a room)
We all knew the day was coming. But Regis Philbin’s announcement yesterday that he plans to leave Live with Regis & Kelly at the end of the summer was still a shocker.
David Letterman — who has poked fun at the man more than anyone on television — called Regis while taping last night’s Late Show to lament his decision.
Personally I applaud Rege for leaving before he ‘needs’ to… for retiring while he still loves the job and while the audience — and the industry — still loves him. Now executive producer Michael Gelman must find not just a new co-host, but the right co-host, to join Kelly at the Live desk.
I think we know how I feel about this.
Way back in November 2009, when Regis had heart surgery and was out for six weeks, I made my preference known.
And still today, I will accept — without too much whining — only one of the following to sit by her side: Neil Patrick Harris or Anderson Cooper.
Anderson just signed a deal to host his own daytime talk show, so I would think that takes him out of the running. Which can only mean one thing….
If Gelman has a brain in that yoga-toned body of his, America will soon be waking up to the next great morning show:
Live with Kelly and Neil Patrick
(I think she’s earned top billing by now.)
It will be legen — I’m still waiting for it — dary.
Posted in Celebrities, Commentary, Entertainment, Family, Friends, Home, Humor, Life, News, Television, TV
Tagged Anderson Cooper, celebrities, commentary, David Letterman, daytime talk show, daytime tv, entertainment, family, friends, home, Humor, it will be lengendary, Kelly Rippa, Late Show with David Letterman, life, Michael Gelman, morning talk show, morning television, Neil Patrick Harris, New York City, news, Regis Philbin, Regis Philbin heart surgery, Regis Philbin retirement, Television, TV
Now that I DVR television programs on a nightly basis, my morning TV habits have changed as well.
I no longer automatically turn on “Today” or “Live with Regis and Kelly” while I’m eating breakfast. Instead, I may be watching shows from the previous evening’s recordings. Hey, when you can whip through the commercials, you get through them pretty quickly.
But this morning, I actually watched a bit of “Today,” and was intrigued by a teaser on the “8 hidden benefits of middle age.” (Of course, I’M not middle age; I just know people who are and thought it might be interesting to share.) Since it was coming on later in the program — after I would be working — I decided to catch it online.
Here’s where “Today” suffered a big, fat FAIL.
They post enormous amounts of video on their website, and most segments are preceded by an advertisement. I don’t sweat that; in fact, I expect it. But the ad for cling wrap buffered about every five seconds… so by the time the actual segment began, I had not only hit middle age, I was ready for retirement. Then the segment buffered about every third word. I could not get past the opening chit-chat; it was simply taking too long and was too darn annoying.
I still don’t know what the eight hidden benefits are to middle age are; patience definitely isn’t one of them.
Now, to be fair, I did check a couple of other pieces of video on the “Today” website to make sure that this wasn’t a random FAIL. No such luck. Every piece of video buffered like a tortoise.
If the folks at Youtube can figure out a way for random people to post video online that — nine times out of 10 — doesn’t buffer, then the folks at “Today” should be able to do the same.
Hint: size does matter.
Posted in Advertising, Business, Entertainment, Humor, Internet, News, Television, TV
Tagged advertising, buffer, buffering, Business, DVR, eight hidden benefits of middle age, entertainment, Humor, Internet, Live with Regis and Kelly, morning talk show, morning television, news, retirement, size does matter, Television, television commercials, television commercials online, television viewing habits, Today Show, todayshow.com, TV, youtube.com
The phrase “jump the shark” was born in 1977. On the sitcom “Happy Days”, the Fonz donned water skis during a trip to Los Angeles and jumped a shark tank to prove his bravery. At that moment, our favorite 50′s family took a fateful step toward — or was it into — something very wrong.
At that point, “Happy Days” had been on the air for five years, and hung around for another seven before its demise. But even the stars of the show saw the writing on the wall and started exiting en mass.
This morning, the long-running “Today Show” not only jumped the shark, but I’m pretty sure the shark caught it in its mouth, chewed it up and spit it out.
The usually dignified Matt Lauer and the rest of the “Today Show” crew gathered at Medieval Times to shoot a piece about what they do in their ‘down time.’ Dressed in medieval gear, they chowed down at a feast in the Hall of Arms and then were challenged by the King to defend his honor in a battle of arms.
Shockingly, the “Today Show” gang won the highly choreographed fight and were individually knighted by the King and his daughter.
When they returned to the studio, Matt’s comment “If anyone is still watching…” was a little too close to the money. The piece wasn’t funny at all; it played like bad children’s theatre.
Then they went to commercial promoting the fact that Meredith was producing the fourth hour of the show.
Oh yes, the “Today Show” has jumped the shark.
The question is: will it take a cast change to right the ship?
Posted in Humor, Television
Tagged Happy Days television sitcom, Humor, jump the shark, Los Angeles, Matt Lauer, Medieval Times, morning television, Television, television sitcoms, the Fonz, The Today Show, Today Show