I was in Boston the past five days sans DVR. That meant no late night talk shows in the morning.
Oh, the humanity.
Since I can’t really stomach Today even more, I started channel surfing and discovered a different kinda morning show–
It’s a morning show on The Golf Channel.
They talk golf, and only golf. Just golf. Lots of golf.
I like golf, but even I was fascinated at the minutiae of golf they discussed. And maybe they were starting to feel the same way, too. Because earlier this week, they did a live shot from their own parking lot…
…to expose the bad parking job of Holly Sonders, one of the hosts.
What does this have to do with golf? On the surface, nothing. But to the Morning Drive team, it gave insight into her golf swing.
Posted in Entertainment, Humor, Life, Sports, Television, TV
Tagged bad parking, channel surfing, duffers, entertainment, golf, golf swing, Holly Sonders, Humor, life, minutiae of golf, Morning Drive, Sports, Television, The Golf Channel, Today Show
The tuxedo was invented by a tailor in Tuxedo Park, New York, some 125 years ago at the request of tobacco magnate Pierre Lorillard IV.
It wasn’t named after the tailor. Not Pierre, either. Nope, Tuxedo Park got that honor.
‘Cause where you’re from matters.
I learned this slice of history today in a one-page SKY magazine article on my Delta flight. My holiday has begun, and I’m flying to Kansas City to visit my sister, brother-in-law and countless friends there.
You see, I used to be from Kansas City…for a little while.
Oh, I was born and raised in Kentucky, and only lived in Kansas City for seven years. But during that time, I made a now infamous trip to New York City – the current place I’m ‘from’ – and ended up talking to Al Roker outside the Today Show window. And when Al asked me where I was from, I said, “Kansas City.”
My Kentucky kin have never let me forget.
‘Cause where you’re from matters.
Posted in Commentary, Design, Fashion, History, Humor, Life, Relationships
Tagged Al Roker, comedy, commentary, Delta Airlines, design, Fashion, Humor, Kansas City, Kentucky, life, magazine article, New York City, Pierre Lorillard IV, Relationships, SKY magazine, tailor, tobacco magnate, Today Show, tuxedo park new york, tuxedos
Brian Williams, you have a doppelganger.
And it only took me 14 years to notice.
This morning, while avoiding the news programs, I happened upon the 1997 Bette Midler-Dennis Farina farce That Old Feeling. It wasn’t that good the first time I saw it, but it’s still better than watching Today. So I let it run in the background while I ate breakfast and checked email.
A young James Denton plays the groom in the wedding that begins the film. I had kinda forgotten that detail. So today I did a serious double take — it looked like NBC News anchor Brian Williams on screen!
Now, I’ll admit, when you look at them side-by-side, the differences are more apparent.
James — or Jamie as he called himself at the time — has more even features and works it a bit harder in the smolder department. (He was on Desperate Housewives, after all; he has a lot of practice.)
But if I didn’t know who the two men were, and someone introduced them as brothers, I would totally believe it. Wouldn’t you?
No need to thank me when ‘Doppelganger Day’ rolls around on Facebook next year, guys. It was my pleasure.
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Tagged Bette Midler, breakfast, Brian Williams, brides and grooms, celebrities, comedy, Dennis Farina, Desperate Housewives, Doppelganger Day, doppelgangers, email, entertainment, Facebook, Humor, James Denton, Jamie Denton, life, morning news programs, Movies, NBC, news, seeing double, Television, That Old Feeling movie, Today Show, TV, weddings
Meredith Vieira left Today earlier this month to spend more time with her family. (She said she wouldn’t miss that early morning wake-up call, either.)
Kudos to Meredith for knowing that exiting the show was the right thing for her.
I wonder if Matt Lauer needs some time for that same kind of personal reflection?
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Tagged celebrities, commentary, entertainment, Humor, Jim Carrey, life, Matt Lauer, Meredith Vieira, Mr. Popper's Penguins movie, NBC, New York City, Television, Today, Today Show, TV
Windowless Room. Day Three.
It’s been a race to the airport since I escaped the confines of my meeting room today. The only story I’ve been subjected to – and I use that phrase with purposeful intent – is Today’s coverage of Charlie Sheen’s latest antics at a New York City hotel.
I remember when Today wasn’t so easily confused with Entertainment Tonight. Or Access Hollywood. Or a tabloid at the checkout counter of my neighborhood bodega.
Now Today is the first to jump on any story that contains even a hint of celebrity scandal, and belabor every detail with people whose “expertise” is as suspect as the newsworthiness of the story.
Take Charlie’s situation today.
Apparently he is traveling with his ex-wife Denise Richards and their two kids, and was entertaining a woman in his room — separate hotel rooms, since they are divorced. But his guest got freaked by his behavior and called for help.
Charlie spent a day in the hospital, but is already back on set.
But to hear Meredith Vieira and the supposed relationship expert tell the tale, Charlie Sheen’s mere presence in the hotel with Denise and his two kids was practically child abuse.
Going on little information and a lot of emotion, they declared him an unfit parent, a danger to his children and pretty much decided in their television court of law, that he should be denied access.
Wow — and to think I used to watch Today for the news.
Posted in Airplanes, Celebrities, Commentary, Entertainment, Humor, Life, News, Television, Travel, TV
Tagged Access Hollywood, airplanes, celebrities, celebrity scandal, Charlie Sheen, child abuse, commentary, Denise Richards, entertainment, Entertainment Tonight, Humor, life, Meredith Vieira, New York City, news, relationship expert, tabloid television, Television, television court, Today, Today Show, Travel, TV, unfit parent
Move over, Jon Stewart. Stephen Colbert, this is the word:
Brian Williams, anchor of “NBC Nightly News.”
We know he’s funny. He was the first news anchor invited to host “Saturday Night Live” …and he killed it. Now he’s popping up everywhere, adding his dry wit all over the television lineup.
In case your DVR isn’t quite as active as mine — hey, TV viewing makes you more well-rounded — here are some choice scenes from recent weeks you may have missed.
- On last night’s “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon,” Brian ‘slow jammed’ the news headlines with Jimmy and the Roots. See how Brian counters a shot at his manhood from Jimmy.
- Last Thursday, Brian popped up again on Jimmy Fallon, this time to pay homage to guest Jon Hamm. (Apparently, Brian is a big “Mad Man” fan.) The entire episode is online; Jon pops up — complete with Brian cameo — at the 19:00 mark.
- Brian even crossed the aisle and visited “Late Show with David Letterman” last month, where David tortured him about doing Jay Leno. Be sure and watch the entire clip — the ending is classic.
I’ve even spied him doing shtick on the plaza on “Today.” A cameo from Brian is a hit every time.
Brian, if it were up to me, you would be the host for tonight’s season premiere of “Saturday Night Live”…but since the show went another way, I’ll just have to keep my fingers crossed that you’ll ‘pop up’ later this year.
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Tagged Brian Williams, celebrities, comedy, David Letterman, DVR, entertainment, Humor, Jimmy Fallon, Jon Hamm, Jon Stewart, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, Late Show with David Letterman, Mad Men tv show, NBC, NBC Nightly News, news, news headlines, Roots, Saturday Night Live, season premiere, slow jam, Stephen Colbert, Television, television lineup, Today Show, 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.
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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
Matt Lauer, you are a man with a target on your back.
Your contract with “Today” doesn’t end until spring of next year, and already there’s chatter about your potential replacements should you choose to leave. (Your rumored marital trouble has added fuel to that fire, no doubt.)
Jon Friedman at MarketWatch.com wants to swap you for a girl…and from one of NBC’s own sister networks. He makes a case — after thoughtfully arguing the pros and cons — for Erin Burnett. Working on CNBC’s financial news network, Burnett can “enliven the often boring, numbers-laden day,” says Friedman. Plus, she needs to be promoted or the network could lose her.
All good points, I’m sure.
But Matt, if you should choose to leave — and it sounds like you may need to spend more time at home — we both know the right man to take over at the “Today” desk.
David Gregory. The Gregster. The I-can-cover-politics-like-no-one-else-and-still-dance-like-a-mad-man-at-the-Toyota-Concert-Series current back-up anchor extraordinaire.
David Gregory has the journalist cred of a Brian Williams, and the fun, playful sense of humor of…a Brian Williams. “Today” won’t let that opportunity slip by, will it?
NBC has gotta go with Gregory if you, Matt, decide…ya gotta go.
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Tagged Brian Williams, CNBC, David Gregory, Erin Burnett, Humor, Jon Friedman, MarketWatch.com, Matt Lauer, Meet the Press, NBC, news, politics, Television, television morning show, television news, Today Show, Toyota Concert Series, Toyota Concert Series on Today
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