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"Nashville Star" Results

By admin Published: June 30, 2008

After the jump, y'all.

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"Dr. Horrible" Update From Joss Whedon

By admin Published: June 30, 2008

The "Sing Along Blog" officially begins on July 15. Details in Whedon's letter to fans, from the MySpace page, is included after the jump.

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Casting for the new "The Prisoner"

By admin Published: June 30, 2008

Jim Caviezel as Number Six, Ian McKellen as Number Two. It's a reinterpretation of Patrick McGoohan's stunning original, dealing with "liberty, security, and surveillance, yet also showcase the same key elements of paranoia, tense action and socio-political commentary seen in McGoohan’s enigmatic original."
Full announcement after the jump.

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Sunday Evening

By admin Published: June 29, 2008


"Weekend," by Dutch group Earth & Fire, from 1979. Deeply awful video

I have all sorts of things to watch for work, but this turned into a weekend for other activities. The bride and I swam into the muck of competing cell-phone plans, since we're coming to the end of our current deal. How many minutes, how much texting, what about video streaming, which phone looks nifty, should we keep our land line -- and, at the end, what will all of that cost? That alone could have caused some brain explosion, but we were also looking at kitchen countertops and flooring. Attention, cerebellum spatter in aisle two!

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Friday Morning Stuff

By admin Published: June 27, 2008

If you haven't seen it already, take a look at this:


Teaser from Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog on Vimeo.

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Thursday Night Notebook

By admin Published: June 26, 2008

Tonight I saw "Hancock," which was both different and better than I expected. More about that later.

If you haven't seen my review of "WALL-E," which was posted online earlier today, you can find it here. I wasn't all that hot about "Ratatouille," so "WALL-E" was a pleasant surprise.

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CBS Sets Fall Premiere Dates

By admin Published: June 26, 2008

"Survivor" kicks thing off on Sept. 18, with most of the shows the week of Sept. 22. Some Thursday and Friday shows have been delayed into October, with CBS blaming the scheduling of presidential and vice-presidential debates. Full announcement after the jump.

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"Real Housewives of Atlanta" Includes Eric Snow's Family

By admin Published: June 26, 2008

Full release after the jump. (Memo to Bravo: Snow is co-captain, not captain of the Cavaliers.) ..

NBA AND NFL WIVES STAR IN BRAVO'S UPCOMING SERIES "THE REAL HOUSEWIVES OF ATLANTA"

30-Minute Preview Special Airs Wednesday, July 30 at 12 AM ET/PT [Note from Rich: No airdate yet for the series itself.]

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Wednesday Morning Notebook: "Rescue Me," "Wipeout," Odds and Ends

By admin Published: June 25, 2008

On the way to work this morning, I was thinking about Mose Allison. ...

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Tuesday Morning Notebook

By admin Published: June 24, 2008

-- If you've seen one of the ads for the Lifetime movie "The Tenth Circle," you may think it got pretty good reviews. After all, there are these big quotes calling it "fascinating," "powerful" and other things. But there's a catch. The voiceover for the ad notes that it's based on "the book critics call..." with the quotes being about the book, not the TV adaptation (which, by the way, I didn't care for).


Ron Eldard in "The Tenth Circle"

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George Carlin, R.I.P.

By admin Published: June 23, 2008

The comedian has died of heart failure at 71. Obituary here, with a nice photo gallery.

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Brokaw To Host "Meet the Press" Through Election

By admin Published: June 22, 2008

Here's the official announcement from NBC today:

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Home at Last

By admin Published: June 21, 2008

The holiday in the Outer Banks ended today. Man, did it end ...

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A Christmas (Shop) Memory

By admin Published: June 19, 2008


It's not Christmas in June.

For all of my adult life, a visit to the Outer Banks included the Christmas Shop in Manteo. ...

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Wednesday Notebook

By admin Published: June 18, 2008


Good eats here.

If you saw me right now, you'd think I did a passable impression of a lobster. (Thank goodness for aloe vera.) ...

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Rocco, Rocky and the Bad News Bears: Why Monday's Golf Was Better Than the Movies

By admin Published: June 16, 2008


(USGA photo)

See that picture above? That's not the way you saw Rocky and Creed after their first fight, or the Bears and Yankees at the end of the first "Bad News Bears." ...

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Stan Winston, R.I.P.

By admin Published: June 16, 2008


(LA Times photo)

When we think of great fantasy images from movies, we're bound to come across the works of Stan Winston. Los Angeles Times obit here.

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Hot Fun in the Summertime

By admin Published: June 15, 2008

Today the bride and I saw a trio of dolphins, a horseshoe crab the size of a Buick, more gnats than should be allowed in one place, a young rabbit, sundry seagulls and tiny sand crabs. We worried about a smoke warning and soaked up sun, ate fine hush puppies (with chicken and crabcakes) and made a mental list of all the miniature-golf courses in the vicinity. ...

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Tim Russert, R.I.P. (Updated)

By admin Published: June 13, 2008

This from the New York Times Friday afternoon:

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Friday Notebook

By admin Published: June 13, 2008

Scrambling some this morning. Spent last evening at a screening of "Get Smart" (which, among big-screen adaptations of TV shows, I would put well ahead of the new "Incredible Hulk"). Had some music on my mind, including "I Had a Talk With My Man Last Night" by Mitty Collier.

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"Witchblade" on DVD

By admin Published: June 12, 2008

The Yancy Butler series arrives on July 29 in a complete-series set for $69.98.


Full announcement after the jump.

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Drake & Josh Together Again

By admin Published: June 12, 2008

A new Christmas movie for Nickelodeon will be their first project since
"Drake & Josh: Really Big Shrimp" in August 2007. Details after the jump.

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Let's Get This Summer Started

By admin Published: June 12, 2008

Another hot day due, and I've been thinking about this tune this morning. ...

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The Films of Paul Newman

By admin Published: June 11, 2008


From "Nobody's Fool"

You may have seen various reports that the actor is ill, with the latest including confirmation from a Newman friend that he has cancer. (UPDATE: The friend is now saying he was misquoted. I suspect he realized he had said more than Newman wanted.

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Wednesday Notebook

By admin Published: June 11, 2008

Really feels like summer. I think the only real TV I watched last night was some of the Indians game. I've been staring at new episodes of "Bill Engvall" and "My Boys," which return tomorrow night, and so far haven't had the urge to watch either.

Yesterday, the bride and I had a convoluted conversation built around "Sunshine of Your Love," the Cream classic. Thought I would post a version of that today for grins, but after listening to that opening riff on half a dozen different YouTube postings featuring Cream and other Eric Clapton configurations, I wasn't keen on making you all hear it again. But I did find this strange brew: Ella Fitzgerald performing "Sunshine." A curiosity, to say the least. You've been warned.

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The Name ... is Lawson

By admin Published: June 10, 2008

Checked out the season premiere of "Nashville Star" last night. Some good, some bad, some I'll have to wait and see, and one gone. Not gone, and definitely worth attention, is Melissa Lawson, below.

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TCM Says Look for the Union Label

By admin Published: June 9, 2008


"I'm telling you Jason, we've got to be ready for the battle over new media compensation!"

Who knew that the classic "A Thousand Clowns" had two future Screen Actors Guild presidents in the cast? TCM, apparently, which is doing a two-night salute to SAG including "Clowns." That's future prez Barry Gordon on the right, with Jason Robards. Love that movie.

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"Greatest American Dog" Contestants Announced

By admin Published: June 9, 2008


Pictured top row from left: David Best with Elvis, Laurie Williams with Andrew, Brandy Yant with Beacon, Michael Piper Younie with Esmeralda, Beth Joy Knutsen with Bella Starlet, and Laura Nativo with Preston; Bottom ro from left: Ron Davis with Tillman, JD Platt with Galaxy, Elan Hagen with Kenji, Travis Brorsen with Presley, Bill McFarlin with Star, and Teresa Hanula with Leroy Photo: Monty Brinton/CBS

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Jim McKay, R.I.P.

By admin Published: June 7, 2008

His given name was James K. McManus, and I don't think he never put that aside. His 1973 book, "My Wide World," is copyrighted under the McManus name, and the dustjacket bio begins "James K. McManus, professionally known as Jim McKay. ..."

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"Criminal Intent" Returns

By admin Published: June 6, 2008

When new episodes of "Law & Order: Criminal Intent" begin on USA Network on Sunday, they soon enough show that this series has completely lost its way -- and not just because Vincent D'Onofrio's Goren is looking more like Orson Welles by the day ...

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Friday Morning Music: The Great K.T. Oslin

By admin Published: June 6, 2008

One of the best singer-songwriters ever about mature life and love. Here's "Hold Me":

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"So You Think You Can Dance" Top 20

By admin Published: June 6, 2008

Full announcement after the jump (including the references to the women -- one 28 years old -- as "girls").

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40 Years On

By admin Published: June 5, 2008


(From ABCNews.com)

In the wee hours of June 5, 1968, I was at home, watching TV as the results from the California Democratic primary rolled in. I was 16 years old. ...

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Fox Fall Premiere Dates

By admin Published: June 5, 2008

The fun begins Sept. 1 instead of in late August as previously announced. Details after the jump. ...

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"Fear Itself"

By admin Published: June 5, 2008

Starting tonight, NBC reaches out to the horror crowd ....

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"Swingtown"

By admin Published: June 4, 2008


Premieres Thursday on CBS

Well, this is just another Peyton Place and you're all Harper Valley hypocrites ...

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"The Wire" Final Season on DVD

By admin Published: June 3, 2008

It arrives Aug. 12. Retail price is $59.99. Announcement after the jump.

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Monday Notebook

By admin Published: June 2, 2008

Spent a large part of the weekend and today on family business. New geraniums in the yard! New snapdragons! Tomato plants and a mighty watermelon-growing experiment. In any case, haven't found myself blogging, even with news around. (Bo Diddley, R.I.P. Anyone else remember the Bo Diddley story that Eric Burdon told on the "Animal Tracks" album?) Hope to be back in force tomorrow.

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