UPDATE 1/19 –Yesterday’s review in Variety leads us to believe this may not be as bad as we feared.
We sincerly hope this doesn’t leave us hating JIM CARREY (well, more than we already do anyway):
Legendary producer JOHN WELLS (WEST WING, ER) knows television and also knows a bad deal when he sees it. At the recent TCA session for his upcoming series, SOUTHLAND, WELLS was asked to comment on the recent decision by NBC to relegate the 10 o’clock hour to talk instead of drama. Listen to his frank reply below:
Studio toppers Barry Meyer and Alan Horn issued a memo to employees Tuesday morning warning that “based on the global economic situation and current business forecasts, the studio will have to make staff reductions in the coming weeks in order to control costs.”
The memo said Warners would outsource some of its MIS and accounts payable services to a third-party company. The memo said the staff reductions and reorganization of operations were taken as a “last resort to help position the company for its future.”
Actress KATE HUDSON (who can currently be seen opposite Anne Hathaway in Bride Wars) has recently been working on the musical NINE with CHICAGO director ROB MARSHALL. HUDSON, who has dancing in her blood, elaborates on her working experience on NINE which co-stars PENELOPE CRUZ and DANIEL DAY-LEWIS. (CLICK ON THE MEDIA BAR BELOW)
From the funny folk at FUNNY OR DIE…a very astute editing job.
We spoke with JACK OSBOURNE at the recent TCA session for the new show and (quite oblivious to the fact the show looks terrible) talked about how good life is. Listen in below:
In the new Disney Channel series, SONNY WITH A CHANCE, veteran Disney star STERLING KNIGHT (HANNAH MONTANA) plays the lead in a popular kids TV show. While the role may have a couple of similarities to the role he played on HANNAH MONTANA, STERLING said at a recent TCA session that he’s not sure he’s ready to be a hot leading man. Listen in below:
CONAN O’BRIEN grew up watching DAVID LETTERMAN and JOHNNY CARSON so the boyish looking late night talk show host knows the legacy he inherits when he succeeds JAY LENO on The Tonight Show. Don’t expect O’BRIEN, however, to have the same kind of highly publicized rivalry with LETTERMAN that LENO had. The Generation X’er has only kind words for LETTERMAN and it looks, at least on the surface, that this competition will have a more cordial interchange. (CLICK ON THE MEDIA BAR BELOW)
Even a pop culture genius like SIMON COWELL had no clue if American Idol was going to fly when it debuted and he would not have been surprised if the show actually failed. Idol, which returned last week,is America’s most popular reality show and COWELL is honestly surprised by the program’s rabid fan base. (CLICK ON THE MEDIA BAR BELOW)
Check out another two hour epsiode of American Idol tonight on FOX.
Never let it be said that America doesn’t have balls. Between now and tomorrow’s official inauguration of BARACK OBAMA, there are something like forty inaugural balls planned. Not the least of which is The Kid’s Inaugural set for this afternoon and scheduled to be broadcast on The Disney Channel.
We caught up with Disney superstar DEMI NOVATO (CAMP ROCK, SONNY WITH A CHANCE) and she talked about her excitement at being asked to perform at the event. Listen in below: