Sunday, September 03, 2006

"My greatest wish for you..."

As summer comes to an end (sob) here’s what I’m looking forward to:

NIP/TUCK -- Grey’s Anatomy meets Miami Vice meets Twin Peaks. Last season was disappointing. The Carver cut up everybody but the one person we wanted to see him slice – Joan Rivers. Hopefully this season they will get back on track.

NBC SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL – Restaurant managers will tell you their business goes down during Sunday night NFL games. Easier for me to get reservations. Go Patriots!

The JERRY LEWIS TELATHON – You have to love a man who is so sanctimonious and self deluded that he used to end his short-lived talk show by saying “My greatest wish for you is that you could have show business people as your friends.”

Stone crab season.

HOUSE – Always fun to see how many symptoms I happen to have as well.

The pennant races – With the wild card only the Colorado Rockies and Pittsburgh Pirates are not still in it. Vin Scully, at his finest, describing the Dodgers’ fortunes. ESPN coverage with the incomparable Jon Miller and the inarticulate Joe Morgan.

The big premiere of the first C/W fall schedule. And all those indie stations that got left out in the cold now get to show old MAGNUM PI reruns and kick ass!

Kids are back to school.

HOLLYWOODLAND – Ben Affleck playing TV Superman, George Reeves. There hasn’t been a studio comedy I’ve looked forward to more in years!!

My Tuesday rant on the “new” CBS Evening News.

Women will put their white pants back in the drawer.

The victory parade for TEAM USA, for winning the World Basketball Championship and proving to the world that hotshot NBA players are the greatest on the planet and deserve all those untold millions. Oh wait…they lost to a team of nobodies from Greece. Never mind.

WALLACE & GROMIT: THE CURSE OF THE WERE-RABBIT – Premiering on HBO. I hear it’s great. I was too cheap to see it in a theatre.

The Hollywood Bowl Fireworks finale. Featuring guest artists Miss Piggy, Kermit the Frog, and Kristin Chenoweth.

“Make a Hat Day”, “Collect Rocks Day”, “National Cheese Pizza Day”, “National Play-Doh Day”, “National Peanut Day”, and Rosh Hashanah

The Atlanta Braves will not be in the playoffs for the first time in fifteen years. No more tommyhawk chop.

HELLO, LIED THE AGENT – a new book about trying to sell a network TV pilot by veteran comedy scribe, Ian Gurvitz that EVERY writer must read! Scathingly hilarious and unfortunately all TRUE. Pre-order on Amazon now!


VP81955 said...

How about "Celebrity Duets"? I think some of the judges, specifically Little Richard, are a bit over the top (then again, would we want Richard any other way?), but it's been great to see Lucy Lawless (who makes a better bottle blonde than Laura Prepon, BTW) show off her singing chops. I believe Lucy is one of the underappreciated talents out there; she showed on "Xena" that she could handle drama, comedy and music with aplomb. (And she's great with accents; on talk shows, Lucy talks with a New Zealand accent that never shows up in her characters.) People who only think of Lawless as an action heroine are simply misled.

I really wish someone (maybe you, Ken?) would tailor an intelligent sitcom vehicle for her -- and who better to help revive the genre than someone named Lucy?

Gareth said...

I can wholeheartedly recommend Curse of the Were-rabbit. It's one of the funniest films I've seen for some time.

Mind you, I have two small children and have watched nothing but Wallace & Gromit continuously for the last six months. If you don't get a chance to see it, I could probably give you all the dialogue straight from memory by now.

Anonymous said...

while the braves are certainly not going to win their DIVISION this year and keep that streak alive, they are only 4, 4.5 games out of the wildcard right now... crazier things have happened...

Anonymous said...

I second "Wallace and Gromit". Great flick, caught it at the Cinerama in Seattle last year.

As for "Hollywoodland", I refuse to jump on Ben Affleck. I've liked the guy's work in the past and the early word is that he's very touching in it.

VP81955 said...

while the braves are certainly not going to win their DIVISION this year and keep that streak alive, they are only 4, 4.5 games out of the wildcard right now... crazier things have happened...

I think everyone's nightmare is Florida. The young Marlins have jelled more quickly than anyone anticipated (though given first-year manager Joe Girardi's flareups with owner Jeffrey Loria, it may not be enough to save his job), and it's possible (not likely, but possible) that the Fish could win their third World Series in a decade without never having finished first.

Fox is already dreading a postseason without the Red Sox; a deep October run by the Marlins, a franchise with a low profile and few fans, would make network executives start searching for sharp objects. (It's not like the NFL, where a network can survive having Tennessee or Carolina in the Super Bowl.)

And the Marlins' team president, David Samson...well, read this story about him. He seems like a crass sitcom supporting character, a Herb Tarlek with no principles:,0,4087286.column?coll=sfla-sports-front

ChrisO said...

Ian Gurvitz's book may be funny, but I can't believe he called it "Hello, Lied the Agent." That seems mighty close to Linda Obst's Hollywood book, "Hello, He Lied."