This is one of my favorite moments from the Tonight Show - with Johnny Carson and Doc Serverinsen from the 18th Anniversary special. Just two guys talking...
Thursday, January 14, 2010 8:15am
Conan O'Brien writes: People of Earth:
In the last few days, I've been getting a lot of sympathy calls, and I want to start by making it clear that no one should waste a second feeling sorry for me. For 17 years, I've been getting paid to do what I love most and, in a world with real problems, I've been absurdly lucky. That said, I've been suddenly put in a very public predicament and my bosses are demanding an immediate decision.
Wednesday, January 13, 2010 10:00am
ATTACK OF THE DIVAS!
Monday, January 11, 2010 10:00am
Spike TV is proud to announce the arrival of the HBO® Hit Series Entourage® , starting with the first two episodes back-to-back, Tuesday January 12th at 9PM ET/8C. This is the first time the award winning series will be telecast on basic cable, so be sure to catch Entourage® every Tuesday.
Monday, January 11, 2010 8:29am
Saturday, January 9, 2010 8:09am
NO MORE JACK BENNY SHOWS?
This just in from Laura Leff, president of the Jack Benny fan club.
"In December 2008 when I was at CBS overseeing the color specials transfer, I was told that CBS had the Benny television program masters. I was breathless!
I got a listing of their holdings, and selected about 25 shows that are currently uncirculated and in the public domain. I sent the request for us to digitally preserve these shows, at the IJBFC's cost, to Lorra-Lea Bartlett, the Manager of the CBS Contracts Rights and Clearances department.
This was followed by about nine months of waiting for the CBS New York legal department to respond to the request. On September 7th, I was asked to provide a letter from the Benny Estate requesting that the programs be released, and "that should get this unstuck." The Estate happily provided the letter to CBS. I continued to follow up weekly for status.
Today I was informed by Peter Murray, Lorra-Lea's assistant, that she had talked with CBS' Vice President of Business Affairs, and "there are so many issues with those shows, that even if we took the time to figure it out, we still almost certainly wouldn't do the deal." So that's it. Access to the Jack Benny television masters is sealed.
In 1964, James Aubrey told Jack Benny that his weekly television series was terminated with the words, "YOU'RE THROUGH, OLD MAN!" Sadly, 46 years later, CBS has repeated the sentiment by condemning these shows to permanent silence.
This s particularly distressing because those are some of the funniest TV shows of all time! Oh, and James Aubrey was a viscous man - he ended Judy Garland's weekly series with a note to the star that said, "You're finished."
Saturday, January 9, 2010 8:01am
WHERE I'M AT
I'm also watching a show I liked a lot as a kid, The Pat Paulsen Half a Comedy Hour. Bob Einstein appears frequently on the show, he was head writer on a staff that included Steve Martin. This 1970 comedy skit show ran for 13 weeks on ABC. Paulsen's always been one of my favorite comics and this show was truly bizarre with lots of on location shoots along with the predictable recurring comedy variety skits of the day.
The show aired on Thursday night, here are some ABC Thursday night promos from the 1969-70 season, a great night for classic television.
Thursday, January 7, 2010 9:09am
LAST YEAR'S TOP TEN TV SHOWS ON DVD
I selected these sets not so much for the extras or bonus features but based solely on the content of the programs - after all, that's the main reason you buy TV shows on DVD.
10: ‘24’ - Season 7
9: Lost: The Complete Fifth Season
8: 30 Rock - Season Three
7: The Closer: The Complete Fourth Season
6: The Tudors - Season Two
The Tudors is a visually stunning representation of a tumultuous past, you'll find yourself thoroughly immersed in the richness of the scenery, the depth and breadth of the storyline, and the breathtaking narcissism that is brought to life so vividly. This is the story of King Henry VIII, before he became the corpulent ruler we tend to think of, and the creation of the Church of England amid the machinations of that medieval homewrecker Anne Boleyn.
5: Rome: The Complete Series
4: Eastbound and Down -
3: Big Love: The Complete Third Season
2: The Mary Tyler Moore Show - The Complete Fifth Season
The long awaited DVD release of the fifth season of The Mary Tyler Moore Show is now available. If there's an award for austere packaging this one would walk away with the prize - no liner notes or even a list of episodes - nothing. Even the DVD navigation is awkward. But aside from that there's nothing to complain about - not when you've got a collection of some of the funniest sitcoms in TV history, every one a jewel.
1: Rescue Me: Season 5 Part One
Monday, January 4, 2010 12:00pm
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