Thanks to the Internet, we can now watch some of the best shows that never were: Jack Black/Owen Wilson’s collaboration with Ben Stiller, Heat Vision and Jack; Scott Aukerman and BJ Porter’s The Right Now! Show; N.Y.P.D. Mounted (YES!) and many, many more. (Hey, Muholland Drive was a failed TV pilot.)
So at least Sarah Silverman’s NBC comedy Susan 313 is in good company. And now, thanks to the wonderful world we live, it’s available to watch online.
Late Night News
Last night, Barack Obama was the guest on what appears to be a still-Jay Leno-hosted Tonight Show. Really? Who knew. Huh. Thought Jimmy Fallon had already taken over with all the fuss being made about him being named the successor to sit Johnny Carson’s old studio, but guess that’s not till February of next year. (Yes, we know Tonight with Leno still gets the best ratings.)
It was an odd show, mainly because it was such a serious show. Also, it was not a very funny show (despite it being President Obama’s birthday!). It seemed more like an episode of Larry King Live or Meet the Press, but with less interruption from the host. Really, P.O.T.U.S. just spoke about anything that was on his agenda–a lot of Snowden, a lot of Russia, a lot of Obamacare– with just occasional prompting from the all-to-eager Leno, whose ratings last night were the highest they’ve been since the last time Obama was on. Check out the segments, and analysis, below.
Around the town
CBS went off the air last night for Time Warner subscribers, after the network and cable company failed to agree on a new contract. But the network was back on Time Warner within the hour and the contract deadline has been extended until 5 pm on Friday. (New York Times)
After NBC announced it will create a Hilary Clinton miniseries, CNN announced a made-for-TV movie about the former secretary of state. (Politico)
The Daily Beast asks the important question: Is Diane Lane too sexy to play Hilary Clinton in NBC’s miniseries? (Daily Beast)
I hate department stores. They remind me of being a chubby 12-year-old with braces being dragged around by her mother to try on bat-mitzvah dresses at the Macy’s and Bloomingdale’s located in the heart of Delaware’s Christiana Mall. (We eventually decided on an electric blue sleeveless number, and suffice to say I have vowed to burn the photobook of evidence the first chance I get.)
So sartorially misinformed was I that for many years I associated most department stores with the cheap and gawdy—obviously, I reasoned, most cool clothes come from stores that sold only their own brand, places like Ann Taylor, or Hot Topic. Up until embarrassingly recently, I didn’t understand what my so-called friends were driving at when they offered to take me shopping at Macy’s, Nordstrom’s or Bloomie’s. I just flashed back to Delaware and that blue dress and assumed that they were making some sort of ironic commentary on prom season.
But a girl can’t live in blissful ignorance forever, and by the time I was, oh, say, 28, I found out that, far from being tacky, New York’s haute couture was synonymous with, yes, Madison Avenue designer flagships, but also: Bergdorf’s, Saks Fifth Avenue and Barneys. I had never stepped into these hallowed halls of fashion. I had to take a Valium just to step into a Century 21, with its maze-like layouts, dressing room item limits and panic-inducing number of choices.
But I couldn’t wear jeans and sweaters with cat faces on them forever, and no matter how well that kitschy-cute skunk hat I had purchased last summer in South Dakota went over at a recent Broadway after party, I realized that eventually I would have to make peace with the luxury department store.
The Tonight Show
Wednesday’s official announcement from NBC that Jimmy Fallon will be replacing Jay Leno on The Tonight Show was the culmination of months worth of speculation, rumors and gossip. When the media learned that Mr. Fallon was not only moving the show back to New York, but would be hosting the program from Johnny Carson’s old studio, the comparisons between this latest drama and the bitter NBC late-night feuds in the past–Conan vs. Leno, Leno vs. Letterman–were inevitable, despite the network trying to play off the move as amicable. Hell, trying for the 11:30 (or now, technically, 11:35) slot on NBC is more of a political bloodsport than Game of Thrones, with at least twice as much backstabbing and allegiance shifting. (Though less decapitation … that we know of.)
Here are the five best rumors about the new Tonight Show, along with any responses from NBC or its players.
The biggest news tonight on NBC is, naturally, the end of 30 Rock’s seven-year run. “Will Liz Lemon finally realize her mistake and run back into the arms of Dennis Duffy?” That’s the biggest question. That and “How many articles about Tina Fey’s ‘contribution’ to comedy will run before it starts sounding like an obituary?” But there are other interesting turns for the Peacock’s Thursday-night lineup that we should be paying attention to. For instance, why has former NBC exec wunderkind Ben Silverman started popping up in episodes of The Office?
Al Roker, who is a very famous weatherman (or so we’ve been told), admitted on Dateline last night that he pooped in his pants at the White House after his gastric bypass surgery in 2002.
“I probably went off and ate something I wasn’t supposed [to], and I was walking to the press room, and I thought I had to pass a little gas,” Mr. Roker told NBC’s Dr. Nancy Snyderman. “And I thought, ‘Whose going to know?’ Only, a little something extra came out.”
Dr. Snyderman took this in stride. “You pooped in your pants,” she shrugged, like a real doctor would.
“I pooped my pants,” he concurred.
Deadline reports that Emma Koenig’s Tumblr blog, “F*ck! I’m in My Twenties!” is being developed as a series at NBC. If it makes it to air, it would be one of at least two series about an adrift twentysomething writer. Ms. Koenig, the sister of Vampire Weekend lead singer Ezra Koenig, Read More
Somehow, someway, a studio exec over at NBC approved of a concept that will almost certainly involve Katherine screaming “Heathcliff!” while running through a sunny vineyard. And yes, someone from Gossip Girl was involved in the creation of this Bront-rosity.
Oh! But we totally know who should cover the (obvious) theme song. (Updated below)