Sunday, September 29, 2013
The stands were half-full; the Trojans were very vocal in wanting him out. Well, Pat Haden, your move was LATE, but at least you made it.
Friday, September 27, 2013
BEFORE I GIVE YOU THE ONE-LINERS...
HAS ANYONE NOTICED HOW GOOD CBS THIS MORNING IS???
AT THE BEGINNING OF EACH SHOW THEY RUN A 90-SECOND MONTAGE OF EVERYTHING THAT HAS HAPPENED SINCE YOU WENT TO SLEEP. WHAT A GIFT THIS IS!!! NO EDITORIALIZING; NO DANCERS; NO BANANA HATS. WOW..... A SHOW FOR ADULTS WHO ARE IN A HURRY AND JUST WANT TO KNOW THE FACTS AND GET ON WITH THEIR DAY. THANKS, CBS.
TROPHY WIFE--- It took me all the way to the end to decide to press the record series button and give it a chance. The show has the wrong name. It makes it sound like "Dynasty," but it's not. It's funny, very real, and pretty darn good. I'll give it a chance. I can always press the delete series button
"THE CRAZY ONES"--Better known as the Robin Williams show. This had a bad industry buzz before it aired. It kind of just "smelled" flop sweat. WRONG. The show is terrific.
Of course, it needs to settle in, but I really enjoyed it, and I hate the sitcom form. With David Kelley behind it, I should have had more faith. The cast is wonderful...led by Robin, of course. And James Wolk (!)..so adorable.
MICHAEL J. FOX---
The networks take the two biggest comeback sitcom shows--Robin and Michael, and program the against each other.
Same thing with "Hostages" and "Blacklist," which appeal to the exact same audience. What were they thinking? As a former ABC executive who sat in on those kinds of programming meetings years ago, the answer is simple. They don't think.
HOSTAGES--It would be my favorite new series, but I saw
"Blacklist" first. Darn. Well, I'll keep watching it anyway.
LUCKY 7---Hmmm. Everybody keeps saying it's the first sure cancellation of the season.
Wednesday, September 25, 2013
HERE'S THE BEGINNING:
|MOM--ANNA FARIS AND ALLISON JANNEY. WORTH ANOTHER LOOK BEFORE SETTING SERIES TAPE BUTTON. VERY SMART WRITING.|
THE BLACKLIST: LOVE IT. WILL WATCH EVERY SECOND AS LONG AS IT'S ON THE AIR, AND THAT SHOULD BE A LONG TIME. TOTALLY INSANE OVER JAMES SPADER. I HAVE BEEN EVER SINCE HE STARRED AS THE "YOUNGER MAN" OPPOSITE SUSAN SARANDON.
The Callaway sisters are New York legends, each with an amazing voice.
Ann Hampton Callaway and Liz Callaway did their show called "BOOM" at the Catalina Bar and Grill in Hollywood. It was a very clever saute to the music of the baby boomers, and the audience absolutely loved it. The Catalina has almost become a clubhouse for displaced New Yorkers, and it is so much fun. I almost always see legendary designer Bob Mackie, Marilyn Maye (whenever she's here) and Nancy Dussault.
"I bet you really related to everything we did," said Ann after the show. "I sure did," I answered. "I was at some of those original recording sessions!
|Ann with Dan Glosser|
|I know, Marilyn. I surprised you!|
HAPPY BIRTHDAY, DAGNY DUBELKO!!
Her husband, Michael, was on a fishing trip, so it was "Girls Night at Dags."
Tuesday, September 24, 2013
INSTANT MAGIC is what I call the work of Daniella, the chief designer for the costumes, and the many members of her dept. including Howard and Valerie, and anyone else I missed.
They get the news of what the next week's dances are about four days before they need to have 24-36 costumes ready. Many times the workers in the sewing rooms are up all night. I don't know how in 36 hours they sequined Valerie Harper's entire Paso dress, but they did it. They also have to do very unique things for dancing like sewing neclackes onto invisibe netting connected to the neckline so the necklace with stay in place; designing in little hidden pockets for mic batteries and antennas; having emergency pieces ready like soles for shoes, sticky tape, ripped zippers. THESE ARE BRILLIANT PROFESSIONALS AND I AM ENTRANCED WITH THEIR OPERATION.
|People were on a short break. It's rare to see the workroom empty|
Once a week on camera blocking day they meet with each pro and celebrity to discuss costumes for the next week's dance---before they've even done what would be the prior show on Monday. Many of the pros are very specific with the clothing designs for the themes of their choreography, and they come prepared with ideas, and even pictures of clothes that would work. It's fascinating.
|Men's all lined up|
|Monday's opening number costumes--all hand-made|
|Each dancer has her own bag of tricks|
|For no reason other than cuteness, her is Sharon Osbourne's dog, Bella|
In another note, some of the pros actually live together in groups--like at least four in a house in Hollywood, for instance. (Not telling who) It makes perfect sense. Most are from other countries, and they aren't here all the time. They truly take care of each other.
Monday, September 23, 2013
THE EMMYS OF DEATH
WHAT WERE THEY THINKING?
First, let me say that there were moments that were really good and quite funny. I also don't believe in "murdering" awards shows for the fun of it. They have to give out awards and so be it.
It was never right to single out some stars and not others with the memorium segments. It's simply disrespectful. Of course some stars are more beloved than others, or more famous than others. It doesn't matter. And I AM one of those who felt the Cory Montieth singling out was inappropriate. I know the Emmys supposedly "feel" it would help put a light on addiction, but rewarding addiction is never a good thing. And, we all know it was done for ratings. I am truly sorry we lost this young man. Addiction is a tragedy. But don't honor it on TV.
The Don Cheadle/Kennedy segment was not necessary either.
|Uh.....Claire.....who's your stylist? You're a brilliant actress, but, Oh My God|
PET PEEVE-CHEWING GUM ON AWARDS SHOWS
Jeff Daniels--Were you born in a barn? Did you not have parents with manners?
Are you that classless????
Friday, September 20, 2013
IT IS ISN'T FINISHED, BUT I WAS INVITED TO A HARD HAT TOUR. WOW. WHEN I WAS THERE AND MAJORED IN JOURNALISM AND WROTE FOR THE DAILY TROJAN, I WAS IN A CUBICLE WITH AN ANCIENT TYPEWRITER. NOW THE LUCKY STUDENTS WILL SOON BE LEARNING IN A HIGH TECH BUILDING THAT INSIDE LOOKS LIKE A CROSS BETWEEN CNN AND GOOGLE.
THE STYLE IS "COLLEGIATE GOTHIC," A FORM THAT ALL USC NEW BUILDINGS WILL BE FOLLOWING FROM NOW ON. THAT'S PERFECT. ON THE OUTSIDE IT LOOKS LIKE EAST COAST CLASSIC IVY LEAGUE, AND ON THE INSIDE IT'S A SPACESHIP.
|THIS IS THE "NEWSROOM," A LIVE BROADCASTING LAB.|
Thursday, September 19, 2013
IT WAS A BEAUTIFUL DISPLAY OF MEMORIES LAST NIGHT, but also a little weird. When you've known people for years and then you're standing in the middle of their things after they're gone.....it's sad; it's moving; and it's also to be celebrated.
|TO ME, THIS IS THE MOST AMAZING PIECE IN THE HOPE AUCTION. KATHARINE HEPBURN GAVE THIS ORIGINAL STATUE OF HERSELF IN LION IN WINTER TO THE HOPES.|
|I'D GIVE ANYTHING TO HAVE THIS. PAT NIXON GAVE THE HOPES THIS CARTIER CARRIAGE CLOCK|
|PHYLLIS AUTOGRAPHED HER OWN PIANO|
|CONNIE STEVENS AND DEANNA LUND|
|NANCY MALONE AND STEFANIE POWERS|
THERE ARE SO MANY MORE PIECES UP FOR AUCTION--HOPE'S GOLF CART, FURNITURE--JUST TONS AND TONS OF INCREDIBLE THINGS.
AFTER THE VIEWING PARTY, A FEW OF US ADJOURNED TO THE FOUR SEASONS TO CELEBRATE A JOB WELL DONE WITH LINDA HOPE AND NANCY MALONE.
|NANCY MALONE WORE GRETA GARBO'S SHOES!!!!!!!|
|LINDA HOPE AND LILY TOMLIN|