Watch and Weep

May 19, 2010

It’s network Upfront season, which basically means that the big 4 (and the CW) are trotting out next year’s schedule for advertisers, and making hard decisions on who stays, and who goes.. Which means you may be saying bye to some old favorites…or not.

The big story on cable is that HBO’s Curb Your Enthusiasm is coming back, and it will be set in NYC. And of course, Conan O’Brien will unveil his new TBS show in the fall. Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert have reupped with their contracts, so look forward to more Daily Show and Report fun.

No new adventures for Christine?

But this week is all about the networks. CBS had a problem because many of their shows were doing ok, but they were old. And they needed to try something new. So bye-bye Ghost Whisperer and New Adventures of Old Christine. (Although maybe not forever — rumor has it that ABC wants to pick up both of them.) Cold Case and 3 other shows also got the heave-ho at the Eye.

Speaking of ABC, they had a big hit with Modern Family and are now turning their attention to 10pm and dramas: they’re unveiling a new one every night. Two have Michael Imperioli (Sopranos) and Michael  Chiklis (The Shield) in them. Shonda Rimes, the Grey’s Anatomy creator, has a new one: Off the Map.

NBC has a lot of time to fill after the Leno debacle. Weirdly, Parks and Recreation missed out on the post-Office time slot (it went to new sitcom Outsourced). Fox apparently threw a great party which went on til all hours complete with 70s and 80s cover band. In fact, the party was reportedly so fun, no one really cared about the stars or the shows.

And the big news at the CW is adios, Melrose Place. We’ll always have…re-runs of the original Melrose Place.

Happy watching!

Right, Frank!

This website posted a letter that ‘ol Blue Eyes sent to a Los Angeles newspaper about George Michael 20 years ago, after GM was complaining in print about the burdens of stardom. Kind of hilarious. To see the actual letter, click here. Here’s the transcript:


September 9, 1990

Dear Friends,

When I saw your Calendar cover today about George Michael, “the reluctant pop star,” my first reaction was he should thank the good Lord every morning when he wakes up to have all that he has., And that’ll make two of us thanking God every morning for all that we have.

I don’t understand a guy who lives “in hopes of reducing the strain of his celebrity status.” Here’s a kid who “wanted to be a pop star since I was about 7 years old.” And now that he’s a smash performer and songwriter at 27 he wants to quit doing what tons of gifted youngsters all over the world would shoot grandma for – just one crack at what he’s complaining about.

Come on George, Loosen up. Swing, man, Dust off those gossamer wings and fly yourself to the moon of your choice and be grateful to carry the baggage we’ve all had to carry since those lean nights of sleeping on buses and helping the driver unload the instruments

And no more of that talk about “the tragedy of fame.” The tragedy of fame is when no one shows up and you’re singing to the cleaning lady in some empty joint that hasn’t seen a paying customer since Saint Swithin’s day. And you’re nowhere near that; you’re top dog on the top rung of a tall ladder called Stardom, which in latin means thanks-to-the-fans who were there when it was lonely.

Talent must not be wasted. Those who have it – and you obviously do or today’s Calendar cover article would have been about Rudy Vallee – those who have talent must hug it, embrace it, nurture it and share it lest it be taken away from you as fast as it was loaned to you.

Trust me. I’ve been there.

(Signed, ‘Frank Sinatra’)

© 1990 Frank Sinatra


Good and tired I am!

Hope your week is coming along…


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