Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Ashleigh Banfield, Court TV

This is a shocker. From's interview:
Guilty pleasure: "That would have to be Howard Stern. [Laughs] I have admired Howard Stern's resilience. There's not a lot of other stuff I admire about his content, but there's something about Howard Stern and his perseverance in a very difficult industry. He does tickle me in certain ways with humor. Obviously, he's very over the top and very inappropriate most of the time, but I do find him intriguing. My husband and I have outfitted the cars with Sirius Satellite Radio because of him."
Full interview:

Spice Girls

Reunited, with tour kicking off on Sunday.

NFL vs. MLB labor markets

from the Freakonomics Blog at the NY Times.

Great column from Michael Wilbon

Of the Washington Post, on the murder of Sean Taylor.

More from the Washington Post on the probe into Taylor's death -


The Boston Globe's Matthew Gilbert writes about this season's "Survivor, M.D." type shenanigans on House.

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Author Jeff Buick

I had a chance to chat with Jeff via e-mail about his new book, DELICATE CHAOS, coming January 29, 2008 and available on as a pre-order. Here's what Jeff told me:

"About Delicate Chaos. It features Leona Hewitt, a Washington DC banker, whose decision to okay a corporate restructuring is derailed when people start dying of unnatural causes. Like murder.

If you liked African Ice, you’ll probably like this one as well, Dave. A lot of the book is set in Kenya, where Leona provides money to the villages through a non-profit organization.

While the wheels are coming off in DC, they’re also going sideways really fast in Africa. The two storylines tie together at the end."

You can find Jeff at There are links to buy his books from your favorite online stores there. (I haven't figured out a way to make dime one off this whole blogging deal.)

Recommended site

I love mysteries and crime fiction in particular and want to add more about books in general to the blog. Sarah Weinman has a great site, and she links to interesting articles from seemingly all over. I only recently found the blog, but I find myself clicking in on a daily basis. Sarah also reviews books, so be prepared to add a couple of titles to your "must read list."
The site:

Advertising on Imus 2.0

Many advertisers taking a wait-and-see approach.

I just found this site- looks like it has some good info on satellite radio - both Sirius and XM appear to be covered.

Lattes at McDonald's

They won't be on the dollar menu.,0,2705575.story?coll=sofla_tab03_layout

Corbin Bernsen - Game Show Host


"Chuck" and "Life" live on

For the full season of 22- when/if the writers' strike ends.

Sunday, November 25, 2007

Sports Turkeys of the year

From David Fleming of's Page 2:

Major League Turkeys

Rounding out Thanksgiving weekend, Bill Madden of the NY Daily News lists the biggest turkeys in baseball.

Writer's Guild Strike "DVD Theatre"

Mike Hale of the NY Times suggests "Da Vinci's Inquest," a Canadian show he compares to a cross of Law & Order and CSI. Seasons one and two are available now.

After posting this article, I noticed that the third season will be available in April. From

A-Rod: Toledo Mud Hen?

Actually, to maximize power numbers, Alex Rodriguez should play in Japan.

Friday, November 23, 2007

Best Week Ever

VH1's "Guilty Pleasure.",1,7632377.story?coll=la-entnews-tv

Entertainment Weekly's Entertainer of the Year

is J.K. Rowling.

While I haven't read the books, or seen the movies, I'm all for any author who can get kids this excited over reading. The fact that both children (and parents) are waiting on line at midnight for the books to go on sale indicates that not every waking moment is spent playing video games.

R.I.P. MLB Pitcher Joe Kennedy

He was only 28.
More from the San Francisco Chronicle -

Friday, November 16, 2007

Sports books in Vegas fear Patriots

From the Las Vegas Review-Journal:
Some feel that the point spread when New England faces the Jets could top the current NFL record 23. I think the Patriots may be up that much by halftime...

Mets catch Torrealba

Born and raised a Mets fan, always a Mets fan. Sure, I rooted for the Marlins in 1997 and 2003, but I can still remember crying when the Mets traded Tom Seaver. (It was a traumatic time for a young Dave.) For some reason, I've had some sixth sense about bad Mets trades and Free Agent signings ever since. This one sure does look bad on paper.

From the article:
"Away from batter-friendly Coors Field Torrealba hit .212 with two homers and 13 RBIs."
How is that going to play in the final year at Shea Stadium, or for that matter the new Citi Field, which is touted as a "pitcher's park."

Citi Field:

The Mets deal of 3 years/$14.4m seems like overpaying when the top two offers to beat were similar 2 year/$7m deals from the Rockies and the Marlins.

UPDATED 11/18 - The deal has fallen apart.,0,4807354.story

Thursday, November 15, 2007



NY Times:

So long, Barry. Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports -

Padres' Jake Penny wins N.L. Cy Young Award

It's unanimous -

Reba McEntire and Kelly Clarkson to tour together

from Billboard:

O.J. Holding court at 37,000 feet.

The NY Post's Page Six has the story.

I've been on those same red-eye flights two dozen or more times. That had to have been a nightmare. Sounds like a direct to DVD horror film. Trapped for five hours with a man found liable in civil court for two murders, giving movie, music and beer reviews. And not being able to sleep despite taking an Ambien.

Singers, bands mixing it up

Melissa Ruggieri of the Richmond Times-Dispatch says some work, others seem unnecessary.


Alex Rodriguez back to Yankees for 10 years/$275 Million?,0,4880453.story?page=1

Jon Heyman of says deal could be $280-300 Million.

Ken Rosenthal says Scott Boras finally tastes some humility.

Great info from ESPN's Buster Olney:

Some TV shows may benefit from Writers' Strike

from NY Times:

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Katie Couric

Just watch the clip. Love when she starts talking "hip."


And people mocked Brian Williams hosting Saturday Night Live.

I could watch this train wreck all day; and analyzle it frame by frame, like it was the Zapruder film.

Race on Sitcoms

from the NY Times article:

>>>This season Michael is incensed when a rival branch tries to steal away Stanley, his only African-American salesman. “You can’t take the hilarious black guy from the office,” Michael squawks, enumerating the qualities — “bluesy wisdom, sassy remarks” — that the stolid, button-down Stanley does not possess in the least. “I don’t know how George Bush did it when Colin Powell left,” Michael says.<<<

full story:

Former backup catchers win Manager of the Year awards

AL - Eric Wedge NL - Bob Melvin

Imus on RFD-TV

It will put the network on the map, especially on the coasts. Potential earnings aside, this is still a big comedown for Mr. Imus going from MSNBC to RFD-TV.

Imus Is Back! The New York Observer:

E! News reports you can also catch Imus in the evening on RFD.

Friday Night Lights to ESPN?

Radar Magazine online reports that if NBC drops the show, it could move to ESPN next season.

Governor Bon Jovi?

I seem to remember they tried floating the idea of Springsteen running for Senate more than once. I even remember Carol Miller and the gang at WPLJ trying to get "Born To Run" named state song. I wonder if these means that Tico Torres gets appointed head of the DMV?

USA Today Scoop: Athletes sometimes go to strip clubs

This just in- they often spend lots of money and, wait for it... they even have been known to get into trouble. Hard to believe that Celebrity+Naked Women+Alcohol+Money could = trouble.

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Duran Duran Concert News & CD Reviews

NYC shows affected by Broadway stagehands' strike:

Allison Stewart, Washington Post -

Alex Veiga, AP -

John M. Gilbertson, Dallas Morning News -

Orioles' Huff on Bubba The Love Sponge show

from -

Coming soon to a TV near you...

A new car!!! Not really, but... Game Shows!!! Lots of 'em!!!

from Deadline Hollywood Daily-

Tucker Carlson as game show host? Not a moment too soon for him; rumors of his MSNBC show's demise run rampant in the cable news industry. Wonder if he'll bust out the bow-tie on CBS that he dropped on his cable show.

C.C. wins A.L. CY


Vote for America's Sexiest Sportscaster

at -

Posada remains a Yankee

4 years/$52.4 Million. For a 36 year old catcher.
Pays to have a career year in your "walk" season.

Ken Rosenthal:

Updated Show by Show Status

from the great site

More about the Writers Strike

Hat tip to

Scrubs may not get a series finale:

Many TV blogs are going dark today in support of the Writers Guild.

FOX sees dollar signs in Writers' Strike.

Think Americaan Idol has been a cash cow in the past? Now picture it against seemingly endless reruns, shows that were left for mid-season attempting to gain traction, and... more reality shows. If the audience doesn't grow in terms of viewers, the actual share should be higher, as those that would've watched the other network shows seek out alternate entertainment choices. (Here's the irony for the Writers' Guild- they'll likely be turning to boxed sets of shows or shows streaming online. I'd also imagine it will be a busy time for Netflix and Blockbuster Online.),0,5392672.story?coll=cl-calendar

More trouble for Boy George

At this point, if you're a 28 year old man at Boy's "flat" expect to be held against your will.

from E!

Justin Timberlake's Fore Play

Add a golf tournament to his list of achievements. After the hit records, the hot Britney Spears, Cameron Diaz and Jessica Biel, that is.

Monday, November 12, 2007

Time's Person of the Year

Jon Friedman says it will be Al Gore. Actually, he goes as far as to call him a "shoo-in."

Donda West's death may be surgery related;_ylt=At8SiOoMY3BmNOjbVreS.cuVEhkF

One of Dr. West's final interviews, with Melissa Ruggieri of the Richmond Times-Dispatch:

matchbox twenty to tour

With Alanis Morissette opening. The tour opens (Hard Rock Live @ Seminole Casino in Hollywood, Fla.) and closes (The Pearl at The Palms in Las Vegas) casino venues.


NL Rookie of the Year: Ryan Braun
AL Rookie of the Year: Dustin Pedroia

FX renews Damages for two seasons

When (if?) the writers strike ends.


The number of prime time network shows (I'm counting you CW!) that have used Peter Bjorn and John's (3 guys; my crack research team double checked) song "Young Folks."

They are:
Grey's Anatomy (ABC)
How I met Your Mother (CNS)
Gossip Girl (CW)
Las Vegas (NBC)
Dirty Sexy Money (ABC)
Big Shots (ABC)
Journeyman (NBC)


Sunday, November 11, 2007

Band as Brand

The New Deal, from the NY Times.
I actually downloaded a song, legally, by Paramore. I had no idea I was part of the revolution.

VP Lieberman?

The Weekly Standard's William Kristol suggests Republican Presidential candidates consider Democratic Senator Joe Lieberman (who ran with Al Gore in 2000) as their running mate.

Perp Nation: Cops turns 700

Bad boys, indeed. Fox has stretched a show that blossomed out of the LAST Writers Guild strike to an unbelievable 700 episodes. From the NY Times:

Saturday, November 10, 2007

"Christmas Ham" soda- and Kosher, too!

Jones Soda sure knows how to get the (free) publicity machine rolling. This is the company that made "Perspiration" flavor soda to tie into its deal to supply soda to the Seattle Seahawks home stadium.

Networks preparing for Fall 2008 schedule

Only one (more) problem; in addition to the ongoing Writers Guild strike, studio heads and producers face the possibility of a Screen Actors Guild strike next summer.

Friday, November 9, 2007

Clemens conidering pitching in 2008 Olympics

No truth to the rumor that he'll pitch for the country that offers the highest salary. Or will fly him home between starts. The second part, likely, due to the fact that the games are in Beijing.

Thursday, November 8, 2007

Sun not shining on Florida baseball

Hall of Fame baseball writer Murray Chass suggests eliminating the two Florida franchises. Six years ago, baseball owners voterd to contract two teams. I have a better idea- how about merging the two Florida teams and contract one other? The two Florida teams combine would produce a pretty good team:
1B: Carlos Pena
2B: Dan Uggla
SS: Hanley Ramirez
3B: Miguel Cabrera
OF: Carl Crawford, B.J. Upton, Delmon Young
C: Dioner Navarro, Matt Treanor
Bench/DH (if in AL) Josh Willingham (3rd C as well), Jeremy Hermidia, Akinori Iwamura, Brendan Harris

This leaves a slot open, (Elijah Dukes, Johnny Gomes, Cody Ross?) and allows for Miguel Olivo leaving via trade or after being non-tendered.

The Pitching wouldn't look bad either- Scott Kazmir, James Shields, Dontrelle Willis, Scott Olsen and Sergio Mitre would be a solid rotation with veterans Al Reyes and Kevin Gregg in the 8th and 9th innings. Mix and match setup guys and you'd have a pretty good pitching staff. Plus, the Marlins have Josh Johnson, Anibel Sanchez and Ricky Nolasco coming back from injuries. If one of the top two comes back to 2006 form- even in 2009, it would certainly stregthen the rotation.

You'd have the only team in Florida, the hope for a statewide TV and radio package, and even with Pena, Cabrera and Willis, an affordable mid-range budget. Playing in the NL, without the DH, and avoiding the Yankees and Red Sox in the same division, you'd have a team that could compete for a Wild Card post-season berth immediately.

Chass' NY Times article:

Think those concert ticket pirices seem a bit high?

Melissa Ruggieri of te Richmond Times-Dispatch:

Miguel Cabrera Trade Rumors

from MLBTradeRumors:


Update #2 11/11: Jon Heyman from reports the Marlins "price is too steep."

Update #3 11/13: LA teams seem to be frontrunners, with the Dodgers package looking strong.

Guess he'll be won't be wearing a Marlins cap on his Hall of Fame plaque.

For TV execs, time to shuffle

The final completed episode of "The Office" airs next Thursday.

FOX Network's Writers Strike Schedule (No 24!)


Matt Roush:

Maureen Ryan, Chicago Tribune (includes FOX Press Release):

You'll need an abacus to figure out the moves, and a percocet for the migraine after trying to digest the info.

Tuesday, November 6, 2007

Be creative to hold on to Frequent Flier miles

from USA Today -

Quick hint: some carriers (inc. US Airways) give 2 miles per $1 at iTunes. On programs that require activity to keep your miles, a single download can help you maintain your balance.

Monday, November 5, 2007

Eisner's new Mickey? Bazooka Joe.

How Michael Eisner hopes to make Topps a vital company in the 21st century.

Why record labels matter more than ever

from Fortune -

Imus to return to cable

on RFD-TV, a network that has tried to fill the hole created by the loss of The Nashville Metwork in 2000.

Top 50 Baseball Free Agents

Great list and analysis from -

Glenn Beck: The $50 Million dollar man

from the NY Times:

Bet the Miami Dolphins don't do this in 2008

The Arizona Rattlers of the Arena Football League offer a guarantee: we'll make the playoffs or your season ticket fees are refunded.

What the Writers' strike means to your favorite shows

from TV Guide -

David Bianculli leaves the NY Daily News

His columns will be missed.

His new site:

TV could be hit HARD

by Writers Guild Strike.

Sunday, November 4, 2007

Friday, November 2, 2007

Networks plot midseason makeovers

from Variety-

Tim Goodman on Television

One of my favorite TV writers.

Yankees to Face Marlins @ Dolphin Stadium

For a pair of exhibition games. It would be a bad indicator for baseball's future in south Florida if these were the only two sellouts of the 2008 season.,0,84400.story

Rescue Me on FX

Back for 22 eps in a split season- when the writer's strike ends.

Brian Williams ready for his SNL hosting gig

Musical guest Feist joins him.

Show's a go despite writer's strike-

Hayden Panettiere protests Japan dolphin hunt

Meanwhile, all of south Florida protests the Miami Dolphins.