Monday, December 31, 2007

Letterman books Robin Williams for Wednesday

As his first guest, on his first show back, after his company Worldwide Pants got a waiver from the Writers Guild, allowing The Late Show to return with the full writing staff.

Meanwhile, the AP reports that NBC's Tonight Show will have an appearance by Repubican presidential candidate Gov. Mike Huckabee.

Deadline Hollywood Daily: Dave Dumps Trump; Jay says "Huck you!" by booking Mike.

Hosts prepare to walk a fine line, working without writers.

Eleven Trends In 2007's Top Ten TV lists

From the NY Times TV Decoder Blog. Info compiled and article writen by Brian Stelter.

Z100 New York's Top 100 songs of 2007



Listen Live:


12 Questions for the 12 NFL Playoff Teams

It all starts with "Can anyone beat the Patriots?"

Sunday, December 30, 2007

Mid-Season TV Highlights

With the writers' strike ongoing, they are minimal.

R.I.P. Court TV

Terrible idea, blowing up a brand with such name recognition. truTV looks odd to the eye, and sounds more like a channel that would be running "Who Wants To Marry a Millionaire 7" than court proceedings weekdays from 9am-3pm. I mean, if you asked people today where they'd watch the upcoming O.J. trial, most would say "Court TV." Try explaining to them what "truTV" is.

New York Post's Best 207 Downloads of 2007

One critic's list:

Saturday, December 29, 2007

Sweet 16 for Patriots

The Patriots cap an unbeaten regular season by beating the Giants, 38-35. Giants had a chance with a minute to go, but couldn't recover an onside kick after a Plexico Burress TD reception. The Pats are the first unbeaten team since the Super Bowl winning Dolphins who went undefeated in 1972.

Jim Donaldson, Providence Journal -

A British view... Tom Brady is Mr. Perfection:

$50 Instant Lottery Tickets

Nah, those couldn't be addictive.

NY Daily News' John Harper on Jim Leyritz

Harper makes an ill-advised link from Leyritz (a 44 year old former Yankee backup) to playoff woes, and the inability to land Johan Santana from the Minnesota Twins via trade. In the Leyritz case, a 30 year old mother of two is dead; a court will determine Leyritz's guilt or innocence. Joe Torre leaving? Clemens and Pettite used steroids and/or HGH as stated in The Mitchell Report? Somehow, we'll survive.

Top Sports Stories of 2007

NY Daily News Top 10. They call it "A year to forget."

USA Today calls 2007 "a year that will live in infamy."

NY Post: 2007- Year of the cheater.

QB Chris Leak to play in new All-American Football League

Scott Fowler column:

AAFL official website:

Great book about the failed XFL:

Testaverde, 44, calling it quits... again.

Somehow, this has turned into the NFL equivalent of the annual Roger Clemens retirement. I have a feeling that when some team loses 2 QBs in one game next October, Vinny's phone will ring, and he'll answer the call.

Outdoor NHL game forces rule changes

Game celebrates Buffalo's culture- (uh... Buffalo has culture?)

All things Buffalo wings-

Giant chance for an upset

NY Post-

Giants feel capable of beating Pats - NY Daily News

Friday, December 28, 2007

Poker's a BIG deal

Economist magazine via Freakonomics Blog.

Law & Order's Nip/Tuck for the new season

At least 12 eps are available for this season, starting Wednesday @ 9pm.,1,2982824,full.story?coll=la-entnews-tv

1/2 - Robert Bianco, USA Today:

Letterman inks deal with striking writers

He'll be back Wednesday, January 2 with his writing team intact.

The deal covers Worldwide Pants, Letterman's production company that also owns "The Late, Late Show," so Craig Ferguson will be back to work, with writers, as well.

An Ordinary Spy by Joseph Weisberg

NY Times review:

NY Times profile of Joseph Weisberg:

The Book:

Former Yankee Leyritz arrested for DUI homicide

UPDATED: Leyritz knew the victim. - -

Sun-Sentinel (South Florida) -,0,1508770.story?coll=sofla_tab01_layout

Jim Leyritz Career Stats:

MLB's Twins playing a (financial) game they can't win

Short term prospects are "dismal."

Latest Johan Santana rumors:

Hardball Times Baseball Annual 2008:

Thursday, December 27, 2007

Author Rick Mofina

Rick and I have e-mailed a few times and I enjoy and recommend his books.

Discover why James Patterson, Michael Connelly, Dean Koontz, Sandra Brown, Kay Hooper, Tess Gerritsen and David Morrell, have all praised the thrillers of author Rick Mofina.

His current release is A Perfect Grave. The novel concerns rookie reporter, Jason Wade, a troubled loner from the wrong side of the tracks who pursues the story of a murdered Seattle nun. The case leads him to a hermit nun who founded a mysterious religious order; and ultimately to the dark secret that has tormented his ex-cop father for decades. It culminates in a life and death struggle against the clock. With time running out, Jason and his father battle the odds to confront a terrible truth .

A Perfect Grave has just been named one of the best paperbacks of 2007, by Deadly Pleasures, the online magazine known as America's premier fan-oriented mystery magazine.

Congratulations to Rick, as the book has also been picked up (in a Hardcover version) by The Mystery Guild and its affiliated book clubs.

The buzz about Mofina continues here in the U.S. and Canada.

On December 16th, Ottawa Citizen Mystery reviewer, Mike Gillespie mentioned the following tidbit in his column.
"Mofina is now working on the new standalone thriller Six Seconds, one that while a year from publication (January 2009) is already creating buzz in mystery circles after a major star in the genre previewed an early manuscript and gave it a five-star rating."

Okay, consider my interest officially piqued.

Here in the U.S., Oline H. Cogdill, mystery columnist for the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, had some very kind words for the author in a recent blog posting.

All of Rick's books on

Dancing With Da Coach

This would've been classic.

"I turned down 'Dancing with the Stars.' I just turned it down. Believe it or not I just turned it down."—Mike Ditka, telling Tom Waddle and Marc Silverman of WMVP-AM 1000 about his decision to reject an offer from the popular television show.

-From Fred Mitchell's Around Town column, Chicago Tribune 12/27/07

"Miley Radio!" on SIRIUS Hits 1

Miley Cyrus aka Hannah Montana will sub for Spyder Harrison on the Sirius Hits 1 Weekend Countdown.

Spyder's site:

Next Great American Band

Safe to say this won't become an annual event... an estimated two million viewers caught the finale. It was a bad sign when:
a) Don't Forget the Lyrics RERUNS outrated the show.
b) They swapped time periods with the reruns.
c) The reruns continued ratings supremecy.

If this show had gained any traction with viewers, you can be sure they would've milked (at least) the finale to two hours.

Flo Rida tops Singles chart

Sadly, that's not a typo.

Josh Groban stays at #1 on the CD chart. Sadly, that's not a typo, either.

Return of late night TV...

or train-wreck TV?

Maxim Cover Girl Mischa Barton Arrested

Story with mugshot:

Non-mugshot pics:

Maxim Mag on

The Worst in TV 2007

from Alan Sepinwall:

I'd like to add:

CSI: NY - Desperately trying to distinguish the show as "Noo-Yawk-ish," they have a show with no chemistry among leads, and as bad as David Caruso can be on CSI: Miami, this show is at the bottom of the TiVo playlist.

ESPN - Monday Night Football and the pre- and post-game coverage, in particular. I think adding Ron Jaworski to the booth was great, he REALLY knows the game. Mike Tirico doesn't thrill me, and while I like Tony Kornheiser, somebody PLEASE tell him that MNF is NOT "The Tony Kornheiser Show." Shut up, there's a game going on.

MSNBC - Budget cuts at parent NBC have turned the network into a home for endless reruns of taped programming late nights, weekends, and holidays. Say all you want about FOX News and whether they are "Fair and Balanced" or not; I give them kudos for actually having live bodies on air while MSNBC airs the 38th replay of "Dateline: To Catch A Predator." In fact, from Monday December 24 at 3pm to Wednesday December 26 at 5am, MSNBC aired 30 minutes of live news. CNN and FOX News had live coverage, and my local affiliates didn't miss a newscast-
ESPN had SportsCenter... MSNBC was closed for business.

Jon Bon Jovi: New Jersey's Elder Statesman

Democrat or Republican, having Bon Jovi as an ally can only help in the Garden State.

Wednesday, December 26, 2007

Interesting new site The URL says it all.

Cancer on Five Dollars a Day by Robert Schimmel

From NY Post: link-

Book Description:
Stand-up comedian Robert Schimmel's edgy, hilarious, and poignant musings on his battle with cancer.
In the spring of 2000, Robert Schimmel was riding high. He'd won the Stand-Up of the Year Award, his HBO special was a huge hit, and his sitcom had been picked up. And then it all came crashing down.
Diagnosed with Stage III non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, he was told he would have to undergo chemotherapy immediately. The sitcom was dumped and the fire of his white-hot career started to go out.
But Schimmel never lost his sense of humor, his knife-like edge, and most of all, his passion to entertain. Indeed, it was his basic need to laugh--even if the only people around him were suffering from cancer and the room he was playing was the Mayo Clinic infusion center--that carried him through his ordeal. From his colorful banter with nurses and other patients during chemo, to his hilarious conversation with a wig salesman, going for the laugh was Robert Schimmel's survival mechanism.
Alternately laugh-out-loud funny and profound, Cancer on Five Dollars a Day is an honest account of how one man's face-off with a deadly disease helped him better understand himself. About the Author:
Robert Schimmel, named one of Comedy Central's 100 Greatest Comics, has had Showtime and HBO specials, bestselling CDs, a Fox TV pilot, consistently sold-out club dates, and is a regular on both Howard Stern and Conan O'Brien. He lives in Los Angeles.

Letterman to announce return?

NY Post says he'll return Jan. 2 along with Jay, Conan, and Jimmy Kimmel, with or without writers.

Jeremy Sisto joins Law & Order for its 18th season;_ylt=Avxzp6rG1JULJ.5_5LpU4wO2GL8C

Jamie-Lynn Spears BabyDaddy

from Defamer- Is the father of Jamie-Lynn's baby actually an older executive on her Nickelodeon show Zoey 101?

Patriots-Giants to air on THREE networks

The NFL Network coverage will be simulcast by BOTH CBS and NBC as the Patriots shoot for 16-0.

Monday, December 24, 2007

Whole Foods- giving away groceries

Well, if the register's down, at least. Quick thinking by store management made for the ultimate in customer service.,0,4569213.column?coll=hc_business_util

Fox Sports' Jeanne Zelasko battling cancer

Rough year for Jeanne; her father passed away and now she's been diagnosed with thyroid cancer. She does a good job on the baseball pre-game shows; get well soon, Jeanne.

Breaking News In Chicago

A van crashes into the studio of WLS-TV, the ABC affiliate in Chicago, breaking the bulletproof glass and startling the anchor.

Story from ABC7:

Saturday, December 15, 2007

"Baseball Writers Blew The Drug Scandal"

"Years ago," says Editor & Publisher.

Clemens to Return in '08?

Act of defiance? Or another $20 million in the bank? After being named in the Mitchell Report, you'd have to imagine the questions would follow him all season long.,0,3405607.story

Thursday, December 13, 2007

90's One Hit Wonders

from ABC:

"Daughtry" top selling CD of 2007

VH1's Top 40 of 2007


Freakonomics: a great day for McGwire

Interesting that some of the players mentioned in The Mitchell Report on Steroids signed free agent deals in the last 48 hours, while Miguel Tejada was traded the day prior to the release.

More names coming:

Excerpts, from

Chinese Food on Christmas

Newest membere of Rock & Roll Hall of Fame

Madonna and John Mellencamp top the list.


What were they thinking?

Golden Globe Nominees

Globes favor Cable TV, new series:

TV Prognosis for 2008

from Gary Levin of USA Today:

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Tuesday, December 4, 2007

Maggie Rodriguez to join CBS' "The Early Show"

She moved from CBS O&O WFOR/Miami to The Saturday Early Show earlier this year.

Marlins trade Cabrera AND Willis

I guess former Marlins GM (and current Tigers President and GM) Dave Dombrowski likes one-stop shopping, trading SIX prospects for Miguel and Dontrelle.

Jayson Stark of says that the Marlins and Tigers are heading in different directions.

End of an era:

Dan LeBatard: Give Marlins the benefit of doubt-

For Marlins, show must go on:

Garth Brooks to play 5 benefit shows - in 30 hours

Wasn't this guy retired? The concerts are for a great cause, but I hope they have EMS standing by for him.

Dexter to CBS?

Les Moonves may go to the bullpen and grab some Showtime series for CBS due to the Writers' Strike.

Monday, December 3, 2007

The Farnsworth Invention

Classy joint this blog-a Broadway review.
From Variety:

NY Times:

Had to do it; went to summer camp with the star, Hank Azaria.

The NY Times Learns Top 40 Radio's "Secret"

Hmm... playing the hits over and over... now more than ever, what with all of the competition for attention is this ADD society we live in. When people tune in, they want the hits, with no waiting.

Keith Olbermann: Double duty at NBC

Newsday's Neil Best writes:,0,1999539.column

Neil's Blog, "Watchdog," covering sports media:

Scott Boras: Not just A-Rod level clients

Tyler Kepner of the NY Times:
Those former MLB'ers who work for him seem like my Strat-O-Matic teams from years past.

Strike may send TV season into summer

From TV Week:

hat tip:

Imus' return


E! Online:'s Fishbowl DC gives a play-by-play of the first hour:

Aaron Barnhart @ TV Barn:

Citadel's official site:

NBC to buy blocks of programs from outsiders

If you like "Ice Road Truckers," or shows made for about 1/6 the cost of some network dramas, this deal may produce programming for you.