Results tagged “Thomas Attila Lewis”

TV Junkie: Obama-Leno Ratings; Leno on 'Top Gear'

"Top Gear" on BBC America @ 8pm According to the LA Times, about 1 in 4 TVs were tuned to "The Tonight Show With Jay Leno" when President Barack Obama made an appearance last week. Leno has had higher ratings only 3 other times in the past, but the media space is a lot more crowded than it was even 4 years ago, so it was a stellar night for NBC. In Renewal Land:...

TV Junkie: 'Battlestar Galactica' - Vaya Con Dios

The series finale of "Battlestar Galactica" - tonight @ 9pm on Sci Fi (SyFy?) Tonight marks the end of "Battlestar Galactica", for about 20 years until the geeks of the future resurrect it like they did the now-campy 1970s version. Some have complained that this final season swung the show onto a science-fiction track that was too science-fiction-y but the show had to return to its roots, its core, before wandering off into the...

TV Junkie: The Prez on Leno; 'Behind the Music' Returns?

The big news for TV and for LA is that President Barack Obama will be a guest tonight on "The Tonight Show" - we know what we'll be watching at 11:35pm (sorry Colbert). The Hollywood Reporter says that VH1 is bringing back "Behind the Music" and have already signed on Lil Wayne and Scott Weiland to be part of the documentary series. We're conflicted as we've always enjoyed parodying the show since it stopped airing...

TV Junkie: Ad Spending Down - Cable Doing Well; Zucker Defends Cramer

"Damages" on FX @ 10pm Ad spending in the US dropped by 2.6% in 2008, with only cable increasing ad revenue for the year. TV and cable still retained a leadership position as the preferred media, taking more than 60% of all ad dollars. NBC Universal head honcho, Jeff Zucker, defended Jim Cramer, CNBC, and business reporting in general after last week's lambasting by "The Daily Show"'s Jon Stewart. Despite the avalanche of video...

LAist Interview: Jon Link & Mick Bunnage of IFC's 'Modern Toss'

"Modern Toss" premieres on IFC tonight at 11pm Starting tonight at 11pm, IFC will begin airing "Modern Toss", an animated series that is the creation of British journalists Mick Bunnage and Jon Link. "Modern Toss" was initially a print comic and website experiment that leaped to TV via UK Channel 4 and now the US finally gets to enjoy it. If you are a fan of British comedy then this is the series for...

TV Junkie: 'Rockville'; 'Modern Toss' Premieres; McShane on 'Daily'; Kardashian Frenzy on Fallon

Ian McShane in HBO's "Deadwood" Today in the web TV world, Josh Schwartz's (Gossip Girl, The O.C., Chuck) music-themed web series, "Rockville CA" premieres on TheWB.com. The show features both indie favorites and up-and-coming bands such as Eagles of Death Metal, The Broken West, and Bishop Allen. “Rockville CA” is set in a fictional Los Angeles rock club and was shot on location at The Echo, which is an actual, real rock club, that...

TV Junkie: Prez Obama on Leno this Thurs; Chevy Chase on Primetime w/Joel from 'The Soup'

Whitney from MTV's "The City" AMC's "Breaking Bad" is so good that we can't stop thinking about last night's episode. Both macabre and humorous, it was the best thing we saw on TV last night. The show starts with Walter White already out of the frying pan and in the fire and it ends with him seemingly consumed by the flames - we don't know how they're going to keep it up. On Thursday,...

TV Junkie: Cramer/Stewart; 'BSG' Ending/'Kings' Beginning; Farrell/Bush

"Will Farrell: You're Welcome America. A Final Night With George W. Bush" on HBO @ Sat. 9pm The TV highlight of the week occurred last night with the appearance of CNBC's Jim Cramer on "The Daily Show". Jon Stewart trotted out several video clips of Cramer pontificating about how to game and mislead the markets and how rewarding it is to do so. A lot of footage was cut in order to fit the...

TV Junkie: 'Mad Money' Jim Cramer Goes Mano-a-Mano with Jon Stewart on 'The Daily Show' Tonight

"The Daily Show with Jon Stewart" will have Jim Cramer as a guest tonight CNBC's host of "Mad Money", Jim Cramer, will appear on "The Daily Show" tonight to finally have it out face-to-face with Jon Stewart, who castigated the network for a skewed perspective that was harsh on President Obama's stimulus plan but soft on CEOs. Stewart has also pointed out specific stock recommendations made by Cramer last year that were wildly misinformed...

TV Junkie: 'Chopping Block' Premieres; 'DWTS' Rocks; 'South Park' Returns

"Chopping Block" on NBC @ 8:00pm Tonight NBC is going to attempt to out-Gordon Ramsay FOX with Chef Marco Pierre White's new show, "Chopping Block". Our guess is that White will not have as foul a mouth as Ramsay but will have all his other TV-worthy qualities: intimidation, rage, and viciousness. May the most evil bastard chef win. Big surprise here, Monday's "Dancing with the Stars" took the ratings cake - we'd like to...

TV Junkie: American idolPhone; Michael J. Fox Back on Primetime

"Trust Me" on TNT "American Idol" fans can now shell out $1.99 for an iPhone app that will provide them with a weekly update them on the vital statistics of the remaining contenders for the rest of this season. What isn't clear from the press release is if there will be geosynchronous Ryan Seacrest hair gel monitoring. Michael J. Fox will be returning to primetime TV as ABC has signed him on to "Michael...

DVD Review: 'Code Monkeys' Season One

Season 1 of G4's "Code Monkeys" on DVD We're highlighting the DVD release of G4's animated series, "Code Monkeys", because Season One features the actual Steve Wozniak as the owner of GameAvision, the hilariously dysfunctional video game developer that is the focus of the show. Wozniak will also be featured in this season's "Dancing with the Stars", which starts tonight at 8pm on ABC - yes, the Woz will be donning dancing shoes to...

TV Junkie: Where's 'LA Non-Stop'? Also, 'Curb' & 'Entourage' Coming to Basic Cable?

Steve Wozniak practicing on "Dancing with the Stars" Today NBC launched a 24-hour cable channel in New York called "New York Non-Stop", replete with expanded news coverage, on-location stories, and interactive elements. When can LA expect the same investment? If, like us, you've been too cheap to buy a subscription to HBO, and too lazy to queue up every season of "Curb Your Enthusiasm" and "Entourage" in your Netflix, you can expect to hear,...

TV Junkie: Baldwin on TCM; 'Breaking Bad' Returns! 'Ashes to Ashes' Debuts

Bryan Cranston as 'Walt White' in AMC's "Breaking Bad" Sunday @ 10pm features the return of AMC's incredible series, "Breaking Bad", with Bryan Cranston (pictured, right) as Walt White, the terminally-ill high school science teacher-turned meth cooker. We've been eagerly waiting for this show to resume and AMC has done a great job whetting our appetite with their sneak webisodes and other promos. Since the other stuff we like to watch on Sunday's @...

LAist Interview: Chris Isaak - 'The Chris Isaak Hour' & 'Mr. Lucky'

"The Chris Isaak Hour" is on the Bio Channel @ 10:00pm We've been fans of Chris Isaak since we lived in the San Francisco Bay Area and saw him playing the songs that would be on his second album, "Chris Isaak", released in 1986. Then came Isaak's massive success on MTV with the video for "Wicked Game" and his musical contributions to the films, "Wild At Heart", "True Romance", and "Eyes Wide Shut". Isaak...

TV Junkie: Local Newscasts See Huge Bump in Share; 'The Chris Isaak Hour', 'ABDC'

The Strikers All-Stars from "America's Best Dance Crew" Photo by Ewan Burns If you thought that the local news was boring claptrap that only idiots watch, then you are outside of the ever-increasing popularity of the local newscast - Nielsen is reporting a 20% year-over-year increase in viewership. For TV, a fractional percentage change is big news but 20% is incredible. Fans of "Seinfeld" will be psyched that members of the cast will all...

TV Junkie: Give Fallon Time; Models vs. 'Lost' & 'Damages'

Critics are being rather forgiving of Jimmy Fallon's (only slightly shaky IMHO) "Late Night" debut: they brought out DeNiro who is always a tough interview and Fallon kind of made it work, and Timberlake kind of saved the first show - not sure why they had Van Morrison on, are they trying to reclaim the age 55-and-up demographic?

TV Junkie: CBS Renews Comedies; 'Nip/Tuck' Season Finale

"Nip/Tuck" has its season finale on FX @ 10pm Who watched the new "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" last night? How did you like it? It's on our Tivo and we will watch it later but let us know.. We'll update you with the Nielsen numbers later this week - should be interesting. CBS is renewing "Two and a Half Men" and "The Big Bang Theory" and it's strictly about money and not critical...

LAist Interview: Kenny Johnson from 'The Shield' & 'Saving Grace'

Kenny Johnson has been in a ton of movies and TV shows over the last couple decades but he's currently best known for his roles as Detective Curtis 'Lemonhead' Lemansky in FX's "The Shield" and as Detective Hamilton 'Ham' Dewey in TNT's "Saving Grace". We were pleased to see Johnson reappear on TV in "Saving Grace" almost immediately after 'Lem' was dramatically assassinated by 'Shane' in "The Shield" and we've been more than pleasantly...

TV Junkie: Jimmy Fallon Premieres in 'Late Night'; 'Saving Grace' Winter Premiere

Jimmy Fallon from NBC's "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" - AP Photo by Diane Bondareff Tonight marks a big debut in late night TV with the start of "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon". While we were concerned with the departure of Conan O'Brien from "Late Night", we think he can be very successful in the earlier slot. Jimmy Fallon, at 34 years-old, will be bringing some youth to the time slot, although both Carson...

TV Junkie: Piven Smells Fishy; More 'Survivor'

"Battlestar Galactica" on SciFi tonight "Entourage"-man Jeremy Piven is still in hot water over his departure from David Mamet's Broadway play, "Speed the Plow" - the plays producers claim Piven was seen partying all over town while supposedly suffering from debilitating mercury poisoning. Fans of "Survivor" (are there any LAist fans of "Survivor"? Speak up) should be elated that the series has been picked up for two more seasons. No word yet on what...

TV Junkie: Seinfeld Returns to TV; 'The Chris Isaak Hour' Premieres

Chris Isaak from the BIO series "The Chris Isaak Hour" Jerry Seinfeld will be returning to TV as the producer and creator of "The Marriage Ref", a new series for NBC. No premiere date or time slot has been selected. Tonight marks the premiere of "The Chris Isaak Hour" at 7 & 11pm on the BIO channel. Hosted by the acclaimed musician, perennial heartthrob and King of Cool, Chris Isaak, the show features a...

DVD Review: 'Sports Night' - Complete 10th Anniversary Edition

The cast of ABC's "Sports Night" Last Fall I received a copy of the Complete 10th Anniversary Edition of the ABC series "Sports Night" but being a busy fellow I didn't have a chance to put it in the DVD player until January but I've found myself watching at least an episode per night since then, plus all the bonus bits and gag reels. "Sports Night" is the show where Aaron Sorkin established his...

TV Junkie: Richter Returns to Conan; Rickles a Treasure; 'Top Chef' Finale

Bravo's "Top Chef" has a season finale tonight It looks like Andy Richter will be returning to the side of Conan O'Brien when he fires up his version of "The Tonight Show" starting on June 1st. Richter will be the announcer for the show and will appear in comedy sketches but it's not clear if he will be a fixture on the guest couch a la Ed McMahon. Now that the Academy Awards are...

TV Junkie: Presidential Address; Finales for 'Leverage' + '10 Items or Less'; TV Viewing Trends; Happy Birthday Abe Vigoda

Timothy Hutton in TNT's "Leverage", tonight @ 10pm We have a host of finales tonight but the ones to keep an eye on are Timothy Hutton's "Leverage" (10pm on TNT, pictured right) and John Lehr's "10 Items or Less" (11pm on USA). Of local note, KNBC will be doing a special at 9pm on their historical 60 years of broadcasting in Los Angeles. KNBC helped define the medium of television and is due many...

TV Junkie: Oscar Hangover; 'The Closer' + Other Season Finales Tonight

Freida Pinto at the 81st Academy Awards, photo via AP The spectacle that is the Academy Awards was wonderfully covered by LAist last night but the outcomes of the spectacle were very predictable. LAist was at the SAG awards last month and most of the big winners there, who were also nominated for Oscars, were winners last night. The question is whether or not the broadcast of the Academy Awards was a winner or...

TV Junkie: Thank You Conan O'Brien

Conan O'Brien pic via AP Photo/Evan Agostini Tonight marks the last broadcast of Conan O'Brien on "Late Night..." and what a ride it's been. From being a virtual unknown in front of the camera, O'Brien is now a staple of late night television. O'Brien's resurrection of NBC's "Late Night" after the departure of David Letterman to CBS was not easy and the first few years were very tenuous ones for the wild haired funnyman....

TV Junkie: New Michael Ian Black Show; CBS' Woes

'Michael and Michael Have Issues' greenlighted on Comedy Central - photo courtesy Comedy Central Our friend Michael Ian Black and his fellow "The State" colleague, Michael Showalter, will finally again be gracing the airways on a new Comedy Central show this summer called "Michael and Michael Have Issues". The first of seven episodes will premiere in July and we can't wait for them [hint, get us screeners or even have us visit the set]....

TV Junkie: WGAs for TV; More 'Breaking Bad' Promo; Oscar Acceptance Speech Generator

Even though the majority of eyes are focused on Sunday's Oscars, this Saturday, the Writers Guild of America will be doling out their awards and a sampling of scuttlebutt with regards to TV leaders include "Mad Men", "30 Rock", "The Office", "The Wire", and "True Blood". We blurbed yesterday about new webisodes for "Breaking Bad" and today AMC launched an "interactive experience" called Walt's Warning which you should check out if you are a...

TV Junkie: 'Breaking Bad' Webisodes; The Digital Switch

Today AMC launched the beginning of a series of webisodes for its excellent series, "Breaking Bad", in advance of its new season starting on March 8th. As of today, 421 TV stations will be making the switch from analog to digital signals with the full rollover not completing until June sometime. While LA is a market that has had multiple digital options for quite some time, there are communities not too far from LA...

TV Junkie: We Ask Amy Sedaris About Her Cameo On Tonight's 'The Closer' on TNT

We love Amy Sedaris and we love the fact that we can see her on something other than just a few minutes with David Letterman - this time as a somewhat wacky psychic on "The Closer" tonight @ 9:00pm on TNT. We jumped at the chance to ask Amy Sedaris a few questions: LAist: So you've done a lot of work with Comedy Central, and you've done this piece with TNT for "The Closer."...

TV Junkie: Pacitti Yanked from 'Idol'; Oscar Broadcast News; FOX Fridays

Controversial contestant Joanna Pacitti has finally been pulled from "American Idol" after it was revealed that she had friendships with multiple executives with "Idol" co-producer 19 Entertainment. For fans of the show who couldn't believe that she had made the cut after performing poorly and fumbling lyrics to several songs during the Hollywood rounds of auditions, it will be assumed that she had moved ahead due to these personal relationships and not merit. So...

TV Junkie: Letterman & Phoenix & U2; LA Cops on TV ....Again

While we still don't believe that Joaquin Phoenix's schtick on Letterman last night isn't anything other than a stunt, it doesn't mean that show's like "Late Night" need to go along with it. Do the producers of his latest movie, we don't even remember what it's called, think that this has helped them? What's your take - is Phoenix faking or tripping? Also speaking of Letterman, U2 will be the featured band on "Late...

TV Junkie: The Premiere of Demetri Martin's 'Important Things With Demetri Martin'

Last week we went to a sneak preview of Demetri Martin's new show on Comedy Central, "Important Things With Demetri Martin", which premiere's tonight at 10:30pm. The show has been in the works since last Spring so we are happy to see it make it on air. Fans of Demetri Martin who have been limited to watching his specials rerun on Comedy Central, a few appearances on late night television, and a great cameo...

DVD Review: Louis C.K.'s 'Chewed Up' + March 27th Appearance @ The Wiltern

Artist: Louis C.K. DVD: "Chewed Up" Release Date: 12/16/2008 Late last year Louis C.K. released a live performance DVD called "Chewed Up" and it's easily one of the best stand-up performances of the year. The Emmy award-winning C.K. has captured an incredible evening of stand-up on this DVD, in a style that is old school and minimalist. C.K. appears upon an unadorned stage, in a plain black t-shirt. The entire show is just a...

TV Junkie: American Idol - Yay or Nay?

So "American Idol" fans, round three of the Hollywood auditions start tonight - we haven't seen a lot of chatter about this season here at LAist and wondered what your thoughts were. Has the show jumped the shark yet? Because if you're not into the show we'd just as soon not list it here. Your comment is your vote. Fans of BBC America's "Top Gear" should know that they can pass around highlights of...

TV Junkie: Post-Grammy Hangover; Prez Obama's 1st Press Conference; Clive Owen on Conan

Did any of you watch the Grammys? Did you enjoy it? OK, so you might actually like pop music but tell us what you specifically like about it. To us, the performances seem somewhat off and the staging heavy-handed. There was a 17% increase in viewership of the Grammys this year over last year with most folks watching during the 8:30-9:30pm hour. Last Thursday's Lakers-Celtics game was the most watched cable basketball game since...

TV Junkie: Weekend Edition - Online Video Surges; Big Sunday

Showtime's "Secret Diary of a Call Girl" This December, online video viewing surged over 13%, DigitalMediaWire says: "A record nearly 150 million U.S. Internet users watched an average of 96 videos per viewer in December, with YouTube attracting 100 million viewers -- or two out of every three Internet users who watched video." Wow. You people have some serious free time. We also suspect that the truly hideous December TV programming sent people to...

TV Junkie: More 'Big Love'; Morrissey on Kimmel; Mad Man on '30 Rock'

Tina Fey and Jon Hamm in NBC's "30 Rock" One wonders why they would punish themselves by watching "Lost" and "Damages" back-to-back on Wednesday nights as the experience is thoroughly disorienting but that's probably the idea. Another disorienting show is HBO's "Big Love" which was just renewed for a fourth season yesterday. The show has been gaining viewership with each showing since its January premiere, even against the Super Bowl. Don't forget to check...

LAist Interview: John Lehr, Co-Creator & Star of '10 Items or Less'

John Lehr is the co-creator and star of TBS' "10 Items or Less" which airs at 11:00pm on TBS (tonight!). Lehr has been a comedian, improv actor, a writer for several TV shows, a regular on Christina Applegate's "Jesse", and one of the original GEICO cavemen (see his transformation to caveman on his website). "10 Items or Less" was first broadcast as a five-episode "demo" last year but was picked up for a full...

Show Preview: Niyaz Performs 'Nine Heavens' @ The El Rey on Saturday

Niyaz's album "Nine Heavens" Who: Niyaz Where: The El Rey When: Saturday, February 7th @ 9:00pm Last year the exotic electro-central-Asian trio, Niyaz, released their double disk, Nine Heavens on Six Degrees Records to much acclaim. One disk is a triptacular and clubbed out journey through devotional Sufi music and the other disk is a much more traditional, acoustic take on several of the same songs on disk one. Hear "Ishq - Love and...

TV Junkie: 'Fringe' Benefits; New Saget Comedy; Twain for Carlin

"Damages" on FX Truth is stranger than fiction - or life imitates fiction? Something like that: Anna Torv and Mark Valley, the stars of FOX's "Fringe", have married in real life. Fringe also did pretty good in yesterday's Nielsen numbers, with a 10+% increase in viewership over last week, but that increase is getting attributed to the popularity of its lead in, "American Idol". New programming news: ABC picks up "Surviving Suburbia", a comedy...

TV Junkie: Super Blowhole; 'Last Restaurant Standing' & 'The IT Crowd' Is Back; Check Out Late Night

IFC's "The IT Crowd" More post-Super Bowl hype: Nielsen says 95 million watched, NBC says 148 million watched, and Tuscon Comcast subscribers got 30 seconds of porn during the Super Bowl (that's so wrong in so many ways, if you're going to prank me with porn, you'd better provide more than 30 seconds of it). Some interesting stuff returns to TV tonight, like IFC's "The IT Crowd" but check out the late night offerings...

TV Junkie @ The 2009 SAG Awards: Where Celebrities Like to Eat Late-Night in LA (Video)

LAist went to the 2009 Screen Actors Guild Awards and asked* the likes of Tony Shaloub, Keith Powell (from "30 Rock"), Preston Bailey and Christina Robinson (from "Dexter"), Oscar Nunez (from "The Office"), Julie Benz (from "Dexter"), Cloris Leachman, Charles and Max Carver (from "Desperate Housewives"), and Dana Delaney about their favorite places to get late night food in Los Angeles.

TV Junkie: Super Bowl = Super $$$; TV Junkie Talks to Cloris; '24' Truths & Fictions

NBC made sold $260 million worth of ads for yesterday's Super Bowl - forgetting the movie trailers (GI Joe?), what was your favorite ad? Who watched the post-Super Bowl episode of "The Office"? We were always huge fans of Cloris Leachman whose cameo was hilarious. We also got to talk to Cloris at last week's Screen Actors Guild Awards, along with Tony Shaloub (pictured, right), Dana Delaney, Oscar Nunez, and several other friendly actors -...

TV Junkie: Super Bowl XLIII Weekend Edition

Super Bowl XLIII A lot of our sport fan/fiend friends are convinced that this Sunday's Super Bowl event will be a boring blow out - "the Cardinals will win how?" is oft heard. But for a lot of media dorks, ourselves included, the Super Bowl is all about the ads. We already know that GoDaddy and PETA have had their ads denied (as must have been planned for). Adweek's Barbara Lippert analyzes past Super...

TV Junkie: ABC.com All Commercial? Gordon Ramsay Returns; Conan is Hot Tonight

Gordon Ramsay in "Hell's Kitchen" on FOX Anyone else watch programming on ABC.com? Get ready for more commercials on that web property as their research has shown that they can pump a lot more commercials at viewers than they thought they could. You gotta love the attitude of one of the members of the National Association of Television Program Executives, a panel that is supportive of the research findings: "The key is what is...

TV Junkie: Paul McCartney on Colber(t); 'Lost', 'Damages' Reign

Paul McCartney via AP Sir Paul McCartney will pay a visit to Comedy Central's "The Colber(t) Repor(t)" tonight - we're wondering if Colber(t) will succeed in performing a song with yet another famous musician. [Also Colber(t)-related is his latest "remix challenge", so all you audio-tweakers should check out the details here.] The TV Junkie Plan: "Make 'em Laugh", "Lost", "Damages", Colber(t), Conan 8:00pm Make 'em Laugh: The Funny Business of America PBS/KCET - Wiseguys,...

TV Junkie: SAG Guy Steps Down; ABC vs. NBC Thursdays; 'Trust Me'?

"Fringe" on FOX Looks like the national executive director of the Screen Actors Guild, Doug Allen, has had to step down because of the strike, or lack thereof, and a deal with producers, or lack thereof. Watch out NBC, ABC is targeting Thursdays with a rock block(TM?) of comedy, starting at the end of March. They will be premiering several new shows as well as shifting "Samantha Who?" from Mondays to Thursdays - "Ugly...

LAist's TV Junkie @ the SAG Awards - The Pics

The TV Junkie was at the SAG Awards on Sunday. Here are all the still pics we took of the event at the Shrine Auditorium, broadcast on TBS. Many thanks to the SAG Awards and to TBS for inviting us. These pics are off my iPhone - even better photos and video are coming soon....

TV Junkie: The Week Begins on Post-SAG Awards High; 'Trust Me' Premieres on TNT

Oscar Nunez from "The Office" Still flying high after attending the SAG Awards last night, hope you saw our Twitterstream of pics yesterday, you can see them again here. We will have many more pics and video clips of the event for you soon. Fans of Eric McCormack and Tom Cavanaugh can get some helpings of them with the premiere of "Trust Me" on TNT tonight at 10pm. We've missed those guys so it...

TV Junkie: LAist Takes on the 15th Annual SAG Awards

This Sunday is the SAG awards and while we're excited that there (probably) won't be a strike any time soon we're even more excited to be covering the SAG awards from the red carpet to the winners. Follow our posts here on Sunday or this Twitter feed as we'll be taking photos and posting them from around 3:30pm Pacific until whenever the event wraps up. James Earl Jones will be receiving a lifetime achievement...

TV Junkie: The #s on Premium Cable's Sunday Premieres; New Office/30 Rock/Treasure Quest Tonight

For those of you that watched the 2-hour premiere of "Lost" last night, are you enjoying that old familiar feeling of not knowing what the hell is going on? Speaking of watching premieres, The Hollywood Reporter reports that Showtime's "The United States of Tara" debuted with more viewers than the series premieres of "Weeds", "Californication", and "Dexter". It has to be said that Showtime did a great job promoting "Tara":we saw ads on several...

TV Junkie: 'Lost' Returns; Tim Roth's 'Lie to Me' Debuts

Yesterday's inauguration of President Barack Obama spiked traffic for all the venues that attempted to carry streaming video and audio of the proceedings. The NY Times has more details in this report which was made further enjoyable because they quote an analyst named "Woodcock". Did any of you experience access problems when watching the inauguration online? Fans of ABC's "Lost" will rejoice tonight as the Byzantine series returns but haters might have an alternative...

TV Junkie: The Inauguration; New Pilots for FOX

There was no way to avoid President Barack Obama's inauguration today if you were anywhere on the 'net, radio, or television - well, maybe if you were watching the Game Show Network you might've missed it. Most media organizations jumped into this inauguration with both feet which was encouraging. Hulu and Facebook streams were reportedly failing, along with several others. Twitter seemed to do OK after doubling capacity in preparation for the day. If...

TV Junkie: How/Where To Watch The Inauguration

Did anyone have a chance to watch the "We Are One" inaugural gala on HBO yesterday? Some of it interesting, some of it schmaltzy, not nearly as bad as I thought it would be. Where to watch the inauguration ceremony tomorrow? Gigaom has a list of viewing spots both on TV and online. The ceremony and related activities go from 8:30am-11:00am Pacific. Our recommendation is to check out C-SPAN, CBS, and MSNBC. Some outlets...

TV Junkie: 'Flight of the Conchords' Returns on Sunday; 'The Office' and '30 Rock' Renewed!

A lot of programs return to or make their premiere on premium cable this Sunday including: "Big Love", "The L Word", "The United States of Tara", and "Secret Diary of a Call Girl". What we most eagerly anticipate is the season premiere of "Flight of the Conchords". The pair of musicians and their hapless manager, all hailing from New Zealand, might not have made a second season due to low viewership but their cult...

TV Junkie: The Return of RuPaul; Sundance Starts; Swayze on TV

The Sundance Film Festival starts today which not only means cool movies being screened and attended by celebrities in their hippest Dumb & Dumber apres-skiwear but it means a lot more content for the Sundance Channel for the year. There will be live blogging of the festival's events at the Sundance Channel's (really cool!) website and head on over to iTunes to pick up a free short film from Sundance every day from now...

TVJunkie: Patrick McGoohan, Creator of 'The Prisoner' RIP

We're shattered over the death of Emmy-award winner Patrick McGoohan who died yesterday in LA at the age of 80. McGoohan made his first mark on TV in the series "Danger Man" (released in the US as "Secret Agent") and won his two Emmy awards for his work on Peter Falk's "Colombo" which he acted in, produced, directed, and wrote several episodes. But McGoohan is most known for his creation of the series "The...

TV Junkie: Super Bowl to Get Movie Ads

There's only three weeks to go until the Super Bowl and NBC still has to sell some ads so they're looking to the movie studios to fill up the remaining (10%) of slots. So what we're saying is that at least 1 out of 10 ads will be for a movie, with all the ads adding up to over $200 million for NBC. Did anyone watch the 2-part "24" premiere? What'd you think? Kind...

TV Junkie: Golden Globes Results; '24' Premiere Part Deux; 'Top Gear'

NBC's "30 Rock" and HBO's "John Adams" won every Golden Globe award they were nominated for last night. AMC's "Mad Men" won it's category last night as well and there were no surprise winner's in television but we were very please to see Anna Paquin from "True Blood" walk away with a Golden Globe. Was there anyone who didn't win a GG that you thought should have? Part II of the "24" premiere is...

TV Junkie: DVD Sales Drop; Sunday Season Premiere of '24'

Like it or not, this weekend is all about Part I of the season premiere of "24" (FOX, Sunday @ 8pm). Kiefer did a good job on today's "Morning Edition" on NPR and will be on Letterman tonight. As far as we're concerned there ain't jack but Jack on this Sunday. This doesn't mean we won't be keeping an eye on the Golden Globes, but all reports have it that the awards ceremony will...

TV Junkie: A Spelling Returns to '90210'; Bielski Bros. Doc. Airs Tonight

Fans of "Beverly Hills, 90210", and we mean the real original fans, might be elated to know that, yes, Tori Spelling will be joining the cast of the new "90210" sometime around the 19th episode this season so I guess you had better start watching now so that you know what the heck is going on when she makes her debut. "House" and "Two and a Half Men" came out on top in yesterday's...

TV Junkie: HBO's Got Obama Inaugural Covered; 'Damages' Returns Tonight!

HBO has acquired the exclusive rights to air Barack Obama's inauguration kick-off events on January 18th. The actual inauguration ceremony will be carried by several outlets but the 90+ minutes of live performances preceding the ceremony will exclusively belong to HBO. In 1993, paid $1.5 million to air the performances preceding Bill Clinton's inauguration but unlike that year, HBO says it will provide access to all viewers and not just HBO subscribers. Also, Lou...

TV Junkie: TV Guide Sold; Helvetica Anyone? Also, Nip/Tuck Returns

"Nip/Tuck", FX @ 10pm The big news yesterday was that the TV Guide Network was sold for $255 million to Lionsgate, and apparently not sold to investor Allen Shapiro for $300 million as had been announced less than 3 weeks ago. While we're not sure who should be disappointed and who should be elated, what we're sure of is that $255 million seems like a lot of money for a brand as stale as...

TV Junkie: SNL-Alum Al Franken Wins Senate Seat; SAG Strike Yea/Nay?

The TV Junkie says "welcome back" to you all, to a new year and a new "Winter Season" of TV. Premieres we are looking forward to this month are "Nip/Tuck" (FX 1/6), "Damages" (FX 1/7), "24" (Fox 1/11), "Battlestar Galactica" (SciFi 1/16), "Big Love" (HBO 1/18), and "Lost" (ABC 1/21). In terms of TV news there's not an incredible lot to report other than "SNL"-alum Al Franken winning a Senate seat (woot!) and the...

The Top 10 Albums I Didn't Review in 2008

The album "Survival of the Fattest" by Prince Fatty I missed the boat on getting as many CDs reviewed as I wanted to in 2008 (a subtle hint at a 2009 resolution of mine) so here are some stellar albums that deserve more than the short mention they are receiving below: - MGMT's "Oracular Spectacular" (released 01/22/08 by Columbia Records) To call it refurbished '80s synth-pop would be small-minded and unimaginative. This is a...

TV Junkie: The Top 10 TV Highlights of 2008

George Bush ducks shoe thrown by Iraqi reporter 2008 was a year where TV saw viewership decline for at least the 8th straight year. We saw even more film stars make their way to basic cable (USA, TNT, TBS, FX, etc.) to star in their own series and we saw the big three networks make even more forays into the realm of cheap reality TV at the expense of scripted programs. We've made a...

CD Review: Señor Coconut - 'Around the World' & 'El Baile Aleman'

Artist: Señor Coconut Album: Around the World Label: Nacional Records Release Date: November 18th, 2008 Album: El Baile Aleman Label: Nacional Records Release Date: November 18th, 2008 Listen to "Around the World (Intro.)" from Señor Coconut's album "Around the World": What's not so great is that we didn't review this before the holidays began but what is great is that we're telling you about it before New Years' Eve so that you can get these...

CD Review: Mitch Hedberg's 'Do You Believe In Gosh?'

Earlier this fall we got a copy of the posthumous release of Mitch Hedberg's "Do You Believe in Gosh?" It's difficult to think about and listen to Hedberg without thinking about his premature death in 2005, silencing a unique comedic voice that had been getting national attention for far too short a time. Hedberg's very original speaking style and surrealist non-sequiturs set him very much apart from other comedians in his generation, and even from...

TV Junkie: Seinfeld on Letterman; Sunday Finales

What's all this about Jeremy Piven dropping out of David Mamet's Broadway play, "Speed-the-Plow" due to a high mercury count from eating too much sushi? Mamet expressed doubts about the diagnosis. The next couple weeks of TV will have very little new programming so the TV Junkie will go on hiatus with only weekly reports until the first week of January. The TV Junkie Plan: Tonight - "Dateline NBC", Letterman, Conan; Saturday - spend time...

TV Junkie: SAG Nominees List; Russell Brand on Kimmel

A "Wallace and Gromit" Christmas special was leaked to YouTube by some Grinch - very sad and naughty! The little Whos of Whoville must be screaming. The full list of Screen Actors Guild award nominees is available and it's very heavily weighted towards premium and basic cable which will become even more so as the Big Three networks seem more interested in pumping out reality TV and talk shows. We are heading into a couple...

TV Junkie: New Show Line-Up for MTV - Potential Gems but Still No Music Videos

Remember how we mentioned that Jack Black will be on the post-Super Bowl episode of "The Office"? He will also have Jessica Alba, and America's new dance sensation, Cloris Leachmen as company at Dunder Mifflin. MTV will have a lot in the works for 2009 according to The Hollywood Reporter, here's just a sample: a Johnny Knoxville stuntman series; a show that takes you behind the scenes at CollegeHumor.com; and a Trey Parker/Matt Stone series...

TV Junkie: CBS to Relaunch TV.com; Late Night TV Is Packed Tonight

CBS is relaunching the TV.com domain it got when it acquired CNet as a competitive move against Hulu. More choice is great but until one of these websites/networks figure out how to pay the viewer for their time, none of them will be the standout revolutionary we all need. Fans of "The Office" might or might not be pleased that Jack Black will be making an appearance on the show in its post-Super Bowl slot....

TV Junkie: Christian Slater's Show Bows Out

Tonight ends Christian Slater's foray into network TV, "My Own Worst Enemy". Did any of you out there watch it? To us it seemed to cement the stereotype that Slater has a one-dimensional style even though we know he can do more than that. High budget + Star Name + Low Concept = Failure. Did we need another spy/assassin/crime series? No. There's worse shows out there that could use the ax so let's see them...

TV Junkie: Hannity All Alone; Hugh Laurie Hosts 'SNL'; 'Survivor'/'Dexter'/'Californication' Finales

It's official, Sean Hannity is the only entity that ever existed on "Hannity and Colmes". Alan Colmes has left the show and will not be replaced but he was always treated as either invisible or a punching bag. When watching the show, it was amazing to note that Hannity would either shout Colmes down or Colmes' microphone would seem to get magically weaker. If we were naive we could hope that this is a harbinger...

TV Junkie: Network TV 'Ain't Broke' But They're Doing Their Darndest

CBS head honcho, Les Moonves, says that the network TV model of programming and advertising "ain't broke" despite reports to the contrary as well as the evidence of the past decade. Moonves was confident in the easy bet that "CSI: Miami" will beat Jay Leno's new 10pm show on Monday night, he didn't offer much additional perspective on the 3 1/2 hours of nightly talk shows that NBC is planning in 2009. Dear Les, if...

Jay Leno 'Explains' His New 10 p.m. Show

The above clip is from today's taping of NBC's "The Tonight Show". In it Leno gives a kind of a weak explanation of how he renewed his contract with NBC to create a "cleaned up" version of "The Tonight Show" at 10:00pm, thus providing NBC with three hours of comedy/entertainment talk shows every weeknight. Somehow NBC just can't say "no" to the lantern-jawed man from New Rochelle, NY, and this inability to say "no"...

TV Junkie: NBA & TNT in 3-D

Lately it's been all about the 3-D, and lately it's been all about anything Turner-flavored (they seem to be pumping out new shows on TNT and TBS every other day), so naturally the two must meet. On February 14th, because they love you, TNT will team up with Cinedigm to broadcast TNT's coverage of "NBA All-Star Saturday Night" in 3-D to 160+/- theaters in 35 states. If only they chose a real game, then we'd...

TV Junkie: NBC Plan Could Undermine Conan

So everyone's seen that NBC is offering Leno a 10:00pm program after he hands off "The Tonight Show" to Conan in the Spring. NBC is trying to protect an aging segment of its audience by doing this and the end result is that they are going to undermine Conan O'Brien's takeover of "The Tonight Show". Since a good percentage of viewership can get Leno at 10pm, NBC is creating a disincentive for viewers to try...

TV Junkie: Jimmy Fallon Starts 'Late Night' Vlog; New Web Program from Rob Corddry; NBC Hints at Cutting Nights

To prepare us for his upcoming takeover of NBC's "Late Night", Jimmy Fallon will be posting vlog entries at latenightwithjimmyfallon.com at 12:30am ET. While we are psyched by some premieres and finales tonight (see The TV Junkie Plan) we're also viewing Rob Corddry's (formerly of "The Daily Show") hilarious new web program for TheWB.com, "Children's Hospital" (pictured, right). The show featuring a cast that includes Rob Huebel ("Human Giant," "The Awful Truth"), Jason Sudeikis ("Saturday...

LAist Interview: Timothy Hutton

LAist had the chance to talk to Academy Award-winning actor Timothy Hutton as he was on promotional tour for his new TV series on TNT, "Leverage", which premieres on Sunday, December 7th, at 10:00pm. "Leverage" is an action-thriller which stars Hutton as the ringleader/organizer of a team of high-tech former criminals who target powerful exploiters of those who are powerless, Robin Hood-style. This marks Hutton's return to TV after NBC's "Kidnapped" was cut short in...

TV Junkie: 'Leverage' Premiere w/Timothy Hutton; Malkovich on 'SNL'

Don't forget to check out today's LAist interview with Academy Award-winning actor, Timothy Hutton, whose new show, "Leverage", premieres on Sunday @ 10pm on TNT. Just the other day NBC announced layoffs, now Viacom is planning to lay off 850 people and is implementing a salary freeze for 2009. Adding some whoa to the woes. We're heading into some really weak TV this month, take what you can get, and this weekend is the getting...

TV Junkie: Comedy Thursday

The sour economy is hitting NBC which announced layoffs in its ad sales and news departments. This is on top of reports from CNN that the news broadcaster will be cutting personnel from their environment, science and technology bureaus - because, really, why would we want to report on that? No word on whether they will be cutting staff at their celebrity stalking bureau. So these organizations have been able to function for the entire...

TV Junkie: TNT Pushes 'Leverage'; Free TiVo Cookie Cutter? And Elvis Costello's New Series

TNT is pulling out all the stops for its launch of their Timothy Hutton-driven action-thriller series "Leverage" (premieres on Sunday 12/07 @ 9:00pm). They've got a major press tour (more on that, Friday) and they're even launching an online game on Sunday where players can win $100,000. We haven't seen an effort this coordinated in a while. Anybody out there using Amazon Video-on-Demand for TiVo? Supposedly you will be getting HD streaming sometime soon. Also,...

TV Junkie: Britney Blows .....MTV Outta The Water; Shatner Smiles & Interviews

Oops, she did it again: Were you one of the 3.7 million people who watched Britney on Sunday? That "documentary" blew all of MTV's other shows out of the water, viewershipwise, other than their Video Music Awards broadcasts. Happy Birthday Britney. What's all this nonsense about TiVo guilt? It's called the "Clear" button, people, use it and get on with your lives, lives that are obviously too busy to watch all the TV you TiVo'd....

TV Junkie: 'Britz' Premiere & 'Dexter' Creator Appears on Camera Sunday

This Sunday night at 8pm brings the premiere of "Britz" (pictured, right) on BBC America. "Britz" is a thriller featuring two young British Muslims, each pulled in different directions by personal experiences in post 9/11 Britain. This drama asks (perhaps a year or two late) whether the laws we think are making us safer, are actually putting us in greater danger. "Dexter" fans take note: the author who created the Dexter character, Jeff Lindsay, makes...

Happy Thanksgiving from Jib Jab

Cranberries - From the Fridge Thanksgiving This is what really happens when you make fresh cranberry sauce. Happy Thanksgiving!...

TV Junkie: 'Sons of Anarchy' Finale; Rosie Variety Premieres; Bawbawa Soft-Focuses the Obamas

While we're still recovering from last night's fantastic series finale of "The Shield" we can still open our eyes to the fact that this extended weekend stinks in terms of TV (unless you love football). Tonight features the season finale of "Sons of Anarchy" which we keep referring to Kurt Cobain's motorcycle club - let's face it, Charlie Hunnam as "Jax" is all Nirvana'd-out: greasy hair, stubble, and flannels. We have the premiere of Rosie...

TV Junkie: The Series Finale of 'The Shield'

The finale of one of the best programs to ever hit the tube happens tonight at 10:00pm on FX. "The Shield" has been a pioneering show from the beginning - by pushing the limits, it paved the way for every other gritty show on cable that network TV has yet to successfully emulate. "The Shield" has never been a "police-procedural" show, it has never been repetitive or cookie-cutter, you will never see "Robot Chicken" do...

LAist Exclusive Interview: James Kyson Lee aka Ando from 'Heroes'

LAist had a chance to talk to James Kyson Lee, most well known right now for his role as "Ando" in NBC's "Heroes". With a considerable resume before "Heroes" that includes "Las Vegas" and "CSI", Lee is currently in production on Volume 4 of "Heroes" and has six other projects in post-production so we were very lucky to get a few minutes with him. Lee gave us some tasty morsels about the remainder of...

TV Junkie: NFL in 3D? Also an Eclipse on 'Heroes'

Can't say much about last night's "24" pseudo-premiere other than: Tony Almeida! Also, the "True Blood" finale was excellent, it's such a shame that we have to wait until late summer '09 to get another taste of this vampire madness. Some lucky folks will be in theaters in LA, Boston, and New York on December 4th to see the San Diego Chargers vs. the Oakland Raiders broadcast in live 3-D! Burbank-based 3ality Digital LLC will...

TV Junkie: Sunday Features HBO Finales as well as a Colbert Christmas Special

A couple season finales happen this Sunday on HBO. Ironically, "True Blood" finishes its first season on the weekend that the film "Twilight" premieres. Somehow the hype machine has ensured that "Twilight" will be a big hit this weekend even though it is nothing more than a teen romance movie with marginal acting and poor writing. In contrast, "True Blood" has been a rollercoaster with some great character development and performances, ensuring that we will...

TV Junkie: The CW Pulls the Plug on Sundays

Dear CW fans, apparently none of you are watching the network on Sundays so management is yanking all of it's original content from that night ("In Harm's Way", "Valentine", "Easy Money", etc. - you know, the shows you've never heard of) and replacing them with repeats of "Jericho" and "The Drew Carey Show" which will somehow result in higher ratings(?) because as we all know, we don't get enough rerun content today, especially of shows...

TV Junkie: Detroit's Failure to Cause Demise of Local TV?

When watching local programming, like the news for example, did you notice how many ads there are for cars and trucks? One's mind easily cuts these ads out, with the exception of Cal Worthington and His Dog Spot, but the problem is that these ads contribute a huge amount of money towards the production of local programming raising the specter of local TV becoming a thing of the past if the big automakers go under....

TV Junkie: Barack Rocks '60 Minutes' Ratings; Viewzi Gossip Porn

President-elect Barack Obama's interview on Sunday's "60 Minutes" garnered the venerable news magazine its highest ratings in nearly a decade. NBC should have got him to do a cameo on "My Own Worst Enemy". You might occasionally get a celebrity tidbit from the TV Junkie, but that's not our thing. If that's what you're really going for then bookmark Viewzi.com, which tomorrow will launch it's Celebrity Gossip View, just to make it even easier to...

LAist Interview: Comedian Jen Kober - Brings All-Southern All-Female Review "Grits & Giggles" to Comedy Store

Comedian Jen Kober is brassy, smart, from the South, we're talking Louisiana, and she will put you in your place. She has put together an all-female, all-Southern, review of comedians called "Grits & Giggles" which makes its debut at The Comedy Store tonight. The show will feature Sarah Tiana, Kristen Key, Dhaya Lakshminarayan, with Jen Kober headlining - presenting their comedy with perspectives built on growing up and living in the South. Kober will also...

TV Junkie: CBS Winning the Sweeps

In the battle of the November sweeps, CBS is ahead (will Letterman now stop saying nobody is watching his network?) but all the networks, and let's be really progressive here and call The CW a network, are down from 8 to 24% compared to a year ago (with The CW as the biggest loser). Oh yeah, and hey, do you remember the SAG, that Screen Actors' Guild thingy, and how they still don't have a...

LAist Interview: Breckin Meyer of 'Robot Chicken' -- 'Star Wars' Special Airs on Sunday Night

Fans of Adult Swim's "Robot Chicken" have been eagerly anticipating this Sunday's premiere of "Star Wars: Episode II" at 11:30pm. Known as "TV for those with ADD", this brainchild of Seth Green and Matthew Senreich broadcast the first "Star Wars" special in June of 2007. This time they've recruited Billy Dee Williams, Carrie Fisher, Ahmed Best (Jar Jar Binks), Conan O'Brien, and many more to provide voices for the myriad of characters. The series, now...

TV Junkie: Obama on '60 Minutes'; 'Robot Chicken - Star Wars II' on Sunday

Looks like "60 Minutes" scored the first post-election interview with President-elect Barack Obama - it will air on Sunday at 7:00pm on CBS. As we know, Rob Lowe and family had to flee the fire in Montecito, any idea on how many other TV/film celebs will become "homeless" from the seemingly out-of-control blaze? Don't forget Sunday at 11:30pm-ish is the premiere of "Robot Chicken: Star Wars - Episode Two". Check out our interview with series...

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