TV Junkie: Alec Baldwin to quit acting? NBC's Not So Jolly Xmas; 'Raising the Bar' Dumped by TNT
In the December issue of Men's Journal Alec Baldwin states that he's lost interest in acting and that he will retire at the "30 Rock" wrap party and/or in 2012. This would be an unfortunate loss for both the small and big screen. Baldwin states that his lack of success in film is a big reason behind his disillusionment. But wait, word has it that Baldwin is strongly favored to be an Oscar nominee for his role in the yet-to-be-released It's Complicated. It will be interesting to see what happens if Baldwin were to win an Oscar at the awards show he will be co-hosting and it will be interesting to see if that changes his mind about his profession. Whether he wins or not, we'd really like to see him stay, and to see a lot more of him.
The National Association of Broadcast Employees and Technicians (NABET-CWA) Local 11 is threatening to derail NBC's planned Christmas tree lighting broadcast at Rockefeller Center tomorrow night unless negotiations on a new contract start picking up. More info is available at their website NBCStoleChristmas.com. The broadcast was originally set for tomorrow night at 8pm and was to have included co-hosts Jane Krakowski, of ‘30 Rock,’ and Zachary Levi, of ‘Chuck,’ featuring performances by Michael Bublé, Aretha Franklin, Alicia Keys, Barry Manilow, Shakira, The Roots and The Radio City Rockettes.
TNT has cancelled Steven Bochco's "Raising the Bar" after its second season has encountered disappointing ratings. The show had a great cast (last year we interviewed series star Gloria Reuben who played the compelling attorney Rosalind Whitman) but we confess that we lost interest after the first few episodes as the show didn't seem to get beyond (yet another) procedural.
The TV Junkie Plan: "Scrubs", "Sons of Anarchy", "The Daily Show", Kimmel, 2nd half of Ferguson
8:00pm 90210 The CW - Navid wakes up in the hospital with no memory of who pushed him down the stairs
8:00pm So You Think You Can Dance FOX - The top 10 contestants perform.
9:00pm Scrubs ABC - This is the relaunch of the series!
9:00pm Dirty Jobs Discovery - Mike helps shrink-wrap a boat and then travels to Alaska to work on a reindeer farm.
10:00pm Sons of Anarchy FX - SAMCRO attempts to rid Charming of Ethan Zobelle and The League permanently; familiar faces present new challenges
10:00pm The Victoria's Secret Fashion Show CBS - Alessandra Ambrosio, Miranda Kerr, Doutzen Kroes and Marisa Miller are among lingerie models at the annual event in New York
10:00pm The Secret Lives of Women We - Season Finale
10:30pm Ideal IFC - Moz tries to enjoy the holiday with his pregnant girlfriend, but an unexpected visit from his mom gets in the way.
11:00pm The Daily Show With Jon Stewart Comedy Central - Author/writer Thomas Friedman
11:35pm The Tonight Show With Conan O'Brien NBC - Actor Tobey Maguire; actor Chris Colfer; Rickie Lee Jones performs.
12:05am Jimmy Kimmel Live ABC - Author Magic Johnson; actor Kellan Lutz (see our interview with him).
12:35am The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson CBS - Actor Joel McHale (see our visit to "The Soup" from April); The Swell Season performs.