TV Junkie: 'People's Choice Awards' Wrap; Plenty of Late Night TV News
Did we call it or what? In yesterday's column we mentioned that 3-5 times as many people watch "Keeping Up With The Kardashians" on Sunday nights than watch the critically acclaimed "Mad Men" from AMC, and sure enough, "Keeping Up With The Kardashians" walked away with a People's Choice award last night. We were happy to see Conan O'Brien walk away with the Favorite Talk Show Host award but Leno would probably have won if old people knew how to work a computer."$#*! My Dad Says" won best new comedy which was predictable as its numbers are huge, making it already a hit for CBS. Congrats to creators Justin Halpern and Patrick Schumacker - Patrick tells me that tonight's episode (8:30pm on CBS) will feature William Shatner doing some pretty crazy stuff, so we'll definitely be tuning in for that.
As far as awards shows go, other than having Jennifer Aniston ("surprise!") show up early in the program, there weren't too many other remarkable moments other than some technical glitches. Not sure if having Queen Latifah randomly shoot the shit with audience members is the way to go for next year.
Further clarification about G4's "Web Soup": The show's demise, a rumor we reported on in December is definitely a rumor, the show is coming back, and showrunner Brad Stevens has informed us that the 3rd season premiere is slated for Wednesday, March 30th - we look forward to it!
Check out this AM's "Morning Edition" on NPR story about TV director Paris Barclay. "Sons of Anarchy" creator Kurt Sutter weighs in on the prolific personality. A great story.
Keeping Up With Late Night: Emmy Rossum was great on Fallon last night, talking up Sunday's premiere of "Shameless" on Showtime. They also had Sebastian Bach sing an anthem for the Oregon Ducks, which was hilarious until Tim McGraw came out and killed the mood for the show - no matter what Fallon tried to do to make that guy charming or interesting, it failed. The guy was such a creep it killed my already very feeble desire to see Country Strong.
Tonight we have Seth Rogen on Letterman. We love Rogen but hate the idea of his new movie, The Green Hornet. First of all, does this film need to be in 3D? Not really. Secondly, and we'd like to liberally lift from comedian Bill Burr's latest incredible podcast and ask Hollywood why do all these goddam superheroes, perhaps with the exception of Tony Stark, have to be bumbling nincompoops and nerds? I think the majority of superhero devotees don't aspire to be these characters. Let's see what Kenneth Branagh does with Thor but that combination seems problematically weird (and yet, intriguing).
Then we have a conflict during the 12:35am hour because we have Jim Carrey on Fallon competing against a Doctor Who musical number on Ferguson, that promises to be hilarious thus throwing us on the sharp horns of a dilemma. Lots of frantic channel flipping will occur, no doubt.
In further late night shenanigans, or rather, something that happened late last night, Jaime Pressly was arrested for DUI last night in Santa Monica. Thankfully she didn't hit anybody. We thought she was very nice when we saw her at the set visit we made to "Rules of Engagement" this last fall but we find this kind of behavior reprehensible - don't these people have enough money to call for a towncar?
The TV Junkie Must-Watch Plan: " Bud Greenspan Presents: Sydney ‘00," "The Big Bang Theory," "$..! My Dad Says," "Ace of Cakes" (dear lord, there's nothing else on!) Letterman (Seth Rogen, Los Lobos perform), Fallon (Jim Carrey, Dr. Oz, Iron & Wine perform) vs Ferguson (Doctor Who musical number, Gary Sinise)
6:00pm Bud Greenspan Presents: Sydney ‘00 Universal Sports - Documentarian Bud Greenspan's film about the 2000 Olympics in Sydney, Australia
8:00pm The Big Bang Theory CBS - Leonard's idea for a smartphone application causes friction in his friendship with Sheldon.
8:30pm $..! My Dad Says CBS - Ed is thrown a curveball when a piece of baseball memorabilia he wants is sold to someone else; Bonnie and Vince's living situation complicates their pregnancy efforts.
10:00pm Ace of Cakes Food - Season Premiere
10:00pm Top 20 Most Shocking TruTV - All new caught-on-tape footage of "Biggest Losers" shot in Huntington Beach and Los Angeles, if you're into that sort of thing.
11:35pm Late Show With David Letterman CBS - Actor Seth Rogen; the Walkmen perform.
11:35pm The Tonight Show With Jay Leno NBC - Actress Hilary Swank; actor Jesse Eisenberg; Los Lobos performs.
12:05am Jimmy Kimmel Live ABC - Actress Leighton Meester; Jazmine Sullivan performs.
12:35am The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson CBS - Actor Gary Sinise; actress Alex Kingston.
12:35am Late Night With Jimmy Fallon NBC - Jim Carrey, Dr. Mehmet Oz, Iron & Wine perform.