March 31, 2012 |
The god of television is, in my imagination, a rugged cowboy type who looks and sounds a lot like Lorne Greene during the Bonanza era. Whatever tube deities you worship, it is time to give them thanks for the extraordinary programming bounty they have provided us on Sunday night. Amen and pass the remote. This is a feast beyond all reckoning - or recording, for that matter. Just don't make the rookie mistake of filling up on Shahs of Sunset reruns before the main courses are served.
March 22, 2012
The Daily Show With Jon Stewart (11 p.m., COM) - Will Ferrell. The Tonight Show With Jay Leno (11:35 p.m., NBC10) - Arsenio Hall; Lily Collins; the Secret Sisters perform. Jimmy Kimmel Live (Midnight, 6ABC) - Kristin Chenoweth; Jimmie Johnson; Neon Trees performs. Late Show With David Letterman (12:35 a.m., CBS3) - Paul Rudd; John Witherspoon; Heartless Bastards performs.
August 22, 1999 |
'That damn pizza place was driving me crazy," producer Kevin Abbott said at a recent party in L.A. "It was making so many demands: a fancy trailer, special food at the snack table. Finally, when it asked to renegotiate its contract and get residuals, I just had to let it go. " And that's why Two Guys, a Girl and a Pizza Place will henceforth be Two Guys and a Girl. OK, that's not really why. But the reason it's a funny joke in Hollywood is that, over history, many human TV stars have gotten too big for their britches and have been shown the door - yet the shows that starred them continued.
September 22, 1997 |
"Oh, sure. I feed on flak. It's my croutons. " - Screenwriter Paul Rudnick, asked if he anticipated "getting any flak" over his new movie, "In & Out" It's enough to make Tattle feel like a schoolgirl. Just as they did in the old days, the Rolling Stones are bickering with the Beatles. Now members of once-battling bands appear to be arguing over who was the biggest stoner. Tattle regulars will recall reading here the other day about a new biography of Paul McCartney, in which the former member of the Fab Four took the - what?
April 2, 1997 |
ARSENIO. Channel 6, 9:30 tonight. It has been a whirlwind year for Vivica A. Fox from last summer's blockbuster film, "Independence Day," followed by "Set It Off" and "Booty Call," to upcoming parts in "Soul Food," with Vanessa Williams, and the dangerously seductive Ms. B. Haven opposite Arnold Schwarzenegger in "Batman and Robin. " "Did I hit the lottery or what?" says Fox. "What a difference a year makes. What a difference a hit movie makes. I'm staying very humbled about this and I just feel blessed.
March 5, 1997 |
Whatever became of Arsenio Hall? There were plenty of rumors. He was dying. He was ensconced in a tropical love nest with Paula Abdul. He was in drug rehab. Hall himself saw that last one. "I went on the Internet and read I was in detox at Betty Ford," he says, shaking his head. "I got on line under a fake name and typed in, 'I know Arsenio better than anyone else and he's not in detox, you idiots!"' But where was he? Three years after the demise of his late-night television program, he's finally emerged to headline a new ABC sitcom, "Arsenio," debuting tonight on Channel 6. But where has he been?
January 10, 1997 |
Arsenio's in. Ellen's out. (So to speak.) Arsenio Hall's new comedy will replace Ellen DeGeneres' Ellen in the 9:30 p.m. Wednesday slot, ABC Entertainment chief Jamie Tarses confirmed yesterday. Hall's sitcom (no title yet), produced by DreamWorks, will get a seven-episode tryout beginning March 5. Ellen will return for the May ratings "sweeps. " In an interview during the TV critics meetings here, Tarses said the decision to bump Ellen - produced by ABC owner Disney - had nothing to do with the star's character reportedly coming out of the closet as a lesbian later this season.
January 10, 1997 |
ABC announced yesterday that it will put "NYPD Blue" and "Ellen" on hiatus for two months, beginning in March, in order to launch midseason replacement series, including a sitcom starring Arsenio Hall. Both shows will return in time for May sweeps, the network said. Not so lucky is "Murder One. " The critically acclaimed but little-watched series will leave the air after Jan. 23, which will mark the verdict in the second of the show's three trials this season. That season, likely to be the show's last, will conclude in a three-night, six-hour mini-series scheduled to air April 13, 14 and 17. "Murder One," scheduled against NBC's "Seinfeld," has been regarded as living on borrowed time for much of this season.
November 20, 1996 |
It's like the Fortune 500, only better-looking. The folks who track the celebrity zeitgeist for People magazine have issued their annual decree of who's hot and who's not. The People 400, a list of with-it celebs covered in the mag's annual Entertainment Almanac, has been brought ruthlessly up to date. How? If your show was a hit last year, or you had more than your fair share of magazine covers, you're in. If you lost a job or a boyfriend, you're probably out. Among the new names on the '97 list: six-degrees guy Kevin Bacon; sitcom/singing/prom-going sensation Brandy; action guy Jackie Chan; ubiquitous radio host Don Imus; MTV phenom Jenny McCarthy; and Christopher Reeve, who, considering how he got all last year's press, would probably just as soon not be on the list.
July 19, 1996 |
Pianist Michael Wolff recalls being out on the road with comedian Arsenio Hall. Wolff was the musical director for vocalist Nancy Wilson. Hall was her opening act. "Arsenio and I roomed and we became pretty good friends," said Wolff, who will appear Sunday night at Zanzibar Blue. "He used to say, 'When I make it big, you're going to do the music for me.' Well, sure enough, Arsenio finally got the gig, and later I received a letter from him asking if I wanted the job. " The "gig" was Hall's late-night talk-variety television show.