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"War of the Worlds" entered American life and culture seventy-five years ago - at 8 p.m. - as one of those events that seemed to expose, or anticipate, the fault lines of human affairs. The most terrible war in human history was to begin within a year, and Americans seemed to sense this, almost as if "sensing" premonitions of a terrible earthquake.
Then along comes this frivolous radio drama that now - three quarters of a century later - seems to have anticipated something terrible as well. (Which is what great artists like Orson Welles are supposed to do...Anticipate.)
What the heck was all the fuss about? Were "millions" really scared? All just a lot of hype? (Aren't you just a little curious to find out?) Here's the original broadcast. It's interesting, but as as you listen, put yourself in the minds of people who were wondering what the world was coming to all those years ago. That makes this a little more intriguing, and perhaps it also makes those who were frightened a little more sympathetic...
Ted Cruz, the Texas Republican senator who forced the recent government shutdown will appear on "The Tonight Show" Nov. 8 to"discuss the recent government shutdown, the debt ceiling, the gridlock in Washington and the current state of the Republican Party."
Of course, Cruz can talk. Remember his many-hours-long quasi-fillibuster that led up to the shutdown, which he seems to be taking credit for? (He's certainly been getting the blame...) Maybe Jay wants to get out that old hourglass he used when Bill Clinton first came on the show nearly a quarter century ago.
In the next 24 hours, you will hear a lot about the Sundance Channel's new quasi-zombie series, "The Returned," from Canal +, which arrives with all of those sorts of plaudits that should make you wary, if not suspicious... Scary! Bone-chilling! Brilliant! Etc.
But it's none of those things. My review, below, offers an overview, but I think the best advice I could give viewers...Read more »
Who among my savvy readers well-versed in the intricacies of broadcast journalism history -- which is to say pretty much every one of you -- knows that exactly 75 years ago Wednesday, Orson Welles' "War of the Worlds" radio broadcast spooked a nation and launched one of the most spectacular careers in movie history?
Tuesday night, "American Experience" revisited the famous...Read more »
Rob Lowe -- Chris Traeger of "Parks and Recreation" -- will be leaving the series this season, along with Rashida Jones, both of whose fortunes on this minor classic are linked in their many-episodes-long pursuit of a bundle of joy.
He's been a major part of the series, and enough can't be said about Jones' importance too, so for fans, this is all a big deal. Last night on "Late Show with David Letterman," Lowe talked (for the first time, I believe) about why he's going -- though the frustrating thing about this clip is that he gives no reason at all (lame-ish and evasive jokes about how tough a boss Amy Poehler is.) .
Fact is, he is reportedly in development on a new series for NBC. Moreover, as "P&R" heads into a long off-the-air period this month ("hiatus" isn't quite the right word), there's renewed speculation that this will be "P&R's" last season. Jones and Lowe will likely leave early next year -- he says his final episode will be taped shortly.
Here's the full clip, as Rob and Dave reminisce about the days both lived in Malibu.
Newsday app readers, please head to Newsday.com/tvzone if youwant to hear what Dave used to do on Halloween. (Hint: He did not dress up.)
Kerry Washington's hosting close up on "Saturday Night Live" arrives this weekend, but first, this rite of passage.
(Newsday app viewers, please head over to Newsday.com/tvzone for the clip.)
A movie based on "Entourage," the 2004-11 HBO series about a young actor and his buddies in Hollywood, finally appears ready to go forward.
Doug Ellin, the Merrick native and series creator, tweeted Monday, "It's a go. love you all," attaching a photo with core cast members Jeremy Piven (Ari Gold), Patchogue native Kevin Connolly (Eric 'E' Murphy), Adrian Grenier (Vince Chase), Kevin Dillon (Johnny Drama) and Jerry Ferrara (Turtle). All are expected to reprise their roles.
The plan for an "Entourage" movie first surfaced in a report on Deadline.com in January, which noted that Warner Bros. had given a green light to the project. But the article also noted that deals with the cast had yet to be made. In mid-October, Mark Wahlberg, one of the series' executive producers, was asked by TMZ when the movie would be made and said: "As soon as them guys stop being so greedy."
Unconfirmed reports said that Piven had secured a richer deal, which other cast members sought to match.
Let's call this a post for anyone out there who was actually wondering whether "The Walking Dead" would be back for a fifth season. Yes, rest assured, "The Walking Dead" will be back for a fifth season. Even Charlie Collier, AMC chief, seemed bemused by the redundancy of even having to announce that the most viewed, non-sports, cable series in history -- and TV's most viewed this season -- would be coming back.
“We are very happy to make what has to be one of the most anti-climactic renewal announcements ever: The Walking Dead is renewed for a fifth season,” said Charlie Collier, AMC president..
But what may be notable in this announcement is the visible display of support for Scott Gimple, who "will return as series' showrunner..." As fans know, repeat engagements on this series are hardly a sure bet, and in fact, AMC and "Dead" have run through a couple of high profile show-runners, including Frank Darabont.
But this season's numbers are so huge, and the series really does look like it's firing on all cylinders, that even the barest hint of backstage intrigue or drama would seem churlish indeed. Or ill-placed.
Those numbers? Well, the season's first episode was seen by 20.2 million viewers, when video-on-demand tag-alongs were factored in.
Not that this is a stunt -- because it's not, and really, how can anyone be so cynical to think that it is -- because I mean, really, Cher knows a lot about the tango, Argentine tango, contemporary, Viennese waltz, jazz, disco, and foxtrot -- Cher knows a lot about everything...
But I'm getting ahead of myself: Cher will co-judge next week's "Dancing with the Stars."
Announced on the show Monday night, and oh, what a coincidence, a news release is here, too:
The iconic Oscar®, Grammy® and Emmy® Award winning singer and actress will open the show with a dazzling and spectacular performance of her hit song “Believe” before joining judges Bruno Tonioli and Carrie Ann Inaba to give critiques and scores on each celebrity routine. The seven remaining couples will compete in two rounds of dance. In the first round, each couple will take on a dance style they have not previously performed including the Tango, Argentine Tango, Contemporary, Viennese Waltz, Jazz, Disco, and Foxtrot.
I've always said Cher is "iconic." Why did it take "DWTS" so long to call her that, too?
Needless to say, this is a must-watcher.
And just to note this: "Dexter," or the first four seasons, will arrive on Netflix this Thursday. The deal with CBS was just announced. A big one (deal, that is)? Well..."Dex," which just wrapped its eighth and final season several weeks ago, was the most viewed series in Showtime history by far. The first four seasons (probably the best four if you believe the critics, who generally heaped scorn on seasons seven and eight) will be available immediately, and the last four after Jan. 1. So yes, "big" deal...