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The major house-cleaning at "Dancing with the Stars" continues: Brooke Burke-Charvet is out as co-host and Erin Andrews is in. Here's the official line:
Erin Andrews joins “Dancing with the Stars” as host alongside Emmy-Award Winner Tom Bergeron for its 18th season premiering March 17. No stranger to the ballroom, Andrews competed on the 10th season of “Dancing with the Stars” making it all...Read more »
David Letterman spoke with two charter members of history's greatest band, and the full interview will air Sunday night on the CBS's absolutely-must-watch special, "The Beatles: The Night that Changed America - A Grammy Salute," from the Ed Sullivan Theater (8 p.m.).
Those wonderful and hard-working New York-based CBS public relations pros, Kim Izzo-Emmet, and Kate Fisher (oh, yes, and Tiffany Smith-Anoa’i on the west coast), have gone ahead and done all my work for me by transcribing some of the comments.
And those are here...followed by the clips
(Newsday app readers please head to Newsday.com/tvzone to watch...)
As Letterman, McCartney and Starr walked onto the stage of the theater where they made their historic first appearance, Starr recalled the excitement he felt then, which he is feeling again with the upcoming anniversary. “No, I was just so excited,” Starr said. “I mean, even coming back yesterday… I’ve been back a hundred times, I’ve done the show with you, but it’s like, oh, I’m getting involved in all the excitement of it all then. You know, it’s not like we go around saying, ‘Oh, that day.’ Now, I’m here, I’m looking out the window, I’m in the plaza and all the kids were down there. And now we’re back on the stage again…” Starr’s memory of the Ed Sullivan Theater was that it was “four times bigger than this,” and Letterman pointed out that “there was another balcony. There was a third level of about 150 more seats. So it wasn’t that many more, but enough to make a difference.” “
It’s like going back to your old school, isn’t it?” McCartney said. “Yeah, well, that’s right, yeah,” Letterman said. “It looks little now,” McCartney commented. “You thought it was huge…” Also during the interview, McCartney recounted a story to Letterman about the band’s 1965 “Ed Sullivan Show” appearance, their fourth and final live appearance on the broadcast, featuring his solo performance of the classic, “Yesterday.” “So, it was decided that I would do ‘Yesterday,’” McCartney said. “But I’d never worked without the band, so now I’m now going to be working solo on ‘The Ed Sullivan Show.’ So I agreed to do it, so I’m standing there ready to go on, never having worked without the band, a little bit nervous, and there were curtains, and there’s a Teamster on the inside of the curtain so they won’t catch. So I’m standing there all prepared with my guitar ready to go on, and he says, ‘Are you nervous?’ I said, ‘No, not really,’ lying. He says, ‘You should be, there’s 73 million people watching!’”
As faithful readers may know, the "tease" is the big trend in this year's Super Bowl XLVIII commercial bonanza -- many advertisers foregoing full commercial pre-release in favor of something designed to quite literally force you to watch the full ad during the game -- and this one for "The Amazing Spider-Man 2" is certainly one of the more effective examples.
See what happens next.
(App readers go to newsday.com/tvzone to also see if one single hair on Andrew Garfield's head is ever out of place -- ever:)
As you may have heard, there's a Super Bowl coming up -- No. 48, or ex-el-vee-triple "i" -- and while there will be football, there will also be commercials: Roughly 60 of them. That's is a big number and potentially represents, as it does every year, the bane of advertisers, notably "clutter." "Clutter" means too many ads, and when there are too many, viewers tend to forget all of them. And that is one reason why Super Bowl commercials tend to be some of the most memorable bits of video you see all year -- thirty second snippets that are designed to make you remember them, long after the game has ended.
With that thought in mind, let's take a tour of the 15 most memorable Super Bowls in history -- beginning with No. 15. The most memorable is No. 1, naturally. The fun thing about these lists is that they are purely subjective: Each of us will come up with a different list, of course. This is mine... And by the way, "best" reflects only that which is "most memorable." Obviously, some of these are aesthetic monstrosities -- ghastly bits of video that curdle the mind and corrupt the senses. But, darn-it, you can't forget 'em.
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15.) Britney Spears 2001: Hey, this could even go at number one; it's unforgettable, even if we want to forget...
14.) Doritos: Ann Richards and Mario Cuomo get crunchy. Once seen, never ever forgotten...
13.) Danica Patrick: There have been so many awful Go Daddy Danica Patrick ads that one hardly knows where to begin -- they all run together in a big unseemly mess in the brain. But this one, from 1999, is a good start:
12.) Betty White and Abe Vigoda, in 2010: Has there ever been a better Super Bowl commercial?
11.) Dave! Jay! Oprah! This one is great -- but I totally forget what the product being sold is. Who cares! It's the ad that counts:
10.) Xerox and the Monks... a most peculiar ad, from 1976, but once seen never forgotten...
9.) Bud Light: From Super Bowl XLII -- so many Bud Light commercials? Where to begin? What to choose? This one...
8.) Budweiser and its foals... So many Bud foals over the years -- but this one from last year sticks; maybe because it's from last year:
7.) Bridgestone's Killer Whale: Bridgestone's killer whale is one of my all-time favorites, and damned if I'm about to forget it...
6.) Michael Jordan, Larry Bird play "HORSE" for a Big Mac: Again, as memorable as they get, and as absurd as they get, too? Multimillionaires playing for a Big Mac? Of course, in the alternate-logic universe of the Super Ad, makes perfect...
5.) Monster.com created some of the most memorable of them all, including this one from 2009:
4.) John Madden and Miller Lite -- 1980: The Super Bowl, as a collective memory predicated largely on commercials as opposed to football, would be unimaginable without this one...
3.) Noxema creams Joe Namath, or Farrah Fawcett does: In 1973 there was an ad so ineffably awful that it would stay with us all forever... This one:
2.) Mean Joe Greene and Coca-Cola: Debates have raged over this ad -- a great one or an awful one? I've long ago settled on the "great" side of the equation here. This ad is largely perfect, as an emblem of everything Coke is or ever wanted to be, and coming as it did when the Steel Curtain really was made of steel, its timeliness was even better. Most of all, it's unforgettable:
1.) Apple: You knew this would be number one, didn't you? Chiat/Day's classic, which launched a brand and till this very day still resonates. Weirdly, otherworldly wonderful...
Which Super Bowl commercial do you think is the most memorable? Tell us in the comments below.
As you may be aware, Showtime is airing "Billy Joel: A Matter of Trust: the Bridge to Russia" in a couple of weeks (Jan. 31, at 9), to be exact. This one comes courtesy of Jim Brown, a particularly fine documentary producer who has done films on Woody Guthrie, Lead Belly, Hank Williams, and who won some Emmys in the process and will now focus on this important chapter in Joel's history - his '87 tour to the Soviet Union.
As promised, those clips. (Second one is the trailer. App users, head to newsday.com/tvzone)
An update now to those flurry of reports late last year that said NBC had ordered a reboot of "Murder, She Wrote," starring Oscar winner Octavia Spencer: Forget them.
It's over. Done. Kaput. No more. Per Deadline, and confirmed elsewhere, NBC decided the idea was unworkable. Reasons are unclear, but even Angela Lansbury said that the use of the title would probably be a mistake.
Some had argued -- or at least I had argued -- that "Murder" was a supremely successful star-driven vehicle made supremely successful by just one star -- Lansbury -- and that to try to capture that lighting again in a similarly named bottle was not just impossible, but a waste of time -- Spencer's and viewers'.
Networks are going back to these old classics and dusting them off, not because of insufficient imagination, but because they are "pre-sold" concepts the viewers -- presumably older and more reliable, as opposed to younger and utterly unreliable -- will flock to.
Hey! You may have heard Andy Samberg won a Golden Globe for best comedic actor at the recent Golden Globes while his show, "Brooklyn Nine-Nine," won for best comedy. This was the biggest upset of the Golden Globes, and prompted a torrent of abusive tweets from the Newsday TV critic, decrying the win and insisting that the august body comprising those who do the voting for the Hollywood...Read more »
Why don't the Golden Globes just drop the TV category? Go ahead, Hollywood Foreign Press Association -- no one will notice. Oh, sure, there will be some stories by the usual newspapers and websites decrying the decision and then, 10 minutes later, everyone will forget about the whole thing. It'll blow over like nothing ever happened.
The point here is simply that TV doesn't matter to the Hollywood...Read more »
"Masters of Sex" -- the Showtime freshman based on Newsday reporter Tom Maier's biography of William Masters and Virginia Johnson -- scored a nomination for best drama in the just-announced Golden Globes. In addition, Michael Sheen earned a nod for the best actor in a drama category.
Meanwhile, on the downside, what happened to HBO Thursday morning? A not great day for TV's king...Read more »