Just Break

5.31.2006

go ppcw!

Planned Parenthood of the Columbia/Willamette was the first to make EC available online in 2004, now all Washingtonians (that is, those from the state, not the district--I know my audience) and Oregonians can order birth control and emergency contraception online at any time.
EC and BC Made E-Z

kevin federline?


Could this really be him? He doesn't look that bad without the wife beater.
Kevin Cleans Up!

will tina leave snl?

I thought this was going to happen - new baby, new TV show, new life without SNL? The celebration of Tina Fey's 145th episode/9 seasons at Saturday Night Live during the season finale's Weekend Update segment and her 'Thank You' t-shirt during the final credits were pretty big clues. Perhaps this will mean we'll see and hear more from The Lonely Island guys, Seth Meyers (he's a head-writer!), and my hometown girl Liz Cackowski.
Fey's Days At 'SNL' Uncertain

lost chapelle episodes to come out on dvd

Over an hour of material from the third season that wasn't.
Chappelle's Show Lost Episodes on DVD

5.30.2006

toyota recalling some priuses

Prius owners take note -
Toyota recalls 1 million cars worldwide

2 hour season finales

Oh, do I miss the days of two-parters and To Be Continued's. I've saved up many of this season's finales to watch with my husband and unfortunately, they are all two hours episodes. Usually, I do enjoy watching back-to-back episodes of a show on Tivo, but there is something painful about the intentionally programmed two hour show. It's never ending. Two hours of one Desperate Housewives episode - too long. Two hours of 24 - too long. Even Grey's Anatomy, which was worthwhile television, and Alias, which was going off the air, were - too long. I think the problem is this - fast forwarding through commercials can make a 30 minute show take no time to watch. An hour long program can be enjoyed over a meal. But two hours! Even without commercials, it's a time committment. It's too much for one seating. If I watch an hour long episode, I then have the choice to commit to more, to another episode if I have the time and interest, but that's not so with a two hour show. Sure, I could stop watching in the middle of the program and then pick it back up again. That might make sense, but I don't want to do that.

tv guide tries to win back subscribers

In an attempt to suck just a little less...
TV Guide Magazine to Offer ''Summer TV Preview DVD'' with Select Newsstand Editions on East & West Coasts (June 5 Issue, on Newsstands Thursday, June 1)

time's list of overlooked film festivals

Included is Roger Ebert's Overlooked Film Festival, directed by UGA professor Nate Kohn.
Film Festivals for the Rest of Us

sofia coppola's 3 months pregnant

The Sofia news continues - she's expecting a baby with Phoenix singer Thomas Mars.
Sofia Coppola Expecting

sofia coppola's next movie

Starring Colin Hanks and Bryce Dallas Howard. Produced by Tom Hanks, Ron Howard, and Francis Ford Coppola.
The Coppolas Dream

novel going to audio book before traditional publishing

This guy doesn't have a publishing contract, but he's releasing his book on CD. This is the first time I've heard of someone doing this.
First audio-only novel tells new story for authors

baby born with 3 functional arms

Baby Born With Third Arm

5.29.2006

career advice from the stars

Is it really inspiring when a nineteen year old urges people not to give up on their dreams too soon?
Cheer Up — Longoria, Tarantino, Swank Worked Rotten Jobs Before Hitting It Big

flaming lips' wayne gives grad speech

Not in a plastic bubble, but via videotape with psychedelic background.
Flaming Lips' Wayne Coyne Delivers Bizarre High School Graduation Address

more ridiculous and funny paris news

Hilton Snubs Own Premiere

i guess the break-up is really bad...

Cruel review of Jennifer Aniston
Dear Jen, It's Not Us - It's You

jake gyllanhaal and natalie portman?

I think they're just friends, but don't they make a cute couple? Pink is the New Blog says Jake waited for Natalie to give her flowers. Ahhhh!

cannes film festival winners

Relive the 59th Festival de Cannes

Palme d'Or: The Wind That Shakes the Barley by Ken Loach

Award for Best Screenplay: Volver by Pedro Almodovar

Award for Best Director: Babel by Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu

Award for Best Actors: Indigenes - Jamel Debbouze, Samy Naceri, Roschdy Zem, Sami Bouajila and Bernard Blancan

Award for Best Actresses: Volver - Penelope Cruz, Carmen Maura, Lola Duenas, Blanca Portillo, Yohana Cobo, and Chus Lampreave

Jury Prize: Red Road by Andrea Arnold

Short film Palme d'Or: Sniffer by Bobbie Peers

Camera d'Or: 12:08 à l'Est de Bucharest by Corneliu Porumboiu

Grand Prix du Jury: Flanders by Bruno Dumont

jimmy kimmel hanso foundation interview

The interview between Jimmy Kimmel and Hugh McIntyre on ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live".

5.28.2006

shiloh nouvel jolie-pitt is born in namibia

Angelina and Brad have a baby girl

5.26.2006

michael and walt's fate

I don't know this blog, but I knew it!

chart of 'lost' character connections

Some connections we know (Jack & Desmond met running in a stadium, Sun and Jin are married, etc.), but there are a number of connections that come from almost out of the blue. Are these huge assumptions made by the flow-chart creator or is there more to this chart and its creator?
Unique chart connecting all of the characters in 'Lost'

britney gives us original poetry

Here's a portion from her website.

No more chains
That you gave me
Enough of pain
Now I'm craving
Something sweet
So delight
How do you stand sleeping at night?

You come to me now
Why do you bother?
Remember the Bible
The sins of the Father.
What you do
You pass down.
No wonder why
I lost my crown.

gwen stefani has a boy

Gwen Stefani and Bush's Gavin Rossdale welcome Kingston James McGregor Rossdale to the world.
It's a Boy for Gwen Stefani

conservative rock? or just anti-establishment?

The conservative National Review just released its 50 Greatest Conservative Rock Songs list...but many of the artists are hardly conservative. Like Gary Susman of EW says: "Criticizing the left from even further left doesn't make you conservative."

The top 50 conservative rock songs

National Review's list in NY Times

5.25.2006

a movie about the sport of paintball

Starring Rob Corddry from The Daily Show.

BLACKBALLED

Banned for ten years from the sport he helped bring to the masses, paintball's first superstar, Bobby Dukes, returns to reclaim his title and erase the memory of his tainted past. As a teenager, with explosive style and charisma, Bobby led his team, the River Rats, to an unprecedented three consecutive victories at The Hudson Vallye Paintball Classic, the premier paintball tournament on the East Coast.

June 12th, 1993, The River Rats were competing for their fourth 'Classic' victory when disaster struck. During one of Bobby's signature daring moves, he was shot. Desperate to stay in the game, Bobby intentionally wiped the paint from his jersey, thus committing paintball's most heinous crime, 'Wiping.' An overzealous referee spotted the wipe and ejected Bobby from the tournament. The news spread like wildfire and the three-time champ, became the laughing stock of the paintball community. Disgraced and humiliated, Bobby disappeared.

Ten years later, an older and wiser Bobby returns determined to recapture the paintball glory of his youth. He enters the 2003 Classic, but finds no self-respecting paintball player will be caught dead on his team. On the verge of giving up hope, Bobby joins forces with the most unlikely of allies; the referee that caught him cheating. Now, the two improbable partners must recruit a team of paintball misfits and take back the Hudson Valley Paintball Classic.

cate blanchett to play bob dylan?

Seven actors will play the musician. This is so crazy, I can't wait to see it.
Cate Blanchett to play Bob Dylan in biopic

second myspace story of the day...

This time, it's not the social network's fault...
Two Teenagers Busted In Alleged MySpace Extortion Scheme

carlton cuse & bryan burk talk season 3

Next Season's Lost Sneaked

just say 'no'...to remote storage dvr's?

TiVo changes lives. Imagine what this would do for the world.
TV networks say "No!" to Remote Storage DVRs, file suit in US District Court

scientists working on invisibility cloak

Just like Harry Potter.
Invisibility cloak 'five years away'

immigration fight club

Senate and House will now have to fight it out.
Senate passes immigration bill

nbc moves 'studio 60 on the sunset strip'

NBC's scared of CBS and ABC.
NBC raises white flag on Thursday - Peacock Network moves 'Studio 60' from Thursdays to Mondays to avoid head-to-head battle with 'CSI', 'Grey's Anatomy.'

good for the dixie chicks

They are actually interesting.
In the Line of Fire

great article on 'lost'

‘Lost’ thinks outside the hatch

when will myspace get good press?

MySpace Bares All for Playboy - Nine of MySpace's hottest pose for the mag

schools aren't safe anymore

Blocking MySpace.com at school - makes sense.

Putting photos of oneself/admitting to doing anything illegal online, at any age - bad idea.

Expelling students for opinions they express off school grounds - insanity.

Students Face School Discipline For 'Inappropriate' MySpace Posts

damn you, lost!

I have to wait 4 months for more!

5.24.2006

prince plays american idol!

Way more exciting than the actual announcement of the winner was the surprise performance of Prince on American Idol tonight!
There were rumors earlier in the season that Idol producers tried to get him to guest star in an episode, but he only wanted to perform and not spend time with the contestants working on their songs. I guess they found a way to work around that issue.

I have three thoughts on the finale, without giving away the ending:

1) I think Ryan Seacrest should end the show Miss America-style. Should the American Idol be unable to fulfill his/her duties, the first runner-up will become the new American Idol. The first runner-up is _____. The new American Idol, Season Five is _____. To be followed by a coronation.

2) Randy commented on Tuesday night that one of the songs was not good, although the performer was good. The judges' comments and the contestant's song choice always have an impact on the audience's votes each week, whether it's in a positive or negative way, but what about that final song--the first single song? The last song the two finalists sing are written for them and intended to be their first singles should they win. So what if those songs, or in particular only one of those songs, really suck. It's not the performer's fault, but could it still make or break the competition? And is anything done intentionally in order to help one contestant over another?

3) Okay, just two things. I forgot the last one already. Prince played American Idol.

hillary for prez

It's not obscene, but you may want to turn the volume down to watch this at work.
Hillary of President 2008

had a bad day

There's actually a day with no good gossip online. C'mon Britney? TomKat? Anyone? I'm hurting here...

trouble in p-town

This is all over the Portland news today, but I bet it happens all the time, all over the country....
Potter: FBI was trying to spy on Portland gov't

5.23.2006

more cannes goodies - volver and red road

2006 Cannes Film Festival: The First Weekend

i want to get a degree from harvard

The Ivy League Goes Online

marie antoinette

Great cast. Great writer/director. I can't wait for this movie.

Premieres at Cannes tomorrow - watch the trailer here
Coppola brings out bling in Antoinette

UPDATE
'Antoinette' turning heads - Cannes hardly keen on queen
'Marie Antoinette': Best or Worst of Times?

simon cowell's custom t-shirts

Paula Abdul told Access Hollywood's Billy Bush that Simon's custom t-shirts have "a portable push-up bra inside" to give him "lift and support." Ra-ow!

target makes another bad business decision

I keep hearing more and more negative things about Target. It's sad because it used to be so much fun to shop there and they have really fun commercials.
Wal-Mart Model Threatens Target Employees, Says WakeUpWalMart.com

nike+

Nike and Apple Team Up to Launch Nike+iPod

downloadable tv

A nice summary of where and how network television is available online.
Download Your TV - The Current Options

5.22.2006

american idol secrets

Think You Know Everything About 'American Idol'?

aids vaccine testing

Apparently, we're testing AIDS vaccines on people in Thailand, and it's not working.
AIDS vaccine testing goes overseas

paris wants to cover gnarls barkley

I know, Paris has somehow made it to Just Break again...BUT this time she is rumored to have delayed her album in the hopes of covering Gnarls Barkley.
Hilton's album release put back again?

vanity fair essay contest winner

A fellow UGA grad writes (in text message form) "What's On The Minds of America's Youth Today?"

5.19.2006

long weekend

I'm heading across the country for a few days with limited internet access. Unfortunately, there will be no posts this weekend, but I'll be back next week!

da vinci code reviews

The Da Vinci Code gets some pretty average reviews.

interview with gilmore girls creators

In-depth explanation as to why Amy Sherman-Palladino and Dan Palladino will not be returning to the show next year, despite its renewal on cw.

Team Palladino: The Interview

why ana lucia died

Again, TV Guide's Ausiello Report has the scoop from Lindelof and Cude.

Why Did Lost Kill Ana Lucia? Lindelof/Cuse Tell All!

why libby died

TV Guide's Ausiello Report interviews Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cude-

Why Lost Killed Libby

abc ad-supported downloads successful

After 2 weeks

ABC shows offered online draw 3 mln views.

5.18.2006

what are we going to do with britney?


She's so classy.

The man with the porn mustache is her new nanny (remember the last one dropped Sean taking him out of his highchair.)

Britney Stumbles -- Almost Drops Baby Sean

the rh blog

New blog on sexual and reproductive health and rights- RHRealityCheck.org.

This is what they say about themselves:

Why RHRealityCheck.org?

Opponents of reproductive health and rights believe contraception promotes - not prevents - HIV, and that teenagers who sign virginity pledges don't have sex and are safe from STDs. We think they need to GET REAL!

RHRealityCheck.org tells it like it is with daily blogging keeping you informed about the latest in the media and the blog world about reproductive health. We have the facts to counter the fictions of the opposition. We provide background information on who they are and how they distort these issues. We try to make right their Reckless Rhetoric.

When contraception coverage was threatened by insurance reform - Marilyn Keefe from the National Family Planning and Reproductive Health Association (NFPRHA) joined us to blog on RHRealityCheck.org, and with her, we broke the news of its defeat.

When the Vatican found themselves in a quandary over condoms, Frances Kissling from Catholics for a Free Choice blogged on RHRealityCheck.org, and we just released a podcast from them on our site.

When William Smith from SIECUS was bounced from a CDC panel and replaced with an "abstinence-only" promoter from the President's home state, he blogged on RHRealityCheck.org.

In the headlines or not - if it has to do with reproductive health, you'll get unfiltered truth only at RH RealityCheck.org.

is lost a repeat?

Is Lost a repeat next week?

on the lot

Don't know how I missed this one - Mark Burnett & Steven Spielberg's On the Lot

cw fall lineup

Upfronts: CW


MONDAY
8:00 p.m. "7th Heaven"
9:00 p.m. "RUNAWAY"

TUESDAY
8:00 p.m. "Gilmore Girls"
9:00 p.m. "Veronica Mars"

WEDNESDAY
8:00 p.m. "America's Next Top Model"/2007 "Beauty and the Geek"
9:00 p.m. "One Tree Hill"

THURSDAY
8:00 p.m. "Smallville"
9:00 p.m. "Supernatural"

FRIDAY
8:00 p.m. "Friday Night Smackdown!"

SUNDAY
7:00 p.m. "Everybody Hates Chris"
7:30 p.m. "All of Us"
8:00 p.m. "Girlfriends"
8:30 p.m. "THE GAME"
9:00 p.m. "America's Next Top Model" Encore


UPN's Canceled Shows

'Cuts'
'Eve'
'Get This Party Started'
'Half & Half'
'Love, Inc.'
'One on One'
'Sex, Love & Secrets'
'South Beach'


The WB's Canceled Shows

'The Bedford Diaries'
'Blue Collar TV'
'Charmed'
'Everwood'
'Just Legal'
'Living with Fran'
'Modern Men'
'Pepper Dennis'
'Related'
'Survivial of the Richest'
'Twins'
'What I Like About You'


In Limbo

'Reba': New episodes have been ordered, but return to the schedule is not guaranteed

fox fall lineup

Upfronts: FOX

Fox January Lineup


MONDAY
8:00 p.m. "Prison Break"/Jan 2007 "STANDOFF"
9:00 p.m. "VANISHED"/Jan 2007 "24"

TUESDAY
8:00 p.m. "STANDOFF"/Jan 2007 "American Idol"
9:00 p.m. "House"

WEDNESDAY
8:00 p.m. "Bones""/Jan 2007 "JUSTICE"
9:00 p.m. "JUSTICE"/Jan 2007 "American Idol"
9:30 p.m. Jan 2007 "THE LOOP"

THURSDAY
8:00 p.m. "'TIL DEATH"
8:30 p.m. "HAPPY HOUR"
9:00 p.m. "The O.C."

FRIDAY
8:00 p.m. "Nanny 911"/Jan 2007 "Bones"
9:00 p.m. "Trading Spouses"/Jan 2007 "THE WEDDING ALBUM"

SATURDAY
8:00 p.m. "Cops"
8:30 p.m. "Cops"
9:00 p.m. "America's Most Wanted: America Strikes Back"
11:00 p.m. "Midnight MADtv"
12:00 a.m. "TALK SHOW WITH SPIKE FERESTEN"

SUNDAY
8:00 p.m. "The Simpsons"
8:30 p.m. "American Dad"
9:00 p.m. "Family Guy"
9:30 p.m. "The War at Home"


FOX's Canceled Shows

'Arrested Development'
'The Bernie Mac Show'
'Free Ride'
'Head Cases'
'Killer Instinct'
'Kitchen Confidential'
'Malcolm in the Middle'
'Reunion'
'Stacked'
'That '70s Show'

gold rush

I heard about this Mark Burnett program awhile ago, but I thought it was planned only as an Internet reality game. It's an interesting premise--hide 13 trucks filled with gold around America and give away clues within AOL.com, CBS television shows and commercials, radio, and print.

CBS, AOL and Mark Burnett to Give Away $2M on Gold Rush

5.17.2006

katie post-pregnancy



Pink is the New Blog has stretch mark photos. I'm an awful person for wanting to share this.

lindsay lohan is a firecrotch

Typically, I'd want to keep Paris Hilton out of this blog, but this video is just too good.

Paris and Brandon Davis -- The Incredible Hatred Toward Lindsay

cbs fall lineup

Upfronts: CBS

MONDAY
8:00 p.m. "How I Met Your Mother"
8:30 p.m. "THE CLASS"
9:00 p.m. "Two and a Half Men"
9:30 p.m. "The New Adventures of Old Christine"
10:00 p.m. "CSI Miami"

TUESDAY
8:00 p.m. "NCIS"
9:00 p.m. "The Unit"
10:00 p.m. "SMITH"

WEDNESDAY
8:00 p.m. "JERICHO"
9:00 p.m. "Criminal Minds"
10:00 p.m. "CSI:NY"

THURSDAY

8:00 p.m. "Survivor: Cook Islands"
9:00 p.m. "CSI"
10:00 p.m. "SHARK"

FRIDAY
8:00 p.m. "Ghost Whisperer"
9:00 p.m. "Close to Home"
10:00 p.m. "Numb3rs"

SATURDAY
8:00 p.m.-10:00 p.m. "Crimetime Saturday"
10:00 p.m. "48 Hours Mystery"

SUNDAY
7:00 p.m. "60 Minutes"
8:00 p.m. "Amazing Race"
9:00 p.m. "Cold Case"
10:00 p.m. "Without a Trace"



CBS' Canceled Shows:

'Courting Alex'
'Love Monkey'
'Out of Practice'
'Still Standing'
'Threshold'
'Yes, Dear'

more badjocks

More hazing photos - the dirty dozen.

The sadest so far is Catholic University.

UGA didn't make the cut, but James Madison University did.

aol's new version of youtube

AOL Uncut

"commander in chief" - the movie?

ABC may elect to shoot 'Chief' telefilm

clio winners

2006 Clio Winners

5.16.2006

j.j abrams and lost:NY

I have a theory on J.J. Abrams. It's probably not true, but I have to wonder if most of his work is going to prove to be interrelated. Once he hires an actor, he hires them for life. Sure they play different characters in each work, but Abrams also favors evil twin storylines, so there's an easy explanation for this, aside from the fact that he likes to work with actors that have already proven themselves to him.

MI: III plays like a very expensive episode of Alias. Both use the same bomb devices and both believe anyone can disguise themselves as anyone else (aka: an evil clone, a bad twin, or Tom Cruise in a mask.) Which immediately brings to mind Lost. The twins in the boat in last year's finale, the Lost book, 'Bad Twin', which Sawyer read on the island and which was recently released in the real world, and in particular, Michael's strange behavior. Will we find out that Michael is not really Michael, but his Bad Twin? Will he be a clone or will Jack rip off his face mask in the finale? I'm trying to avoid reading finale spoilers, but I would be really impressed if Phillip Seymour Hoffman turned out to be head of the Others.

Also adding to the mystery is Abrams new drama, Lost: NY. Okay, it's called Six Degrees, but it's about six New Yorkers whose lives intersect, although they don't know it. Isn't Manhatten a big island? Weren't all of the Lost lives connected prior to getting on the airplane, although they don't realize it yet? Is this Abrams' way of doing a spinoff? Will we find that the two shows are related? Just how genious is J.J. Abrams?

primetime deaths

There used to be a time when primetime TV wouldn't dare kill off a main character. A salary dispute or problems on the set could get a character written off the show, but the audience knew about it far in advance and the character would simply go off to college or move away or something. Now, every show threatens to kill off, not just a bit player, but a main character.

This week, Kristin at EOnline takes a look at TV's Bloodiest Season. She also shares my theory on the sex-death relationship for women on TV. This really seems to be true of Lost. The only two sex scenes in the show were followed by the death of the female involved, within the same episode. Libby didn't hook up with Hurley (thank goodness), but she was about to go on their first date.

The exception to this rule is Sun. She's pregnant and she is on the island with her husband so obviously there is something going on between them. However, we haven't seen a love scene between the two. Maybe that won't be written into the show so Sun can live and have the baby.

This female sex-death relationship has been around a long time in literature and horror movies, but there is also a stereotype of women from Asia being seen as sex-less. Interesting.

grey's anatomy

So I was wrong, but did you see The View interview? There was really no good reason for it.

I guess ABC was promoting the switch to Thursday night and Justin Chambers was available (although not knowledgeable of the schedule change--The View producers told him about it before his segment.)

oprah gets a tony nom

2006 Tony Nominations

myspace to offer free network tv shows

MySpace to sell episodes of '24' - a lot like iTunes, but with a social network. I imagine this is similar to what they are going to do with Adidas' World Cup network.

Burger King Brings Hit Shows to MySpace

abc fall lineup

Upfronts: ABC

MONDAY:
8:00 p.m. "Wife Swap"
9:00 p.m. "The Bachelor"/"Supernanny"
10:00 p.m. "What About Brian"

TUESDAY:
8:00 p.m. "Dancing with the Stars" (new night)/"Set for the Rest of Your Life" (new alternative series)
9:00 p.m. "Let's Rob..." (new comedy series)
9:30 p.m. "Help Me Help You" (new comedy series)
10:00 p.m. "Boston Legal"

WEDNESDAY:
8:00 p.m. "Dancing with the Stars" (new night)/"George Lopez"/"According to Jim" (new night)
9:00 p.m. "Lost"
10:00 p.m. "The Nine" (new drama series)

THURSDAY:
8:00 p.m. "Big Day" (new comedy series)
8:30 p.m. "Notes from the Underbelly" (new comedy series)
9:00 p.m. "Grey's Anatomy" (new night and time)
10:00 p.m. "Six Degrees" (new drama series)

FRIDAY:
8:00 p.m. "Betty the Ugly" (new comedy series)
9:00 p.m. "Men in Trees" (new drama series)
10:00 p.m. "20/20"

SATURDAY:
8:00 p.m. "ABC Saturday Night College Football"

SUNDAY:
7:00 p.m. "America's Funniest Home Videos"
8:00 p.m. "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition"
9:00 p.m. "Desperate Housewives"
10:00 p.m. "Brothers & Sisters" (new drama series)


ABC's Canceled Shows

'Alias'
'Commander In Chief'
'Crumbs'
'Emily's Reasons Why Not'
'The Evidence'
'Freddie'
'Hope & Faith'
'In Justice'
'Invasion'
'Jake in Progress'
'Less Than Perfect'
'Miracle Workers'
'Monday Night Football'
'Sons & Daughters'

northwestern soccer hazing

The girls soccer team must love Dazed and Confused.

Those Wildcats! Northwestern Women's Soccer Team Initiation Includes Pictures of Bondage, Lap Dances, and Simulated Sex Acts

The whole team is now suspended pending investigation. One of the more amazing things isn't that the hazing exists, but that a team member actually put these photos and captions online without limited access. It indicates that the girl does not think they were doing anything wrong, or that even adults don't understand that when something is posted online, it means ANYONE can see, not just your friends. Bet her teammates just love her today.

Supposedly, there will be photos from 12 more college teams tomorrow. C'mon UGA...

5.15.2006

al gore's snl speech

Highlights from his guest appearance on Saturday's SNL:
All Gore Nominates George Clooney...

the fate of dr. alex karev

Here's what we know: Grey's Anatomy upped it's game at the end of last night's episode, there is a two hour finale tonight on a special night and time, Dr. Burke was shot, Izzie literally cut the cord on Denny, and JUSTIN CHAMBERS (DR. ALEX KAREV) IS APPEARING ON THE VIEW TOMORROW.

A TV show appearance the day AFTER the season finale? I thought it was strange that Michelle Rodriguez had appearances scheduled for the day after an EPISODE of Lost and look what happened to Ana Lucia.....

president santos

It was sad to see The West Wing come to an end last night. The show really picked backed up over the last two years and, I think, could have kept going strong. Saying that, the inauguration was a fitting end. Martin Sheen will always be our president.

Also fitting was NBC's official announcement today of Aaron Sorkin and Thomas Schlamme's new series "Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip", starring West Wing alums Bradley Whitford, Timothy Busfield, and Matthew Perry. Appropriate timing since last night's West Wing finale was titled 'Tomorrow'. The show has buzz-will we see a whole new era of Sorkin/Schlamme domination?

And yes, that really was Aaron Sorkin sitting among the Bartlet's, Santos', and staff.

'West Wing' Pays Tribute to Sorkin

nbc fall lineup

NBC's 2006 Fall Schedule:
Upfronts: NBC

MONDAY
8-9 p.m. "Deal or No Deal"
9-10 p.m. "HEROES"
10-11 p.m. "Medium"

TUESDAY
8-9 p.m. "FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS"
9-10 p.m. "KIDNAPPED"
10-11 p.m. "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit"

WEDNESDAY
8-9 p.m. "The Biggest Loser"
9-9:30 p.m. "20 GOOD YEARS"
9:30-10 p.m. "30 ROCK" (aka Tina Fey project)
10-11 p.m. "Law & Order"

THURSDAY
8-8:30 p.m. "My Name Is Earl" (new time)
8:30-9 p.m. "The Office" (new time)
9-10 p.m. "STUDIO 60 ON THE SUNSET STRIP"
10-11 p.m. "ER"/("THE BLACK DONNELLYS" in January 2007)

FRIDAY
8-9 p.m. "Deal or No Deal"
9-10 p.m. "Las Vegas"
10-11 p.m. "Law & Order: Criminal Intent" (new day and time)

SATURDAY
8-9 p.m. "Dateline Saturday"
9-11 p.m. Drama Series Encores

SUNDAY
7-8 p.m. "FOOTBALL NIGHT IN AMERICA"
8-11 p.m. "SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL"


It's official: Joey Tribbiani RIP

NBC's Cancelled Shows
'Book of Daniel'
'Conviction'
'E-Ring'
'Fear Factor'
'Four Kings'
'Heist'
'Inconceivable'
'Joey'
'Surface'
'Teachers'
'Three Wishes'
'The West Wing'
'Will & Grace'

the loop and what about brian get renewed!

The Loop was a midseason show that aired about 6 episodes and was not expected to get picked up. It has some problems with character development, but a terrific lead and a damn great theme song. I'm excited to see what it can do with season two!

Nets drive pickups

7 year primetime TV contract

I have no idea if any of this is true, but I found it interesting.



The standard contract for an actor or actress when they are signed to do a TV primetime series is 7 years with the following clause:

1. if the show does well, the actors/actresses/producers have the option to renew the show after 7 years on a year by year basis provided that the parties can agree on a fee.

There are shows that went well past 7 years like E.R., Will and Grace, Seinfeld and West Wing.

2. if the show doesn't do well, the network have the right to cancel the show but if at anytime they decide to revive the show, the actors/actresses are still contractually obligated to return to the show.

Such was in the case of the famous NBC network bungling of Pierce Brosnan's Remington Steele contract in 1986 which costed Brosnan his role as James Bond in "The Living Daylights".

3. Season 1 is usually debuted as a Mid-Season replacement during the slow time of Spring or Summer and only lasts up to 12 episodes

Season 2 and on are usually 22 episodes long (for 45 mins shows - 1 hour with commercials) and 18 to 20 episodes (23 mins show - 30 min with commercials)

4. during the first 3 years of the 7 year run of the show, the actors/actresses cannot renegotiate their salary: which usually starts at an average of $20,000 per episode and if the show does really well, the salaries can skyrocket:

Example: The "Friends" cast started at $22,000 per episode during the first 2 seasons. $60,000 to $200,000 per episode from Season 3 to Season 7. By the 8th, 9th and 10th year of "Friends", each of the 6 cast members were getting $400,000, $600,000 and then $1 million respectively per episode (multiplied by 20 episodes)

That's nothing compared to Seinfeld who received over $1.3 million per episode during the final year of the show!!

5.14.2006

grey's anatomy season finale

Wow. So this season, Grey's Anatomy has been of more interest to me than Desperate Housewives. Saying that, Meredith Grey still drives me crazy and I'm so tired of the McDreamy-Meredith storyline. I can't believe that Izzie fell in love with her patient and tonight, as she poured her heart out in the most painful scene on television this year, I thought to myself, "Why do I like this show?" Where's the Nazi? Where's the fiery Sandra Oh? But then...in the last few minutes, Grey's Anatomy redeemed itself. Wow.

ABC is following up tonight's cliffhanger with a two hour season finale tomorrow night. I can't wait.

invasion and conviction won't see a second season

ABC and NBC, respectively, annouced that the bubbles shows won't be returning in the fall. I particularly think Invasion is a good show, but the plot would be difficult to sustain in the long-term. Conviction is decent, but with so many legal dramas out there, it had trouble standing out. Upfronts start tomorrow so there will be plenty more fall lineup news coming soon...

NBC loses 'Conviction'; Alphabet puts stop to 'Invasion'

an argument to end term limits

CNN polls Americans on GW vs. Clinton. Guess who fared the worst?

Poll: Clinton outperformed Bush

congress vs. myspace

I've been pleasantly surprised lately with some of the topics MTV Think News chooses to cover. Maybe a month ago there was an article on cell phone technology, specifically how far behind the U.S. is compared to other countries. This week, the headline is the Deleting Online Predators Act (DOPA), just introduced by Rep. Fitzpatrick (R-PA).

Congress Looks to Halt MySpace in School, Libraries

remember whit stillman?

It's been years since I've heard any mention of the writer/director/producer.

On Friday, he wrote in the Guardian why it’s been eight years since The Last Days of Disco and gave insight into his personal writing process.

Confessions of a serial drifter

5.11.2006

the new and improved JUST BREAK

My husband started this blog over a year ago with the intent to post here frequently. Sixteen months later, this is post #2. Since I spend time each day emailing interesting items I find online to my husband, my sister, and my friends, it was suggested to me that I should take over the responsibilities of Just Break. It's a lot of pressure and there is quite a precedent already established here, but I think I'm up for the challenge.

I plan on discussing most of the topics originally laid out for the blog, with the addition of some other items. I anticipate many a post on politics, healthcare, and women's rights. This isn't meant as a detractor to anyone only interested in celebrity and entertainment gossip, but will hopefully add some depth to the blog. On the lighter side, I know a lot about weddings and wedding prep, enjoy other not-previously mentioned art forms like dance and theater, started running two months ago for the first time in my life, and love, love, love traveling and big events. Basically, there are no limits to Just Break.

It may be that only my husband, my sister, and my friends find this blog useful and amusing. If that's the case then at least I now have a place to consolidate all of my info without filling up their inboxes. At the same time--who knows?--maybe there is actually an audience out there for the new and improved JUST BREAK?