September 12, 2012 |
Kathy Bates has beaten cancer yet again, she revealed Wednesday. "Hey All, sorry for the long silence," she said in a two-part Twitter message. "I was diagnosed with breast cancer 2 months ago & am recovering from a double mastectomy. ... I don't miss my breasts as much as I miss Harry's Law. ;-) Thanks for all the sweet tweets. Y'all kept me going. " The "Titanic" actress was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in 2003, an experience she discussed in the video above, for the Ovarian Cancer National Alliance.
July 31, 2012
Add Jon Stewart to the growing chorus of critics displeased with NBC's coverage of the London Olympic games . He opened Monday night's “Daily Show” with a segment blasting the network's decision to edit a moving tribute to the victims of the 7/7 London bombings out of the opening ceremony, only to replace it with Ryan Seacrest's singularly pointless interview with swimming champ Michael Phelps. Stewart praised the ceremonies, conceived by Oscar-winning director Danny Boyle, as an “incredible, cheeky at times, poignant spectacle,” but was infuriated by NBC's insensitive editing of them.
February 19, 2012 |
In the endless prelude to the premiere of "Smash," the hand-wringing over the state of NBC was something to behold. After canning "Prime Suspect," its big ticket fall show, in what can be called only a panic, and bombing with its presumed John Grisham shoo-in "The Firm," the network needs a hit more than a flower needs rain, etc. Obviously NBC is hoping that "Smash" will be that hit, pouring money into the sort of ad campaign usually reserved for...
February 3, 2012 |
NBC is banking on a musical about a tragic icon for a reversal of its own misfortunes. In its biggest gamble since betting on Jay Leno in prime time, NBC on Monday will debut "Smash," an ambitious drama about turning Marilyn Monroe's life into a Broadway musical with soaring song and dance numbers. "Smash" has an all-star lineup in front of and behind the camera. It stars Debra Messing, Anjelica Huston and Katharine McPhee and was created by playwright Theresa Rebeck. Producers include Steven Spielberg, Tony Award-winning composer Marc Shaiman, and Craig Zadan and Neil Meron, producers of the Oscar-winning "Chicago.
January 18, 2012
SERIES Whitney: Whitney and Lily (Whitney Cummings, Zoe Lister Jones) plan Lily's wedding in this new episode (8 p.m. NBC). American Idol: Hopefuls perform for the judges in Savannah, Ga., in the season premiere (8 p.m. Fox). Criminal Minds: Rossi (Joe Mantegna) and his colleagues suspect that the Zodiac Killer might have resurfaced in San Francisco when some new bodies turn up with signs of the notorious serial murderer's work, while Reid and Prentiss (Matthew Gray Gubler, Paget Brewster)
May 15, 2011 |
Can women save NBC? The network is making a big bet that the route to its long-needed comeback will come through female-skewing scripted series, with a just-announced fall TV schedule that will include a new Wednesday comedy block as well as 10 p.m. dramas every weeknight. The biggest surprise from Bob Greenblatt, the former Showtime programming chief assembling his first lineup as NBC's entertainment president, is opening Wednesday nights with two new comedies, "Up All Night" with Christina Applegate and "Free Agents" with Hank Azaria and Kathryn Hahn in an adaptation of a British series.