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 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.
March 21, 2011 |
In NBC's "Harry's Law," Kathy Bates stars as Harriet Korn, a bored, 60-year-old, pot-smoking patent lawyer who chucks her career out the window to take on lost causes and hard-luck cases at a storefront law firm in a rough-and-tumble Cincinnati neighborhood. Until two months ago, "lost cause" and "hard-luck case" were apt descriptions for "Harry's Law" itself. Although created by David E. Kelley, whose resume includes the hits "Ally McBeal" and "Boston Legal," "Harry's Law" was expected inside and outside NBC to be dead on arrival.
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...
March 14, 2011
SERIES Inside the Actors Studio: Bradley Cooper, who got his master's degree at the Actors Studio when it was affiliated with The New School, sits down with host James Lipton to discuss a career that's spanned stage, film and television (7 p.m. Bravo). Shatner's Raw Nerve: LeVar Burton, who starred in "Roots" and "Start Trek: The Next Generation," has some couch time with the original Enterprise caption, then, in the season finale, Shatner reunites with his "Star Trek" co-star Walter Koenig for a heated conversation (7:30 p.m. Biography)
September 13, 2012
Early color film revived The earliest movies known to be shot in color have been revived by film archivists, who on Wednesday gave an audience at London's Science Museum a glimpse at cinema's first attempts to show us the world as we see it. The obscure film segments were long considered failed prototypes, blurry flickers of color seen by no more than a handful of people before being consigned to an archive. But the National Media Museum in the northern England city of Bradford said digitization had effectively rescued the footage, unlocking remarkably modern-looking images created more than a century ago. The scenes, screened at the Science Museum, ranged from roughly five to 40 seconds and showed a parrot, a London street scene, and three smiling children sitting around a table covered with a burgundy cloth batting at a goldfish bowl with large sunflowers.