July 22, 2001 |
It seems only fitting that the creator of NBC's new sketch comedy series "The Downer Channel" is having a bad day. "I am now on a holiday in Connecticut," Michael Halpern says with a sigh, during a recent phone interview. "I am so miserable about my e-mail situation and I seem not to be able to find a new solution. I can't get into the e-mail. I am using a friend's computer because my modem can't find the dial tone. It's overwhelming."
May 14, 1994 |
It's pretty much been funny business as usual this week for David Letterman, with an L.A. twist. Having relocated to Television City for a week's run, Dave was heard more than once saying "dude." He and Michael Keaton took a dip in the temporary set's shimmering pool. And Lakers great Kareem Abdul-Jabbar took the shape of a begoggled (and befuddled) Calvert De Forest.
October 16, 1996 |
STAGE A 'Sisterella' Dozen: Pasadena Playhouse's hit musical "Sisterella" received 12 nominations for this year's NAACP theater awards, more than any other show. Runners-up were "Kiss of the Spider Woman" and "Seven Guitars," with 10 each. In the "local" categories for smaller theaters, four productions shared the lead, with eight nominations each: "Anny Mae and Asbury," "Dinah Was," "I Am a Man" and "The Chest." Winners will be announced Nov.
March 17, 1995 |
Five-year-old Jackie Hoffman carefully hands her drawing of a woman's torso to the most discerning critic possible--older sister Nicole. Moments later, she is paid the ultimate compliment: "Jackie, this is real art." With 200 other children, the sisters create works of art each week at the Monart school in Santa Monica. There, 4-year-olds learn representational drawing and students 8 and older sketch the human body by observing a live model.
August 27, 1993 |
The executive producers of "The Late Show with David Letterman" had a surprise visitor recently: Jay Leno. Leno, in town for a publicity photo shoot, decided to drop in on the Letterman show at its new digs, the Ed Sullivan Theatre on Broadway.
June 20, 2001 |
Summer should be the time for throw-it-against-the-wall -and-see-if-it-sticks gonzo experiments on network TV. In theory, anyway. Find the next "Survivor" or "Millionaire" and--presto!--prime time as we know it changes forever, for better or worse. The drill by TV nabobs should be this: Find something that is so wacky or groundbreaking that audiences are forced to turn their weary eyes to the tube. It doesn't always happen that way, though.
March 11, 1997 |
David Letterman's "Late Show" is in an odd position these days. One year after changing executive producers to give the program a jolt of energy, Letterman's late-night talk show on CBS is winning accolades from critics--for a four-city tour last fall that included a memorable performance by defeated presidential candidate Bob Dole, and for a 15th anniversary special on Feb. 24 that included the "revelation" by Alec Baldwin that Dave is a disowned Baldwin brother.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 13, 1987 |
Even before the San Dieguito school board decides on a proposed code of conduct for all students, the district's two main high schools have cracked down on off-campus misconduct by athletes. Torrey Pines High School has amended its athletic handbook to warn that students are accountable for their behavior "on and off the field, in and out of the season." Two athletes, the team mascot and a cheerleader have been suspended from extracurricular activities for drinking.
March 22, 2013 |
For more than 40 years, a studio at the corner of Olive and Alameda avenues in Burbank has been churning out a show that keeps viewers up late. But with NBC's "Tonight Show" poised to migrate back to New York, Southern California is in danger of losing not just jobs but also cultural clout. News sunk in Thursday that NBC is hatching a plan to replace "Tonight Show" host Jay Leno with Jimmy Fallon next year and move the show back to New York, the city it fled in the early 1970s, not long before New York was mired in a bankruptcy crisis.
March 21, 2013 |
If the rumors are true and “The Tonight Show” is set to return to its ancestral home at 30 Rockefeller Plaza with Jimmy Fallon as host, the move would be a boon for New York City - and maybe even the aging late-night genre itself. A relocation to the East Coast could also signal an effort by NBC to revitalize the “Tonight Show” brand, still the premier franchise in late-night but now seen as stagnant and too safe. “From '54 to '72, 'The Tonight Show' had the flavor and the feel of New York City,” said Ron Simon, curator of the Paley Center for Media in New York City. “New York was at one point something that executives once shied away from, but with 'Seinfeld,' 'Louie,' 'Sex and the City,' New York is thought of in a different way. The New York spirit is obviously something people have a craving for, whether it's Jon Stewart or 'SNL.'” PHOTOS: Classic 'Tonight Show' moments Los Angeles offers proximity to celebrities and the entertainment business as a whole, but that can come at a creative cost, say some observers.