Oct. 16th, 2010

[It was five o'clock on Saturday morning when Television suddenly woke up. He could feel her slip away, another bright light from his youth extinguished. For a second he entertained the idea of getting out of bed, but to do what? Tell someone? They would all find out eventually; right now this was a grief he couldn't share with anyone. Instead, he pulled the covers over his head and proceeded to stay in the exact same spot until well into the afternoon. She was an icon, part of a show he considered responsible for making television so popular. She was everyone's mother, her character a household name long after the show ceased to air. She was gone.]

Bye, Mom. Nobody will ever come close to filling your shoes.

Sep. 26th, 2010

Premiere week went pretty well, I think. Every year's going to have some hits and misses -- when I find out who gave the greenlight to that Shit My Dad Says show, they'll consider themselves lucky if they can find work as a caterer in this business again. Who the fuck thinks modeling a show off a Twitter is a good idea? And I would lament Shatner's involvement with it, but I gave up on that man a long time ago. Most of the new network fodder will be canned by midseason, some might get a full season, but in the end it's the old favorites everyone's returning to. And even those aren't pulling the numbers they used to.

It's the death of the Big Four's network superiority as we knew it, really. All the best shows, the ones that win Emmys, are on cable networks. AMC, Showtime, HBO -- that's where you find shows worth watching. Quality writing, directing, acting, everything. The major four are trying to mass-produce shows they think Middle America's Average Joe will watch and enjoy, and in their rush to do so all they're coming up with is drivel.

Which is really depressing, given that I've been working for one or another of those networks since their creation. But if quality television is moving elsewhere, then I suppose it makes sense for me to follow. Maybe I'll take a job more involved with production this time; being an executive is boring as fuck. I want to get my hands on the camera again!

Aug. 23rd, 2010

I love Emmy Week! Everybody who's anybody in the industry flocks to LA, coming to pay homage to me like good little minions, and there are not one but two ceremonies! Granted, the easily bored general public doesn't care about the Creative Arts half that occured Saturday, but I loved every minute of it. (Well, every minute except when John Lithgow thanked the wrong fucking network in his acceptance speech, but let bygones be bygones.)

Now I've got a week's worth of pre-parties, sponsor suites, and ridiculous amounts of free shit, all before the actual awards show on Sunday. Then there's the red carpet and the show and the afterparties, I love it all. Best feeling in the world! I need to find a way to bottle this for the midseason break.

Aug. 2nd, 2010

It's Shark Week, everybody! 23 seasons of sharks and it's more popular than ever. That's because sharks are awesome. Who doesn't love watching giant carnivorous creatures of the deep tearing other creatures of the deep apart? It's good blood-soaked fun for the whole family!

And it keeps my mind off the ridiculous fucking American Idol judge-casting drama. Who the hell cares who judges that shit, anyway? It is not a life-or-death situation, people; you will be able to live a normal life no matter who ends up "judging" on Idol. I promise.

Jul. 22nd, 2010

Logically, I should be exhausted. I am exhausted. It's just that the exhaust is currently buried under about four quad-mocha-venti-things, and the sort of natural high one can only achieve when in close quarters with a large group of people who geek out about the same things. It's entirely probable that when I get home I'll pass out and sleep for three days.

But no sleep right now! Too much to do, too much to see, and there's still Big Bang Theory tomorrow and Chuck and Leverage and that costume thing on Saturday, and Glee whenever that is, plus all the time I must undoubtedly spend at my children's booth and my sister's show taping, and being dragged hither and yon by aforementioned children and sister.

...I wonder how early that Starbucks across the street opens. I'm going to need another couple mochas to make it through the weekend.

Jul. 11th, 2010

The entire Comic-Con schedule is out at last, and to avoid getting caught up in the madness I've already picked out the things I absolutely can't miss. (I'm skipping just about every panel for a CW-run show. I have no desire to fight for seating with rabid fangirls.) Sixteen panels and my sister's show are all of course on the list, though I suppose somebody will drag me to the Masquerade. I suppose I'll have to have my Trek uniforms dry-cleaned, and decide whether to go as Command or Medical (original series, of course). Also must find the time to lunch with J.J. and Joss, somewhere far far away from the convention center and all the places around it swarming with attendees.

Jul. 8th, 2010

And the Emmy noms have been released! God, I was so excited for them this year. There have been so many fantastic shows and actors who all deserve to be recognized, and looking at the list of nominees I know I'll never be able to choose!

I mean, come on! Who could ever choose between Terry O'Quinn and Michael Emerson, both lately of Lost fame, in the supporting actor category? They're both fucking brilliant and I need to get them back on-screen posthaste, because I can't let that talent go to waste. And both Outstanding Lead Actor and Outstanding Drama Series, forget about it. That's like asking a man to choose which of his children is his favorite. I love them all.

The entire list of nominations, including all the technical awards, can be found here if anyone is inclined to read it; meanwhile I am going back to calling everyone on the nomination list and congratulating them.

Jun. 24th, 2010

There's something to be said for being kidnapped by one's older sister and force-fed brownies and Futurama. Life definitely doesn't suck right now, I can say that much.

Jun. 21st, 2010

I love summer programming. It's so deliciously thoughtless and mind-rotting. Nobody follows any of the shows that are on, professing not to care, but when they turn the TV on they get sucked in for hours of Big Brother whatever-edition-this-is, America's Got Talent, or the better shows on cable. It means I can focus on more important things, like developing this fall's programming or crashing on the couch with some cupcakes and an old classic. For a guy who doesn't have any kids, the ones I pretend to have are pretty awesome.

Jun. 3rd, 2010

Gary and Rue within a week of each other. I'm so glad it wasn't Betty.

I hate the "rule of threes."

May. 23rd, 2010

So. There goes Lost. We had a good run with that one. I'm glad it got to wrap up on its own terms, instead of being cut off before the story ended.
ohgod everyone's going to kill me for that ending....

(ooc: need I say it? major, major spoilers for the Lost series finale may be in the comments. read at your own risk!)

May. 14th, 2010

That's it, I am disowning NBC. Sure, they renewed Chuck and have already ordered six new series for fall and it's not even upfronts week yet, but do you know what else they did? They canceled Law and Order, while simultaneously greenlighting another L&O spinoff! L&O is going to tie with Gunsmoke for longest-running series, not beat it. Oh, and they also canceled Heroes, but let's face it -- the first season was amazing, but everything else turned to shit.

Upfronts next week don't look quite as terrifyingly overwhelming as they did last year. Lot of stuff already got canceled/ended/renewed so I can avoid fan fervor and "save our show" campaigns. Though this year's list of series ordered so far, quite frankly, is disappointing. Some of them just sound stupid. I'll be canceling half of them before next season is half over, you watch and see if I don't. 

May. 4th, 2010

LOST tonight was intense. I love a good emotional roller-coaster jaw-dropper episode like that! Plus, when the viewing base pretty much exploded after a certain scene? Total head rush, practically a fucking high. And just think, there's another episode and then the two and a half hour finale (the episode just got extended by 30 minutes, running from 9 to 11:30 on May 23rd, fuck yes)! I don't know how the fans will survive.

[OOC: To save everyone time and headaches now, I will warn you that there is a definite possibility that THERE WILL BE SPOILERS IN THE COMMENTS for tonight's episode of Lost, 6.14, "The Candidate." I left the post vague so nobody would be spoiled, but if you click on this post and you haven't seen the episode yet but happen to read potential spoilers in the comments here, on your own silly head be it! You were warned in advance. I need to talk about that episode with somebody, nobody I know watches it and that was intense!]

Apr. 29th, 2010

May sweeps started today! I love the sweeps, always so informative. Let's see if American Idol can keep up as reigning champ of the ratings, as it has every season since 2004! And when this is done, I have upfronts. Technically they started in March, but I don't have the time to go to every single upfront (nor do I particularly feel like wasting my time at, say, the Cartoon Network meeting. Cartoon Network makes cartoons, end of meeting). I'll go to the meetings for ABC, CBS, NBC, and Fox. Maybe TNT/TBS if I can find the time. I like what they've been doing lately.

And no, I'm still not taking sides on the O'Brien/Leno debate. Conan got to do his interview finally and will be back on the air soon, Leno's got his show again, and the continuing drama makes for damn fine television. I see no reason to intervene, do you? It's so entertaining! The masses want entertainment, and if a catfight between a ginger and a giant chin is what entertains them, then by all means let the circus continue.

Apr. 21st, 2010

NHL playoff ratings are up, Kate Gosselin is not a dancing star, Lost is hiatusing before the grand finale, Seacrest is crazy, NFL draft is a primetime event this year, and people are actually buying 3D TVs.

I just keep getting more and more amazing. How do I do it?

Feb. 25th, 2009

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