Angela Lansbury is not happy about the fact that NBC is bringing back Murder, She Wrote with Octavia Spencer in the lead role. The now 88-year-old legend says that she thinks it’s a mistake to call it Murder, She Wrote because “Murder, She Wrote will always be about a Cabot Cove and this wonderful little group of people who told those lovely stories and enjoyed a piece of that place, and also enjoyed Jessica Fletcher, who is a rare and very individual kind of person. So I’m sorry that they have to use the title Murder, She Wrote, even though they have access to it and it’s their right.” Welcome to Hollywood Mrs. Potts, but there will always only be ONE Jessica Fletcher, let’s just keep that shit real. (Photo: Pacific Coast News)
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Last night, NBC reached an historic milestone by celebrating 80 years of its illustrious page program. The Kenneths of the world united at The Grill on the Universal lot with special guests including Parks and Recreation star and former page Aubrey Plaza, Kenneth the Page on 30 Rock aka Jack McBrayer, along with Hollywood Squares host Peter Marshall, who started in the program in 1941! Pages young and old alike recounted memories while carrying a shared badge of honor. For 80 years, pages have been at the front lines of the company, conducting tours, working The Tonight Show in Los Angeles and SNL in New York. Just like Kenneth on 30 Rock, pages often bite the bullet by stomaching not-so-glamorous tasks in the hopes of something better for the future. And there is hope for the future! Many pages have gone on to be quite successful, with Steve Allen, Ted Koppel, and Michael Eisner among its notable alumni. Former page Regis Philbin, who holds the world record for most hours on US television, conducted a similar celebration last night in New York City. Currently the program has a lower acceptance rate than Harvard, offering just 50 spots on the West Coast for over 9,000 applicants per year. Needless to say from the photos, the night brought an impressive amount of Peacock Pride!
(Written by Sam Kart, WOW’s Junior Executive Assistant and former NBC page)
Next Monday, Paul McCartney will guest on Jimmy Kimmel Live and, after his in-studio interview segment, McCartney will take to Hollywood Boulevard for a live performance – right out on the effing street. The Boulevard, where World of Wonder headquarters is conveniently located, will be closed from Highland to Sycamore, and traffic will be diverted in an effort to contain the anticipated hordes. The ex-Beatle still has it. The next night, Kimmel will host the natty and talented Justin Timberlake, and again the Boulevard will be shut down when JT takes to the street to perform a sampling of songs from his new about-to-drop album The 20/20 Experience. We can already hear drivers angrily cursing Kimmel and shaking their fists at having to face detours two days in a row.
And we’re already cursing and shaking our fist at AMC for stretching out its departing series, Mad Men. After splitting the final season of Breaking Bad into two parts to air in 2012 and 2013, the network will now be pulling the same stunt for Mad Men, the grandpappy of AMC’s Original Series series. So the seventh-season order of Mad Men has been upped from 13 to 14 episodes – seven to air in spring of 2014 (“The Beginning”) and the final seven (“The End of an Era”) airing in the spring of 2015. We’ve already started to lose interest in it.
At NBC’s upfront presentation to advertisers back in May, the network announced that Jay Leno would bring his 22 years behind the Tonight desk to a much-anticipated (by us) end during the week leading up to the 2014 Winter Olympics, which commence February 7. It also announced that Jimmy Fallon would replace him on Monday, February 24, the night after the closing ceremony, and will be broadcast from Manhattan, produced by Lorne Michaels. Immediately following Fallon that night will be the debut of Late Night with Seth Meyers at 12:30AM, also originating from New York City. The good news is that Leno’s staff are already bailing on him; several producers have moved in with Chelsea Handler’s people. (via deadline)
All right, I’ll admit it here. I’m obsessed. I watch at least one rerun of 30 Rock every day – sometimes more. Well, Tina Fey and 30 Rock cohort Robert Carlock, along with writer/producer Colleen McGuinness, are working on a new female-centric comedy for NBC, which will include Fey as an executive producer, and we sincerely hope she’ll be joining McGuinness (who came to 30 Rock in season six) in the writer’s room, too. So far, all that’s known is: “The project, said to be in the vein of Cheers, is a character-driven workplace comedy where a young woman in search of reconnecting with her father finds a new home and family on Fire Island.” Really? Fire Island? OK. I’m there but I’d be there even if it was Staten Island. (Photo: NBC via Refinery 29)
A man slashed his wrists and forearms in Rockefeller Center outside the Today show studio this morning as Matt Lauer and Savanah Guthrie were live-broadcasting and chatting with folks in that way they have. The slashing was not aired on the program, but it was captured on a number of cellphone photos and video by tourists who can show the family back home that New York is just like they suspected. Here are two of the shots, courtesy of the New York Daily News. (via tmz)
I know, that was punny, wasn’t it? OK, so our little Ivy isn’t letting our favorite show being cancelled affect her fun times with her boyfriend Brian Gallagher. Megan and her man hung out by the pool and relaxed at the beach in Oahu and tweeted some adorabibble pictures. Maybe we can convince Netflix to bring Smash back too? One can dream.
The Michael J. Fox Show is coming to NBC and it looks downright charming. He hasn’t lost that “it” factor at all. And I am telling you that if you aren’t swept away by his charm and charisma you pretty much have no soul.