When you're trying to tease a couple billion dollars out of a roomful of advertisers, it helps to have a smokin' PowerPoint presentation. Last week, when Fox tried to sell its fall lineup to advertisers in New York City, its idea of exciting was asking the studiously bland Carrie Underwood to sing a tune.
Leave it to Chita Rivera to do a one-woman show about her own life and end up sharing the stage with eight dancers. "I came from the gypsies," she says. "Even today, when I was rehearsing my show with the boys, they had to say, 'Chita, move down,' 'cause I always wanted to be up with them." Of course, calling Rivera a gypsy is like calling Tiger Woods a duffer.
Ah, the glory that was Rome. The temples. The togas. The toilets. Rome in 52 B.C. usually means emperors and palaces and dudes with bad haircuts, and you'll see plenty of those when HBO debuts its new drama "Rome" on Aug. 28. "Rome" is a show that will make every history teacher proud.