Did you know that there's an Emmy Award for outstanding commercial? Isn't that like giving a Pulitzer Prize in literature for the best book-jacket copy? Considering how product-placement spots are threatening to turn many TV programs into extended advertisements, blurring the line between art and commerce seems like a dumb thing to do, especially for an industry that wants to be taken as seriously as the folks who make motion pictures.
Did you hear the story about the empty seat in the fifth row for "The Producers"? A woman who saw the precious perch leaned over to the man sitting next to it. "Is that your seat?" she asked him. "Yes, it is," the man said. "My wife was supposed to come, but she couldn't make it." The woman was dumbfounded. "This is a very popular show.
We Tony Award fanatics are a rare breed, which is really a nice way of saying that there aren't very many of us losers around. Sure, there are a few (mostly gay) bars in New York that host Tony-watching parties, and you could probably hunt down a Tony-betting pool here and there.
Television can be torture to watch, but have you ever thought about what it's like for the poor people who write this stuff? Alan Ball's 1999 series, "Oh Grow Up," survived all of 11 episodes on ABC. "One critic said it was the first show that was actually physically painful to watch," Ball says.
For years, Mike Darnell had his tombstone all planned. "I used to say I'd put: however he died, I hope he caught it on tape," Darnell says. "I don't think that anymore." Perhaps that's because this year he got a good look at what death might, professionally speaking,look like.
Most of the time, people call her the Pepsi Girl. It happens at Hollywood openings. "We were sitting at the premiere of 'The Insider.' Al Pacino is sitting over there, and Russell Crowe is in that corner," says her mother, Amy. "And she comes on the screen and you hear the murmurs: 'Pepsi Girl.' It's so funny." It happens on the street, too. "She's recognized everywhere," says actress Alison Elliott. "People would ask, 'Oh, my God, is that the Pepsi Girl?
Talk About Addictive. We Kept Watching 'Survivor' Even After They Kicked Colleen Off The Island. This Week 40 Million Americans Will Tune In To Find Out Which One Of The Final Four Will Escape Cutthroat Island Without A Knife In The Back And With A Million Dollars In The Bank. An Exclusive Look Inside The Last Days Of A Tv Juggernaut.
Morgan moss gets thefirst line in the new Fox TV show "American High," and it's a doozy. "These are the years that you're supposed to go f---ing wild, blame it all on your parents or society, not have to suffer consequences, have unprotected sex, go do drugs, smoke cigarettes, drink alcohol, watch pornos, rent porno movies, get porno magazines.