In the end (and it hasn’t ended yet), it always comes down to power. Lance Armstrong still has control: He’s the one Oprah Winfrey agreed to appear alongside, and being interviewed by her confers more of Winfrey’s mass-appeal influence upon his already-extensive power. What do I mean by power in this context? Imagine following Lance Armstrong around today, January 18; I’ll bet you’ll see no lessening of the deferential treatment he’ll receive from nearly everyone who comes into contact with him. This is not a man who has been so disgraced he’s no longer treated like a V.I.P. For all his pious confessions of guilt, of bullying, of helping to destroy careers, he remains addicted to control and the impact he’s had on the sport he’s helped to traduce. READ FULL STORY
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'Game of Thrones,' 'Friday Night Lights,' 'Sherlock,' and 'The Dick Van Dyke Show' among big winners of Television Critics Association Awards
Jon Hamm was named best actor in a drama and Modern Family’s Ty Burrell and Parks and Recreation‘s Nick Offerman tied for best actor in a comedy in the annual Television Critics Association awards ceremony held on Saturday night.
The full list is: READ FULL STORY
Unlike so many trumped-up celebrations of famous people, the three-day farewell to Oprah Winfrey taking place — where else? — on The Oprah Winfrey Show can scarcely be dismissed as self-congratulation or hype. READ FULL STORY
The premiere of Piers Morgan Tonight revealed host Piers Morgan to be clever, tenacious, vain, a flatterer, and fitfully funny. Oh, and he had a big-name first guest: Oprah Winfrey, who talked about contemplating suicide at age 14, her quest to interview Michael Vick, and how many times she’s had her heart broken (twice). READ FULL STORY
George Bush: 'Let's talk about water-boarding!' Torture, getting drunk, making Kanye and Cheney mad: The TV book-tour begins!
The creepiest promo for Monday night’s Decision Points: A Conversation with George W. Bush was the snippet that played all last week during NBC’s entertainment programming, in which former president George W. Bush said to Matt Lauer, “Let’s talk about water-boarding” in an enthusiastic tone that suggested the subject was as fun and exciting as a trip to Disneyworld.
NBC’s promo department should be sent to the same woodshed where Keith Olbermann is being kept until Tuesday evening. It turned out that READ FULL STORY
Oprah Winfrey said on today’s show she “had reservations” about interviewing Nadya Suleman and thereby joining the Octomom media coverage — until she got a letter from Suleman saying the Octomom wanted the world “to see her for who she is.”
Who she is, to my eyes after watching Oprah, is a woman with a shaky grasp on reality, READ FULL STORY
A big must-watch of the weekend is Life, the first two episodes of the Discovery channel’s eye-popping nature documentaries. Just look at this clip and tell me you don’t want to see more of that fly getting snagged by the Venus flytrap, or those whales do that swirling, perfect circle in the water:
This weekend’s second episode, “Reptiles and Amphibians,” features this little tale of the waterfall toad — “the size of a postage stamp,” says narrator Oprah Winfrey — and how it escapes death from a snake sneaking up behind it:
Eeek! I mean, really, there are hours of this kind of thing, and you can’t believe how the cameras captured these moments.
What do you think? Up for some nature and adventure on Life?
During last night’s special, Oprah Winfrey didn’t conduct the interviews. She just set up taped bits, introducing a series of stars interviewing each other about Oscar night. Halle Berry and Penelope Cruz exchanged compliments. (Berry, re Cruz in Nine: “I thought you were sexy from the inside out.”)
James Cameron, who was interviewed by his Avatar star Sigourney Weaver, was gracious about being nominated in the same categories as his ex-wife, Hurt Locker director Kathryn Bigelow. Did you expect him to bad-mouth her?
Glenn Close and Michael Douglas looked at clips and talked — “for the first time,” said Oprah in her intro — about Fatal Attraction. Close allowed as how she thought the famous boiled-rabbit scene was “over the top.” They discussed the re-shooting of Fatal‘s final scene. The original, in which Close’s character committed suicide, didn’t go over well with preview audiences. “The audience wanted you to be killed,” said Douglas.
Close said changing the ending (having Anne Archer’s character shoot her) was “a profound problem for me… I was so mad.”
They hugged and said they were grateful to be friends after all these years.
A charming Ben Affleck interviewed Hurt Locker‘s Jeremy Renner, occasionally reading off, as some of the other stars did, cards. He asked Renner questions such as “You grew up in Modesto, California… what was that like?” and “Do you have women throwing themselves at you since being nominated?”
The format for this show was silly. You can’t blame the actors, though. They’re not interviewers; they’re not trying to tease out anything that might make a colleague uncomfortable.
What else is there to say? Good luck to those who are nominated this year.
David Letterman said last night that his Super Bowl commercial confused his mother: “My mom called and said, ‘David, who was the guy with Oprah and Jay?'”
Biff Henderson also expressed a certain loyalty to Leno. (About three minutes in here.)
A bit later Letterman noted that after the idea was conceived and broadcast, “People thought it was really hot stuff. So I’d like to thank the actors who played Oprah and Jay Leno.”
One of the best parts of last night’s show was seeing Sandra Bullock — who demonstrated that she can catch and throw a football while in high heels — needle Dave.
After showing some amusing pictures taken at an awards show of Bullock open-mouth-kissing Meryl Streep, Dave said with mock-severity, “Well, I guess that’s the kind of thing you people do out in Hollywood,” Bullock shot back, “Oh, I suppose you’ve never kissed a woman before, Dave.” (Occurs about 2:30 in here.)
Glad Bullock has reaped an Oscar nomination even if I haven’t seen The Blind Side, if for no other reason than it means she makes sparky TV appearances such as this one.
Did you watch Dave last night?
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