Month: September 2009

Seinfeld: The Reunion begins on Curb Your Enthusiasm. It’s not Seinfeld. It’s HBO!

If you have watched the first two episodes of HBO's Curb Your Enthusiasm, then perhaps you have wondered what all of the hullaballoo about a Seinfeld reunion was about, because, there has been very little mentioned about it thus far. That's all about to change next week. The teaser at the end of last night's episode lets you know that Larry David will begin sitting down with Jerry Seinfeld, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Jason Alexander and Michael Richards to bring the gang back together again — this time, in a very meta form. HBO already has been gracious enough to offer a behind-the-scenes look at the "Seinfeld reunion," in a 20-minute doc called "It's Not A Reunion: But It's The Closet You'll Get." And someone else has been kind enough to trim that down in half to the essential details about the Seinfeld subplot. So, without further ado, roll the clip! Of course, not everything is the same. As is pointed out in the clip above, David thought Seinfeld would want to update his kitchen. Apartment Therapy helps point out some of the differences, too. Is that not enough for you people? Then watch this overall background piece on Season 7 of Curb, which has included juicy parts for JB Smoove, Bob Einstein, Richard Lewis and Seth Morris, among many; plus some more details about the Seinfeld plot, because after all,...

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Jay Leno tells Oprah he’s not worried about ratings. Should he be?

On Friday's live edition of Oprah Winfrey's show, Jay Leno spoke to Oprah via satellite about his first two weeks competing in primetime on NBC. Oprah also turned the tables on Leno with her own silly 10 questions segment. But about The Jay Leno Show? When Oprah asked him how he was coping with the increased scrutiny, Leno defended himself, noting that "numbers that make you number one now would have gotten you cancelled 10 or 15 years ago," and accurately pointed out that his second week was also the debut week for ABC and CBS, making this "probably the hardest week of the whole year for us." The numbers bore that out. His first week at 10 p.m. E/P (9 p.m. C/M) earned him plenty of eyeballs, while the second week revealed a steep drop-off. In millions of viewers, Monday-Friday, it looked like this: Week One: 18.4, 11.1, 13.4, 8.8, 7.6 Week Two: 5.7, 6.8, 6.4, 5.0 Why worry, though? "I'm 59 years old. I'm in a young person's game. I have a lot of fun with this. I'm just glad to come to work and tell jokes," Leno told Oprah. "My goal is to make show-business money and lead a normal life…"If it's a hit, that would be great. If not, oh well, I did the Tonight Show for 17 years. And that's that. Any other attitude and you...

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Meet the finalists in the 2009 San Francisco Comedy Competition

Here are your five finalists in this year's 34th annual San Francisco Comedy Competition. Pictured clockwise from far left: Danny Bevins from Los Angeles, Jarrod Harris from Atlanta, Tom Simmons from Los Angeles, Maureen Langan from New York City, and Rodger Lizaola from Seattle. The finals take place over five nights, Tuesday-Saturday, in San Francisco, Santa Cruz, Sacramento, Medford (Ore.), and Brooks, with $25,000 in cash prizes at stake. Good...

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Live from New York, it’s 10 truly outrageous & infamous moments in Saturday Night Live history

So, yes. Jenny Slate said a dirty word on live TV. But when you think about it, when you truly think about it, someone swearing is not the most outrageous thing (nor even the rarest thing, as several other cast members have flubbed a profanity over the years) to ever happen on Saturday Night Live. It probably would not even make the top 10. You know how we know this? We checked the previous 34 seasons of SNL, and we remind you of these moments that had people talking, and talking and talking some more. Before we had Twitter and Facebook and YouTube to share it with all of our friends and strangers, we watched these unexpectedly outrageous and infamous moments unfold live on SNL. Let's work our way backward, shall we? 10) Episode #30.3, Oct. 23, 2004: Ashlee Simpson caught lip-synching. The song so nice she sung it twice? Not exactly. When Ashlee Simpson's second song turned out to be the same as her first, "Pieces of Me," the singer was not singing, and not knowing what else to do, started a jig and hopped off-stage. Cut to commercial? Simpson tried passing the blame during the farewell goodnights, and then made further excuses. That should have covered it, right? Oh, wait. 60 Minutes was filming that week behind the scenes! Talk about a gotcha. 9) Episode #19.14, Feb....

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SNL’s 35th F-ing season debut with Megan Fox, U2

Sometimes, you see a date on the calendar and get excited about it. For me, on a personal note, Saturday night was my birthday. For Jenny Slate, it was her debut on NBC’s Saturday Night Live. Neither of us ended up with the night we quite expected or dreamed it would be, but we both had a night to remember; Slate, a little more so. For the record: I counted 61 mentions of frickin’, frick, frig, friggin, freaking and f*ck in the sketch “Biker Chick Chat” that aired live at 12:42 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time on Sunday, Sept. 27, 2009. Jenny Slate wrote the sketch herself. It went completely fine during the dress rehearsal earlier Saturday night. There was no conspiracy. It was a slip of the tongue, pure and simple. Well, in as much as saying f*ck on live TV can be considered pure. Slate misfired on the 12th utterance of the profanity (so for you numbers fans, it wasn’t unlucky number 13, but the dirty dozen that did her in), and after visibly catching her breath, she, Kristen Wiig and host Megan Fox continued with the talk-show sketch through its conclusion. SNL’s head writer, Seth Meyers, also hugged Slate right behind Fox during the good-night thanks segment, and that pic is shown on NBC’s own site so we can see the public sign of solidarity. Within minutes...

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