Day: January 10, 2010

Jerry Seinfeld’s “The Marriage Ref” hosted by Tom Papa will debut on NBC after Winter Olympics closing ceremonies

I know, I know. NBC's earlier press session today is what everyone is talking about, with their official acknowledgement that they're moving Jay Leno out of primetime and back to 11:35 p.m., but that nothing is a done deal concerning Conan O'Brien. Yikes. Which is precisely why I wanted to remind you that there is good news coming today for comedian Tom Papa, who is hosting Jerry Seinfeld's new reality TV project, The Marriage Ref. It's the last session of the day at the TCA winter press tour (so nighttime here on the East Coast), but the network already posted a press release, saying that viewers will get a first-look preview of the show immediately following the closing ceremonies of the Winter Olympics. I told Papa the last time I saw him that if NBC were smart, they'd get him to do some playful marriage refereeing with members of the U.S. Olympic team — such as the figure skating pairs, perhaps! But that's predicated upon NBC being smart. Obviously. The show's half-hour preview will air 10:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 28. The regular hour debut will be 8 p.m. Sunday, March 14. From the press release today: "Utilizing the Winter Olympics as a platform for introducing this show provides an extraordinary opportunity," said Jeff Gaspin, chairman of NBC Universal Television Entertainment. "We've wanted to be in business with Tom Papa...

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SNL #35.11 with Sir Charles Barkley, Alicia Keys

Would you like to play a game? And I don't mean global thermonuclear war. I mean, how'd you like to guess a few things that happened last night on Saturday Night Live? Such as…how many SNL writers who aren't part of the on-air cast got to appear either live or superimposed on graphics last night? How many sketches either started or ended not when they should have? Or, better yet, how many people in the Eastern and Central time zones missed a half-hour of the show because they weren't home and depended upon their DVRs and/or TiVos to record it? Heck. Why ask all of those questions. How 'bout them Cowboys? Thank goodness their dismantling of the Eagles took so long, because that, plus the late-night news (in NYC, Darlene Rodriguez wore her J-E-T-S Jets Jets Jets green, didn't she?) pushed the start of SNL past midnight. But, oh, if that were the only mishap. It was a mess. Sometimes quite a fun mess, though. Just like Sir Charles Barkley himself, who I previously have seen in the wilds of Arizona nightclubs when I was a newspaper reporter there. Let's get to the recap! We start with one of our colder cold opens, as Wolf Blitzer (Jason Sudeikis) is in CNN's Situation Room, but that's not even what the sketch is about, so why, really, if only to hear...

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Listen to Artie Lange talk depression, suicide, drugs in October 2009 interview with the New York Post

As long as I'm being serious, let me point you toward this newly released phone call between comedian Artie Lange and the New York Post's Mandy Stadtmiller from Oct. 30, 2009. Hardly any of it actually made it into print a few days later when the Post previewed the New York Comedy Festival, but pretty much all of it is worth listening to. That'd be true even if Lange didn't try to take his own life a week ago — it's more chilling now, naturally — but you can hear what kind of frame of mind he was in a couple of months earlier here, because he was ready and willing to talk about his life and emotions in detail, no matter what the question was. I know I have been critical of Artie Lange's stand-up recently, although that had as much to do with his fans as it had to do with what he was joking about, and I also know that of all of the idiots in Howard Stern's morning radio circle, Lange is the most lovable, and on top of all of that, know that Lange needs help. So please. Help him. If you know him and interact with him regularly, intervene. Let him know you care about him and make him get healthy. Even if you don't know him, say something. I know that Sirius...

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