Monthly Archives: January 2010

Academy Award nominees to be announced on Feb. 2

Actress Anne Hathaway and Tom Sherak, president of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences, will announce some of this year’s Academy Awards nominees on Feb. 2, People magazine reports. Hathaway was nominated for Best Actress last year for Rachel Getting Married. The Oscars will air at 7 p.m. March 7 on ABC. The show will be hosted by actors Steve Martin and Alec Baldwin.

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Beaver Dam native pursuing country career in Nashville

Last week,  the Messenger-Inquirer published an article I wrote about Scott Lindsey, a singer/songwriter from Beaver Dam. He is trying to make it big in county music, and he is hoping his music video for “You Only Call Me When You’re Drunk” will enter rotation on GAC soon.

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L.A. Times provides great award show coverage

If you missed the Golden Globes or last weekend’s Screen Actors Guild Awards, check out the Los Angeles Times coverage of the event. The Envelope, The Awards Insider of the L.A. Times, has many details from the night.

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More on O’Brien, again

Check out the Los Angeles Times’ Company Town blog for updates related to late-night situation at NBC.

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More on O’Brien

Click here for the Los Angeles Times take on the Conan O’Brien/Jay Leno late night situation.

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Latest on Conan O’Brien

Conan O’Brien is saying he won’t stay on “The Tonight Show” if the show is moved back to 12:05 a.m. Here is O’Brien’s statement (via the New York Times):

People of Earth:

In the last few days, I’ve been getting a lot of sympathy calls, and I want to start by making it clear that no one should waste a second feeling sorry for me. For 17 years, I’ve been getting paid to do what I love most and, in a world with real problems, I’ve been absurdly lucky. That said, I’ve been suddenly put in a very public predicament and my bosses are demanding an immediate decision.

Six years ago, I signed a contract with NBC to take over The Tonight Show in June of 2009. Like a lot of us, I grew up watching Johnny Carson every night and the chance to one day sit in that chair has meant everything to me. I worked long and hard to get that opportunity, passed up far more lucrative offers, and since 2004 I have spent literally hundreds of hours thinking of ways to extend the franchise long into the future. It was my mistaken belief that, like my predecessor, I would have the benefit of some time and, just as important, some degree of ratings support from the prime-time schedule. Building a lasting audience at 11:30 is impossible without both.

But sadly, we were never given that chance. After only seven months, with my Tonight Show in its infancy, NBC has decided to react to their terrible difficulties in prime-time by making a change in their long-established late night schedule.

Last Thursday, NBC executives told me they intended to move the Tonight Show to 12:05 to accommodate the Jay Leno Show at 11:35. For 60 years the Tonight Show has aired immediately following the late local news. I sincerely believe that delaying the Tonight Show into the next day to accommodate another comedy program will seriously damage what I consider to be the greatest franchise in the history of broadcasting. The Tonight Show at 12:05 simply isn’t the Tonight Show. Also, if I accept this move I will be knocking the Late Night show, which I inherited from David Letterman and passed on to Jimmy Fallon, out of its long-held time slot. That would hurt the other NBC franchise that I love, and it would be unfair to Jimmy.

So it has come to this: I cannot express in words how much I enjoy hosting this program and what an enormous personal disappointment it is for me to consider losing it. My staff and I have worked unbelievably hard and we are very proud of our contribution to the legacy of The Tonight Show. But I cannot participate in what I honestly believe is its destruction. Some people will make the argument that with DVRs and the Internet a time slot doesn’t matter. But with the Tonight Show, I believe nothing could matter more.

There has been speculation about my going to another network but, to set the record straight, I currently have no other offer and honestly have no idea what happens next. My hope is that NBC and I can resolve this quickly so that my staff, crew, and I can do a show we can be proud of, for a company that values our work.

Have a great day and, for the record, I am truly sorry about my hair; it’s always been that way.

Yours,

Conan

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Upcoming television show set in Hazard, Ky.

Television network FX is producing a television show called “Justified” which takes place in Hazard, Ky. Rich Copley, a reporter at the Lexington Herald-Leader blogged about the show earlier today. Check out Copious Notes to learn more about the show and see a trailer. “Justified” is scheduled to begin airing in March.  Though it is set in Kentucky, the show is filmed out of state.

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