Where to be and what to watch...
By Michael Malone -- Broadcasting & Cable, 3/19/2006 7:00:00 PM
Monday, March 20
The NAB Futures Summit is under way in Pebble Beach, Calif., as broadcast professionals get a crash course in emerging technologies from forward thinkers like Brightcove's Jeremy Allaire and CBS' David Poltrack. And The Future of Content Distribution is Topic A at TelecomNext at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas. B&C Editor in Chief Max Robins and Multichannel News counterpart Tom Steinert-Threlkeld (TST) moderate the lunchtime panel. Methamphetamine! Murder! Al Roker? See what's going on with meth in your neck of the woods on Al Roker Investigates: Meth, Murder & Madness, premiering on Court TV at 11 p.m. ET. And NBC newbie Heist gets the red-carpet treatment with a premiere party at Bulgari in Beverly Hills.
Tuesday, March 21
The Lifetime upfront takes place over breakfast at the Grand Hyatt in New York, featuring CEO Betty Cohen and President of Entertainment Susanne Daniels, and bold-facers like Eric McCormack, Willow Bay and Fantasia. Bravo premieres The Real Housewives of Orange County (10 p.m.). It's like Desperate Housewives, only … well, it's like Desperate Housewives. And author/TV personality Andy Borowitz delivers the 2006 Marshall McLuhan Lecture, celebrating the life of the Canadian media visionary, at New York University's Cantor Film Center.
Wednesday, March 22
If Spike TV threw a breakfast, what would be served? We're guessing a variety of hearty meats and big, dirty glasses of bourbon. But we'll find out for sure at the Spike upfront at Cipriani in New York. And HGTV pops the cork at its Wine & Design bash at Lotus Space in Gotham, with Ali Azhar, Kelly Edwards and Clive Pearse. Like wine, some shows get better with age. Megan Mullally emcees the TV Land Awards at Barker Hangar in Santa Monica, Calif., with shout-outs to gems like Cheers, Dallas and Good Times. It airs on TV Land and Nick at Nite at 9 p.m. The Television Advertising Forum contemplates the 30-second spot at the Grand Hyatt in New York, and season @#*&ing 10 of %*&#ing South Park kicks off on Comedy Central (10:30 p.m.).
Thursday, March 23
It's not every day a program turns 50. So give it up for As the World Turns—a soap opera before soap was even invented. Original cast member Helen Wagner and her old castmates read from the first script at the Museum of Television & Radio in New York. Speaking of 50-year careers, the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences presents An Evening With Liza Minnelli at the Wadsworth Theatre in Brentwood, Calif. There's a live performance, concert film and panel discussion moderated by notorious Liza fanatic John Stamos. And Tinseltown smartass David Spade is back to dish more diss in the season two premiere of The Showbiz Show on Comedy Central (10:30 p.m.).
Friday, March 24
Winning The Apprentice sure has its perks! Trump alpha dog Kelly Perdew hosts GI Factory on the Military Channel, “an inside look at military hardware—how it's designed, how it's made, how it's deployed” (8 p.m.). Perdew will examine how a Chinook helicopter is manufactured and what it takes to make a bulletproof vest—and, hopefully, Donald Trump's hair—bulletproof. And Disney Channel premieres Hannah Montana, starring Miley Cyrus and Dad Billy Ray Cyrus (9:30 p.m.). The Achy Breaky Heart-throb plays the father of a tween country star who keeps her identity secret after moving to Malibu.—Michael Malone
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