Where to be and what to watch...
By BroadCasting & Cable Staff -- Broadcasting & Cable, 9/25/2005 8:00:00 PM
Monday, Sept. 26
Adios, Ken Tomlinson! The Corporation for Public Broadcasting chair's tenure ends today, and we wouldn't blame Tomlinson if he were a tad relieved to surrender the furniture. It can't have been pleasant trying to make public TV less Bill Moyersish and ending up being depicted as a guy who'd like to euthanize Elmo. The CPB board meets at 2 p.m. in Washington, where they'll elect Tomlinson's successor. Good luck, new chair—hope the fabric's stain-resistant! (For more on the CPB, see page 10.) Could somebody please elect Kathy Griffin to something as a reward for her red-carpet commentary during E!'s Emmy coverage? (Seeing the mucho preggo Jennifer Garner, Griffin said, “Am I a bad person because I want her water to break right here?”) Instead, KG continues her D-list life today, guesting on the NBC soap Days of Our Lives. According to the flackography, she plays “a lustful limo driver.”
Tuesday, Sept. 27
Now all the new fall premiere here/premiere there stuff starts getting interesting. NBC trotted out My Name Is Earl last week at 9 p.m. (ET), to critical huzzahs and an audience of 14.94 million. But now ABC counters in the time slot with Commander in Chief, starring Geena Davis as the you-know-what. Check out the show's second half-hour numbers to see how many NBC viewers drift over after Earl; last week, 5 million bailed on NBC when The Office came on. Meanwhile, fans of every woman who has ever daydreamed, “Hey, why not me in the Oval Office?” (Hillary, Condoleezza, Barbra, Oprah) will be parsing the Commander in Chief ratings and demographics for what they say—probably nothing—about the prospects for a female candidate in 2008.
Wednesday, Sept. 28
It's Sundance-on-the-Hudson, TV style! The first-ever New York Television Festival kicks off today, as independent TV producers parade their pilots for network and cable executives, hoping to land a deal. Screenings, panels, posing, bluffing, wheedling—hey, it is like Sundance, minus the parkas. At the gathering, expect to see NYTVF executive board members Comedy Central President Doug Herzog and NBC Entertainment President Kevin Reilly. More info is at newyorktelevisionfestival.com. Good luck, guys. Maybe a Weinstein will even show up.
Thursday, Sept. 29
Yeah, this sounds like a lot of ink-stained wretches we know: “Carl Kolchak is the 'Night Stalker,' a newspaper reporter who investigates strange deaths and unexplained phenomena.” Amazingly, tonight's premiere (ABC, 9 p.m. ET), with Stuart Townsend as Kolchak, does not concern the reporter's investigation into the strange death of newspaper circulation and the unexplained phenomena of classified advertising shape-shifting into free postings on craigslist.org.
Friday, Sept. 30
Remember when Geena Davis became fanatically interested in archery? It was one of those don't-quit-your-day-job affairs. And a good thing she didn't, since now Geena's got that Commander in Chief gig. But maybe Jennifer Tilly, who likes to play poker, really ought to quit her day job, because she is one kick-ass card player. A few weeks ago, the actress won the World Poker Tour Ladies Night III tournament, her second major win in a matter of months. Tonight, she antes up on GSN's James Woods Gang vs. The Unabombers in Poker Royale (premiere, 10 p.m. ET). You in?
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