Where to be and what to watch...
By Mark Lasswell -- Broadcasting & Cable, 6/12/2005 8:00:00 PM
Monday, June 13
The word “situation” might sound like a vague and rudderless noun to some, but at MSNBC and CNN they clearly think it will strangely fascinate viewers. Hence MSNBC's nightly The Situation with Tucker Carlson (premiere, 9 p.m. ET) and The Situation Room, a Wolf Blitzerized three-hour afternoon news bloc coming in mid summer from CNN President Jon Klein's news factory. Some college student majoring in communications somewhere is firing up a thesis right now to prove that Carlson's charmed life as an itinerant conservative jawflapper (CNN's defunct Crossfire, PBS' Tucker Carlson: Unfiltered, which expires Friday, and now the set-up for Scarborough Country) has been engineered by Karl Rove.
Tuesday, June 14
Chappelle wigs out, goes to South Africa. Chappelle's second-season DVD sells gazillions. Chappelle does surprise stand-up in Los Angeles. You know what? Get back to us when Dave's doing the show again. What matters on Comedy Centralthis minute is the return of the glorious Cops parody Reno 911! (premiere, 10 p.m. ET), with a two-part resolution of last season's cliffhanger that saw the police department gutted and Reno's finest thrown in jail. Did somebody say “thrown in jail”? It must be time for Nancy Grace's book party! The still prosecutorialish Grace is publishing Objection! How High-Priced Defense Attorneys, Celebrity Defendants, and a 24/7 Media Have Hijacked Our Criminal Justice System, or O!HHPDACD24/7MHHOCJS for short. Her Court TV and CNN News Group bosses are jointly feting her at the Bryant Park Grill at 6:30 p.m. in New York City. Warning to attendees: If you're late, bring a lawyer.
Wednesday, June 15
The Washington/Baltimore chapter of Women in Cable & Telecommunications hosts its third annual “Women's Tee” golf workshop today. And if you're working on your game to improve your Beltway networking chops as well as your short irons, then by all means hold the event at a club where the powerful and influential like to play: the Tournament Players Club at Avenel, in Potomac, Md. Useful topic for relationship-building chit-chat while waiting for the clowns ahead of you to get off the green: During the 1986 Chrysler Cup at Avenel, Arnold Palmer aced the par-three third hole two days in a row.
Thursday, June 16
For your consideration, a reality-TV idea we offer at no charge! (1) Compile Reality Dream Team (RDT) of winners from Survivor, Fear Factor, Amazing Race and The Contender. (2) Devise most grueling competition your wicked mind can conjure. (3) Pit RDT against two-man team that wins Best Ranger (Military Channel, 8 p.m. ET), a three-hour special about the annual U.S. Army competition of jaw-dropping challenges that lasts for 60 hours straight. (4) Make Best Rangers tie one hand behind backs. (5) Watch RDT members weep anyway. Hoo-ah!
Friday, June 17
“Move to Digital Simulcast the Same Way You Eat an Elephant … One Byte at a Time.” Byte jokes? In 2005? Yes, it's the Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers' Cal-Tec Expo, and that's the title of a noon workshop. This is the last day of the four-day convention, held at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center in San Antonio. Expo theme: “Broadband Progress as Big as Texas.” Better that than “Remember the Analog!”
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