WHERE TO BE AND WHAT TO WATCH
By Mark Lasswell -- Broadcasting & Cable, 11/14/2004 7:00:00 PM
Monday, Nov. 15
For the first time in two years, Jerry Seinfeld ventures down from his Upper West Side lair to David Letterman's Late Show headquarters, where the staggeringly wealthy comedian will unveil new standup material. In a completely unrelated development, Sony's Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment launches a massive Seinfeld DVD campaign next week. The DVD includes a boxed set accessorized with playing cards and salt and pepper shakers from Monk's Diner—yours for just $119.95 (don't be a fool, it's $77.97 on Amazon). The Museum of Television & Radio—which used to be called the Museum of Broadcasting in the days before the cable industry got rich and turned into nice, juicy prey for museum fundraisers—honors Barbara Walters and the cast and producers of Everybody Loves Raymond tonight at the Beverly Hills Hotel. Tix cost $1,000, or $25,000 for a really good table.
Tuesday, Nov. 16
Amazing Race returns tonight for a sixth installment (two-hour CBS premiere, 9-11 p.m. ET). Prospects didn't look so good in the show's early, low-rated days, around 9/11, when the circle-the-world challenge seemed vaguely inappropriate—as it sent wild-eyed strangers sprinting through airports. But viewers gradually warmed up. Unlike reality shows that involve bug-eating or toadying to Donald Trump, this one has something we can all relate to: frantically trying to communicate with a taxi driver in a foreign capital while not lashing out at the traveling companion who's starting to get on our nerves. Legal tangles must have prevented Comedy Central Records from calling Denis Leary's new CD “Rescue Me From the Holidays,” Instead, his comedy album coming out today will be called Merry F#%$in' Christmas.
Wednesday, Nov. 17
We don't know what constitutes a good deal for pork-belly futures, but we love hearing the prices updated on Midwest radio. Today, the folks who provide that info herd themselves into the Crown Center Hotel in Kansas City for the annual convention of the National Association of Farm Broadcasters.
Thursday, Nov. 18
When The Walt Disney Co. posts earnings today, bean-counting Mouseketeers will wish the third quarter could get the full benefit of going-like-gangbusters Desperate Housewives and Lost. Still, ABC's clearly on the mend—expect a profit for the quarter, erasing stiff losses. But don't look for a big revenue jump at the parent company; CIBC media analyst Mike Gallant predicts Disney will clock in at +6%. Tonight: in an ABC Primetime special (9 p.m. ET), Peter Jennings interviews former President Bill Clinton to mark the opening of the William J. Clinton Presidential Center in Little Rock, Ark. Keep an eye on Clinton to see if, for some strange, Hillaryian reason, he looks less than devastated by John Kerry's recent misfortune.
Friday, Nov. 19
You need an impartial referee to keep everybody in line when the International Radio and Television Society ropes six TV entertainment bigwigs into the Waldorf-Astoria hotel in New York for IRTS's “Entertainment Chief's Newsmaker Breakfast” today. Step forward CNN's Anderson Cooper, who will moderate the discussion between Gail Berman (Fox), David Janollari (The WB), Dawn Ostroff (UPN), Kevin Reilly (NBC) and Nina Tassler (CBS). Cab fare to event: $12. Tix: $75. Spectacle of network executives trying to maintain a genteel façade while ridiculing competitors, distancing themselves from flops and gloating over successes: priceless.
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