A Colbert Christmas: The Greatest Gift of All!

This Sunday marks the debut of Comedy Central’s one-hour special, “A Colbert Christmas: The Greatest Gift of All!,” followed shortly by the DVD release on Tuesday, November 25th.  With appearances by Feist, Elvis Costello, John Legend, Jon Stewart and more, this is sure to become an instant classic!

In the special, Colbert is on his way to perform with Elvis Costello in New York City but is trapped by snow in his cabin in upstate New York (bear country).  Luckily, his friends Feist, Toby Keith, John Legend, Willie Nelson and Jon Stewart stop by to help him celebrate the season.  “A Colbert Christmas: The Greatest Gift of All!” features original songs written by David Javerbaum (executive producer, “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart”) and composer Adam Schlesinger (Fountains of Wayne), who recently collaborated on the Tony®-nominated Broadway musical “Cry Baby,” with the exception of “(What’s So Funny ’bout) Peace, Love And Understanding” which was written by Nick Lowe.  The songs were produced by Schlesinger and Steven M. Gold.  Theme music and score also by Schlesinger and Gold.
Songs performed on “A Colbert Christmas” include:

“Another Christmas Song” – Stephen Colbert
“Have I Got A Present For You” – Toby Keith
“The Little Dealer Boy” – Stephen Colbert and Willie Nelson
“Can I Interest You In Hannukah?” – Stephen Colbert and Jon Stewart
“Nutmeg” – Stephen Colbert and John Legend
“Please Be Patient” – Feist
“There Are Much Worse Things To Believe In” – Stephen Colbert and Elvis Costello
“(What’s So Funny ’bout) Peace, Love And Understanding” – Stephen Colbert, Elvis Costello, Feist, Toby Keith, John Legend and Willie Nelson .

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Fringe – Gets Nominated For A People’s Choice Award!

With Fall in the air, we have a bunch of new shows airing and some old favorites making their way back. As such, I’d like to point you in the direction of a most excellent TV show.

This is a brand new television show on FOX called Fringe. Airing on Tuesday nights @  8pm.

Yeah. Um. After I watched the 1st 5 minutes of the 1st episode I was hooked. I flipped out. Yes. The show is rather gory and totally creepy. So Not My Kind Of Show, yet…I can’t look away.

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About The Show:

When an international flight lands at Boston’s Logan Airport with no signs of life, FBI Special Agent OLIVIA DUNHAM (Anna Torv) is called in to investigate as part of an inter-agency task force. After her partner, Special Agent JOHN SCOTT (Mark Valley), is nearly killed during the investigation, a desperate Olivia searches frantically for someone to help, leading her to DR. WALTER BISHOP (John Noble), our generation’s Einstein. There’s only one catch: he’s been institutionalized for the last 17 years, and the only way to question him requires pulling his estranged son PETER (Joshua Jackson) in to help.

When Olivia’s investigation leads to multi-billion dollar corporation Massive Dynamic and its manipulative corporate executive, NINA SHARP (Blair Brown), our unlikely trio, along with Department of Homeland Security Agent PHILLIP BROYLES (Lance Reddick) and FBI Agents CHARLIE FRANCIS (Kirk Acevedo) and ASTRID FARNSWORTH (Jasika Nicole), will discover that what happened on Flight 627 is only a small piece of a larger, more shocking truth.

There are limited commercials during the show. Which I can only guess is because the show is so awesome.

So awesome that FRINGE has been nominated in the ‘Best New TV Drama’ category for the 35th Annual People’s Choice Awards! (And rightfully so.)

Trust me. Watch The Show. And then, vote for them HERE

Special Guest Appearance – 30 Rock

Oh Yay.

And just when I thought Oprah was going to be the best guest star, this week we will be graced with one of my FAVORITE “All American Girls.” Jennifer Aniston joins the cast of 30 Rock tonight.

But, as much as I *heart* Jennifer Aniston…I might have to be mad at her for kissing MY HUSBAND.

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ABOUT 30 ROCK:

Hailed by Entertainment Weekly as not only “the best comedy on TV this year” but “simply the best TV,” the Emmy Award-winning comedy “30 Rock” is told through the comedic voice of Golden Globe winner Tina Fey (”Liz Lemon”) and features Golden Globe winner Alec Baldwin (”Jack Donaghy”) as a top network executive and Tracy Morgan (”Tracy Jordan”) as the unpredictable star of Lemon’s hit variety show, “TGS with Tracy Jordan.” Lemon constantly has her hands full, juggling corporate interference from Donaghy and off-the-handle star antics from Jordan, all while attempting to salvage her own personal life.

Also rounding out the cast are Jane Krakowski (”Jenna Maroney”) as the co-star of “TGS”; Scott Adsit (”Pete Hornberger”) as the variety show’s producer; Jack McBrayer (”Kenneth the Page”) as the over-eager and effortlessly endearing NBC page; Judah Friedlander (”Frank”) as the sardonic slacker on the writing staff; Katrina Bowden (”Cerie”) as Lemon’s young, flighty assistant; and Keith Powell (”Toofer”) as the sophisticated, yet sarcastic Harvard-alum writer.

Throughout the seasons, “30 Rock” has welcomed an impressive array of guest stars, including Elaine Stritch, who garnered a 2007 Emmy Award and a 2008 Emmy nomination for her performance, as well as 2008 Emmy nominees Will Arnett, Steve Buscemi, Tim Conway, Edie Falco, Carrie Fisher and Rip Torn. Other guest stars have included Jerry Seinfeld, former Vice President Al Gore, David Schwimmer, Andy Richter, Dean Winters, Gladys Knight, Meredith Vieira, Paul Reubens, Joy Behar, Whoopi Goldberg, John McEnroe, Maury Povich, Ghostface Killah, LL Cool J, Sean Hayes, Nathan Lane, Molly Shannon, Chris Parnell, Will Forte and Jason Sudeikis.

Nominated for a record 17 Emmy nominations in 2008, “30 Rock” has been honored on a myriad of critics’ year-end Best of 2006 and 2007 lists. The show has received a 2007 Emmy Award for Outstanding Comedy Series, the Producers Guild Awards’ Danny Thomas Producer of the Year Award in Comedy Episodic Television, a Writers Guild Award for Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series and a Television Critics Association Award for Outstanding Achievement in Comedy. Also recognized by the AFI Awards as one of 10 Most Outstanding TV Programs of the Year, “30 Rock” was honored with nominations by the People’s Choice Awards for Favorite New Comedy Series. Both Fey and Baldwin received the Golden Globe, SAG and TCA Awards for their portrayals of Lemon and Donaghy respectively.

Basically?

30 Rock mirrors the personal life of Tina Fey and her experiences as THE FIRST FEMALE head writer on SNL.

(Anyone who knows me, knows that I love her more than anyone else in the world…almost as much as I love Alec).

Even though Alec will be cheating on me tonight.

So You Think You Can Dance-New York Auditions Today!

Today at 7:42pm Audition information for New York City is as follows:


WHEN:
Registration begins at 8:00 AM on Thursday, Nov. 13


WHERE:
Mark Morris Dance Center
3 Lafayette Ave.
Brooklyn, NY 11217

Additional dates and venues for Denver, Los Angeles, Memphis, Miami and Seattle will be announced shortly.

Registration will begin at 8:00 AM at each venue. Auditioners traveling to cities for the open calls should make arrangements to stay for at least two days following their initial audition in the event of a callback.

For the latest information, auditioners should log on to So You Think You Can Dance.

Scrubs Is Moving To ABC!

I *love* the TV Show Scrubs so very much. I have written about my love for this TV show time and again. And finally I am thrilled to announce that SCRUBS will be returning some time this fall on ABC. I am just not sure when exactly. (At least not yet.)

Does Anyone Know WHEN Scrubs WILL be BACK?

Rest assured I will find out when Scrubs will be airing the premiere of its 7th season on ABC by calling a certain phone number. In season 4 Surgeon Dr. Turk changes his phone number to #1-916-Call-Tur. This is a valid number and a voice message tells you the latest info about Scrubs. (Sometimes even one of the cast members ANSWERS the phone.)

Scrubs was created by Bill Lawrence back in 2001 and broadcast on NBC. The show has long since lived on my television. I welcomed the sixth season with as much anticipation as any other thus far. I am now dying for Season 7.

I have to admit; once George Clooney left the cast of ER back in 1999, I vowed I would never to watch another “hospital” related series. However, Scrubs takes on a completely different approach to work and life in a hospital setting with a comical twist.

Scrubs, is somewhat like the series ER, with the fast paced medical crisis and deeper hidden meanings of life. Mixed with a dash of the Seinfeld magic (four main characters which all have equal roles in each episode) and you have one very brilliant program.

The writing isn’t packed with medical jargon or overly dramatic scenes. Instead the lines are peppered with cunning sarcasm and steadfast wit. The writing is what makes the show unlike anything else out there these days. The story lines, the acting, the ever so perfect sound track, all good reasons as to why this sitcom has outlasted so many others over the past five years that have fallen short and to the wayside.

The lead character, Dr. John Dorian, “J.D.”, played by (none other than) Zack Braff, provides the viewer with his inner monologue during each episode. The seamless integration of reality and fantasy scenes are impeccable. J.D. embarks upon his forever battle to win the respect from his superior Dr. Percival “Perry Cox”, played by John C. McGinley. The never ending longing for approval and sheer nuisance of J.D.s desperate need to bond like father and son with Dr. Cox, gives way for multiple scenes in which Dr. Cox seems to get off degrading J.D. with the constant use of different female nicknames such as Vivian or Fiona. To quote Dr. Cox, “Back off Tiny Dancer, I have work to do.” Berating, all in the name of mentor. His wife, Jordan Sullivan, played by Christa Miller
is the only person that can get away with giving it to Perry, and she dishes out just as much if not more to damage his super ego.

The show becomes even funnier when it is complimented by J.D.’s “man-love” for his best friend, the surgeon, Dr. Christopher Duncan “Turk”, played by Donald Faison. J.D. and Turk have an onscreen friendship that leaves you wondering, scratch that, knowing, they must be having a great time while filming. They make you want to drink apple martinis and get to know them in real life.

You add one gangly, neurotic, basket case, smarty, (and hottie) Dr. Elliot Reed, played by Sarah Chalke, a woman everyone can relate to. Every woman has been an “Elliot Reed” in one situation or another. Lest not forget to mention Sarah Chalke has a gift for the scenes that require some pretty crafty physical comedy as well.

Top that with the gossipy, know what’s best for everyone else, can’t take her own advice, heart of gold, spicy girl from The Block named Nurse Carla Espinosa, played by Judy Reyes. Nurse Carla Espinosa is married (on Scrubs) to surgeon Dr Turk, aka Dr. Turkleton.
One of the key characters in the show has to be the Janitor, played by Neil Flynn. The Janitor is the arch nemesis to J.D. Only, J.D. doesn’t know the exact nature of the Janitor’s hatred, even though it is apparent the Janitor is out to get J.D. at every turn. He may not be a lead character, but the series would not be complete without our “jumpsuit.”

The all mighty head of Sacred Heart Hospital, Dr. Bob Kelso, played by Ken Jenkins. The best way to summarize Dr. Bob Kelso is to quote him. “What has two thumbs and doesn’t give a crap? Bob Kelso, Nice to meet you.”

For the hospital’s legal department you have a mid 40 year old, spineless, still living at home with his mother, incapable of confrontation without passing out unconscious, Ted Buckland, played by Sam Lloyd

Last but certainly not least you have a possibly gay? Possibly straight? Always inappropriate, high “5? obsessed, surgeon Todd Quinlan, played by Robert Maschio

I look forward to every single new episode. I own all of the previous seasons on DVD. The sound tracks are downloaded in my ITUNES. I watch Scrubs via syndication on Comedy Central. If you haven’t been watching Scrubs, you have seriously missed out on some of the best television program to come along!

What are some of you favorite lines in the show? Feel free to quote the characters in the comments!

How long have you been watching Scrubs? Are you excited for the return of the show?

Comedy Central’s Election Night Live Special 10pm / 9c

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The Colbert Report and Daily Show tag-team for commentary, hi-jinks and more, in this LIVE television, “fake news” event. RSVP here.

Stephen Colbert links with Jon Stewart and friends to form an awe-inspiring Indecision 2008 juggernaut. Stay sane with Comedy Central’s coverage and chat with other fans.

* Share conversation throughout the day with other Daily Show fans in the Indecision Election Day Live Chat.

* Plus, don’t forget liveblogging and the  latest breaking news and commentary. Other special election day features are on the Indecision 2008 site.


Chuy Can’t Vote. So I Will.

You might already know about my love for ‘All Things Chelsea Handler‘ and her totally super awesome TV Show Chelsea Lately on The E! Channel. But what you might not know, is that her super cute side kick and ‘little nugget’ named Chuy can’t vote. Sadly, he’s not tall enough to reach the ballot in the voting booth. So, Chelsea & Chuy are counting on us to vote for him. So get out there and get your VOTE on!

Will Saturday Night Live Thrive After the Election (and Minus Amy?)

On the heels of its most-watched opener since 2001, NBC’s Saturday Night Live served up its biggest audience in 14 years — when vice-presidential hopeful Sarah Palin came by for a visit — and this season-to-date is up 76 percent in viewers over the same point last year. But with the political spin cycle about to reach its zenith on Tuesday, and now that motherhood has enticed Amy Poehler away from Studio 8H, the funny show is up against serious challenges. Here’s a look at the big questions facing the program that once gave us Deep Thoughts.

Will Weekend Update Remain a Stag Show?
Last weekend, Seth Meyers led off the news segment by announcing that co-anchor Amy Poehler was in the process of welcoming her firstborn into the world. He then went on to host WU by his lonesome, and that is the game plan for… at least the time being. You young’uns out there may cry foul — “Just one Weekend Update host?!” — but sidle up to old-timers Chevy or Dennis, and they’ll have a colorful yarn to unspool for you.

OK, But Amy Will Return… Right?
Absolutely! Er, as a guest-host, I would imagine, once the sitcom she’s currently (in between feedings) developing for NBC takes off a ways down the line. But her days as a regular SNL ensemble member? They are over. “The plan,” a source tells TVGuide.com, “was to do the show as long as she could, give birth and then segue to her new project.”

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Is Maya Rudolph Back for Good?
On Oct. 25, Rudolph filled a void SNL had been struggling with this election season when she returned to her old stomping grounds to play Michelle Obama. In a hypothetical future where First Lady Obama would become a regular necessity, can Rudolph be counted on for encores? We’ll have to wait and see. Rudolph — who famously parted ways with the cast last season and now is working on a film career — came by last weekend merely as a guest, just as fellow former SNLers Chris Parnell, Will Ferrell and Bill Murray have done on recent Thursday editions.

Has Tina Fey Uttered Her Last “You Betcha”?
Fey recently announced that once Nov. 4 comes and goes, so will her dead-on depiction of Alaska governor Palin. That said, SNL has two more outings to go — this Saturday, and then a Monday “Presidential Bash 2008” special — before Tina’s self-imposed “deadline” arrives.

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Here’s an Idea: 30 Rock‘s Liz Lemon Plays Palin!
I had to throw this thought in the mix, if only because I’ve been wondering about it myself. Can’t you just see it, sketch-show head writer Liz being called upon to go on camera, happening to be Palin’s doppelganger and all? But then, unlike Tina Fey, she utterly botches it?! Alas, such a mega meta scenario lives only in my head. “There won’t be any 30 Rock episodes featuring the election,” insists a rep for the Thursday-night comedy.

I’m Not Great at Math, But… Isn’t SNL Short on Women Now?
What, Kristin Wiig and Casey Wilson can’t shoulder the load all by themselves? No, they can’t — and they shan’t. A search is underway right now to “distaff up” at SNL, though thus far no fruit has been born.

During this Transition, Might Heavenly Hosts Save the Day?
That’d be nice, wouldn’t it? Jon Hamm sure showed off some fun chops, and a willingness to wink at his lofty Mad Men role. Next up is Boston-bred smaht-ass Ben Affleck, accompanied by no less than Your American Idol, David Cook. Beyond that, no one is locked in, though one Miss Britney Spears is rumored to be on the hook to host and perform on Nov. 22. Should that come to pass, it’s something an in-flux SNL most definitely would give thanks for just a few days later.